Dan Doyle Pleasantville photographer has just returned to Ohio after nearly twenty years in New York City. Doyle got his start in photography in high school, working with his mentors in the art department. His early experiments with photography led his teachers to encourage him to work toward a career as a professional photographer.
After graduation, he traveled to Europe, where he took pictures for his own photo blog. The blog became popular through word of mouth, and his landscape, architecture, and personal photographs gained a following.
Doyle opened a studio in Jackson Heights, Queens a few years after graduating from Ohio State. In his studio, he focuses on portrait photography as well as headshots. He is able to experiment with lighting, backgrounds, and subjects in his studio, making it the perfect place to foster a career in photography. He has also added videography to his list of services, and he has learned to record events as diverse as weddings and art openings.
Returning to Pleasantville, Doyle has been able to reconnect with his family and to explore the beautiful natural areas that Ohio has to offer. He continues to work with local artists to create the best possible exposure for them.
How did you get involved in photography?
I got involved in photography thanks to my teachers in high school. When I was a sophomore, my art teacher put an old film camera in my hand and told me to have fun with it. I learned to develop both black-and-white and color film, which is an art that is largely lost today. I attended art school and honed my craft there. I also learned a lot about studio art and art history, which helped with my sense of composition and design.
Did you ever doubt your business idea?
Everyone has doubts from time to time. Even now, I’m not sure whether I can sustain two studios in different states. I’ve hired photographers who can work with my vision, but it is nerve-wracking to give up control of even a small part of my business. I am hoping that the new Ohio venture will take off and that my worries will be lessened.
Did you have a mentor?
My mentors were my art teachers from high school. I never would have gotten into photography without them. They gave me a solid understanding of the basics of the field while encouraging my experimentation. I owe them a lot. It has been great to get back to Pleasantville and reconnect with these teachers even 20 years later.
Do you have any regrets about your career choices?
I have no regrets about my career choices, but I know that my parents would have been happier if I had pursued a more financially rewarding field of study. They were hoping I would be a doctor or a lawyer. For better or worse, my passions were in the arts. There’s no such thing as an easy paycheck when you are a working artist.
Which business leaders do you admire most?
I am inspired by Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Both of them created innovative products that would change the world. Steve Jobs took something that most of us took for granted and turned it into the hub of our digital lives. No one can imagine going back to a world with only flip phones. I also appreciate Steve Jobs’ dedication to continually improving the camera technology in his smartphones.
Mark Zuckerberg is another inspiration to me. His career demonstrates the power of an innovative idea. When he brought Facebook onto the market, he had no idea how much it would transform people’s online lives around the world. I admire his vision and his persistence.
What does the future hold for your company?
I want my two studios to succeed. I will continue to attract the best clients and take photographs of surprising and innovative scenes. I also want to travel abroad and use my skills to publish a photo book. I feel like this would bring my career full circle.
What is the most important aspect of your brand?
My brand is all about new ideas. When people think of Dan Doyle Photography, I want them to be excited to see what I have done. I want to create buzz in the community and to attract clients from different types of backgrounds.
What motivates you?
Art motivates me. I know it sounds like a cliche, but my true motivations lie in artistic expression. Of course, some assignments need to be taken just to pay the bills, but I try to put my own spin on these projects as well. I want my clients to know that they are getting the best possible photos for their money.
How do you unwind?
I unwind by hiking. It is great to get out in nature. I have many great trips planned for this summer.
Do you have any advice for our readers?
Don’t let society dictate your dreams. If you want to pursue a certain field, go for it. Too many people are dissuaded from artistic careers because others have the perception that they won’t succeed. Pay attention to your own artistic vision.