Interview: Photographer Brook Vaughn
A young photographer came to us with a vision to share - and share we will! We
interviewed Ms. Brooklynn Vaughn, a well versed 18 year old photographer who
offers wholesome, great services and beautiful work, and created a special spot to
share who she is and what she has for the world!
How did you get started in photography? What made you pick up a camera?
About 5 years ago I believe if I can remember correctly...
I was in the sixth grade and I loved taking pictures with my phone. My youth
pastor who I thought very very highly of and looked up to approached me one
Sunday morning and told me that the pictures I take are awesome and that I
should enter this competition (it's called teen talent expo) he told me that I could
borrow his wife's camera. Not just a phone camera which I was used to, but an
actual real life camera! So I picked that thing up not knowing a single thing about
it, but one thing I knew was that I loved the way it made me feel. I could capture
anything I wanted, how I wanted. So I did. I captured the most beautiful sunset I
had ever seen. It was like that night was created just for me. I entered the picture
in the contest and ended up winning first in regionals, first in state, and then first in
nation. All because someone pointed out something in myself I had never seen
and made it known. I thought to myself.. if I never picked up a camera before and
when I did I won first in the nation then imagine what I could do if I actually new
how to use the darn thing! After that I got on all of my social media account and
updated my bio to "I love taking pictures I plan on being a photographer when I
grow and that's all I have to say."
How would you say your style and technique evolved?
Oh lord! I actually like looking back on my pictures. Even though most of the
time I cringe looking way back at old photos I also find myself smiling. Yes, some
of the pictures are horrifying and the editing and styling is awful, but that's who I
once was. I love knowing how much I have grown as a photographer and as a
person in general. At first my style was whatever I could find it was hard being a
freshman (that's when I received my first camera) in a big sea of old more mature
photographers who knew exactly who they were and as a freshman aka fresh
meat you were just beginning the road to finding who you are. So for the longest
time I played a game of follow the leader, but I could never be exactly like the
leader (aka other amazing photographers) and that frustrated me. Then I realized
that if I be myself and I do my own thing then I will be great in my own way and I
can be exactly like me and no one else can be just like me!
How would you describe your vision/style?
Sometimes I feel my vision is very young compared to others because I just
recently turned 18; however, I also feel that being young comes with a sense of
freshness and a new eye. Style is a cycle that repeats it's self, it goes out of style eventually, but it will come back in. In saying that, a lot of 2016 style is actually
from a very long time ago like film! I love film! So I would say my style is new but
What inspires you to capture the subjects you shoot?
I quite honestly get a lot of my inspiration from the actual subject, from their
stories, their walk in life, the let downs, the happiest days of their life, just who they
are, and what has made them, them in this crazy, but amazing world! During
photoshoot I like to ask a lot of questions; for example: if it's an engagement
session my favorite question to ask is "how did you guys meet?" I love watching
their face light up when they began to reminisce! I love to capture the beautiful
moments in life!
How has being a photographer impacted you and your life?
I think if that little 11 year old girl could look at me now I think she would be so
proud! I made her dreams come true, I really did it! I had a dream and I made it a
reality. Teachers always told us that you can make your dreams come true and
the only thing that's stopping you is you. I never really grasped that in a sense of
believing it. I am now not only a firm believer of that, but I am also now an
example! I had a very confusing life growing up and I had a lot of things going
against me. With a wonderful mom ,step dad, what once was a wonderful
boyfriend (now wonderful husband), and an amazing church as my backbone I
made it through. Photography was a great outlet for me. Sometimes I get so
frustrated still to this day looking at other photographers work and I still wonder
what is hindering me from being that good. I know it all goes back to me. This is
still a journey for me, but I feel am no longer drowning in the sea of amazing
photographers I feel as though I just received a new pair of yellow arm floaties and
I'm now floating up!
What is your best photoshoot experience?
I've had so many great photoshoot experiences, but I would have to say the
best one would be my first one! I did a family photoshoot of 8! I did it for free and
they were really close family friends! It was cold and snowing! The mom and dad
were Gung ho for the photoshoot because they haven't had family photos done in
a while! The 3 little girls were freezing but making a good effort! There was one kid
who hated taking pictures. I remember the struggles of that day! I wouldn't have
wanted the photoshoot to go any other way though. It represented my journey as
a whole and gave me a good outlook on my future. From the people who were
excited to get their pictures taken, to the people who were dragged along, but are
willing, and to the people who just flat out don't want to be there. Either way you're
in a position to make the outcome beautiful and I believe I did it and I remember
being so proud of myself.
What is a quote that speaks to you and inspires you?
My absolute favorite quote whom I have no idea who it is by is "Actually, I
After talking to Brooklynn, we can definitely say she's driven and she has a passion she's not going to let go of. She has such enthusiasm that will draw anyone in and the mindfulness to keep building her abilities up and keep growing. We give huge thanks and props to Brook for contacting us and giving us this opportunity to talk to her and share her words - she is most definitely an inspiring breed! We hope to keep in contact with her and see how she flourishes through time and progresses through her journey of photography and life!