Around the office, we’re still buzzing with excitement over Annie’s feature in The New York Times! If you missed the story about Marrakesh, the iconic Palm Desert country club where Annie purchased a home last year, you can read it here.
Accompanying the story were fabulous shots of Annie and her Palm Desert home taken by the renowned photography duo David Walter Banks and Kendrick Brinson of Brinson+Banks.
The husband and wife team have photographed celebrities from Conan O’Brien to Jimmy Kimmel to Eva Longoria, Julia Roberts, David Lynch, Mindy Kaling and Snoop Dogg among countless others, and have traveled around the world to capture imagery for high-profile clients including Samsung, Target, Google, Toyota, Tiffany & Co., Audi and ADIDAS.
The pair is also known for capturing the same kissing pose, coined “#BrinsonBanksing,” against different backdrops around the globe. The pose is quite popular and emulated by other couples on Instagram.
Annie says that she had a wonderful time working with the pair. Her friend snapped these fun shots of David and Kendrick in action during the shoot:
They were so great to work with that we wanted to find out a little more about them, their business, and what it’s like working together. We reached out to David and Kendrick with some of our questions and we thought you’d all be interested in their responses too. So, without further ado, a Q&A with Brinson+Banks!
How and when did you two meet? What is it like working together all the time?
We met in a photojournalism class at University of Georgia and fell in love with photography and storytelling at the same time in the same place. But we didn’t fall in love with each other until two years later. We were fresh out of college working at two different small newspapers nine hours apart when we began a deeper friendship, which mounted to long conversations with heavy flirtation and eventually 9 hour drives between rural Georgia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We fell hard and deeply in love during those first long-distance years, and over time built a life around each other.
Working together all the time is first a blessing. Most American adults spend the majority of their lives working, and we feel gifted to spend those long hours with the one we love most in the world. The flip side of the coin is that it is hard! You have to keep your priorities straight, and create boundaries to figure out where we end and work begins, which is often a very blurry line. You have to make a conscious effort to stay on the same wavelength as you develop in business, as artists, and as human beings.
Where was the wildest/craziest location that you ever shot?
Our work has taken us from celebrity mansions in LA to the Marley Compound in Miami, from political coverage of the RNC and DNC to fracking in North Dakota and to small communities in rural places throughout the country. Perhaps one of the strangest though was a personal project in Guatemala when we spent sunset on Kendrick’s birthday jumping over streams of fluorescent molten lava as we hiked atop an active volcano.
You have so many high-profile clients—both companies and celebrities. Is it ever intimidating? Do you have any favorites? Any funny or interesting encounters?
It is often intimidating, but I think that is healthy to a degree. You have to treat every job like your reputation and future livelihood is on the line, because it is. We also put a pressure on ourselves to always try to exceed our own expectations. We have had so many shoots we loved. Our work for Samsung and Edelman was particularly fulfilling because we had the opportunity to travel to both Kauai and Iceland to explore the outdoors and make some very personal photographs. A recent joy was a shoot with Weird Al Yankovic which ended in an accordion serenade by the man himself, while he sat atop the diving board of his home swimming pool, bare feet splashing in the water below.
What is your favorite aspect of your career?
Our favorite aspect of our career is that we get to create for a living, feeding our souls and our wallets at the same time.
Is there anywhere or anyone you haven’t shot yet that you’d like to?
We have our sights set on Japan right now!
Here are some of Annie’s favorite images from the Marrakesh shoot with Brinson+Banks:
Which image is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!