At Brannigan + Follen, our mission is to keep the joy and love of film photography and accessible art education alive and well in the city of Cleveland. We have realized the sad fact that many schools, education centers and colleges have given up their beloved darkrooms. (RIP darkrooms. Sadface.) Seeing the need to keep the old-fashioned process going, we are dedicated to making sure that film photography still has a place in all of our lives.
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The magic of anticipation is as exciting as what comes after.
SMELL OF COOKIES BAKING
LEAVES TURNING COLOR
AWAITING THE POSTMAN
STRIKE OF LIGHTNING
PLANTING A SEED
CLICK OF A CAMERA
FILM PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWS US TO TAKE A BEAT AND
SIMPLY WONDER WHAT COMES NEXT.
Other reasons why we love film photography
EVEN GRANDMA CAN DO IT
Happy accidents are a good thing
Forces you to breathe
Personal therapy for all of of life’s problems
Long story short: Julie and Nikki went off to art school for NOT Photography. Julie and Nikki were both taught the ways of film photography. We both felt the need to bring all the amazingness of film photography back to CLE. With our powers combined – bam! Brannigan + Follen was born. If you want the full long story, come in and we can tell you while we develop some film together.
If you must know something about myself: I believe the most beautiful part about photography is being able to start a conversation that people can join in and feel connected. In life, these shared experiences, stories and visual memories choose to stay with us forever.
For myself, there’s nothing better than being able to tell your beautiful story without saying a single word. It’s better when the photographs do the talking.
I am a Cleveland native who attended the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I received a BA in Graphic Design and a minor in Photography. It was there that I learned the ways of alternative and analog photography from the amazing, Cara Lee Wade. I needed more photo love in my life so I went on to the Kendall College of Art and Design, in Grand Rapids, MI, for my MFA in Photography. While at graduate school, I learned and taught black-and-white film and digital photography. I also specialized in the color darkroom and many different alternative processes.
Currently, I teach graphic design and photography classes at Baldwin Wallace University, in Berea, OH. I also lead and direct analog and alternative process workshops for both adults and the youth in the Cleveland area. In addition to my teaching, I am also a freelance portrait photographer who specializes in the fine art of visual storytelling.
Useless fun facts: I have a killer collection of vintage cameras that I distract myself with on a daily basis. I enjoy positive vibes and energy. My go-to garb for editing photos is yoga pants. Coffee makes me awesome. I may be stretching the truth on that last one.