What a pleasure it is for me to photograph all kinds of love. Maternity sessions are special and this one touched my heart because they aren’t my clients, they are my dear friends. Congratulations Cassie and Ron, I can hardly wait to meet your pink bundle of joy. Love love love you both.
Every year I’m honored to photograph for Flashes of Hope. We help provide photographs to children struggling with cancer. Each year we travel to local hospitals and meet patients of all ages. It’s remarkably rewarding to see these families so excited when the makeup artists, hair stylists and photographers walk in the door. Many of the children are so ill they couldn’t possibly sit at a crowded photo studio. It’s an honor and privilege for Photos by DG to participate in this National community, you too can support Flashes of Hope by donating, please visit Flashes at Flashesofhope.org to donate or volunteer.
I had the pleasure of photographing the Awakening of the Sun kickoff event in St. Petersburg, Florida last night at the beautiful Palladium theatre.
It was an evening of love and positivity. So many wonderful people were there sharing good energy, good music, and good intentions. Here are a few quick photos of the headline speaker Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith from Agape in California. Other motivational speakers Julie Moret and Temple Hayes were there sharing wonderful stories as well. An overall wonderful evening with music, laughter, love, and community.
What a gift it is to get your first call for an engagment or wedding. Then, shortly after you get a call for a maternity session from the same couple; then the newborn session. Now, here we are with a 1yr old session. Sharing the lives of people who begin as clients and become friends is a huge bonus to being a photographer. I’ve been so fortunate to meet many of these couples and whether it begins at the engagment or the newborn session, sharing their lives through my lens is a gift! Thank you.
I was honored to be invited to the NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA this week. The music industry’s standard for new gear, new artists, and new music. What a great time was had…a loud time, but a great time! Thanks to AER amplification, GATOR cases, and Muriel Anderson’s all star guitar night for allowing me the priviledge to photograph the event without restriction. Love that!
The new webpage isn’t quite finished, but we were so excited to get started that we’re doing a “soft” launch today. A big thank you to my talented friend Tony Leary for putting all this together and making it easy enough for me to navigate through. We’ll be updating as we add new and exciting images to our collection. Keep your eyes peeled, you might find yourself featured on the blog! Again, thank you to everyone who supports and appreciates the love, time, and energy that we put into making these images. We’re so grateful to be able to do this work (and I hate to call it work). Thank you again and stop by soon! Donna and crew
..originated as an acoustic duo composed of brothers Ian and Evan Koteles in 2002. The name, 10th Concession, is derived from the name of the street their father grew up on in Canada.
Ian came home from college to see Evan’s first public performance at the 8th grade talent show. After seeing what he had taught himself on guitar, Ian was determined to do the same and returned to school with a mission…and a guitar.
Not much time would pass before Ian was making more frequent trips home from school to exchange song ideas. The progress, chemistry, and natural talent was apparent, and they have their parents to thank for it coming so naturally. Their mother, an actress, and father, a drummer, have always created a strong presence of the arts around the house.
Over the next few years, Ian and Evan began playing vigorously around their hometown of Tampa with their dad backing them up on drums. They released two albums during this time and were known around town as “E&i”.
In 2007, Evan graduated high school and moved to Tallahassee. With this move came Ian’s decision to continue a career in music but this time in Nashville, TN. Despite the distance, similar to the way it all started, Ian and Evan exchanged song ideas online and whenever Ian was traveling through Tallahassee.
Ian’s time in Nashville paid off when the introduction was made with well-known producer, Fred Mollin (Dan Hill, B.B King). After months of reviewing some E&i demos, Fred agreed to produce a few of their songs. Thanks to this connection, and the difficulty of algebra, the decision was made for Evan to move to Nashville as well and begin writing for the duo’s first full length album as 10th Concession.
One year and hundreds of song-writing sessions later, Ian and Evan returned to Tampa with their self-titled release in search of a band. The process was long (about a year) and auditions were often painful. But their patience paid off in late 2009 thanks to the wonders of Craigslist.
Today 10th Concession performs all over the southeast making a lasting impression wherever they go. Their unique, yet commercial, sound and welcoming personalities have already proven to be contagious and will no doubt continue to bring success to 10th Concession.