Author Archives: Brett

As a photographer I really find it useful to see my own work daily, as a way of reminding me what I can do better or what I do well – some might call this narcissistic but for me it makes me proud of what I create. I also like seeing my shots as iphone wallpapers as it’s a very different crop than what I’m used to and it’s great to see things in different formats – it’s also the perfect way to advertise your work to prospective clients, whether its from them seeing the shot over your shoulder or just as a really quick way to say “oh this is what I do!”. So every now and then I’d set one of my photos as my Lock Screen but what I really wanted was an automated way for it to do it randomly for me, so that I never…

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Underwater room or set showing a model posing for underwater photography

Being an Underwater Photographer I’ve always been drawn to creating dreamscapes below the surface, it’s just part of the allure for me, and trying to build a whole room underwater was one of the goals I’d set myself quite a while ago Having been a primarily travelling photographer meant that I didn’t have a proper studio in which to experiment, but hat all changed last year when I built my own Underwater Studio at my home in Long Beach, California. Having an underwater studio at my house meant that I could spend days experimenting with all sorts of crazy ideas that had been percolating in my soggy brain over the years, one of which was the sunken room! I was lucky enough to have a client come to me wanting to create an ‘80s bedroom underwater for an album cover, and so the mission began! We spend 5 days building…

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Update: Featured on National Geographic! Last year I was contacted by Christine Ren Films so help her create some confronting images about ocean conservation. One of these concepts was Jellyfish Soup, that’s I’ve blogged about previously, but the latest one to be released is Blind Spots – Highlighting Our Apathy to Plastic. Read more about the concept and campaign on Christine’s website.   Shot on Canon 5Dmkii with Aquatica Housing and Sea & Sea lights.  

As an Underwater Photographer based in Los Angeles I’m obsessed with the ocean,  so when Christine from Christine Ren Films contacted me about her Ocean Conservancy project I jumped at the chance. It was such a cool project, and important, as it hoped to highlight the dangers of overfishing our oceans – possibly resulting in Jellyfish being the only life left, hence the title Jellyfish Soup.     Christine has put together a great video all about the project, feel free to check it out below: and here’s a Photoshop Breakdown of the post production: Directing, modeling & editing: Christine Ren Films ( Photography: Brett Stanley / The Underwater Photographer ( Hair & MUA: Jaime Leigh McIntosh Jellyfish props: Sara Kugelmass ( Costume: Laura Hazlett ( BTS footage: Brian Bradley Assistants: Brianna Lopez & Alexandre Bui

As an underwater photographer I am all-too familiar with the boundless opportunities New Zealand offers for enjoying yourself in the water. Rotorua is a hive of natural geothermic activity, boasting five free, natural hot pools where you can relax and detoxify. Or for a dramatic variation in temperature, the Spa Park in Taupo offers hot streams and waterfalls combined with the freezing cold waters of the Waikato River. Kawhia Springs in Waitomo is a beautiful beach, but if you dig below the surface of the sand, you can instantly create your own hot pool for a truly unique way to relax, not to mention an off-beat photo shoot opportunity. I frequently capture the natural beauty of water in my photographs, drawing inspiration for my work from the stunning locations New Zealand’s geography provides. So I was thrilled to be recently featured in an article by Expedia, ‘Photographers Share New Zealand’s Most…

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The House That Love Lost, or The Birdhouse, is one of my most iconic images. It’s an image that seems to speak volumes without saying a word, but whilst the photograph needs no explanation there is a beautifully sad story behind the house itself that I’d like to share. It was bought in the 1980’s by a farmer local to the Wairarapa region in New Zealand and moved to the land it stands on now. It was to be a renovation project with his new bride, moved in a few sections from the country town nearby. The house would have looked magnificent up on the hilltop, overlooking the grazing land and foothills, but before any work could be done their relationship broke down and he was left with the half built house, and possibly a broken heart. The house still stands, on a cleared section of land just off the road…

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Photographing sports is not the easiest of tasks, especially when it’s a certain concept, and doubly so underwater! I shot these images with Ash Wootton of the New Zealand National Water Polo Team a few months ago and she was so good to work with, especially when I was asking her to perform feats that aren’t part of the norm as far as Water Polo goes. Massive thanks to Ash for being a part of this campaign! Model: Ash Wootton Makeup: Dominique Whittaker

Shot in the Californian desert, just outside of Los Angeles, featuring the outfits of Tafreshi Couture.   Model: Model Kaylan Auxier HMUA: Dinah Raphaelle Stylist: Impressionist Designs Designer: Tafreshi Couture    

2015 was an amazing year for me: a mixed bag of client work, personal projects, and loads of travel. I spent a lot of time underwater this year as well, which has been great with that side of my business expanding and we keep pushing the envelope on what we shoot down there.  Huge thanks to all my clients, supporters, and my amazing team around the world. I really couldn’t do this with out you! Please enjoy my favourite shots from the year, and see you in 2016! Model: Tiffany Nicole (TNicole) Stylist: Gabrielle Letamendi MUA: Eliven Quiros   Valentina Grim Makeup: Glam by Tessa Monica Olive Stylist: Devin Winter Hair: Erin Michelle Anderson Makeup: Chanel Panagiotopoulos Model: Model Kaylan Auxier HMUA: Dinah Raphaelle Stylist: Impressionist Designs Designer: Tafreshi Couture Model: Brooke West Makeup: Andrea Hows Artistry Sheridan Mouawad Makeup: Dinah Raphaelle Model: Sarah Makeup: Andrea Hows Artistry Model: Lisa Underwater Aerials…

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At the end of last year I had the pleasure of working with the talented Nicole Andrews on the artwork for her forthcoming album In The Shallows. Nicole had seen my underwater work and really wanted to incorporate that in the artwork somehow. After some discussion we came up with the ideas you see in the images below, and I really think they compliment Nicole’s music quite well. We shot the images in one evening and the designer Ceire Hopley created the beautiful layout with a logo by Jaya Gibson. Please check out Nicole Andrews’ album In The Shallows.