All Eyes on Red Gum Studios

— by Pete Evanow

On Saturday, September 24th, MPG visited a special place tucked away on a corner in Anaheim. A good crowd of members visited the state-of-the-art photo studio of veteran photographer Don Dormyer. The custom-built facility was built in 2008 to Don’s exact specifications for maximum flexibility and client comfort. He named his place Red Gum Studios.

Surrounded by light boxes, multiple overhead hoists, a superb staff  — including Don’s son, Darin, who serves as the Studio Rental Coordinator  — several vehicle shoots were accommodated that day. These sessions took place over the span of two hours, rather than all day (as some shoots will take), and produced beautiful poster-sized images. Don and his team even presented two lucky collector vehicle owners with a framed picture of each of their cars, one a beautiful custom Lister-Corvette and the other a 1965 Ford Ranchero.

Though Don’s passion is automobiles, the studio has been designed to accommodate multiple assignments at one time, from fashion to portfolio, and even offers a full-size pool for underwater shoots. The facility is available for rent for use by other photographers or Don and his seasoned team of pros will handle the job for clients. A number of automotive manufacturers seek out Don on a regular basis renting Red Gum Studios and its creative campus.

MPG members also were treated to a wonderful Italian lunch and given tours of the large facility, which also includes outdoor sets. Don calls his campus “the biggest little studio complex in Southern California.”

With sophisticated photographic equipment, the latest software, and the eye of a pro who knows what he likes, Don Dormyer’s Red Gum Studios offers a wide range of services that can turn any object into something special, and the Motor Press Guild is appreciative that its members were there to witness some of that magic in person.

View photos of the event below. All photos courtesy of Myles Regan/Regan Digital Images


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