Fatima Donaldson Photography: Blog https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Fatima Donaldson Photography fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) Fri, 06 Jul 2018 19:54:00 GMT Fri, 06 Jul 2018 19:54:00 GMT https://www.fatimaphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u940742199-o852100547-50.jpg Fatima Donaldson Photography: Blog https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog 120 120 behind the scenes of photo shoot @ LangeTwins Winery & Vineyards https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2018/7/behind-the-scenes-of-photo-shoot-langetwins-winery-vineyards behind the scenes of photo shoot @ LangeTwins Winery & Vineyards

People often think it's just about clicking the shutter.  It's about so much more.  Here's a brief glimpse behind the scenes from inspiration, concept, set design to the actual shoot at LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards in Lodi, CA. Take 14 adults, 6 kids, 5 dogs, open bottles of wine...yeah, party for me!  Enjoy.   www.langetwins.com 

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) & behind langetwins photo scenes shoot the vineyards winery https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2018/7/behind-the-scenes-of-photo-shoot-langetwins-winery-vineyards Fri, 06 Jul 2018 19:54:21 GMT
My Job is a Picnic https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2018/6/my-job-is-a-picnic OK, maybe it's that my job takes me to a picnic. And one of the most fun and rewarding picnics I've been to in a long time.  This Memorial Day weekend took me to Beaver Creek Ranch, a sprawling 1000 acre commercial hunting ranch in Milano Texas that hosted the Hunt With Heart 2nd Annual Memorial Day Picnic.  Here's a video of the images I captured of all the fun activities for the kids to enjoy!  



"Hunt with Heart empowers and enhances the lives of young people battling severe, life altering or life threatening illness through the power of the outdoors."


fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) children donaldson fatima heart hunting nonprofit photography texas https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2018/6/my-job-is-a-picnic Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:29:27 GMT
Real / Surreal Juried Exhibition https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2018/5/real-/-surreal-juried-exhibition The Silos at Sawyer Yards will feature Real / Surreal Juried Exhibition. Curated and juried by Carolyn Garcia of Carolyn Garcia Gallery in the museum district which has featured established and emerging artists connected to Texas since 2004.

This Exhibition is about the Real and Surreal in art. Real images of people, places and things will be shown alongside expressions of the unconscious and work that abstracts the real as surreal.

Fatima Donaldson's DANCING PETALS series was selected as part of the Real/Surreal Exhibit.

Flowers dancing in the breeze. We should all be so lucky. 

All events are free and open to the public Monday - Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM. Exhibition on view May 12 - August 19, 2018.

The Silos at Sawyer Yards
1502 Sawyer Street - Houston TX 77007


fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2018/5/real-/-surreal-juried-exhibition Sat, 12 May 2018 21:15:00 GMT
Fatima recognized as Katy's Top 100 Women 2018 https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2018/5/fatima-recognized-as-katys-top-100-women-2018 Katy's Top 100 Women 2018Katy's Top 100 Women 2018

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2018/5/fatima-recognized-as-katys-top-100-women-2018 Fri, 11 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT
Come Together : Collaborative Exhibit https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2018/5/come-together-collaborative-exhibition The artists of Sawyer Yards will come together for a collaborative show that fosters a spirit of togetherness and inclusion in a time of change and growth. Come Together is an exploration of our communities artistic vision and the statements resulting from the partnerships and their pieces. 

This exhibition will feature tenant artwork created in pairs, especially for the show, and will be on view in the Winter Street Studio corridors. 

FIRST STEP depicts all journeys start with the first step and one I'm so happy I took with my two amigas in art, fellow studio mates, Karen Linndman & Vivian L. Mora. This was artwork that we created together that was the first step our our artistic journey together.


The exhibition will be on view May 12 - August 19, 2018.

Winter Street Studios Gallery
2101 Winter St, Houston, Texas 77007



fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2018/5/come-together-collaborative-exhibition Thu, 10 May 2018 21:30:00 GMT
Spring Biannual 2018 https://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) https://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 https://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) https://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 https://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) https://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 https://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) https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2017/12/the-holidays-around-the-world Sat, 23 Dec 2017 19:57:41 GMT
Mentoring Through Art https://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) https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2017/2/mentoring-through-art Tue, 07 Feb 2017 21:14:22 GMT
spaces. https://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) https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2017/1/spaces Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 GMT
Photography Workshops on the schedule https://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) https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2017/1/photography-workshops-on-the-schedule Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:44:00 GMT
Fatima's Photography Challenge https://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) https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2017/1/photo-challenge-thats-fun Sun, 01 Jan 2017 21:35:00 GMT
Reflection of Time https://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) https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/12/perspective Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:46:31 GMT
Holiday Art Show @ The Silos https://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) https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/12/holiday-art-show-the-silos Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:40:23 GMT
2nd Saturday Open Studio https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/10/2nd-saturday-open-studio

fatima@fatimaphotography.com (Fatima Donaldson Photography) https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/10/2nd-saturday-open-studio Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:29:25 GMT
Tote Gear in Style https://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) https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/8/tote-gear-in-style Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:11:17 GMT
Collecting Good Souls https://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) https://www.fatimaphotography.com/blog/2016/5/collecting-good-souls Fri, 27 May 2016 17:30:00 GMT
Okavango Delta UNESCO World Heritage Site https://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 https://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 https://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) https://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