Internationally acclaimed South African photographer, Brett Florens launched his career in 1992 while fulfilling national service obligations in the Police riot unit. Fortuitously, a photographic unit was formed to document political changes and Brett jumped at the chance to join it. With no photographic experience whatsoever, Brett had to learn how to photograph and document volatile situations. His unit evolved into a department dealing with politically motivated crimes and township violence, photography was necessary to record this important slice of South Africa’s history. Brett thrived on the opportunity and soon found himself in the thick of newsworthy events, creating images that found a ready market in newspapers and other media and having his work published around the globe. His passion for photography had begun.
Since then, Brett’s devotion to photography has taken him from photojournalism to a highly successful wedding, commercial, and fashion photographer. He is a Nikon Premium Ambassador and is regarded by Nikon as “one of the world’s most influential photographers”. He is also sponsored by Lowepro, Manfrotto, Adobe, Lexar, and Elinchrom. Brett has achieved numerous accolades, including the prestigious distinction of being chosen as the representative Nikon Wedding Photographer worldwide for Photokina in Germany. He has published five books on wedding photography with Amherst Media USA, “The Brett Florens Guide to Photographing Weddings”;“75 Bridal portraits” ,“One Wedding”, “A Shot in the Dark” and “DestinationDubai”. Other publications of his work include a coffee table book “Perfect Weekend” which features some of South Africa’s most famous personalities, including Bishop Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk, Trevor Manuel, and Jonty Rhodes. His work is also showcased in a coffee table book commissioned by Princess Charlene of Monaco, Brett has also produced seven popular tutorial DVD’s. He runs photographic workshops around the world, from South Africa, Bucharest, Dubai to Dublin, Glasgow and London, as well as an online workshop for the prestigious CreativeLive, streaming from Seattle, USA. Brett speaks at international conventions such as the SWPP Convention in London and the WPPI in Las Vegas.