Carmel By The Sea Anniversary Session

Jessica and Jake are here in California visiting and to celebrate their marriage, they had a Carmel By The Sea Anniversary Session. These two decided to hire me to photograph it all! As a photographer, I get to meet couples from all over the world. Jessica is actually a photographer as well. The mentors she […]

April 7, 2022


Tips on Engagement Photos

Picture it. You and your significant other are walking along the Champ de Mars with the Eiffel Tower in view. Hand in hand, you walk closer to the monument. Smiling, as you both finish your second gelato of the day. Once you get closer, you start to notice them acting a bit funny. They are […]


October 15, 2021

couple standing on rocks and kissing

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

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

Photo session at Marina Sand Dunes in Monterey California

California sand dunes photo session As a photographer in Monterey, engagement and portrait photography is something I always love to offer couples! Whether engaged, or already married, getting portraits done is always a “yes” in my book. It’s something I love to do during the “slow” season. Claire and Parker have been married for about […]

February 23, 2021


couple kissing while holding a donut

Monterey, California Photographer

| The Ati Family | Being a Monterey, California Photographer, I have come to the conclusion that I am so lucky to get to experience my life as a business owner here in Monterey. Let me explain. It’s because I get to shoot at beautiful locations. My couples and families who reach out to me […]


December 23, 2020

family 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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