Bryan McNulty of Nino Munoz Photography takes our Studio Manager Questionnaire

I recently asked Bryan McNulty, studio manager for fashion and celebrity photographer Nino Muñoz, whose studio is located in the East Village, to take our Studio Manager Questionnaire. Bryan is as friendly and down-to-earth as Nino himself, and his answers reveal that the two have more than photography in common; they both have a healthy perspective. “In this business, particularly, you have to check your ego at the door and simply do the work,” says Bryan.

Herewith, the Studio Manager Questionnaire: Bryan McNulty

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Bryan McNulty, studio manager for Nino Muñoz, with Nino’s dogs Hunter (left) and Milo.

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Stockland Martel Blog: How did you hear about this job, and when did you start?
Bryan McNulty: I ran into a friend (and current SM employee) coming off the subway who told me about the position, and I started this past March.

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SMB: What were you doing before?
BM: In reality, just going through the motions. I studio managed for an editorial shooter, whose work focused on portraiture and interiors. I was also shooting on my own and working at a restaurant. I had always wanted to be part of the high-end commercial photography world and, at the time, was taking (very small) steps in that direction.

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SMB: What are your primary responsibilities?
BM: I manage the day-to-day business, and provide an objective sounding board for Nino’s creative energy. What I tell my friends and family is that I handle the general workflow of a job from start to finish – everything in between the moment dates are put on the calendar, thru production, image management, billing and, finally, filing the job folder as “complete.” In short, I try not to mess things up.
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SMB: What’s the most unusual thing you’ve had to do?
BM: I don’t know if this is good or not, but I’ve yet to do anything I felt was unusual in this business. [knock on wood] I figure what’s unusual is the people you have to deal with.

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SMB: What’s been the greatest highlight so far?
BM: Beyond the daily protein shakes and occasional avocado and olive oil on toast? The moment I walked into the studio I knew I was part of something special. Nino’s incredibly talented and this experience has not only been timely in my professional development, but also a driving inspiration for my personal work.

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SMB: A good job is one where the person can grow and learn. What have you learned since going to work for Nino?
BM: That at the end of the day, we’re just taking pretty pictures—knowing that this is my career path, how can I not smile? In this business, particularly, you have to check your ego at the door and simply do the work. It’s about personality management and having consistent self-discipline. Nino makes this part of the job look effortless.

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SMB: Nino is friends with Gisele Bundchen, who is also his longtime muse. Do you get to hang out with Gisele?
BM: Nino’s longtime collaboration with Gisele is special, and the work they have and are creating together is currently being woven into the fabric of the fashion and beauty world. I can’t lie…it’s exciting to be a part of..

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Photo by Bryan McNulty.

Photo by Bryan McNulty.

Photo by Bryan McNulty.

Photo by Bryan McNulty.

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SMB: What is your creative passion—are you a photographer, artist, musician, maker of artisanal cheese, etc.?
BM: I love photography, and my work focuses on movement—from the artistry of acrobats and dancers, to the ebbs and flows of daily life. For me, photography is about a moment and what story that moment tells. My website is lostartiststudios.com.

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SMB: Thank you, Bryan!

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Previous Studio Manager Questionnaires:

Eric White, of Roxanne Lowit Photographs

Rachel Goldman, of Art Streiber Photography

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One Comment

  1. Danielle Hubbard
    Posted 07/12/2011 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    just saw this for the first time – so glad things are working out so well! Take good care of my Nino and give everyone a hug from me. I’m sure we’ll cross paths at some point Bryan :)


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