Bryan Bazemore has been a Charlotte-based photographer specializing in professional head shots and portraits since 2007.
Q: What were you doing before you launched your business, Bazemore Studios?
A: Before shooting full-time, I had a nearly 10-year career in a commercial real estate-related finance. That ended in 2011 when I was laid off, but I had been shooting on the side for several years and knew that I had a client base to build from. That’s when I decided to make photography my career.
Q: Why do you do what you do?
Never miss a local story.
A: I love it! I mean I went from essentially a 60-hour-per-week desk job, to working from home, meeting new people every day and giving them a version of themselves they’ve never seen before. It’s very rewarding.
Q: How do you give back to the community?
A: So I’m always looking for ways to give back to the local community. And today I’m lucky enough to be working with several local nonprofits. And a couple of these are Charlotte Bridge Home and Dress for Success Charlotte. For Charlotte Bridge Home I attend their monthly networking lunch for veterans and I set up a studio and provide complimentary professional head shots for any veteran that needs one – the idea being to help them get noticed on professional social media sites. I also provide head shots for the team at Dress for Success Charlotte and offer head shots for any of the women who use their services.
Q: One word to describe how you work?
Q: What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?
A: “Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, just do you.”
Q: I get my best ideas by...
A: I never stop learning. I want to be inspired, so I read and watch everything I can and I try the techniques that speak to me.
Q: What are your next goals for your business?
A: My next big goal is to have a larger studio with huge windows and tall ceilings.