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The Brystan Studios Experience


Like you, we believe in the power of photographs to preserve memories and relive an emotional experience, while truly capturing the soul of the moment.

To achieve that, we take a modern approach to the marriage of discipline and artistic expression that provides an unparalleled personal experience.

Since 1987, Brystan Studios has been dedicated to telling a lifetime of stories for all our clients.

Your session is like any of the great film classics.

It all starts with a great story — your story.

Your private portrait planning session with Lori is where your script comes to life. We get to know each other and collaborate on creative ideas for your photographs. From lighting to wardrobe, makeup and hair, your session is limited only by imagination.

The excitement builds as soon as you enter our lavish studio.

Listen to your favorite music as you sip champagne or Perrier in the hair and makeup chair...

Enjoy true star treatment with access to our exclusive wardrobe room, styling services, state-of-the-art lighting, and our expansive collection of designer sets and props selected just for you.

When the photography starts, your confidence grows as you're effortlessly directed by a true professional.

But wait until you get a few sneak peeks at the back of the camera...

When you do, you'll instantly realize the endless possibilities that our collaboration brings.

Your Brystan Studios experience concludes with a big reveal in our presentation theater.

It's your story, told in unforgettable, timeless portraits that become irreplaceable heirlooms.

A Letter from Lori

I believe in living in the moment, eating the cake, buying the shoes, taking that once-in-a-lifetime trip. I'm a lover of life, the simple moments, the unlimited possibilities in this journey called life.

Now is the best time — the perfect moment.

I'm the kind of person who gets a smile from your baby in the store or from passing children.

I absolutely adore them, and the innocence and wonderment they represent. I'm blessed with a beautiful daughter, a loving husband, and amazing friends and family. My husband is a touring musician, so we travel the world, and our house is filled with music and art.

I love the change of the seasons and how I can feel the magic and possibilities swirling in the moment. I love yoga and belly dancing. I treasure my favorite spiritual books that enlighten me on my journey and quench my thirst for growth and knowledge. I believe that the world is good, most people are loving, and world peace is possible.

I look forward to getting to know you and all the things you're grateful for.

Most importantly, I can't wait to help celebrate you and capture the story of your life.



Meet Lori

Lori Brystan is a storyteller, multifaceted photographer and pioneer of modern American portraiture. Over her 30-year career, she's pursued her passion to create artful, meaningful images.

Her industry knowledge and technical skills are unmatched, from lighting and directing to makeup artistry and hair styling. And yet, her greatest strength lies beyond the lens, in her ability to make every personality shine in its own incredible way.

With the support of her Brystan Studios team, Lori puts her diverse skill set to work creating tailored, cinematic results for every client, while her entirely original style adds a magical touch to her craft.

Her work has been featured in publications such as Family Circle, Elle Decor, Greer's OC and Ceremony Magazine. Lori is a two-time author, educator and filmmaker.

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Today I embarked on the next chapter of my life, with an intention that the BEST is yet to come! In order to set this intention for my life, I booked a fabulous photo shoot with Lori Brystan herself. I only heard wonderful testimony of her, but to actually experience a photo shoot with Lori, I can say the experience is second to none. She gave me the confidence and enthusiasm to express my full self in confidence, vulnerability, sensuality and style. It was a lot of fun too! By turning 50, Lori empowers women to believe that our soul, our beauty or our hears never age. Rather we become more youthful in optimism for the future. I thank Lori for empowering me through the most incredible photo shoot I have ever experienced. Having this experience with Lori changes the way I feel about myself and my future in the most positive and profound way possible. Heartfelt thanks.

Carina Cristiano

It’s rare to find a commercial photographer that can capture not only the technical aspects of our product but the very essence of our brand’s soul; Lori has exceeded all of our expectations in the images she did for us and our brand is now seen in a class by itself.

Brian Anderson, Chief Marketing Officer

Dear Lori, I really didn’t have the words to properly thank you. As a mom I run around making sure everybody else is taken care of and fall into bed exhausted night after night. As the years have gone by I very rarely look in the mirror and when I do I only see how I have aged. I was terrified to have my pictures taken - even more so to view them. I see glimpses of Mava and pieces of my doughters in me. I LOVE the pictures. We all do. Thank you for helping me see I am still in there - still Mava. This gift means the world to me. Thank you so very much.


Lori doesn't just snap a photo, she peers into your Soul and actually brings that into FORM through her incredible GIFT as a photographer. She has continued to capture the story of our lives. Lori’s photos grace the walls of our home and bring us joy everyday!

Michelle A.

Lori has a way of making women look and feel so incredibly beautiful.


I have gotten so many compliments on this shot that you cannot imagine. As I embark on launching my new speaking and coaching career website I am overwhelmed with clients and associates I network with how amazing this shot is and how professional. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You have made this part of my professional presence a no brainer!!! Ready for more…

Dia Matteson Oliveira

I can't begin to tell you how amazing my experience was at Brystan Studios. I had a classic beauty shoot done by Lori, the owner and I have never been more comfortable. Her kindness and vulnerability made me feel like I had known her forever.  This showed in my shoot and the fact that I was so comfortable, made my photos look so amazing. She makes you feel like you are her best friend and she makes you feel beautiful! I am so happy with the amazing wall portrait I purchased and so well worth it.  I can't wait to schedule my family portrait in August!

Diane L.

I have taken a lot of photos but hands down the images I just shot with Lori are the best ones I have even taken. She is such a gifted artist! She has an eye for composition and she knows how to capture images that are the ultimate expression of beauty and sensuality. Thank you Lori!

Rejoy G

Lori’s photos grace the walls of our home and bring joy to our lives everyday!

The Andersons

Such a great experience here! I found this photographer studio on google and was willing to give it a try to put together a boudoir photo album for my soon to be hubby. First I was pretty little scared of taking lingerie/nude pictures but Lori made me feel SO comfortable and sexy with my body. Anybody who is looking to take boudoir pictures, set an appointment with Lori, you won't be disappointed!

Kristianna A.

Sharing the Magic


We're blessed to run a successful business, and strive to give back in a real, tangible way, which is why we support Operation Smile.

We relish the power of a smile to communicate love.

So, what better way for us to make a difference than to help children regain smiles of their own?

A portion of every session at Brystan Studios goes toward corrective surgery, offering children the opportunity they've never had… the opportunity to smile.

If you would like to join us in this effort, please visit OPERATION SMILE.

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