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"I bet I can guess two things you're thinking right now.  Yes, I married up, and yes, we make beautiful children!  Our family loves to laugh hard, play hard and live life to the fullest.  The good news for you is, that and many of our clients become our extended family."                
                                                  -Brett Nelson 
   


About Us

We are a husband and wife team specializing in Weddings, Portraits, Boudoir and Events.  We choose to do a limited number of wedding commissions each year so we can travel and enjoy time with our three amazing kids. This also allows us to give our clients more attention and to deliver their photos quickly.  We have a large portrait studio located at Bullard/Marks in Fresno, CA where we would love to meet with you to customize the perfect collection for your photographic needs. (more about us below the testimonials)  


Testimonials 

"Such great pictures!!! I can't believe how good they are!! You're amazing Brett!!"
-Kirsten W (bride)

           "Brett and Alicia, Thank you for capturing every beautiful moment of our wedding day. You both have such wonderful personalities and went above and beyond on our special day."
       -Rachel & John G (bride and groom)

      "Brett and Alicia, Darius and I appreciate all the beautiful work you did      
       photographing our wedding! You two went over and beyond our expectations
       and we are so happy with our beautiful photos and album. Thank you!"
      -Vanessa & Darius H (bride and groom) 

"Brett and his team did an awesome job at my wedding this last weekend!! Exceeding my expectations. He caught the most beautiful moments and I even got some pictures that night posted online!! I couldn't have asked for a better photographer!!"
-Jenna T (bride) 

"When my husband and I were married in the Fresno area almost 2 years ago, we came across Brett and Alicia's ad for AAP on Facebook. Within 5 minutes of meeting Brett we were"SOLD".  They were both so friendly, so professional and so comfortable to work with. (For you brides out there... You know how important that is!)  By wedding day, they felt like family to us and they did a fantastic job on the wedding photos. As weird as it may sound, they were able to capture those little things without feeling like you had paparazzi at your affair. Yet they made certain to get all the important things that a couple would expect as well! (Emphatic 2 thumbs up!!) To this day we have remained friends. I am thankful for the power of technology and it having"worked it's magic"
-Hillary M (bride)

"Brett and Alicia just shot our wedding this past weekend and they did a FANTASTIC job!!! He was so easy to work with and his wife was so sweet. They really paid attention to all the photos we wanted to get and he put up photos that night!! I mean, his turnaround on pictures is awesome!! We love all the pics so far and can't wait for the rest of them! Highly recommend Ambient Art! =)"                       -Jennifer D (bride)

 "My husband and I just wanted to say Thank you for your awesome work on our Susie's day, you were both there doing what you do, but in the process, by making her relax, feel beautiful and stress free. The day was made even more special by your involvement.   Your work is awesome, we are so thankful we chose  you to be our photographers.  You truly love the work that you do, and it shows, thank you both very much! 
-Renee and Dan (mother & father of the bride)

     "Alicia has been my hairstylist for many years and when my husband and I were pregnant with our first baby, she was a natural choice to do our
      maternity photos. Alicia was very accommodating with our crazy schedule    
      and met us in Fresno at a wonderful outdoor location. She took amazingly
      beautiful photos of my husband and I and even had a maternity dress    
      Available for me to use during the photoshoot. A week or so after our
      photoshoot, we had a meeting to pick out our photos and Alicia had great    
      proofs for us to choose from. We are so happy with the photos she took!"  
      -Lindsay P  


     "So beautiful!! Thank you Ambient Art !!! You were wonderful"
      -Janet A (mother of the bride).

      "Brett's work speaks for itself. He did a commercial photo shoot with head
       shots for our small business. He got the best out of our employees, getting
       candid & natural smiles. He was really good at putting everyone at ease. He
       digitally delivered the photo files within days both for print and online file
       sizes. We are very happy with the project!
       -Christine T

       "Ambient Art took the most amazing photos for our engagement session, I'm
        totally in love w/them!!!!  Great help in figuring and finding our best shot
        and making it look just the way I wanted.  Brett takes his time and will go
        above and beyond to answer any questions you have. I'm not good w/
        computers and his really walked me through everything from picking the
        good shots to edit to developing at the right places for the perfect picture!"
        -Lauren N

        "You guys are so great .... You took our daughter and son in laws wedding
        pictures !!!! Pictures were beautiful and you two were great warm friendly
        personalities make it even more special ... Will never for get it as parents.
        It was like you were family friends ... Thanks so much !!!"
        -Pete G

