What will this summer mean to you?

Aug 21, 2015 in Personal / Comments


Today is the last day of summer for my kids.

Monday we begin the back to school routine. Another milestone. Another reminder that time is moving at the speed of light and there is nothing I can do to stop it.

Except snap a photo (of course).

This summer will forever be the one they were finally old enough to play together. Especially by the end. They were (mostly) playing without argument. Both being creative (with legos or crayons usually). Both able to communicate with one another. Both laughing. At nearly 3 and 5.5 years, they’ve finally reached ages where they are friends, not just brothers.

What moments are you going to miss about this summer?

What made this summer different from the last?

Today, Say Yes.

Jul 22, 2015 in Personal / Comments

More Yeses | Donya Luana

Social science research says that as a child, you heard the word “no” about 40,000 times by the age of five, before you even started first grade. And how many times had you heard the word “yes”? About 5,000. That’s eight times as many nos as yeses. Eight times the force holding you down, compared to the force lifting you up. Eight times the gravity against your desire to soar.

[ Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge ]

Today is for more yeses. As in, yes you can cut the strawberries all by yourself and create a big strawberry mess.

Because, how else will you learn?

How else will you feel lifted up and capable?

I hope this never leaves my mind.

Remember how uplifting the yeses are, in addition to those necessary nos.

Today, say yes.

Smartphone Photography Class

Take better snapshots of your kids using your smartphone!

Jul 13, 2015 in Photography, Photography Tutorials / Comments

More and more I find myself pulling out my iPhone when it comes to taking a quick snapshot of my kids. You too? It’s convenient. It’s easy to use. And the quality isn’t too shabby either! In fact, I even print quite a few phone photos for my personal scrapbooks because often they capture those in the moment photos that I would miss if I took a few more minutes to grab my DSLR.


Recently I realized many of my fellow moms weren’t aware of some of the great features our smartphone cameras now come with. It is my passion to help you capture memories and preserve your story and for that reason I’m hosting my first in-person class!


August 11th, I’ll be offering an in-person Smartphone Photography Course specifically geared towards fellow snap happy moms in the Spring/Klein, TX area!

This class is perfect for moms who cherish photos of their kiddos and wish to take their phone snapshots up to the next level. We’ll discuss lighting, composition, and what you can do with your images once you have captured them!

All you need to bring is a smartphone and a desire to learn. We will meet at my home August 11th from 6-8pm. Your $25 registration includes class instruction, Q&A time, hands-on practice during the golden hour, snacks, and lots of goodies!

(Paypal button not visible in Feed Readers – email donya @donyaluana.com with questions)
Register today, as space is limited. Hope to see you there!

Laughter is Timeless

Summer Evening Moments

Jul 9, 2015 in Klein TX Childrens Photography, Photography / Comments


“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.”

-Walt Disney Company

Captured: Boys

A New Photography Class at Big Picture Classes

Jun 8, 2015 in Learn, Photography / Comments

If you spend more than 5 minutes with me (or on my blog), it’s just a little obvious that I enjoy photography.

I’m incredibly lucky to live with two adorable little boy subjects who don’t completely hate when I pull out the camera to photograph them…yet. Capturing and documenting who they are has become second nature and a big part of my every day routine.

Captured: Boys - a class by Donya Gjerdingen at Big Picture Classes

Everything I’ve learned and practiced in the past 5+ years of being a boy mom and family photographer, I’ve put into my second Big Picture Class titled, Captured: Boys.

In this class I share several tips and tricks to help you create interesting and story telling images of boys. You’ll also learn techniques I use to photograph unexpected moments along with ways to capture different moods, relationships, perspectives, and more!

With a monthly subscription, all classes on the Big Picture Classes site are available to you. And if you haven’t yet subscribed, I highly suggest taking advantage of the two week trial and peruse all the amazing classes offered.

I hope to see you in class!