About Zen's Photography Studio and Photographer ~ Duane Stephen Loya
I have been a photographer since the late 80's.
It is difficult to explain my good intentions at times because people don't understand the concept. Therefore, I just let it ride by the waist side and never got around to explaining it until now.
Something a lot of people don't know is that when I sell my photography on-line after the first $30.00 dollar of profit which pays for my Fine Art America pro account, the rest of the money I make is donated to organizations such as the CVNP, Cleveland B&O Round House Midwest Railroad Preservation Society, Juvenile diabetes foundation because my brother has Juvenile diabetes. I also attend many events in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and donate the money there when people are selling things for the park as a way to obtain donations.
As much as I want to talk about how I donate all the money I make including when I am shooting private events such as Senior Picture Photo Sessions, Engagements, Weddings and other paid events I rarely have much time to explain why I do that. So I decided to write that here for all to read.
First and foremost, there is no reason for me to make any money from my photography. Since people do not place value on things unless they see some kind of price it is easier for me to sell my work cheaper and then take the proceeds and donate them to places that are trying to preserve history.
As a history buff I believe history needs to be documented before it is lost in time. Many times that means something has been torn down and is lost forever. While there are dangers associated from trying to capture history the benefits always out way the risks. At least that is how I feel about it.
I always introduce myself as a Professional Photographer because the work I do is professional when it comes to artwork. This doesn't mean I am a commercial photographer all the time. Most of the time when I am seen photographing a subject I am out there doing it because I enjoy doing it.
If I get lucky and photograph a subject and it does come out super, then naturally it should be up for sale so I can generate donation money and get that money to organizations that need it the most and are preserving history. I like to keep most of the donation money local however, as you can see that I donate to the Juvenile diabetes foundation which is world wide.
I hope more people buy my work so I can continue donating the money to all these great organization in the future. I guess this is my way of trying to save the world!