A light touch: Dean Bradshaw's portraiture
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A light touch: Dean Bradshaw's portraiture

Man of the Beach. Photo by Dean Bradshaw

'Conceptual' and 'commercial' photography are styles that relatively few are able to achieve success in, especially at the same time. But Dean Bradshaw’s intellectual and humorous approach to advertorial work sets his portfolio far above that of the typical commercial photographer.

Originally working as a zoologist documenting the wilds of Australia, he got his start in photography almost as a hobby. Ever the perfectionist, Bradshaw had been frustrated by the results he was getting with a basic camera and flash for his macro work. Soon he was making homemade light modification tools that helped to bring out the details of his tiny subjects and not long after he began to apply the lighting fundamentals he was learning to portraiture. Immediately he fell in love with the medium and moved overseas to California to explore commercial photography as well as filmmaking. Landing his first job in San Diego as a retoucher, this further expanded his skill set immensely.

It wasn’t long before his flair for humor and complex lighting abilities as well as his talents with a computer gained him notice from commercial clients. He finds no need to stop there, however. In between paying assignments, the dedicated photographer works constantly to produce personal work and he has also lent his eye to a number of nonprofit projects. See a selection of his imagery and find out a few insights behind his success in our Q+A. You can also contact him through his website and see more of his work at www.deanbradshaw.com.