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.

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!

 

 

 

 

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

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 one catches the soul of (an) event the way you do…”, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.  Plus, Halloween is my all-time favorite time of the year.  So it was a win-win all around!

Thank you Regina for your trust in me.  My door is always open to you.

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

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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 facility, clearly visible through the looking glass.  (Yes, growlers a-plenty to take home too!)

If you think the ego is thick over there, and that you need to know what the hell you’re talking about when it comes to trying new beers or wines, trust me when I say that the friendly staff is more than welcoming and willing to answer any and all questions you might have.  If you’re able to catch either of the owners, Ray or Lisa Sherwood, or Corey, the Brewer and Manager, they will always give you their time and make you feel at home.  It literally feels like you are at a Friends house just having some drinks and laughs.

Not to be considered just a brewery, Lisa and Corey hold nothing back when it comes to their rock-solid menu.  It’s not pompous or pretentious, but rather more along the lines of artistic comfort food.  There is something for everyone.  My god, they even make their own homemade gelato with their beer and wine…and it’s xxxx-ing fantastic!

PROJECT: Lisa, Corey and I collaborated on a photoshoot to try and cover a portion of some NEW menu items as well as some NEW brewery images for future marketing needs.  Click on the Gallery above to see a selection from the photoshoot.  If they inspire you to check out Sherwood Brewing Company in person, then I will consider my efforts, and Sherwood’s, a success.  And tell them I sent you.

Please contact me if you are looking for new imagery of your menu items, interiors, or just ambiance.  I would love to work with you to share your passions.

-BJL

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.

Halftone tshirt concept art using my original copyrighted photographs of Satori Circus.
Halftone tshirt concept art using my original copyrighted photographs of Satori Circus.
Satori Circus Triptych - © Brett J Lawrence, 2010
Satori Circus Triptych – © Brett J Lawrence, 2010

Whaddya think?  Anyone wanna walk around town with a clown on their chest?

Leave your comments below so I can decide.

-BJL

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

‘Satori Circus Theater Series’

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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 Heights University in Adrian, MI, during the ‘2015 Alumni Exhibition’ from October 1 – 29, 2015.  The Artists’ Reception takes place on October 16th, 2015 from 6-8pm in the Gallery.

Entrance to Klemm Gallery is FREE; food and drink reception is a ticketed event on the second floor. Please contact the Alumni Office to purchase your ticket ($12): +1 517 264 7143 or email at alumni@sienaheights.edu. AGAIN, YOU CAN COME SEE THE ART FOR FREE, BUT THE FANCY HORS D’OEUVRES AND DRINKS ARE TICKETED AND LOCATED ON THE SECOND LEVEL OF THE STUDIO.

All images are 8×12″ in size, floated on a 16×20″ Fuji Deep Matte archival print, framed, signed and dated. Each print is priced at $125.00, and may be purchased prior to the Exhibition. The complete set of 15 framed prints may be purchased in its entirety. All pre-purchased prints will be displayed as “From the private collection of “your name” during the Exhibition. Each print may also be purchased unframed, as well.(Please contact me privately for price.)

Statement about the Series:

We are lucky to walk through this life and find people who truly enrich our experiences.  We are lucky if we know someone who can provide us with a different way to see and interpret things in life.  But we are truly lucky to find someone who just gets you, understands your vision and is willing to collaborate with you at the drop of a hat to make your art a reality.  For me, that individual, and most importantly Friend, is Satori Circus.

With his own award-winning history in the performing arts spanning 20+ years in and around the Detroit area, Satori Circus’ view on Life and Art is soul-drenching goodness.  Family is first.  Friends are a close second (but move up to first when Family is busy).  Work is…well, not work.  It appears effortless.  It’s his Passion.  You will never know a harder working Entertainer.  Ever.  This is the Artist that covers the entire spectrum of emotion in his performances and makes you question everything you ever thought was a legitimate thought in your head.

Why this photographic series?  Simply put, it is because Satori Circus has a way of making you feel invincible; like your voice matters.  And what started as a conversation over a few drinks escalated to a full-blown, logistically-impossible adventure that allowed us to celebrate things that we each hold dear to us: photography, performance art and the history of an oftentimes struggling city with its beautiful historic theaters.  Drawing on the influences of various characters in film and theater, it was our goal to capture each venues unique setting as best possible with Satori adding to the overall esthetic.  To this, I believe we succeeded.

To all the individuals who allowed us access to these beautiful theaters, who trusted our vision, and who took the time out of their own busy schedules to accommodate us, We thank you.  It meant more than you could ever realize.

 

Satori Circus, Detroit Opera House, 2015 Copyright Brett J Lawrence 2015
Satori Circus, Detroit Opera House, 2015
Copyright Brett J Lawrence 2015

 

Satori Circus, Detroit Film Theater, 2015 Copyright Brett J Lawrence 2015
Satori Circus, Detroit Film Theater, 2015
Copyright Brett J Lawrence 2015

 

Satori Circus, Detroit Redford Theater, 2015 Copyright Brett J Lawrence 2015
Satori Circus, Detroit Redford Theater, 2015
Copyright Brett J Lawrence 2015