Bret van Ostrom is an easy going, fun to be around, flexible and creative kind of photographer that is rare to find in today’s fast paced “non-customer service” type of world.  Many of his clients have remarked that they don’t even realize that they are being photographed by him as Bret flows seamlessly from one photograph to the next which explains why he is in such high demand from California to Canada and Portland to Paris.

He is able to create beautiful, unique, and believable creative story telling images in part by his years of extensive work with former master portrait and wedding photographers from around the world and due to the fact that Bret has always been cutting edge and up to date on the latest trends, tricks, and equipment.  He uses a “stylized” journalistic approach to wedding photography that produces a natural yet refined final image.  Bret can pose the finest “traditional” images while turning around to capture peak candid moments to give you an enormous variety of quality photographs. 

Bret has been a studio owner and professional wedding photographer for over 22 years.  He has received over 50 national and local awards and has been a member of the Professional Photographers of America, was on the Executive Board and past Vice President for the Professional Photographers of Washington, a member of Wedding Photographers International, Kodak Promise of Excellence, Vice President of the Pacific NW School of Professional Photography, and has served two terms as President for the Pierce County Professional Photographers Association.  He has spoken at several seminars for professional photographers and taught classes such as Digital Manipulation and Running a Successful Studio.  Bret has also been chosen to judge photographic print contests and competitions and speak at local high schools.   

He is one of less than a few hundred Certified Professional Photographers in the world granted by the Professional Photographers of America.  His photographs have been published in several magazines and journals including; The Bridal Connection, and Photographer's Forum-Best of Photography Annual.  Specializing in wedding photography, his work has covered portraiture, fashion, nature, sports, commercial, and producing catalogs

 Bret lives in a beautiful mountain side town near Mt. Rainier, WA where he is inspired by nature every single day.  He lives on a river, in a tree house, with his playful dog Spanky



Thank you for the beautiful wedding photographs. You're the best! - Melissa B.
You are such an artist! Thank you again, - Cheryl
I just got a chance to see the kids wedding photos. Thank you for doing such a GREAT job. - Sue W.
Thank you again for all your help. We love all of our pictures! It's so hard to pick which ones we love most, because they are all so wonderful! - Heather P
Thank you for such an awesome job on our wedding pictures. You captured our special moments for a lifetime. - Jessica & Ralph
You are a true master at your craft! - Seth
Thank you again for the beautiful pictures you took of Sean and me last June. There are so many horror stories you hear where couples pictures don't turn out. All of our pictures turned out so well - we can't decide which ones we like best. It really was a dream wedding and you captured every moment for us! - Heather & Sean P.


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