Here at NAPCP, we love our membership. We strive not only to encourage, support, and promote the NAPCP community of photographers, but listen to them, too! Recently, we asked members what they’d like to see more of, here — and we should not have been surprised when everyone said, “More of each other!”
Great photographers often become local celebrities, of sorts. Everyone knows their name. Everyone wants to book a session with them because their work is amazing. But not everyone really knows much else about them. With our fun new Meet the Photographer series, we’re changing that. The NAPCP photographer wants their client to know them.
Kicking off our series is San Francisco and Bay Area lifestyle family photographer, Christie Brown, of Christie Brown Photography. Read on to learn more about Christie … Spoiler alert! She not-so-secretly loves Taylor Swift.
Favorite Movie: Goodfellas, and Love Actually. Random, I know.
Favorite Book: I don’t have a personal favorite, but I did enjoy Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.
Favorite Lens: 85 1.2L or 70-200 2.8L
Favorite Magazine: Professional Photographer, and Natural Health. I’m more of a web news reader than a magazine reader, but I do like sitting in bed late at night reading about new recipes, fitness and our photography industry.
Favorite Website or Blog: Humans of New York – About a year ago, my friend Steph posted on Facebook about this photographer, Brandon Stanton. He features real-life daily portraits, and quotations from people in and around New York City. Last summer, Brandon went on an international excursion, and HONY became even more fascinating, with the people he encountered around the world. I love the raw emotion. Such a beautiful community of positive commenters, too. I look forward to his posts every day.
Favorite Music: I’m a pop junkie. Taylor Swift is catchy. Don’t judge. But I do love Iz, and oldies. I like a little of everything. My favorite song is “Over the Rainbow” as sung by Iz.
Favorite Store: Paper Source. I’m old school. I love making and sending cards.
Favorite Local Spot: Penny Ice Creamery, in Santa Cruz, for special dates with my kids. It’s a small shop that makes their ice cream from scratch.
Photographer Idol: I have so many, but I do adore Kansas Pitts and her dreamy, colorful skies at the beach.
Favorite Instagram Accounts: @remodelaholic and @dustylu. I’m not on Instagram much … I’m more of a Facebooker. But I do like seeing Dusty Lu’s open, airy interiors, and Remodelaholic’s DIY projects.
Favorite Pinners on Pinterest: @designmedaily and @jordanferney. Love these two for inspiration – fashion, design, etc. We are in the midst of a full remodel right now, so I am also HGTV obsessed. Pinterest and Houzz are my addiction. I also love watching Fixer Upper, and Property Brothers.
Favorite Quotation: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou
Best Family Vacation Spot: Kauai. We’ve been to Maui a handful of times, but went to Kauai for our 10th wedding anniversary a few years ago. That island is downright magical, I tell you. It’s so different from any other Hawaiian island. So colorful, lush and authentic. It was like the last day of summer camp when we left. I cried as we flew away. I didn’t want to leave!
Guilty Pleasure: Sleeping in!
If money were no object, my occupation would be …: I would still want to be a photographer, but perhaps would do more workshops, and traveling with my family, documenting our adventures.
What Makes Me Memorable: I love getting to know my clients on a personal level during sessions – who they are, how they met, what their story is. I like walking away not just as “the photographer”, but as a new friend.
A Favorite Personal Photograph: My daughter, gleefully jumping the waves in Kauai.
A Favorite Photograph from Your Business: I took this image about a month ago, at a family shoot. I’ve had a handful of sessions with his family, over the years. Every year he gets older, he becomes more photogenic (and handsome!). I love the vibrancy, contrast and depth, here.
Thank you, Christie! We’re all so glad to ‘meet’ you.
For more from Christie, and for booking inquiries, Like her Facebook page, visit her website and blog, and follow her on Pinterest.