Brett Buchanan is a lifelong Austinite who holds an MA in Photojournalism through the London College of Communication. His photography has taken him around the world and has been exhibited and published locally, nationally, and internationally. Recent commercial clients include The Hilton Austin, BlueCross BlueShield, Austin Monthly, Wells Fargo, The Austin Chronicle, Southwestern University, and others. But some of his most rewarding work is documenting the weddings of couples in Austin and beyond.
Award Winning Photos
The Wedding Photojournalist Association proudly recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of Brett. The following awards have been earned by Brett from the WPJA. These achievements come with great merit considering the high level of competition that a member faces in the contests.
It’s easy to forget that virtually every bar serves Coke. But that isn’t lost on this young man who stands confidently ordering a Coke as any adult would order a cocktail.
I like the hand sticking in from the right pointing out what needs to be straightened on the flower girl.
Very compelling image. The pointing finger on the right adds complexity to an otherwise gentle moment.
Elegant and classy.
Great picture. Delightful expression on the child create a classic photo. Gestures and the body language add harmony and poetry.
Great angle and framing. The tight camera crop included all the hands, the groom's face, and then the surprise of the little kid looking up in the bottom right of the frame. Image needs more contrast.
Simply a very nice frame. The strobe freezing the subject and blur of the ambient action create a dynamic and energetic mix.
This is the opposite of an expected wedding picture. Another intriguing moment, is she sad, having second thoughts, annoyed that the groom is late? I don’t know, and those are the kind of pictures I often like.
This is one of those timeless, quiet details that tugs at the viewers heart strings. A photograph that will become even more endearing as family members and the subject herself grow older
The following letters are from the clients of Brett Buchanan.
Married: 7 years ago
Melissa & Ryan
We only wish there were 10 stars to give Brett! From the first meeting, Brett was professional, informative and extremely responsive to questions or concerns. In the craziness of the week before the wedding, he initiated contact, which was greatly appreciated. With so many details to keep track of, having him check in with me was reassuring and a nice relief. He was exactly on time on our wedding day and ready for action. I was concerned at first about how I would feel with a camera there in the intimate moments. That's of course what we love about his photojournalist style, but the idea of a camera following you about all day was a little worrisome. How wrong was I! Brett made everyone feel so comfortable. No one held back any emotion, afraid that they might get caught on camera. Brett had this wonderful way of being present and being invisible at the same time. If there was a photo I knew I wanted him to get, he was there in a second's notice. He was also great about getting the more posed photos that family requested, and had a way of making them feel less stuffy. Get ready though! One can't be too vain when going with this style of photography...Brett captures it all! The double-chinned smiles, the funky, hilarious moves on the dance floor. But that was what made our photography so incredible. seeing the photos truly was like reliving our day, which was worth every penny!
Married: 8 years ago
Arati & Anu
Brett is an excellent photographer and one that every bride should consider having by her side on her special day. We were extremely picky about our photography choice and Brett's images are exactly what we were looking for. We had a traditional Indian wedding and at first were slightly apprehensive about picking a photographer that had not shot an Indian wedding before. However, that was well put to rest after meeting Brett, and definitely wasn't an issue after we saw his amazing pictures! Brett is patient and calm - just what a bride needs on her crazy day! He's also able to take a lot of great shots without being intrusive of wedding festivities. He also made quite the impression with our guests! His pictures really captured the essence of the Indian wedding, the sentiments expressed by our guests, the energy in the room, and the craziness on the dance floor! There's not a shot that he missed and I can't stop staring at the amazing images that document our very special weekend. He's also incredibly fast - we got our images within a week!
Married: 8 years ago
Alex & Jeremy
Brett was simply fantastic. We felt immediately at ease with him as soon as we met. On the day of the wedding, he arrived before me to the ceremony site, and captured all the moments from chair-set up up through after our departure, but at no point did either he or his assistant ever feel intrusive or in the way. They were friendly yet completely professional and incredibly hard-working. We got so many compliments on his photography - the angles, the colors, the energy. And this may seem like a small point, but his website (which you'll use a lot to look at the proofs) is so easy, clean-lined, and intuitive to use.
Wedding Photography Packages
All wedding packages include:
+ pre-wedding consultation
+ at least 300-600 final images (depending on plan)
+ all final images personally processed in color and black & white
+ high-resolution of all final images in color and b&w on DVD with
signed printing release (for unlimited personal printing)
+ unique online gallery with all final images available for viewing and ordering
+ $300 online gallery credit for ordering prints and enlargements
+ 15% of deposit goes towards loans at kiva.org, empowering entrepreneurs
in the developing world to lift themselves out of poverty,
DIY Print Rights Coverage
Start with the most important item - the photo coverage at $2,500. Then add the online proofing and viewing gallery for $400 to see the edited take. The plus is that our DIY means you can purchase the finished color-corrected images with a copyright release for $5 each. Most clients simply order their favorite 100 photos or so making the package a favorite at only $3,400.