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Living in Los Angeles has given me many cool opportunities to work in the Film Industry here, mostly shooting Stills on movie sets for production companies, but also introducing me to some fine actors like Brian Glanney. After working together on a film we became friends and when it was time for him to get new promotional shots he hit me up. Brian wasn’t after the usual actor headshots though, he wanted something more creative, something that could show he range and acting abilities. We decided on a few themes and headed out for a full day of shoots around Los Angeles. Many thanks to Kerrin Jackson for coming along to do Brian’s hair and makeup, and Ellee Jane for jumping into some shots! If you’re looking for some Not-So-Usual headshots, please get in touch.

Client: Flo Foxworthy Costumier Model: Ashleeta Hair + Makeup: Jessica Sinclair Photographer: Brett Stanley

Underwater Pole Dance/Fitness (Skylar Leigh) - Brett Stanley Photographer

Over the past decade I’ve photographed many performance artists, from Trapeze and Aerials to Fire Breathers and Stilt Walkers, and I’ve always wondered whether we could take these talents and put them underwater. I’ve talked before about my love of the ocean, so this was a natural idea for me. Then in 2013 I started working with some of these artists, getting their advice on how best to do this, and the more we talked the more it seemed possible. They were excited, I was excited, we jumped in the water and no one drowned! During the next 2 years I collaborated with some amazing women, capturing their incredible skills whilst underwater. My images of The Magenta Diamond (Tanya Drewery) performing Underwater Aerial Chains were featured in F11 Magazine, and photos of Sara Anderson Kidston with Madison Turner performing Underwater Lyra can be seen on my Behance page. Late in…

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Behind the Scenes The Imagined – Claire Prebble Couture (Behind The Scenes) from Brett Stanley Photography on Vimeo. Published in Jute Magazine. Photographer: Brett Stanley Costume Designer/Stylist: Claire Prebble Hair: Warren Dion Smith Makeup: Jade Jolly Models: Fay Nielson (Kirsty Bunny Management) and Claire Prebble Assistant: Pauline Leveque

Underwater Photographer Brett Stanley - Los Angeles & New Zealand

As my experience with underwater photography grows, so does my interest in Freediving. As I don’t usually use scuba equipment when I shoot in the water I’m often holding my breath for extended periods of time, and finding ways to extend that time is good. Now, I have no real interest in going as deep as champion Freedivers like Frenchman Guillaume Néry or Kiwi William Trubridge but the idea of staying below the surface for minutes at a time appeals to me greatly! It’s my happy place, so beautiful and calm. Check out these two videos featuring Guillaume Néry: Underwater Base Jump Narco   and this trailer for a documentary on William Truebridge:   Breathe Inspiring for the sheer control these athletes have on their bodies! I’ve also just finished reading a book by James Nestor called Deep which explores Freediving as a tool for underwater study. It’s fascinating and…

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f11 Magazine August 2014 Cover - Brett Stanley Underwater Photographer

There’s been a few highlights in my life recently and this feature of my Underwater Photography in F11 Magazine is no exception. Truly honoured to have a massive spread and interview in the August issue, many thanks to editor Tim Steele! Oh yeah, that’s my image of Rachel Rouge on the cover there too. Check out the whole magazine and article about my underwater photography. Bodies of Art Collection – Model: Jane Wenley, Body Art: Sofia Bue Pedersen, Hair: Warren Dion Smith

Published in Dark Beauty, Issue 32 Model: Crystallion Heart Creative Director, Stylist, Hair + Makeup: Miss Dom Photographer : Brett Stanley Here’s a few that didn’t make it in to the magazine: ISSUE 32 – Over 400 pages featuring: Amanda Lepore, Alex Bland, Antonio Martez, Bang Nguyen, Charles Kovach, Charles Long, Christoph Struckmeier, Claire Basiuk, Claudio D’Avolio, Craig Mason, Yan Bleney, Denny Walentin, Brett Stanley, Eric Doolin, 135fotografiks, Fanny Dussol, Gabriel Nedelcu, H. James Hoff, Ignacio Irisarri, Irvin Rivera, Ismaele Bulla, Jannine T Photography, Joana Fux, Aries Lopez, Julia Comita, Julian Bern, Sequoia Emmanuelle, Juliet Labdien, Pascal Latil, Marie Copps, Marija Kablyté, Martin Strauss, Maximilian Kamps, Meiji Nguyen, Michael Meltser, Mikko Puttonen, Peter Collie, Pieke Roelofs, Polina Kuprina, Rainer Suck, Randy Tran, Sabina Yunusova, Sabina Chodorowska, Stefan Kolesnikowicz, Stefanie Anderson, Thanh Tran, Tomas Skaringa, Verginiya Yancheva, PULSE, Debra Lamb, and many others!

New Zealand – July/August 2014 Modelling underwater is difficult yet amazingly rewarding. These photoshoots are open to anyone, not just professional models. The only requirement is that you can swim and have a reasonable level of fitness. Dates & Locations The shoots will be held in Wellington and Auckland between the following dates: Wellington (29 July – 8 August) Auckland (10 August – 16 August) As yet, specific dates and times are to be confirmed due to pool availability and final booking numbers. Most likely the shoots will be on a weekday, possibly during the day as this is when the pools are most available, but we will try for outside business hours to make it easier for people. Package Prices The costs involved in organising these shoots are rather high, but we’ve done our best to create a package that gives you value for money: 1 Hour Package –…

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Last year, when we came back to Los Angeles after a 3 month trip back to New Zealand, we house-sat for some friends who work in the film industry as well. Whilst they were down in Georgia doing makeup and FX for a large TV show, we were enjoying the amazing house they had, and I was mostly enjoying the Air Conditioning and Ice Machine. Kevin & Kerrin had the most amazing collection of oddities and movie memorabilia I’d ever seen, cabinets of curiosities that threatened to freak me out on those midnight runs to the ice machine (it was hot, ok?). As we sat watching television I kept looking at the lone chair under the lamp, thinking how cool someone would look sitting there, perhaps smoking. It was an image that I thought I’d never get. Then out of the blue a few weeks ago Kerrin emailed me and…

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I’ve worked previously with Kid Mac on his album release promo shots, but we got together when he was in Los Angeles recently to create some images for Sunglass & Watch Brand Kito 1981 who Mac represents.

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