The Artist


Sharing My Passion as a Photographer:

A photographer is an artist who sees the world in a different way and uses the camera as a tool to capture an image in order to bring feeling and drama to something that others may overlook as ordinary.

Photography and art have been a passion of mine since childhood! Having lived in New Orleans and the surrounding areas all my life, what a blessing I have had to be able to work with such a variety of beautiful and unique landscapes and architecture right in my “backyard” - truly a photographer’s dream!

The camera is simply the tool the photographer uses to see, compose and capture the beauty God has created.

My love for photography and the arts has flourished over the years from taking art lessons at a very young age, to auditioning and entering the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and studying at the New Orleans Museum of Art in my high school years, to graduating from the Photography Institute in New York and continuing a never ending journey of studying under Master photographers, attending seminars and workshops and striving always to further develop my skills as a photographer. I was a serious amateur photographer since my teenage years, grew into doing freelance work in street photography, professional legal photography, and then began focusing more on the art of photography by creating artistic photographs that evolve into works of art. My love for photography doesn’t stop there. Since I was never able to see myself as fitting into only one area of photography, I began photographing special occasions and weddings for friends and family. Eventually, with the incredible support of my husband Jeff, we opened my studio and now have a full fine art collection of photography and offer my gift of photography in capturing those special moments in people’s lives!

Love the quote from Ansel Adams: “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

I have been so blessed to come from a family gifted in the arts. My great grandfather, Joseph Aiena, was a New Orleans artist who created the map “Plantations on the Mississippi River from Natchez to New Orleans” (a piece that is found in many venues across the south), and designed labels for Jax Brewery, Morton Salt and many others. Through the years I witnessed my father and siblings displaying many of the inherited artistic abilities. After exploring different art mediums, I found my love in photography and using the camera as a tool to capture the beauty God has created. I feel truly blessed to have won numerous awards for many of my photographs and to have captured so many timeless memories for so many wonderful people.
Graphic Designer: When you hire me as your professional photographer you are getting more than just a photographer. I am skilled in graphic design and personally design all photo and wedding albums. Like my portraits, each album is designed with the concept of personalization. Samples of my wedding album design work can be found under the "Album Design” section of my website.

My Idea of The Perfect Day:

Jeff and I packing up our equipment and heading out on a shoot to capture a bride before she marries the man of her dreams, a child I am having to run to catch up with to capture this precious moment in childhood, covering a 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration and seeing how love has lasted through the years, a newborn - say no more ... all of which results in providing timeless treasures of people and places through the art of photography.

– Oh, and of course, having dinner at one of our favorite restaurants!

Thank you for visiting and I would love the opportunity to talk with you about capturing the special moments in your life and providing you with a timeless treasure to be cherished!

Donna Marie


  • Professional Photographers of America Association (PPA)
  • Capital City Professional Photographers Guild
  • Louisiana Photographic Society
  • River Region Art Association
  • Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation

Lagniappe – Not only do we have a beautiful fine art print collection, but we also have a very unique note card collection. Please take time to stroll through our gallery. Prints and note cards are available for purchase through the “On-Line Ordering” section of our website or by contacting our studio.

Lagniappe 2 – We also do special photography requests for specific locations (i.e., I had a bride who wanted to give her husband a fine art piece of the special place where he proposed to her. The piece was priceless. The husband was speechless!)

Sharing My Heart:
My business is dedicated to Jesus and you will find throughout my site spiritual images and links to ministries I believe in and support. I stand on the scripture Deuteronomy 4:13 and pray before each session for God to go before me and prepare the way for me to capture the absolute best in each of my clients and the beauty of His creation.

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