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A Year In Review

It’s the beginning of a new year and what have we learned?  Well, life doesn’t get any easier, but it certainly gets more interesting.  It seems a lot of people scoff at the idea of making resolutions or joke about the practicality of actually keeping them.  Yes, there are some of us that have the will to follow through and that, in and of itself, is admirable. But maybe the failure of good intentions in years past should not be the focus.  Instead, the focus should be the idea that you tried or wanted to better yourself or the world in some way.  The new year gives us the opportunity and the permission to do things differently.

As for the DornBrothers, we’re pretty happy with the resolutions, happenings, and accomplishments of last year.  As photographers, we took measures to really focus on our craft and we studied, experimented, volunteered, and played.  As visual artists, we put on a few art shows this year and really got involved with the community.  As family, we took time to help each other out and be there in times of need.  Travis became a father, his wife Stacy, a mother, and Nate became a crazy uncle again.  Oh, and there’s a new little “Man-Dorn” in the world.

Our photo series “The Chronicles of Follicles” received a few international nominations and won the People’s Choice Award in PDN’s PIX digital imaging contest.  However, we feel that the greatest accomplishment with this series was that it really earned us the respect of our peers and raised the bar for everything we shoot.  It encourages us to continue pushing ourselves and to keep shooting.  Therefore, after focusing on hairy men, we turned our eyes to something a little softer and the “Flapper Dapper” series was released later in the year. The Flapper series was fun and certainly had its challenges as we experimented more with texture, color, and the “aged” look of a 1920s photograph. We also tried our first underwater shoot!

Underwater photo shoot

A Bubbly Personality

Photo shoot experimenting with aging texture

1920s Flapper Photo

We are blessed with many amazing and talented friends and this year it seems we strengthened many of those bonds.  Beyond the outpouring of love and support received for the new baby Dorn, we’ve also witnessed again and again, the pulling together of artists, writers, actors, and filmmakers to create something amazing.  The value and beauty of being a part of something like that is priceless.

Looking forward, this year will be a challenging one as we look to find new clients and continue to push and develop our style.  We’ve embarked on another series dealing with pregnant women and we’ve been fortunate enough to have some really good sports as subjects.  If there are any women out there nearing their third trimester and would like the Dorns to document their physique, please contact us.

DornBrother's upcoming prego photo series

A work in progress "The Contractor"

2010 was definitely a year of growing.  We pushed ourselves in photographic lighting styles, composition, and retouching.  We’ve strengthened our position in the community as artists and entrepreneurs.  We’ve even added another member to our family.  Now we look at 2011 as our year for following through with all the new responsibilities we have gained.  Here is to all our friends and family- make this another year of progress.

The Dorn's yearly Man-day escape

Man-Day "It's only weird if you're a woman"

Josh Wilcox gambles his life away as a western card player

The Card Player

Christmas photo-booth at Studio Outpost

Santa's got a dirty secret

Photo Booth set up at the Chronicle of Follicles Art show...

The Beard Booth

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