Brittany Staddon is one of our Top 30 under 30 featured photographers.
Here’s a little bit more about her, what she does, and some of her best advice:
Tell us how you got started in photography.
Truth be told photography was introduced to me as a way to reconnect with my father during a blip in my teenage years. My grandfather had passionately documented his life using his Canon rangefinder on thousands of slides (which I am slowly digitizing). My father followed suit by purchasing a Pentax and building a darkroom and enlarger in his parents basement. Our relationship was not so much one of father/daughter but more of mentor/mentee. It took us road tripping through the mountains and traveling overseas. As for the wedding stuffages. Well I finished my degree in biomedical sciences only to spend two months driving around the US and three weeks in Australia before deciding doctoring or researching was not where I saw myself in a dozen years. Instead I packed up my bags, moved to a mountain town and started doing weddings full time.
Now that you are one of Canada’s top 30 under 30 wedding photographers, what’s next for you?
I have grand plans to travel and invest some time in myself! Marrying my best friend, backpacking across New Zealand with my best lady friend in place of a bachelorette party (because being dressed in toilet paper and creating a registry sounded positively terrifying), teach myself whittling, and train to run a half-marathon. Intertwined in there will be growing in my work and exploring new directions and those enjoyable things. Eventually I plan to become a sassy old lady.
How has attending photography seminars or photo conventions such as the Canada Photo Convention benefited you as a photographer?
By far the greatest part of conventions for myself is meeting inspirational people who share their struggles and their successes. Hearing how others problem solve and approach different situations is fascinating to me.
What does it mean to you personally to be a young wedding photographer in Canada?
Honestly it was super humbling to see my name on that list with so many people I respect and whose work I admire. Canada is such a beautiful country and to see how so many people experience and capture it really acts as a driving force. Also I like hearing the word ‘young’ when kids 10 years younger than me are driving cars. Because that terrifies me and makes me feel old.
Tell us about a pinch-me moment that you had where you just couldn’t believe that this became your life.
Well I just had a punch-me moment. I finished all of these questions and was uploading one last photo and the window disappeared into nowhere. So this is a rewrite so forgive the lack of editing and cohesive thoughts.
As for the pinch-me moment, well, I met my significant other through the photography. So every time I plop myself in my seat on a flight to visit him, or we load up in the car to go on a spontaneous road trip, that is when I want to pinch myself. That our jobs (although I hesitate to call it that because it’s so much more of a personal thing than what I typically relate to a job) allow us the opportunity to create our own schedules and enjoy this time of our lives to the fullest.
What’s one thing you would say to another photographer that’s just getting started?
Never forget why you became passionate about photography. Always find ways to reignite that interest. Explore, don’t be afraid to fail and celebrate others’ successes.
To see more of Brittany’s work, check out her website here.