Brian Dougher Photography: Blog http://www.briandougher.com/blog en-us (C) Brian Dougher Photography bpd@briandougher.com (Brian Dougher Photography) Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:25:00 GMT Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:25:00 GMT http://www.briandougher.com/img/s/v-5/u657535465-o315636269-50.jpg Brian Dougher Photography: Blog http://www.briandougher.com/blog 120 120 Adelaide's 1-Year Photoshoot http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2014/2/adelaides-1-year-photoshoot Adelaide turned 1 year old on February 7 and to celebrate we did a little photoshoot at her grandparent's property just west of Weatherford, TX. The weather happened to be perfect, during a spring-like reprieve in between bouts of winter. What was really awesome about doing this photoshoot was that I was one of the photographer's capturing her parent's wedding over 3 years ago! It's such an amazing thing to be able to see families blossom and grow! Adelaide is the sweetest little girl. She didn't fuss or cry once the entire shoot, and was cheery up until the very end, despite how tired she was. I consider myself blessed to be able to capture these moments which will be cherished for generations.

 

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13 in '13 - Favorite Images of the Year http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2013/12/13-in-13 It was such a whirlwind of a year, both personally and professionally. I witnessed the birth of our first child, Evelyn, and found out that we are expecting another one next year! My business has grown, and my craft has expanded into the wonderful world of film photography. In just this past year I've learned how to shoot, develop, and scan my own film. 10 of the 13 images that I chose to represent this year were shot on film, so that gives a good picture of my enthusiasm and dedication to the medium!

Looking back over my favorite images of the year, one theme clearly rose to the surface. This was the year of portraits. I seemed to put more focus on creating portraits, though not exactly on purpose. I was just drawn to them. Comparing this years images to last, there is more intimacy to them. I became more comfortable with photographing people, and I think it shows in my work. My passion for photography evolved into a passion for people. I developed great relationships with each and every one of my clients and cannot wait to see what 2014 has in store. One thing is certain: this 'photography thing' shows no signs of slowing down. I am truly blessed.

 

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bpd@briandougher.com (Brian Dougher Photography) 2013 35mm Black Brian Dougher Classic D700 Dallas Engagement Film Fort Worth Mamiya Nikon Portra Portrait Texas Wedding White and photography portrait http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2013/12/13-in-13 Wed, 01 Jan 2014 01:18:40 GMT
1930's/40's Vintage Hollywood Glam Inspired Photoshoot http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2013/10/hollywood-glam As a photographer's wife, Randi is used to being one of my most photographed subjects. Earlier this year it dawned on me, though. I had never really done a 'real' photoshoot with her. All my photographs of her have been snapshots and impromptu portraits. I wanted to give her the photoshoot of a lifetime. I wanted to go all out and do it right. For months we threw around ideas and brainstormed. Randi has always been drawn to the 1920's era style so we started with that, and ended with a slightly more 'modern' 1930's/40's Hollywood glam look. As an actor this seemed a natural fit for her, and indeed she completely embodied the look! We had a blast and our daughter Evelyn even participated a little, wearing my late grandmother's vintage baby dress from the 1930's! To recreate the classic look as closely as I could, I used lighting that was common during the era and shot the whole session on film, developed and scanned myself. Special thanks to our good friend Jenny helped us with costumes and makeup and also provided the location for us.

 

Nikon FE | 50mm 1.4 | Cinestill Film and Pentax 6x7 | 105mm 2.4 | Tri-X

 

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bpd@briandougher.com (Brian Dougher Photography) 1930's 1940's 35mm 67 6x7 Brian Dougher Cinestill Dallas Nikon Pentax Texas Tri-X film fresnel glam hollywood lighting photography portrait style tungsten vintage http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2013/10/hollywood-glam Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:33:19 GMT
Alesha + Chandor Gardens = Magic http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2013/9/aleshas-bridals-at-chandor-gardens I haven't blogged in quite a while - I've been busy working and raising a newborn and all that - but this bridal session with Alesha motivated me. How could I not blog this beautiful session with a stunning bride in Chandor Gardens, an amazing and enchanted garden tucked away in Weatherford, TX, which was home to my own wedding 4 years ago! I've run out of adjectives, so just look at the pictures.

