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You'll find all the info about senior and personal branding sessions plus a peek into my everyday life.

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How is it possible that I’m going to be an empty nester? I feel like my daughter’s senior year is flying by. Am I the only parent that feels this way?

Soon to be empty nester – A Day in the Life

young girl wearing first day of school clothing from gymboree

It’s that time of year again, back to school shopping. Between the pandemic and distance learning, our shopping spree is going to be much different this year.

Back to school shopping – A Day in the Life

senior girl photo carrying a Lululemon bag

Before you say to yourself, “I’m not a model,” read more about how I run my Influencer Team. It’s all about inclusion, empowerment, and having fun with seniors from local high schools. And there’s fun perks too 🙂

What is the Dana Nicole Influencer Team?

high school senior girls influencer team

Welcome to my new blog series, A Day in the Life with a Senior. Please join me as I document the ups and downs of my daughter’s senior year of high school.

A Day in the Life with a Senior

A day in the life with a senior

Although I enjoy taking photos at the beach, there are some challenges that every photographer faces. Here are five tips to help you get great beach photos.

Five tips for getting great photos at the beach

Even though I look forward to spring, I’m going to miss snuggling by the fireplace and sipping hot tea.

Ah, the first day of spring


The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is balance for better. What can we do to support gender equality, celebrate women’s achievements, and increase awareness of discrimination.

International Women’s Day 2019

Dana Nicole Photography in Los Angeles

In Japanese culture, the 88th birthday is a celebration of long life. It is customary for the birthday person to wear a gold colored cap and vest. Check out how cute my dad is wearing his birthday outfit.

Life is great at 88 – a birthday celebration

family portrait of father and daughter

Another year has come and gone. What’s in store for 2019? Take a peek at some of the goals I have for this year.

Goodbye 2018, hello 2019 resolutions

list of new year's resolutions

So what exactly is golden hour? And why do all photographers think this time of day is so special? Find out why I prefer this time of day.

Why I love to shoot during golden hour

high school senior portrait backlit before HOCO

In-home photo sessions are always a favorite. I love to help families document their life in a location that is special to them.

Capturing details during an in-home session

family portrait of child reading a book

It seems like yesterday that I was leaving the hospital with a newborn baby. And now my baby is a teenager. People always say that time goes by quickly and I never believed them. Now I do.

Bye bye baby, hello teenager

high school senior portrait walking along the beach

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Say goodbye to boring portraits. You deserve images that are full of laughter, beauty, and genuine expressions. Now is the time to capture images that let your true personality shine!

Photos for a new generation