brian averill | About
It started at 8, when my mom gave me her old Instamatic and I began a series of ridiculously elaborate shots of my Star Wars figures. A decade later, I wound up in the only place in America where this behavior is considered normal. Film school. A short was well received at festivals and I found myself directing second units (sunsets and cars) for B-movie king Roger Corman.

I got lucky and directed two features. Both won big awards at small film festivals. My second, the thriller Simple Revenge (trailer) premiered on Lifetime and went on to worldwide distribution. All seemed to be going eerily well, but as I continued to wade through the Hollywood development swamp, chasing money and names, I realized just how much I missed the independence and that simple act of looking through the viewfinder, releasing the shutter, and grabbing a moment.

These days, I feel my movie background adds a cinematic flair to every shot I take. I love using the frame and light to make people larger than life. I'm captivated by the diverse culture of Southern California and my photographs let me reflect that incredible vibrance and hopefully present it in a unique way that people respond to. One thing I’ll never tire of is the expression on someone’s face the first time they see a finished version of a great shot we got together. I'm available for portraiture (pets too!), sports, wedding, and fashion work. Thank you for checking out my work.