Brianna Jones - Texas Nomination by Angie Read Photography Issue 48 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Brianna lives life to the fullest. One of her favorite quotes is, “You have one chance, one life. And what you do with it is up to you” (One Tree Hill). She loves photography and capturing memories as the editor-in-chief of her high school yearbook, an assistant wedding photographer, and has started her own business taking individual, family, and senior portraits. Her other passion is her love of animals, especially dogs. She works at a doggie daycare and boarding resort and comes home covered in pawprints with stories of the furry friends she cared for. She makes every moment count!
Nomination by Angie Read Photography
What should we definitely know about you? I have a HUGE love for dogs! I currently work at a pet resort/doggie daycare and every day I am surrounded by the cutest pups. That is the fun part, but I have also learned about working really hard. I scrub down floors and walls, clean up after dogs who get sick, and get soaked bathing dogs that don’t like water! Regardless of the hard work, all the dogs make it so worth it! I have been an avid animal lover since I was a young girl and someday wish to foster and adopt many dogs!
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? One area I aspire to educate myself more in is psychology. After taking and falling in love with the class, I became interested in studying teen mental health and behavior. Also, I’ve seen how teens struggle with things like anxiety, eating disorders, and self-image, and am considering a career as a child and teenage mental health therapist.
What would you say is the hardest thing about being a teen today coming out of a pandemic? What encouraging words or advice do you have for teens going through this? I think one of the hardest things about being a teenager in this pandemic has been being comfortable with being alone. Growing up I loved to go out and constantly be surrounded by people, and never spent too much time by myself. When the pandemic was at its peak and it became hard to go out and see friends as much, I learned the value in spending time with myself and finding things that made me happy. Whether it be self-care or picking up new creative hobbies, I learned how to not completely depend on other people to be happy! My advice to other teenagers would be to spend some time with yourself every now and then and learn what makes YOU happy.
Nomination by Angie Read Photography
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? I could go on about photography for ages! I enjoy setting a scene and capturing a raw moment in time. Then, editing the image can take a photo to the next level! I love maximizing the impact and artistry of a photo, and many of my friends send me photos to edit for them. I have put together several before/after examples of editing and share on social media to help people learn how to make their photos pop! I love seeing how happy people are when they see an amazing photo and remember the moment it captures!
What does your job as editor-in-chief of your high school yearbook entail? As editor-in-chief of my high school yearbook, I oversee helping the production of the yearbook stay consistent! I get to go out and photograph school-related activities, whether it be sporting games, academic events, club practices or even just group photos! I help to get these pictures into a spread, along with formatting it and turning it into a finished yearbook spread! This job comes with a lot of responsibility, which I personally love as I am a very organization-oriented person! I also get to interview and talk to people about their passions and their school involvements, which has also led me to make some new friendships as well!
How did you get the job and what do you love most about it? My family has been taking my dog to the doggie boarding resort for about 10 years now, and from my very first visit I fell in love with all the dogs there! Every time we would take her, I would insist on tagging along just to see all the puppies she would be staying with. Over time, I got to know the owner and in my early elementary days, I was talking about this being my dream job when I became a teen! I have now been there for a little over a year and still love every single day of it! Seeing cute puppy faces every day is my absolute favorite part of each week!
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Sounds like you have quite the business going with both assisting and running the show. What do you love taking pictures of the most? In photography, my favorite subject would have to be people (as in portrait photography). I have made a big effort to become more creative with my pictures, and have recently been very interested in editorial-styled pictures. I love the look of photos with what might be an unconventional background, a unique style of clothes, and I especially love pictures that carry a theme! Although I love portrait photography the most, I think two of my favorite pictures would have to be ones that don’t even feature people!
Photography by Brianna Jones
What is the hardest thing about having your own photography business and how are you getting past it? Although running a photography business is a dream come true, there are most certainly hardships I have faced that have come with the job. I think one of my biggest struggles has been getting word out to people. A couple years ago, I created a very informal website to display my work and give people an outlet to sign up for a photoshoot. I found it hard to continue to keep the website up to date, so I began to advocate on social media and ask my friends to spread the word as well! I found that word-by-mouth brought in more business, as friends of my friends began to reach out and I began to establish more connections! Although I am still working on efficient ways to get my name out more, I still am continuing to get great business! Tell us about your experience with Angie Read Photography. What do you love most about your photoshoots and being on her team? It has been such a joy to be on Angie’s rep team in these past few months. Angie has provided a group of girls an outlet to express ourselves creatively, to feel comfortable in who we are as young women, and through her I have made new friendships with other amazing girls my age! Angie’s team is centered around more than just a camera: it’s focused on woman empowerment and feeling strong in who you are! I’ve grown so much in these past few months, and I give my Power Team so much credit for that!
Look for Brianna in issue 48 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!