Daniel Doyle is the owner and CEO of Daniel Doyle Pleasantville photography studios. With experience in portrait, studio, wedding, and event photography, as well as headshots and action shots, Daniel Doyle has made a unique impact on the photography community. He recently moved from Queens, New York to Pleasantville, Ohio, where he has reconnected with friends and family and made a start on establishing a new photography business.
Doyle’s expertise lies in creating a vision for his clients. Whether he is photographing a wedding or a high school senior session, he is focused on creating an artistic, unique setting for his clients to treasure forever. His combination of innate skill and practiced technique means that his clients can expect the best possible results when they contract with him for photographic services.
Tell us about yourself?
I am a skilled photographer in the commercial and artistic communities. I got my start taking pictures around my high school in Pleasantville, Ohio, encouraged by my teachers and fellow classmates. I photographed a great many subjects for the newspaper and yearbook.
After graduation, I traveled abroad to Europe to gain more experience in my chosen field. While I took trains and buses around Europe, I developed my artistic eye and fostered my own personal sense of creativity. While I was abroad, I worked on my photoblog which became popular and played into several different professional jobs when I returned to the United States.
What makes your organization different than your competitors?
I am a uniquely skilled photographer who has just returned from New York City. I have a cosmopolitan photography style and I feel that my work compares favorably with well-known national artists. My competitors have good qualifications, but they have not worked outside Ohio, and it shows. I moved back to Ohio recently in hopes of reconnecting with my family, friends and community.
How much potential market share can you achieve in the next 3 years?
I expect that I will be able to take over a 50 percent market share in weddings, events, and senior portraits, providing that I am able to hire as many staff as I need. I have high hopes for my business, and I believe that I have a good grasp on what it takes to succeed.
What was the best book or series that you’ve ever read?
The best book series that I ever read was A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. Many people are familiar with this series through the Game of Thrones series on HBO. The books have so much more character development than the TV show, and they provide so much more opportunity for the characters to grow. Many of the intricate plots in the books have been dumbed down for the small screen. I recommend that everyone who enjoys the TV show pick up the books, even though it is frustrating that the TV show has gone beyond the books in terms of the plot.
What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?
My best purchase was Adobe Lightroom as editing software for my photos. It has been an invaluable tool. My least favored purchase was a particular film scanner, I did not find it helpful at all and the images it produced were subpar. Thankfully, I take most of my pictures on digital, but sometimes I want to see the artistic differences that come about with a film camera.
What takes up too much of your time?
It’s funny that you would ask this question. I think that business development takes up too much of my time. I would love to hire someone with business development as their only task. I feel that business development just takes away from my editing time and makes my photos one-dimensional in nature. Of course, it is a necessary evil, and I would not have any work if I didn’t spend time on business development.
What three pieces of advice would you give to college students/new startup business owners who want to become entrepreneurs?
I would tell startup owners that first, they need to have a solid business plan. Second, they need to handle their money carefully. Third, they need to hire wisely or not at all. It is crucial to avoid hiring family members who are only in the business for financial gain. They need to have some understanding and appreciation of your full business plan.
Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
I am impressed by the level of risk-taking that happens with new entrepreneurs. I feel like I entered the photography business cautiously and my younger competitors just went all in. I am inspired to take similar risks in my photography.
Tell us about something you are proud of – about your greatest challenge.
I am proudest of building my business up from nothing when I reached New York. I had to go around with my hand out for gigs and it shows in my work ethic.
How people should connect with you?
People can connect with me through my website, Daniel Doyle Pleasantville. I look forward to working with each one of your readers and developing a photographic outlook that works with their personal or business goals.