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

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

Vineyard Wedding California

Located at a private home in Soquel, California, a group of wedding vendors are preparing for a wedding that many have long been waiting for. The ceremony set-up was under the oak trees with an arch filled of lavender and red florals. Along the patio with the pool, there are tables with flowers in the […]


July 2, 2021

husband and wife under wedding veil smiling at each other

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

for brides

cute couple running in the water and laughing on the beach

Cedar Hall Farms Wedding

As the crowd gathers to their seats for this Cedar Hall Farms Wedding, The groom and the Bride are in separate locations, anxiously waiting for the moment they say I Do. First down the aisle is Luke and his boys. Back in Black by AC/DC is playing at these gentleman walk down the aisle in […]

for brides

June 25, 2021

bride and groom walking next to each other in field

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



my journey

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xo, Dana

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