Hello Dan, can you please tell us a bit about you?
I am Dan Doyle, a photographer and videographer living in the city that never sleeps, for those of you who do not know, that’s New York! Someone has to be there to capture the never-blinking eyes of this city and that’s why I am here. Photography found me as a young boy in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Pleasantville, Ohio. Almost everywhere in Pleasantville is a photo waiting to happen, so I picked up the camera and the rest is recorded in different pictures on memory cards. I own the Dan Doyle Pleasantville Studio in Pleasantville, Ohio and another in New York.
What are your focus areas and why?
I concentrate on areas I think I excel best at, and those are three major fields; event photography, wedding photography and retail photography. I’ve explored various fields in photography and videography, I’ve tried my hands at different methods, but these are the areas I have chosen to focus on and to continue working and improving in.
How would you describe “Dan Doyle Photography & Studio”?
Every photograph must contain one thing, and that thing is the humanity of the moment, even if viewed eons after the photograph was taken, the humanity will remain. I think that’s what Doyle Photography and Studio is all about, a center of history, telling tales through pictures and videos. We are historians in our own ways, preserving moments in time.
Why did you decide to open a studio back home in Pleasantville, OH?
The Dan Doyle Photography Studio journey began in Pleasantville, before traveling through Europe, before moving to New York, my first muse was Pleasantville, the attraction sites there are unlike anywhere else in the world. Ohio has breathtaking views which inspired my career path, so it was always bound to happen. I just wasn’t sure when. Ohio is my first and eternal muse, so I opened up the studio there as a haven for upcoming artists. I started my career as a hobby, before going part time, then full time, I sought funding as an upcoming artist and when I didn’t get it, it broke me, so I hope to help and guide upcoming artists as much as I can.
And how has Pleasantville treated you since you’ve been back?
That is my hometown, that is where I grew up, my very first home, so nothing feels different. the people are still as wonderful and pleasant (no pun intended) as ever, the weather is beautiful, the landscapes and the scenes which influenced my decision are still very much picture worthy. The decision to open up the Dan Doyle Pleasantville studio back home is one of the best I have ever made. I appreciate the patronage I have received so far and the accepting nature of the people of Pleasantville.
What advice would you give to young people just starting out and hoping to make it in the industry?
There’s no such thing as failure; your work gets rejected? Maybe you missed something, try again. You do not get funding? How about you try the next person? We are artists, failure is not an option, neither is giving up, so do not be afraid to start, and when you get tired, take a break, then come back even better. There are so many stories out there simply waiting to be told, so pick up your camera and tell it differently, your difference will open doors for you in this industry.
Do you find as an expert, that you enjoy the challenge of the industry being complex with the game rules are always changing?
Although the rules around the industry are always changing, the essence of our craft is constant, even in today’s fast-paced, tech-driven world, there is a constant demand for content that will drive this evolution, so I find it particularly intriguing learning to adapt with the times and not following the trends but finding new ways to express my craft.
If you could turn the time, what would you
love to change in regards
to your career?
The only thing I will change is my mindset, I was so scared of failure, and that influenced a lot of my decisions as a young person in this industry. Other than that, I am fine with how everything turned out.
What are you most excited about at the moment?
I am always excited about shooting and taking advantage of the opportunity to explore the world through my lens. Other than that, I’m also a fan of reading and I’ve picked up a new book that is already building my excitement, just a few pages in.
The last word or final thoughts?
Photography and Videography are very broad fields, find your niche within these fields, the areas you best excel at and create your own history, create works that will outlive you. Dream in colours, dream in black and white, dream in natural lights, just don’t stop dreaming, give every project every single bit of you always.