2 Minutes With Our Founder, Brianna Broyles

2 Minutes With Our Founder, Brianna Broyles

If you’ve been following The Shootout Society for a little while, you’ll know just how stunning and diverse our shoots are! From an edgy engagement shoot at Joshua Tree to an Indie Forest Wedding in Seattle to a Moroccan Sand Dunes Elopement in California, there’s surely one (or five!) shootouts that will add that “special something” to your portfolio.

And it’s all thanks to the creative genius behind it all, Brianna Broyles, a published wedding photographer who spends hours curating the best team of vendors and crafting unique styled shoots to help you grow your portfolio and attract your dream client.

Ever since she was a child, she knew she was destined for life as a creative entrepreneur. She enjoyed spending hours in dance class each week, doodling during all of her classes and eventually stumbling into photography after taking yearbook in the 8th grade.

Here’s a little insight to who Brianna is behind the scenes and her vision behind The Shootout Society.

I shot my first wedding at 16…

After buying my first camera as a freshman in high school. I had spent a year practicing and developing my photography skills before shooting a wedding for my cousin’s friend for $500 (which was big bucks for a teenager!) Little did I know that “taking some photos for a wedding” would lead me on the wild (but incredible!) ride as a creative entrepreneur. Now as a budding photographer herself, the bride who booked me wants to build her own portfolio by attending one of our shootouts! It’s funny how life’s so intertwined isn’t it.

I love to see people cry…

Because they’re just so happy! That moment when the groom sees the bride for the first time or a meaningful moment during the speeches, it just gets me in the feels! It’s in these moments that I’m so grateful I get to be a part of such a special day.

As a wedding photographer in Palm Springs…

The heat is always a problem as it’s not like normal cities where it only has warm weather for 6 months of the year. Here, I have to deal with hot weather all year long! One time a bridesmaid fainted in the middle of the ceremony and the bridal party had to drag her out of the sun to a shady spot under a tree. Luckily it wasn’t the bride though!

The Shootout Society started as a fun side hustle…

But since it’s launch just over a year ago, it’s grown very much into its own business! After receiving incredible feedback from our shootouts, we’ve been able to organise more events in more locations and continue to push the boundaries of styling. I’m super excited about continuing to build a community among our attendees and promote the message of Community Over Competition, something I wholeheartedly believe in.

The coolest thing about being the founder of The Shootout Society is…

I have the creative freedom to play with colors, styles, venues and vendors to create a beautiful styled shoot that makes my attendees go “wow”. Plus, I get to give other photographers the opportunity to add amazing images to their portfolio which makes my heart so happy. I love bringing people together with mutual passions and I’ve made lots of friends from organising these events!

My vision for The Shootout Society is…

To bring together wedding photographers (of all different backgrounds!) and a team of the best vendors in the biz, to create styled photo shoots that are far beyond anything anyone could have created on their own. As a creative entrepreneur, there’s nothing more empowering than joining forces with a group of like-minded, passion led business owners, which is why our shootouts are such a unique opportunity for our attendees.

We choose vendors that most importantly…

Have a mutual passion to contribute to the overall community. They are totally on the same page regarding my vision for The Shootout Society and understand the value of helping others better they craft. We also make our choice based on strong portfolios of their work to ensure we’re only using the best of the best to create these epic shootouts.

We’re all here to support one another…

Even at our shootouts. Our attendees are always kind, supportive and super helpful to each other and make sure that everyone is getting the shot they want! It actually surprises me just how generous and encouraging they are. For example they’ll step up to fluff the dress while someone else takes the shot and encourage each other to interact with the models, rather than hogging them all to themselves. I feel so lucky to be able to watch this little community evolve at our shootouts as it makes the process all the more fun and exciting.