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Portrait by Bazemore Studios.
Portrait by Bazemore Studios.

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?

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?

A: Intentionally.

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.