Being Thankful this Year

Well, this has certainly been an different kind of year, hasn’t it. Are you planning a traditional Thanksgiving get together with family or friends around the table, a Zoom event, or volunteering in your community?

No matter how we plan to celebrate, the important thing is to be grateful for what we have, especially this year. There is always something to be thankful for.

Perhaps you’d like to join me in “30 Days of Thanks” on my Facebook page or start your own daily post. https://www.facebook.com/donnaedman/

Remember what you love most about past Thanksgiving Days?

For me, it’s making traditional foods, ones only made for Thanksgiving Day.
Here is my recipe for “Impossible Pumpkin Pie” that I’d like to share with you.
Easy, Peasy & Tasty!

However you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, be encouraged to give thanks, to share a little something with someone else, and to make memories … yes, even in this crazy year!

I am a Southern California based Portrait and Fine Art Photographer who sees the world a bit differently.

You can view more of my work here > Donna Edman Photography.
If you’d like to book a session, I’d be honored > Contact Me
or call me (714) 746-2418

Together, we can Capture YOUR Life, One Image at a Time!

Tell Your Halloween Story!

Photographing Your Child in Their Costume

Most often, we photograph our children in their Halloween costumes as a quick afterthought as we are dashing out the door.  This year, tell a story!

As you and your kiddos are planning what they will wear, think about a story you can tell.  Your photo story doesn’t have to be well directed or the environment staged. It doesn’t even need to be on Halloween night.

Here is one we did with a cell phone, on the fly as the kids were simply playing in their costumes.  

“When Super Heroes …”

What story will you tell this year? Show me. I’d love to see!

Post it on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DonnaEdmanPhotography

Has it been “a while” since your last Family Portrait Session?
Call me! Let’s create Family Portraits that you’ll treasure for generations.

You can view my work here > Donna Edman Photography.
If you’d like to schedule a session, I’d be honored.
Call Me (714) 746-2418 or click here > Contact Me.

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Together, we can Capture YOUR Life, One Image at a Time!

“You Must Be a “Kid-Whisperer!”

This message made me laugh. A “Kid Whisperer.” Hahaha!

Here’s what Sondra sent to me:

“Donna,

I have followed your work for years. Though I haven’t had the pleasure of being photographed by you… yet; I hope to next year. 

I realized looking at some of your kid and family photos and reading what your clients have said about their sessions, you must be a “kid-whisperer!”  How you can get kids to do what you ask and end up with such fantastic photos is amazing.

Please continue to share your entertaining and beautiful work with us. I just wanted you to know that you are a true artist.

Sondra”

As most of you know, I simply love being with kids. I hold my early mom-years as a special blessing and still love being a mom to our adult children and, of course, now our grandchildren.

I think there really is something about that intuitive connection with kids. Just never heard it as being the “Kid Whisperer.”

If you have been thinking about creating Family Portraits, and are not sure how your kiddos will behave, now is the time!

Call me … “The Kid Whisperer.”

I am a Southern California based Portrait and Fine Art Photographer who sees the world a bit differently.

You can view more of my work here > Donna Edman Photography.
If you’d like to book a session, I’d be honored > Contact Me.

(714) 746-2418

Together, we can Capture YOUR Life, One Image at a Time!

3 Tips to Create Awesome Photos!

Have you ever wondered why some photos look mysteriously better than others?  Anyone can take a better picture.  All it takes is insider information and practice.  With 3 Tips, I’ll show you how to start creating awesome photos … right away.

Whether you use a cell phone or fancy DSLR camera, focus and composition are key.

Tip 1  ~ Focus

On a CELL PHONE, tap &  hold on the screen where the subject is located in your image. There will be an indicator that auto focus [AE/AF*] is on.  Depending on your phone, you may need to back up or step forward, zoom in or out.  You can also adjust the lighting by swiping up or down on the exposure indicator.    *Auto Exposure/Auto Focus

On a DSLR or SLR camera, press the shutter button halfway down, let the camera auto focus, and then click to take the picture.