 

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bpd@briandougher.com (Brian Dougher Photography) 2013 35mm August Brian Dougher Chandor Gardens Dallas Engagement Fort Worth Mamiya Texas Weatherford Wedding beautiful bridal bridals film garden gardens gorgeous photography portrait session summer http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2013/9/aleshas-bridals-at-chandor-gardens Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:55:36 GMT
Alesha & Andrew - Waco Engagment Session http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2013/6/alesha-andrew---waco-engagment-session Alesha and Andrew met while attending school at Baylor University in Waco, TX. I always love to shoot in new locations, so when they asked if I would do their engagement session in Waco I had no trouble saying yes. Waco is more awesome than I thought! They took me to a beautiful park where they spent a lot of time together. It was surreal- it really didn't feel like we were in Texas anymore. It was so lush and green with huge trees, and hilly! They gave me a good workout, and it was worth it. They were a lot of fun and I enjoyed every moment of capturing their lovey-ness! I'm really looking forward to their wedding, especially since I will be returning to the same location where I tied the knot 3 years ago: the beautiful Chandor Gardens in Weatherford, TX. Incidentally, my own wedding was what inspired me to get into wedding photography, so I'll be coming full-circle! Needless to say I'm excited. Photos coming soon.. in the meantime enjoy their lovely engagement session!

 

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bpd@briandougher.com (Brian Dougher Photography) 120 35mm 645 Brian Dougher Dallas Ektar Engagement F100 Film Indie Film Lab Mamiya Nikon Portra Texas Waco Wedding couple love photography portrait http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2013/6/alesha-andrew---waco-engagment-session Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:17:20 GMT
Becca & Dominic (and Marco) http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2013/4/becca-dominic-and-marco This engagement session was everything I could have hoped for in an engagement session. The weather was beautiful, the couple was beautiful (yes Dominic, you're beautiful too), and their stinkin' cute 5 month old little boy Marco was beautiful. There was so much love in the air with this little family that the photos almost took themselves. We had a blast, and special thanks to Becca's friend Julie for taking care of Marco during the shoot and also assisting me a little! What a good time and I can't wait to shoot their wedding in October!

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bpd@briandougher.com (Brian Dougher Photography) 2013 Brian Dougher D700 Dallas Deep Ellum Downtown Engagement Mamiya Nikon Texas Wedding baby couples e-session film love medium format photographer photography portra portrait urban http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2013/4/becca-dominic-and-marco Mon, 22 Apr 2013 18:10:25 GMT
Dani Law http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2013/3/dani-law I met Dani in November of 2011 at a photographer meet-up. The first thing I noticed about her was her infectious energy and passion for photography. We have been friends ever since, and it has been awesome to watch her grow as a fellow photographer. Late last year I held a contest on my Facebook page, as a means to attract more fans. I offered a free photo shoot to the first person who could bring my page 10 new 'likes'. When Dani sets her mind to something, she gets it done. And that's exactly what happened- Dani brought it, and far quicker than anyone else.

When planning the shoot, we chose the rustic urban vibe of Deep Ellum, which ended up being a great backdrop for the shoot. Dani contrasts well with her surroundings while at the same time seeming right at home. She had warned me before the shoot that she was a little uneasy in front of the camera (most photographers I know are like that, myself included). She warmed up nicely though, and was great to work with. It's worth mentioning that I decided to strictly shoot film for the entire session, a first for me. I shot these all with my new Mamiya 645 Pro medium format camera, with an 80mm f/1.9 lens, and both Ektar and Portra films. I've been experimenting more and more with film and I really love the tonality, depth and sharpness that it brings. And there really is just a magic to shooting film- it's more 'real' to me, sort of listening to a record vs. a digital mp3. What better way to capture Dani's natural beauty. I'm grateful for her letting me play around a little and try something new. I developed these myself in my bathroom, and scanned them in to create the digital files. I was a little uneasy about what the results would be on my first attempt, but I was pleasantly surprised with how they turned out. Needless to say, I'll be shooting more film in the future. Now enough talk, more pictures!

