I have found that photographing fashion, editorial, fine art, product, and even family pets has been a great asset in shooting weddings which has an application for so many of these special aspects of photography. However, the greatest gift has been clients who feel more like friends and knowing that their images will bless so many for lifetimes to come.
Recent Background Includes ...
Co-Owner - Get Loose Tea & Art - 136 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 where my fine art photography was displayed and sold in downtown Sarasota.
Before adding Sarasota, FL as a new location, I was the former owner/innkeeper of the Inn at Cook Street, Provincetown, MA, innatcookstreet.com - My partner and I brought the award winning Inn at Cook Street to top ranking on trip advisor after our purchase in 2006. A few years later we added a Tea-Room and Art Gallery that included fine art photography of the magnificent land and seascape vistas of Cape Cod.My appreciation for the light and drama of the sea and landscapes of the Outer Cape as well as Sarasota is featured on my blog at doreenbirdsell.com with art images and poetry.
I've also had the privilege of photographing for many Fortune 500 companies, numerous celebrities, and was commissioned to travel to Italy and Greece by a prominent archaeologist to photograph, in large format sheet film, more than twenty-five archeological sites in a series that was entitled "The Golden Age." The show had gallery exhibitions in both NYC and in Greenwich, CT.
The American Cancer gave me the opportunity to be their photographer, ten years consecutively, for Paws for a Cause, raising awareness and funds for cancer research for dogs.
Visual arts background - Doreen Birdsell Studios, Photography and Video is celebrating over 25 years as a photography and video studio with work featured in Modern Bride, Westport Magazine, Golf World, Wedding Pages Magazine and many other publications and annual reports throughout the years. First published in New York Magazine, my career began photographing fashion in 1980. A passion for shooting fashion on location evolved to also include wedding photography in 1987.
Recommendations: Doreen Birdsell Studios has been the recommended house photographer at the Boathouse in Central Park; the Inn at Longshore, Westport, CT; the Stamford Yacht Club, Stamford, CT; Liberty House, Jersey City; NJ, the Red Inn in Provincetown, MA, to name a few – and Planetree International, whose mission is to bring patient centered health care to hospitals throughout the world.
Producer - Documentary - Longshore 50 - Produced for the Town of Westport, CT in celebration of their 67 acre beachfront-park land acquisition and gift to its residents - Westport, CT was our home for more than fifteen years -- and still holds our heart.
Faith - Loves God...because God first loved me and showed me all these wonderful gifts.
Married - Joyfully and gratefully to Lisa Feistel
Author - Memoir - Without Faith: A Motherless Child Redeemed by a Determined Spirit - withoutfaith.com - I have also have had the honor of serving on the board of the Children's Cove of Cape Cod; a non-profit organization whose staff is tirelessly dedicated to helping children and families who have suffered the abuses of sexual abuse and domestic violence.