Hello my name is Brandon Verdura. First off let me say thank you for checking out my website. So who am I? I hope that after reading this you have an idea of who I am and why I love what I do; and, it all starts with water.
I am a South Floridian living in Hawaii, with a second home in the water. It is water after all, that my inspiration and creativity flows from. The ever-changing reality that is always there but rarely appreciated. It is what helped me find my love for photography. My father has a strong passion for the water and spearfishing, so naturally, you could say, I dove in head first. At 5 years old, with my mask and fins, I would trail my father’s adventures and watch from the surface as he would freedive and come up with dinner… I was mind blown by that concept alone. Ever since then, I have had an unmatched love for the water, but it wasn’t until I purchased a camera that I became fully aware of the beauty it offers. 71% of this planet is covered in water, yet millions of people have never seen the ocean. I picked up a camera for a reason, to show the connection we have with the underwater world.
So, how did I discover this new passion? It all started with a GoPro 4. Originally purchased to record my underwater explorations, I quickly found interest in taking pictures and even video stills. Editing the now humorously low-quality images, and making them my own. Less than a year later, inspired by many great photographers, I went out on a limb and invested in a professional level camera, in hopes to create amazing visuals that leave an impact on people. If you would have told me six years ago that I would love photography, I would have said you were crazy, but I have learned that photography is so much more than a picture. It is capturing the moment. A visual to take you back to an exact moment, and all the feelings and memories that went along with it.
"Remember the camera is just a tool. What is more important is how you look at the world. Curiosity and a desire to explore, as well as passion" - Chris Burkard
So, I told you about my passions and how photography has changed my life. Who am I exactly, and why work with me when you have so many to choose from? I am a self-taught, driven photographer, living in Oahu, Hawaii with a strong passion for the water and full-time Helicopter Rescue Swimmer for the United States Coast Guard. Growing up, I was lucky enough to have parents who pushed me to never give up. It was their lessons that helped me graduate from Rescue Swimmer school. My class started with 24 students, and only 7 of us graduated. That same determination I had then is what I have now, except now my focus is on the art and service I can bring. Making sure to exceed my client's expectations.
"Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality" - Nikos Kazantzakis
Thank you for taking the time to read through. Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding services or purchasing prints. I am also always open to travel to fit your needs.