We had the good fortune of connecting with Brezi Swann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brezi, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
With no formal training in my field, I believe I went the long way around, and have plenty of lessons to choose from. The most important ones I’ve learned since starting in 2014, is to stay grounded and to never stop learning. The lessons come daily, from balancing family and work and other relationships in my life, to making sure my portfolio stays fresh and my clients feel cared for. However, keeping my mind focused on who I am and how I can move forward not only in my career and business but as a person and a parent in the healthiest way possible, has been the biggest lesson for me to learn.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Since I was old enough to pick up a pencil, I’ve been creating. When I was in elementary school I was involved in band, won a few ribbons in some art contests and was published in a cute little young authors book for a poem about my mom. As I grew up into an angsty teen, my life’s dream was to become a tattoo artist. I was commissioned once to draw a tattoo design and even was lucky enough to be allowed to give someone a tattoo when I was 15 or 16. I kept up with writing and drawing as a way of self expression and realization. In a way, it was also my escape. Writing, drawing and being creative run deep for me, so the transition into photography in high school was somewhat seamless. I began an associates degree in graphic design about a year before I even graduated high school. However, I was three months pregnant when I walked across that stage to accept my diploma, and I took a break from college to pursue motherhood. That was 11 years ago. Currently I’m almost 7 years into my business, and will be starting school again this summer. Doing things backwards is kind of my thing, though I wouldn’t recommend it! I plan to expand into graphic design and see where that path leads me and how I can apply it to the foundation I’ve worked so hard to lay so far without school.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
As a whole, the photography community here in Colorado Springs is so incredible and welcoming. In particular Jessica Vallia and Monet Nicole were and still are wonderful photographers that I look up to and have been a wealth of knowledge, and I am grateful to them for their friendship and guidance over the years. The women in the birth community here are incredible, I am very happy be apart of it. Kim Osterholzer is much more than a midwife here in the Springs, she is like a second mom to many here including me. I will be forever grateful for her support, and her presence in the community is irreplaceable.
Ariel with Blooming Footprints took the headshot of me and the family photo of me and my littles.