Team work makes the dream work!
Although Brisson Imagery is a family-run business, we do hire other businesses to help us create magical imagery. Learn more about the people who work behind the scenes:
Tonya Brisson, Business Owner and Full Time Photographer
Background: Tonya holds a degree in Art and design from Antonelli Collage and has worked for companies such as Disney/ABC studios, Trager Art Gallery, Listings in Motion, Cauldwell Banker, Carolina One, The Charleston Historical Foundation, Charleston Wonderland, Intrigued Events, Charleston Intimate Events, Ray Wedding Services, Mount Pleasant Magazine, Charleston in a nut shell tours, and many more.
Personal Info: Tonya is a Charleston-born native who has lived in Mount Pleasant most of her life. She attended James B. Edwards Elementary, Moultrie Middle, and Wando High School. In 1993 she married her childhood sweetheart (Heath Brisson) at Christ our King Catholic Church on Russel Drive. Together they have raised two amazing kids and now enjoy being grandparents to a set of identical twin boys!
Hobbies: Photography, Watercolor painting, sketching, crocheting, Cake Decorating, and anything creative!
Guilty Pleasures: Tonya loves to travel and enjoys spending time with her sisters in Cincinnati Ohio. She has always had a deep love for animals, which is evident in her menagerie of pets. She loves Mexican food, iced coffee, listening to the waves at the beach, and spoiling her grandchildren!
Heath Brisson, Assistant and Photographer
Background: Heath is an honorably discharged Combat Veteran who served as a medic in Operation Iraqi Freedom II. His background includes construction and carpentry work. Heath currently works as a Foreman for the Town of Mount Pleasant’s Stormwater division.
Personal Info: Heath was born in North Carolina but raised in Mount Pleasant since he was five years old. As a boy and young teen, Heath would help his father pour concrete in the scorching Charleston Heat. He and his father helped to build many of the homes in Mount Pleasant and on the Isle of Palms beachfront. In 1988, at a Friday the 13th dance held in the Moultrie Middle School Cafeteria, Heath met his future wife; Tonya. He charmed her with his (not so) Impressive break dancing skills and his cool skater-boy fashion. Something must have worked because they have been inseparable ever since!
Hobbies: Flying his Mavic Pro Drone(not professionally), Woodworking, Gardening, Cooking, and on occasion…fishing.
Guilty Pleasures: Heath loves to travel and spend time with his brother, dad, and Aunts in Tar Heel North Carolina. He is fascinated with Norse Mythology and loves to learn Viking Lore. Heath’s favorite things to eat are Lassangna (only his late mother’s homemade kind), Banana Splits, and Sweet Tea. Heath loves being near the ocean and relishes every second he gets to spend with his grandchildren!
Peter Denshaw, Character Actor
Pete Plays Santa Claus and Dumbeldoor for portrait sessions with our company.
Pete is amazing with children. We are always impressed when he remembers our return clients by name and what they asked for the previous Christmas. Sometimes it is difficult to not think that he is the real Santa!
Pete works full-time in the IT field and only works with 3 photographers in Charleston. Pete enjoys the out-of-the-box Santa Experiences that our company provides and is instrumental in designing the sets every year.
Pete is an amazing baker (would you expect anything less??). Every year he brings our team the most delicious fudge!
Pete lost his Mrs.Claus a few years ago. Bringing Joy to children and families is his guilty pleasure, and we are so lucky to have him on our team!
David Kenyon, Owner of Little Blue Truck
This 1957 Chevy was painstakingly built from the tires up by David. David has worked his entire life as a Mechanic. Fixing up old cars has always been his guilty pleasure!
Little Blue can be seen at Festivals and on occasion as a prop for our Holiday mini-sessions. Although it is not officially the same truck from the popular children’s book series…we think it comes pretty close!
Pixel Studios in West Ashley
Located at 1040 Gardner Road, Pixel Studios is a 4,000 sqft Commercial Video and Photography studio rental facility. Movies, Television commercials, and fashion shoots have been held here for decades. The studios are rented hourly and include the use of their lighting equipment and a limited number of props. Pixel Studios is ADA-accessible.
We regularly rent time at Pixel for Large group sessions, Milk Bath sessions, for mobility-restricted clients or any time we feel like we need more space for action imagery.
Click here for pricing information.
Kala Kannisto, Make up Artist
Kala started doing makeup on herself in 2020 during the pandemic. The lockdown allowed her to cultivate her skills and tap deeper into a love that has always been there. Since then she has done work for local dance shows, events, SFX Makeup for an independent film, and has studied under 3-time Oscar winner, Ve Neill in LA. She loves to help people pull out their inner child and have fun!
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Mike Perry, Meeko's Marketing
Mike has been a long-time friend of the Brisson Family. It was a happy accident that he was able to join our team and help us with website building, SEO, and Social Media advertising. Mike’s approach is both analytical and philosophical. Mike has worked with several mom-and-pop businesses, helping them build their brands and turn their dreams into their realities. You probably wouldn’t be reading this without his help, so we are very thankful to have him on our team!
The Mount Pleasant Studio
I prefer to do as much studio work as possible, from my Mount Pleasant Studio. This is the most cost-effective option for clients, and there are no restrictions on time. Everything is more relaxed and we can concentrate on having fun and getting great shots.
This studio is perfect for newborn sessions, headshots, Santa Sessions, and for groups of up to 6 people. This studio is located on the second floor and there is no elevator. For anyone who can not climb stairs, we rent time at Pixel Studio in West Ashley.