Born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Brent (BD) gained his passion of imagery and capturing priceless moments at a young age. Starting an amateur photography business while still in high school, BD captured images of fellow students, and soon gained a following to his work. With a desire to master his craft he moved west to California for his studies at the world renown Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara.
Upon completion of his education and receiving a BA degree in professional photography, with an emphasis in both commercial and advertising work, Brent located himself to Hollywood, California and gained immediate notoriety in photographic circles shooting celebrities such as Keiffer Sutherland, Sting, En Vogue, and Fergie, as well as appearing in numerous publications worldwide. BD has since spoke about his accomplishments both with photographyand business, at both Brooks Institute, and now at Art Institute International, here in Minnesota.
Wanting to move back to his roots, and to the “Minnesota Nice” he always missed, Brent is now officially back in the Twin Cities and here to stay. With over 14 years of professional experience, and now opening the doors to his BRAND NEW STUDIO in South Minneapolis, BD’s favorite subjects are first and foremost kids and families, high school seniors, pets, and men and women of every age and look!
Brent brings a uniquely simple, incredibly bold, and a timelessly fresh style to everyone he photographs. His goal of each shoot is to treat you as if you are a celebrity yourself, getting you images that could be in high-end magazines, and showcasing you in a way that exceeds your expectations in every way possible.
Brent and BD Portraits is also a proud advocate of equal rights. In 2012-2013 BD Portraits stepped up to the plate with their passion to help promote marriage equality in the state of Minnesota. Helping in the creation of the MARRY US CAMPAIGN and traveling to every location possible to get images of people in support of marriage equality was a major priority to our photographer. Through his efforts, Brent was awarded the “everyday hero award” through the Twin Cities Pride organization, as well as featured in Lavender Magazine, and was in the front of the Pride Parade. BD Portraits will always make a confident stance as an advocate for true equality, here in Minnesota, and elsewhere.
Another passion and major part of Brent’s life is his dog, who you will get to meet when you do a shoot. Check out Tress here.
Brent couldn’t be more excited for the 2 year anniversary of the opening of his studio in South Minneapolis… PLEASE tell your friends and family all about his work, “LIKE” our Facebook page, and share all of your favorite shoots using the social links in each gallery and blog listing.