Stop Waiting For Your Big Break: Video Interview with Brian Smith

Stop Waiting For Your Big Break: Video Interview with Brian Smith

What do Donald Trump, Richard Branson, nudist golfers, and hundreds of Olympic Athletes have in common? They’ve all been photographed by Miami celebrity portrait photographer Brian Smith, a long-time PhotoShelter member with an extremely impressive photographic career.

PhotoShelter CEO Allen Murabayashi interviewed Brian Smith in a special hour-long webinar titled, “Stop Waiting For Your Big Break.” The video is available below and on the PhotoShelter Vimeo page.

Pulitzer Prize winner, Sony Artisan of Images, and long-time PhotoShelter member Brian Smith shares the secrets behind the success of his 30-year career as an editorial, sports, and celebrity portrait photographer.

Brian’s video will cover these tips & strategies (time stamp):

  1. Career Timeline (01:10)
  2. Find A Hero (03:20)
  3. Stop Waiting For Your Big Break (05:35)
  4. Shooting Through Career Plateaus (16:15)
  5. Develop Your Personal Style (19:42)
  6. Look Back To Move Forward (43:30)
  7. Why Sony? (57:30)
  8. PhotoShelter In The Workflow (01:01:30)
  9. Brian’s Career Recipe (01:02:55)

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  1. Neil Mackenzie at 12:23 am

    Fantastic video, great images, great person. I always shoot what the client wants first, then shoot it my way and often they go with my shot!
    I have photographed a few TV/Movie stars in Wellington and it is always fun!!

  2. Michelle M. Pillow at 5:23 pm

    Great attitude about the work. The right attitude and drive makes a huge difference in any career. Specifically like the advice to build upon what you’ve already done, and working the small breaks for all they’re worth. I give the same advice to aspiring authors. Now I’ll take that same advice, as I’m getting back into building my photography. Thanks for the videos.

  3. Gaston at 5:58 am

    I’ve just discovered this mountain of great free webinars! Really enjoyed all the information in this one… definitely got a lot of inspiration and the necessary push to keep going.
    Right now I’m in my day number 51 of a 365 people project. It’s been great so far, but starting to get into a loophole and finding a lack of inspiration.
    I will love if you can pass by and visit my blog and leave a comment of what do you think…
    Thanks Thanks for sharing and looking forward to join photoshelter soon.

  4. Shawn M. Knox at 12:14 am

    I really enjoyed this webinar with Brian Smith. I think Brian’s hammering home the idea that this is a business in which most people succeed with incremental successes rather than overnight success is a good one that really cuts a bit against the grain of our society. I think it is also gives hope to those out there, like myself, trying to string together these small successes into a career of what we love doing. I’m looking forward to following more of Brian’s work.

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  6. Joe Gunawan | fotosiamo at 5:57 pm

    I have become a big fan of Brian Smith’s work ever since I attended his seminar at WPPI 2012. Amazing photographer with amazing breadth of work.

    I also write for and I have written an article to link back to this excellent video review:

    Joe Gunawan | fotosiamo

    SLR Lounge Editor

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  8. Allen at 4:30 pm

    Thank you. Great interview. In rekindling my interest in photography, I acquired an older Sony DSLR. It’s actually very nice. It is refreshing to see a pro using a Sony. Wise words: it’s the photographer that makes the career, not the equipment, just as a Steinway doesn’t automatically make a person a great pianist. Thanks again!

  9. hnlp at 1:36 pm

    Hey there! I’ve been following your site for a while now and finally
    got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Atascocita Tx!
    Just wanted to say keep up the good work!

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