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Friday, May 22, 2009

Fabulous Find For A Friday-------A Fantastic Photographer

When I met my soon to be hubby, Bret, he was working in Hollywood.

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:


zelzee said...

His work is amazing!!
I am a big fan of black & whites.
And he doesn't have to do anything to make that ex-model look good.....she is always lookin' good, my dear!

jennie w. said...

What a cool husband! (and you're a cool wifr too, I might add).

He doesn't do Photoshop, though? Man I love that program.

Kristina P. said...

Wow, his pictures are amazing!

Shauna said...

L♥ve the pictures :)

Mrs. Organic said...

He has quite an eye for photography and his use of lighting is absolutely beautiful.

Karen said...

Beautiful photos!

Your hubby is so talented.

Michele Horne said...

Man, I love baby photos, they are fantastic!

Carrot Jello said...

Last night, I said goodbye
Now--it seems year
I'm back in the city
Where nothing is clear
But thoughts of me --holding you
Bringing us near
And tell me
When will our eyes meet
When can I touch you
When will this strong yearning end
And when
Will I hold you again
Time, in New England
Took me away
To long rocky beaches
--and you, by the bay
We started a story
Whose end must now wait
And, tell me
When will our eyes meet
When can I touch you
When will this strong yearning end
And when
Will I hold you again
I feel the change comin'
--I feel the wind blow
I feel brave and daring!
I feel my blood flow
With you
I can bring out
All the love, that I have
--With you there's a heaven
So earth ain't so bad
And tell me
When will our eyes meet
When can I touch you
When will this strong yearning end
And when
Will I hold you again

...oh, sorry...I was having a moment.
Talk amongst yourselves.

Carrot Jello said...

Hey, do you own a bedazzler?

The Un-Organized Mom said...

Amazing photos. I know what you mean about anyone with a digital camera being a "photographer" these days. I was almost one of them.... I bought a fancy camera and set out to "start a business". But, after much planning I decided it just didn't work that way. I had too much to learn to charge anyone for a photo. So, that's what I'm doing now...learning about photography. Maybe someday I'll be there....

BTW...thanks for visiting my blog!

Cadance said... totally had me as soon as the photos were Black & White...I ♥ me some B&W and Sepia! He is really good! i might have to have him take some photos...I've been wanting to get Mhasyn in Willamina...J/K...OK so I'm not kidding but I have no idea where to seems like it would be so living next to Manhattan...he has such cute curly hair... but of course I love him...I'm his MOM! I went to their web-site...but that is as far as I have gotten! sweet is that...the boys went camping without you! I HATE camping (oops did I yell that...because I MENT to!) I can't stand the whole concept! No toilets is probably what freaks me out! So I'm all for other people camping...I just want to retreat back to my luxury hotel or cabin!!! (Motels with doors that exit to the outside word scare me too...REALLY freak me OUT!.....I think that is just because I'm spoiled from living in Vegas too long!)

The Bakers said...

So, uh, next time you guys come out, have him bring his camera and I'll PAY TO HAVE PHOTOS DONE. I need family pics so bad! And I think he can manage to not do the cheeeesy kind...

Angela said...

I will call you for a family photo this summer! I am serious, I knew he was awesome- but I didn't know he was in business! Can't wait! Shoot me his prices! And I have to agree we are all photographers now with photoshop- I laugh all the time at how SLR's have turned over the market to every Tom, Dick and Harry wannabe- (Secretly including myself...)

carma said...

If we lived in the area I'd be there tomorrow!

We were talking the other day about scheduling another family photo shoot now that my son is a teenager. We have a guy here who does some phenomenal black and white photos - a bit offbeat, but the photos are very distinct (at least I think so) - anyway, a good photographer can transform people...and who couldn't use a little transforming! Well, except maybe former models :D

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I WISH my husband was a good photographer - even one of those amateur ones who uses photoshop. Alas - there is no one interested in "shooting"... That is unless I happen to look particularly bad - that's when he gets his bi-annual inspiration to grab the camera.

Melissa B. said...

Wow...these certainly are superior snaps! And, boy, are you a looker!

dapper kid said...

Wow, wow, wow, SUCH amazing portraits!! Your husband is so talented :) And how lovely that you were his muse, that is so sweet. Yup, far too many people nowadays think Photoshop is an excuse for not taking good pictures. I love my film cameras far more than my digital, but digital will always have the convenience factor.

Melissa said...

LOVE those black and whites! Wish I lived closer, I would totally need his magic

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

He IS amazing!!! WOW. honestly.

When I visit New England... I'm coming your way.. .er his way! :)

The Stylish House said...
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The Stylish House said...

Hi Shawn,
You are striking it doesn’t surprise me you modeled. I enjoyed reading about your husband. I understand he is the “real deal”. My B.S. in design & kitchen & bath certification took 6 years of study. No doubt some are naturally talented, but there is a difference if formally trained.
Last week my computer was messed up and I lost most of my right sidebar. I added your site back to my blog roll. I appreciate you have me on yours and I like to honor reciprocal links when possible, but the blog must be quality like yours. I also happen to find it interesting and enjoy following.. Hope you are having a nice Memorial weekend. Cathy

nikkicrumpet said...

WOW I must say those a really beautiful photos! It's easy to see how talented he is and why you're so proud of him. But that last one...even I with my broken camera could make you look fact I think it would be impossible to make you look otherwise! You are some kind of hottie!

*Akilah Sakai* said...

Alright, Bret!! I love black and white photos. The baby shots got me. I think I need another one running around this house sooner than later.

Shawn, I can tell you look good any time of the day! ;)

Debbie said...

Phenomenal! He is so talented.

SO said...

I love his pictures! And I would love to go to school for photography. I love the story of you two. Very cool.

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