About the Artist

Louis Brems is a University Photographers Association of America (UPAA) multi-award winning professional photographer. Currently serving as the university photographer at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. Transforming the visual department into a high-performing organization that has been recognized for excellence in multiple UPAA categories while striving to create beautiful and complex photographs that adhere to strict brand standards. Louis sculpts light, combining both natural light and studio strobes to create a mood that tells a story and, sparks curiosity in the viewer.

He started his career at a studio in 1998 photographing sports, seniors, underclassman, and dances. In 2003, Louis decided to further his education in the field that he loves. He graduated in December 2004 with his degree in Visual Journalism from Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, CA.

Louis resides in Charleston, SC, with his wife Beth, their Calico cat Kitty and Boxer Odessa. When not on assignment, he keeps up to date with the latest gear, gadgets, and accessories for his camera, iPhone, and other audio and video items used in the industry. He loves watching Chicago Sports, including Cubs Baseball, Blackhawks Hockey, Bears Football, as well as Iowa Hawkeye Football or any other sport in season. He also enjoys listening to a variety of music genres and watching movies from the latest blockbuster to the smallest indie production. He even made his way onto the big screen as an extra portraying a federal agent in the Arnold Schwarzenegger film The Last Stand.


University Career:

The Citadel, The Military College of the South


Newspaper Career:

The Villages Daily Sun, The Villages, FL. The Quad-City Times, Davenport, IA.
The Sterling Gazette, Sterling, IL. The Facts Clute, TX.
The Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, WV.  



University Photographers Association of America (UPAA) Symposium 2018 1st Place Personal Vision

UPAA Symposium 2018 4th Place Features and Illustrations

Award of Excellence Society News Design Photography Multiple images 2017

1st place Iowa APME Sports Category 2015

2nd place Iowa AMPE Feature category 2015

3rd place Iowa APME News category 2015

2nd place Iowa Newspaper Association Feature category 2014

Associated Press Photographer of the Month January 2007

Editor and Publisher Photographer of the Month January 2007

West Virginia Press Association 1st place in the News category 2007

West Virginia Photographer of the Year in the News category 2007



John Deere Glass Heritage
Jumers Casino Hy-Vee
USA Today Sports Illustrated
The Charlotte Observer The LA Times
The Detroit Free Press ABC News
Fox News The Seattle Post Intelligencer