California Elopement

AJ and Julia decided to have an intimate California elopement in Carmel, California to celebrate their love for each other. For them, this was much easier than planning a big wedding. Personally, I love small elopements. They still invited their closest friends and family to watch them say “I DO” at Lover’s Rock at Ribera […]

October 7, 2021


Beach Wedding in California | Intimate Wedding at Monterey Tides

Sam and Dillon knew they wanted to have a beach wedding in California, and The Monterey Tides was the perfect spot for them. On a perfect afternoon, these two, along with their closest friends and family, gathered at this hotel. Everyone was so excited for the couple to finally say ‘I Do.” Hey, everyone! My […]


September 24, 2021

Beach Wedding in California

Wedding Photographer in Monterey

Hey, reader! Dana Arnold here. It’s been six months since I moved here and became a wedding photographer in Monterey. Since we are half way through the year already, I wanted to go ahead and share all the excitement that has been going on. I have been so blessed to have photographed some incredible couples […]

June 30, 2021

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cute couple running in the water and laughing on the beach

Planning a military wedding

If you are currently planning a military wedding, then you are in the right place! Hi, Dana Arnold here. Navy Wife and Professional bad ass wedding photographer based out of Monterey, California. I have been a full time photographer for over three years now. My business started in Hawaii, then moved to Virginia, and now […]

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April 15, 2021

Sword arch at a military wedding in Virginia

Monterey Stone Chapel Wedding

On a sunny day in Monterey, Jennifer and Gabriel said I Do. They had big plans for their wedding. They wanted to gather with friends and family and celebrate love. Covid, however, had other ideas. Due to the changes in Monterey, Jennifer and Gabriel did not want to wait. They decided to elope at A […]

January 7, 2021


bride and groom in front of classic car in monterey

Wedding Planning Advice

The engagement season is upon us, for December through February are the three months out of the year with the most proposals. Not surprising with the holidays in that time frame! As a wedding photographer, I have seen it all with wedding planning. I have worked with so many planners. Most of the time, I […]


January 5, 2021

Poquoson Virginia Wedding

Sold my Nikon for a Sony, but regretted it right after

Invested in education courses 

Shot my first solo wedding


Decided to go part-time photographer 

Took a photo of my friends naked son on a beach

Upgraded to a Nikon 5500


Thought I was so cool with my grainy photos of blurry horses

Took photos of landscapes for fun 

Bought a Nikon 3300


my first solo wedding – 2017

Met some incredible industry friends

Started to fill up 2020

Booked up 2019 in about two months


I moved from Hawaii to Norfolk, Virginia

Shot three amazing Hawaii weddings

Went full-time


experimented with all sorts of editing styles 

Prepared myself to go full-time

Switched back to Nikon and got my first full-frame


brand photoshoot – 2018

Established my brand and editing style- 2018

California has welcomed me with incredible 2020/2021 wedding couples

I booked a trip to Seattle and Alaska 

This year, I am making it all about creativity


I moved from Virginia to Monterey, California

I invested in my 2nd mastermind- I refuse to lose this business

Covid Hit the wedding business


I invested in my first mastermind

I figured the type of photographer I wanted to be

2020 was booked in full by the end of 2019


Week in Spain with my husband -2019



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