Beautiful Monterey California Wedding

What better way to start off my 2022 wedding season than with this Beautiful Monterey California Wedding. Their wedding ceremony was held at The Church of Wayfarer in Carmel-By-The-Sea. Following this was their reception at one of my favorites- Wedgewood Carmel! This wedding here is special because the couple won me over from the first […]

January 10, 2022


Gardener Ranch Styled Wedding

Gardener Ranch is one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Carmel and so, I am excited to share with you this Gardener Ranch Styled Wedding. Hey, I’m Dana Arnold! Owner of Dana Arnold Photography based out of Monterey, California. I photographed weddings for joyous couples in the Bay-Area. These couples love to have fun, […]


January 3, 2022

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

Whimsical Irish Inspired Wedding | Bay Area, California

If I could have one wish as a wedding photographer, it would be to end my season each year with a wedding that is unforgettable. Loren and Austin and their Whimsical Irish Inspired Wedding did just that. Our bride and groom had a live band with bagpipes, men and women dressed in kilts, and a […]

December 2, 2021


Lighthouse Wedding | Pacific Grove, California

Along the California Coast in Pacific Grove stands a beautiful lighthouse that all tourist must visit. Located in the middle of a Golf Course, you can park along the street and walk up to the “must see” spot for the locals and the tourists. Along the back, you can see the ocean. Waves crashing on […]


November 29, 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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