Hansel Dobbs Photography is a boutique Dallas wedding photography studio serving the Texas bride as well as destination weddings upon request. Hansel Dobbs Photography has been featured on Style Me Pretty as well as many other wedding industry blogs and websites.
Hansel has been a Dallas wedding photographer since 2004, but his experience with photography goes back to the 1990s when he inherited his grandfather’s Nikon gear and began using it for the high school newspaper. Since then he has attended numerous workshops, one-on-one training with some of the best photographers in the world, as well as personal development to help craft his talent and vision for wedding photography.
Who is Hansel Dobbs?
I graduated from Wylie High School in Abilene, TX and then attended Hardin-Simmons University where I attained my international business degree and through that was able to study abroad in Hong Kong and also intern with the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. I jumped into the real estate industry after college with my Dad, but something just wasn’t quite right until I bought my first digital SLR. My old Nikon film gear that my grandfather gave me just wasn’t cutting it anymore.
It was around this same period of time in my life that I met Laura, my wife. She really encouraged me to chase my dream and not give up. I have to tell you the truth that ignorance can be bliss sometimes. I just remember looking at the work of so many great photographers and thinking, “What do I have to contribute?”. At first, my work just wasn’t that great, but I worked and worked and worked at it. My wedding photography and portrait photography has vastly improved with the effort and investment in wedding photography education that I have made. You get out of something what you put into it. I believe that. Malcolm Gladwell talks about in his book Outliers that it takes 10,000 hours of doing something to actually become an expert at it.
I started out by buying a Nikon D200, a 50mm 1.8, and a 12-24mm 2.8. I started just walking around downtown Dallas taking pictures of architecture and helping an interior design friend of mine with portfolio pictures of his home designs. That’s when I saw the wedding photography work of a friend of mine and something just happened inside of me that said, “I have to take pictures like that!” I just had to. How did he do that? So I jumped feet first into the deep end and went to a professional wedding photographer workshop in San Antonio with a lot of other wedding photographers who knew much more than me. I didn’t understand half of what they were talking about, but I took lots of notes and talked to everybody. I really wanted to be a Dallas Wedding photographer, but I didn’t even have a portfolio yet.
I went back to Dallas and made some contacts with a few studios in the area that allowed me to be a second photographer at their weddings. I learned a lot from watching them work and also was able to get a feel for the pace of a wedding and the responsibilities of a wedding photographer. I loved it and I wanted to do more. I used my photographs to start a small website and I started advertising myself as a Dallas Wedding Photographer on Craigslist.com and soon started getting inquiries for my services and started documenting weddings.
The work I did at those first weddings wasn’t the best in the world, but my blind passion for photography told me that I can do this. I can figure this out and get better. It’s just going to take more time and practice. That’s exactly what I did. I read and read and read about wedding photography as well as attended more workshops. However, this time I knew more than half the stuff they were talking about and I also had a portfolio. 🙂
So, now it’s been 6 years and I am a lot better than I was that very first day, but the journey never ends. Photography is just amazing and it is so much fun to figure out new ways to manipulate light to create an amazing photograph for my clients. At the end of the day, I get a kick out of having happy clients and seeing their reaction to their photographs and their albums. I have the honor of knowing that those photographs will be around for a very long time and will become a part of that families history for generations.
I have made so many friends in the wedding photography industry and I have had so much fun that I have to say that starting a Dallas wedding photography business has been one of the best decisions of my life.
My wife Laura, my son Carson, our dog Molly, and I live in Allen, TX where we enjoy time with our friends, we travel, and get a kick out of the new things that Carson learns how to do. As far as interests go for myself, photography is numero uno and then it has to be the Texas Rangers. I’m a huge fan and have been since the days of Steve Buchelle and Gino Petrali. I got to be at the game when the Texas Rangers won the American League Pennant for the first time and it was truly one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Far down the list from when I got married and when my son was born, but it’s up there. 🙂
Here is a picture of my wife while we were waiting to hop aboard the cruise ship Rotterdam in Rome for our Mediterranean cruise.
Here she is in Santorini, Greece. It was really hot that day.
Here we all are holding Carson when he was really little and really bald and really snotty.
Here he is a little older and getting into more things.
Here I am
What kind of fan would I be if I didn’t give you the video footage from the last out during the Pennant race. Neftali Feliz vs. Alex Rodriguez. That place went crazy when he stuck him out.