Cousiac Manor Wedding in Virginia

Dana Arnold here! Hello and welcome. I am a wedding photographer based out of California, but still here happily serving my Virginia couples. For those who do not know me, I am a navy wife who moves around, and of course takes my business with me. I used to live in Virginia and now I […]

April 22, 2021


first dance of bride and groom outside under lights

Planning a military wedding

If you are currently planning a military wedding, then you are in the right place! Hi, Dana Arnold here. Navy Wife and Professional bad ass wedding photographer based out of Monterey, California. I have been a full time photographer for over three years now. My business started in Hawaii, then moved to Virginia, and now […]

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April 15, 2021

Sword arch at a military wedding in Virginia

Military homecoming outfits

As if the stress of a navy homecoming is not enough, planning on what to wear is even more difficult. It has been what… six months? Nine? Since you last saw your spouse. I know you want to look really good for them. So you shave your legs, clean the house, and get things read […]

March 31, 2021


Photo of family with their favorite Navy Homecoming Dresses

Vineyard Wedding in Carmel Valley California

Hey guys! Dana Arnold here. I am a Carmel and Monterey wedding photographer who serves couples who value the art of photography and understand the importance of the special moments captured during your wedding day. On weekends I am free, I tend to do two things: Relax at home, or plan a fun wedding styled […]


March 23, 2021

bride and groom on wooden balcony

Half Moon Bay Beach Engagement Session

Half Moon Bay Beach Engagement Session Hi, I am Dana! A wedding photographer based out of the Bay Area here to serve super fun California couples who value photography. When I first moved here, I was so excited to explore all the beautiful areas and tour venues that will win my heart over. When you […]

March 18, 2021


Engagement Session at Monterey Beach

Engagement Session at Monterey Beach On a chilly yet golden evening on the beach, Jon pulled his fiance into his arms. He wrapped them around her, giving her warmth from the sea breeze. The sun setting, he grabs her hand and pulls her in for a kiss. Maria shows a faint smile, and no words […]


March 13, 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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