Author Archives: Don Fadel


Mariana Headshots

Mariana needed professional headshots for social media and for publicity (she is a singer in addition to being an international business major at a local university).   When shooting younger women my preference is beauty […]

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Red Balloons

The last image in my quarantine workshop was to be a conceptual one involving a red balloon. I knew immediately what I wanted to do: For whatever reason, I’ve always liked doing conceptual composites with […]

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Babies, Part Deux

The thing is, babies make great subjects.  I was inspired by an image I saw which motivated me to create these: The subject, again, is Thomas William. In the hands of his dad. This is […]

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The Graduate – Part Deux

This is Katelyn, newly graduated from high school (Natalie from Chapman University). The first is “the usual.” Great Pic. But in addition to the “safe shot,” I wanted something a little more. I had those […]

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The Graduate

Time, as they say, moves on. It’s a vector. Second law of thermodynamics and all. As on cue, Natalie is now a college graduate. Magna cum laude. The pandemic really changed things, as in no […]

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They’re literally popping up everywhere for me. So what’s a commercial photographer doing photographing (I was going to use “shooting” but figured that was a bad idea) babies? Well, it’s called “versatility.” It also helps […]

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One Light, Big Light

There are photographers, such as the late Gary Perweiler, who built careers using essentially one light. It’s so easy these days to add lights, and never underestimate my ability to over-light a subject 🙂 This […]

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Shadow Play

Continuing my foray into still life, the challenge was to produce an image with strong shadows. This meant a “hard” light source (meaning one small relative to the subject – like on a clear sunny […]

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For this image, taken to show form, I used some clocks my dad made. This is more of a still life than a product shot (I left the glass on; were it a product shot […]

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A food texture shot. That’s a pizza stone under it – I liked the color 🙂 Simple lighting setup in a classic 1-light configuration, with a reflector to fill in shadows (somewhat – we still […]

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