Category Archives: recent work

CrossFit Salvation

In this line of work, I meet a lot of people.  Some people are fleeting acquaintances in life.  Others, like Chelsea Santucci, have a powerful impact on me whether they know it or not.

Fit Nation Magazine assigned me photograph Chelsea working out at CrossFit Salvation in Cape Coral. When we met, I was blown away, not just her physical beauty but there was something in her face and eyes that was so genuine, unique and honest.  I spent just over an hour shooting a few portraits and some action shots of her working out, the entire time completely in awe of her and her story.  After the shoot I couldn’t help but give her a hug and grab a quick photo with her thanks to gym owner and trainer Lauren Brooks.

Later as I was editing the shoot I brought my kids, ages 4 and 8, over to see some of the photos and explained to them how important it is to live each day to its fullest, never give up and never stop doing what you love, just like Chelsea.

As luck would have it we ran into Chelsea a day later while leaving a restaurant and both kids immediately give her a hug, apparently I wasn’t the only one she had a powerful impact on.

Read the story here

Her story in her own words here

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CrossFit Salvation





Editorial Shoot for Handelsblatt

German financial news publication Handelsblatt recently contacted me to see if I would be interested in photographing a New York based financial advisor Thomas Rudy for an upcoming feature they were doing on him.

Rudy, who was born in Germany, was in Florida for the week and we had a narrow window of time to photograph him for the story’s deadline and before he left the country on vacation.

Fortunately he was staying at the historic Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, a gorgeous hotel that didn’t look overly touristy, Tropical or or even Floridian for that matter.  Hotel management agreed to give me exactly 15 minutes to photograph Thomas in the lobby. Everything went great and we were able to set up, get the shot, and breakdown in the 15 minutes with out a hitch.

Random Palm Beach Travel tip: Get breakfast at Greens Pharmacy, its an old school luncheonette inside a drug store that hasn’t changed much since the day it opened in 1938.

Thomas Rudy Photographed at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach for Handlesblatt.

Thomas Rudy Photographed at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach for Handlesblatt.

Thomas Rudy Photographed at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach for Handlesblatt.

Thomas Rudy Photographed at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach for Handlesblatt.

Frog Watch for FGCU
















Mid June in Southwest Florida isn’t exactly my favorite time of year. Its crazy hot, usually damp and what you think might be a dragon fly is usually just enormous mosquito.  That said , when Florida Gulf Coast University’s Pinnacle Magazine asked if I wanted to head out with the Southwest Florida Amphibian Monitoring Network to document them collecting data on frog populations, I grabbed my muck boots and started packing gear.

The group of trained volunteers on “Frog Watch” as they call it, head out once a month from June through September during our rainy season and travel nine established routes through three counties making 12 stops on each route to collect data on the frogs.  Volunteers take notes on mating calls of specific species, intensity of the call, as well as traffic noise, water levels and other environmental conditions.

I love meeting other people who are passionate about what they do, and I had a great time with FGCU environmental studies professor Win Everham as he guided us along the route that included a variety of habitats for different frog species.

The shoot was challenging because of the darkness and my light sources were mostly street lights and flashlights, and I didn’t want to try and throw a strobe into the mix. The unbelievable high ISO capabilities of the Canon 5D Mark III, shooting with a tripod and slowing down the shutter speed helped bring out the night sky and even some light pollution from nearby Fort Myers, Estero and Bonita Springs.

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa for Florida Trend

Florida Trend recently featured the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, FL for it’s annual “Florida’s Best Companies to Work For,” issue, and I was assigned to photograph the hotel’s guest services manager Neil Swetz with members his staff.

The hotel, which was recognized as one of the “Best Large Companies,” in the issue has a reputation for taking great care of it’s employees and everyone had a great time hamming it up for the light hearted shoot around the hotel’s property.

Big thanks to Patricia George, Manager of Public Relations and Marketing Communication at the hotel,  for helping coordinate the shoot and making sure everything went smooth.

Also a big shout-out to Frank Gumpert for assisting and standing in with the inflatable shark, lugging gear in the intense heat and humidity that is Summer in Southwest Florida and working the scrim to try and combat the midday sun during the shoot.

FlTrend_BestCO2013_1Florida Trend Photo Brian Tietz

Photo By Brian Tietz.

Photo By Brian Tietz.

Frank stands in with "Toothy" the shark before hotel staff members take their spots.

Frank stands in with “Toothy” the shark before hotel staff members take their spots.

Spartan Racer for Fit Nation Magazine

Photo By Brian Tietz.

Photographed Spartan Racer James Del Sordo for an inside spread in Fit Nation Magazine.  James was great to work with and not afraid to get a little muddy in the studio for us.  We made sure to use “manure free” organic mud.

The Spartan Race is a grueling endurance race that combines distance running with physical challenges such as mud, pools of ice, barbed wire, stinging electrodes and greased 15-foot walls.

Endurance racing is gaining widespread popularity with mainstream races the Spartan Race, Tuff Mudder and Warrior Dash, all competing for their share in the endurance fitness phenomenon.

South Fort Myers High School Engineering Student for Rockwell Collins

Photo By Brian Tietz.

I was commissioned by aerospace company Rockwell Collins to photograph a talented South Fort Myers High School senior Curtis Collins with a robot built by the school’s engineering program and sponsored by Rockwell Collins FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge program.

Rockwell Collins has a great story about Curtis and his mentors at this link:

From Soldier to Student

These images are part of a series I did for Florida Gulf Coast University’s Pinnacle Magazine on military veterans who are trying to return to civilian life as college students. It was incredible to hear their stories and struggles of how they are dealing with PTSD on a campus filled with younger students fresh out of high school.

Photo By Brian Tietz

Aston Gardens Retirement Community, Naples FL

Photo By Brian Tietz

Photo By Brian Tietz

Photo By Brian Tietz

Working with Spiro and Associates, an ad agency here in Fort Myers, I was commissioned to produce an image archive for Aston Gardens, a retirement community in Naples, FL. We had full shot list and limited amount of time to pull of the 2 day shoot working with actual residents as our talent for the images.  Everything went right on schedule and the residents were pretty excited to see the crew and equipment unloaded, set-up, packed up and moved on to the next shot on the property like a well choreographed ballet … at least I like to think it was that graceful.