“I believe a photograph has a split-second to make an impact. It should seduce the viewer into surveying the picture again and again. Images that make an impact are memorable; memorable images provoke action. This is what I think about when pre-visualizing projects.”
"You see the world with different eyes. You see the subtle nuances that most people miss" - Dea Kurtovic (my wife)
I create conceptual lifestyle photography that visually communicates brands, ideas and personalities. My images can best be described as bold and quirky with a skewed reality. I love to play with the juxtaposition of placement and concept when creating pictures.
“His deep sense of humor, combined with his strong technical abilities create edgy, bold and colorful images.” - Photo Consultant Jennifer Kilberg
The framework of my pictures draws from time spent working as a Photojournalist, coupled with time spent studying conceptual commercial photography at the Academy of Art University. The style of my images draw inspiration from Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton and Richard Avedon (to name a few).
I believe a photograph has a split-second to make an impact. It should seduce the viewer into surveying the picture again and again. Images that make an impact are memorable; memorable images provoke action. This is what I think about when pre-visualizing projects.
I live in Los Angeles, California with Dea and our two Australian Cattle Dogs, Bourbon and Fig.
Photographer | California State University, Long Beach | May, 2016 - Present
I collaborate with a diverse group people on campus to visually communicate personalities & ideas to further the University brand.
Skills - Creative Direction, Retouching, Photo Editing, Lighting, Underwater Photography, Digital Applications, Team Management, Digital Asset Management, Mentoring Student Assistants, Managing strict deadlines
Specialties - Conceptual Portraiture, Studio Portraiture, Lifestyle Photography, Photojournalism
Photographer/Owner | Sean DuFrene: Photographer | 2003 - Present
I collaborate with people to visually communicate Ideas, brands and personalities.
Skills - Creative Direction, Retouching, Photo Editing, Lighting, Digital & Film, Underwater Photography, Team Management, Digital Asset Management, Control and Balance Finances, Manage Strict Deadlines
Specialties Conceptual Portraiture, Studio Portraiture, Lifestyle Photography, Photojournalism
Clients - Long Beach State University, Pier 76 Fish Grill, Boost Mobile, Amusement Park, The Surfer’s Journal, Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble, Coco Cafe, AsRx, Syndicate Barbershop, One Medical Group OC Aesthetic, Matias Denim, CrossFit Radius, OpenGate Capital, Los Alamitos Race Track, California Research and Design, GE Healthcare, Frommer’s Travel Guides, Vitruvian Co., Tower 9 Clothing, Orange County Register, ZUMA Press, Riviera Magazine, San Diego U-T, Arizona Republic, Molina Healthcare
Faculty (Adjunct) - Photography | The Art Institute of California - Orange County | 2013 - June 2016
Classes Taught - Photojournalism, Photo Essay, Marketing for Photographers, Web Design for Photographers, Advanced Digital Darkroom Color Management, Editorial Photography, Location Photography, Photographic Post-Production, Business of Photography, History of Photography2, Photographic Design, Portfolio II
Faculty (Adjunct) - Photography | Irvine Valley College - Irvine, California | August 2015 - May 2016
Classes Taught - Beginning Digital Photography
Faculty (Adjunct) - Photography | Long Beach City College - Long Beach, California | August 2014 - May 2015
Classes Taught - Photography for Publication, Portraiture
Staff Photojournalist | San Diego U-T | 2005 - 2008
Responsible for capturing news events for a newspaper with a 350,000 daily circulation. Skills Generating photography stories, scheduling assignments, managing strict deadlines
Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA 94105 Master of Fine Art: Photography, 2011
California State University, Fullerton Fullerton, CA 92831 Bachelor of Art - Double Major: Economics & Communications, 2004
2015 Communication Arts Photography Annual
2015 Prix de la Photographie - White Competition - Honorable Mention
2014 Prix de la Photographie (PX3) - Honorable Mention
2013 Prix de la Photographie (PX3) - Honorable Mention
2012 Gallery Photographica - Gold Award / 1 Image | Silver Award / 1 Image 2011 International Photography Awards (IPA) - Honorable Mention / 4 images 2011 Prix de la Photographie, Paris - Silver / 1 Image | Of cial Selection / 2 Images 2011 Editorial Photographer’s Education Grant
2010 American Photo Images of the Year - 2nd Place
2009 Communication Arts Photography Annual
2009 American Photo Images of the Year - Student Photographer of the Year
APA LA Off The Clock | Santa Monica Art Studios | Santa Monica, CA - 4/25/15
APA LA Off The Clock | TBWA\Chiat Day, Deutsch, Ignited, Saatchi & Saatchi | Los Angeles, CA | 4/2015 - 3/2016 “JACK” Series SOLO SHOW | KONA Gallery | San Clemente, CA | 1/25/14 - 3/15/14
Centered on the Center | Huntington Beach Art Center | Huntington Beach, CA | 2/1/14 - 3/22/14
6th Annual Juried Show | Sylvia White Gallery | Ventura, CA | 8/1/2013 - 9/7/2013
“Everyday Life” Exhibit | Thailand | 7/20/2013 - 1/26/2014
Px3 Exhibit | Espace Dupon | Paris, France | 7/9/13 - 7/15/13
MOPLA + Smashbox Group Show | Smashbox Studios | Los Angeles, CA | 4/17/13 - 5/1/13
RAWards 2012 Indie Arts Show | Belasco Theater | Los Angeles, CA | 1/13/13
New Images | Studio 17 | San Francisco, CA | 11/10/12 - 11/25/12
Provocations Show | Key Club | Los Angeles, CA | 10/25/12
Great Promise Exhibition | Stephan Stoyanov Gallery | New York City | 5/30/12 - 6/3/12
Raw by ADAMO | Studio A | Huntington Beach, CA | 2/25/12
Centered on the Center | Huntington Beach Art Center | Huntington Beach, CA | 1/20/12 - 2/18/12
Vangardist | Austria Hahnemühle | Paris Photographie | Germany CarneMag | USA American Photo | USA Professional Photographer | England Time Magazine | USA ADAMO Interview Como La Hice | Spain Back Seat Quarterly | USA Trend Hunter | USA Noovo | Spain & Argentina Pork & Mead | USA
Photography, Cooking, Surfing, CrossFit, Traveling