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Thanks for stopping by the blog! Grab your favorite drink, relax, and let's chat about all things photography related. I've got lots to share to help you prepare for your session. There will be some sneak peeks and I'll even tell you a bit about my life and living with a teenager.

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Five tips for getting great photos at the beach

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.

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I’m Dana.
I'm a high school senior and personal branding photographer in sunny Northern California. I help my clients to step into their greatness so we can capture their beauty - inside and out.
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list of new year's resolutions

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.

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high school senior portrait backlit before HOCO

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.

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family portrait of child reading a book

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

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high school senior portrait walking along the beach

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.

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family portrait of young boy

If you want to elevate your photos from meh to wow, follow our quick and easy tips for taking back to school photos.

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dana nicole photography bay area family photographer dad

Growing up, my dad and I used to argue all the time. I think it’s because our personalities were so similar. As an adult, I realize there are so many things that my dad has taught me.

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dana nicole photography bay area family photographer remember fallen heroes

Thank you to the courageous men and women who have given their lives for our country. You will remain in our hearts forever.

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dana nicole photography bay area family photographer mothers

Being a mother is the hardest and least glamorous job I’ve ever had. But it is one that is so rewarding and fills my heart with joy.

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