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.
As a busy mother of six, photographer Jessica Mann knows how quickly children grow up, and how important it is to preserve fleeting moments. Mann purses her professional passion through memorializing images of families as the owner and operator of 4 Lilly Photography. She uses her artistic instincts to capture wall-worthy shots of newborns and children, graduating seniors, and camera-shy adolescent vampires. Mann also shares her talents with organizations such as the Cancer Support Community.
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.