50th Annual Scarab Club Photography Exhibition

I have been selected to exhibit one of my newest pieces from my ‘My Dark Ophelia’ Series, in the 50th Annual Scarab Club Photography Exhibition from May 12-June 26th, 2021 in Detroit, MI.

Which one? Well, visit the exhibition and see for yourself!

Due to Covid protocols, if you would like to attend the Reception on Friday, May 14th, you may register here.  I hope to see some familiar faces!

“For five decades the SC has hosted an annual unthemed photography exhibition, primarily showcasing the work of artists from the metro Detroit area. The exhibition is unthemed and expansive in the wide range of photographic technique, subject matter, and expression of the medium.”

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Jim Aho, Sylvia Bandyke, Jerry Basierbe, Robert Beras, Charles Carroll, Vincent Cervantez, Alexander Clegg, David Clements, Nathan Davidson, John Diephouse, Jessica Dietz, Amber Dietz, Myles Gallagher, Kelsey Clare Gaskell, Daniela Gobetti, Erin Gordish, Kate Gowman, Lawrence Hamilton, Bruce Harkness, Steven Hauptmann, Kassie Hyde, Mario Inchaustegui, Rob Kennedy, Brett J Lawrence, Laurie Lee, Cheryl Maus, Janice Milhem, Katherine Mollon, Danyell Nefe, Tia Nichols, Teresa Petersen, Matthew Raupp, J. Gordon Rodwan, Tom Stoye, Pat Vartanian, Jonathan Wassenaar, Anne Weber, Rosa Maria Zamarron, Rebecca Zeiss

JUROR
Ralph Jones’ skills as a photographer have earned him a respected place among Detroit artists. Jones is perhaps best known for his photographs of the culture and community of the city of Detroit. He has shared his knowledge as a mentor for the Focus Hope: Focus on the Mission project, and exhibited his photography widely, including at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Artist Market, Focus Hope Photography Festival, Norwest Gallery and the Scarab Club.

Belle Isle Night

A cold night on Belle Isle State Park in the Detroit River always results in something quietly serene and beautiful.  One of my favorite places in all of Detroit.

Each image is available in print.  Only 10 prints are being made, each one numbered, signed and  dated.  $225.00.  16×20″ Prints.  (Long dimension of image is 12″ centered on 16×20 white archival paper.)   Watermark will not be visible on final prints.  Contact me today.

MacArthur Bridge Night 010721 © Brett J Lawrence 2021
Belle Isle Pointe Night 010721 © Brett J Lawrence 2021

The Caelyn Session

Welcome to The Caelyn Session.

Thank you, Sheri and Michael, for entrusting me to preserve this moment in Caelyn’s life for her Senior year portraits, and for being my last session of 2020.  What a way to end the year!

Being able to reconnect after all these years, dodging State Park security personnel, and catching those perfect moments inbetween cloud formations made for a wonderful day of shooting.  Your flexibility with being able to extend our session to a 2nd day to capture the perfect shots in the backroads made this session, and images, even more memorable.

Caelyn, thank you for being committed to this with such an open mind and bright spirit, and for allowing us to see all sides of your beautiful, artistic personality.  Given Michigan’s weather this time of year, you nailed every location and every smile with a true sense of Power and Grace.  Best wishes on your Senior year and on your adventures, wherever they may lead!

Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021

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.

Belle Isle Nights

The best therapy I can offer myself when the World is full of shit is some quiet time with my camera roaming around Detroit at night in the cold.

 

Each image is available in print.  $225.00.  16×20″ Prints.  (Long dimension of image is 12″ centered on 16×20 white archival paper.)  Only 10 prints are being made, each one numbered, signed and  dated.  Watermark will not be visible on final prints.  Contact me today.

 

#BelleIsle #BelleIsleNights #Detroit #SonyA7iii #solitude #MichiganPhotographer #PixelTherapy #SoColdInTheD

 

Selections from Bound Together

In honor of Devils Night, I am releasing three images from a series I shot earlier in the year, inspired by Dante’s Inferno, with two dear Friends.  4 images of mine were selected to be in the Darkerkant Show in Hamburg, Germany, aboard the Cap San Diego, but due to Covid-19 was postponed until 2021.  I will post all 4 images closer to the show, but in the meantime, I offer you selections from Bound Together.

