Tips on Engagement Photos

Picture it. You and your significant other are walking along the Champ de Mars with the Eiffel Tower in view. Hand in hand, you walk closer to the monument. Smiling, as you both finish your second gelato of the day. Once you get closer, you start to notice them acting a bit funny. They are […]

October 15, 2021


couple standing on rocks and kissing

Engagement Photos on the beach | Sara + Joe

Sara and Joe had their Engagement Photos on the beach here in Monterey! This photo session was so important to us because it was our time to get to know each other before their wedding next month! These two reached out to me only a few months ago wanting photography services for their October wedding. […]


September 29, 2021

Engagement Photos on the beach

California Engagement Photos | Tim & Danielle’s Engagement Session

Hey, everyone! My name is Dana Arnold and I am an engagement and wedding photographer based out of Monterey and love serving couples in the state of California. Before each wedding with my couples, I love capturing some California engagement photos with a complimentary engagement session. Having an engagement session allows us to meet, capture […]

July 21, 2021


California Engagement Photos

Beach Engagement Photos | Engagement Session for Joanie and Anthony

June gloom is a known thing here in the Bay Area of California. Event at 9am, you will find yourself at the beach surrounded by thick fog. The sun, soon enough, will shine through and the fog will disappear. California is a beautiful place to get married and have your Beach Engagement Photos to share […]


July 15, 2021

Beach Engagement Photos

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

Half Moon Bay Beach Engagement Session

Half Moon Bay Beach Engagement Session Hi, I am Dana! A wedding photographer based out of the Bay Area here to serve super fun California couples who value photography. When I first moved here, I was so excited to explore all the beautiful areas and tour venues that will win my heart over. When you […]


March 18, 2021

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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