Meet Bret Doss, a Project 52 participant and a friend. I met Bret a while ago when I taught my first workshop in Seattle. He truly loves photography.


“Project 52 presented a unique opportunity: ongoing instruction and critique each week for 52 weeks. An assignment each week, with a specific key-learning in mind. I knew Don from previous workshops, so it was no question to me that this would be valuable and well worth the time and effort.

The main challenge for me was simple to say, and hard to find: time. My biggest obstacle was my own schedule that, regrettably, did not allow me to produce images specifically for each assignment. I nearly opted out of the entire process for that reason.

Fortunately, though, Don and the rest of the Project 52 participants are welcoming and easy going, and though I could not produce work for each assignment, I was able to participate in almost every weekly review/critique session.

Selina Maitreya counsels photographers to schedule at least some time each week for personal/professional growth: that hour each Wednesday evening has been pure gold.”

More from Bret and a look at a few of his images after the jump.

“Over the weeks, in a community of talented and dedicated people, I learned countless things: shooting to a predetermined layout or concept, quoting/negotiating a shoot, different lighting approaches for people vs. products, that portfolio images should inherently demonstrate a solution. I also learned about creative and very effective usage of desk lamps (visit the P52 Flickr site for that one…).

The images here were all shot during the past year, as I was participating in Project 52. Each of them was influenced and enhanced by education, information, critique, and review of imagery produced by all of the Project 52 members.

I plan to continue on with Project 52 in 2012 because, as I said, the time is pure gold.”

Image Credits:
All images © Bret Doss, All Rights Reserved

“Dyptic” Model/MUA – Amanda Guerricabetia
Fashion Designer Sladjana Jankovic

Random Original Productions Studios

“Red” & “Bending” Model – Lanna Barrones
MUA Melissa Dodd
Random Original Productions Studios

“Black Hat” Model/MUA/Fashion Designer – Camille Goodman

“Over Shoulder” Model – Jaimee Martin
Fashion Designer – Kate Mensah

Thanks, Brett. I look forward to seeing you up in Seattle the first weekend in April. I have something to do there, and you will be helping me out. See you then… and on the boards of P52.

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