Hi, I'm Bre! I became a wedding photographer because I’ve always had an incessant need to document. It’s not just photography that I love, it’s the ability to freeze moments in time and allow them to last forever, (or as forever as a photograph can last). Moments and memories need not be perfectly staged, the subjects don’t always need to look beautiful, they simply need to be captured because someday you will want to remember them…just for what they were. That alone is beautiful and will be cherished.
I am an extrovert who started life as an extremely shy child. I love change. I am impulsive yet level-headed. I am a child of the summer. I love to dance. I am a dog person. Shopping makes me happy, even if it’s just for groceries. I love the smell of boat exhaust, sunscreen, and barbecues. I don’t take myself too seriously. I’m self-taught. I own more clothes than fit in my closet. I have been known to drink wine from a sippy cup in an adult onesie with my friends. I was a cheerleader in high school which I don't think is shocking once you meet me. I love Starbucks dates with my friends and clients. I adore travel and recently spent almost a full month exploring Europe. I am adventurous and dare I say it, courageous. I talk and laugh too loud when I am nervous or excited. I can’t stand being bored so I take on a few too many things at once in order to stay busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Bre Thurston is an award winning photographer, educator, speaker, and author. She began her professional photography journey in 2010 after working five years in publishing. She was able to use her skills from the business world to create a business and a brand that she is extremely proud of. In 2014 she published her first book, For the Love of Weddings: A Photographers Guide to Starting a Wedding Photography Business. That same year she also began her speaking journey as a Platform Speaker at the Click Away Conference. She quickly realized that she had as much of a passion for teaching as she did shooting and has since taught at several successful conferences and events as well as online workshops. She is sponsored by Miller's Professional Imaging, the industry's leading print lab. 2015 brought along a new endeavor, Blair + Thurston Retreats which she co-founded with Elena S Blair. They have completed three sold-out retreats in Malibu, Seattle, and Austin with two more sold out in Napa Valley and one in Portland, Maine in 2018.
Her work has been featured in Vogue Brasil, Cosmopolitan, Professional Photographer Magazine, Click Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Bride Magazine, Dear Photographer Magazine, and several online blogs/platforms including The Huffington Post, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, and Grey Likes Weddings. Her clients have ranged from Olympians and fitness sensations to Forbes 30 under 30 honorees and tech start-up founders.