The Brooke Session

Welcome to The Brooke Session.

Thank you Katie for entrusting me to photograph Brooke in this transitional time in her, and your Family’s, Life.  Our afternoon spent roaming around Detroit, laughing and exploring, made for a wonderful experience catching up and creating new memories.

Brooke, seriously, thank you for trusting my direction, and for being so energetic. I honestly believe your warm smile and personality shows through in these portraits.  Best wishes on your Senior year and on your new adventures!

Brooke Donovan Senior Session 2020
Detroit, MI
Brooke Donovan Senior Session 2020
Detroit, MI
Brooke Donovan Senior Session 2020
Detroit, MI
Brooke Donovan Senior Session 2020
Detroit, MI
Brooke Donovan Senior Session 2020
Detroit, MI
Brooke Donovan Senior Session 2020
Detroit, MI
Brooke Donovan Senior Session 2020
Detroit, MI
Brooke Donovan Senior Session 2020
Detroit, MI
Brooke Donovan Senior Session 2020
Detroit, MI
Brooke Donovan Senior Session 2020
Detroit, MI
Brooke Donovan Senior Session 2020
Detroit, MI
Brooke Donovan Senior Session 2020
Detroit, MI
Brooke Donovan Senior Session 2020
Detroit, MI

If you are looking for on-location High School Senior session, one that truly captures your Son or Daughters unique personality, contact me.  Click here for FAQs, contact info and pricing.

2021 Senior Sessions Booking Now

high school senior photos
Photos by Brett J Lawrence

If you are looking to deviate from the ordinary studio-based 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 them feel right at home.  Whether in or around your home or property, in a nearby town, industrial setting or downtown city, I have covered them all.  Let’s make your Senior stand out!

For all your Frequently Asked Questions about my High School Senior Sessions, click HERE!  Thank you for your consideration in documenting this important time in your Seniors life.

Preserve PASSION

Class of 2019 Senior Sessions Now Open!

If you are looking to deviate from the ordinary studio-based 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 them feel right at home.  Whether in or around your home or property, in a nearby town, industrial setting or downtown city, I have covered them all.  Let’s make your Senior stand out!

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Mr. Circus

 
“Let’s shoot a new series of Satori portraits, Brett, different from our typical shoots.  I don’t want to pose, or be acting.  I was to be… serious. Any ideas for locations?” – Russ Taylor

 

“John King Used Books.  Period.” – Me

 

Let the fun begin…
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Because this was a different approach to our history of portraits sessions, I was compelled to ask some questions to get into the mind of my good Friend… to understand a little bit more.

 

What was it about John King Used Books that intrigued you for a photo shoot?
i have been going to John King books for a long time. loved the environment and wanted to have fun in it as SC. i don’t do enough serious photography, and also this gave me that chance to show myself, and others that i’m capable of that…hahaha..right! -SC

 

What is different about this shoot from others you typically do?
a lot of pics i do with other photographers are fun, goofy, surreal, slapstick, fetishy, adult. this was exploring a different side to SC. a side that exists all the time. -SC

 

Where do you see SC going from here?
oh, i see sc going everywhere, just like before. i’m not stopping this creation from taking over small plots of land or flesh. i see it constantly evolving. some aspects of course do this quicker than other areas or aspects…but i see it never stopping. even well after i’ve left this plain! -SC

 

Thank you to John King and his staff at one of Detroit’s most iconic businesses.  You’ve always been welcoming to me and my camera lens, and it is always a pleasure roaming your aisles and hearing your stories.  You made this photo shoot all the more memorable.

 

Check out John King Used Books when you have the chance.

Booking Now for Class of 2018 Senior Photo Sessions

high school senior photos

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 them feel right at home.  Whether in or around your home or property, in a nearby town, industrial setting or downtown city, I have covered them all.  I am looking for some new challenges this year, so bring it!

Scheduled for 3 hours, I focus on creating a casual, stress-free environment.  Consisting of 2-3 outfit changes, the variety of images you will receive in the end will surprise you.

Click Here to Read FAQ About My Sessions<

If your son or daughter attends De La Salle Collegiate High School or Regina High School you will receive a $50 discount.

“It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.” -Paul Strand

Here are my Class of 2018 Senior Photo Session options

Package 1: $400.00

  • 3 Hours
  • 3 Locations max. (Add’l travel expenses may apply if extensive.)
  • 2-3 outfit changes
  • 2 USB memory sticks containing ALL images, deliverable within 2 weeks
  • You receive all electronic images, color corrected, both in Hi Res (300 dpi for Print) and Lo Res (72 dpi for social media, email, etc.)
  • You retain ALL copyrights, both print and electronic, to the images.

