Portraits

A portrait—whether of a single individual, a couple, or a family grouping—tells a story. It shows this group of people at this time in whatever relationship they're in. In looking at the portrait, it should return your mind and heart and memory to that moment.

As a portrait photographer in Austin, Doc has worked with all ages—from newborn and soon-to-be-born to 87. His goal is always to represent the people involved in such a way that they can look back, or their children and grandchildren and future generations can look back, and recall the story. Every image should evoke emotion.

Doc is absolutely amazing at what he does. Photoshoots with him are so much fun and he captures the most stunning photos. I felt so beautiful and I can’t wait to work with him again. I highly recommend 10/10! - Ashley

Capture the moments that matter to you...

About Your Portrait Photoshoot

On this page, you'll find information about portraits, including collections and pricing, as well as images from previous sessions and resources to help you prepare for your photoshoot. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

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Our Portrait Photoshoot Process

Consultation

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We'll talk about who will be involved, why you're choosing to do this now, and what you're thinking you'd like to get out of it. 

Photo Session

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Each portrait session is carefully crafted to create the best results. We take into account the number of people, their ages, their sizes, their genders, and their relationships. We guide each person, as well as the group (assuming more than one), on choices of wardrobe, makeup, and hair.

Viewing Session

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Because each person or family has different goals, we don't package products. Rather we get together with you after the session and after we've had a chance to go through the images. At that viewing session, you will decide what images you want and what products.

Prints & Products

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We offer prints of various sizes and types, custom framing, digital products, and a juicy variety of physical products. 

A wonderful eye for artistry, a great atmosphere. His photos are an absolute treasure. Time in the studio is fun and relaxed whilst getting the best of professional quality. Highly recommended. - Karissa

Doc is an amazing photographer and mentor. There is never a dull moment when you shoot with him. He can make the shyest person feel comfortable enough to break out of their shell to create something amazing. You will not be disappointed. - Samaia

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Guarantee

We guarantee that you will be satisfied. If you are not, for any reason, we will refund your session fee and replace your art.

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Portraits

Haston Family Portrait

Family Photos

Kate and Jake Engagement Portrait

Couples

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Individual Portraits

Upgrades

Complementary Digital Images

Everything you buy in print you will get a social media digital.

Painted Portraits

In addition to prints of various sizes and types, custom framing, digital products, and other physical products, we also offer digitally painted portraits. This process, done on the computer, takes your photographs and turns them into portraits that look like they were hand-painted. We only provide this option for prints and canvases that are 20" x 24" and larger.

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Keepsakes & Wall Art

Prints

Prints might be something to put on your coffee table or hang on your wall. When we talk about prints we include photographic prints on professional photographic paper or specialty surface (wood, metal, acrylic, for instance).

Canvas

Canvas includes two categories: mounted canvas prints framed or suitable for framing, and gallery wrap canvas. Gallery wraps are canvas on a stretcher with hanging hardware on the back. No frame, no stand, just the canvas to be hung on the wall.

Laser-Etched Crystal

Current technology allows for images to be etched into the material (acrylic, glass, or crystal). These are suitable for putting on desks, display shelves, or around the house.

Books & Albums

Books are intended to have some text/content in them, along with your beautiful images. Albums are intended to be mostly - or all - images. The quality of the materials and production is similar in both, although books are intended to look more like... well... books.

Frequently Asked Questions

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We recommend solid colors, usually darker or neutral. Bright colors - particularly white and yellow - draw the eye away from you. Patterns can also be distracting and will be eliminated during painting if you choose that option. The style - formal, casual, dressy, costume - depends on what you want to get from this.

This will be covered in our consultation. We strive for everything - wardrobe, shoes, accessories, jewelry, and hair and makeup styles - to be in harmony. There are no hard and fast rules for this.

We work with some of the best HMUAs (Hair and Makeup Artists) in the Austin area. If you choose to have us arrange that for you we pass through the charges directly from the artist to you. We do recommend tipping as well.

Classical portraiture generally went for ¾ to full life-size. Most of us don't have walls that big these days. As part of our consultation and viewing, we'll ask you to photograph the walls in your home or other space. As part of the viewing, we'll place your images on those walls so you can get an idea of what works. A basic rule of thumb (well, rule of hand) is that people's faces should be no smaller than a closed fist and no larger than an open hand.

While we quote four weeks, it's usually one to two weeks.

This depends on what you order, as we send everything to one of the top professional photo labs in the United States. It ranges from two weeks to two months (for specialty products).

Yes, we will. We're proud of the work we do and love to celebrate it. If for any reason you do not wish us to post the images, though, we always respect our clients' wishes.

Your Viewing & Ordering Appointment

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Because each person or family has different goals, we don't package products. Rather we get together with you after the session and after we've had a chance to go through the images. At that viewing session, you will decide what images you want and what products.

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Doc List is wonderful to work with. He is so patient and everything was just perfect! I have a beautiful keepsake book of my daughter as well as amazing headshots. Thank you, Doc! - Sara

Portrait Photography Resources

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The 4 Important Questions to Ask Your Photographer

Feeling daunted? That’s often the case when heading over to a photo session whether it’s for headshots, your wedding, dance images or your family photos. Let’s face it: Not many of us like being under scrutiny of that lens. Will it help if you know a little more about what’s about to happen? I’m going …

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5 Essential Tips if You Want your Pets in Your Pictures

They’re family right? So they deserve as much as you to be in this year’s family photographs. But is it plausible? As with most aspects of a photo session the results depend on teamwork and communication between you & your photographer. You each have a role to play and when you understand what’s required you …

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Directions to the Studio

8711 Burnet Road is the North Austin Business Center. Building B is not directly on Burnet Road or Polaris Avenue.

Take Burnet Road to Polaris Avenue. Polaris Avenue is only on the east side of Burnet Road and is the first left south of Research Blvd/183. It is across the street from U-Haul and there's a sign for Buddy's Place on the corner of Burnet & Polaris.

Turn onto Polaris and drive past the island in the middle of the street. Take an immediate left into the complex and you will be facing Building D. Take an immediate left and an immediate right and you will be in the parking area between Buildings C & D and looking straight at Building B. Park anywhere in this lot. Walk to the walkway in front of Building B and turn right. The studio is the last door on the left and the signs above the door and on the window say Doc List Photography.

If the lot between buildings C & D is full go around Building D to the lot between Buildings D & E (you'll see the roll-up garage doors on the backs of the businesses in Building D). Go to the walkway on your left between Buildings D & B. The studio is the first door on your right.

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About Doc List Photography

Doc List is an award-winning Austin photographer specializing in headshots, portraits and dance photography.

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