Challenging Photo Restoration

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 donna@donnajohnsonphotography.com. You can see other examples in my gallery at http://thedonjon.zenfolio.com

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Jones Family

This is the perfect time of year to photograph here on my property in west Atascadero with all the beautiful greenery surrounding us. Little Connor had plenty of energy as we traipsed around here and there – and he was so excited to see the little tractor, as he Loves trucks and tractors! Two month old Julia was so adorable, and there is definitely no mistaking her for a little girl. Abby did a great job choosing the perfect coordinating clothing, and Ryan was a great sport as we wandered around looking for the perfect spots for the pictures.

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Tyson, Katy and the Twins

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.

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More than a survivor!

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.

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Sargent Family

This family photo shoot was more than just any ordinary photo shoot. Because I’ve known Celeste forever and thus love her honey and their baby bees. Jeremy took her far far away to Oklahoma, so these days it is rare to get to see them in the flesh. Lucky for me, it was time for their family photos – that meant I got to spend extra time with them, and also take some photos that make me look good because they are all so adorable!

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Leader Family Reunion

Brian and Linda arranged for their 5 kids, their wives, and their children to all meet up at the Taft Barn in Atascadero, Ca. Especially because their daughter Jen, her husband Michael and their 3 adorable boys were visiting from Michael’s homeland – Australia. Maybe the ultimate challenge for a photographer is a huge family grouping – but there was such a great camaraderie amongst this family that it made my time with them a great pleasure!

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I realized that many of the photos from this session epitomize who I am as a photographer. I strive to capture the heart of who people are – not direct people to put on a “smile for the camera”. I don’t want to come away with a series of pictures of people who performed for the photographer – I want to portray people in moments as they interact with each other. And that they will be left with  pictures that years later will evoke emotions and feelings and special memories of their times together.

Fall Family Fun!

Meagan, Dylan and Ayla met me at Summerwood Winery in Paso Robles, Ca. How can you not have fun with an adorable, vivacious two-year old and her fun-loving parents?? Special thanks to my special friend Tonya for her assistance – she really helped make the session especially fun (and I think Ayla fell in love with her . . .) Summerwood Winery was the perfect setting for fall color and festive decor! Be sure and visit next time you go wine-tasting in our area.

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Summerwood Winery, Paso Robles, family photos, fall color, autumn photos

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I love this little series – Ayla is an adorable little whirlwind – and her parents adore her!