The Family Circus

The genesis & story behind this photoshoot comes down to celebrating Life & Family… and I am one blessed artist to have been a part of it.

Getting my Depeche Mode Fix

Strangelove-The Depeche Mode Experience To call Strangelove a cover band would completely diminish their skill and on-stage performance.  They are much more than that, in so much as I completely forgot that I was watching someone else singing a majority of my favorite songs from the last few decades.  Being at the front of the stage […]

high school senior photos

Booking Now for Class of 2018 Senior Photo Sessions

I am now booking for Class of 2018 Senior photo sessions! If you are looking to deviate from the ordinary studio-lit photo sessions and really want to have your son or daughter shine in a unique setting, contact me today.  We can discuss location options which are geared specifically to your Senior and will make […]

Strong Man, Gentle Heart

To my Son, Maximillian, Every time I look into your eyes, I see a Strong young Man with a kind & gentle Heart. I could not be more Proud to call you my Son. I look forward to your adventures to come. Happy 16th Birthday to You with All my Love. Your Dad.

Josie Pace | New Industrial Goddess

Ever since seeing a short expose on DetroitPerforms.org of Josie Pace, I was not going to pass up an opportunity to catch her live at a local venue.  Whatever it took, wherever it was, I was going to be stealing pixels!  Thanks to Small’s Hamtramck, I didn’t have to wait very long.  (This was only their […]

Senior Sessions on the Horizon…

With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, my Senior Photo Sessions will be opening up for scheduling very soon.  Keep an eye out for my posts.  In the meantime, here are the answers to your most FAQ regarding my sessions: Senior Session FAQ 2017

Satori Circus Print Sale

Everyone loves a clown.  And I know you want this handsome fella hanging on your wall. Rather than sitting in storage, I am offering these 1st run 16×20″ framed prints of my Satori Circus Theater Series for only $60.00 each (originally $125.00), shipping included.  If necessary, I will even hand deliver them to you!  Spread […]

The Beauty in Shadow & Light

Beauty can be found in the darkest of Shadows or in the brightest of Light. It is for You to decide where to look. I offer you a compilation video of a series of Butoh performances done by my Friend, and Artist, Satori Circus at The Damned Exhibition in 2016.  Accompanying him, creating the beautifully dark […]

Foggy Goodness

When the weather is unseasonably warm and gives you the gift of fog, it’s best you take full advantage of it.  

The Darkness | A Portrait

Inspired by wet plate collodion photography, I tried to emulate the same look without too much post-processing work, focusing on in-camera manipulation.  I like the results, but can see making some changes with lighting and depth-of-field and focus. What do you think?  Input appreciated.

In a Heartbeat

17 years. In the span of a heartbeat. Filled with memories, hope & aspirations, and most importantly, Love, that will never fade. Happy Birthday, Son. Cheers to your past and cheers to the adventures that await… I love you. Dad.

Rhythm Corps + Sponge wsg The Beggars

This photo series is dedicated to my Friend, Joe Grassi, who passed away too young.  It was Joe that originally introduced me to Rhythm Corps back in the late 80’s when we were both students at Cousino High School in Warren, MI and were aspiring DJ’s in the schools radio station, WPHS.  My first concerts […]

Thank you to my Seniors…so far.

It was a busy late Summer and Fall season for me with quite a few Seniors to photograph.  To those Families that spread the word about my services and to those students who gave me their All, I thank you.  Being a part of documenting this time in Amanda, Austin, Sean, Alex, and Jack’s Lives […]

The Man Behind the Makeup

One of the best ways I can honor an Artist, and more importantly, Friend, on their Birthday is through imagery.  I was honored a few years back to capture the true Russ in all his simplicity in Detroit.  So, to the Man behind the makeup, I wish you a Happy Birthday and a year filled […]

My Son

My son, the high school senior.  I cannot believe how fast the time has flown by. Image | Mr. Moonlight

Theatre Bizarre 2016

An event not to be missed, and once experienced, you will truly understand why it is hailed as The Greatest Masquerade on Earth. Ive been attending this visually stunning party since the days when it was held in the backyards of Detroit.  While those days were an awe-inspiring experience, the move to Detroit’s Masonic Temple […]

Michigan Burlesque Festival 2016

OK, seriously.  If you haven’t been to downtown Detroit, or any of the other midwest cities with a vibrant and exciting Burlesque scene yet, get off your ass and get out there!  My images here should speak to exactly what I am talking about. For an inside view of the shenanigans, click HERE. The 4th […]

Senior Photo Session FAQ

There have been quite a few consistent questions about how I manage shooting Senior Photos for my clients. In hopes of answering some, I will post them here for you. Q: How much do you charge? A: I am offering 2 packages this season: Package 1: $400.00 3 Hours 3 Locations max. (Add’l travel expenses […]

$200 Legos… I mean Logo’s.

