Please take a few minutes to learn about Dan Stockfield of DSP Gallery, a boutique fine art wedding photography studio located in Putnam County, New York. DSP Gallery is one of our newest photographers on SnapKnot – take a look at some of his great imagery below and be sure to view his extended portfolio as well:
Tell us a bit about yourself: Born and raised in New York. I’m happily married with two sons and live 1/2 mile from the photo studio. I enjoy most all sports, driving, and anything that involves creativity/problem solving/inventions.
Why did you choose to become a photographer? My uncle has been a photographer in Baltimore for over 30 years, so he was always an influence for my appreciation of the Arts. After 9/11, we came to realize that life is too short to do something we don’t love, so my wife and I decided to pursue additional college degrees in something we love (she became an art teacher). I was tired of the ‘corporate’ scene and politics, and wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. Through creativity, I get to alter my clients’ lives every day.
How long have you been a photographer? Professionally, 8 years.
How would you classify your style of photography? Dynamic and creative.
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level? My Uncle Bob has always been a great influence on how he viewed the industry. Also, my wife loves what she does, and that’s always been inspiring.
Do you have any good wedding stories? I feel my wedding story was the best. We got married at the Culinary Institute of America where my wife’s father was a teacher, so they put on the most amazing show. In addition, it was my wife’s and my time to let our creativity shine as we customized everything about the wedding adding our own flare and fun to most everything from the hand-made wedding programs to the stuffed animated characters at each table to the Charlie Brown music playing during our ceremony. With my clients, we feel that the best part of the weddings are when our clients get to see their photos in our theater. The raw emotion from our clients reacting to art that we created for their wedding memories is just overwhelming at times. It’s awesome!
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment? We shoot with Nikon cameras and lenses and take full advantage of our Alien Bees lighting to help create beautiful, crisp lighting.
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer? We recommend that they speak with their friends and other people they know that have gotten married over the past couple of years to find out the do’s and don’ts about planning their wedding as their friends will tell them the truth. We tell all our potential brides to interview a few photographers and find someone who not only creates wonderful images, but someone who you feel comfortable with, as the photographer is with you from start to finish on your day and for months after. We also encourage couples to look at the portfolio’s of the photographers who interest them with a critic’s eye. Did the photographer capture a variety of people? Do they offer the type of products that I want? Your wedding images should stand the test of time and will many times capture parts of your day that you missed.
Any fun personal facts we should know about you? I tried stand-up comedy in college and always like to make people laugh. It helps everyone relax and let their guards down. I can juggle 3 objects, and I give myself haircuts.
Anything else to add about yourself, the wedding industry, etc? We encourage our clients to also be sure to create a thorough timeline of the wedding day so to be sure they don’t forget anything. It’s a terrible feeling chasing after your own wedding all day! I am always sincere and honest with my clients, just always saying it like it is. In this industry, I found that it’s better to follow these traits than to mislead clients, which will always lead to train wrecks. I don’t get bridezillas….I get their mothers.