 

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The Fujifilm XE-1, a Photographer's Camera http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2013/1/the-fujifilm-xe-1-a-real-review-for-real-people There are many reviews on the web that delve deep into the technical aspects of this little technological marvel, but I'm here to talk about what everyone interested in this camera really wants to know: how does it handle in real-world situations? Is it good enough for professional work? Will it attract the opposite sex? Well that's what I'm here to (hopefully) answer.

Love at First Sight

When it comes to the Fujifilm XE-1, there is one thing that you won't find many arguments against: it's a beautiful piece of kit. I will admit that the styling of the XE-1 is what grabbed me first. The XE-1 and its predecessors the X-Pro 1 and the X-100 all share a classic design that looks very similar to a Leica rangefinder, with a little bit of modern flair. It's a camera for camera lovers. I collect classic 35mm rangefinder cameras, and I've always dreamed of a digital version- a perfect blend of form and function, a small take-anywhere camera that is both beautiful and produces images that are just as stunning as those made using the big guns. This may be as close as one can get to that ideal without spending $12,000 for a Leica M9 + Lens!

Let me count the ways...

 

Mirrorless Evolved

Ok I promised not to get too technical, but there are a few things you should know before we get to the good stuff. The Fujifilm XE-1 is a compact digital interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera equipped with an APS-C sized sensor. Fuji isn't the first to put a large DSLR-sized sensor into a compact camera- Sony did this with the exceptional NEX line of cameras introduced a few years ago. The Fujifilm X-Series cameras are an evolution of what Sony helped pioneer. One of the most attractive features of the X-Series is its viewfinder technology. With the X-100, Fujifilm introduced an innovative viewfinder that offered both optical and digital views with the ability to switch between them on the fly. The X-Pro 1 expanded on the X-100 with the ability to change lenses. The XE-1 is a slightly smaller, less expensive version of the X-Pro 1. With the XE-1, Fujifilm ditched the optical finder in exchange for a beautiful 2.36 megapixel digital-only finder, the highest resolution digital viewfinder to date. Everything else remains similar to the other Fuji cameras - the awesome manual controls, small size, classic styling, and excellent sensor. It is technologically advanced, and almost everything one could want in a modern camera.

It's Showtime!

Before I settled on the X-E1 I was looking for a camera that would be small and light enough to take anywhere and capture day-to-day moments, but that would produce quality enough photographs to be used in a professional capacity. For a few months I debated (obsessed) between the Olympus EM-5, the Sony NEX-6 and of course the Fujifilm X-E1- all similarly priced and very capable little cameras. In the end, I went with the Fuji because there was a quality I was seeing from the images that were on a different level. Part of that is the amazing sensor that Fujifilm equipped it with, and part of that is the 35mm f/1.4 Fuji lens that really shines. Fujifilm has a long history with color reproduction, starting with their film line and extending to their DSLR cameras and now mirrorless cameras. The colors that come out of this little camera are rich and vibrant.

Fujifilm just gets color.

Skin tones are nice too:

And these were shot in JPG. Say what?? Why would I want to shoot JPG? Isn't that like buying a Ferrari and then only going the speed limit? Well, Fujifilm blessed this camera with an exceptionally good JPG engine. They are so good, in fact, that you would be hard-pressed to get the same quality by converting the RAW files to JPG. So, most of the time I just use the JPG files. They are really nice. If for some reason I need the extra info that the RAW files provide -if I need to rescue some blown highlights for instance- I'll just use the RAW file since I shoot both RAW+JPG. It's nice to have options.

So here we have a little go-anywhere photographic tool capable of producing some very nice images. That's great, but it's only part of the equation. No matter how nice the results are, a camera needs to be ergonomically and functionally sound in order to perform the way the photographer demands. The XE-1 is a mixed bag in this regard.

