Todd and Brad Reed are a father-son outdoor photography team based in Ludington, Michigan. Todd has been recording Michigan scenes for over 35 years. Twenty-three of those years Todd spent as a photojournalist for the Ludington Daily News, where he won dozens of industry awards for his photos portraying the beauty and telling the stories of everyday life in small towns and rural areas. Todd is considered one of the leading photographers in the United States. Todd’s love of the Great Lakes was enriched by 33 years of service in the Coast Guard Reserve. In 1988, the U.S. Coast Guard honored him as top “Outstanding Enlisted Reservist” in the nation.
Brad’s journey as a photographer started as a young boy. He jumped at every chance to carry his father’s gear on photo shoots throughout the region. Without a camera in his hand, Brad practiced seeing the world in photographs and learned that extraordinary photography requires chasing the light and capturing the defining moment. After graduating from Calvin College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and working on a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Brad followed his heart and journeyed into the world of photography and has quickly become a national leader in his field.
In 2000, Todd released his first book, Ludington Point to Point. This book covered the waterways and countryside between Big Sable Point and Little Sable Point Lighthouses. In 2005, this father-son team collaborated and released their first joint book, Lake Michigan Point to Point, a visual journey of the waters and shores of the same region. In 2006, Todd and Brad released their first DVD, Lake Michigan Point to Point. In 2008, Todd and Brad released a new fine art book and DVD called Ludington State Park: Queen of the North. The book and DVD feature beautiful photographs from inside the 5,300-acre Ludington State Park. In 2010, Todd and Brad completed their 365 Project, a year-long photo shoot in which Todd and Brad each shot one photograph daily during 2010, posting them weekly on their website and Facebook. In Spring 2011, they published all 730 photos from the project in a limited edition fine art book entitled 365 – A Year in the Photographic Lives of Todd and Brad Reed, the book sold out the day it was released. A softcover second edition of 365 was published in November 2013 and is available for purchase. Todd and Brad also released a 365 DVD, which includes all 730 images from the project, as well as interviews with Todd and Brad.
The Reed’s newest project, Tuesdays with Todd and Brad Reed: A Michigan Tribute is the grateful offering of a father and son who set out weekly for a year seeking, discovering and revealing Michigan’s natural heart and soul with their cameras. They traveled throughout Michigan, shooting from sunrise to sunset every Tuesday of 2012. Besides shooting still photographs they shot HD video and every week produced a 7-10 minute video of their photographic journey. Todd and Brad captured 1,014 of Michigan moments’, all of which will be featured in their newest 400 page hardcover art book and 2-disk DVD set from the project. For more information on Tuesdays with Todd and Brad Reed: A Michigan Tribute please visit their website www.ToddandBradReed.com, or feel free to call the gallery at 231-843-0777.
In 1998, Todd’s image “God’s Light,” which shows a lighting bolt hitting near the Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse, won third place overall in the Nikon International Photography Contest. In 2005, Brad’s image “Power & Light” won runner up in the emerging artist category in the Nikon International Photography Contest. The powerful image shows pink-orange light painting an angular rock and a crashing wave along the Ludington North Breakwater. The North American Nature Photography Association has featured Todd and Brad’s images. Many magazines, including Traverse, Michigan Blue, and LAKE, have also featured the Reeds’ photographs and galleries in their publications.
Todd and Brad have a simple approach to photography. They choose subjects that touch them in emotional ways, and strive to convey their emotions through the photographs they make. They are both known for saying that good photography is all about feeling. To see and appreciate a scene in the natural world is one thing; the artists’ challenge is to capture visually the emotions of that scene and that moment. It is simply a matter of being present at those rare moments and letting the heart guide the composition.
Todd and Brad Reed’s photographic artwork is featured at Todd & Brad Reed Photography Gallery, in downtown Ludington. You can order your copy of the hardcover art book “Tuesdays with Todd & Brad Reed: A Michigan Tribute” along with other books, calendars, prints, canvases, and framed pieces by calling the gallery at 231-843-0777 or by visiting their website at www.ToddandBradReed.com. Any image can be ordered in multiple sizes and formats. The Reeds also put on acclaimed weekend workshops in their hometown of Ludington, Michigan.