11.12.13 Today in the life of…

November 12, 2013 | Post a Comment

Dear blog,

I’M SO SORRY! It has recently been brought to my attention that this blog hasn’t had any sort of current action for a good number of months now. I don’t want to attempt figuring the number out, because then I will be ashamed of myself. Also, I despise math, and my calculator is in the other room, so…

Some of you know (some may not), and those who don’t know, may care to know that I moved to the east coast about four months ago. On August 13th, 2013, I packed all of my important belongings into three suitcases, hopped on a plane with a one-way ticket, and officially moved to Virginia. Technically, I was in upstate New York for a week and some change, but from there I ended up settling down into good old northern Virginia. Despite all of my extreme excitement and anticipation for what the future could possibly bring to myself and my business, I have been faced with a couple of limitations on the business front. Some such drawbacks include:

-Woops, can’t upload too many things! There’s a data-cap on the internet at the house I’m currently residing at, which means I’m very limited on what I can upload/download for most of the day, unless I want to start wading into the murky land of data-overage fee’s (which I do NOT). So, as much as I’d love to throw photo-storm parties on a daily basis and clog up all of your feeds with pretty pictures, I can’t. I COULD, if I had the extra money to pitch in for the overages, but let me repeat my previous statement: I CAN’T.

-Surprise! Moving to an entirely new place, where you know a grand total of 5-6 people decently well, there isn’t an abundance of clients anticipating hiring you to work for them. Luckily, I did have some semblance of an idea on how to get started again. Also patience (somewhat).

-Oh my beautiful countryside that I’ve always wanted to explore! How do I explore you without a car or money!? As I quickly figured out upon moving to Virginia, despite the fact that I had (admittedly, half-assedly) saved money to last through AT LEAST the first month or two, money runs out fast. Like, really fast. Like, lasted me less than a month. Despite the fact that I was out of my mind with excitement to trek through some fields and photograph some bales of hay in artsy angles, without a car to travel in, or money to give to new friends and family to pitch in for gas, I wasn’t going far very fast. And everything out here is very far away.

I suppose those have been the biggest obstacles that I’ve faced thus far. Some of them have proven more challenging than others, yet, in the end, they’re only obstacles. Slowly but surely, I’m learning to overcome them; climb over them, or go around them. I have a car now (Fiat 500, ftw!)! I’m making new friends! I’m learning of the places in town that have free wifi (and delicious coffee). Its been one grand adventure, without a doubt. In any case, I suppose I just wanted to update you all on why my blog has been less than quiet over the past number of months. I’ve been posting recent work, as well as working at getting some of my nature and landscape images transformed into sell-able prints…just not on this site. I promise to get better at it!

If you frequent my blog and have been wondering where to find my recent work, here are the top two links I’ve been keeping up with:



My portfolio is also clearly in need of an update with recent work, so keep your beadies peeled! I’m going to be making it a point to stay current with all of my sites. There’s so much I want to show you all! :)

3.13.13 Kaitlyn’s Bachelorette Party.

April 29, 2013 | 1 Comment

Last month, I was hired to shoot Kaitlyn Johnson’s (now Mooney!) bachelorette party as a surprise to the bride-to-be by her maid of honor Amy. My friend Jeannie and I had already been hired previously to shoot Katie’s wedding, so when Amy requested I shoot the bachelorette party as well, I happily agreed. I’ve shot for Katie’s photography studio (The Rock Studio) in the past, and was thrilled to be able to photograph Katie on her own wedding day, as well as the festivities she was going to share with her closest lady friends on the day prior. She’s clearly a very talented photographer, and I was excited to be able to give her what she gives to her clients on a regular basis: beautiful memories of the happiest times in her life! :)

The girls all had a blast at the party, and Amy constantly surprised Katie with games to play throughout the evening. If you doubt the fun I say they all had, well, just take a look at the photos. I think they communicate the good times pretty accurately. ;)

Matteo is 6 weeks old!

March 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to photograph baby Matteo’s first portrait session. Of course I happily agreed to do so :)

This little guy was full of smiles, charm, and baby jabber right up until the last shot. His parents and uncle were all saying that he’s going to be the next Gerber Baby representative, and I really hope the photos I captured of him will help him get into that position ;) Without a doubt, he’s certainly cute enough!


The Year of 2012 Pt 2: The places I saw.

February 12, 2013 | Post a Comment

Guess who’s back again!? Oh yeah, this lady is on a roll. Been on a roll in the field of photography thus far this year as well, WHICH ONLY MEANS MORE BLOG POSTS FOR YOU ALL TO FEAST YOUR EYEBALLS UPON SOON (hopefully)! ;)

So, to preface this post, I feel inclined to ask: Are you someone who enjoys looking at places you might not have visited yet? Do you like to look at pretty things? Do you like to go outside? If you said yes to all three of those questions, then first and foremost, let me congratulate you on being an awesome individual. We could be friends, undoubtedly. Second, you’ll very much enjoy the second half of my Year of 2012 blog post, as it highlights all of the places I had the opportunity to travel to last year. :) I went to a lot of different places, and met a lot of really, really fantastic people.

Anyways, now that I’ve rambled a little bit, I want to show you the things that I’ve seen. Brace yourselves, a) it’s going to be a big post again, and b) these places are beautiful. Contact your local travel agent immediately. Or just go outside. ;)

February 11th, 2012: The Grand Canyon, Arizona.

February 13th, 2012: Crystal Cove, California.

May 18th, 2012: Ipswich, Massachusetts.

July 8th, 2012: Pleasanton, California.

September 7th, 2012: Big Bear, California.

September 30th, 2012: Coronado, California.

October 9th-11th, 2012: Yosemite, California.

