Weddings at Carmel Mission | California Wedding for Joanie and Anthony

It was only what felt like a few months ago that Joanie and Anthony started planning their wedding. They booked their ceremony at the Carmel Basilica, and their reception at The Perry House. After googling weddings at Carmel Mission and seeing the beautiful photos, I knew this wedding was going to be spectacular to say […]

July 29, 2021

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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

Wedgewood Wedding in Carmel California

Hey! Dana Arnold here! For those who do not know me, and are new here, welcome! I am a wedding and military event photographer currently based out of Monterey, California. My goal as a photographer is to serve couples who value photography. The ones who know how important it is too have all the moments […]

May 19, 2021


Bride and groom walking away

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

Hey, there! Thank you so much for shooting me a message! I already cannot wait to hear from you! I will reach out to you within 24 hours. In the meantime, be sure to check out my resources page with lots of free tips for brides and grooms planning their wedding!

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