Launched Cool Kids Studio Pty Ltd, Hawthorn (2014-2016)
Launched Australian Photographic Academy (Aus Photo Academy) (2014-present)
Australian Photographic Academy Workshops and photowalks – Aus Photo Academy – www.ausphotoacademy.com.au
Relocated to Melbourne Australia (2012-present)
Foto Freo 2010 Workshops Committee – Joint Chair
Presented successive “sold-out” Fine Art of the Nude photography workshops in support of FotoFreo 2010
Relocated to Konstanz Germany (2010-2012)
Solo exhibition titled “Unadorned” as part of the FotoFreo 2008 Festival Fringe
Published first book of art nude titled Restrained to Released – A Personal Journey
Unadorned Exhibition posters and flyers 2008
Enrolled Bachelor Communications (Photomedia) at Edith Cowan University (2000-2002)
Launched Up On High Studios in Fremantle (2000-2010)
Relocated to Fremantle WA (1999-2010)
Launched Bundaberg Graphic Image Studios in the historic 700 m² Bundaberg Brewed Drinks Soft Drink Factory (formerly Electra Breweries) in Electra St Bundaberg (1994-1999). Bundaberg Graphic Image Studios boasted a well equiped 500 m² commercial photo studio floor as well as in-house E6 and black and white film processing and printing, in-house graphic design, desk top publishing, pre-press and short run colour printing.
Launch of Bundaberg Graphic Image Studios 1994
A collection of Press, commercial and advertising images spanning years 1988-1998
Video camera-operator for Video Highlight Productions – wedding and commercial productions (1990-1994)
Channel 7 camera operator (1990-1994)
Began working with the Coastline Newspaper Group (1989-1999)
Graduated with Associate Diploma of Applied Photography (1987-1989)
Won Olympus Vision Age International Photo Contest in Japan from 13,700 entrants globally.
Had first images published.
Registered and initiated Brett Dorron Photography in Queensland Australia
Became contract photographer for APN owned Bundaberg News Mail, Drum Newspaper and later, The Guardian Newspaper (1988-1996)
Replaced Fujica camera system and third-party Sigma, Tokina and Tamron lenses with a comprehensive dual body Minolta 9000 outfit and proprietary Minolta branded lenses and accessories.
Bundaberg barber and collector Kevin Apps, originally from Manly NSW – First image published interstate in Sydney Manly Daily (1988)
Purchased first SLR and discovered interest
Enrolled in: Associate Diploma of Applied Photography (1987-1989)
First SLR was a Fujica STX-1N
Interests in photography persisted through various forms and cameras throughout school years, and by age 17, was bestowed with the nickname Tommy, short for Tommy Tourist, a tongue-in-cheek reference to stereotypical Japanese tourists, and the claim that I never went anywhere without a camera. Years later I was to realise that I had been the documenter of several of my groups of friends.
I owned various 135, 126 and 110 film cameras, including the amazing little 35mm Konica Pop
First awareness of interest in photography began with an introduction to concepts of low-light, time-exposure, astro, star-trail and night time photography during a sixth year school project at ten years of age. Borrowed the family Box Brownie and did chores and odd jobs to afford film and processing.
First camera used creatively was Kodak Box Brownie at 10 years of age
Born feet first at Lady Chelmsford Hospital Bundaberg, Qld Australia