Fatima Donaldson Photography: Blog http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Fatima Donaldson Photography fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:57:00 GMT Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:57:00 GMT http://www.fatimaphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u940742199-o852100547-50.jpg Fatima Donaldson Photography: Blog http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog 120 120 Spring Biannual 2018 http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2018/4/spring-biannual-2018  




Visit me at:

Studio 217 The Silos at Sawyer Yards

1502 Sawyer Street - Houston


Look forward to seeing you!






fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2018/4/spring-biannual-2018 Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:57:20 GMT
Houston's Most Inspiring Stories in Voyage Houston Magazine http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2018/1/houstons-most-inspiring-stories-in-voyage-houston-magazine Thank you Voyage Houston Magazine for the feature article in your Houston's Most Inspiring Stories segment. 

Click here to read the story. 

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2018/1/houstons-most-inspiring-stories-in-voyage-houston-magazine Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:10:06 GMT
Comfort food for the winter, SW style http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2018/1/comfort-food-for-the-winter-sw-style Winter time is all about delish soups and this is one of my favorites to make. Did I mention it's super easy to make? Essentially, toss everything into the crock pot Head out to spend several hours at a photo shoot. Return back to a wonderful and hearty soup!  here's my recipe...enjoy in good health! 

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2018/1/comfort-food-for-the-winter-sw-style Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:05:00 GMT
The Holidays Around the World http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2017/12/the-holidays-around-the-world HAPPY HOLIDAYS! I am blessed to explore so many places and capture them in an image. In addition to the adventures, are the people I meet along the way. I’ve asked a few of my friends from around the world to share their favorite holiday memory and/or tradition which are paired with images from a few of these special places! My current exhibit is titled The Holidays Around the World featuring these images and stories. 


Photography is my gift - I have received - it’s also my gift of what I have to share. I wish you a blessed holiday season full of love, peace and joy. I look forward to our paths crossing in the days ahead. Take care, Fatima


This book is available for purchase thru Blurb, click here to order your copy today! 




fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2017/12/the-holidays-around-the-world Sat, 23 Dec 2017 19:57:41 GMT
Mentoring Through Art http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2017/2/mentoring-through-art Fatima working with participants at the Ft. Bend County Juvenile Detention Center Break the chains - create

As artists, we have the gift to create - anything - anywhere - anytime.  No constraints hold us back, except ourselves.  I like to challenge myself not in what I can create in artwork, but in the community I live in.  I had the privilege of leading several workshops for ARTreach at the Fort Bend County Juvenile Detention Center with teenage boys and girls.  

The video below is from one of these such workshops titled "Step Forward". This is the check list and the math of this particular session:

12 teenage boys

90 minutes

2 point and shoot cameras

2 volunteers

12x12" recreation room with limited supplies

The challenge I gave the participants was, "think what STEPS FORWARD will you take when you are released?"  They wrote their answers down and that became the shot list for each participant.  Working in teams where one is the photographer, one is the assistant and one is the model, they used only items available to them in the room as props for their photo shoot.  

Step Forward program at Fort Bend Juvenile Detention Center - Texas The elements I taught about Photography work well in life as well.

- compose with purpose

- create a plan

- who will help you 

- observe and make necessary adjustments 

- change perspective trying it different ways

- if you don't like it, start with new plan

I collected their thoughts, notes and images and returned the following day with label print-outs of their images along with hardwood floor planks they could build and connect.  the slideshow depicts the foundation we were able to create in 90 minutes.  I love doing workshops with teens - they are incredible at using art to communicate.  

If you're an artist, I challenge you to create - anything - anywhere - anytime.  In this scenario, it was creating possibilities - juvenile detention center - for 90 minutes.  I am very proud of this piece of art! And if you're not an artist, donate to a non-profit that helps deliver these types of programs in your community. 

To find out more how you can provide such programs to underserved communities, visit ARTreach, a non-profit organization that uses the arts to change lives.  



fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2017/2/mentoring-through-art Tue, 07 Feb 2017 21:14:22 GMT
spaces. http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2017/1/spaces spaces.