Package 2: $500.00 (Same as above with the addition of the following prints)

  • 20-wallets (5 images max.)
  • 4-5×7”
  • 4-8×10/8×12”
  • 1-16×20”

Click Here to View Available Sessions <

*Availability is limited to one session per day, usually morning (9-Noon) or afternoon (4-7pm) on the weekends only.  This allows for flexibility when it comes to Michigan’s weather as we may need to switch times.  Special arrangements can be made for other times, if necessary.

Contact Me to Schedule Your Session <

Feel free to check out some of my session work below.  I look forward to working with you and your Senior this year!

 

 

 

 

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 word!  Of the original 15 images, only 1 print of each was made and only 14 are left.

To read my post about the origination of this Series, click this LINK.

Contact me now and let’s make this happen

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.

Rhythm Corps + Sponge wsg The Beggars

Rhythm Corps and Sponge wsg The Beggars Royal Oak Music Theater 11-26-16
Rhythm Corps and Sponge wsg The Beggars
Royal Oak Music Theater
11-26-16

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 were with Joe seeing Rhythm Corps at such iconic Detroit venues as The Ritz…and then many a time afterwards at any festival or college bar we could attend.  Anytime I hear Fathers Footsteps, Revolution Man, Broken Halo’s, Satellites, or any of their other songs, Joe comes to mind.  So much so that on Saturday night after capturing The Beggars fantastic opening performance, as Michael Persh was in the middle of their 2nd song, and I had him dead-center in my viewfinder, I was suddenly and unexpectedly overcome with a flood of memories and emotions from all our years of Friendship and just lost it.  Eyes filled with tears…I couldn’t see clearly…and it took my breath away.  All I could do was just honor the moment, the memories, and the music.  I cleared my eyes and continued to shoot…capturing some of my all-time favorite images of any musical group I have ever shot in my 10+ year career.  So, to Joe, I miss you old Friend.  You should have been there with me singing along to every single one of those songs just like the old days instead of leaving so soon.  It wasn’t the same, but, I will have to say I definitely felt your presence there. Thank you for all the memories that I can look back on and cherish.

As for the performances by The Beggars, Rhythm Corps and Sponge,… simply put, The Beggars killed it with their energetic performance, Rhythm Corps turned in what I would qualify as one of their BEST performances that I have ever seen without missing a step, and Vinnie and the boys of Sponge continue to hold up the mantle of Detroit Rock, always putting on a great show.

Thank you to Dana Forrester for the last minute photo credentials.  It is always a pleasure working with you and helping promote our mutual love of Detroit music!

If you are looking for imagery of your band at an upcoming gig, please contact me.  I would love to work with you and help you get some hi-quality images for your marketing needs or just blog coverage.  I work exclusively with MOTORCITYBLOG and can offer you excellent coverage.

Thank you to my Seniors…so far.

Austin Napier 2016
Austin Napier 2016

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 truly is an Honor.

If you are interested in booking a Senior Session with me for the Winter, please contact me.  Click here for specific info on my Sessions.  I wont be setting any specific dates for availability, but am willing to work out special arrangements for you, weather permitting.  As for the Spring, I will make dates available once the weather becomes more tolerable.

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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 with multiple personalities, adventure & possibility, and most importantly Love.  Your Friend always ~ Brett

Russell Taylor, Detroit MI - Artist &amp; Friend
Russell Taylor, Detroit MI – Artist & Friend

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 Annual Michigan Burlesque Festival is an exotic, erotic, classy and sexy celebration of all things burlesque.  Having only caught the 2nd night of this weekend festival, I was still able to capture the true essence of the performers.  Thank you to the following performers for sharing your artistic visions with all of us:

 Ginger Rockwood, Leena Allure, Boobs Radley, Ed Venture/Fae La Flame, Lottie Ellington, Honey La Fae, Mister Twister, Shrimp Cocktail, Chaz Boudoir, Josephine Rebellious, Satori Circus, Lolo Lombard, Eliza Sidecar, Dahlia Deluxe, Ophelia Coeur de Noir, Lily Rascal, Holly Hock, Scarlette McBain, Nada Von Daring, Nakita Kat, Gin Fizz, Kevlar Lighting, Ray Gun and Dangrr Doll

Senior Photo Session FAQ

high school senior photos
Photos by Brett J Lawrence

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 may apply if extensive.)
  • 2-3 outfit changes
  • 2 USB memory sticks containing ALL images, deliverable within 2 weeks
  • You receive all electronic images, color corrected, both in Hi Res (300 dpi for Print) and Lo Res (72 dpi for social media, email, etc.)
  • You retain ALL copyrights, both print and electronic, to the images.

