Today, everyone is a photographer. Smiles are constantly being captured and stored on phones and in hearts. Moments from concerts, birthday parties, weddings, and holidays are readily frozen and stored to a cloud, a phone, or a computer desktop. Commissioning a photographer to step in to your life and capture aspects of the beauty of your family, friends, or wedding is one of the greatest investments you can make for the future of your memories. I still cherish the photos of my grandmother on her wedding day, the still portraiture work of my great grandparents; I have photos of my grandfather's travels around the world hanging in my house. Yet, I also have over 16 terabytes of images locked away on my computer unlikely to be seen, printed, or passed on to my children and grandchildren.
So, is hiring a professional photographer even worth it? Worth the money, time, planning and consideration? I mean, we all have iPhones and cameras at our fingertips, and it is even getting easier to print directly from your phone. To this, I would respond:
Yes. Emphatically, yes.
When you invest in a photographer, you are hiring on a personality, a friend, years of experience, someone to bring out in you and your family the love and light you find in them everyday. You are bringing on on adviser to help you put photos on your walls and albums in your hands. You enlist an enthusiast of prints with a propensity towards nostalgia that deeply cares about photography, and in the end, will likely encourage you to care as well.
“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
My absolute favorite part of taking photos is getting to be a really unique part of something special, capture it, and then help others to see the beauty of it. I aim to record authentic moments and genuine interactions by fostering a fun and relaxed environment. I use gentle direction and years of experience to build such moments in both a flattering and natural progression. Inspiration comes from all around me--from nature, music, history, fashion, cinema, people and places. I am always looking for light--where it is coming from and how it transforms both shapes and colors. Primary and secondary colors with warm tones drive my work and are a constant throughout my photography. My goal with Bri Costello Photography is to always be improving, exploring and expanding, while offering up the most comfortable, fun, easy, chill, reliable, and consistent product.
Just like most other photographers you may read about, my journey with photography started young. In truth, it started with my mother--photography was always a massive part of our lives. Mom has literally 100s of albums from my parent's young adult life, early childhood and throughout the years before we took photos on our phones. As a matter of fact, when my parents evacuated their home a few years back because of hurricane warnings, my dad's entire truck bed was filled with these albums and video tapes--these are the things I have been taught to treasure, and I have honestly never known to think of photography other than a natural and constant part of life. That stated, my personal journey was probably ignited whilst living abroad. I traveled around with a little snap and shoot that happened to have manual settings. Since I was a little behind on my language in foreign countries, my camera often became my closest companion, and the way in which I began to understand and explore the new world around me.
Back in the stifling July summer of 2013, I married my dreamy Australian husband James at a river house overlooking the Comal in New Braunfels. Today, we live together a 100 year-old house near the sugar refinery my grandfather worked in all his life. Aside from photography, we both love adventure, music, learning, and travel--better together. I try to write and I read as much as I can--bouncing between novels and books--anything from historical non-fiction, theology, sci-fi and suspense thrillers. I love them all, and it just depends on my current mood as to what will keep me engaged! Together, my husband and I spend most of our time in our kitchen cooking together, playing board games, or sitting and telling stories with friends. We love music--especially making music--and catching live gigs. And through it all--my ultimate goal is following/discovering my path as a follower of Jesus. Beyond that, I will always (always) take a deep basket of fries over dessert; I can't fall asleep during a movie or in the car, but I can fall asleep before take off on an airplane; I like to run very slow or really fast (no time for middle ground), and I totally nerd-out over (non-genius level) math and science books. Now, your turn!