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Rising Stars: Meet Bri Long

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bri Long.

Hi Bri, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
For as long as I remember, I’ve always been interested in photography (there are even baby photos of me carrying cameras around!), so when I was old enough to take a film photography class at my high school, I signed up as fast as I could.

I instantly fell in love with photography and later that year for Christmas, I received my first DSLR. Two years later, when I ended up going to The University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning to major in Fine Arts with a focus in photography – it wasn’t a surprise to anyone! I spent the next six years in college working for a local magazine and traveling the country. I shot my first wedding in 2017 and went full-time in 2019.

Fast forward to 2020, when I graduated with my bachelor’s degree and moved to Nashville with my boyfriend. We were lucky enough to be able to buy a house and I was able to rebrand and make the transition into a small wedding and elopement photographer.

Now, a year later I’ve had the amazing privilege to shoot couples in 15 states and counting.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Thankfully, it’s been fairly smooth – though I think that’s because I was able to ease my way into the photography world while still being in college. Though with anything in this world – everything takes time and practice and the more you put into something the more you’ll get out of it.

Through, like most photographers – it’s so easy to compare yourself to every other wonderful photographer on social media which can be really difficult.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I specialize in small weddings and elopements but go at them with a different approach than what seems to be common. I truly believe that your day should be exactly how you want it to be and a common misconception within the elopement world is that you have two options: To get married at a courthouse or to hike 5 miles and get married on a mountaintop.

I specialize in the couples that want to get married just the two of them (or with their close friends and family) who still want the epic views – but don’t want the hike that’s involved.

Aside from that, I also incorporate a lot of 35mm film into my work, which allows me to focus on the in-between, soft touches, and slow unposed moments.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
Within the next 5-10 years I’m hoping to be niched down to elopements only as well as stepping into an education teaching roll within the photography community. My friends and I are getting ready to host our first photography workshop in Southern Utah in October and I’ve found a huge love for teaching helping other photographers learn and grow.

Pricing:

  • Local elopements start at 2,600
  • Continental elopements start at 3,600
  • Weddings start at 2,100
  • Couples start at 400

Contact Info:

Image Credits
Bri Nicole Photo Co.

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