I have always been interested in photography. Actually - I was always interested in a variety of creative activities. However - since photography is one of the main pillars of the bri creative, I'm going to focus on this medium.
I was always the person documenting everything. And by everything.. I mean everything. School trip? Documented. Hanging out with friends? Documented. Parties? Documented. The list goes on and on. When I enrolled in college, I was a liberal art major. Halfway through, I realized that was not my path and changed my major to art with a studio art emphasis. Unfortunately, there was not a photography emphasis at my college but learned so much in my other art classes to help my career.
In 2011, I began to become more serious about photography. I purchased my first DSLR. I taught myself what I needed to know about photography and didn't stop from there. I started a photography side-hustle called bmr photography. I was growing my business but stopped because I was fulfilling a seven-year-long dream of mine: moving to the east coast. I moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and did not want to take my photography side-hustle with me. I absolutely loved Boston, survived the worst winter Boston had ever seen. I lived there for four and a half years before I quit my job and moved back to California.
During my time in Boston, I joined the marketing team at my full-time corporate job. I never imagined myself in a marketing role, but worked with the marketing coordinator and discovered I had a knack for it. Within this role, I discovered I loved social media marketing, content creation, email marketing and many of the other digital marketing aspects. I wanted to gain more experience as a social media marketer, so I began volunteering with non-profits before launching a side-hustle.
Towards the end of my time in Boston, I realized I missed photography and began booking photography sessions again. My time in Boston was nearing an expiration date and decided to move back home for a while to figure out my next move. In 2019, I decided it was time to start my own business. I chose the bri creative because I wanted a name where I could eventually add additional creative endeavors as the business grew. I wanted to begin with photography and digital marketing because those were my two top passions.
Although it seems as though my history is all over the place - I was living life while trying to figure the best working route for my life. I believe everything happens when it is meant to happen. 2019 is when I was supposed to officially launch my business full-time. I look at it as taking time to learn more about my crafts.
With all this said: a business is not a linear path - there are high points, there are low points, there are twirls, sometimes there is a straight path. It's exciting, it's terrifying, it's frustrating, it's amazing.. with perseverance, it can/will be rewarding!