I finally had the opportunity to visit Venice Beach, Ca. Unfortunately my time was limited, so I was only there for about an hour. I wish there was some way to convey my experience besides the photos I took.
There is an energy that pervades the atmosphere. Music emanates from the storefronts. People eating, walking, talking, be-bopping, watching, entertaining, riding, dancing, playing, hanging out – this was just a slice of the energy of people converging in a space that invites us, all of us, to an experience of openness and freedom of expression.
It was a perfect summery late afternoon that invited me to join in. My favorite parts . . . walking along the boardwalk, making contact with a fellow free spirit and dancing our way down a ways to the music – and encountering a group apparently making a music video. I observed the gamut from Muscle Beach enthusiasts to art forms of various types.
And many thanks to my bff Cathrine for accompanying me and helping support me in my difficulties navigating from the parking area and back. Oh, and who has a building dedicated to the love of someone named Werner across from the parking area one block from the beach?! Simone, I hope your love story continues on.
As well as doing photo restorations, I also do digital enhancing – for instance, for those who had a friend take their wedding photos and they look like it – I can do photoshop magic and make them look more professional. I recently had a friend ask me to clean up the background of a photo she had taken of her little girl because she loved her daughter’s picture. Here is the result.
If you have one or more photos that you would like to have “fixed up” you can contact me at email@example.com for an estimate.
Here is my latest photo restoration. This was the only picture someone had of her grandmother. Part of the photo was stuck to the glass. I had to scan the photo first, then the two pieces of the photo that were stuck to the glass, which caused aberrations because of the thickness of the glass. I then pieced the sections together and then had to patch up the splotches and discolorations. The original is in the middle. If you have a precious photo or photos that you want restored, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can see other examples in my gallery at http://thedonjon.zenfolio.com
I’m a photographer – but that doesn’t define me. What’s most important to me in life is relationships . . . with loved ones . . . with friends . . . with colleagues . . . and yes, even with clients. Whether long-standing or not, I love the connection that forms between people, that goes beneath the surface with genuine feelings of well-being towards one another.
So when one of my best friends goes through a battle with breast cancer, I celebrate when she emerges victorious, having fought with courage, dignity, positivity, and yes, even a great sense of humor. And then my creative nature steps in with a vision of how to show through my craft, her beautiful spirit. It kicked in when she shared a poem with me that she had come across that in a lot of ways exemplified where her journey has been leading her.
I thank you, Theresa, for trusting me even though you were unsure as I sort of pushed you along with my camera. Your heart and your sassiness won out over your insecurity and I hope the photos will be a reminder to you of how special you are!
Little Kaylee came by for her one year old session . . . with her parent’s hopes that she was over her cold bug. You know how it goes with little ones – seems like they are getting well one day, and then the next, not so much. Mom was feeling like it didn’t go very well – but we did get some good shots of this sweet, adorable little girl.
Ok, this post is going to be a quite long one, I’d love for you to give it your time and have a little read about something quite interesting…. what happens ‘behind the scenes’ of a photo shoot.
As a photographer, who puts A LOT, if not all of my spare time into my photography, I find one misconception about photography niggles me more than any other….and that is when people seem to think that as a photographer… you turn up to a shoot, you click a button a few times, then you go home a magically produce 20 images for them in 5 minutes.
No…..No………No, I WISH it was that simple.
It’s a lengthy process, a lot of work.
In this post I’m going to talk about the process from the beginning, the moment I sit down and plan the shoot, the placement, the poses, the angles, the settings I’m…
My latest restoration. If you have some photos that are of sentimental value and need restoration, you can give or send me the photos which I will then scan and work on and create a digital image file that you have prints made from, unless you want me to have the prints made for you. The image files will always be there if you need more prints made, and you can share them with others.
This little guy has roots that no doubt will blossom as he grows. They include a heritage of rhythm, music, and a lot of heart and soul. Hard to believe he is only 1 month old with those expressive eyes. Click on each photo to see enlargement.