Package 2: $500.00 (Same as above with the addition of the following prints)

  • 20-wallets (5 images max.)
  • 4-5×7”
  • 4-8×10/8×12”
  • 1-16×20”

Q: How do I schedule our shoot?
A: I provide you a link to my calendar and you pick a date which works best for you. In order to secure that time I require a $100.00 deposit, either by cash, check or PayPal. On the day of the shoot the balance is due, depending on which Package you have chosen.

Q: Where do you photograph my Son/Daughter?
A: I am an on-location photographer, meaning we hold the session in an outdoor venue of your choice. I have no studio and focus on providing your son/daughter as unique an environment as possible with the locations of their liking.

Q: What if the weather doesn’t cooperate?
A: “It’s Michigan. Just wait 5 minutes and the weather will change.” I only shoot one (1) session per day for the simple fact that if the weather is being uncooperative, we have the flexibility to wait it out and ensure we get your session in. If by chance the weather is just not cooperating at all, I have built-in flexibility to reschedule your shoot at a later date. We will get the shoot in, I promise you.

Q: Can I get a refund if we can’t reschedule?
A: I do not refund the deposit ($100.00), but will not charge you for the remaining balance.

Q: Do you shoot the required head shot for the School yearbook and class composite?
A: No. The requirements are quite strict and I don’t have a studio. You are able to contact the photography studio that has a contract with your school and set up a session specifically for that shot. They will charge a small fee and provide the school with the imagery.

Q: What do I get for my investment with you?
A: Aside from preserving this important stage in your son/daughters life, you receive all edited images in both Hi Resolution (print-quality) and Low Resolution (web-based/social media quality).  If you choose Package 2, you also receive professional quality prints.

Q: Do I get any prints from you?
A: Regardless which Package you choose to go with, you are paying for my time and “eye”. If you choose to go with Package 2, you will receive 29 high-quality prints.

Q: Who do you recommend for printing if I go with Package 1?
A: The list is always growing, but as of right now, I recommend www.mpix.com and www.adoramapix.com. They are both excellent quality and fast turnaround.

Q: Who owns the pictures?
A: You own everything. I hold no copyright to the images. Within the files of each image is metadata which specifically states “(Insert Name) is the owner of these images and retains all rights, both electronic and print.” I only include my name and contact information as the photographer on record.

Q: We want to have a session in (Insert City Name) which is 3 hours away. Are you willing to travel?
A: I am willing to travel anywhere you choose with the understanding that additional travel expenses will need to be agreed upon.

If you have any other questions, please Contact Me today and I will be sure to answer them all.  Thank you for considering my services.

Brett Lawrence Signature

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, filled with laughter, and her beautiful smile.  (And occasionally that seductive little smirk would show up.)

Based on the results, I think we nailed it.  Good luck this season, Lindsay, and thank you for trusting me with your image.

If you are looking for your own headshots or portraits, please Contact Me.

Lindsay Terrell 2016

Lindsay Terrell 2016

Lindsay Terrell 2016

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 have taught me.

Greg Thompson – Peaceful Warrior, Artist & Friend

Jan Thompson – Survivor, Singer, Songwriter & Friend

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 my Friends.  In addition to having a great time attending this, I feel like my images have done a pretty good job of capturing the ambiance and vibe of the evening.  I’m very interested in reading your thoughts so please leave comments.

Thank you to Satori Circus/War Daddy, Eva Lynn, Holly Hock, Leena Allure and Eprom Colony, to name just a few, for entertaining us all!

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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 as a perfect evening of entertainment for Valentines Eve, it surely was a great time.

If you are looking for someone to photograph your Concert or Event, please contact me today to set up a consultation. -BJL

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So this is happening today…

Alumni Exhibition 2015 SHU

Alumni Exhibition 2015 SHU - Panorama

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 document a collaborative project with performance artist Satori Circus, in which the two explore “…things that [they] each hold dear…photography, performance art and the history of an oftentimes struggling city with its beautiful historic theaters.”

This Friday, Studio Angelico will play host to the Homecoming Weekend Welcome Reception, and Klemm Gallery will be open to the public. Satori Circus, the subject of Lawrence’s photos, will perform in the gallery throughout the reception, and the artists will give a brief gallery talk at 7pm.

Tyler Kivela | Senior

September 2015

Tyler Kivela, Belle Isle and Eastern Market, Detroit MI

Tyler Kivela 2015

Tyler Kivela 2015

Thank you Kathy Kivela for allowing me to capture this moment in Tyler’s life.

It was an honor.

-BJL