Welcome, my name is Thomas Doggett and I am photographer based in the western suburbs of Chicago. While my primary focus is editorial style portraiture, I also photograph a lot of weddings and events as well.
Using a documentary style and approach my aim is to capture the genuine moments of your wedding as they naturally occur. 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 make images that are unique as the people in them. Though I do direct during portraits my intentions are to capture those candid moments in between the poses to give you honest, natural photos.
My pursuit of photography began over 30 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 from the College of DuPage, a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Benedictine University and worked for over 27 years in law enforcement while holding an ancillary position as a Crime Scene Investigator / Forensic Photographer; including 6 years at the DuPage County Coroners Office and over 20 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 few professional photography certifications and did a little bit of teaching.
I photographed my first wedding in 2006 and it has been a passion ever since. In addition to working with my own clients I enjoyed five seasons working as a Lead Wedding Photographer with one of the most popular wedding studios in Chicago where I was blessed with the opportunity to work with some of the nicest couples and shoot in many of Chicagoland's most sought after venues. I have shot weddings that have as few as a dozen guests to well over 500. However, no matter the location or size of the wedding - it's always been the story that resonates with me!
Today my time behind the camera is split between a variety of editorial style portrait sessions (to include high school seniors) and documenting weddings. While much of my work is commissioned, I still enjoy working on a handful of personal projects and collaborations each year.
I live in the western suburbs of Chicago with my rather large family and our Siberian Husky, Juno.