Donna has been shooting for decades as both a fine art and commercial photographer. In 1982, she and her husband George Siede co-founded Siede Preis Photography, a Chicago-based commercial studio. She and her family moved to St. Louis in 1999, where they currently reside.
Donna holds both BFA and MFA degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she majored in photography and printmaking. Donna's main interest is in documentary work. She has shot several collections at Chicago public events and often captures intimate moments with friends and family. "Most of my pictures focus on people or at least have people in them as part of the landscape," she explains. "I love capturing a moment or gesture. Occasionally a still life will sneak into my camera but then people are somehow implied. No special effects, no pictorial fantasy. Nothing is as fascinating, or as charming, as the world around us."
Donna and George's commercial work ranges from corporate and architectural photography to editorial studio images for children's books. Unlike her personal work, much of her commercial studio photography involves elaborate sets, props, and whimsy.