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Winner of ART SLANT New York’s 2015 International Photography Award for her fine art work ‘Vanquish,’ celebrity photographer and fine art photography, Brooke Mason has become the most sought after name in the industry after capturing some of Hollywood’s biggest names and shooting fashion editorials for magazines such as Angeleno Magazine, Marie Claire and Glamour. Her avant-guard, often seductive fine art photography has been featured in many galleries and her commercial work has graced the covers and pages of fashion and lifestyle magazines across the globe. Brooke has continued taking her career to the next level by curating fine art exhibits for galleries and has recently curated multiple art exhibits for her non-profit group Women Manifest, an empowerment group of women to create community and Celebrate and make visible the accomplishments of women.Growing up in Sydney, Australia Brooke has always been inspired by the arts.
Discovered at 15 by a modeling agent, she began securing catalog campaigns and doing local theatre throughout high school. Drawn to the female body, she began photographing nude models and spent much of her teens developing film in the darkroom and creating super imposed abstract photos with her subjects of naked bodies in urban environments. Following her college graduation, she was accepted into the acting program of the Neighborhood Theatre in NYC and moved to the US to expand her arts training. While balancing a full time modeling career shooting in exotic locales such as Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong, she began the audition circuit in New York as an actress and quickly booked commercials for brands such as Samsung, Sharp and Minolta. But for Brooke, it was turning her childhood hobby into a thriving career that ultimately has brought her the most joy and notoriety, as she claims her experience on both sides of the camera gives her a unique understanding of the feelings behind a photo. In pursuing this dream of becoming a top photographer, Brooke moved to L.A. as an actress to pay her bills, but quickly became a favorite amongst Hollywood talent, shooting a wide array of stars that range from “House of Cards” Joanna Going and “Vanderpump Rules’” Katie Maloney to New York Times Best Seller and Founder of Geek and Sundry’s Felicia Day and “Dancing with the Stars’” fan favorite Witney Carson to name a few.
Following in the footsteps of her mentor, art critic and curator Peter Frank, Brooke continues to draw inspiration from LA’s diverse culture and vast natural landscape to create her vision for her photography while finding inspiration for her next exhibits. With Brooke’s work found in various magazines, she has taken the next steps towards expressing her art form through her gallery presentations, having created provocative ntellectual work in multiple exhibits, including six this year alone and was reviewed by Art Week Los Angeles as the ‘Pick of the Week’ for her debut opening of “La Haute Main” at Bergamot Station in May of 2015. American Photo Magazine named her “Innovative Photography” in Jan 2016 for her three artworks in Photo LA. 2018 was off to a great start in the LA Art Show and got noticed by a gallery to be in another exhibit in Feb 2018. Along with this growing resume in the fine arts industry, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for this award-winning artist.
Photography Genre: Advertsing and fine art
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Resides: Pasadena, California
Career Highlight #1: My career highlights are usually my latest accomplishments, I’m so fortunate there have been so many. Currently, Photographing Wendi Mclendon-Covey from the ABC show, The Goldbergs – was pretty awesome, and she’s so cool.
Career Highlight #2: Photographing Phylicia Rashaad and Debbie Allen for Angeleno Magazine was a big surpise, I was hired to be on set and shoot on a Sunday afternoon and I didn’t know who it was for.
Career Highlight #3: Getting interviewed by Huffinghton Post and Daily Mail was really fun!
BlackRapid product of choice: Curve Breathe
Age you took your first photo? 12yrs old, it was a Pentax film camera. I was obessesed, always in the darkroom on my lunch hour developing film and experimenting with retouching, the old school way.
When did you realize that you wanted to be a professional photographer? I don’t think I ever had a strong knowing. It’s been such a long journey, something I always did until eventually I transitioned into only doing this. One day, I realized I’m writing “photographer” in the profession category and thought to myself… Yeah, I guess I am.
Who inspires you: Film Director Lina Wertmüller – for her tenacious drive, creativity, her spirit and her strong personal message.
What camera do you use to capture most of your work? Canon 1DX
If I could photograph anyone in the world, alive or deceased, it would be…. Dame Judi Dench – she’s an inspiration
What do you do when not taking photos? Think about upcoming shoots and creative direct ;). I promise I do have a life outside my work, however it’s so much a part of my world there’s not one day that goes by that I’m not working on something work related. Even if it’s just day dreaming of angles, lighting or concepts to make something more interesting.
Favorite place on earth? It would be my hometown in Sydney, Australia.
One piece of advice for someone at the beginning stages of their photography career? Know that you’re diving into having a career as an artist, it’s rocky, but as long as you stay true to your vibe not try to emulate anyone else you will rise above. Most importantly, always be on time and deliver fast!
How do you “Live The Moment”? By having a bad memory… hah, well selectively forgetful so everything feels fresh and lively. A good sense of humor is always helpful.