Fort Worth’s upscale portrait studio finds its home in the Cultural District
A photography studio that’s a favorite choice among Dallas-Fort Worth elites has moved to a new address – one with many new upgrades. Gittings, a portrait studio that was located for 27 years on Camp Bowie Boulevard, has found a new home at 3124 W. 5th St., a former office building near the Cultural District.
According to a statement, the relocation, which took place in late 2021, has a number of new amenities:
- Bigger. nearly 1,000 square feet larger than the previous studio.
- More natural light. use instead of or alongside studio lighting equipment.
- Exterior Parameters. The new space has two courtyards, which offer on-site outdoor portrait settings.
- Atmosphere. Vaulted ceilings, a bigger camera room and a bigger presentation room where clients view their footage.
- Accessibility. The 5th Street location brings Gittings closer to the business clientele who use Gittings for corporate portraits.
In a statement, Rick Bettinger, president and owner of Gittings, said the new location will help deepen their connection to the community.
“It’s a symbol of our commitment to Fort Worth and the families that power this region — and proof that our 90-plus-year legacy is here to stay,” Bettinger said. “We’ve had the pleasure of photographing some of the most successful and philanthropic people in Fort Worth and beyond, and we’re excited to continue to be part of these stories as the next generation of actors and agitators emerge.”
The Gittings brand has prevailed thanks to a transformation of the photography industry into an all-digital, high-tech operation, but Bettinger stresses that a good portrait is about more than pressing a button.
“We approach each portrait session with ultimate care and creativity to develop an original work of art,” says Bettinger. “From wardrobe and lighting to decor and personality, our photographers spend time getting to know our clients and understanding a full overview of their vision before they even take the camera. We are grateful that this process gives us the opportunity to build relationships with local families and capture some of the most important milestones in their lives – whether it’s graduating from high school, welcoming a baby or to become an executive.
The company was started in 1928 by Paul Gittings, Sr. in the penthouse of the Stoneleigh Hotel in Dallas. In addition to the Fort Worth location, Gittings has studios in Dallas and Houston and operates globally through the company’s corporate portrait division, Gittings Global. Their client portfolio includes local personalities and philanthropists as well as stars and politicians such as the Bush family, Octavia Spencer, Emmitt Smith, John Wayne, Roger Staubach and Sophia Loren.