I am Donna Underwood, owner and photographer of Images by Donna U. I love nature, people and a simple lifestyle which naturally flows into my photography. This blog hosts photographs of my sessions as well as some of the photographs I take for myself because they touched my heart. Hopefully this will open a window into who I am so we can get to know each other.
Viewing life through the lens of a camera I want to help you capture breathtaking moments as they happen in everyday settings.
My soul desire as a photographer is to preserve memories that are gone in a heartbeat so you can cherish them for a lifetime.
I had the pleasure of shooting a business portrait for the VP of Programming on Momentum's Board of Directors to be published on the organization's website. The link below is the article with the final choice portrait.
Below is another version of the portrait taken during our session.
I have been working for a while now on a couple of new photo projects and was able to complete one of my favorites today. I am now offering a photo session for young mothers and their 4 to 7 year old daughters called "Just Like Mommy". Here are a couple examples of my first shoot. This mother and daughter were a joy to work with and I am well pleased with the end results. Little Elena plans to wear her mother's dress when she gets married so it is even more special for them to have these photos. If you would like to create very precious memories to pass down for generations please contact me to book a session.
Ever so often I will do a search online to see if any of my images are being posted without permission. It is something photographers have to do in the age of digital images and copyright infringement. I usually skim right through with no finds which is a good thing. Today I did find one of my images but it was not stolen. It was actually a photograph taken of one of my photographs that was on display at the Gadsden Museum of Art Photographers Exhibition in May of last year. The blogger used his photo of my artwork in his blog. I am thrilled to see my work is being viewed and discussed out there in the cyber world beyond my websites in a good way.
I have been quite busy lately honing a new skill to offer my artistic clients. I am in the process of offering digital images of clients original oil canvases to be used to create prints and other creative art items.
Recently I had the pleasure of photographing this gorgeous 30x40 oil on canvas sea turtle created by Pam Willingham, a local artist who is based out of Shop Around the Corner in Cullman, Alabama http://www.theartshoparoundthecorneral.com/. She is selling 24x30 prints of the original oil that found an owner very quickly.
I look forward to helping you create prints of your own art work.
Old photographs have always interested me and I love that digital photography allows me to experiment with the different types of old camera processing. Wet Plate Collodion has drawn my interest for a long while now so I have been playing with some of my portraits to create my version. Here is a link to a an interview with Daniel Carrilo, a photographer that does great Collodion photography.
Below is one of my digital photos I processed to imitate the old photo look.