BEFORE WE GET STARTED:
Watch this! It’s pretty much everything you need to know about me. :)
YOU'LL LAUGH, YOU'LL CRY, YOU'LL GET MESSY, AND YOU'LL LOVE.
AND I'LL CAPTURE IT ALL.
I’m Dani, and I love Jesus, my husband James, grilled cheese sandwiches, wedding cake, photography, and making new friends!
Speaking of new friends, HI! Here are some fun facts about me that you probably don't need to know but I think are pretty cool to share (lol).
I'm really into watching shows that make me cry because they give me an excuse to eat ice cream and just sob like a fool. If you've watched This is Us or Parenthood, you know what I'm talking about.
I was an extra on Drake & Josh once. It was the best day ever.
I actually started as a wedding coordinator before becoming a wedding photographer! Yeah, I used to PLAN weddings!
Through that experience, I learned I LOVE weddings and love stories... With all my heart. THUS defining what I do now!
I'm super SUPER excited you’re here, and I can't wait to learn more about YOU! :)
"We loved everything about Dani! Dani is beyond talented. Her attention to detail is amazing. Her use of lighting is timeless and her attitude is full of energy. Our friends and family keep speaking about how stunning the photos are from the big day. We loved Dani’s use of non posed photos. They came out more authentic and genuine and we couldn’t be more happier. Everything about these photos speaks fairytale dream come true."
Mkay, so real talk:
Why should you hire an experienced photographer for your wedding?
WELL YOU WOULDN’T TRUST JUST ANYONE TO TAKE YOUR PHOTOS, WOULD YOU?
I mean, I would sure hope not! That’s why you’re here, doing your research! Any professional wedding photographer will tell you that someone who does NOT have experience in wedding photography, or weddings in general, is bad news to capture your wedding. Here's why:
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER IS ESSENTIALLY IN CHARGE OF YOUR MEMORIES.
That's right. They are the ones in charge of documenting one of THE most important days of your life. No re-do's. So, although some may be less expensive and on the cheaper side, it will be more difficult to trust them on the day of your wedding. Usually, photographers that don’t charge a lot are lacking in experience - which is something you might not want to gamble with when it comes to your wedding day photos!
YOUR GALLERY IS MY PRIORITY.
What I mean by that is I customize every wedding gallery based on what’s important to YOU. I make sure that I know you and your love story WELL going into a wedding day, and that I can capture every moment that’s important to you. That includes:
Your mom tearing up as you say your vows to each other,
Your grandma embracing you for the biggest hug,
Your dad bursting with emotion as he sees you for the first time all done up in your dress.
These are the moments I’m here for. The ones you get to cherish forever and ever in such a powerful photo!
THINK OF THIS AS AN INVESTMENT FOR YOU AND YOUR MEMORIES.
Not only do I go above and beyond to make this process as seamless and easy as possible (because let’s be real - wedding planning is STRESSFUL!), but I make sure that you get exactly what you want. YOU are my priority. And you always will be!
We were so excited that we could have both her and her husband at our wedding, and having James (her hubs) there went a LONG way in making Tim (my hubs) feel that much more comfortable not only in front of the camera, but for the whole day. Dani's professionalism never wavered having James around though - if anything, she worked twice as hard to make sure she captured every special moment for us! It so helped us having James around making us laugh, driving us around, and making sure we stayed hydrated the whole day (we're talking mid-July in Southern California!). Dani thrives off of adventure - she does her homework and scouts ahead for places to shoot before the event, making everything more streamlined and smooth. Her editing skills are stunning and the moments she captures are unparalleled. When you hire her, you're putting your trust in HER and what she's capable of, and you really do gain a friend in the process. I couldn't recommend her more. I'll be searching for excuses to hire her again in the future! Thank you Dani (and James!) for everything you've done for us!!
What You’ll Get:
I want to capture you as you are. Your love in it's fullest form - with genuine moments and emotions. No artificial poses that may look pretty but mean nothing. I want to give you photos that you can look back at 50 years from now that make you FEEL what you're feeling right now in this exciting time in your lives.
To do this, I have some tricks up my sleeve to get you guys laughing, crying, and loving on each other comfortably. All awkwardness will go away - I promise. :)
My editing style is intentional. My goal is to give you photos that will be relevant 50 years from now - not edited with "what's trendy right now". My focus is to create artistically beautiful photos that will always be beautiful - that means keeping colors and keeping white balance normal (no super warm photos and no muted greens or yellows). No over-editing here!
Every shoot is edited differently based on lighting and location. And that's super intentional!
