Perfect Photos’ team of experienced shutterbugs shoots everything from weddings and family portraits to kids and newborns. To bring out each subject’s unique personality, they foster a laid-back atmosphere whether in studio or on location, creating a relaxed session where their clients can simply relax and have fun.
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.
Like a bolt of lightning above a prairie, Kelly Kennedy's passion for photography arrived in an instant. But unlike lightning, Kelly's rapture stuck around. She has since turned it into a career, adding professional on-location photographer to a list of identities that already includes wife and mother. While Kelly uses picture snapping as a creative outlet for herself, she's made it something much more for others—something that captures candid, gone-in-a-second moments that can be cherished forever. She's built a portfolio that today includes weddings, family portraits, newborn babies, and more.
Over more than two decades of professional photography experience, David Matheson has continually honed his skill with natural light. He has learned in that time that ambient light—whatever light is available—often illuminates subjects better than false studio light, which can create an unspontaneous, posed look. As a result, candid shots filled with energy run rampant through his camera lens as he clicks away, preserving weddings, family portraits, and events.
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.
Texas Photo founders Angilee Wilkerson and Jana Perez, draw from their expertise as masters of the fine art of photography to impart camera-wielding wisdom to shutterbugs in informative classes. Each morning, the formidable photographers snap still lifes of their breakfast cereal to maintain the skills that have earned them recognition from the The Center for Fine Art Photography and the Fitton Center for Creative Arts. In classroom courses, the teachers edify students about specific technical topics, such as using Photoshop to add layers, resize images, or seamlessly crop Janet Reno into every family portrait. Photo safaris meet at scenic locations such as the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens or the Dallas Farmers Market, where pupils capture photographical fodder as Angilee and Jana proffer picture-framing advice. Classes do not exceed 20 pupils in size, allowing for ample individual attention.