Today we’d like to introduce you to Ann Marie Donahue.
Ann, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I won my first photography award in my early 20s. At Maine Media Workshops, I studied analog film photography. In the past decade, I’ve embraced digital photography, especially for my commercial work. But in general, I let my fine art practice influence my commercial practice. I think you can see that inspiration in my images. I have long wanted to move to Los Angeles, because its visual palette really motivates me.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I remember photography was not always taken seriously as an art form or practice, and now everyone has access to cameras and everyone is taking pictures. So the market is really saturated with images, which makes it even more difficult and important to advocate for yourself as an artist and remind people you exist. That has always been a struggle for me, so I’ve had to get clearer about my own identity as a photographer.
Every photographer is different, with a unique point of view. It is important to figure out what that is for yourself.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Ann Marie Donahue Photography – what should we know?
My commercial work includes headshots, family portraits maternity photos, weddings, and events. My tag line “capturing the best you” is a kind of motto–I’m friendly and really like to involve my clients in the process, making them comfortable enough to make suggestions themselves. So it’s really collaborative. I also have a number of different series, pieces of which have been shown widely in the US, in exhibitions, online, and in private collections. I think letting my art practice influence everything I do also distinguishes my commercial work.
Sometimes people’s favorite images from a shoot are the unconventional ones.
Where do you see your industry going in 5 to 10 years? What trends?
Film and digital are merging. Lots of people are working in post-production, exploring ways to enhance or reframe digital images. However, film is not dead. Kodak might bring back Kodachrome and I know that The Icon and Freestyle Photographic (local LA photo places) are busy with film development orders. Film will always be important–my analog work is being picked up in galleries. ‘Alternative photography’ — as in non-digital and non-silver techniques such as tintypes, platinum palladium, and cyanotype for example– is going to continue to be important in the fine art world. Unique photographic processes will always capture the eyes of collectors and exhibitors, in my opinion. Perhaps because of the digital turn, the ‘photo shoot’ is becoming more about an experience rather than a series of poses. So I see more event-based photo shoots and opportunities for photographers in the future.
- Packages are available for any of my services, including weddings, headshots, and maternity shoots. I’m happy to meet with anyone to discuss these in detail, but in general every job starts at $275, except for non-wedding events which are $200/hr.
- Wedding packages start at $900
- Website: www.annmariedonahue.com
- Phone: 323-447-8568
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org