I have been a professional photographer since 1981. As I started my career I was taught the craft and skills of photography face-to-face by some of the best photographers in the world. I then went on to teach my peers for 25 years as part of the Fuji Film Talent Team and the Professional Photographers of America. In 2001, I was asked to teach a "hands-on" portrait photography class at the University of California Irvine Extension Program which I did until 2012. I now focus on individual instrution, classes and coaching.
"Doug Gifford is an internationally-acclaimed photographer with a relaxed, natural style and one of the most versatile visual storytellers you will find today. His balance of creativity and technical expertise has given him the opportunity to do a wide range of assignments for clients around the world for advertising, editorial, PR and personal use. He is a consummate professional with an easy-going personality who loves life and does business with integrity and a smile."
I am passionate full-time professional photographer, not just a full-time teacher that does photography on the side. I enjoy taking time out of my busy assignment schedule to help people learn how to "make" better photographs rather than just "take" one and hope to get a good image. If you want to grow your own passion for photography, there is no better way then to do that face-to-face. On-line only gives you good or bad information it doesn't allow you to learn that skill.
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