Gittings' History


Gittings was founded in the late 1920s by Paul Linwood Gittings, Sr.  Mr. Gittings was an outstanding photographer and a founding member of the International Photography Hall of Fame, whose inductees include Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Victor Hasselblad, Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Steichen.

In 1928, Mr. Gittings moved to Houston to open studios in Dallas and Houston for Bachrach Portrait Studio, the acclaimed Boston-based photography studio that photographed every U.S. President since Abraham Lincoln.  When Mr. Gittings purchased the Texas studios from Bachrach in 1933, a southern institution was born.

From 1963 to 1983, Gittings operated from a prestigious location inside Neiman Marcus in Dallas.  This affiliation with one of America’s most exclusive retail stores brought Gittings to the attention of some of the world’s most elite personalities, many of whom became our clients. Although Mr. Gittings passed away in 1989, 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.  Under the guidance of Paul Gittings and his successors, our photographers have earned countless professional awards and the utmost respect of their peers.

In 1998, Gittings President Greg Lorfing acquired the company. Greg received his B.A. in Portraiture from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara.

The undisputed leader in artistic portraiture, Gittings is Texas’ largest portraiture company, operating studios in Houston, Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas, as well as New York City. Photographers travel on a regular basis to Washington, D.C., Chicago and other metropolitan areas to photograph attorneys and executives onsite. In 2011, Gittings established an international presence as five photographers completed a large-scale legal portrait project, traveling to more than 30 cities around the world.