COVID-19 has made a huge impact on many people all across the world, and its put many people out of jobs and at some high risks etc. So here at The Vinyl we wanted to celebrate the insanely talented creators in the photography business. We are celebrating the Concert Photographers, the Lifestyle Photographers, the Wedding Photographers, the Wildlife Photographers and every other type of Photographer behind that camera that brings such joy to the eye.
Introducing Brandon Delano!!
The Vinyl: Please introduce yourself and tell us your primary photo location(s)?
Brandon Delano: I shoot mostly in the DMV area but travel for festivals.
TV: How did you know that being a photographer is something you truly wanted to do, and what/who are some inspirations you may have had/have?
BD: Ive always been into concerts and have always taken some sort of camera to the show. About 10yrs ago I got some really good shots at Mayhem festival with a fancy point and shoot. The pics got noticed by some of the bands and from that I decided to buy an entry level camera and figure out how to get into the business.
TV: What equipment is a must-have for you no matter where you are going to be working? What does your typical photographing setup look like?
BD: My must haves for shooting a show would be the 24-70 and 70-200. I have multiple bodies but my typical setup is simply one body and those two lenses in my bag.
TV: What are some of your favorite techniques when it comes to editing styles/ways you present your work? Do you have different aesthetics for different types of work?
BD: Some of the photogs i look up to are Jeremy Saffer is one of the photogs I look up to, you cant beat his studio work. Theres a reason almost every mag you pic up has one of his pics on the cover.
TV: COVID-19 has completely changed the lifestyle for soooo many different people, how has it effected you? Whether its work/photo related or just all together? How do you. keep yourself busy?
BD: Editing is one of the worse parts of my workflow, I really just wing it as I don’t really know what I’m doing in that aspect. One day I might actually sit down and try to learn how to edit. One of my favorite photogs editing wise would be Lizzy Davis her live concert work is amazing.
TV: Now that Concerts/Festivals/Events/ Social Gatherings(weddings, reunions, family portraits etc) /Sports etc are being cancelled/postponed all over the world due to COVID-19, how are you finding ways to stay creative?
BD: The Covid-19 hasn’t really changed my life much, I still work every day so other than not having shows to shoot not much has changed.
TV: Once all this (hopefully) goes away, what are some of your plans to get back to a somewhat “normal” schedule?
BD: As far as staying creative with no shows to shoot I’ve been trying my hand at astro and wildlife photography. Both have their own set of challenges and are both just as fun as shooting shows.
TV: What are some of your favorite creative pieces/photos/opportunities
BD: As soon as all this is lifted I plan on just jumping right into the summer concert season and then the fall festival season. Before all this broke loose I had really shot a lot in 2020 my last show was post malone.
Here are a few of Brandon’s favorite photos:
TV: Is there anything you would like to add as we end this interview?
BD: I encourage everyone to take the down time to get out and explore other areas of photography dive into learning the ins and outs of editing.