Kim Dalton's picture
Crew Mom

Who's in the Crew? - Spotlight on Barry Braunstein

NAME: Barry Braunstein
WEBSITE : www.barrybraunteinphotography.com
CREW PORTFOLIO: https://headshotcrew.com/barrybraunstein
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/barrybraunsteinphotography
INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/barrybraunsteinphotography
LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/barrybraunstein

WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?

I was born and raised in Great Neck, NY now living in Wellesley, MA just outside of Boston.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SHOOTING HEADSHOTS?

About 3-4 years.

WHAT IS YOUR LIGHTING SETUP FOR HEADSHOTS?

I started out with umbrellas, then Photek softlighters, and now Westcott strip boxes, triangle, and PH men’s lighting, all with Einstein strobes. I just purchased some Godox 300W LEDs to have a constant light option for headshots, as well as for some short-form videos I’m working on. I may wind up being ambi-luminous.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR STUDIO. DO YOU OWN IT? RENT IT? OR LIVE IN IT?

It’s a home studio as well as on-location. For Covid safety I’ve been shooting in my garage – I’m considering either renting a studio or building one in our backyard sometime in the future.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU LIKE TO SHOOT?

Animals in their natural habitat, zoos, travel, live theatrical performances, and our family dogs – oh, and our kids.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER PH AND THE HSC?

I discovered Peter on a live broadcast of his on Creative Live several years ago – I bought his book and then was hooked, and joined the Crew shortly thereafter as I was deciding to leave my 40+ year career in high tech sales/marketing and start my “2nd career”.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO JOIN THE CREW ONCE YOU FOUND IT?

As long as it took to process a credit card. OK, maybe a few weeks longer.....

WHAT IS ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD NEVER GUESS ABOUT YOU?

I was born at a very young age and deep down inside am a pretty private/shy person and had poor social skills. In my teens I wound up working a part time job in high school (to help pay for college and other things) as a sales person in a high end stereo store. At the time I didn’t realize how much that job would influence the rest of my life – I developed interpersonal skills, my fascination/love for electronics (I wound up getting an Electrical Engineering degree and yes, I’m a geek and proud of it!), the foundation for my management style (for when I eventually managed sales teams) and developing a strong foundation of ethics while being in sales.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOU?

I love helping people, problem solving for people – it’s one of the things I love about my work – so many of my clients have never had a good headshot, don’t like the way they look in photographs, hate having their picture taken, etc.. They leave my sessions having had fun, learned a whole bunch of things, and really happy with their images – many say they’ve shown them to their family, parents, etc. and get great feedback saying they’ve never seen them look so great in an image. I don’t care how many images they purchased – that makes my day! That, and I’m a very proud papa of 2 great girls (not that I haven’t lost hair raising them with my wife!).

20 Comments

Michael Batten's picture
Associate

One of the nicest and most genuine people you’ll find in this Crew.

Rich Soublet's picture
Mentor

Barry is a treasure! 'Nuff said.

Robert de Wit's picture
Associate

Barry is awesome! Absolutely amazing source of knowledge, with the credentials and experience to back it up. Also makes a mean bagel (or so I’ve heard).

Lisa Marie Pane's picture
Associate

"Ambi-luminous" ... Love it!

Beth Madison's picture
Associate

Here's the correct link to his website (there's a typo in the link above):

https://www.barrybraunsteinphotography.com/

Beth Madison's picture
Associate

I'll just pile on what everyone else has said! Barry is an amazing guy -- a great photographer who does beautiful work, and also a generous human, always ready to help. We're lucky to have him in the Crew. Fantastic set of sample shots, Barry!!

Patrick Smith's picture
Protégé

Barry, we've never met in person but like many in this community I feel as if I have. You've commented and had useful advice on many of my posts.
I'm so grateful for that kind of help that comes without necessarily asking for it. It's a genuine desire to help and assist that one can't fake.
Thank you for all that you provide to this community of strivers! Also, I'm using ambiluminous! Genius!

Daniel Wakefield's picture
Protégé

You the man, Barry!

Vail Fucci's picture
Protégé

Beautiful work Barry! Can’t wait to be vaccinated so we can meet up some time!

Barry Braunstein's picture
Associate

Thank you all for your kind words - I have and continue to learn from everyone here and value all the friendships I’ve made and continue to! You guys rock! Btw, I failed to mention how proud I also am of my wife of 26 years who is an incredible mother along with a successful career in a somewhat male dominated industry.

Christian Berens's picture
Protégé

Another engineer in HSC, one of us, one of us. Congrats on the feature Barry!!

Vail Fucci's picture
Protégé

I was Bioengineering undergrad and Ph.D. In bioethics. Should have known back in college when I spent more time in the dark room than the lab that this was the right path for me.

Brian Gayley's picture
Protégé

Barry is top shelf for sure! I have learned a ton from his marketing posts. Very generous.

Peter Istvan's picture
Protégé

Right on Barry, thanks for being a constant source of support, education, and inspiration!

Steve Thewis's picture
Protégé

Nice one Barry Braunstein !

Matt Marcheski's picture
Protégé

Such stunning lighting! Beautiful work Barry!!

Pete Coco's picture
Associate

Awesome, Barry! Thank you for all you do for the crew!

Scott Endersby's picture
Protégé

Way to go Barry!!!

Alex Abercrombie's picture
Protégé

Barry I am always blown away by your generous and thoughtful help. I love how ethics are so important to you. Thank you for sharing your gifts and talent with us. And can't wait to meet you in person one day!

Barry Braunstein's picture
Associate

Thanks again for your support and kind words everyone - it means a lot to me!