photo: David Bergman
Brett Thomas has been creating pictures for over 16 years professionally. Brett opened his first studio back in his loft apartment in the summer of 1999. Quickly over barring his loft space and girlfriend with props, equipment and of course the occasional client with a photo-shoot. At the end of 2003, Brett made the transition to a full time studio in old city Philadelphia. Shortly after renovations, old city studio was formed around July of 2004. OCS over the years, became a pathway as a studio group share for many talented people along the way. Forever funneling creatives, OCS has had some extremely talented and very successful business people traverse through our doors. From great ideas on paper and bar napkins, to taking the picture, then seeing it polished with the designers eye and with the programmers mind, on the screen, in print, at the show, on the canvas and on the wall. We've hosted many productions for our clients. From still photography shoots to stop motion and HD video work. From painters and flats, to the set builders and every single set wall built, to the studio surfing designers and programmers, to an occasional out of town photog who needed a good studio rental. From seo trade offs for rent, to the next best production assistant who makes the leap to NYC full time, to every priceless hardworking stylists and makeup artists who's made our photo shoots that much better. At the end of the day, it really comes down to making beautiful pictures, smooth productions happen and clients coming back for more. I personally want to thank you all for making Old City Studio the best decade and studio space to remember. To be continued...
As of November 2013, and after a couple months of hard work in between assignments. Brett Thomas Photography moved old city studios out of old city Philadelphia and into the new and improved photo studios at The Globe Dye Works Building. We are proud to announce, that on the eve of almost an entire decade since Brett Thomas Photography started and help found Old City Studio's in Philadelphia . With so much excitement, it is an absolute honor to say. We have smoothly made the transition into our two new and improved natural light studio spaces. Less than five miles north of center city at the Globe Dye Works artists community and building, located at 4500 - 4520 Worth Street Philadelphia PA 19124. 3rd floor Units #302 & 306
That's right! btphotos has two new shooting and work spaces available at the Globe Dye building. Both of which include, a full state of the art blackout shooting space and prop room, to an entire open floor plan corner white box studio with all natural light windows that face south and southwest exposure. You'll just have to see it in person. Either way you'll see it on the next job we work on together or if you want an official grand tour, that can be arranged very easily. Come on by.
We've spent the majority of this past summer's end and all of fall preparing both studios and bringing them up to speed. We've been in full working order as of Nov. 1st, 2013. Our new location even has a "free" Globe parking lot on the premiss. Right across from our building on the corner of Worth and Kinsey streets. For those clients who need a shuttle ride from center city or if you are taking the L-train to the Frankford Transportation Center, which is the last stop. Just let us know and we'll pick you up either way.
We look forward to having you at the new spaces, that's if you haven't already? Our new improved studio spaces and location have more space and staging area's to offer more versatility to our clients now and for those future clients to come. Most importantly seamlessly keeping our productions at a higher level and at a more productive space with endless options to create an even better picture at the end of the day.
We look forward to seeing you on the next production.
photo: Jessica Thomas
A Kokomo Indiana native, Brett Thomas began to pursue his passion of photography at the Art Institute of Philadelphia in the early 90's. In May of 1996, after graduating with Best Portfolio Honors, Brett and three ambitious photo friends opened Rogue's Gallery in Old City Philadelphia, which they ran for 3+ years. Curating shows and selling exclusive fine art photography, short films and some mixed media sculpture. Favorite feature artists included Pew winning photographers Tim Rice and Bob Asman, just to name a few.
1999 - 2000, Brett Thomas Photography was born. Early work focused on performing arts photography for Walnut Street Theater and The Pennsylvania Ballet Company. Developing portfolio's in both as well as starting his still-life career. Brett had a permanent still-life table-top set up in his living room for many years. Always shooting something to full fill his creativity and ideas, building the next portfolio piece or artwork to print.
From 2004 - 2013, Brett Thomas Photography found a permanent home in Old City Philadelphia. Forming Old City Studios and becoming a group share to many creatives along the way. Both Brett and his clients appreciated the studio for it's convenient center city location, working photo-kitchen, and beautiful floor to ceiling windows for picturesque natural lighting for their photo shoots.
At the end of 2013, Brett Thomas Photography had the opportunity to expand and move his studio out of Old City and into the spacious Globe Dye Works Building in the northeast industrial section of Philadelphia. Brett has two remodeled shooting spaces at Globe. Studio A's space is a open floor plan setup and is geared for more of a natural light application. The second space, Studio B is a longer shooting space with more controlled lighting capabilities, also with a blackout option for flash and continuous lighting scenarios. Studio B also has a wall of glass blocks for a single directional natural light option as well. Studio B also is equipped with an extensive prop room. From table-top props, flatware and stemware, to optional backgrounds and fabrics, to reclaimed wood surfaces, antiques, and many rustic elements collected over the years.
Over his 16+ year career, Brett's body of work has encompassed a wide range of genres. Clients come to Brett for his attention to detail, his ability to realize artistic direction, and his skillful use of lighting and design behind the camera.
photo: Adam Fergurson
Brett continues to specialize in high resolution product, stock, food, spirits, travel, architecture, dance, movement, portrait photography and HD video. All used for commercial, advertising, e-commerce, web, print and editorial applications. Current clients include local business, regional magazines and publishers, as well as advertising agencies and freelance designers with national clients. His most recent work has included regional ad campaigns for IKEA, and helping launch the first interactive online catalog for IKEA as well. DSLR HD video shoots, testimonials and directing from both a lighting and photography perspective. As technology keeps getting better, so does the imagery he captures. *Preferred equipment used: Apple Computer Systems, Adobe Creative Suite, Capture One Pro, Leaf America Digital Software Systems, C-Most Technologies. Canon Cameras and Lenses, Nikon Film Cameras and Lenses, Mamiya AFD 645, RZ67, Sinar Bron 4x5, Dyna-lite Strobes Systems, Arri HMI's, Chimera Softboxes USA, Matthews and Bogen Grip Equipment. Pelican Waterproof Cases. Canon Professional Service Member since 2004.
Brett's photo Philosophy, To continue to cultivate creativity within my personal work and in collaboration with others. Continue to improve my skills as a creative visualist, a photographer, a husband, a person and most importantly as a father to my amazing twins who were born on New Years day 2011. "Life sure is amazing to see it from the beginning and with four hands and feet." Spoken first hand from the early photo archives of the ongoing and forever capturing photo-assignment of my beautiful family. Peace, love and happiness.
photo: Courtesy of the Smith Family
photo: Justin Wood @ GreysFerrySk8Park 2015