The Man in the Box

(This story originally appears as a chapter in Don's book, "Being Seen: Witnessing the Feminine Through the Lens of Love.")   I squinted at the young soldier in the photo, longing to know him. Fear defined his features and gave him shape, but it wasn’t the expected fear of what may come. This was the thick, clinging fear of what ...

Living Through the Avatar

When I find myself alone in places like airports and restaurants, I often use the time to observe humanity and the fascinating behaviors that we have. I especially can’t help myself when I see people taking selfies. Everyone does it, of course, but I see both subtle and not-so-subtle differences between how it’s done that are seemingly based on age ...

Photogenic

My studio was set up in a banquet room in a hotel near Dublin, Ireland, and I was working with participants from a women’s conference that was being conducted that weekend. I took a little extra time setting up the lights and taking test photos so that Michela could get used to the mobile studio…the backdrops, the gear, the flashing ...

The Lens of Love

When we think of the most significant, life-changing moments, we usually think of big events (like having a child) or big decisions, (like moving across country for a new job.) But sometimes a life-changing moment can be small and fierce and quiet, and we may not realize just how important that moment was until we look back on it from ...

On Retouching

I am not a glamour photographer. When people see your photos and then meet you in real life, they will say "Yay! You are exactly who I thought you would be, and I liked you before I even met you!" They will even see the glamorous you, if that's what our goal was. If, however, you would like to be ...