Donna is one of Australia's leading Photographers and Business Entrepreneur's, now based in Los Angeles, California, USA. She has earned over 100 major International photographic awards for her work. Her pictures, written word and her personal story have been published in scores of magazines, books and many exhibitions around the world. She has vast experience in the photography industry, including Photo journalism, Portraiture, Illustrative photography, Press, Fashion, Corporate branding and Commercial.
She explains her work, "Its about creating empathy, connection, the greatest thing a photographer can do is extract the extraordinary from the ordinary. What an amazing privilege it is to be able to see inside the world of those lives where I don't necessarily belong and to show what I discovered, so that others can also learn, expand there horizons and understanding as well. I'm just so passionate about humanity and documenting the diversity that exists within our world. Finding seemingly simple moment's that mean something larger than they are. To examine people and how they interact, with one another, to document these moments into compelling reportage that details humanity. What always remains most important, to each the individual picture, is that some ‘soul’ is peeking through".
She has travelled to around 20 countries capturing stories in some of the most remote regions of the planet. Was the first westerner to meet a tribe of people that have been domesticating reindeer for around 4000 years in the mountain's bordering Siberia and Mongolia, living with them and documenting their lives. Was based in Ullan Baatar, Mongolia for around 12 months undertaking a project chronicling the diverse and compelling culture of Shamanism and the lifestyles of some of its most powerful Shamans studying their practise and travelled throughout the most remote regions of Mongolia to meet with them. Spent time recording the lives of disadvantaged communities in India, such as leper colonies and working alongside doctors that provide free health care to the poorest of the poor in Kolkatta. She has looked into the cultures of remote tribes throughout the Papua New Guinea highlands, Thailand, Nepal, Mexico, Cambodia. Photographed people that volunteer with various non government agencies helping the poor to learn english, spanish and various other skills to help them integrate into modern society. She is Passionate about Anthropological photography and of special of interest are the Animist belief systems.
Born in Melbourne Australia a dynamic and results driven photo journalist, portrait photographer and Businesswoman having started from scratch one of Australia's leading portrait studio's, her company turned over a million dollars per annum and employed 14 staff prior to relocating to the USA. Her business success amounts to having an intuitive understanding of marketing. Her approach is dynamic and results driven, her abilities with sales and the general running of busy photographic studio are second to none, teaching all the staff on her team each and every aspect of the business, from the administrative processes, sales, the artist photographic process and teaching that systems are key to any successful business.
Donna began her career on the fast paced Metropolitan daily newspapers, in Australia, working to deadline everyday alongside some of the best photographers in Australia's Press history and competing with the entire photographic department for the front page. She was one of the first female photographers in the Press industry in Australia and spent 15 years as a senior staff photographer, covering all aspects Sport, Hard News, Fashion and Magazine articles.
Donna is a leading Photographer and Business Entrepreneur, now based in Los Angeles, California, USA.