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Today we’d like to introduce you to Donna Thompson.

Donna, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve always been a Creative of some sort. When I was in high school it was through 35mm film photography, in college, I studied Fashion Merchandising and Textiles, in early adulthood I used my creativity volunteering for the Red Cross through sewing for the troops and field hospitals, and as a wife and mom I’ve kept my camera on my body to capture every moment possible. The best gift I received at 17 was my Minolta Film Camera that I still break out every once in a while. Younger photographers are starting to realize how much fun film can be. I have since graduated to the DSLR and love every moment. I think I’m an old soul in the respect that I value the old but love exploring the new. In the design world, this is called transitional, and I think that describes me perfectly. Transitional is a great way to describe my creative work at the moment. For fun, I love the textile arts, (aka, quilting:) so, when I can combine both of my loves into one, that’s a huge win for a Creative like myself.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I love what I can create through my camera. I am a firm believer that we are constantly changing and that these changes need to be captured and remembered. I am one who loves to see images from the past and well as creating new memories of the “right now.” As you’ve read in my story, I’ve evolved in my creative works through the years. I love to try new things and love to explore new clients. My current favs are Seniors in High School. I have two teenagers myself, and they have many friends that they’ve grown up with through their Student Careers. I have had the privilege of watching these humans start out as Kinder’s and grow up before my eyes. I think that’s why I love photographing them so much. They may not tell anyone this, but they love to have their pictures taken in a more fun or formal setting than a selfie. Teenagers can be inherently self conscious, and my goal in photographing them is to show them their importance, beauty, and brilliance from my eye’s perspective. And, if I’m honest, I’m the mom who loves a fantastic photo that I can have as a screensaver to show off my family and my love for them. I hope to inspire my clients, whether they be teenagers or families, to continue documenting their lives as they are in the “right now.” We are all important to someone, and I want to share my photography with all of those “someones” because it matters that much.

How can artists connect with other artists?
My advice to any artist would be to surround yourself with other artists. Simply, I believe that we all create better when we have others to inspire us. Those you surround yourself with don’t necessarily need to create the same type of medium that you do. There are communities thru the library system, social media or stores that one may purchase supplies from. In any case, participate in the group of your choice in a positive manner, and you’ll receive positivity in return. If the first try doesn’t work, then try again. In my experience, there are many Creatives in the community that are supportive without bringing others down. All of our businesses succeed in the long run. I would absolutely refer a client to colleague that I have a relationship with if my own business doesn’t suit their needs. And really, that’s exactly how Voyage Phoenix learned about my business, thru a referral from fellow Photography creatives, Benjamin & Joy Clifford.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
For the Holiday Season, I am hosting Pajama Mini Sessions in Downtown Mesa at SpaceOne2One Studios on November 3. Watch my Instagram for scheduling and details!

In addition, I am hosting Desert Mini Sessions in the Salt River area throughout October and early November.

All of the details will be released on Instagram very soon!

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Diana Irving Photography (Head shot)

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  1. Katharine Fredriksen

    October 29, 2018 at 1:46 am

    Donna captures the essence of who you are! I love her work!! She has an eye for positioning, color, and she works with you to capture you st your best in a relaxed setting

  2. Deb

    November 4, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    How much do u charge for family pics?

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