Dona Jones

Dona Jones has been a professional photographer since 2000. She graduated from the Washington School of Photography (WSP) in Bethesda, MD with a Certificate in Professional Photography. She was also the former Assistant Dean of WSP. Dona is currently the President and Coordinator of the Montgomery County Camera Club of Maryland. Her specialty areas of photography are Military Reunions, Corporate, Social and Family Events, Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s, and Portrait Photography. 

Here’s a list of a few of her clients, projects and events:

Official photographer for the USS Bon Homme Richard shipmates annual reunion (WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veterans) (2012 – Present)

USS Claude V. Ricketts (USS Biddle)

National Institutes of Health (NIH) – National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) 

Summer Intern Program 2014 – Bethesda, MD

Extreme Makeover Home Edition for Classic Homes of Maryland

Extreme Makeover – 1yr Anniversary Open House

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Award Ceremonies and Special Events

Presidential Inauguration Committee “Yes We Can Event” 2013

Smithsonian National Zoo Welcomes 2012 Olympic Athletes Event

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “Light the Night Walk”

Clarins Cosmetics / Nordstrom Department Store

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler’s election celebration

Sam Koushan – SamShots Photography

Voted Best of The Knot for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. With over 20 years of experience, the team at Samshots Photo & Video are one of the premier wedding photographers in the nation.  With their artistic vision, you will be sure to enjoy your memories for a lifetime.

Originally from California, Sam relocated to DC a few years ago fell in love with this area. His goal is to capture the happiness in your eyes and to share the emotions of this special day. He and his talented team have a refined style with a photo-journalistic edge. The images we capture are fresh and bright and are influenced entirely by the emotions of your day.

Working as professional photographers for the past 20 years, Sam & his team concentrate their attention on photographic lighting which makes their images perfectly clear and sharp. They have creative minds and a very strong work ethic. This helps meet clients’ needs while producing top-quality, yet affordable photos and videos.

Our editorial photography has been published by NIH, Rockville Economic Development Inc, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and many others.

Elody Crimi

Elody Crimi is an alumni graduate of the Washington School of Photography and is an accomplished commercial and fine arts photographer, specializing in landscape and portrait photography.  She is also a photography instructor, teaching a vast range of classes including: Photoshop, Smartphone Photography, HDR Techniques, and DSLR Basics. 

Her greatest passion is to experiment with raw images, using alternative processes and techniques to assure that the “emotion of the moment” has been captured. Currently, most of her work is creatively altered using various HDR techniques.

Tamzin Smith

I spent 23 years working as a graphic designer and illustrator, in San Francisco and the Washington, DC, area, expanding my creative services into photography about ten years ago. A love of food and cooking led first to editorial food photography, but eventually I found my passion in working with people subjects. After a few years of working as a self-taught semi-pro, I completed the Professional Photographer Program at the Washington School of Photography, graduating with honors in early 2013. I’ve explored several genres of portrait photography, but have found a particular skill in working with adult clients—especially mature women—who are in need of professional portraits, headshots or environmental portraits for business, branding, social media, and/or online dating.
I’m an avid Crossfitter, a passionate cook, and a lover of premium ice cream and fancy cowboy boots. Though I fantasize about living in the Pacific Northwest, I live in Maryland at the western outskirts of Washington, DC, with my wonderful husband Mark, not far from most members of our loving families.

Kathy Moore Wilson, Affiliate

I love to draw more than just about anything, and I draw and paint nearly every day.  I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil, but it took me years before I considered doing it full time.  In my upbringing and education, it was more of a pastime or hobby, but not a stable profession.  I started my professional career as a cartographer.  It took a long time to evolve from cartographer, to fine artist and illustrator, graphic designer, and then animator.  But the artist in me would not be contained and found a way out.

I started out by drawing maps, using traditional tools such as pen & ink. I later moved on to coloredKathy Wilson smiling_elephant 6x9 72 dpi pencils and paint.  I found I had a special love for drawing portraits of children and animals.  These are the subjects I draw and paint the most.

Over the years I began to learn to use a camera, and software such as Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter to create drawings and paintings.  I then learned Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere to create animations and videos to make my drawings move.  This eventually led to my going back to school and earning a Master’s Degree in Motion Media Design.

I have been greatly influenced by children’s book illustrators, particularly when the illustrations are rendered in pen and ink, or black and white pencil.

Chris Van Allsburg, Brian Selznick, and Brett Helquist are three of my favorite illustrators.

The painters who have influenced me are too numerous to list.  I will always love all of the French Impressionists, but Mary Cassatt will always be my favorite.  I love how she took simple domestic scenes and managed to show the wonder and contentment in the everyday.

I love Andrew Wyeth for his emotional, limited palette watercolors, and the illustrator and painter Alan Lee for his pencil, pen & ink, and watercolor forest imagery.  I am also inspired by Edward Hopper for his use of color and light and for also for his ability to capture emotion and to tell a story with everyday scenes.

There are many animators who I admire: Brad Bird, John Lasseter, Glen Keane, Chuck Jones, Joanna Quinn, Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas.  Their stories are flooded with emotion and feeling, and their characters are very real to us.  These fine directors, producers and artists all motivated me to first dip my toe in the world of animation and video, as well as simply inspiring me to be a better artist.

It is important that to me that I express emotion and tell stories and teach with my art.  If I can get an emotional response, then I feel that the art I have created has fulfilled its purpose.

Creating art brings me joy.

Boris Lermontov: Why do you want to dance? [Vicky thinks for a short while]
Victoria Page: Why do you want to live? [Lermontov is surprised at the answer]
Boris Lermontov: Well I don’t know exactly why, er, but I must.
Victoria Page: That’s my answer too.
—From “The Red Shoes”

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