Brian’s interest in photography began as a teen when he audited a black & white 35mm (non-digital) course at Lafayette College in Easton, PA, when his Mom was attending night classes there years ago. Upon finishing the class, Brian’s mother purchased a nice developing system for use at home. Brian helped his mom set up the basement of their home as a darkroom by blacking out the windows, installing a few darkroom lights, and helping to mix up the chemicals to develop film. Brian went on to take and develop his own pictures for the next few years, but growing up into the working world and having prior musical engagements (teaching drum lessons) kind of stole the show after a while.
Then, in the Spring of 2011, Brian went back to Raritan Valley Community College and took the Light, Optics & Sound course where his passion for photography was renewed and new knowledge was acquired. However, by this time, the methodology had switched over to working with a DSLR and using software to develop the images. As it has been throughout his life, Brian’s resourceful mother allowed him to borrow her Nikon D60 to utilize for the course. At first, the images Brian captured were great, in terms of composition. Then after learning more, it became apparent to Brian that a greater mastery of technical aptitude was necessary to really produce compelling, high-quality images. With more and more work, the resulting images progressively improved. Towards the end of the semester, Brian began publishing photos on the Facebook web site to share with his friends.
Right away, Brian was very overwhelmed by the strong, positive feedback he was receiving from both “friends” and new online acquaintances. Also around this time, Brian’s friend, Dave Cahill, invited him to a musicians’ roundtable interview for the Easton quarterly magazine The Elucidator. Brian happened to have his camera in the trunk of his car when they arrived, yet a shoot was never planned. Upon meeting the magazine editor, Dawn Ouellette Nixon, Brian was encouraged to take photos of the event after briefly mentioning his growing involvement with photography to her. Brian did go on to document the interview/discussion via photos and when the editor received a copy of the finished product, they requested permission to publish select images. This was a first professional milestone for Brian and he was pleased to say yes. From that point on, Brian made sure to appreciate and develop the relationship he began with the Elucidator magazine published quarterly in Easton, PA. Brian continues to be a regular contributor of the publication.
Well, what went from a temporary “borrowing” situation quickly changed into a long-term, “Mom, can I keep using your camera?” Impressed by what her son was creating and how prolific his photography had become, Brian’s mother made it a point to let him have the camera as a gift. Brian was very grateful for it and ecstatic to know that he now had a pro camera to use at will. He didn’t have to worry about a reasonable timeline to return a borrowed item. The floodgates were now open and thousands upon thousands of photos have since materialized for the world to see and enjoy. Also, Brian invested in a new Nikon D7000 in 2011 which is now designated as the main work-horse. As money has been made by the business, all profits have been invested in starting a small business and investing in new gear and accessories.
Brian sees the world as one, big studio: ANYTHING is a potential subject to photograph. Brian has experience shooting in all major genres and finished works are viewable within the Portfolio page of this site. Please inquire if you wish to hire Brian Hewitt Photography to create beautiful pictures of you or your special person, family, pet, place, or event! All projects for hire are welcome and appreciated.