Photographer Spotlight: Brian Hudson Productions
Integral to The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale’s mission is telling the stories behind the small businesses Scouted in each Volume. The story begins in print and continues online, after all. As you peruse Volume 2, we are thrilled to continue our story-telling mission with Contributor Spotlights.
Inspired to pursue a photography and videography from a young age, Brian Hudson has had a prolific career. Sports fans will recognize his work with NASCAR, NBA, College Basketball, Winter & Summer X Games, The Indy 500, and various other worldwide broadcasts. His eye for movement and storytelling has captured the attention of global broadcasting magnets — think ESPN, ABC, NBC, NBC Sports and the like — and it’s an honor to have him turn his lens on local stars.
TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: Let’s start at the beginning. What inspired you to become a photographer?
Brian Hudson: Growing up in Michigan, I fell in love with snow skiing and photography around the same time. The local ski hill would play Warren Miller ski movies in their lodge, and I was so inspired by how he found a way to combine the two things I loved most — skiing and photography — to make a career. I wanted to be him! I was fortunate to meet Warren before he passed and and thank him for inspiring myself and others to follow our passion. I will forever be grateful!
TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: The Valley is a long way away from Michigan — not to mention snow! What drew you to Phoenix & Scottsdale and, in turn, photographing for The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale?
Brian Hudson: For the majority of my photography career, I’ve had to travel all over the country. Working with TSG gives me the chance to work locally with people in the community, which is a wonderful opportunity.
TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: Well, we’re thrilled to have you on board for Volume 3. What, in your own words, defines you as a photographer?
Brian Hudson: As a photographer, my specialities run the gamut: from portraiture and landscapes, sports and time-lapse, to aerial photography and videography. But, no matter what I’m capturing, I prioritize an attention to detail and am driven to capture the perfect image, rather than perfecting the image in photoshop. It’s typically easier to “fix” a detail during the shoot than it is to photoshop later.
TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: And how would you define your style?
Brian Hudson: I love capturing images that tell a story and inspire the viewer to think about how an image was captured.
TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: As an artist, what is it like to inspire a viewer to think about the story behind your images?
Brian Hudson: Knowing what it took to create a certain image and seeing it through from the initial idea to the final edit, I feel a sense of accomplishment and pride.
TSG Phoenix & Scottsdale: Speaking of a sense of pride, what are your biggest accomplishments thus far?
Brian Hudson: First and foremost, my son! I’ve also been fortunate to photograph some of the biggest sporting events in the world and had the opportunity to work with some incredible people. In 2022, I won a Sports Emmy Award for my work on the Superbowl LVI Pre Game Show with NBC Sports.
We are thrilled to have Brian Hudson on board for The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale Volume 3. He’s a wonderful talent that will empower us to do what we do best: showcase and celebrate the stories of the Valley’s business owners. To learn more about Brian and working with Brian Hudson Productions on your next photographic project, reach out here. And don’t forget to tell him Scout sent you!