We had the good fortune of connecting with Brianna Pirtle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brianna, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I actually started photography because I was inspired by the work that I grew up with that my grandfather created. I have always been a fan of art as a whole and what people are capable of making, but photography made me feel at home. I honestly don’t know where I would be without it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The work I create is like my baby. I hold it really close to me and put my all into what I create. I take pride in creating work that is crisp and clear, however, I am not scared to work outside of my comfort zone to create work that others may not have seen before. I have worked extremely hard to get to where I am today and I have had the most amazing support team to always back me up. Looking at where I am now compared to where I was a few years ago, pushes me to keep going and keep working to get better. I remember doing free photoshoots in high school and just taking pictures of my best friend, McLain, in order to learn everything about my camera that I could. It took me years in order to finally get comfortable in my work and start charging for my art. This brought issues in itself because some people may not want to spend that money but they don’t realize the amount of time and effort it takes to create what you see on my page. I had to remind myself that my work is worth what I charge and that I need to stop underselling myself. My brother once said, “One of the hardest things to do as an artist, is to price yourself and your work”. This is because when we create, we mainly aren’t thinking about the money, we are thinking about the work that goes into it and how we can make it stand out.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had to show my best friend around, there would be so many places I would love to take them. One place I would take them would the rooftop at Ponce City Market. I love the rooftop because it is so different from everything else you could go to because you can get an entire city view, while also getting drinks, and playing mini-golf. I love great scenery, so I would also take them to the top of the SCAD building because you can also get the whole view of the city from the top of the building and also take really cute pictures. The last place I would then take them would be a coffee shop because that is where I love to spend most of my time. I would take them to a coffee shop called Dancing Goats, off of Ponce, to end the day and relax.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many people who have made a large impact on my career as a whole and helped Bri Noëlle Photos become what it is today. I have the biggest support system that I am so grateful for, thanks to my friends and family. The main person who keeps me going is my mom because she has supported me since the beginning and continues to brag about my work to others even when I am not confident sometimes. I am also beyond grateful for the people that have met at Valdosta State University; including Media Arts Geniuses (MAG), Alanaiiartistry, Lilia Graham and Cierra Goodson. All of these people have pushed me to be better in my craft and be a better person all around.
My photographer photo was taken by @alanaiiartistry