My name is Dao and if you made it here either my services or my portfolio has interested you.
A bit about my background… I was born in Vietnam but grew up in Joplin, Missouri. My parents have worked hard and sacrificed most of their lives. In doing so they have given me opportunities I could never have dreamed up. I had access to equipment and tools to expand my skills, share my talents, and discover my passions. Most importantly they taught me to follow my dreams.
I have a very loving and supportive family of my own now, especially my wife, Amanda, who has enabled and encouraged me to accomplish so much in life. She is the inspiration behind all my work. I have two wonderful children that have allowed me to hone my skills and forced me to learn new styles of capturing memories.
Cameras have always intrigued me and I have been taking pictures since I was very young, I will attribute this my parents living up to the Asian stereotype of always having a camera around. After taking my first photography class in the 7th grade, I was hooked. This class included winding my own film and developing in a dark room. To this day, I still shoot with film and develop my own negatives in-house. I don’t develop photos anymore because I digitize the negatives but hope to do so again someday.
My preference is to shoot with natural light as much as possible, some might say I don’t know about lighting and that is why I shoot natural light. Maybe I do and maybe I don’t, you decide by looking at my portfolio. Ultimately it’s up to the customer to decide what they like, it’s the photographers job to recreate those moments with their clients. I can say that I don’t really like posed shots, but sometimes they just have to happen. Dynamic unposed shots where people are in their natural environments and are able to be themselves is the ideal situation. Speaking of natural, I love nature. But if you looked at my portfolio you have seen lots of nature and landscape shots in addition to portraits. I shoot landscape to get a feel for the light and find new locations. That way when clients say I am thinking of a location like “x”, I can say I know the perfect spot.
Enough about me, if you want to know more contact me!
One last parting quote:
“Life is like a camera, just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t turn out – just take another shot.” – unknown