How much does a wedding photographer cost

For those of you who want to know how much a wedding photographer cost, this is for you. My first advice in finding this answer is not by looking at platforms like Wedding Wire or The Knot. The reason being is that they base this on average out of the country, not based on location […]

December 14, 2021

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Monterey Wedding Venues

If you are a couple looking at Monterey Wedding Venues to host your wedding, then you have come to the right place! Monterey Wedding Photographer Hi, my name is Dana Arnold and I am a wedding photographer based out of Monterey, California. I have been photographing weddings for four years now. My time in Monterey […]

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December 9, 2021

International Wedding Photographer | Why I want to become one

In 2014, I took my first ever International trip and it was with my now husband, Steven. I remember the process of getting my passport, and planning out our epic adventure that will take up one week. Only dating for three years, I was excited for this journey and getting to spend it with someone […]

August 24, 2021


Bayonet and Black Horse Wedding | California Wedding for Angelia & Luis

Hey, there! My name is Dana Arnold and I am a wedding photographer here in Monterey, California. I am so excited to share with you today this Beautiful Bayonet and Black Horse Wedding for Angelia and Luis. It was on a hazy and sunny day that these two tied the knot and said ” I […]


August 11, 2021

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Weddings at Carmel Mission | California Wedding for Joanie and Anthony

It was only what felt like a few months ago that Joanie and Anthony started planning their wedding. They booked their ceremony at the Carmel Basilica, and their reception at The Perry House. After googling weddings at Carmel Mission and seeing the beautiful photos, I knew this wedding was going to be spectacular to say […]

July 29, 2021

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Carmel Valley Wedding at Los Laureles Lodge

Hey! I’m Dana. A Monterey based wedding photographer who focuses on capturing moments that couples value to have in their wedding gallery. I truly love what I do, and welcome any type of wedding for anyone into my inbox! In fact, ICYMI, here is a small and fun wedding for you to take a peek […]


July 7, 2021

bride and groom walking down street smiling

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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