As an actor? You might ask.
No, he was a propmaker/set builder. He was a member of the union there and made sets for many of the huge movies. Some of the Batman ones, a Jim Carrey one, a few action thrillers,---well, you get the idea----they were all big name movies. One time we even had to sign a release form so that we could see the set that he was working on. We had to promise not to spill the beans about the way the movie was going to look. It was pretty cool, I must admit.
But, enough about the movies.
Before he was a propmaker, he was a professional photographer.
Yes, a REAL one. He actually graduated in Photography from the Art Institute in Denver, Colo.
He then went to LA to make it big, shooting mostly commercial photography, and sometimes people. You should see his portfolio. He has done ads for lots of products, as well as some music stars, such as Marky Mark. What? You don't remember him? Yeah, that was BEFORE he became a movie star. You know, Mark Wahlberg.
But he became disenchanted with the business. The photography business is pretty cut-throat in LA, as you can imagine, and he wasn't enjoying himself anymore. So, he decided to do the second thing that he loved best. Woodworking and building sets.
There now---it all makes sense now, right?
But..........when we met, it was a bit like a marriage made in heaven, as I was an actress/model/singer, and he photographed me. You might say that I became his muse, and his friend, and then his wife. Then we moved to New England.
He started working as a cabinetmaker and a woodworker, but still never stopped shooting photos. He just turned his camera on his family and a few friends. He kept using his 35 millimeter camera, and when others were changing over to digital, he was pretty stubborn about staying with his old camera. He even owned an old Hasselblad, and collected various really old cameras to shoot with.
Then, last year, he decided to purchase his first professional digital camera. And after getting excited about shooting with it, he started to purchase his lights and more equipment again.
Meanwhile, the world was creating self-made photographer after photographer. Everyone had a digital camera and it seemed that if you had one and knew how to work with Photo shop, you could now be a "photographer", and you could charge exhorbant prices to shoot people.
Ok, so I know that there are some out there that are truly great at what they do. But it is rare to find a photographer that actually went TO SCHOOL to learn about lighting and shutter speeds and F stops.
That is what you get with Bret.
He is the real deal.
He doesn't know how to use Photo shop.
But he doesn't need to.
So, if you are in the New England area and want some amazing shots of your kids, or teens---and he does do families once in a while----well...get in touch with him and get some amazing shots done. He loves doing the kids the most. He is so good with them and can help them feel comfortable and.......well......
He can even manage to make this ex-model look good....
Check out his website: www.BBSNAPS.net