Gittings Portraiture, Capturing Memories Since 1928
The Gittings name is synonymous with quality with a reputation of being the most prestigious portrait studio. Since Paul Gittings founded the company 90 years ago, our specialty is about us catching special moments that is filled with energy and love.
Our goal is about taking exquisite portraits to create heirlooms in your home – having your memories tastefully displayed so they can be enjoyed and talked about for generations to come. The difference lies in our experience and passion to create an environment. An environment that captures not just a picture, but captures the soul. We seize that special moment filled with joy and emotion. Gittings has always been about telling your life’s story for many generations to come.
The style developed by Paul Gittings, Sr. is one of distinction, and what make us different from the rest. We translate for bridal and maternity portraits to family, children, and pet sessions. This style has also made us the studio of choice for executives around the world. We create their portrait that is used within the halls of their corporations for as long as it represents.
We also care about the communities we serve by giving back to several charities that are dear to our hearts. Some include the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, the SPCA, Shriners Hospital, the Komen Foundation, the Make a Wish Foundation. As well as several other local charities like the Dallas Opera and the Fort Worth Symphony. If you are interested in requesting a donation for a charitable event, we would love to hear from you. Please click here.
When you want to make memories last forever, you should not leave anything to chance. Showcasing your loved ones at their very best, Gittings is with you through the priceless milestones of life.
For over 90 years, we have prided ourselves in the ability to tell your life’s story filled with energy and emotion. Our difference is in our expertise, passion, and the expertise to create an heirloom for generations to come.
”Portrait Photography is a tool for recording the story we try to tell posterity – a story not of features alone, but of the human force behind those features.” – Paul Gittings, Sr.
Paul Gittings, Sr. was born in 1900 and at the age of 11, starting taking odd jobs to help support his family. He ended up at the famed Bachrach Studios in Baltimore, taking a job as a plate boy and eventually becoming an esteemed photographer, which was the beginning of his true career and passion. In 1928, he moved to Texas and opened studios in Dallas and Houston, purchasing the rights for these studios from Bachrach and opening them under his name, Gittings Studio.
The studio developed a style with a distinguishing attention to detail and a focus on delivering quality and in 1963, Gittings opened a studio within Neiman Marcus. This enabled Gittings to expand throughout the south and they became the official portrait studio of the Neiman Marcus brand. Being affiliated with the most prestigious retailer in the nation turned into a clientele roster like no other including dignitaries, politicians, executives and social elites.
During his career, he won many awards including the George Harris Award, Professional Photographers of America; Fellowship, Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain; Fellowship, Photographic Society of America; Fellowship, American Society of Photographers; and First American Licentiate member, British Institute of Photography. He also gave back to his profession and was instrumental in establishing and funding the International Photography Hall of Fame.
Although Mr. Gittings passed away in 1988, many of our photographers were trained by those he worked with and continue to employ his professional and artistic techniques. His legacy lives on in the unsurpassed quality of craftsmanship of every portrait that bears the Gittings name.
In 1998, Greg Lorfing, who is an esteemed photographer and holds a B.A. in Portraiture from Brooks Institute of Photography, acquired Gittings Studios and is the company’s President.
Rick Bettinger, Master Photographer, joined Mr. Lorfing in ownership in 2002 and holds the Dallas and Fort Worth Studios. In 2011, Mr. Lorfing started GittingsLegal which provides photography for law firms on a global scale.