Be intentional about focus.  It’s the basic foundation of a good image.

Tip 2 ~ Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds is the first and most basic composition element.  This simple principle will help you to create well balanced and interesting images that are pleasing to view.

Start by dividing your image into three equal sections both horizontally and vertically.  Place your subject on one of the lines or where two lines intersect.  Place landscape horizons on the top or bottom horizontal lines. The choice of placement will be determined by whether the top or bottom 2/3 is more interesting.

The placement doesn’t have to be exact.  Just close. 

You can also crop the image to create a Rule of Thirds, but do your best to create this in-camera as you take the photo.  This will allow the use of as many pixels as possible, creating a more clear image.

Tip 3 ~ Leading Lines

To enhance the engagement of the viewer, the second important composition element is the capturing and placement of lines. Actual or implied lines will lead the viewer’s eyes  throughout the image. Lines can be straight, curved, or even spiral.

Take a look at this picture of a mountain road.

Do your eyes begin at the bottom, and then travel up and to the right?  Do you wonder what’s around that curve?  By using these familiar converging lines, you as the viewer are now engaged with the image.

Now look at the shell.  Where do your eyes start and end? In the center on in the corner? It doesn’t matter where they start, but that they are moving through the image.

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I hope these 3 Tips help on your journey to create awesome photos!  Reach out if you have questions.  I want to encourage you to see beauty in the world around you, capture it in photos, and share your images with others!

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You can view more of my work here > Donna Edman Photography

Let’s Chat! (714) 746-2418
Or send me a note. Donna@DonnaEdmanPhotography.com

I sure look forward to seeing your photos!

Who Do You Look Forward To Seeing?

After this time of social distancing and staying at home, who do you looking forward to seeing?

I would guess it’s being with the people you care about.  Perhaps it’s your friends, your parents, your siblings, your kids who are away from home.  If you’ve been overwhelmed balancing working at home and schooling your children, you might even look forward to seeing those pesky co-workers.

What I’m most looking forward to is being with my kids and grand kids.  I’m used to seeing The Littles twice a week after school, helping with homework and simply playing together.

I’m also looking forward to the joy of photographing families.  I just love being around kids.  I think it’s to experience the joy they see in simple things ~ when they have the freedom to be themselves.

Let me share a few images from a recent session with this fun family. The girls were having a ball and the parents enjoyed the time as much as they did.

During “play time” we captured portraits of them simply being themselves.

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Tell me who you are looking forward to seeing.  I’d like to know!

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You can view more of my work here
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If you’d like to schedule a Portrait Session, I’d be honored.
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How Will You Be Remembered?

During this time of uncertainty, many folks react in basic lizard brain fear.  I’d like for us to do something different.   Let’s think about this question:

How will you be remembered?

Will you be remembered as the one who made “just checking on you” phone and video calls to friends, relatives, colleagues and clients?

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Will it be that you tried your best to balance work at home, teach your children, and still have giggling cuddle times?

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Will you be remembered by your hours of dedication to sew masks, put care packages together for our health care workers, our first responders, our grocery store workers?

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Will you be remembered as the one who went grocery shopping and made deliveries for your fragile neighbors?

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Will you be remembered as the one who collected and delivered art & crafts supplies, games and puzzles for your local charity?

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Will you be remembered as the one who participated in honoring teachers, children’s birthdays, graduating seniors with drive by, honk as you pass, community outreaches?

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Will you be remembered as the one who made the decision to CHOOSE JOY?

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Starting today, I’m going to post something beautiful on my Facebook page, just for you.  I hope this will balance the negative news of this time.

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Click here for your Daily Dose of Beauty.

 

I want to be remembered as the person who brings joy and who reminds us all that there is still beauty to replenish our souls.

Let’s figure out how each of us can be of service to others.  What are your personal and spiritual gifts that you can share?  I’d like to know, so please share your thoughts with me.

