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The first time I photographed City Councilwoman Donna Frye was on July 10, 2007 — my first day as photo editor for voiceofsandiego.org.

Looking back, I took a lot of oddly exposed, poorly composed pictures that day. In the interest of protecting my ego, I’m going to refrain from sharing those pictures.

But I will share this series of images – outtakes from my portrait session with Donna Frye for our latest Q&A.

I’ve photographed Frye countless times over the past few years, but I’ve never directed her for a portrait. It was strange at first, but ultimately refreshing to photograph someone I’ve grown to know. It allowed Frye to just enjoy herself in front of the camera and I was pleased with the outcome of that comfort. And my directing was pretty minimal. Frye came with a lot of her own ideas.

Here are a few more from the shoot:

Please contact Sam Hodgson directly at sam.hodgson@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5664 and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/samuelhodgson.

Sam Hodgson

Sam Hodgson is a freelance photojournalist and contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can contact him at samhodgsonphoto@gmail.com...

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