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Swim Editorial






Joffrey Ballet Editorial





Opperman & Pavoné Wedding

This was a dream wedding to photograph.  Brad & Luke are personal friends and clients, so we were able to work closely together and “art direct” some lovely locations to shoot at.  My favorite shots of the day are from the carousel at Lincoln Park Zoo.


Opperman&Pavoné Wedding

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Ricorso Branding


Working with Rhea for the initial branding for Ricorso was such a pleasure.  Ricorso is the evolution of the Kirk James label, and the hallmarks of their company are classic silhouettes with a modern edge for elegant and sophisticated style.


Press Kit for Letta

Letta is a singer/songwriter that flew to Chicago to work with me on her first album.  We decided on a bohemian chic look for her branding, and used the Catalyst Ranch as our location.  I was fortunate to book an amazing crew for this production, and my stylist Beth Berlin, was able to pull a huge collection of clothes and accessories for Letta to try.


Fashion Photography featuring Lara Miller designs


Lara Miller is an incredible green designer and all her hand-loomed garments are crafted in the USA from sustainable fabrics.  I photographed her Spring 2012 collection at Macy’s and worked with model Valentine.  Lara also has a habit of naming her designs after people she knows – so check out the “Bret necklace” here – which is fairly cool.


Celebrity Portraits: Mondo Guerra

Mondo Guerra was the runner-up on the 2010 season of Project Runway and his creativity is really astounding.  Working with him was a complete blast.  And I was really inspired by our collaboration to do some design work on his portrait.  To see photos of his fashions from our shoot click here.


Fashion Photography: Kirk James Collections at Dana Hotel Chicago

I loved shooting at the Dana Hotel, the space is this incredible marriage of texture and impeccable design.  The fashions were the perfect counterpoint to the space.


Fine Art Photography: Gothic Carnival

I’m incredibly proud of this series.  I art directed the concept and handmade most of the props and sets.  Heather Bear was a wonderful asset as my make-up artist.


Pride Jawbreaker Revolution for CircuitMOM Productions



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Bret Grafton


Bret Grafton is an award winning lifestyle photographer and artist. His editorial photography has appeared in Time Out chicago, the Chicago Sun Times, Where Magazine and the Chicago collection. His lifestyle editorial campaigns have included collaborations with Direct TV, the Joffrey Ballet, and the Dana Hotel. Bret is the brand photographer for ICandee clothing, Lara Miller Collection, and Ricorso. Bret was also the brand photographer for “The Ben Cohen Foundation” an anti-bullying venture that raised almost one million dollars last year for philanthropic grants.
Bret Grafton has an ongoing relationship with CB2 where he creates art based on trends that is licensed and sold in CB2 stores. Bret also produces experiential event installations for a variety of clients including Office Max: where he produces their yearly gala.

Bret is also an accomplished artistic director, and has collaborated with a number of creative production companies on marketing, design, prop fabrication, and film/video production.

 Please email Bret for a consultation.

Celebrity Portraits: Jeffrey Altergott

I got special permission to shoot at The Old Town School of Folk Music for my session with Jeffrey Altergott. He’s a singer/songwriter  and his current full-length release, Balloons (2009), contains the Billboard World Song Contest winning track, “Don’t Prove Me Right“.  Check him out.


Model Photography: Mike Muldoon