Joseph Drago - Owner / Photographer

Joseph Drago - Owner / Photographer

Joseph Drago

Bio

I was born and raised in the refining town of Port Arthur, Texas.  The youngest son to Joseph & Brenda Drago, my sisters, brother and I grew up with lots of love and caring. I acquired my passion for photography & art at a very young age. I took to the camera like many do in High School working on the Journalism, Yearbook and Newspaper staff.  Continuing on with Photography in College I studied under Keith Carter at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas before moving on to pursue a Fine Art degree at The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.  My career path was altered when I decided to return to help manage the family business (Drago Supply Company) for the better part of 20 years where I learned vital business management, marketing and public relation skills.  Since selling the business in 2008, I once again returned to my artistic pursuits with the camera and lens and have focussed all of my time and attention re-learning photography in the new digital age.  Replacing the darkroom with photoshop has drawn out my excitement and passion for photography once again and I bring this passion to every shoot.

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REAL ESTATE & ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY

My style for real estate and architectural photography shows the space with as much natural light pouring in as possible.  Although I do use artificial light sources extensively during my shoot, I feel the end result should show the space as anyone would see it if they were there.  Many people ask me, 'what is the difference between real estate and architectural photography?' Real Estate photography is composed & edited to show the property in its current condition and in its entirety.  Most shots will be composed to show as much of the space as possible.  Retouching is limited to color correction, brightening the overall space to show content and popping in the window view when desired.  Cracks or holes in walls/concrete, stains, broken fixtures, etc. all remain to show the potential buyer the current condition of the property.  In architectural photography, everything is made as perfect as possible to show the space as the architect, designer and interior designer intended it.  Digital removal of things such as electrical chords, exposed conduit, vents, electrical outlets and light switches are common.  Enhancing and changing colors to compliment or contrast the space is common as well.  Often times, exterior views will be changed, neighboring houses, power lines, and other distracting elements will be removed so as not to detract from the property.  The clients input in the final images is welcomed and is indeed wanted.  The more I know what you are looking for, the better I am able to hit that mark. Where a real estate shoot may take hours, an architectural shoot may take a day or more.  Real Estate clients can expect their images completed in as little as one day where architectural edits may take several weeks or longer depending on the desired number of final images.  Pricing for architectural photography is on a property by property basis.

Commercial Clients

Anson Mills • Jerry Nelson's Hill Country • Groves Laundry Basket • Alloy Polymers • Chuck's Catering • Regency Real Estate • Gulf Coast Orthodontic Specialists • Re/Max One • American Real Estate • Cobb Real Estate Swede's Real Estate • Aloft Co. • Re/Max On the Water • The Local Magazine • Shields of Strength