In need of a NEW logo?  Need your old logo refreshed? Tired of that dated “look” from the 70s?  Want a dated “look” from the 70s? I can make that happen. $200 3 revisions allowed.  (More if you’re nice and buy me a beer.) You will receive all files for electronic and print usage. Contact […]

Image is (Almost) Everything – Corporate Headshots

If you are in need of updated Corporate headshots for your Company, for use on social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook, etc., contact me.  I tend to stay away from old school backdrop and flash set-ups, and prefer a more natural light utilizing your office surroundings and architecture. Depending on the number of people involved with needing […]

The All-American Opera Singer

Lindsay Terrell, All-American Opera Singer & Girl Next Door I was hired to update Lindsay’s headshots last week as the audition season is coming up.  Based on a previous photo shoot I had completed with her cousins, Lindsay felt she could trust me.  What an honor.  The time we spent in the park was relaxed, […]

True Friends

There are people that you run across in Life that completely change everything. These two are at the top of my list. These photographs, done on the spur of the moment while working on a video project with them, is the best way I can express to them my Gratitude and Love for everything they […]

Event: 2016 Michigan Burlypicks

It is my heartfelt opinion, and recommendation, that you never pass up an opportunity to see a Burlesque show in Detroit.  The local talent is exceptional, and the national talent that visits is equally entertaining. These images were captured on April 29th 2016 at the Tangent Gallery in Detroit, MI at the 2016 Burlypicks Competition […]

Last Season at The Corner

Last Season at The Corner Photo Essay, Summer 1999 With all the changes taking place at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull these days with Detroit PAL taking over the site and building a new turf-based youth baseball facility, I wanted to post the series of photographs I took of the last season in 1999 before […]

Thunderdome in Detroit

War Boys, War Girls, War Wagons and Wasteland RELOADED Events delivers once again.  The Mad Max cosplay event of the year: DROPZONE – The Fury Road to Thunderdome Only in Detroit can this kind of event be pulled off with such success and authenticity.  Truly impressed and proud to call many of these Artists and performers […]

Event: Valentine’s Variety Show

Valentine’s Variety Nuts and Chews Show, Northern Lights Lounge, Detroit MI It felt so good to finally get behind my lens again after the Holidays and New Year!  And what a perfect event to capture with the likes of Konrad Lee, Lushes LaMoan, The Big Icky and two of my favorite non-Detroiters Pinch & Squeal!  Hailed […]

Concert: Sponge wsg Solid Frog

In the mood for some Detroit rock and roll, one of my favorite bands ever, Sponge, played an intimate gig at The Ritz Detroit Saturday night.  Always a great show, albeit kinda short one that night, Vinnie and the boys never disappoint.  And, to make the night even better, I finally got to see Solid Frog […]

Scott Weiland: A Loss Too Soon

Scott Weiland October 27, 1967 – December 03, 2015 May your demons have finally exited stage left so that you may now experience Peace.  Yours will always be one of the voices of my youth.  Thank you for sharing yourself with us. And to honor him in the only way I know how, here is […]

EVENT: The Monster’s Ball 2015

I was asked by Regina Stocco of The Social Connection to capture the night’s festivities at the Fillmore Detroit, located at 2115 Woodward Avenue, on October 30th for Detroit’s most exclusive Halloween party, The Monster’s Ball! This event featured Metro Detroit’s finest DJs, live performers, and stage entertainers.  When Regina stated in her email to me “…no […]

FOOD & DRINK: Sherwood Brewing

Ever want to find that perfect place to grab a drink and unwind after another day of pushing buttons and making other people more money than you?  Well, make you way over to Sherwood Brewing Company in Shelby Township, Michigan.  They serve only the finest hand-crafted beer, wine, and sodas, all made on-site in their brewing […]

Check out my DAMNED images!

This is by far my favorite time of the year in Michigan because the weather starts getting colder, the nights get longer, Hallow’s Eve is just around the corner and the Damned Exhibition at the Tangent Gallery/Hastings Ballroom in Detroit opens its doors!  If you ever get an opportunity to attend this 3 day event, do […]

DAMNED VIII | The Darkness

If you ever get a chance to attend one of the annual 3 nights of any Damned Show, do it. You won’t regret it.  It is, by far, my favorite event of the year. More images to come… B  

Satori Circus: Coming to a T-shirt near you…

Coming soon to a black t-shirt near you: Satori Circus Triptych Heads! Based on the interest level, I plan on releasing a limited run of these halftone Satori Circus head T-shirts based on my original photograph from 2010.  You too can own one, or two, or all three of the images. Whaddya think?  Anyone wanna walk […]

So this is happening today…

Join Klemm Gallery in welcoming Kelly Burke (’07) and Brett J. Lawrence (’95), our featured artists in the 2015 Alumni Exhibition from 6-8pm. Burke’s abstract paintings “…focus on process and physicality of paint. The repetitious layering of, taking away, and re-application of color underneath automatic scrawling, scratching and mark-making express [her] inner psyche…” Lawrence’s photographs […]

Tyler Kivela | Senior

September 2015 Tyler Kivela, Belle Isle and Eastern Market, Detroit MI Thank you Kathy Kivela for allowing me to capture this moment in Tyler’s life. It was an honor. -BJL

Mitchell Arsenault | Senior

September 2015 Mitchell Arsenault, Belle Isle and Eastern Market, Detroit MI   Thank you Cathy McKenzie Arsenault for trusting me with this moment in your son’s life. You have a fine young man here. -BJL

It’s not how your day starts…

…but rather how it ends. Today did not start out very well, considering I woke with a fever and chills, which I directly attribute to a weekend filled with nasty weather and just being somewhat run down.  But after sleeping in until Noon, bombarding my system with meds and tons of H2O, I can confirm I […]

‘Satori Circus Theater Series’

Introducing the unveiling of my ‘Satori Circus Theater Series’ Photography Project which I have been working on for the past 4 years. This will be the first time all 15 images will be displayed together in their entirety.  (3 of the 15 are below)  These images will be on display at the Klemm Gallery at Siena […]

Welcome to www.brettjlawrence.com, redux

100415 As they say, the mechanic always has the worst-looking car in the neighborhood.  Well, I guess the same can be said for me, at least in terms of finally getting a website up and running that I can manage and manipulate on a regular basis.  I always place everyone else as a higher priority, […]