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Meet Michael Bryant of Michael Bryant Photography in Dorchester

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Bryant.

Michael, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My love for photography started with nature photography. That is my true passion. I love photographing wildlife! People would ask me to do portraits, weddings, etc., but I declined because I didn’t want to go the business route with the photography at that point.

Nature photography at that time was my escape from everything. I found peace and tranquility while doing it. I didn’t want to go the business route because I was afraid that I wouldn’t have the same feeling and joy once it became more of a business. I did, however, have nature prints for sale but that was the extent of it. I had a bath, body and scent store in Jamaica Plain, Ma at the time and I sold some of my nature photos in there as well in the form of greeting cards and prints. Moving forward, I came across a photographer who did portraiture and I really liked her work. She had an editorial portrait style which I thought was very creative. That initially peaked my interest in the portraiture world. That style seemed like it would be fun and would allow for creativity instead of the basic classic style portraits.

Moving forward, I was asked by a nonprofit organization to do a photo shoot that would be used for a billboard. The photo shoot was scheduled in July of 2009. I agreed and that was the beginning of Michael Bryant Photography. I eventually closed my store in 2010 and in 2011 I opened up a studio in Dorchester and I’m still there.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Wasn’t really a smooth road. A LOT of research, practice, more research, and more practice! You really have to hustle hard and get your work seen. It takes some time to build a decent portfolio. You have to constantly stay improving. There’s some fierce competition out there! Pricing was one of the things that have been a bit of a challenge.

In the beginning, I was trying to figure out what was a competitive price but would still allow me to make decent money. It was one of those things where you didn’t want to price too high and possibly not get the shoot but you also didn’t want to price too low and cheat yourself. Eventually, I realized that my focus should be honing my skills and price based on my knowledge, skills and overhead and not focus on what others were charging.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Michael Bryant Photography – what should we know?
My company is Michael Bryant Photography. I’m a portrait and lifestyle photographer. I specialize in portraits and weddings. I also photograph parties and events. I’m proud of the way I make people feel after capturing their special moments. Seeing them happy makes me feel good. I like to make clients feel like they’re just hanging out and taking pics. I don’t want them to feel like they have to watch the clock and worry about time. I don’t rush clients during shoots. I will get the shots needed as long as it takes. My goal is to create awesome images, not fast photo shoots. That’s why I don’t book shoots back to back. I want people to feel relaxed.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Personality. Very important when providing a service dealing with people.

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