Senior Sessions on the Horizon…

high school senior photos
Photos by Brett J Lawrence

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

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?

 

Foggy Goodness

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

Lights in Fog I, Macomb Community College by Brett J Lawrence 2017

 

Trees in Fog I, Macomb Community College by Brett J Lawrence 2017

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

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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.

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 & Friend
Russell Taylor, Detroit MI – Artist & Friend

$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 me today.

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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

Concert: Sponge wsg Solid Frog

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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 live!  The Ritz, even in its new location still retains its classic gritty Detroit rock venue status, and is always a great place to shoot local acts even if the LED lighting makes the acts look alien, forcing me to shoot black and white.

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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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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

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

 

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

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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

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 have not let the fever win.

After finding out from my son that he had dropped his laptop and was experiencing some issues with it, I went to Best Buy this evening to do some research on what their Geek Squad charges for an evaluation and what a new Toshiba Chromebook would run if I needed to go down that path for him.

On my way out, I ALWAYS walk trough the camera department to window shop and ran across an INSIGNIA™ Macro Ring Flash on sale for $39.99 (regularly $70+).  Always wanting a dedicated ring flash unit for portraiture, but not wanting to spend a lot of money, I jumped at the chance, knowing I could always return it within 15 days.  Well, so far so good.  I am definitely happy with the results of my model, shown below.  I just thought that there would be more of a “ringlight halo effect” in the eyes… ; )

I’d say with this find, my day has ended just fine.

Skull Test Image 1
Skull Test Image 1