Bound Together
Photography © Brett J Lawrence 2020
Bound Together
Photography © Brett J Lawrence 2020
Bound Together
Photography © Brett J Lawrence 2020

The Abigail Session

Welcome to The Abigail Session.

Thank you Kathy for entrusting me to photograph “your favorite daughter”,  Abigail, for her Senior year portraits.  Our perfect afternoon spent laughing, reminiscing about our own high school years, and roaming the woods with the local deer made for a truly memorable session.

Abbie, thank you for trusting my direction, for allowing us to see all sides of your beautiful, confident personality, and for that honest smile.  When I caught myself constantly smiling behind the lens, I just knew we had gold.  Best wishes to you on your Senior year and on your new adventures moving forward!

Abigail Schaffer Session 2020
Photography by Brett J Lawrence
Abigail Schaffer Session 2020
Photography by Brett J Lawrence
Abigail Schaffer Session 2020
Photography by Brett J Lawrence
Abigail Schaffer Session 2020
Photography by Brett J Lawrence
Abigail Schaffer Session 2020
Photography by Brett J Lawrence
Abigail Schaffer Session 2020
Photography by Brett J Lawrence
Abigail Schaffer Session 2020
Photography by Brett J Lawrence
Abigail Schaffer Session 2020
Photography by Brett J Lawrence
Abigail Schaffer Session 2020
Photography by Brett J Lawrence
Abigail Schaffer Session 2020
Photography by Brett J Lawrence

My Dark Ophelia

For what was supposed to be my submissions for the Damned 13 Exhibition this year (which got cancelled due to Covid-19), I had these images floating around in my head that needed to be photographed.  Having wanted to work with the beautiful Sugar Monroe in some capacity, especially in a way that challenged her physically, I immediately reached out to her.  I cannot express enough how honored I am that she said yes!

The beautiful, dark, emotional results follow.  So even though Damned 13 won’t be taking place this year, I offer you My Dark Ophelia.

My Dark Ophelia
Model: Sugar Monroe
Photographer: Brett J Lawrence
My Dark Ophelia
Model: Sugar Monroe
Photographer: Brett J Lawrence
My Dark Ophelia
Model: Sugar Monroe
Photographer: Brett J Lawrence
My Dark Ophelia
Model: Sugar Monroe
Photographer: Brett J Lawrence
My Dark Ophelia
Model: Sugar Monroe
Photographer: Brett J Lawrence
My Dark Ophelia
Model: Sugar Monroe
Photographer: Brett J Lawrence

The Vampira Session

An Artist, Burlesque Icon, and most importantly to me, Friend, Natalie May approached me to work with her on her first time back in front of a camera for a Vampira concept.

Be sure to attend ‘Magenta DeMure Presents: Monster Mash! A Virtual Revue‘ on October 25, 2020.

We have never shot together before, aside from when I would steal her pixels on-stage during her high-energy, provocative burlesque performances.

I did not hesitate.  As a matter of fact, I jumped.

I jumped so fast at the opportunity that as a way of saying thank you I insisted that we take advantage of the Full Harvest Moon that would be shining brightly (fingers crossed) on her upcoming Birthday.

To you, Natalie, I thank you.  I thank you for your Passion, your Artistry, and your Friendship all these years.  I hope the portraits we created on that dark, magical, Harvest Moon night, as well as that chilly afternoon, make Maila Nurmi herself honored that you have so beautifully picked up the Vampira mantle.

Vampira Harvest Moon 2020
Model: Natalie May
Image by Brett J Lawrence
Vampira Harvest Moon 2020
Model: Natalie May
Image by Brett J Lawrence
Vampira Harvest Moon 2020
Model: Natalie May
Image by Brett J Lawrence
Vampira by Natalie May
Image by Brett J Lawrence
Vampira by Natalie May
Image by Brett J Lawrence
Vampira by Natalie May
Image by Brett J Lawrence

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.

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”

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*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.

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