Introducing my new creative space x2 - my studios in downtown Houston and on Lake Travis in Austin. 

aerial view of Studio 217 The Silos on Sawyer Yards - downtown Houston Studio/galleryaerial view of Studio 217 The Silos on Sawyer Yards - downtown Houston Studio/galleryfor 360 view of current exhibit at my studio 217 - The Silos on Sawyer Yards : http://360.io/cbQtnZ

The Silos on Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer Street, Studio 217 - Houston

(2nd Saturday every month has OPEN STUDIO 12 noon - 5pm)

The Silos on Sawyer Yards is part of the Washington Ave Arts District which is fast becoming one of the largest artist communities in the United States.  I share studio/gallery #217 with two amazing artists, Vivian Mora and Karen Lindeman.  We are the THREE AMIGAS exhibiting our artwork in our collective studio & gallery.  If you are looking for artwork for space at work or at home, come visit our gallery - great place to shop and support artists! 

The Casita on Lake Travis, Austin is my working studio set away from all the hustle and bustle with the Texas Hill Country scenery surrounding me for inspiration. 






You are welcome to visit me at either location, just call/email to schedule an appointment because you know I travel a lot!

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2017/1/spaces Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 GMT
Photography Workshops on the schedule http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2017/1/photography-workshops-on-the-schedule PrintPrint learn. 

Join me in a variety of workshops and photography adventures designed to grow your skills and art. In the upcoming months, I'm offering the following:

  • Camera & Photography Workshop
    • Wednesday, February 8
    • Saturday, February 18
    • Thursday, March 9
    • Saturday, March 18
    • Thursday, April 6
    • Thursday, May 11
    • Saturday, May 20
  • Capturing Your Artwork Workshop (for professional artists only)
    • Friday, March 10
    • Friday, May 10 
  • Fatima's Photo Challenge #CLICK2017 -- 52 weeks of challenges!  every week during 2017
  • One-on-One Customized Workshop (contact me to schedule your session)
  • Mentorship

View more details and register on our WORKSHOPS page.  

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2017/1/photography-workshops-on-the-schedule Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:44:00 GMT
Fatima's Photography Challenge http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2017/1/photo-challenge-thats-fun Fatima's Photo Challenge #CLICK2017

Week 30: A candid moment

Week 29: Cars

Week 28: Something you find uninteresting 

Week 27: Fireworks

Week 26: A bicycle

Week 25: Negative Space

Week 24: A hand

Week 23: A meal you made

Week 22: Be Inspired!

Week 21: Journey

Week 20: Photo History

Week 19: High Dynamic Range HDR

Week 18: Easy

Week 17:  Tree

Week 16:  Water drops

Week 15:  Edit your work  

Week 14: 1/3 -- compose an image using rule of thirds

WEEK 13: Houston we have a problem -- experiencing technical difficulties

WEEK 12: P is for PORTRAIT

WEEK 11: A is for Aperture

WEEK 10: Road Trip

WEEK 9: Passenger Seat


WEEK 7: Find your heart

Week 6: UPSIDE down / inside OUT

WEEK 5: Blue in Motion

WEEK 4: Old School Black and White


WEEK 2: build·ing


PHOTO CHALLENGE : tag post with #click2017 It's a new year and a great opportunity to pick up a new hobby or possibility build on your existing photography skills to create more meaningful and creative images. Over the next year, I'll add a photo challenge for the week to my Facebook page (Fatima Photography) with a specific theme. Then you capture the image and add it to the post. If you want to share your inspiration for the capture, feel free to include. If not, I highly encourage you to use a notebook/journal/print image on a page and write your inspiration down. Trust me, at the end of the year, you'll understand the value of this exercise.

Always click with a purpose! In the words of an all-time great photographer, "There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept." - Ansel Adams

Ready or not, here we go on this journey.

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2017/1/photo-challenge-thats-fun Sun, 01 Jan 2017 21:35:00 GMT
Reflection of Time http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/12/perspective
fallen. broken. dead.

