our story begins
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.
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.
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
Time flies when you're having fun. When we became a family of three, the years have never moved so swiftly. We are so grateful Lori has been here to capture our most precious moments. Her talent is unmatched as a creative, warm & passionate artist. I can always count on Lori to tell our family story through photos, highlighting the soul & personality of our family.
We loved how wonderful Lori was with the kids, making them feel so comfortable that they had the most beautiful smiles. That in itself is hard to find in a photographer. Thank you Lori for creating a beautiful memory for our family!
What an amazing experience. Lori made me feel like a star, she put together a photography shoot that went way beyond my expectations from start to finish that included personal shopping, hair, makeup and set design. She took the time to find my personal style and developed my look. She has an eye for colors and style that is so exciting and fresh. Thank you so much for the shopping trip, I am now trying the new styles, love love love my wardrobe again. I am so pleased with my pictures, thank you for making me feel beautiful!
Lori has a studio made to make you feel like a movie star. So the moment I arrived a handsome gentleman offered me my choice of champagne, sangria, or water. I choose sangria which was delicious and completely relaxed me. As I walked back to the dressing room songs played that got me feeling my groove. Then I entered the dressing room and my jaw almost dropped in a happy state of shock. Racks of gorgeous wardrobe, feather fans, racks of gorgeous high heels, jewelry, a full makeup and hair station, giant mirrors, and I wished I could play in there forever. Lori dolled me up and I wore my favorite lingerie. As a plus size woman this felt so comfortable and she complimented me. I felt like I looked beautiful in my sheer and lacy outfit without any body judgement. She was professional and kind. Working with a female photographer with her skills was a treat. She kept making sure the light painted my curves like old Hollywood photos did. She made sure I posed to compliment my curves. I can’t say enough how epic it was to shoot with Lori, it’s the ultimate self-esteem boost and pampering a girl can get. I’ll share my photos too so you can see her talent.
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.
I’ve been wanting to do a boudoir shoot with Lori for many years and decided to do it now because I’m not getting younger in my 60’s and I knew Lori would make me look beautiful. She made me look amazing with hair, makeup and her genius with lighting and various poses! When I first walked into the theatre room for my viewing, I didn’t even recognize myself on the screen it was so stunning! Lori is so professional and brilliant at what she does and I can’t wait to do more shoots with her!
It took us so long to become pregnant so you can only imagine how excited we were to photograph and document every beautiful stage of our new family. We are forever grateful that you captured the most important moments in the first year of our child’s life. Every day I walk by the art you created for our home it brings happy tears to my eyes... thank you.
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
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!
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.