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Check Out Brandon Caylor’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandon Caylor.

Hi Brandon, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I have always dabbled a bit with photography since I was a teenager. I started with a Canon film camera, which I never got good at. I eventually got a Nikon D60 which seemed a huge step. I was only 22 then and would do “photoshoots” for some friends, but I never took it too seriously. Fast forward after getting married and having my first kid, we were interested in going to Cosplay conventions as they were always fun. I started making my son’s cosplays, and I wanted to take better photos than what I was able to do with an iPhone, so I bought a cheap used Nikon D3300, and that’s when I started getting more serious. I used to use natural lighting but wanted to get more creative with it, so I started to get into flash photography and learn the tricks there. I would use cheap speed lights and a cheap Nikon 35mm 1.8g lens. Eventually, I would start adding gels to the flashes to get some even more creative shorts for my son. It was a great start for me to learn the basics. After a while, I started feeling pretty confident with the quality of my work, and I wanted to branch out and try doing shoots for people I had never met before to help push me to become a better photographer. I won’t lie. It was a mental challenge to build myself up to talk to random people at conventions and ask them if they wanted some free photos. It helped me break out of my shell and forced me to get creative with on-location shoots and interact with more people with the same interests.

My first convention got me some more experience, and I was able to add the photos to my Instagram page as a way to show off some of my work. But what was exciting for me was seeing people getting their photos back and excited to see their hard work in their cosplays but now have a great photo to go along with it. That was a driving point for me. Everyone wants to show off what they had worked hard on, but sometimes a photo with your phone doesn’t do it justice, so that’s where I would like to help them out.

Soon enough, I was able to start making a name for myself at the local conventions, and I was getting people who wanted to pay for my work which at the moment seemed crazy, but it helped me realize maybe I was on the right path. Since then, I’ve been trying to push myself more and more to help bring people’s projects to life so they can be proud of their photos.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I wouldn’t say it was a smooth road, to begin with. I would research and browse other photographers’ Instagram pages to get ideas about how they were doing their shoots. There is so much you can tweak when doing photography and a lot to learn and remember. I remember trying my hardest to create these very dynamic shots in open hallways, but I couldn’t quite understand how to do it since most of my practice was with my 3-year-old son at the time, who gets pretty bored with standing still for photos. Eventually, I reached out to another photographer who admired his work, and he helped me with some good tips and ways to get the dynamic shots I had been striving for.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My main goal as a photographer is to see people so blown away by the photos that I take of them. My main focus has been Cosplay photography. Cosplay photography, to me, has been a great way to get very creative with the photo shoots. Some of the Cosplayer’s creations can be elaborate, and they put in so much work to bring a character to life. One of my favorite memories was when I was working with this group, and we met at the Mansfield Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio. That location has a lot of history as it was an old prison where they had filmed the movie The Shawshank Redemption. We had the whole place to ourselves, and it was an X-Men-themed photo shoot. There were amazing locations to shoot at, from the prison cells down on the ground floor to the old degrading chapel upstairs.

So, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you before we go? How can they support you?
Anyone willing to work with me can always reach out to me through my Instagram account, FictiveLifePhotography. I’m always glad to find new people to work with, whether cosplay, prom, corporate events, or anything. Even new photographers who want to learn some new things, I am always willing to help out. If I didn’t have some support as I had previously, I wouldn’t be where I am, so I would love to help out wherever I can to help pay it forward.


  • I’m flexible and try to work with anyone.

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