Happiness is a Mini-Mart

Bel and Dodge Pangburn

(Credit: Bel and Dodge Pangburn)

Photographer: Bel and Dodge Pangburn

Speciality: weddings, portraiture

Biography: Bel fell in love with photography when she purchased her first SLR at age 18. Then she wandered the planet pointing said camera in every direction. Before long she had several onlookers asking her to take photos of them, and she happily obliged. This snowballed into the birth of Trigger Happy Images.

Soon after, Dodge, who hails from Oklahoma in the US, stepped into the picture and swept Bel off her feet. He has since been bringing his creative eye to every shoot. These days you can find them shooting weddings, travel, portraits, events, interiors, fashion, lifestyle.

Other things you might like to know about Bel and Dodge: Bel studied visual art at university (she even has a piece of paper to prove it). Dodge had his first solo art exhibition at age 20; his "mom" was very proud. Bel and Dodge also run their own creative company called [db] collective.

Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 35mm, Canon EF 50mm, Canon TS-E 45mm, Canon EF 15mm, Canon Speedlight 430EXII

Video interview

More of Bel and Dodge's work can be seen on Trigger Happy Images or on their Facebook page.

Why not shoot a family portrait session in their local mini-mart? The results are colourful!

Exposure: 1/500, f/1.4, ISO 400

Photo by: Bel and Dodge Pangburn/Trigger Happy Images

Dirty Feet

This collection of feet belong to some gorgeous children who live in a remote village in Cambodia. Their joy is not found in "things".

Exposure: 1/2000, f/1.4, ISO 100

Photo by: Bel and Dodge Pangburn/Trigger Happy Images

Three Yellow Balloons

This is Tionie Newth. She has an amazing story of overcoming the suicide of her father, sexual abuse and an eating disorder. This image was shot for Enhance Magazine, which was featuring Newth's inspirational story. I love the contrast of all the elements and those three perfect yellow balloons.

Exposure: 1/400, f/8, ISO 100

Photo by: Bel and Dodge Pangburn/Trigger Happy Images

Peeking

These lovebirds were wed on the beach moments before this image was snapped. Love is intoxicating. Lucky we caught a peek.

Exposure: 1/200, f/1.4, ISO 100

Photo by: Bel and Dodge Pangburn/Trigger Happy Images

A Day at the Fair

This is our niece. We took her to the fair on a sunny day. We've become a little bit addicted to shooting into the sun since we took this. There is something very magical about it.

Exposure: 1/1600, f/1.4, ISO 100

Photo by: Bel and Dodge Pangburn/Trigger Happy Images

Chalkboard & Woman

We didn't really get to know this woman, but her face tells her story. This was taken in a Cambodian classroom. The Khmer writing on the chalkboard provided the perfect backdrop.

Exposure: 1/160, f/1.4, ISO 100

Photo by: Bel and Dodge Pangburn/Trigger Happy Images

A Field of Flowers

We were pretty chuffed to find a sizeable patch of these sweet mauve blooms for our lovers to lie in. They look so dreamy.

Exposure: 1/1250, f/1.6, ISO 125

Photo by: Bel and Dodge Pangburn/Trigger Happy Images

Air

This image freezes a moment of chaotic on-stage energy forever. Event photographers are generally focused on capturing facial expressions, the size of the crowd and so on, but we think this pair of happy feet best capture the moment.

Exposure: 1/640, f/1.4, ISO 800

Photo by: Bel and Dodge Pangburn/Trigger Happy Images

A Boy & A Girl

We may be the only ones, but we think things that are out of focus are beautiful; especially this pair of lovers canoodling.

Exposure: 1/2000, f/1.4, ISO 500

Photo by: Bel and Dodge Pangburn/Trigger Happy Images

The Not Blind Woman

This woman was blind, now she can see. All from a simple prayer. Taken in Cambodia.

Exposure: 1/6400, f/1.4, ISO 100

Photo by: Bel and Dodge Pangburn/Trigger Happy Images

Symmetry

We really love creating images with a strong sense of symmetry like this one. The moody sky and water frames this new Mr and Mrs.

Exposure: 1/200, f/2.8, ISO 100

Photo by: Bel and Dodge Pangburn/Trigger Happy Images

Love in a Field

This image captures the passion of these lovers. You can feel the mood.

Exposure: 1/4000, f/1.4, ISO 100

Photo by: Bel and Dodge Pangburn/Trigger Happy Images

The Man with the Glasses

The amount of energy that this lead singer emits every time he steps foot on stage is something to behold.

Exposure: 1/250, f/4.5, ISO 5000

Photo by: Bel and Dodge Pangburn/Trigger Happy Images

Sunshine in Her Eyes

She looks at him and this is how it feels — like the sun is glowing. We think that she just might always feel like this when she looks at him.

Exposure: 1/500, f/1.4, ISO 200

Photo by: Bel and Dodge Pangburn/Trigger Happy Images

Outline

As the show begins the lead singer is but a silhouette. His voice and guitar is all that is needed. This moment was electric.

Exposure: 1/1000, f/1.4, ISO 2000

Photo by: Bel and Dodge Pangburn/Trigger Happy Images
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