Category Archives: Portraits

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 (http://christinerenfilms.com) Photography: Brett Stanley / The Underwater Photographer (http://brettstanley.com) Hair & MUA: Jaime Leigh McIntosh Jellyfish props: Sara Kugelmass (http://setdesignstudio.com) Costume: Laura Hazlett (http://laurahazlett.com) BTS footage: Brian Bradley Assistants: Brianna Lopez & Alexandre Bui

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.

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.

Kid Mac is a rising star in the Australian music scene with his 2nd album ‘Head Noise’ just released. I was lucky to spend some time with Mac on a recent trip to Australia and shoot some promo shots for the upcoming tour and release. Some of these images went on to be published in Rolling Stone Magazine.

When UK band Tokyo Taboo came to Los Angeles to film their new music video they asked me to come along and shoot some promo shots for them. A crack-of-dawn hike up to the Hollywood Sign followed by a quick swim at Santa Monica beach rounded the day out.

Talent: Roxy Coervers Hair: Natalie Jeffries – Lady Bonnet Personal Hairstylist Makeup: Keryn Ward Makeup Artist

Talent: Deangelo Waller Photographer: Brett Stanley Clothing: Model’s own

Hunting and Safety are two words that should go together quite easily, but quite often safety is overlooked as an important part of this popular sport. I’m no hunter, I can’t even track my vehicle down in the carpark successfully, so meeting up with Mike and Dave from Hunter Safety Labs and going on a mock hunt with them was certainly educational. Mike and Dave started HSL a few years back to try and find an elegant solution to the problem of hunters accidentally shooting other people rather than the prey. It’s quite a common problem, and research suggests that even the most experienced hunter will mistake a person for a deer at some time, which given their trained and lightning fast reflexes could result in a fatality. This is where HSL comes in, they’ve designed a system that can tell you in an instant whether you’re pointing your gun…

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Shooting with Li Feng Yang was truly inspiring, the man knows how to wear a speedo! Not just that but his ability on the diving board boggled the mind. Spins, turns, twists all at the same time? I felt motion sickness rising as he climbed the ladder for the tenth time to perform the same flawless act of agility. Did I try the board myself after Li had left? Why yes I did. Being the fool hardy thrill seeker I am I took a dive off the platform. It was a perfect 10 right until I started my run up. Can you get a minus score in diving? Many thanks to  Wellington High Performance Aquatics for organising the location, Li for being himself, and my assistants Andy and Pauline for staying dry.

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