       "I LOVE Ambient Art Photography. The quality of service, and product        
        truly is priceless. Brett and Alicia are truly passionate about their work and
        they are an outstanding team. I highly recommend ALL  the services they
        offer. I have used their commercial, real estate, private, corporate, and
        wedding services."
         -Sara S

        "Brett & Alicia are such an amazing photography duo! They captured every
         detail and every priceless moment at my wedding. It was such a memorable night and I can re-live it through their amazing photographs!
         Thanks again Brett & Alicia!"
         -Katie G (bride)

         "Alicia and Brett are absolutely amazing! For the glamour, engagement, and wedding shoots they are extremely artistic and love all the photos! It
         was so hard to pick for each of the albums and they are so easy to get
         along with! Alicia is also a hair and makeup artist! They are a great match
         in more ways than one! Thank you both for making Nathan and my
         day the best day ever!"
         -Amanda H (bride)

"Both Brett and his wife Alicia are amazing photographers! We picked them 
to photograph our daughter's June 22, 2014th wedding, and I'm so happy we did! This wasn't just a one day shoot. They were involved in engagement photos, a special photo album for the groom, and more. On the day of the wedding, they were both there early. Alicia stayed with my daughter while she was getting dressed. She took many photos of family & friends who were there as well. She even helped with my daughter's make up! Both Brett and Alicia were so accomplished, they helped put everyone at ease.  They were fun & interesting to talk to, which also helped to make this special day run smoothly. They arrived early, and stayed late...We've had a chance to see a few pictures and they are gorgeous! I highly recommend them, and will be sure to tell everyone I know just how incredible this duo is!"
-Diane K (mother of the bride)



MORE ABOUT US: 


Brett

I have been using digital cameras for well over 17 years now and I love to stay up on the cutting edge of creative lighting, using the best equipment money can buy and continue to study with the best photographers in the world.  Photography is my full-time job.
My wife (Alicia) and I, have trained extensively with Jerry Ghionis (considered by many, to be the best wedding photographer in the World).  Emulating his mix of photo-journalistic images, evoking emotion in your subject and helping brides & grooms look amazing with posing and creative lighting sets us apart as we continue to create our own style. We have also spent time studying in Italy with JB Salle (the second most awarded Wedding photographer).  As well as every year invest a week helping with most prestigious print competition of the year WPPI, (rubbing shoulders and taking classes from the best photographers in the world.  We are always learning new things and striving to be the best we can be for our clients.
     


I'm also the "House" photographer for the Fresno Convention Center, Selland Arena, Saroyan Theater, as well as the photographer for the Fresno Chamber of Commerce. 

Alicia

Alicia has quickly become an accomplished photographer and brings a love for art and a feminine touch to everything she captures. She is the second photographer at our weddings and shoots many of our infant and family sessions as well as of our Boudoir/Fine Art Portraits/Pinup sessions. Her work can be seen in our Boudoir gallery and on her site. AAPBeauty    She has studied with the best Woman's portrait photographer alive, Sue Bryce.  

Having over 17 years of experience doing hair and makeup in some of the best salons in Fresno, (she continues to do hair and makeup for many of our clients especially on her boudoir sessions).  We also own The Mix Salon (next door to our studio), where she does hair two days a week. THE MIX SALON

Our Mission

Our mission is to offer our clients the best wedding, portrait, event, commercial photography available in the Central Valley, at a price you can afford and to create artwork and lasting memories for our clients that will be cherished for generations to come. What makes us different is that every image we create is thought out and edited to capture the beauty of the most important moments in life. We don't just take "snap shots" and burn them on a disk.  We pay attention to every detail and we create art for you, that will last a lifetime.

All of our finished images are retouched. Digital photos are nothing more than pixels and we will tweak them to make you look your best, without making you look fake. No more dark rings under your eyes, skin blemishes or distracting elements in your photos. And we don't just blur out your skin like amateurs, we use high end retouching techniques that are used in the fashion industry.  You will also notice beautiful blue skies in many of our images.  Not the airy, fairy, white ones many are producing these days.  This is a fad that will be very dated in a few years.  

Have you ever had a photographer make you look into the sun while you stood there squinting and wondering what do to with your hands? Guess what? We will never make you look into the sun, and we consider it our job to help you pose! You know how they say the camera adds 10 pounds? What you may not know is that correct posing can take at least 20 pounds off! Don't worry, we got your back. All of our Collections include a custom made album, and photos on USB. (Samples Here)