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.

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.

In An Electronic State-of-Mind

Alton Miller, 2007
In An Electronic State-of-Mind
Memorial Day Weekend always equates to a weekend of global electronic music centered in Hart Plaza, Detroit, whether it’s called the DEMF Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival, FUSE-In, or Movement Electronic Music Festival, one thing always remained constant: it is a phenominal weekend filled with music, people of all types, and is a photographers mecca!  It was truly an experience being able to photograph and capture artists like Richie Hawtin, Plastikman, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Carl Craig, Carl Cox, Moby, Deadmau5, Glitch Mob and so many more in their environment!
Since I am not going this year, sadly, and I am feeling quite nostalgic, I am going to post a series of my favorite images from each of the years I took my camera down there, whether for personal use, shooting for MOTORCITYBLOG, or Red Bull Music.
If you are a musician, DJ, or a performance artist of any sort and are looking to have your performances captured for personal, marketing or business use, please do not hesitate in contacting me. 
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To see the complete sets of images from each year, click one of the following:
All images © Brett J Lawrence.  No reproduction permitted.

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 aural landscape, is the very talented Dixon with his violin.

This was my first real attempt at documenting… in real time… a performance artist.  It was a challenge.  I need to expand my reportoire… find new ways of expressing myself… new ways of capturing the moments of my Life.  Every time I watch this it feels like I am there again… in that space… feeling every emotion…raw.  Perfect.

Tell me.  How do you feel?  What do you see?

 

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 – Michigan Regionals event.  Hosted by last years winner, Magenta Demure, the winner of specific categories would go on to the Burlypicks Finals in Pittsburgh in September.

Enjoy my images…

 

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 the one time I was fortunate enough to see STP live (wsg FAIRCHILD) at The Fillmore Theater in Detroit, MI.  This was one of those must-see shows, both as a reflection of my youth, as well as from a photographers viewpoint.  While it was evident he was battling demons at the beginning of the show, as the consumate entertainer and artist, he worked through it and put on a stellar show.

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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 it.  It’s a cerebral and visual overload run by some very passionate Artists and Performers.

Having attended since the original Damned Exhibition 8 years ago, each year progressively grows in quality.  From a photographers viewpoint, as you will see from my Gallery below, it is a beautiful evening of dark and enlightened performance art.  I actually get excited when the middle of October rolls around knowing what’s ahead.

Click on the Gallery below and leave your feedback on the imagery.

Damned Exhibition VIII 2015

Tangent Gallery

Detroit, MI

If you are in need of a photographer to capture the true essence of your event, please do not hesitate to contact me.

-BJL

 

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