Form and Function

There are some things about this camera that are a godsend - most notably the manual controls, which are brilliant in execution. There are no 'A', 'S', 'P' or 'M' mode dials to be found here. Want Aperture priority? Just put the shutter dial on 'A' and adjust the Aperture directly on the lens. Shutter priority? Set the aperture to 'A' and adjust the shutter dial to the desired shutter speed. And for manual mode just set the shutter and aperture directly. It's so simple and effective it makes me wish all cameras were like this. I just wish they had gone ahead and included an ISO dial while they were at it, though ISO can be set easily with the little 'FN' button next to the shutter release.

And then there's that viewfinder! It's beautiful. The first time I looked through it was almost like looking through an optical finder. The resolution is so high you really can't even see the pixels. The downside: there is some stuttering when panning in low light. So all is not perfect but in general it's really nice to have. It really comes in handy when checking focus- with the click of the rear wheel it instantly switches to a zoomed view in order to achieve perfect focus. This, in my opinion, is one of the most useful and essential functions of the camera, especially because I use a lot of classic manual focus lenses adapted to the Fuji. I am not able to do this with a DSLR. Some would argue that the newer DSLRs have this function in live view mode, which is true, but it's not easy to see the rear LCD in direct sunlight. A digital viewfinder really comes in handy when the rear LCD is difficult to see.

My main complaint is in the autofocus department. It's not the fastest on the block, but that's not what bothers me the most. Sometimes it just won't focus, at all. I believe it is more a problem with the Fuji 35mm 1.4 lens than with the body itself, though. This happens most frequently in very low light, but it sometimes happens in relatively normal light too. The focus will just rack back and forth like a lost puppy. For this reason, I don't use the 35mm for anything that is remotely fast-moving or in super low light situations, unless I have a lot of time and/or patience. My solution to this problem is just to manual focus, which isn't really an issue for me since I'm used to it.

So, can you shoot a wedding with it?

Sure. I used it as a second camera at a wedding where I was the second shooter, and it was a great way to put it through its paces.

That last one was shot at f/1.2, 1/45s at ISO 6400, manual focused. It was much darker outside than it appears in the photo. The XE-1 handles higher ISO very well, and as you can see the noise cleans up nicely. It's about on par with my full frame Nikon D700.

I would never use it as my primary camera- it's just not quite fast enough. But its versatility and adaptability make it great to have on hand. Not to mention it is very low profile, so it's great for getting candids where a large DSLR would draw too much attention.

Adapt Me

The last shot you see above of the newlyweds having a moment in the car was taken with an old Minolta 58mm f/1.2 lens that I had converted to Canon mount, and then adapted to use on the XE-1 via an inexpensive adaptor. This is one of the beauties of mirroless cameras: the ability to use almost any lens ever made. It also happens to be a lot of fun. Here's a few casual shots of my pregnant wife that I took while we were having photos taken of us (like a little photoshoot within a photoshoot). These were taken with a Leica 40mm f/2 lens adapted to the XE-1.

It also comes in handy when you find a beautiful owl in your backyard. I quickly grabbed the XE-1 and threw my Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 on it, and got a nice 300mm f/2.8 equivalent shot. We named him Doctor Who.

What does it all mean?

So basically, this thing is really versatile and convenient. It's always within reach, and easy to grab and go. It has sort of become a part of me. It has some annoying quirks, but none of which are really deal-breakers. Could I live without my XE-1? Probably. Is it really, really nice to have? Yes! And of course the question left on everyone's mind... will it attract the opposite sex? I don't know, ask my wife.

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Best of 2012! http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/12/bestof2012 2012 was a whirlwind. It happened so fast that while I was looking through images to compile this post I stopped a couple times and said "wait, that was THIS year?!?" A lot of things happened, some good and some bad, but mostly good. There were a lot of 'firsts'. I shot my first wedding (as the primary photographer), we bought our first house, and I found out I am going to be a father! It has been an incredible year both personally and for my photography. I was blessed with so many incredible opportunities, ranging from weddings and engagement sessions, to golf tournaments and conventions, to plays and headshots, to portraits and charity events. One thing that surprised me in 2012 was how much I enjoy engagement and portrait sessions. They are a nice change of pace from weddings, and offer more time to get to know and relate to my clients, plus more opportunities to let loose and get creative! I have no idea what's in store for 2013 (aside from the weddings I've already booked), but I can't wait to find out. One thing is certain: I'm going to be shooting, a lot. My daughter Evelyn is due February 5, sooo My cameras will be getting a workout, as will I!