During my visit to Yellowstone National Park, I watched many visitors walk past this tree. No longer standing to its great size, it cast a different image than what it provided for many decades if not centuries.

closer look.

What many viewed as a dead tree, I thought otherwise and decided to take a closer look.  Visible to all that would look beyond "the dead tree" was very intricate detail telling the history and life of this tree.


Like many things in life, it's about the perspective you use to view a situation or thing. Often times, when something is not doing what it has always done, it appears to be useless. I approach it a bit differently when I view it through my photographic eye and heart.

When I stumble upon such a sight, I see that the tree is showing me what it's really about.  That its beauty is not just in the towering image that has stood there for so many years, but also in the details and character that lies within, like all things -- at its roots.

When you can shift your perspective and see situations or things in new light, you're able to see a broader purpose.  For me, this tree continues to grow. Maybe not in the ground, but as my artistic inspiration and constant reminder that perspective is key, in all things related to my roots -

art & life.

same image. different perspective.

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/12/perspective Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:46:31 GMT
Holiday Art Show @ The Silos http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/12/holiday-art-show-the-silos HOLIDAY ART SHOW at THE SILOS

Saturday, December 3, 2016   6-11pm

Join us in decking the halls Saturday, December 3, 2016 for The Holiday Art Show which includes tenants from Silver Street Studios, The Silos, and Winter Street Studios.  Stop by our studio 217 (first floor) in The Silos for holiday cheer and our latest artwork on exhibit.  


fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/12/holiday-art-show-the-silos Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:40:23 GMT
2nd Saturday Open Studio http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/10/2nd-saturday-open-studio

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/10/2nd-saturday-open-studio Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:29:25 GMT
Tote Gear in Style http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/8/tote-gear-in-style



I'm giving a big shout out to one of my favorite photog camera bag lines : Kelly Moore Bags. I have a few bags from this line for several years and they've traveled with me around the globe.  Not only do they keep my gear protected, they also are highly functional with easy to access features. Of course, let's not forget to mention, their stylish look.  Every time I port my KM Bag, I'm always asked where I got my purse! If you're in the market for a highly functional and fashionable camera bag, check out Kelly Moore Bags



My Kelly Moore bag with me in Positano, Italy; Ephesus, Turkey; Mykonos, Greece.

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/8/tote-gear-in-style Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:11:17 GMT
Collecting Good Souls http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/5/collecting-good-souls

As photographers, it's always about the image and this story is no different. The story began chasing the soldier in this image, Army Sgt. Angelo Klonis.  The image is titled "The Face" of WWII by legendary photojournalist W. Eugene Smith in 1944 that adorned the cover of LIFE book, World War II.  Years after the war, Klonis opened a bar in Santa Fe, NM named Evangelo's which is operated by the hero's son Nick Klonis today. 

My partner on this project, Jonathan Irish and I visited the bar and had a conversation with Nick about the photo and his dad. We met one of the regular patrons, Richie Rich who shared his stories about Angelo and Nick.  And in all the stories we heard that evening at Evangelo's, we took Richie Rich's tribute to his family that served, and created the video above.








Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.
Thank you to all that have served our nation. 

Special thanks to Jonathan Irish (Nat Geo photographer) , my partner on this project.  If you want to find out more about Jonathan, he is currently visiting 59 parks in 52 weeks to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. 

Find out more at #59Parksin52Weeks

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/5/collecting-good-souls Fri, 27 May 2016 17:30:00 GMT
Okavango Delta UNESCO World Heritage Site http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/5/okavango-delta-unesco-world-heritage-site The geology of the area, a part of the African Rift Valley System, has resulted in the ‘capture’ of the Okavango River that has formed the Delta and its extensive waterways, swamps, flooded grasslands and floodplains. The Okavango River, at 1,500kms, is the third largest in southern Africa. The Delta’s dynamic geomorphological history has a major effect on the hydrology, determining water flow direction, inundation and dehydration of large areas within the Delta system. The site is an outstanding example of the interplay between climatic, geomorphological, hydrological, and biological processes that drive and shape the system and of the manner in which the Okavango Delta’s plants and animals have adapted their lifecycles to the annual cycle of rains and flooding. Subsurface precipitation of calcite and amorphous silica is an important process in creating islands and habitat gradients that support diverse terrestrial and aquatic biota within a wide range of ecological niches.  

