I’m Donna from Lake Oswego, Oregon – photographer, artist, project manager. I like things creative but organized, functional and fun. I grew up a small town in southern Wisconsin and spent a lot of time on my grandparents farm. I studied at the University of Wisconsin and Virginia Tech, and have degrees in landscape architecture and architecture. Jobs have taken me to Florida, Chicago and Colorado, and eventually Oregon where I’ve lived the longest.
My sons are a huge part of my life. They’re young adults but growing up I watched them playing sports – football, soccer, lacrosse, cross country, crew, bicycle racing – and doing kid stuff with a camera always close at hand. I was the class trip, sports team, look at me! – family photographer. Then I started to take it more seriously and photgrpahy became more than a hobby but not a profession. It’s part of my creative side and a passion that keeps me busy, easily amused and at times obsessed. If my camera is with me I’m never bored. I’m not overly technical, rarely use a tripod and don’t own a light meter. I pay close attention to composition and detail. If you ask me why I took a certain photo, I’m more than likely to say it felt right. For me life is in the details and I try to reflect it in my photos. I capture the big picture and details that add to the story. I started with a Kodak Instamatic in grade school, used my dad’s Argus – the brick- and Konica in high school, graduated to a Canon in college and bought my first film Nikon 25 years ago. I’ve been using Nikons ever since.
This blog started as a travel journal in 2012 for a trip with one of my sons. It was for family and friends to follow our adventure. If you’re curious about the where, when and why of the trip and where the name came from read the “Why Wengen” tab.
Thanks for joining me and I hope you enjoy the photos and stories.