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You can view more of my work here
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If you’d like to schedule a portrait session or a project, I’d be honored
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7 Tips to Look Your Best in Online Meetings

We are well into the world of online meetings.  Have you noticed how some folks look like they’re ready for business?

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Here are 7 tips to look your best in online meetings:

  1.  Lighting.  Ensure the light is on your face.  Having light to the front and side of your face is even better.  If you sit in front of a window, you’ll simply be a silhouette.  This is great if you want to roll out of bed for that meeting, but you’ll have more impact as a professional when you are seen.  If this location is your only option, close the blinds.
  2. Camera Position.  Set your camera so it is positioned slightly above your face.  When you are looking up at the camera, it opens your eyes a bit and reduces any “extra” chin.  This position is also more flattering than an up your neck to chin and nostril shot.  If you use a desktop computer, set the camera on top of the screen.  If you’re using a portable computer at your desk, set the computer on top of a stack of books or a box to raise it up.
  3. Position Yourself.  Once you’ve positioned your camera location, sit back.  Position yourself so you are seen with your head and shoulders.  We’ve all seen the eyes and nose to top of head and ceiling shot.
  4. Sit up.  Whatever is closest to the camera will appear the largest.  Most likely you’d rather that not be your stomach to chest, up to your neck, to finally a little face.
  5. Background.  Consider what’s going on behind you.  People walking around, making tea, using the restroom (!) can be distracting.  Do your best to position your computer so there is something still and pleasant for your meeting participants to look at.  Even if that means hanging a sheet behind you to hide that messy bedroom you converted to your office.
  6. Dress for Work.  Most of us would not go into work in our pajamas and not groomed.  Get up, take a shower, do your usual grooming and get dressed …  at least to point where you’re seen.  OK, yoga pants and sweats will still work on the bottom half.
  7. Relax with Kids.  You look your best when you’re relaxed.  We all know there may be kids with some meeting participants.  If you are a parent of small children, do your best to prepare them before the meeting.  Start them in an activity that they can work on themselves.  Let them know you can’t play now but will later.  If they come into camera view with you, realize it’s life right now.  Enjoy experiencing this personal side of you and your coworkers.

Those who are new to working from home are experiencing an adventure in balancing work and home life.  It’s good to realize that how you are viewed online can represent how professionally you are doing your job.  Let me know if these tips help you!

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You can view more of my work here
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Relaxing Colors ~ Pink

In this time of chaos, let’s find ways to positively affect our mood.  Color can do just that!

In recent blogs, we looked at blue and green.  Today, let’s look at PINK.  Here are a few of my fine art pieces as examples.

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Pink is color that promotes tranquility and peace. In fact, Feng Shui believes pink soothes various energies in a room and keep them understated. Pink calms and reassures our emotional energies.

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Although pink is considered a feminine color, commonly seen in a baby girl’s nursery room, the right shade of pink can look beautiful in just about any room.

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At home or in the work place, pink calms and reassures our emotional energies.

Is this a good time to add colorful artwork to your home or office?
Just let me know!  Contact Donna

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I am a Southern California based Portrait, Commercial and Fine Art Photographer who sees the world a bit differently.

 

You can view more of my work here > Donna Edman Photography.
If you’d like to book a session, I’d be honored > Contact Me.

Together, we can Capture YOUR Life, One Image at a Time!

Life, Love and Memories

Let’s make history

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a few well-chosen sentences can turn a simple photograph into a living family history.

 

Memories are forever

Legacy Books are way of preserving the past. If your old family photos are torn or a bit worn, they can be re-photographed. By professionally printing and adding photos that are languishing in shoe boxes and your smart phone, we can turn a scattered timeline into a beautifully bound book that will be treasured and passed down to future generations.

 

If you have stories associated with the people and treasures, you can hand write messages identifying your loved ones or add vintage pieces or other mementos to help tell the story. Was your uncle in the armed forces? Why not use his dog tags, other medals and memorabilia to bring that time to life.

