Patken Photographer

Patken Photographer

5.0 (9)
20 employees
37 years in business

About this pro

Doug Gordon is one of the leading wedding and portrait photographers in the world today. Having been a photographer for over 29 years he has photographed just about everything you can imagine. His studio is based in Long Island and Orlando. Doug Gordon has been lecturing on photography since 1998 and has become one of the most well know photographers in the world for his renowned Flow Posing techniques. Doug has been fortunate enough to partner with some of the best brands in the photography industry including Nikon, Adorama, Bay Photo Lab, Fundy Software, Shoot Proof and Pilot Imaging. On a personal note, I am a father of two incredible children and have been a part of a loving marriage since 1998 I feel like my life is beyond blessed. Truthfully I am failed baseball player. But I have never been so thankful for failing at anything. I started as a snot nose kid at 11 years old following my daddy around on weddings just to spend more time with him. As you can imagine this made me an extreme romantic and true believer in love and relationships. I love photography and I love teaching it even more. The feeling of seeing the light bulb go on in a students eyes is truly awesome. I truly believe that in todays ever changing economic climate as well as technology growth in the photography industry has made being a photographer about a lot more than pressing the button. If you truly want to be unique it starts with understanding posing and sculpting. Everybody is beautiful and our job as photographers is to show the beauty of the person not only on the outside but also who they are as a person. With a simple push of the hips , a little élan from the waist and a correct angle of the face magic is truly created. When you put that together with a beautiful story, can it get any better? I don’t think so! I hope you get to look around my Doug Gordon Workshops Channel and see what I am truly all about. I have learned over time that in order to be truly successful, you must be consistent. This channel will teach you just how to do that with a better understanding of lighting and posing simplicity.

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Golden Oak, FL 32836
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9 Reviews


  • Alyssa Simela

    Patken photography was amazing for our infant photo shoot! The two women who worked with us were so great with our baby girl and our dog. They were professional and clearly had a lot of experience with babies and dogs! They were so patient and sweet to our baby girl and our dog. I would highly recommend them for any special occasion. They told us we would get our photo gallery in two weeks and we got it in a week. We love every single photo! A big thank you to Doug and team for a great experience and gorgeous photos!

  • Jazmin Harripersaud

    Patken Photography is amazing. Doug was our photographer and he was excellent. He made us comfortable and happy, not to mention our engagement and wedding photos were gorgeous. Beyond what we expected! We highly recommend them.

  • Alicia M

    Great service! Doug was charming and we chose patken after visiting many photographers. My engagement pics came out amazing. They were reliable and I can't wait to see my wedding photos and video!!!

  • Tom G

    My wife and I were thrilled with our experience with Patken. Doug was always very responsive and helpful, and our engagement photoshoot turned out great. Jessie did an incredible job with the photography for the wedding, capturing every moment we could want and sending us the picture samples in a very quick timeframe. We saw John taping the room and capturing great moments throughout the night as well, and we can't wait to see the finished video and trailer! We are very excited to receive our album and all the beautiful prints that we chose. We would definitely recommend Patken - they gave us the easy and smooth experience that we hoped for and beyond!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I have worked with everybody from beginner to advanced. It starts with learning the students goals and committment level. Starting wth a fresh clean slate is always great

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am certified, hold a crafstman degree as well as 8 levels of Master degrees from Professional Photographers of America and Wedding and Portrait Photographers International

I also have a British Fellowship for the Socitey of Wedding and Portrait Professionals in London

I was named a top 10 photographer in the World and am one of a very select few to be called a Nikon Ambassador

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$75 Per Hour 

How did you get started teaching?

I have been lectruing fro over 20 years and have produced an entire line of educational material as well youtube channel. I wanted to train a staff to replicate what I did as a photographer to increase my own studio brand

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with everyone from High School Kids to Celebrities. Anyone can learn if they want to

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have taught at a local a few times to students whose interest was beyond what a HS teacher could offer them. I loved seeing the ideas, creativity and general interest in finding the lights

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

As someone who has experienced actual shooting and achieved success in the field. Photography is about seeing lifght, feeling light and searching for the moment whiles sometime creating it. Teaching is about keeping the students interest