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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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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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As the years seem to go faster it’s hard to take the time to look back sometimes, so this year I thought I’d throw together a quick recap of the work I did in 2013. Hope you enjoy! 2013 Recap – Brett Stanley Photography from Brett Stanley Photography on Vimeo.

The art of retouching and visual effects is a subtle one, if you notice it’s presence it’s most likely failed. It’s a mostly thankless job as it’s only those who have dealt with this side of digital imaging that know what goes in to such a production. As you can see from the amazing show reel below from Brainstorm Digital there’s very few scenes where you would notice the VFX, from adding fire to a shot, moving a party to the beach, or creating a whole city street. It blows my mind, and we’re not talking about science fiction films anymore, it’s just that some things are done easier in the computer than on set and that tells you a lot about the direction of the digital imaging industry as whole. Visual effects artists and retouchers are the (latest) unsung heroes of the imaging world, whether the work they do…

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New York from the Train

I love travelling by train. The view shuttering past is the ultimate single take dolly shot, better than any movie. Real and gritty.

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I’ve got to say, not being a native to New Zealand, that I’ve got enormous pride in this adopted country of mine. Not only is it one of the most stunning places I’ve been but the people are just amazing. So friendly, welcoming and smart. Check out these inspiring projects: Genie – Motion control time lapse device I’ve always been interested in timelapse photography and the recent push in motion timelapse has been great to watch. Whilst it’s not something I’m going to rush out and get in to I’m in awe of the footage that people are showing. These guys from Syrp have created a great little timelapse unit that seems to be the 4×4 of motion, being able to be used in so many different ways. Here’s their rundown: The Genie! A simple, affordable and extremely easy to use device used for motion control and image capture for…

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So I just spent a bit of time updating the look of the blog and it took me on a little trip down memory lane. How often does one look back over their posts? I thought I would link some here as a bit of a “best of” for the past few years. My first front page photo Swimwear & fashion shoot with Samantha Frost Glamour Shoot with Nadine Discovered Fashion Shoot – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 The Desert Sessions Album cover shoot with Miss Kita The Rock Show With Jon English! Family portrait shoot – beach styles Pulp Emerging Photographer Competition Gospel Fashion clothing shoot with Carla  

So, I had a total Dexter Morgan moment yesterday as I was setting up for some corporate shots in an empty Auckland office space. I was traveling light so didn’t have my white paper backdrop with me, but used white plastic drop sheeting instead. The rustle and rip of plastic and gaff tape, coupled with the setting sun/isolation put me in the mind of Florida’s favorite vigilante. Just needed a some latex gloves and a power drill to complete the mood. Luckily it wore off and I set to work capturing my subjects in a far nicer way.

It’s been a time of change for me in the last few weeks, I moved out of the studio I had been renting for the past 9 months and the house I’ve been living in for over 2 years. I miss the studio and it was no easy decision to move on but after some soul searching and some financial wake-up-calling it made sense. I have always flown by the seat of my pants in many ways and my career choices are no different. My previous pursuits have ranged from running a record label, travelling IT freelancer and photo booth operator, and whilst they all had various degrees of success (and failure) I don’t regret any of them for a second. They were ideas I had that would not go away until they were brought to life, and my current incarnation as a professional photographer is no different. My initial…

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Ok, so it’s a bad pun but a serious issue, reflections are hard to control especially on rounded objects such as wedding rings. I’m all for leaving my mark on my photographs, but being in them is not what I had in mind. Today’s lesson: Always check your images for reflections before you move on. Use the zoom on your camera monitor and make sure that you are not in the shot at all as it can totally ruin the vibe, especially when it’s real obvious. Man, my fingers look faaaaaaaaat! Bonus link (Warning, it’s a little indecent!):