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

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 or 619.550.5664 and follow him on Twitter:

Sam Hodgson is a freelance photojournalist and contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can contact him at and check out his work...

Leave a comment

We expect all commenters to be constructive and civil. We reserve the right to delete comments without explanation. You are welcome to flag comments to us. You are welcome to submit an opinion piece for our editors to review.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.