Permanent crystal clear waters and dissolved nutrients transform the otherwise dry Kalahari Desert habitat into a scenic landscape of exceptional and rare beauty, and sustain an ecosystem of remarkable habitat and species diversity, thereby maintaining its ecological resilience and amazing natural phenomena. The annual flood-tide, which pulses through the wetland system every year, revitalizes ecosystems and is a critical life-force during the peak of the Botswana’s dry season (June/July). The Okavango Delta World Heritage property displays an extraordinary juxtaposition of a vibrant wetland in an arid landscape and the miraculous transformation of huge sandy, dry and brown depressions by winter season floods triggers spectacular wildlife displays: large herds of African Elephant, Buffalo, Red Lechwe, Zebra and other large animals splashing, playing, and drinking the clear waters of the Okavango having survived the dry autumn season or their weeks’ long migration across the Kalahari Desert.

Content Courtesy of UNESCO


fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) Africa Botswana Delta Okavango http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/5/okavango-delta-unesco-world-heritage-site Fri, 06 May 2016 18:06:06 GMT
B&H Photo & Video's Explora features graduates from RMSP including Fatima Donaldson http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/5/b-h-photo-videos-explora-features-graduates-from-rmsp-including-fatima-donaldson Click here to read the full article

B&H Explora Article including Fatima Donaldson ; read full article here: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/news/7-insights-graduates-rmsp-summer-intensiveB&H Explora Article including Fatima Donaldson ; read full article here: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/news/7-insights-graduates-rmsp-summer-intensive

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/5/b-h-photo-videos-explora-features-graduates-from-rmsp-including-fatima-donaldson Wed, 04 May 2016 21:45:00 GMT
Backbone of Katy Award http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/4/backbone-of-katy-award Article courtesy of The Katy News

Backbone of Katy Award Recipient March 2016Backbone of Katy Award Recipient March 2016Read the full article http://thekatynews.com/2016/03/29/fatima-donaldson-wins-backbone-of-katy-award/ Fatima Donaldsons Wins Backbone of Katy Award


The fourth annual Books Alive! Luncheon Fundraiser, sponsored by and held at Bonefish Grill in LaCenterra. Kristin Miller, Program Director of Noyes Fine Arts Foundation Book Bash, emceed the event featuring performances of musical numbers from Books Alive productions and Keynote Speaker, Fatima Donaldson. Donaldson, the Past President of Katy ARTreach and owner of FALA Creative, is a fierce supporter of the arts and spoke eloquently on the Ability of the Arts to Change Lives.

In an effort to recognize individuals and businesses that invest in the growth and excellence of the Katy community, Bonefish Grill introduced the Backbone of Katy Award. This monthly award will be given to community members who have made a difference and recognizes their extraordinary contributions. The inaugural award was presented to Fatima Donaldson at the luncheon. In turn, the award recipient is tasked with identifying and nominating fellow community supporters to receive the next monthly award.

Books Alive! is presented by the Book Bash program under the Noyes Fine Arts Foundation. Public performances are announced at www.nfaf.org. Sponsorship and gifting opportunities allow the program to reach more underserved or children at risk audiences throughout our area. For more information, contact Kristin Miller at bookbashkaty@yahoo.com.

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/4/backbone-of-katy-award Thu, 07 Apr 2016 19:37:48 GMT
Rainy Days http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/3/rainy-days On a very rainy weekend in Texas (which are typically sunny), I am enjoying the memory of my trip to an iconic rainy location, London.  During my visit a few years ago, I was graced with four beautiful days of sunshine in a city often blanketed by clouds.  How different everything I saw must look on a cloudy day instead of a sunny day.  I took this great opportunity to jump on board one of the double deck tour buses to do the typical tourist trek.  If you're ever in London, definitely do this and sit on the upper deck.  The views are amazing and the city looks quite different from that vantage point.  One of my favorite moments during the ride was looking back at Westminster Abby as I crossed the Thames River. 

