November 14th, 2019
Jesse Gussow


The first thing you notice when looking at the beautiful images created by Britney Holden of Shots Fired Photostylings, are the colours, the vivid colours of her work immediately catch your attention. The soft tones help to accentuate those colours or mute them to draw your attention elsewhere. Her work touches on many themes and emotions that most viewers can easily relate to. A skilled photographer who can show us what so many of us can’t put into words.   


Where are you from?

I am from Clovis, California. I currently reside in Southern California while my husband finishes his military career.



How did you get started in Photography?

I always enjoyed taking photos, but I would say I really started getting serious a little under two years ago. I was working for a makeup company and wanted head shots of the makeovers, and eventually realized I much preferred photography... never looked back.



What inspires your Photography?

All kinds of things. My process can start by finding something second hand at a thrift store or garage sale as my inspiration piece. Could be a dress or prop, and then I just kinda roll with it! Or, probably more frequently, I send my models a few ideas I like and tell them to find what inspires or speaks to them, they show up, we get to creating. I'd say 80% of my favorite images were things I came up with on the fly, or we had a different concept and changed it last minute. I enjoy winging it and forcing myself to create with what I have at my disposal, no excuses.



How would you describe your style?

I would have to say bold. I like playing with colors and props, and I like taking chances. Some of my best work (in my own mind) are images where I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone.



What are your favourite types of collaborations to work on?

I love working with creative minds. I think I have a knack for spotting hidden talents in people... I have convinced a friend of mine to start a dress business, had a friend with a 3D printer help me make props, friends do costuming for me... If you're my friend and you have a little artist in you, I will recruit you to help me make images! Also, I work with the same few models who are like muses to me. They know and trust my process and I value their input and talents!



Do you prefer location shooting or studio shoots?

Definitely studio. I have a tiny studio I shoot most of my images in, its in my dining room!



What’s the most bizarre thing that’s ever happened on a shoot?

I once yelled out "MOVE BITCH!" in reference to my camera focus... but my model thought I was talking to her! We had a good laugh after I explained, but it wasn't my best professional moment!



If you could combine three different animals to create a super animal what three would it be and what would you call it?

Oh, definitely a slothicorncat. Great question.



How do you prepare for a shoot?

I pull out anything I think I could possibly use or draw inspiration from. Also, I always make sure I put in a memory card. Made that mistake once when I was starting out. Yikes.



What do you want people to experience when they see your work?

I want to evoke a clear emotion... I love when people love or hate my images... I like even more when people tell me what they interpret the image to be without me saying anything about it.



How have your grown as a Photographer from your first shoot to you latest?

Wow... I think baby photographer me would be effing stoked. I put in so much work this year to learn lighting, editing, composition, posing, wardrobe... I have become more confident in my work and who I am and what I want to create. It's a hell of a rush to look back to where I started and what I am making now.



What advice would you give to your younger self?

STOP DOING WHAT EVERYONE EXPECTS OF YOU. Do what makes your soul sing and have no apologies.



What’s something that people would be shocked to learn about you?

I don't drink alcohol. That really stumps some people!



Who would you love to collaborate with?

I actually got a chance to create with one of my idols, Brooke Shaden. I love her! I would also love to work with Annie Leibowitz. And I would love to photograph Coco Rocha and Miley Cyrus.



Do you prefer Oreo or Fudger-O cookies?

Chocolate chip cookies. Sorry that wasn't a choice, but its the only answer.

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