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From the Artist

AzarÉl photography is startling – right on the edge of where reality meets make-believe. How I love the surprising activities of birds and chipmunks! It takes a lot of patience…usually several hours and hundreds of photographs worth of patience. Photography sessions are also times of tranquility woven into my day.

Uplifting people through photography is what really energizes me. I love watching the smiles of people just like you who visit our booth at shows. Grab a break from daily life and soak up some of the wonder captured in AzarÉl photography.

Smiles!

About

Donna Young has a fresh, new photography niche. Her specialty? The birds and creatures in her woodsy Lancaster County backyard. When viewing her photography, expect to be surprised.

What makes her bird photography so novel? The wild birds and creatures “play” in scenery she designs. The stage is a three-foot square feeding platform. Scenery typically includes a piece of vintage memorabilia. This is surrounded by beautiful, foraged materials from the woods. Moss is one of her favorites. She uses flowers to splash vibrant colors.

Her journey into photography began in 2015 when she retired from teaching. One day, on a whim, she placed a vintage Campbell’s soup mug filled with sunflower seeds on her deck railing. The birds visited. The photography began. One thing led to another, and AzarÉl Greetings was born. Her current camera is a Nikon D500 (16-80 mm or 70-200 lens) on a tripod.

AzarÉl Greetings travels to art and craft shows in the Mid-Atlantic region. Her husband, Brian, is an active participant. He is knowledgeable and skilled at printing and stretching their giclée canvas prints.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where did the name AzarÉl come from?

AzarÉl is a Hebrew name that means “the Lord is my helper”.

Where are you from?

We live about 20 miles north of Lancaster, PA near Adamstown.

Where is the photography done?

Most of the photography is done on our deck railing. Brian, my husband built a feeding platform that rides our deck railing. I create little ‘sets’ for the birds. Among other things, this means scraping moss from the woods and shopping for bird-sized vintage objects.

The birds come for food; AzarÉl gets photos.

How long does it take you to get a photo?

It varies a lot. On average it takes three to five hours to do a full shoot with a set.

How many photos do you take?

I usually have to take 400 to 500 photos to get one printable image.

What kind of camera do you use?

Currently, I’m using a Nikon D500 with a 16-80 mm lens, but my earliest photos were taken with a Fuji HS50.

Do you use a motion sensor?

I “babysit” the camera all the time and use a shutter release cord.

How do you process your photos?

The birds really landed just the way you see! Photoshop and Lightroom are used. Food is removed when it detracts. Sometimes I need to add to the photo to make it wrap around the sides of the giclée canvas print. On occasion, background blur is increased. On rare occasions, compilations of photos are used.

Who prints your fine art giclées?

My husband, Brian enjoys printing and stretching canvases. It’s quite exciting to control every aspect of printing. We print on archival canvas at 300 ppi using a pigment-based ink that resists fading. Microscopic glass beads provide protection from scuffing and make it water resistant (though not completely waterproof).

Do you have a store?

We do not have a brick-and-mortar store, but wall décor is available for purchase here at AzarElGreetings.com. Greeting cards and photo blocks are typically only available at craft shows.

Hope For Your Heart

Our Creator wants an active, personal relationship with you.

People were created in God’s image as His beloved children. God is perfect and can accept no less. Even the best people in the world cannot be good enough for God. Jesus’ death and resurrection paid the price God required of humanity. God knows each of us inside and out. He wants a whole lot more than religious practices; He wants a mended relationship with you. It all comes down to faith in Jesus. Seek God with all your heart. You will find him. Brian and I would be more than happy to talk with you!

How does a personal relationship with God begin?

There are no “magical” words that result in salvation. It is only the heart-felt belief and trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection that can save us from eternal separation from God. If this belief is new, you might like to pray something like this:

God, I know I fall short of your standard. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Savior. Thank you, Lord. Amen.

Please read Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, and Romans 10:9 & 10.

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