My first experience with photography was my Kodak Brownie camera that my dad gave me. Those little square, black and white, deckle-edged photos that I glued into my scrapbook led me to where I am today. Plus it was something my dad and I could do together. We use to spend hours at the local K-Mart camera department, playing with the equipment and talking to Ed the guy behind the counter. When I went to college, I became a photographer for the yearbook and finally Head Photographer. It is here that I learned to work with people and handle tough photographic situations. College was also where I sold my first photograph and booked my first wedding. I have had the privilege of spending the last 37 years in this wonderful industry. I have photographed hundreds of weddings, thousands of families and tens of thousand of children at school, in sports dance and other activities. In 1995 I met Randy Kerr, he and I have been friends ever since. We began teaching together shortly there after and co-founded the Texas Photo Festival and World Photographic. In the early 80’s I met Tony Corbell and through the past 30 plus years our friendship grew as our paths crisscrossed through the photographic industry. I taught for Tony at Hasselblad and NIK Filters, I have taught with Tony and Randy at professional photography schools and conventions across the country. We now work together with World Photographic to help photo enthusiast grow in their passion for photography! Doug is Past President of Texas Professional Photographers Assoc. (TPPA) and currently the Executive Director of TPPA. He has served as Executive Director ASP (American Society of Photographers) , Published ASP Magazine, and is currently on the Board of the Professional Photographers of America. He is one of only 13 Kodak Education Mentors and is an invited member of the prestigious Camera Craftsmen group, one of only 40 in the world. His students claim Doug is the cross between a stand up comedian and a Baptist preacher. He is onethe most fun and easy to learn from instructor you will ever encounter. Doug was a Photographic Manager for the Inauguration of George H. W. Bush. And he was interviewed twice for articles in Redbook Magazine. Doug has written five books on photography, published by – Amherst Publishing. His sixth book on Available Light is due out this year.