Brandy Swartz is a Midwest and Destination wedding and travel photographer currently based out of Iowa. She has 17 years and over 300 weddings of experience. She has been published and featured in numerous wedding and photography blogs. 

contact

brandy@brandyswartz.com

815.878.5482

based out of Burlington, Iowa 

available for travel all over the world

Mentoring

When i first started photography, it was a struggle to find the right people to help me learn. I made a promise to myself that one day when I had the chance I would teach others what I have come to know. If you are interested in one on one mentoring sessions, contact me today for more information. Also check out our mentoring section in the blog for a steady flow of tips and advice. 

I first worked under Brandy as an assistant at a wedding that she was photographing. It was amazing to watch her creativity flow as she captured the day. She made it clear from the very beginning that I could ask any questions anytime throughout the day (and I did!) I left that day so inspired to go out and use what I had learned. Since then, I purchased one of her cameras and she even offered lessons on using the camera. She is such a natural teacher. Brandy is so approachable and good at explaining things in an understandable way. Even though she has a busy schedule, she has quickly and happily responded when I’ve reached out to her with questions. She has so much knowledge about photography~from technical aspects to posing to marketing and branding. Brandy has been such a help in my development as a photographer and has become a friend.

-Kerri

“I couldn’t have asked for a better mentoring session with Brandy. She taught me things about my camera that I had no idea it could do in the first 5 minutes of the session. Her love and passion for photography truly shows in her work and mentoring. Brandy really gave me a boost of confidence with my photography and I am extremely grateful for that and her wisdom!” 

-Rachel

Brandy taught me SO MUCH MORE than I ever expected I could learn in such a short period of time. She also sent me so, so many helpful guides that I can read and refer back to whenever I want. And she helped me in so many other areas than just what I originally wanted to know about. She also helped me with customer care/relations and branding and marketing...I got far more than I paid for! Needless to say, I am now completely rebranding my business, and for the first time in YEARS feel inspired again and challenged in the best way. I don't remember the last time I've been so excited about anything and all that's to come for my career's future. 

In the next 6 months to 1 year, I will deff be updating this review to let you all know how the impact of Brandy's guidance has really effected me. But until then, I am working hard under her expertise, and am so grateful for the wisdom she has shared with me. She is life changing!

-Mikayla

What we do

photography 101

The basics of photography! This is a perfect introduction for the rookie photographer, hobbyist or even an experienced photographer wanting to refresh their memory. We cover topics such as: Equipment, Camera Settings, Lighting, Composition, Posing and Post Production. 

business ins + outs

This area can be completely overwhelming and sometimes the least favorite! However, when your business is organized... your work excels. I help you organize the ins + outs of the business. We cover subjects like contracts, booking, sales, photography packages, accounting and more! 

branding + marketing

It took me years to figure out that to be able to achieve my vision, I had to conquer my branding and marketing. It is the silent hero behind a successful photography career. I go over important things like website, social media, creating your brand and how to get your work seen. 

destination + travel

Have you ever thought... I just want to travel the world, take photographs and get paid to do it! So did I. I will answer all of your questions and give you the rundown of how I attract my dream clients and create custom travel packages just for them.