One of my values in this career is making new friends. And there's many reasons why I LOVE this (because who doesn't like making new friends!), but the main reason is so you feel comfortable with me, and I with you. I want to know you - and know what's important to you on your big day. This helps me customize your gallery to exactly what you want - because I know exactly what I need to be capturing. Like your dog that you love SO much, or your grandparents who've been married for 60 years.
Quick Chat About Your Budget:
Okay, so I was a bride once and I wish someone told me this, so I just want to mention something real quick - bride to bride.
I always tell my brides that the creatives that you hire for your wedding should be nothing short of EXACTLY what you want. They only get one shot to photograph/video your wedding, and sometimes paying a little more for a photographer that you can 100% trust is worth it in the end.
Unfortunately, I've heard too many experiences from brides who reach out to me and want a "re-do" of their wedding photos because their photographer on their wedding day was incompetent. They had a small budget for their photographer, and they ended up paying the price for it.
Something they will never be able to have a "re-do" of again.
So, consider this an investment!
An investment in a perfectly captured day by a professional who knows what she's doing. :)
Starting at: $3,500
Each wedding package price is customized for each of my clients, meaning not every package is the same.
It’s created this way to specifically work with you and your budget, and to make sure we get all your necessary needs worked in with a budget that works for you and your babe!
Depending on your package, they can include:
6-10 hours of wedding day coverage
A 1-5 hour engagement shoot
A second shooter on the day of the wedding
All travel costs for non-local (flight, hotel, and transportation)
Over 600-1000+ digital, high resolution photos
A downloadable gallery
To get started with your quote, head to my contact page and fill out my form so I can get to know a little more about you! :)
Pricing for these are also custom quoted and factor in all travel costs included with your big day, and your big plans!
With your elopement, I’ll help you plan EVERY aspect of your day - consider me your coordinator and location scouter!
To learn more about Elopements, head to this page below for an all-inclusive free guide on how I will help you plan, coordinate, and create your vision into real life!
Engagement and Couples Sessions
Starting at $550
If you’re looking for just a fun engagement shoot, anniversary session, or just a fun couples session, I’d LOVE to capture all of it for you!
Typically, these can range in price depending on where you would like to take photos, how much time you would like to hire me for, and anything else special that you’d like to include!
And the fun part… we can go ANYWHERE you want!
Wanna go to Yosemite? Mammoth? Big Sur? The Redwoods??
You name it, and I’ll find a way to meet you there!
For more info on your quote, I’d love to hear more about your vision! Follow the link below and fill out my form so we can get planning! :)
F A Q ‘ S
WHAT TIME OF DAY DO YOU PREFER TO SHOOT?
My favorite time is GOLDEN HOUR! You get that gorgeous golden light that makes your photos so intimate and visually stunning - it's also my favorite to edit! In the winter, this ranges from 3-5pm, and in the summer it ranges from 6-8pm (in the US).
HOW CAN I ACCESS MY PHOTOS AFTER YOU EDIT THEM?
I use a software called Pic-Time that will deliver your photos to you in a beautiful gallery. This software also allows you to easily download all of your photos in high resolution, and also gives you the option to create your own magazines or prints with the best of the best printing labs!
DO YOU BACKUP YOUR PHOTOS?
YES YES AND YES. I shoot with two cameras on the day of your wedding, each that have 2 card slots (in case one card fails, the other one is being recorded as well), and I also have 8 hard drives at home that I back my photos up on. I also have a cloud system that backs up my hard drives in case of a devastation like a fire. Can you tell I'm a little paranoid about this stuff? :)
HOW DOES PAYMENT WORK?
Shortly after our meeting, I'll send a contract and invoice which you can use to pay electronically. Signing the contract and a down payment of 25% is due to officially book your date. The remaining 75% is due at least a week before the wedding.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR SICK ON MY WEDDING DAY?
Let me say this: the only reason I wouldn't be at your wedding is if I was on my death bed, or I was stuck in another country/state. But just in case, my second shooter that I hire for your day is well prepared and capable to fill in for me in case I can't make it. He/She will take the photos, and I will edit them.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE YOUR SECOND SHOOTER?
The second shooters I choose are contracted through me independently and typically run their own photo business as well. I only choose shooters who I can trust 100% to capture your big day - because there are no re-do's of anything ever on a wedding day.
HOW MANY PHOTOS DO YOU DELIVER PER HOUR?
I deliver an estimated 100 edited photos per hour. So 8 hours of wedding coverage = 800+ photos. Also note: usually, I always deliver more photos for weddings.