I was told Beau was the quiet sort, kind of shy. But he was a natural in front of the camera and I was able to capture some super shots!
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!
I was honored to win 2nd place in the New Times Winning Images annual competition in the People category this year. I love seeing the world through the eyes of a child!
My latest doggie subject, Paolo the dappled dachshund. Since it’s the holiday season, I’ve added some word overlays to some of the photos. You can click on each individual picture to see it enlarged. Also, if you visit my Donna Johnson Photography facebook page, you will find a great mini-session special going on.
Katy and Tyson were married at the Portola Inn in Atascadero, Ca. So what a perfect setting for family pictures with their adorable twins, Emma and Sara. As we know, keeping up with one toddler is a bit of a challenge, let alone two. I think if I asked the girls, their favorite part of the experience it would be the pond with the gurgling turtles. Well, maybe after the bubbles! We were able to take a T break and get a little time for the Katie and Tyson to visit some of the spots that brought back memories of becoming husband and wife.
My friend Tamika has gone through the ordeal of fighting breast cancer. The day before her surgery I got together with her and her family for pictures. Turns out, that was the day before she was found to be cancer free! Many adjectives come to my mind, both while being around Tamika, Will, Micah and Julia and as I edit their photos. Courage, perseverance, dedication, unity, humor, camaraderie, devotion, faith . . . I could go on.
I always like to meet with potential clients and get to know them and get a good idea of what they are looking for in their photos. In this case, I was only able to speak with Ben by phone before the session. I was most pleasantly surprised to welcome them into my studio when they arrived and feel immediately good about our rapport. I like to connect with my clients and make a photo session a fun and relaxed experience. So after chatting a bit, we turned up the music and got started. I was very impressed with their ease and intuitive manner in front of the camera. Before we knew it, we were finished and we enjoyed some more chatting before they headed out.