Here is the capture.  Westminster Abby

Looking back at Big Ben and the Clock Tower of Parliment, you also think you're looking back in time.  Most people that view this print think it's from the 70s and times past.  The vintage Mercedes and traditional London cabs really help. However, the Mini Cooper provides the date stamp to know which decade.  It's at times like these that I'm grateful to what comes into the frame.  You can plan all you want and control as much as possible, but the images that are the strongest are those that just happen, as in life. 

Here's a link to more images I captured during a moment in London. 


Tower BridgeTower Bridge London Eye on a cloudless day!London eye

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) Abby Ben Big London Mercedes River Thames Westminster bridge cab clock tower http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/3/rainy-days Fri, 11 Mar 2016 23:19:00 GMT
National Bison Range http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/1/national-bison-range

From a population of 30 to 60 million animals roaming throughout North America, bison reached a low of 100 in the wild in the late 1800's.

Since 1908, the National Bison Range has played an important role in the successful recovery of these magnificent animals.

The fact that we can still see bison on the landscape is one of the finest accomplishments in the history of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

President Theodore Roosevelt established the National Bison Range on May 23, 1908 when he signed legislation authorizing funds to purchase suitable land for the conservation of bison. It was the first time that Congress appropriated tax dollars to buy land specifically to conserve wildlife. The overall mission of the National Bison Range is to maintain a representative herd of bison, under reasonably natural conditions, to ensure the preservation of the species for continued public enjoyment.

Content courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/1/national-bison-range Mon, 11 Jan 2016 20:47:22 GMT
LangeTwins 2015 Calendar http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2015/2/langetwins-2015-calendar The 2015 LangeTwins calendar

click here to flip through the entire calendar. Photography and design by www.fatimaphotography/www.falacreative.com.  

If you'd like a copy, please send an email request and we will mail you one to enjoy!

2015 LangeTwins Calendar (full calendar : http://issuu.com/fatimaphotography/docs/langetwins_2015_calendar?utm_source=conversion_success&utm_campaign=Transactional&utm_medium=email2015 LangeTwins Calendar (full calendar : http://issuu.com/fatimaphotography/docs/langetwins_2015_calendar?utm_source=conversion_success&utm_campaign=Transactional&utm_medium=email

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2015/2/langetwins-2015-calendar Mon, 05 Jan 2015 20:30:00 GMT
Growth http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2014/8/growth I started working with JP Steel nine years ago.  The first effort was to design their company logo. Through the years, I've designed brochures, written copy for their website and helped with website efforts as well as periodic photo shoots.  Fast forward almost a decade and their growth is reflective in their facility, staff and client base.  It's exciting to see the growth, and as a photographer, it's an added bonus to be able to visually document it through the years.  They are featured in the August 2014 issue of Business In Focus Magazine and I'm humbled to have my captures of JP Steel's people, facility and efforts complimenting their story.

http://www.businessinfocusmagazine.com/e_mag/BIFNAAug2014/#?page=118http://www.businessinfocusmagazine.com/e_mag/BIFNAAug2014/#?page=118 http://www.businessinfocusmagazine.com/e_mag/BIFNAAug2014/#?page=118http://www.businessinfocusmagazine.com/e_mag/BIFNAAug2014/#?page=118 JP Steel featured in Business in Focus Magazine August 2014  http://www.businessinfocusmagazine.com/e_mag/BIFNAAug2014/#?page=118JP Steel featured in Business in Focus Magazine August 2014 http://www.businessinfocusmagazine.com/e_mag/BIFNAAug2014/#?page=118 Click here to read the full article.

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) http://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2014/8/growth Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:25:47 GMT