 

Don’t know much about history

If you walked through you parent’s house, would you know which items they were attached to? And I’m not talking just about what’s considered valuable. I’m talking about their collections and personal items; things that meant something to them.

 

It’s important to preserve the memories attributed to these seemingly worthless treasures, no matter how little they may be worth from the world’s point of view.

 

Here are some ideas on how to “capture” time:

 

  • Visit your parents and ask them about their treasures and the stories behind them.
  • Make an appointment for a family photo session.
  • Bring the treasures, old photos and written sentiments you would like included to be used as props during your portrait session, and to be use in your Legacy Book.
  • We’ll assemble these treasures into a cherished family heirloom.

 

All buttoned up

After my mother passed, I visited her home and noticed a jar of buttons sitting on the shelf. My mother collected buttons of all shapes, colors, and sizes. When we children lost a button from our clothing, our mom always had the perfect replacement in her jar.

 

There’s no monetary value to these buttons and nowadays clothing is easily replaceable, and we don’t really need to sew on buttons very often.

 

Well, I took that jar of buttons home with me and it now sits on one of my shelves. When I look at it in passing, I’m reminded of my mother and how she took good care of us.  A smile comes to my face each time.

 

Now, I can’t put a whole Mason jar of buttons in a memory book, but I can take a picture of it and set it next to a photograph of my mother. By doing this I not only get to see my beautiful mother, but I’m reminded of the joy her collection brought to her.

 

A well-crafted Legacy Book will give you moments of pleasure when remembering those special and perfect days spent with your loved ones. So, for the next generation, leave your legacy by collecting, identifying, and organizing those images hidden in a shoebox.

Your family will thank you for the heirloom.

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You can view more of my work here > Donna Edman Photography.
If you’d like to book a session, I’d be honored > Contact Me.

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7 Things Toddlers Say about Being Photographed

1.  Don’t tell me to say, “Cheese.” 

Unless you want pictures of me with all teeth and squinty eyes. 

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2.  Don’t make me sit still.

OK, I’ll sit still for maybe one or two pictures.  Let me run, jump, twirl and be silly.

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3.  Let me play.

Let’s play tickle, let’s play peek-a-boo, let’s play tag, let’s race, tell me a silly secret.  I’ll play along and you’re going to get some genuine smiles.

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4.  Don’t bribe me with food.

I know what you’re doing.  If I need a break, give me a break. Let me explore on my own a bit and you just might get some pictures of me enjoying being me.

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5.  Don’t feed me crumbly, gooey foods.

You know they are just going to land on my shirt and stick to my face and my teeth.  Do you really want pictures of that?

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6.  Give me something to do.

I like fiddling with my favorite toy, I like chasing bubbles, I like dancing, I like giggling at funny things you say and do.  Let me do things I like and you’ll see my eyes light up in the pictures.

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7.  Don’t Stress.

Hey … I’m a kid.  Let me be me for an hour.  Don’t get upset, don’t raise your voice, just relax. When you’re relaxed, we’ll have fun together.

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Parents,

Are you putting off creating Family Portraits because you think your kiddo won’t behave? Are you afraid to invest your time and budget for a Family Portrait session when your kids will not sit still?

There is a time for portraits when everyone sits still and smiles at the camera.  Imagine those traditional wedding photos.  Perhaps now is the time in your family’s life for casual, lifestyle portraits that allow your kids to be … kids!

When you look back at these treasured portraits you have created now, you’ll smile when you see the true personality of your family.  What’s most valuable are the portraits that show your family during all the important stages of life, and yes, that includes when they are little run-about bug-a-boos.

Call me. Let’s come up with a session idea where all of you will have fun, and special portraits to remember the time together.

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I am a Southern California based Portrait and Fine Art Photographer who sees the world a bit differently.

You can view more of my work here > Donna Edman Photography.
If you’d like to book a session, I’d be honored > Contact Me.

Together, we can Capture YOUR Life, One Image at a Time!