BIG FAVORITE: BRE FURLONG PARKER
Posted by Eleanor Turner
Name: Bre Furlong Parker
Relationship to TBF: TBF Photographer, I get to take all the pictures.
Claim-to-Fame: I try to capture people and things, just the way they are, but in the most beautiful way possible. My work focuses heavily on color, composition, and candor. It’s the coolest thing when people can recognize your work, and lucky for me, they seem to!
Bio: I’m a photographer made and raised in Philadelphia, but without the accent. I’ve been practicing photography since I was 13 years old, which has allowed me to do work in just about every category. I spent 7 years in advertising as an art director and photographer, and now I shoot freelance for all sorts of amazing brands like The Big Favorite.
I’m also wifey to an amazing man (and Big Favorite model!) and soon I’ll be a Mama to our baby girl, Paloma. I am fortunate to be “what I wanted to be when I grew up” and I truly love my life.
Something people may not know about you or a hidden talent:
I love to sing, but I’m afraid to sing in front of people. The only time I’ve ever performed was at my 8th birthday party where I sang “Sometimes” by Britney Spears, and I made everyone turn around and stare at the wall as I sang.
Go-to underwear fit:
I have major pantyline phobia, so I’m always in a thong.
Favorite TBF item:
Black thong, pulled up.
How do you handle a wedgie?
I ask a friend to watch my back and then quickly and nervously try to pick it. It typically takes about two attempts to set it free.
Favorite word for underwear?
Honestly, just underwear.
Favorite word for butt?
Any underwear “horror stories”?
The only thing horrifying about my underwear bin at the moment is that none of it fits anymore - except for my Big Favorites.
Favorite sustainability habits or life-hacks?
I like to empty all of my groceries (like cereal and produce) into reusable containers as soon as I get home from the market, that way I can properly clean and recycle all of the plastics right away. If you try to make chores feel more like a ritual and less of an obligation, you’re more likely to do it, and do it right.
"If you try to make chores feel more like a ritual and less of an obligation, you’re more likely to do it, and do it right."
Let’s Go Deep:
How did you end up in Philly?
Straight from the womb and I’ve been here ever since.
What role does the environment play in your shopping choices and/or work?
I try to shop as ethically as possible, from the foods I eat to the clothes I wear. Unfortunately my work can be extremely wasteful - especially when it comes to food and cocktail shoots. I haven’t quite figured out how to save perishable items after hours of fondling, but I always recycle my seamless backdrops.
If you could teach every person in the world one thing, what would you teach them?
What do you want your legacy to be? What are you doing to make an impact?
I’m not sure if I care as much about a legacy as I do about leaving small impressions upon people every day. It’s extremely important to me that I lead by example, to inspire and show people what can be done.
"It’s extremely important to me that I lead by example, to inspire and show people what can be done."
What future do you rally around?
One with equality and community.
What’s the one piece of advice you’ll give Paloma when she turns 16? If you have a wedgie, just fucking pick it.