Category Archives: Portraits

Wow, what a busy few weeks I’ve had here and I almost forgot to post some shots of my images in the newspaper! Thanks to the Wellington Circus Trust for getting the article in there, Tanya (The Magenta Diamond), Rowan and others for modelling and the Dominion Post.

I got an out-of-the-blue call from Mr Roc Travers one day to ask if i might be interested to help out on a project he was working on with a theatre troupe from Masterton. Once I heard the brief I was in! Roc had a bunch of actors and access to some cool vintage dresses and uniforms and wanted to recreate the times of Marie Antoinette, but with a little more punk and a lot less cake. The theme was based on a simple phrase “She will lead the Revolution” and we took it quite literally, with the girls getting to push the guys around. The location was an old abandoned house near Greytown in the Wairarapa, near Wellington, and from the moment I saw it I was in love. There was a long walk up a grassy hill to the site and the clouds were just billowing everywhere. All…

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Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here and I’ve got lots of things to share but just like the Mechanic’s car, a photographer’s blog is always the last thing to be updated in a busy time. I’ll be posting a lot more over the next few weeks as things slow down for the holidays so stay tuned, but first up is some news about our Photo Booth! A photo booth is a great way to give your party guests a way to get some fun shots with out the hassle of a photographer getting in the way of the spontaneity. Guests just hit a button on the booth and after a short countdown it takes 4 shots in a row and prints out the results, which are mostly hilarious! It’s amazing how relaxed people get when no one is watching πŸ™‚ When you hire the booth you…

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Close Up The second brief Jaime Leigh and I tackled was to use 100’s & 1000’s close up. This is from the Canon site: “This small candy brief is all about getting your lens close to the object. You must feature these tiny hundreds & thousands but you don’t need to use them all, and if you need more you are free to source your own.” We had the idea to separate the colours and use the sprinkles as some kind of Make-up. Luckily we found some packets of them already separated, which saved a very boring Saturday night in sorting candy πŸ™‚ Jaime set to work sticking the sprinkles to our awesome model Danny De Mure and these were the final photos we had to pick from: … adding a little water got the colours running nicely. …and the final submitted image was this one: Practically Black The next…

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I met Martyn earlier this year in Sydney and instantly recognised him from somewhere, it wasn’t until a few weeks later that I worked out he had modelled for Sceats Eyewear, a glasses company, when I saw him with glasses on one day and it all fell in to place! We did a quick shoot so he had some new head shots for his portfolio as he was about to head over to the US. I love the natural lighting here, and working with a professional always makes the job easier πŸ™‚ For more info on our head shot packages, jump over to our website www.brettstanleyphoto.com

Before we left on our road trip across Australia, from Perth to Sydney, Jaime Leigh and I did a photo shoot for West Australian clothing label Gospel Fashion with Carla as our model. My original plan was to get out in to the dunes at Lancelin but the weather was so bad we ended up doing a very stealth mission in to an abandoned Power Station near Fremantle. Lancelin Dunes The power station. It was a stealth mission because the place is surrounded by huge barbed wire fences and supposedly guarded by dogs who can sniff a photographer’s fear from miles away. We ended up parking the Camper-van down a side road and finding a hole in the fence to climb through. This was not made any easier by the rain andΒ  the fact that I had brought a mini-tramp along. Although i guess we could have tried bouncing over……

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I got into boxing mid last year and had always admired the gritty black & white shots of the sport that really bring out it’s intimate nature; it really can be a beautiful sport in a most unconventional way. Marc Siou at Maximum Fitness on Tory St needed some new promo shots of the gym for their website to show the types of training he offers and also to show that boxing is not just for guys or an aggressive sport. I’ve been doing it for a while now and am really loving the training and toning side of it rather than the fighting and sparring. It’s a great work out πŸ™‚ I was surprised by how much the women loved it, they were having a great time smacking the crap out of the bags and working up a sweat. Contact Mark at Maximum Fitness, 82 Tory Street, Te Aro,…

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I met Sarah and Jeremy last year and they asked me to photograph their wedding, I was happy to oblige. They went with a lifestyle shoot as part of the package and it was such a good idea as I got to meet the whole family and they got use to working it for the camera. Especially Jasper, that boy knows how to have fun! Jeremy is a musician… … and Sarah is a dancer and Pilates teacher, which is how we met; I was in her pilates class! They have this eclectic house with amazing windows. I just had to have them in the photos. A lovely Wellington day outside. Jasper cleaning his windows. The wedding day was wonderful. Still and sunny which is very rare in Wellington. They had the ceremony and reception at The Pines in Houghton Bay, which is a great sunny venue looking directly over…

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I recently had the pleasure of working with Samantha Frost in Sydney, a beautiful woman who held the Miss Australia title. It was a late notice shoot (I found out about it the day before!) and I really wanted to make the most of it and the Sydney surrounds so I went out scouting and found an amazing place called Camp Cove. It was an old military installation and still had a lot of the battlements in place. It started to rain so we took shelter in one of the pillboxes. It had this amazing view out of the window so we set up and started to shoot in there. The sun was setting, there was a storm settling in and the light was just amazing! Such a happy accident πŸ™‚ There was also a bright red lighthouse which we used as a backdrop for a while, to give the…

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A little while ago I had the awesome pleasure of doing a shoot with the wonderful Miss Kita, a singer songwriter from Australia. She is in the process of recording her latest EP and wanted to do something a little different for the cover art. We set up a few different scenes in and around her house, which is just a photographers dream with amazing coloured walls and nick nacks everywhere. These ones I’m most proud of as I had to fake the sunlight coming through the window. Kita had the great idea with the morning sun, but I got up a little late and missed it, so I played god and created it! We headed out to the forest of Glenworth Valley, near the Central Coast, and had a great day with water, horses and leeches! Our most magnificent stunt team!

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