Irina, Jet and a 1936 Ford Roadster

Do you like the look of a Vintage Photo?  Here’s the story behind a recent photo session.

This project was 2 years in the making. Although I had the model who would dress in authentic vintage wear, the goggles, access to the Borzoi and location, I couldn’t find the right car. I wanted a classic 1930s convertible.

Recently, as my husband and I were driving, I saw this shiny dark blue miracle of a Roadster parked at a gas pump. It was like the clouds of heaven opening up. “That’s the car!” I shouted as I directed Bill to pull into the station. I waited for 3 breaths before opening the car door. I didn’t want to be “that crazy lady” as I approached the owner.

Although surprised by the request, he was delighted to offer his car for the project.

212-mat-wmThe car is a 1936, Irina’s dress was made in 1938 and her hair is makeup are 1930s style, her shoes were made in 1940, Jet is a Borzoi breed popular in graphic art pieces during the 1930s, the goggles are originals from the 1930’s, the house was built in 1902.

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When all these pieces came together it … Made Me Smile.  Hope it makes you smile, too!

Do you like Vintage Images?  Let’s create your personal story in photos! 

Here’s how to contact me > Contact Me.

A huge Thank You goes to:

  • Irina, for coming up with the perfect vintage presentation.
  • Karen, for offering Jet, a therapy dog with Pet Prescription Team who helps children in hospitals and through the family court system.
  • Sabine, for finding and offering the vintage goggles.
  • Jim and Sharon, for offering your fabulous car, and finally making this project happen!

To see more images and a peek behind the scenes from the project, click here >Irina, Jet, & a 1936-Ford-Roadster

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I am a Southern California based Portrait, Fine Art and Commercial 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!

 

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“This is my Scary Face…”

On the train home from Los Angeles, this fellow and I started chatting.  You know… I’ll chat with anyone.

After asking if I could take his photo, he gave me The Nervous Cheese smile.  Always a good starting point.  I say, “OK, now do another face.”  He thought for a moment, then replies, “This is my Scary Face.”   BawHaHaHaHAHA!  What a hoot!

Photo sessions can be relaxed and actually fun.  Let’s chat about a session for you!

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I am a Southern California based Portrait, Fine Art and Commercial 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!

Skid Row Community, Los Angeles

When you see people sitting next to a tent on the street, have you spoken to them?  Have you looked into their eyes and smiled?

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These are things most of us do without thinking about it … when we meet someone who looks like us.

Recently I went to the Skid Row area of Los Angeles with a friend who knows these streets.  He is Alan Pinel, the President of The Burrito Project.  With donations, he and dozens of volunteers make and take hundreds of burritos to the homeless each month.

Alan has a heart bigger than anyone I know – A humble man who lives to give.  He gave his time to come with me asking nothing in return.

Please take a few minutes to view a video or two of Alan’s Burrito Project.  Learn how you can help by donating food or funds, or by joining the volunteer “party!”  The Burrito Project, Los Angeles

Thanks to all who came to visit my Facebook page & website to look at and comment on the photos I captured of folks I met.  If you haven’t seen them yet, come on over!  Skid Row Community, Los Angeles.  Here are a few …

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The next time you see someone who is living on the street, stop for a moment. Just for a moment.  Look into their eyes. Smile.  Both your heart and theirs will be touched.

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I am a Southern California based Portrait, Event 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!

 

 

How Do You Retain Your Employees?


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One easy, effective way ~ Say “Thank You” with the gift of a Photo Portrait!

Reporting on recent research Josh Bersin, contributing writer for Forbes, said,

“Too many CEO’s and managers focus on bottom line results without thinking about how it feels to slog away and work without anyone saying ‘Thanks.’

In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, two of the most valuable psychological needs we have as human beings are the need to be ‘appreciated’ and the need to ‘belong.’

Feeling appreciated and belonging equals retention.

Recently an employer hired me to create portraits of every employee.  When I asked one worker what he thought about this, he said it made him feel special and appreciated. He said he likes working in the environment the owner has created and doesn’t plan to ever leave.

How do you retain your employees?  Say “Thank You” with Photo Portraits!

To set up an Employee Session, click here:
www.DonnaEdmanPhotography.com/Contact

To browse samples of Head Shots, click here:
http://www.donnaedmanphotography.com/Head-Shots/

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I am a Southern California based Portrait, Fine Art and Commercial 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!

7 Elements of Composition Series: Leading Lines

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.  Here is the second installment of my seven part series called “7 Elements of Composition.”  In this series, I’ll show you how to start taking better pictures right away.

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To enhance the engagement of the viewer, the second most important tool in composition is the capturing and placement of lines. Actual or implied lines will lead the eyes of the viewer throughout the image.

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.

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As you look below at the variety of lines, notice how your eyes move throughout each image.

  • Where does your attention begin and end?
  • Do your eyes move in a straight line or curve?
  • Is your attention drawn
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    from one area into another, or
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Wasn’t that fun?  Now it’s time to think about your pictures.

Lines to guide the viewer into the frame are often convergent lines of sidewalks, hall ways, rows of street lights or trees, edges of buildings, trails, rail road tracks or even edges of shadows. Others can be patterns in nature or architecture.

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Lines to keep the viewer inside your picture can be circles, spirals, or a light area into a dark area. Strong straight or diagonal lines can also be used when they end at a smaller, interesting subject.

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Lines can take the viewer from inside your picture to outside the frame when the line starts at a bold, interesting subject and then extends to the edge.

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Let’s build on what you’ve learned about the Rule of Thirds.  When using a subject place it in the center of your image, or using the Rule of Thirds place it on the intersection of two lines.  Look at the images above again. In which images do you see the Rule of Thirds applied?

OK, it’s now time to grab your camera and head out the door!  You are more aware of leading lines, so begin to use them in your composition.

The element of Leading Lines does not stand alone.  How to best use it depends on the other six composition elements.  Are you ready to learn more?  

Check back for my next blog!

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I am a Southern California based Portrait, Fine Art and Commercial 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!

7 Elements of Composition Series: Rule of Thirds

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.  Here is the first installment of my seven part series called “7 Elements of Composition.”  In this series, I’ll show you how to start taking better pictures right away.

 

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The Rule of Thirds is the most basic composition element.  This simple principle will help you to take well balanced and interesting shots 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.

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The placement doesn’t need to be perfect.  Let’s take a look!

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I was captivated by this glacier ice.  You can see the mountains are placed at the top third line giving the ice the remaining two thirds.  Imagine this photo with one third ice and two thirds sky.  Which would make a more interesting image?

What if we applied the Rule of Thirds to a floral, animal or person?

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Before you bring the camera up to your eye, look at the scene.  What’s the most interesting thing you want to capture?  That’s your subject.  As you bring the camera to your eye, move your body or the camera angle until you place the subject on one of these imaginary lines or at the intersection of two lines.  Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Can this rule be broken?  Of course!  Remember the Rule of Thirds creates a pleasing image.  Do you want pleasing?  Maybe your goal is to make the viewer uncomfortable, creating stress or drama.

Time to experiment!  Go out and take some pictures. Use the Rule of Thirds and then break the rule.  Which do you like better?  Which captures what you felt when you first encountered this scene?

The Rule of Thirds does not stand alone.  How to best use it depends on the other six composition elements.  Are you ready to learn more?

Check back for my next blog!

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I am a Southern California based Portrait, Fine Art and Commercial 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!