Abandoned Dreams

People, as a whole, share many common traits despite a global array of diversity and individuality.  Despite our many differences everyone has hopes and dreams for their future.  Some dreams are big; some are small.  The pursuit of our hopes are sometimes hesitant steps forward while others are giant leaps of faith.  Either way, sadly,…

Something Out of Nothing

In photography, and life, there are times when you seem destined to come up empty.  You set out toward a goal with the best of intentions but, conditions change and it appears there is nothing to be salvaged from what you see.   Despite the gloomy outlook there is something there; there is always something there. …

Have a Heart

There is no shortage of beauty in the world but, I do believe there is a lack of appreciation for it.  Every day, wherever we may go, our senses are assailed by beautiful people, captivating things, and stunning scenery but, sadly, too often, we do not take the time to absorb the value of what, or who, is…

Open Door

An Open Door I love doors. I particularly like open doors where light spills through into the shadows creating depth, interest, and mystery. An open door is an invitation to something new, the unknown, and unlimited possibility. Next month I will be stepping through an open door with Kevin Loughlin and Wildside Nature Tours as…

History Everywhere

Every place, and every person, has a history. History should be embraced for it holds the key to every future. Know your history. Haverhill was once called the “Queen Slipper City” due to its prominent shoe manufacturing industry up until the early 1900’s. The decline of manufacturing and devastating fires propelled the decline of Haverhill’s…

Don Toothaker Photo Blog tea time

Tea Time

Winter finally decided to show up. I am not complaining about that, at all, but I was just getting used to the spring like weather and now we have some snow, more snow arriving soon, and wicked cold temps forecast for the weekend. Time for some nice hot tea. Tea Cup and Saucer Nikon D750…

Plan B

One of the things I stress during our workshops is the need to make the most of every situation that is presented to you and limit whatever is working against you. If you keep your creative mind open, and you pay attention to what is happening at all times, you can make some fantastic images…

Don Toothaker Photo blog Story Telling footprints sand

Story Telling

Being a photographer means being a photo journalist. Each of us, no matter what our chosen subject or genre, is faced with the difficult challenge of telling the most compelling story possible using only a still image. It’s not always easy. Think about what you are doing and invest every bit of yourself in the…