October 12th-13th, 2012: Big Sur, California.

October 14th, 2012: Highway 1, South.

October 17th, 2012: Joshua Tree, California.

October 30th, 2012: Big Bear, California.

December 4th-7th, 2012: Out and about in Virginia.

If you enjoyed these photos, and now feel a strong inclination to decorate your home with them, all the images in this post (plus a few bonus photos) can be purchased as prints (or canvases, or coffee mugs, or stickers, etc.) here:


The Year of 2012 pt 1: Weddings and people I’ve photographed.

January 12, 2013 | 4 Comments

As I guiltily let the weeks slip by without posting any of my new work during the last few months of 2012, I resolved (as cliché as it sounds) not only to start posting my work more frequently again, but to also pick up my camera every once in awhile just for fun. It’s easy to let things/life catch up with you and forget what you like to do, and sometimes why you even enjoyed it in the beginning. At the end of last year, I forgot almost entirely how much fun I have photographing nature and its sheer enormity, amiable strangers, friends making silly faces, lovers in their own universe together, animals playing, miscellaneous family trinkets, and well, pretty much everything.

It has been awhile since I’ve posted, and things may be a little different from here on out, but I think that’s a good thing. :) Today I would like to show you all of the people I’ve had the extreme opportunity to work with in the year 2012 (it’s gonna be a big post, so brace yourselves…). You’re all amazing, every single one of you (even the people whose photos may not make it into the post tonight; I probably miss you terribly [ESPECIALLY those of you I've met and haven't photographed yet]). You guys have kept me going, and give me the courage to continue. So thank you. Here’s to 2013 and all the opportunities this new year may offer us. <3

Ok, cut to the photos now, Lady McTalksALot. 2012 Weddings and people I’ve photographed:

January 6th, 2012 : John and Junie’s photo booth.

January 25th, 2012 : Lish’s family portraits.

March 17th, 2012 : Joe and Jeannie’s wedding.

March 19th, 2012 : Olivia’s six month portraits.

March 24th, 2012 : Ali’s 21st birthday party.

April 28th, 2012 : Gabriel and Ellie’s wedding.

May 19th, 2012 : Tyler and Joanna’s wedding.

July 4th, 2012 : Tom and Kelly’s wedding.

July 7th, 2012 : JD and Nicole’s wedding.

July 21st, 2012 : Joanna and Kristen’s wedding.

August 4th, 2012 : Steve and Megan’s wedding.

August 11th, 2012 : Phillip and Lizeri’s wedding.

August 22nd, 2012 : Genaro’s 20 year serving portrait.

September 22nd, 2012 : Arles and Milargro’s wedding.

November 17th, 2012 : Jeff and Ariel’s wedding.

November 19th, 2012 : Portraits in the park with Jeannie.

December 9th, 2012 : Cooke family portraits.

Stay tuned for 2012 : Places I’ve been. I love you all, and thank you for changing my life for the better. :)

Olivia is 6 months old!

September 24, 2012 | 1 Comment

This blog post is long overdue, I know. Apologies. Things have been a bit on the busy side in Dannee-Land. :) I’ll talk less in this post and photo more.

Here are some color altered photos of the adorable baby Olivia when she was six months old (which was about six months ago…). I hope you all enjoy!

Joe and Jeannie 3.17.12

July 17, 2012 | 2 Comments

It only took me four months to get this wedding posted. But better late than never, right!? ;)

I knew Joe and Jeannie back when they used to work at the restaurant my parents manage, when their relationship was all shiny and new. Six, seven years later Jeannie emailed me asking if I wanted to photograph their wedding. I was thrilled!

Joe and Jeannie got married on St. Patrick’s day, in the middle of a torrential downpour. Luckily, the fire station next door let us use their garage for a couple of bridal party photos; Joe happens to be a fireman, and the guys next door were more than happy to help out on his wedding day. :)

Joe and Jeannie, I am so so happy for you both. Everyone always knew you two would be together forever, and I was so honored to be a part of your big day. Wishing you guys much love and happiness in your marriage! See ya around at EC! ;)

Again, huge thanks to Mr. Seth DeDoes for being an awesome second shooter, helping me out all day, and for catching this…

On our way to the reception, Seth got an AWESOME shot of the wiener-mobile! I might’ve started flipping out a bit in my seat… :)

Spring Training.

July 10, 2012 | Post a Comment

Today I will be sharing with you the photos I took while in Arizona with the Feltens (minus Lindsay :( ) at Spring Training. Personally, watching any sport on TV makes me want to go into another room and escape. Live games are a completely different story. It’s exciting to be there, and it’s hard to resist becoming a part of the crowd by cheering your favorite team on (I like to pick the underdogs and root them on loudly). Also, most stadiums have good beer. ;)

Chasing the Sunset.

June 26, 2012 | Post a Comment

So here’s a short, quick, beachy post from when Seth and I visited Crystal Cove to capture the sunset about a million days ago. I figure the photos are appropriate with the hottest days of summer approaching us all slowly but surely. Also, many of you may be familiar with my obsession with sunsets and the sky, so this post may be for me just a little bit as well. ;)

Now, who wants to go have a bonfire at the beach with me? :)

Grand Canyon Adventure Time.

June 24, 2012 | Post a Comment

It’s been awhile again. :( This post is ONLY about 5 months overdue…

BUT! I’m excited! I’ve been working on my photos from the Grand Canyon adventure we all took at the beginning of February for the past few days, and the photos turned out like a magical candy-land of natural beauty. Does that make sense at all? See for yourself, I suppose. ;)

The snowstorm approaches…

This was the first time I’ve ever been in a snowstorm. Soooo exciting! Then we had to run from it, haha.