A Native of Alaska, Brayton's childhood encouragement to pursue his creative outlets drove him to acquire formal instruction in photography and cinematography. After completing three years of college prep in architecture and drafting, Brayton was presented with the award for "Best Design of 2000" by the American Institute Of Architects. After receiving professional teaching in Industrial Design and Illustration at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, Michigan, Brayton finally realized his desire to become a Cinematographer. Relocating, to San Francisco, he was presented with further educational and employment opportunities to further his career and studies in Cinematography. In 2006 Brayton was awarded with a CLIO. In 2010 Brayton was nominated for Best Cinematography for the film DOWNSTREAM at the Milan International Film Festival,(M.I.F.F).