Dotson Studios bio picture


We are Grant & Sara Dotson. As a husband and wife team, we bring a unique perspective to photography, one influenced by life experiences as well as comprehensive art and design training. Our cameras are an extension of not only our eyes, but our minds and hearts, instantly capturing moments and emotions just as they occur. We enjoy getting to know our clients on a personal level and helping them feel that they're a part of a partnership. Every client is different, and our photographs seek to reflect each individual personality for truly unforgettable memories.


Photo of Grant: Courtesy of Jamie Weiss. Thanks Jamie!


Bridal Show Booth

So we decided that this year for the Premier Bride bridal show we would do a new booth to go with our new logo and website. We sat there one night talking about how we might want the booth to look and Grant said he wanted to make it look like a gallery but to do something interesting with wood. Sounded good to me so he grabbed a notebook and sketched this:

We headed to the stores to look at supplies and before we knew it our garage was full of lumber and paint. We called in the parents who were a huge help. My parents came the weekend before the show to help build, and Grant’s parents came in the weekend of the show to help with final touches and set up.

We had a great time at the show!  I love talking to so many brides in one day. I love looking at all the rings and hearing about their wedding plans.

We had a drawing for a bride to win a free bridal session and hope to announce the winner for that soon.

If you missed us you can catch us at the Formal Affair bridal show on February 21st.

Here are some more pictures of our booth. We were surprised at how much it looked like the original design, especially since it was just sketched late one night.

January 28, 2010 - 7:31 pm Jamie Weiss - Hey guys! Your booth looks awesome!!! And by the way... that a nice bio pic you've got there! : ) I still use the one you took of me as well! Thanks! Jamie

February 23, 2010 - 3:43 pm William Massey - Should have won the best booth award at Formal Affair!

February 23, 2010 - 3:51 pm Grant Dotson - Thanks, William, we liked yours too! And Jamie—thanks again for the great headshot.

June 22, 2010 - 1:36 pm Jeff Gaines - Hey Guys, How did you close off the back? Did you leave it exposed or build it out like the front? Thanks! Jeff

June 22, 2010 - 5:00 pm Grant Dotson - Hi Jeff, The back of the booth is concealed by the full-height drapes, which divide one booth from another and are provided by the show organizers. But we painted it a flat black just to keep it tidy. Thanks for asking!

December 12, 2010 - 12:47 pm Jody - very original.. love it..what size was your mail wall and what size of images are under your sign?

December 12, 2010 - 6:24 pm Grant Dotson - Hi Jody, The booth spaces are 10x10, so the back wall ended up being 10' wide by 8' tall. Not actually sure what size the canvases are...probably 11" x 16" for the smaller ones. Thanks for looking!

March 14, 2014 - 3:18 pm Ian Grant - Super classy design, love it. What did you end up using for your lighting?

March 14, 2014 - 4:14 pm Grant Dotson - Hi Ian, We found those four black clip-on lights at Lowe's or Home Depot. The packaging is long since gone so I don't have any more info, but I'm sure their stock has changed since then anyway. If they don't carry anything like that now, a quick Google search for trade show booth lights would probably turn up something even better. Good luck. And by the way, love your work!

December 8, 2015 - 10:59 am Gareth Wignall - Truly stunning! I would love to take inspiration from your design to promote our own photography company, GnBri Photography, here in the UK. The question I wanted to ask - Is the bench unit empty or did you utilise it for storage? If so how do you gain access? Regards, Gareth

December 8, 2015 - 8:37 pm Grant Dotson - Thanks Gareth! We did use them to store the packing materials used to transport the booth to the venue. The counter tops aren't actually screwed down, they're just pieces of nice wood laid on top of the counter framework. So accessing it was easy (but not polished enough to open in front of new clients, so none of our literature or albums were stored inside).

January 6, 2016 - 11:59 am Tim - Great looking booth!! I would love to build one of these for myself. What did you use for the main wall that you painted? Also curious how you framed it and finished the ends. Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated!

December 6, 2016 - 1:37 pm Jessica Martin-Eckerly - This is a beautiful expo booth! From the photos it looks like the brown background is a real, actual wall - studs, drywall, mudding/taping/painting! How did you construct it? How did you get it to stand up? (I don't run a photography business, but I want to display metal prints in my company's expo booth.) Thank you!

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