Dan Lippitt, a renowned corporate, editorial, portrait, and fashion photographer based in Detroit, passed away unexpectedly on June 15, 2023, at the age of 51. He was the official photographer for the Detroit Lions and had worked with many celebrities, athletes, and publications. He was also a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend to many people who mourn his loss.
Early Life and Career
Dan Lippitt was born and raised in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He attended Andover High School and Wayne State University, where he studied photography. He developed a passion for photography at an early age, when his grandmother gave him a Kodak camera as a gift. He used it to capture the moments of his life and the people around him.
He started his professional career as a photojournalist and worked for various newspapers and magazines around the world. He covered major events such as the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Series, and the NBA Finals. He also photographed celebrities such as Madonna, Eminem, Kid Rock, Aretha Franklin, and many others.
He later transitioned to corporate, editorial, portrait, and fashion photography. He established his own studio in Detroit and worked with clients such as Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Nike, Adidas, Reebok, and many others. He also continued to work with the Detroit Lions as their official photographer for over 20 years.
He was known for his artistic vision and laid-back personality. He had a knack for making his subjects feel comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera. He also had a keen sense of documentary photography and captured compelling images of people in various environments.
Family and Legacy
Dan Lippitt is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jennifer Lippitt; his two sons, Jake and Max Lippitt; his parents, Richard and Barbara Lippitt; his brother, Scott Lippitt; his sister-in-law, Amy Lippitt; his nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
He is also remembered by his colleagues, clients, and fans who admired his work and appreciated his talent. He left behind a legacy of stunning photographs that showcase his creativity and skill. He also inspired many aspiring photographers who looked up to him as a mentor and a role model.
Dan Lippitt was a legend in the photography industry and a beloved member of the Detroit community. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.