About Chrissy Donadi

Many moons ago, I grew up surrounded by beautiful landscapes in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Each year, I was incredibly lucky to experience all four seasons.  In essence, I fell in love with nature during my childhood. My family planted gardens in spring and went swimming in the lakes in summer.  During the autumn, we jumped into piles of leaves and enjoyed sledding throughout the winter.

On the whole, my photography journey has been a road with a few detours along the way. As a kid, I remember getting in trouble for stealing my mom’s camera and using up all the film. In high school, I joined yearbook strictly because I wanted to take photos and have an excuse to do so during school. In college, I majored in Photography, Graphic Design, Engineering. The story of how I choose my major is for a different time and different page.

Ultimately, I found my way back to the arts and photography.  During a semester off, I was accepted into a program called Semester At Sea (SAS). Essentially, it is a floating university campus that travels the world. During my semester as a student aboard the ship named the MV Explorer, once again I found me way back to photography through the yearbook team. For those few months aboard the ship, I followed around the hired professional photographer, who was the head of the yearbook, soaking up all the knowledge he could give me.  The travel and the photography were exhilarating. Those months abroad changed me as a person, changed my view of the world, and the trajectory of my life.

After college, I worked as an engineer and analyst in the city for close to a decade. I obtained my master’s degree in Applied Economics.  When an opportunity presented itself to quit my job and move overseas, I jumped at the chance.  During those years, I spent many weekends and vacations in the great outdoors. This is when photography and became more of a permanent focus. By focus, I mean read books on photography, attended workshops, and practiced as much as possible. At that point, my on-again off-again relationship with photography was cemented as an obsession. With that obsession, I traveled as much as I was able.  Additionally, I met some amazing people and fellow photographers on those journeys. And at some point, along the way, my photography obsession turned into a serious hobby and shortly afterwards into a profession.

Initially, it took me a long time to feel like my images were good enough to say “I’m a photographer” out loud.  Even though my photography will always be a continuous evolution, now I’m proud to say “I’m a travel and landscape photographer.”  It is truly a passion to be in the field and capturing the world as I see it.  It’s invigorating and teaching others who share a passion for photography is energizing.

Today, my life is constant back and forth between spending time at home with my family and Bernese Mountain dog and traveling around the globe to point my camera and tell stories through my lens.

Safe travels, Happy Shooting, and Many Wishes for Colorful Skies!

-Chrissy Donadi

I am a proud member of Nature First pledging my commitment to care for our wild places by practicing the Nature First Principles. The 7 Principles for minimizing our photography impact on the world are as follows:

  1. Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
  2. Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
  3. Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
  4. Use discretion if sharing locations.
  5. Know and follow rules and regulations.
  6. Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
  7. Actively promote and educate others about these principles.

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”
“Black and white are the colors of photography. They symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is subjected.”