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Gerry D'Onofrio and Dora Ramirez, a married couple living in Northern Virginia with many years of experience behind the camera, founded GerDora Photography as a result of a long-time dream of sharing their fine art images with the world. Their interests include the natural world as well as traditional and contemporary themes reflecting different points of view. They work together and complement each other believing their joint efforts enhance their final creations.
"We will be happy if any of our fine art images evokes a feeling of joy, serenity, empathy, or transports you to a place where you have always wanted to go or one that you visited and brings back memories and a smile to your face. Please peruse our site and enjoy our photographs."
If you would like to acquire any one of their fine art images in sizes that are not listed on the website, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their photographs are available in a variety of sizes and formats.
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More About Gerry
Gerry discovered 35mm film photography in the early seventies and saw it as an extension of his black and white pencil drawing, enjoying the dodging and burning or “painting” with light in the darkroom. From then on he never went hiking without his camera. While living in the San Francisco Bay Area, he photographed the southwestern United States, including Yosemite and other national parks, during all four seasons, always following the “blue highways” of the “old” paper maps. He considers himself fortunate to have met and talked with photography master Ansel Adams during a book signing event at a Bay Area museum.
Gerry has a vast collection of nature and domestic and international travel photographs in film negatives and slides waiting to be scanned.
After taking his time transitioning from film to digital photography, he is now enjoying the creative as well as the technical aspects of the “digital” darkroom to produce his photographic work.
Gerry volunteered his time as coordinator of the 6th Annual Friends of Claude Moore Park Photography Expo in Sterling, Virginia, which broke the record for the number of entries submitted by attracting many area photographers new to the Expo. No longer being able to coordinate the Photo Expo, he did, however, enter the competition in 2014 and was awarded two first places and the Best in Show by a blind panel of judges.
"Pushed" by Dora to continue entering photo competitions, he won first place in the Reston Bicycle Club's Century Ride T-shirt competition, coordinated by ArtSpace Herndon. His image was printed on over 1,200 T-shirts handed out to the riders. He also placed well on subsequent competitions.
Gerry is a member of the Loudoun Arts Council and the American Society for Quality.
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More About Dora
At one point in her life, Dora decided to make a list of the main goals she wanted to achieve outside of her full-time work and learning about photography was one of them. She got herself a 35mm camera, took a photography course at the local college, and fell in love with this art form. When she met her husband Gerry, she was pleasantly surprised to find out that they shared the same passion and have been a photography team ever since.
Dora was very enthusiastic about entering her first photography competition and was astonished to win not only the first place award in her category but also the Best in Show. This motivated her to enter the ArtSpace Herndon Fine Art Photography competition where her photographs were selected as finalists three years in a row and she took first place in 2015.
She also entered the Reston Bike Club 2015 Century Ride T-Shirt Competition and this time she won first place. As a result, GerDora Photography's images have been printed on the Century Ride's t-shirts two years in a row.
Dora has continued to enter more regional competitions and has placed well in all of them. Her path as a fine art photographer has been recognized by several articles in the Virginia Loudoun Mirror Times Monitor newspaper.