Once upon a time,
I wanted to create a luxury photo booth for Birmingham that was beautifully magnetic.
So, I did.
When the Universe sends you the vibrations - it feels different. You light up, you shimmy, you flirt with visions of what could be, and you go for it like your whole existence depends on it.
My warrior Mother named me Bradley. In my younger years I revolted in a somewhat silent, but respectful, protest as I longed for a more befitting name. I shortened it to Brad. I must have also been short on time and inventive will power.
I was sprouted and watered in a rural Missouri farm town, but uprooted just as soon as I could afford the gas to take me more than 30 miles anywhere.
When weighing my options to move South in 2012 to follow my chosen career path in education leadership - Birmingham kissed my cheek, but the Gulf and I had a full on love affair. The salt water and soft sand of the Gulf is one of my favorite places to reconnect, refresh, and generally 're' whenever I feel stuck or need a Vitamin D (and sea) boost.
Ideas flow like mad and suppressed desires are playful and beg to be drawn and written in my notebook. I'm also at my most confident and courageous. Does this crazy potion come in IV drips? In making sense of my feel goods at the salt water, I acknowledge that my multi-passionate brain requires me to share ideas with anyone who will listen. That's when my partner, Sean, received an earful for the remainder of our trip. He's beautifully supportive of the cape I feel I permanently wear.
"A photo booth!", I exclaimed proposing the idea to him. He nodded and cheered me on.
I wanted to create a luxury photo booth for Birmingham that was beautifully magnetic and everything but traditional. So, I did and when your stars align, it's seriously nirvana.
The process of creating The FlashBar taught me one very valuable lesson in confidence and gumption. You simply must run after the things that give you light on your heart and oil in your gears. Those salt water vibrations and drunk on sunshine afternoons helped shape what is now The FlashBar Photo Co., a division of Bradley Alan Creative, LLC, and I'm beyond thrilled and honored to bring it to you.
Let's shimmy and do this thang!