Who is GMD? That would be me. Hello, I'm Grant Michael Dopson. If you are reading this you want to know who your photographer really is and what he is all about and I thank you. I believe you should always know someone who is about to play a big part in your memories. It should not just be someone random. This person is going to be sharing their time with you during some key events in your life. Whether it be a newborn baby, graduation, wedding day or 80th birthday party, you should know something about the person on the other side of the camera.
I was born and raised in the area of Birmingham, AL. I've lived here my whole life and really wouldn't have it any other way. I love the South for its people, food and weather just to name a few. I never had a dream of being a photographer while growing up. My dad had an old film camera that I would shoot from time to time on vacations but that was about it. I actually wanted to be an architect. I had the imagination but it turned out I couldn't draw too well and was bad at math so I moved on to the next thing that intrigued me, technology.
Working with technology and computers became my hobby and then my career. That's my daily job now and I enjoy it. It was technology and engineering that really got me to pursuing photography. I loved seeing new cameras and equipment and wanted to know how they worked. I bought myself a camera and taught myself how to use it. That imagination that I didn't get to use for architecture was now being expressed by my camera. This would then be all tied together by the fact that I love to make people happy.
I'm a certified people pleaser. If you're not happy, I'm not happy. I wanted to be able to give something back with the talents I have been blessed with and thus came this business. I've meet so many wonderful people over the years and I'm thankful for the opportunities I've been given. I hope you will give me a chance to take part in your event and allow me to offer you my full service.
I am married to a wonderful gal named Sarah. Together we have a dog, a cat and a wonderful son named Farris. He's is a true blessing for us and will be featured a lot in my photos. If you have any questions about me, please ask.
Equipment & Shooting Style
I shoot with Nikon cameras and lenses. I love the quality of the brand but as any good photographer will tell you, it's not just the equipment that gets the shot. I use a mixture of natural light and strobe monolights with different combinations of softboxes, umbrellas and grids. Photography is all about light. I try to always better myself in finding the best uses of my equipment to get the very best images.
I use a mix of photo-journalistic style and slightly directed shots. Different subjects require different shooting styles and I do my best to give easily understandable directions when needed but usually get out of the way to let your personality shine.