 

These are just some of my favorite images from 2012 (roughly in chronological order):

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bpd@briandougher.com (Brian Dougher Photography) 2012 Brian Brian Dougher Canon Christ's Haven D700 DFW Dallas Dougher Fort Worth Ft. Worth Fuji Help-Portrait Jeremy Cowart Keller Nikon Texas best of camera engagement favorite help images lighting orphanage photographer photography photos portrait senior studio wedding http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/12/bestof2012 Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:59:30 GMT
Jessi Tucker: Senior 2013 http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/12/jessi-tucker-senior-2013 Confession: I am not a studio photographer. Nearly all of the photography experience I've collected thus far have been on-location. Weddings, events, environmental portraits... I usually go to where the action is, not vice-versa. Jessi needed something different though. Her personality is big- one that stands on its own- and I felt she would be best captured on clean background void of distracting elements. Jessi mentioned to me how much she loved the Saturday Night Live cover portraits that are displayed on the show just before commercial breaks, So, inspired by those I set out to try something a little outside of my box of familiarity. We had a blast. I set up in my garage and we had us a little studio photoshoot. I learned that Jessi is a VERY talented artist. She busted out a ukulele and sang the most perfect little song that she wrote herself! Don't be surprised if you see one of these photos on her album cover soon. She's good. She's going places, and I can't wait to see her rock the world (metaphorically, but also quite possibly literally).

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bpd@briandougher.com (Brian Dougher Photography) 2013 D700 DFW Dallas Fort Worth Ft Worth Grapevine Jessi Tucker Mickey Mouse Peter Pan SNL Saturday Night Live backdrop drama high home home studio mouse ears music photographer photography photoshoot portraits school seamless senior singing songwriter speedlighting speedlights studio ukulele white http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/12/jessi-tucker-senior-2013 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 16:26:16 GMT
Help-Portrait 2012 - A Game Changer http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/12/help-portrait-2012---a-game-changer A couple of years ago I saw a news special about a photographer donating her time to give portrait sessions and prints to the less fortunate. I was inspired and I have wanted to do something similar ever since. The thing is, I'm a terrible organizer. So I put it on the back-burner until I heard about Help Portrait from Jeremy Cowart when attending his Life Finder Tour last year. It sounded like something I wanted in on. But again, I'm not well versed at the organizational arts, and I couldn't find any local Help-Portrait events to take part in. That was last year. This year, Aggie Brooks and Debbi Robertson got wind of it and guess what, THEY are organizers! With all the heart and passion they could muster (and they have a lot of muster), and months of planning and preparation, and some help from all the other volunteers, they (we) pulled off an incredible event of fun and photography at Christ's Haven for Children.

We had 4 main photographers (including myself) with full studio setups, a handful of roaming photographers/videographers capturing all the action, and countless other volunteers including shepherds/arts&crafts, reception/registration, hair/makeup, catering/snacks, and Editing Techs. It was a complete success and I know that many lives were touched. One of my favorite parts was when we started handing cameras to the kids. It just 'clicked' with them (sorry), and it was amazing getting to see the event from their perspective- some of them have some serious photographer potential! I included a few images taken by them below.

I could write pages about my experience and how life-changing it was. But, I'm better at telling a story through pictures, and I think some of these sum up my experience pretty well. There's nothing quite like the feeling of putting a smile on a kid's face, and then capturing that moment permanently. I could get used to it.

 

My fearless assistants, David and Elise:

And here are the portraits!

And the biggest surprise of the day: Kids love taking pictures too!

Here are a few pictures that the kids took with my camera!

