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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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

Peacock Gap Golf Club Spring Wedding

Peacock Gap Golf Club Spring Wedding When I was referred Katherine and Johnny’s wedding day, just under two months prior to the wedding date, I was excited to hear all about them and their Peacock Gap Golf Club spring wedding! Dana here. Wedding Photographer based out of Monterey who LOVES to travel. Shooting weddings is […]

March 4, 2021


Bay Area Wedding Venue

River Road Mansion This Bay Area Wedding Venue is a gorgeous victorian mansion located in Salinas, California. River Road Mansion is a wedding venue perfect for all types of weddings! They can host a guest count of about 60-70 people, with a court yard that is spacious for both a set-up and for a dance […]


February 16, 2021

front of mansion with gate and red door

Monterey Photographer

|Angela and Patrick| It was a long time coming, but I am so excited to finally introduce you to Angela and Patrick. These two are a prime example of love and laughter. Patrick is an all-around goof ball who loves to have a good time. Angela is a sweet lady who loves to smile and […]

December 18, 2020


couple hand in hand walking on the beach

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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