Tuesday, October 4, 2011

How bad do you want success?

This has nothing to do with photography, but everything to do with our everyday drive and motivation to achieve a goal. Im am at a point in life where looking at this I feel as though i got comfortable, and lost some of the drive I used to have while working towards a goal. It reminds me of my college basketball career. I was never the flashiest, fastest, strongest, most skilled player on the court. And every preseason new recruits will ask me, how come you are a starter? that always made me laugh because I never accepted being outworked. I used to tell the freshmen "there is a difference between: wanting to play, and wishing to play; I want to play, you wish to play..."

The bottom line is "how bad do you want it? (success)


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wedding photography, inside the bag with Herman V.Brandt Photographer

This video is to share the gear that I bring with me for a day of wedding photography. Its the first of a series of videos regarding wedding photography.
I have been getting a lot of questions in regards to wedding photography, and more and more frequently I get request from photographer friends who want to come along to a wedding with me just tag along and see how i handle it. If you have questions or sggestions feel free to hit me up!

ps: forgive the mistakes as i was explaining, i actually squeezed this video right before i took of for a wedding, I shot only one take, and I was a bit stressed out, my mind was elsewere. I was cracking up watching it lol

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Herman V.Brandt Photography-Cherise test shoot

Cherise came to Herman V.Brandt Photography looking to update her portfolio for fashion and acting. She wanted a combination of natural photographs, but also some more edgy and/or artistic photographs.

Cherise Test Shoot - Images by Herman van den brandt

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Herman V.Brandt Media: Single black female Promo video

Play writer and director Kash Goins, after award winning plays "VI Degrees" and "VII Deadly Sins" continues on his road to success with his newest stage play "Single Black Female", this story is full of stigmas about genders in different cultures, full of humor and a message that will enhance your relationships. It is certainly a must see, and I had a blast filming them rehearse! I will definitely in attendance, will you?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I was blessed to step into the studio with drummer/producer Darrell "JDR Superstar" Robinson in his own recording studio "Superstar Music". Derril is a drummer out of Philadelphia, PA, but after working with super producer Pharrell Williams as a music director for his band N.E.R.D; Darrell has decided to make a turn into the world of production. Find out more during the interview.
I was amazed to see how easy he made it look to not only make a track, but a hot one!! I spent about a hour in the studio where they showed me around the facility, we got to chit chat, and get the interview. This is how long it took Darrell to make the track!

Herman V.Brandt Photography- Fashion - Melinda for Michael Thomas

After the "run away" editorial with current Miss Norway, Melinda Elvenes, we went to the studio and spent some time getting some shots with a beautiful jump suit designed by young philadelphia designer Michael Thomas. We were going for a natural look, and she makes the job extremely easy. Click on the image to see more.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Herman V.Brandt meets Vice President Joe Biden

I was honored to be a guest for the annual YWCA breakfast this year where I got the opportunity to meet Vice president Joe Biden. The invitation was extended to my by photographer friend Paul Pruitt, who put me in position to get the chance to chat with the Vice President and exange a couple of jokes, and I must say he was actually pretty funny. The breakfast outlined some of the organizations achievements for the past year, goals for the year to come and fundraising/donation options to support the organization, whos focus is to eliminating racism and empowering women. Some trully inspiring stories where shared and it was a blessing to hear them, and meeting the Vice President was the icing on the cake!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Herman V.Brandt Photography X Jill Scott "shame" music video (behind the scenes)

Though my main area is photography in Delaware, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, I have been doing more and more short video documentaries. I shot behind the scenes for the newest Jill Scott video "Shame". The video was filmed in north Philly at the Cecil Bmore rec center. Her own foundation raised and donated a large sum to keep the rec center open. This is the very rec center where she did her humble beginings. This rec center is an outlet for many young people to express their talents, giving an alternative to the street life and keeping the youth out of trouble

Monday, April 4, 2011

Herman V.Brandt Photography- Beauty-Melinda Elvenes

After the "run away" editorial with current Miss Norway, Melinda Elvenes, we went to the studio and spent some time getting some beauty shots. We were going for a natural look, and she makes the job extremely easy. Click on the image to see more.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Herman V.Brandt Photography- Run away editorial photoshoot

In life we all run away from different things, these could be stress, fear, pain, growth, responsabilities, and more. The concept for this editorial resulted from a look into the journey of my my life, and is depicted by displaying the complete opposite, running away. In the real world of Herman V.Brandt, I tend to put the car on drive, push the pedal to the metal and face adversity, challenges, fear, failure, growth, and pain. This does not mean I do not run into these things, I just choose to take my chances at facing them rather than giving into them. Remember, though the shots do not always go in the basket when you shoot, they NEVER go in when you do not shoot, so shoot the ball!