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