2021 in Review

It’s time for my 2021 in Review and I did not let the fears of 2020 stop me from doing what I do best, which is reaching dreams and achieving goals. 2021 was the best year yet, and for many reasons! Monterey Wedding Photographer Hey, I’m Dana Arnold! I am a wedding photographer based out […]

December 18, 2021


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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

Today we celebrate six years of marriage!

Today, we celebrate six years of marriage!! I cannot believe that six years ago, we got married at his grandmother’s church on a gorgeous Spring day in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania. He was wearing his dress blues, me in my cheap wedding dress, and we enjoyed our $5,000 wedding, followed by our honeymoon that was just […]

June 13, 2021


husband and wife in dessert

Three Years in Business

Monterey Wedding Photographer I was about to start off this blog with “I cannot believe I made it to three years” and then I quickly hit backspace. Personally, I am not surprised that I did make it to three years in business. Owning a business is one of the hardest things that I have ever […]


February 1, 2021

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2021 mindset and goals

Word of the year: MORE. Every year, we (business owners) love picking a word of the year, and then using that as our theme to live and work by. It can be something as simple as money or growth, or something more complex. For me, MORE is going to be my word of the year. […]

January 1, 2021


My 2020 in review

My 2020 in review It was finally time to write up my 2020 in review. After reading the blog that mentioned my 2020 goals, I am excited to say that I accomplished 3/5! That was all about prepping for my move to Monterey, giving each wedding my best, and to stop being trendy. My Instagram […]


December 29, 2020

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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