Thomas John Doggett
Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois
I take pictures of people at weddings
To start, I am a fifty something year old husband, father and dog dad living in the western suburbs of Chicago with my rather large family and our Siberian Husky, Juno.
Before I was taking photos of happy couples tying the knot, I was practicing my craft in other challenging circumstances. My journey with photography began over thirty years ago while serving as an Infantryman in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division and taking photographs of the other soldiers in the unit. Following my military service I earned an Associate of Arts in Photography, a Bachelor of Arts in Business and worked for over twenty-eight years in law enforcement while holding an ancillary position as a Crime Scene Investigator / Forensic Photographer; including six years at the DuPage County Coroner’s Office and over twenty years with a local police agency and county major crimes task force in the western suburbs of Chicago (yes, I've shot some crazy stuff). Along the way I picked-up a couple professional photography certifications and did a little bit of teaching.
I photographed my first wedding in 2006 and it has been my passion ever since. I have documented well over one hundred weddings ranging in size from just a few guests to more than five hundred and have been blessed with the opportunity to shoot in some of Chicagoland’s most sought after venues. However, no matter the size or location of the wedding it’s always been the story that resonates with me.
As for my stye and approach; I’m there to document genuine moments as they naturally happen. For the majority of the day, I stay very hands off, focusing 100% on the story. You won’t find me asking your friends to stage or recreate moments, but you will find me ready to capture those moments before they even happen. During portraits, it’s a little different. I give plenty of direction, working to bring creative ideas to tell your unique story. Though I do direct during portraits my intentions are to capture candid moments in between the poses to give you honest, natural photos.
I am honored each and every time a couple selects me to document this important chapter in their lives and I continue to enjoy the challenges, excitement and creative opportunities that come from being trusted to capture these priceless memories.