Mental Health Awareness

Every year in May mental health is talked about and for one month out of the year, everyone is "okay" with talking about it. What about the other 11 months of the year? For the people who struggle with mental health that doesn't go away. I have started a passion project to bring to light some of the struggles that people go through and the strengths that they have come out with.

This first project was centered around words. This photo shoot was done in Downtown Charleston with help from hair and makeup artist Caitlyn Harris, find her on Ig @cait.moxiepark. As a photographer in Charleston, I have a chance to tell the story of so many people! This project allows me to dig deep into things that people might not know about someone and get to celebrate their strength!

about the project

If you have made it this far thank you for taking some time to look at these images! My name is Brandon and I am the owner of Brandon Allan Photography located in Charleston, South Carolina. My main goal in this project is to raise awareness for mental health and do my part to tell a story through photographs. I am also a teacher as a full-time job right now so I see firsthand how Covid has impacted Mental Health in this country.

There is a stigma that something is wrong with someone when they have a mental health issue but when you break an arm no one thinks that. Everyone will run to sign a cast that someone has on and celebrate them when they are healed. Why can't we do this regarding mental health? Why can't we celebrate small victories for people? In this project, I intend to do that. I want to do a series of these different concepts and I am currently working on finalizing my second concept.

My goal is to do about a 5 part series around the concept of mental health awareness. These photo shoots will take place all around Charleston to help showcase each person's story.

If you would like to be a part of this project please reach out to me. If you are a vendor or a person who wants to share their story I would love to connect with you for this project or something in the future.

about me

As I said above my name is Brandon and I am the owner of Brandon Allan Photography! My goal in photography is to help capture your memories for years to come!

I moved to Charleston in June of 2020, yup right in the middle of covid. It made for an interesting time to uproot my life but it was for the best! I originally moved here to coach football but after a year I decided to make a change and became a teacher and got to start my business and I haven't looked back since!

I have got to meet so many great people who either are visiting Charleston and looking for a photographer or people who live here who are trying to update some photos and just create some memories! Again that is my goal with photography is to capture your memories!