A Classic Backyard Wedding

A Classic Backyard Wedding was designed and put together for Danielle and Tim’s wedding day in the Aptos Hills of California. Backyard weddings were not that popular but the recent virus has turned backyard weddings into an ever-lasting trend. Dana Arnold Photography Hey, there! My name is Dana Arnold and I am a wedding photographer […]

April 26, 2022

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Monterey Beach House Wedding | Sam and Brooke

Sam and Brooke had the most beautiful Monterey Beach House Wedding here in Monterey, California. I knew from the moment I met Sam and Brooke at their engagement session a year ago, that this couple and this wedding was going to be unforgettable. I was right, and found myself tearing up not once, but four […]


February 22, 2022

monterey beach house wedding of the bride and groom

Angeles and Reyes | San Carlos Cathedral Wedding

This beautiful San Carlos Cathedral wedding for Angeles and Reyes was in Monterey, California. It was only a few months ago that these two had reached out to me about their wedding. Thanks to my sweet friend and favorite florist, Angie, this couple was introduced to me. From the moment we met, I knew this […]

February 17, 2022

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Dana Arnold Photography

Hello! My name is Dana Arnold and I am the owner of Dana Arnold Photography. To welcome the year 2022, I wanted to do a personal introduction and give you an update on how this business became about. As well as share with you more personal information about me. Meet Me I grew up in […]


February 10, 2022

Desiree and Gabe’s Wedding at Leal Vineyards

Leal Vineyards is a gorgeous vineyard located in Hollister, California. It is going to hold a special place in Desiree and Gabe’s heart because this is where they got married and said “I Do” too forever. Monterey Wedding Photographer Hey, everyone! My name is Dana and I am a Monterey wedding photographer who serves all […]

February 3, 2022

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bride and groom in front of "love" sign

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 […]

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December 14, 2021

bride and groom at vineyard taking photos at sunset

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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