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  • Life as a Professional Photographer

    "Brian Reilly, Professional Photographer" Damn I love saying that!
    How's the saying go? "Find something you love and you'll never work a day in your life"
    There's a lot of truth to that but lets be serious, it's not an easy life or a life that everyone is cut out for...but it is my life...LIFE OF REILLY
    If you have a passion for photography, if you have an appreciation for life, if you love your family and you value your friendships, if you're interested in learning and making plenty of mistakes along the way..... then we're gonna get on on like a house on fire.
    I'm going to do my best to keep it real; Share my successes and my failures on the road to mastering my craft and living life to the fullest.

The Purkis Circus

It’s early in the 2013 wedding season but I can confidently say that any wedding that has the entire service staff outfitted in “Keep Calm and Join the Circus” t-shirts is going to be one of my favourites. Enjoy the Purkis Circus. I sure did.

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My beautiful wife

Life is busy and in my house, it’s no different. Both my wife Janey and I are entrepreneurs and we both run successful and growing businesses while sharing the responsibilities or raising a 2 and 1/2 yr old. So even though I take photos for a living, it’s not very often that I’m able to get one of my favourite models to sit in front of my lens for more then 1/125 of a second. Recent Janey booked a session with yours truly (work related of course) for some new photos for her website Meet my beautiful wife.

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Part of being a photographer is building your brand. Sure you have take great pictures, that’s a given but in todays world it’s all about brand. Are you cool or quirky? Are you outgoing or are you shy? Are you a bad ass or nerd? There are no right or wrong answers. The cool, out going bad ass is no better then the quirky, shy, nerd. Clients are looking for a connection. Especially brides looking to hire their wedding photographer; consider that a wedding photographer is going to be with a couple all day, (oh ya, it just so happens it’s the most important day of their life together!) I’m very confident in who I am as a person and as a photographer but I still struggle with how I should package (brand) myself to my clients. As an example: Last year I wanted to separate myself from the all the other photographers in my area by using a kind of in your face, shock value campaign “Who the F@#K is Brian Reilly Photography”
The funny thing is I never really used it anywhere. Not sure why. Was it because I wasn’t as much of a bad ass (lol) as I thought I was or because I was afraid of offending some mother looking for maternity pics of her little angel? Still not sure what the answer is but it did lead my to understanding that I want the kind of clients that I’m going to enjoy working with and that are going to enjoy working with me.

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Best of 2012

2012 was a big year for me as a father, a husband, a photographer and subsequently for my photography.
Here are some of the top weddings from last season. Keep in mind that it was a transition year and almost half of my wedding were shot back in BC and half in Ontario.
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