Perks - About the Photographer
1955 - Career and Accomplishments
Perks got his first "brownie" camera in 1963 at the age of 8. He
began capturing a unique perspective. Brad showed a talent with candid
moments and abstractions of his innocent reality. He invested in
quality equipment at 16. He learned to keep his camera close at hand
and ready to roll.
had a eager willingness to try. He helped on a rock video with
Huey Lewis and interned for a
local TV show called California North. Brad showed his rockin portfolio
to Jessica McClintock and she hired him to shoot a wedding at Francis
Ford Coppola's old mansion. Brad
Perks developed his professional career taking pictures of weddings,
social events, and celebrations. His notable clients in San Francisco
included Levis, the Gap, Toshiba, the Art Deco Society, Neiman Marcus,
Women's Wear Daily, Chronicle, Examiner, Nob Hill Gazette, and the San
Francisco Ballet. Perks skill with a camera opened many new doors and
took him many new places. He has also been hired to photograph some
notable people such as Vice President Dan Quayle, Vice President Al
Gore, Esther Williams, Patrick Swayze, Isabella Rossellini, Pablo Cruz
Band, George Lucas, and Joe Dimaggio.
Lightscapes Galley and PC Image
Network arrived on the internet in 1997. Lightscapes offers signed
limited edition prints, fine art wall
murals and scenic picture
books. PC Image Network is an online stock photo agency licensing Perks
pictures for commercial reproduction. Brad Perks envisioned a
new future before him. He studied online to become his own web master.
He has now expanded the web site to nearly 3000 pages. His "online
gallery" has been featured at FlipBooks, Profotos, and Nature
Photographers. More than 1000 web sites now link to PC Image Network
and Lightscapes Gallery. The Internet provides Perks with worldwide
on a daily basis. More than two million people saw his web site in
2007. This high tech exposure, a lifetime of dedication and God given
talent have helped make Perks a world famous photographer.
Perks was selected as the official Bay Area photographer
for the Millennium Photo Project
in 1999 . 2000 photographers from
around the world had 24 hours to document the turn of the millennium.
Perks picture, Fireworks over San Francisco
, won an International Award. The book has another picture taken at
Yahoo during their "Bunker Down Party ".
He showed the computer techs ready to wage war on any potential Y2K
bugs in Silicon Valley. Perks helped encourage Yahoo to sponsor an
exhibit of this historic project at the Chicago airport.
known clients for Brad Perks scenic images have included National
Geographic, Sierra Club, Gallo Foods, San Francisco Magazine, Cisco
Systems, Hewlett Packard, Grey Advertising, Net TV, Compass Maps,
Landmark Calendars, Bay Nature Magazine, Redwood National Park, TIme
Life and Kodak.
Staff Evaluation by Larry Davis
stock photography does not get any better than the images
in the portfolio of photographer, Brad Perks. Brad's well diversified
work includes images of everything from landscapes, aircraft and
cityscapes, to weddings, fashion models, and children.
astonishing aspect of Brad's work lies in his ability to create
incredible images throughout the photographic medium. While many
professional photographers create images in one realm of photography
(i.e. portraiture, fashion, etc.), Brad has been able to dominate the
medium through all of these and many more. To our staff, this
translates as a true master of the medium!
" Over the Rainbow"
has been seen the
world over. It was captured during Easter weekend of 2002 when the
planets lined up . It was a magical and
electric time. Brad just knew he had head out in the pouring rain. This
rainbow has been seen by members of the United Nations and
like Al Gore. Countless preachers have used this picture for their
Sunday sermons. This rainbow was truly a gift. It has had a life of its
own in the publishing and magazine industry. The end of the rainbow
marked another new beginning for Perks. The feature article on chasing
rainbows is in the April 2008 issue of Shutterbug magazine.
progress continues to happen at a fast pace. A scenic picture book
called San Francisco: A Photographic Portrait is currently available
Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Brad Perks new book called Harvest is about the California
Vineyards Look for his articles
in Shutterbug Photo Magazine like the Yosemite Firefall
, the Photo Mobile and FastTrack at the Reno Air Races .
A feature article was
for 110 degrees magazine . It took
a closer look at
what ingredients give Perks his passion as an artist and
photographer. The road less traveled with a share of bumps and
bruises along the way which helped his spirit evolve.
Perks favorite quote is by Ansel Adams: "Sometimes I do get to places
just when God's ready to have somebody click the
shutter". Brad knows pictures require great timing, proper
His favorite pictures are the ones he is going to take
today. Perks has discovered you have to get out in the rain
to find your rainbows
Don Lyttle -- Mariposa Grove 1995
Roger L. Johnson - Bishop Creek 2002
Janis Marie Babcock - Livermore Valley 2005
Self Portrait 2009 - Concord
portrait 2011 - Ken Perkes
2013 - Self Portrait