I may be out of a job soon. :)

And here are a few more from me:

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bpd@briandougher.com (Brian Dougher Photography) 2012 Brian Dougher Brian Dougher Photography Christ Christ's Haven for Children Help-Portrait Jeremy Cowart Keller TX Texas charity children event giving giving back haven help kids orphanage photography portrait http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/12/help-portrait-2012---a-game-changer Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:00:45 GMT
Alison & Austin - Engagements in Deep Ellum http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/11/alison-and-austin---engagements-in-deep-ellum This engagement session with Alison and Austin made me fall in love all over again. With my job that is. I don't even want to write a bunch of words, I just want to show you the pictures. Just know that this was one of my favorite sessions ever, and this couple was so much fun. Most of these photos were unscripted- it's just them being them. So I'm setting up my flash, and the next thing I know Alison is climbing a wall! In HEELS! That's how cool these two are. Enjoy the photos, and share in the love.

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bpd@briandougher.com (Brian Dougher Photography) Dallas Deep Ellum Engagement Texas urban http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/11/alison-and-austin---engagements-in-deep-ellum Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:31:09 GMT
Michael & Michelle - Engagments in the Fort Worth Stockyards http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/11/michael-michelle---engagments-in-the-fort-worth-stockyards I've shot in the Ft. Worth Stockyards many times, so I was a little concerned about being able to keep it fresh, but Michael and Michelle extinguished all fears as soon as we started shooting. They were so fun and full of personality that there is not way this session could have turned out stale. I've done enough engagement sessions now to just be able to intuitively get a feel for a couple's chemistry, and these kiddos have plenty of it. (Yes I did just say 'kiddos' #oldmanlingo) Anyway, enjoy!

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bpd@briandougher.com (Brian Dougher Photography) Cowtown Engagement Fort Worth Stockyards country http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/11/michael-michelle---engagments-in-the-fort-worth-stockyards Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:29:35 GMT
Stephanie & Wayne - Engagements at the State Fair of Texas http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/11/stephanie-wayne---engagements-at-the-state-fair-of-texas Sometimes a photo shoot feels less like a job and more like just hanging out and having a good time with really awesome people. Stephanie and Wayne's engagement session at the State Fair of Texas was one of those times. They were awesome and we had an infinite source of photo opportunities at the fair. We thought we were going on a less crowded day, but we had no such luck. That didn't slow us down though- we had fun despite navigating a zoo of people, and I think it shows. We also got a portrait with Big Tex just days before his untimely demise (would it ever be timely?) I thoroughly enjoyed our time at the fair and I can't wait for their wedding in May!

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bpd@briandougher.com (Brian Dougher Photography) Big Tex Engagement State Fair of Texas http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/11/stephanie-wayne---engagements-at-the-state-fair-of-texas Fri, 16 Nov 2012 23:33:15 GMT
Jaclyn & Kyle Galveston Engagement http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/10/jaclyn-kyle-galveston-engagement While down in Galveston shooting a convention for First American Title (blog post coming soon), I met up with Jaclyn & Kyle to shoot their engagement photos! They live in Houston, and were right at home in Galveston. We started at her grandparent's condo which has a private beach area that was perfect for an intimate photo shoot. Jaclyn warned me that they might be a little awkward in front of the camera. I then warned her that I am a little awkward behind the camera. As soon as they loosened up though, which was instantly, we had a great time and they had no problem being sweet, fun, and affectionate. Oh, and awesome. I can't wait to shoot their wedding in April!

 

And then we headed downtown to the Strand...

