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Donald M. Falls is a deaf professional photographer and cinematographer who has worked with clients and customers in the USA for over eight years. Donald specialized in cinematic environmental, beauty portrait, fashion, high fashion, clothing, products, editorial, studio portraiture, family, engagement, special events, weddings, senior portraits, lingerie/boudoir, and real estate. Donald graduated with AOS Degree in Graphic Technology - Arts of Imaging Studies. from Rochester Institute of Technology’s NTID in May 2013. Donald also specialized in lighting, image manipulation, skin retouching, color correction, wide format printing, motion capture, and cinematograph. His passion for photography and filmmaking became a career in 2012. He continues to make magic behind the camera today.

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camera

Canon EOS-1Ds | Fujifilm X-E2S | Fujifilm X-T2 | FUJIFILM X-T4 | FUJIFILM GFX 50SII

lens

Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 | Canon 50mm f/1.8 | Fujifilm 18-55mm f/2.8-4 | Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 | Rokinon 85mm f/1.4


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What do you love about your job?

I am also a filmmaker. I love watching movies because there is something magical about making the story come to life. When I watch films, I pay attention to the story, details, acting, clothing, theme, lighting, sound, location, expressions, production value, editing technique, and feeling. I applied the same principles to photography. A character of a person or models is actors and actresses. Photography is still capturing while filmmaking is motion picture/motion capture. The very same reason that I love about my job is to create a story and capture it through photography. Photography is painting with light. I love the way gear felt in my hands, editing images and printing. I love to see the expression on people's faces when they review the images. Photography is part of the love of my life. It keeps me motivated and stress-free.

What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?

I have done fashion, studio, portraiture, family, weddings, lingerie, boudoir, and events. I made them special by using my signature style. The most part is all about the lighting, location, story, color grading, and preferred choice of equipment. I made it special by using the same principles from the filmmaking world. Mastering my craft was the key to helps me stand out more as an artist in both worlds (photography and filmmaker). I study from old masters to old school photographers and understand how lighting plays out. My signature style also applies to my editing workflow. Keep it nice and natural without overdoing it.

Awards, honors, and recognitions received

By the word of mouth, I was known in the community as the best deaf photographer in Rochester, New York. I have one Editor’s Pick award from 500px. I have 141 awards on viewbug website. I been interviewed by NLRPD’s Officer Tommy Norman during January 2021.

A fun fact about this photographer

I was born deaf. I went to mainstream school all my life. I went to vocational school and technical college for information technology. I have an A+ certificate in the computer technician position. I have some skills in producing music. I took speech therapy as a youth and learned ASL later in my adult life at Rochester Institute of Technology. I was hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian twice. First time at age 17 and the second time at age 25. I had a concussion 24-7 for 6 months straight while was a college student. I was the main photographer for Charlotte High School in Rochester, New York during 2012-2014. I am a deaf dancer for the dance company Listen With Your Eyes Troupe by the founder Brandy Mimms - Unique the deaf dancer. I was in the front headline of the newspaper Arkansas Gazette page B on October 26th, 2020.

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