A little bit about me. My name is actually Bryant Belknap — neither Gray nor Harring — and I love photography.
My first real career was acting. I have a BFA in acting from Oklahoma City where I met my wife — playing her husband in a show. We enjoyed it so much we decided to make it real.
I love marriage and everything it stands for. My wife Emily, is my first real love, and I can’t get enough of her. She’s my forever. We just had our first baby, a daughter named Olive. The three of us live in the Dallas Fort Worth area. The two of them are my absolute favorite subjects and I want to pass down photo albums and hard drives full of stories for children and grandchildren to look through. As a kid I had a drawer in my dresser full of prints from every Christmas, birthday, and vacation. To this day, every time I go back home I spend time reliving my childhood through those pictures.
My first camera was a 30-year-old Canon...
It was the Canon AE-1 my dad used when he was in high school. When my dad gave me that camera he also included a roll of Kodak Ektar 100. I remember being so cautious with each of those 36 frames. I researched, read, and sought out so much information it must have taken me weeks to get through that first roll. Each frame was savored and decidedly taken — I wanted every shot to be perfect. Getting back the scans and prints from that first roll was like Christmas.
Film is magical like that.
Although time has passed since that first roll, I’ve upgraded my equipment, and I shoot on both digital and film, I still feel the weight of each shot. Moments are fleeting and capturing the emotion, the excitement, the energy, and the joy of a wedding requires more finesse than firing off 30 frames a second. It requires being present, engaged, and sometimes even a little patient. I love being given the honor to be a part of your day, step into your family and document it as I would my own.