Signature service: Photography
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: Relax and have fun. The best photos are ones that happen when you are just being you.
Sure, most people smile in photos. But in Brian Hilson's portraiture work, his subjects' smiles are so natural and radiant that they don't look posed—it looks like he caught them in a moment of genuine happiness. This is likely in part to his mission to give each project "a fresh perspective instead of applying a formula," one that has led to his pictures being seen everywhere from local bars to Zagat.com. He's worked with food, street fashion, headshots, and bridal work and is currently focusing on LGBT weddings. He also leads classes in photography and software such as Photoshop.
Lifetouch Inc. became the world’s largest employee-owned photography company one portrait at a time.
Today, Lifetouch and its subsidiaries serve the photographic needs of people of all ages. Lifetouch truly is “memories for a lifetime.”
At JD Douglas Photography, it?s hard to draw the line between documentation and fine art. That's because the company?s photographers don?t only snap shots of subjects in picturesque outdoor settings such as pine forests and rocky beaches; they also hand finish portraits with artistic brushstrokes before bonding them onto canvas. Patrons can choose contemporary frames or ornate traditional frames embellished with gold leaf to display the finished products.
What inspired you to become a photographer?
I have loved photography since high school. I took a few classes in school and found out that I have a knack for it. I love being able to capture those special moments in a person’s life that they can look back on and reminisce about how they felt at that particular moment. It's just about the sweetest thing you can do for someone.
Who are some of your favorite photographers?
Some local photographers here in Dallas–Fort Worth are amazing. Luckily I have been able to sit down with a couple of them and have their input. It's been amazing!
How would you describe your style or approach to photography?
I only like to shoot when lighting is the best, either early morning or later in the afternoon. I love sun flare but there are some occasions when I like to really let colors stand out in a picture. Especially eyes!
How do you set your subjects at ease?
I just talk. I tell them about myself and ask about them. I like to know who it is I am taking pictures of so I know what type of style they may have or what it is they are looking for in their pictures. If I ask 20 questions, it's because I really want to know what makes them tick.
When Brandee Brantly takes a photograph, she's not just looking to capture a smile. She's also looking to capture a story. Though she's been a self-described "photo enthusiast" for more than 20 years, Brantly's interest in the art form spiked as soon as she had children. She wanted to document every moment of their young lives, and to bathe those moments in the nostalgic glow that's unique to a candid photograph.
Today, Brantly points her lens at plenty of people besides her own children. She travels around Carrollton and the greater Dallas area, seeking out subjects with their own stories to tell. She prefers on-location shoots for their narrative and artistic potential; rather than pose people against stark studio backgrounds, she can snap them sitting in their favorite public park or on top of their sworn enemy's Mercedes.