 

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bpd@briandougher.com (Brian Dougher Photography) Beach Engagement Galveston http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/10/jaclyn-kyle-galveston-engagement Sat, 20 Oct 2012 19:39:51 GMT
Southern Fried Goodness http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/9/southern-fried-goodness Now here's a tasty change of pace from my usual weddings and events. I was recently contacted about taking some photos of some State Fair food and I rose to the challenge. I'd never photographed food before in a professional capacity, and I felt that this opportunity may be too good to pass up. I got to meet the amazing family behind Southern Fried Chicken, a Dallas restaurant that has been serving up fried goodness for the State Fair since 1983. They brought out the edible creations, and at the end of the shoot I got to sample them. Not a bad gig at all. Be sure to visit them at the State Fair this year, and you too can feast on Deep Fried Chicken & Waffle on a Stick, and Fried Red Velvet Cupcake. If that alone doesn't get your mouth watering, here are some photos:

 

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Danielle & Jeremy http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/9/danielle-jeremy I've been to some weddings, but I can honestly say few were as energetic, fun, and rowdy as this one! These two not only know how to have a good time, but they know how to love each other as well-  I'll let the photos speak for themselves:

 

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bpd@briandougher.com (Brian Dougher Photography) Wedding Willow Lake Gardens http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/9/danielle-jeremy Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:33:10 GMT
4th Annual Here's Life Africa Golf Tournament 2012 http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/9/heres-life-africa-golf-tournament-2012 For the third year now I've had the pleasure of being the official photographer for Here's Life Africa Golf Tournament and Charity Auction. I always look forward to this because it is a lot different from stuff I normally shoot, and because it is all for such a good cause (and also, who doesn't like to ride around in golf carts?). I am honored to be a part of what Here's Life Africa is doing. My main purpose is to take portraits of all the teams while they are out playing. There are about 21 teams this year, so it's a bit of a challenge chasing all of them down but luckily I have the help of Bill Sanford, the president of Here's Life Africa, who rides around with me and joins the team in each group photo. Between portraits I try and capture as many candid moments as I can of the golfers in action. It rained on and off all day, so that added to the challenge, but also leant some atmosphere to some of the photos. These are some of my favorites from the tournament. 

 

 

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bpd@briandougher.com (Brian Dougher Photography) Golf Tournament HLA charity http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/9/heres-life-africa-golf-tournament-2012 Sat, 08 Sep 2012 13:03:30 GMT
Am I Fearless? http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/8/fearless A few months ago I discovered a little gem of a site called Fearless Photographers. What I saw was a collection of some of the most amazing, inspirational, and downright jaw-dropping wedding photos I had ever seen. Here's what it is all about, as described on the website: "Every two months a curated competition is open for submissions from our members. Of these submissions less than one out of ten images - the top 10% - are selected by a panel of five curators as "Fearless Awards" - photographs that excel in redefining traditional wedding photography. These Awards are added to the photographers' portfolio pages and are used to determine their rankings." So, it's an ongoing competition, which results in a list of some of the best wedding photos/photographers in the world. I decided to become a member of the site last month, because why not? I'm not sure I have anything strong enough yet to make it into the elusive 10%, but in a continued effort to stretch and challenge myself, I went ahead and submitted the following images into the current competition round. These are a carefully selected group of images that I consider my strongest work because they are somewhat different and more 'outside the box' than some of my other work. Who knows if I have what it takes to be "Fearless", but it sure doesn't hurt to try. I should find out the results within a month or so.

 

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bpd@briandougher.com (Brian Dougher Photography) Fearless http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/8/fearless Fri, 24 Aug 2012 21:32:33 GMT
Crazy for You! http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/8/crazy-for-you My wife, Randi: She's amazing. As a photographer, it's a huge bonus being married to an actor. I have had the pleasure of photographing nearly every play she has been in since we've been married. And plays just so happen to be one of my favorite things to photograph. And the rest of the cast/crew benefits from the photos. And I get to see the show for free. Lots of winning all around. This particular play is called Crazy for You, a Gershwin musical set in the 1930's. This is Randi's favorite era, and she totally fits the bill. The show runs until September 2, go to www.stolenshakespeareguild.org/ for more info. Also, to see more images from the play, go to www.briandougher.com/crazyforyou

I love being able to be a part of her world, doing what I love, and to capture her in her element makes my heart happy. She looks pretty happy as well:

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bpd@briandougher.com (Brian Dougher Photography) Crazy for You Stolen Shakespeare Guild theater http://www.briandougher.com/blog/2012/8/crazy-for-you Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:02:37 GMT