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Greener Photography was founded by Thea Dodds and Dawn Tacker in 2008. Thea & Dawn met on-line at the Digital Wedding Forum in 2006 upon recognizing their common interest in environmental issues. They immediately began sharing ideas, suppliers, and forum threads on the DWF asking how to green their photography business. In one discussion on the DWF Thea pitched the idea of starting an organization of eco-minded photographers. Dawn ran with it, the scope of the project grew, and Greener Photography was born.
About GP's Founding Members:
Thea Dodds is the owner/photographer of Authentic Eye Photography, a wedding and portrait studio based in New Hampshire. Thea first became interested in photographing "eco-chic" weddings because she was concerned with the waste involved in the wedding industry.
As a wedding photographer, I utilize the natural environment every day of the week. I use the landscapes for backgrounds, the sun for beautiful light, and vegetation as props. I feel that makes me personally responsible for ensuring the preservation of these resources. My business has been configured around this philosophy.
Dawn Tacker is the owner/photographer of Eos Photography in San Diego County, California. She specializes in portraits of babies, children and families in natural settings.
Being greener in California is pretty easy – curbside recycling, HOV stickers for our hybrid – what’s not to love? But running a greener photography business? That's where is started to get challenging. Luckily Thea and I had a meeting of the minds, and a common vision to give other photographers and suppliers the means to create change within our field.
My portrait work is an extension of who I am, and how I interpret the world around me. Running a greener photography business is simply an extension of how my family and I live our lives – doing our part to tread lightly, respect the earth, and preserve it for our sons' generation and beyond.