Donya Luana Photography

Bluebonnet Adventures 2016

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I thought we might miss them this year between our schedule and the weather, but after somewhat unanticipatedly deciding to sell our home and move to the country (I'll share more about this soon. Pinky promise.), we found ourselves with an entire Saturday needing to be away from the home for house showings and nothing on the agenda.  So a bluebonnet adventure it was.  


Ephram learned all about our state flower in Kindergarten this year, so he was super excited to visit a huge field of them.  And apparently, six years old is when the posing starts?  It is for Ephram at least. 


Strategy: "Ephram, run up to Alwyn and give him a big hug!" *click*


And just so you think my kiddos aren't super cooperative or something, here's a few that I took that weren't all sunshine and rainbows...but captures their relationship so well!

They can go from being worst enemies to best friends and back within seconds.  Typical brothers, of course! 


Did you get out to see the bluebonnets this spring?  I know it's such a silly tradition here in Texas, but I have to say I just love them.  At least, until I see a snake!

Complete Guide to Backing up your digital photos

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I wiggled my computer mouse with a barely still warm cup of coffee in hand.  Flipped open Facebook, and there it was.  A mama friend had just asked for a computer repairman recommendation.  I immediately texted her inquiring about her computer and found out that she couldn’t get it to start up.  She was desperate for a fix, since every photo of her two sweet girls were on there with no back up.  None.   

I tightly crossed my fingers that the problem was something that my techie husband could help her with, and after bit of troubleshooting, he luckily saved the images and fixed her computer with a spare hard drive we had on hand.  You better believe that my friend immediately started backing up those photos after she got her computer back.  


It seriously broke my heart to worry that she could have lost those photos.  I know first hand that losing photos is painful and it still makes my heart sink when I go looking back through my photo archives and remember that I lost 6 months of photos from 2008 after a computer reformat.  

A split second decision can wipe out months or years of photos.  

And sometimes you won't even realize you did it for weeks.  That's what happened to me.  I blissfully reformatted my computer and didn't even realize I was missing those photos until months later.  

Since then I've become slightly obsessed with making sure even my back ups are backed up.  

Did you know there are other threats to our digital photos?  

When my friend recently had her computer trouble, she didn't even realize that hard drives could just fail.  How do they fail?  Hard drives are simply mechanical devices that wear out.  The lifespan of a typical hard drive is only about 3-5 years.  So that means if you have a 3 year old, you're already hitting what could be your hard drive's last year of life!  Let that sink in.  

There are other disasters out of our control as well.  Fire, flooding, earthquakes are all natural disasters that could destroy your home, along with everything in it, including those valuable hard drives.  

If I haven't totally scared you away from reading, and I've convinced you of the importance of backing up your digital photos, I've got a nugget of guidance to give you.  



One that is easy to set up and will bring you peace that your invaluable photo memories are safe.  With this guide, we’ll make sure you never have to experience the pain of losing photos.  Your future self thanks you!

Photography Cross Training

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We all know there are a oodles of photographers out there to choose from.  But the beauty of that is, you get to choose someone whose style you love 100%.  

Photographers create their very best work shooting in their natural style.  I'm particularly drawn to images that capture interaction and connection, love and emotion, that demonstrate the bond between families, so if someone hired me to create glamorous, lace-filled styled images for them, we'd probably both end up very frustrated.  

So what's up with these images then?  

Well, just because flowing gowns and flowery halos aren't my typical photography style, doesn't mean it isn't fun to experiment with something else.  Last weekend I was chosen to attend a photographer shoot out with the fabulous Amber of ALB Photography and thoroughly enjoyed what I will cleverly put it as Photography Cross-Training - working a different set of artistic muscles.  

But seriously, these dresses!

And these incredibly beautiful ladies!  

And that gorgeous evening light!  

*all the heart eyes*

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