The One Behind the Camera
Hey there! I’m Danae, a 26 year old gal with restless feet, and a love for love. I was born and raised in Appleton, WI, and still call it home. Although Wisconsin is home, I frequently have the desire to spend all my free time exploring new places and cultures.
I have become the person my friends and family ask to plan their trips, because I’m known to spend my time searching for the greatest flight deals. I’m also known to cause my mothers hair to grey with my constant announcements of traveling to new foreign countries on a whim (sorry mom).
What began my obsession with the great outdoors was taking family camping trips out west every year since I was young. From the day I was born we would pack up and hit the road for 2-3 weeks every summer and explore National Parks in the states of Colorado, California, Montana, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, etc. I now look back and treasure those memories we all made together camping, hiking, and sitting around a campfire underneath the stars. What also resonates in my mind is the fact that I always had a camera with me. I was in love with capturing our adventures, and going to the store when we got home to get those snapshots of our life printed. My love for photography continued into my later years, when I discovered the pure joy I felt when capturing the happiness between two people when about to marry their best friend.
Ultimately, I’m passionate about life and doing the things that set my soul on fire. For me that’s spending time around those who matter great deal to me, being anywhere among nature in the great outdoors, and documenting couples who are in love and have an adventurous spirit. Nothing inspires me more than those who are willing to wake at the crack of dawn to begin a hike to the top of the mountain to catch the sunrise, those who speak to one another in only kind and uplifting words, and those who realize marriage is a lifelong commitment– and though it may not be easy, it will certainly be worth it.
Let’s capture this exciting adventure together.
A traveler at heart
Having both a passion for traveling off the beaten path and for couples in love, makes for a beautiful combination. I not only serve Wisconsin as a wedding and portrait photographer, but Wisconsin and anywhere beyond. No place is too far for these feet to travel to.
A few places across the map that I’ve been to have been Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Ireland, Iceland, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Hungary, England, Norway and much more. In fact, I often travel to Thailand to photograph adventure sessions and weddings!
I’ve caught the travel bug, and I don’t ever want to stop! I have several countries that I’d love to see, and am offering discounted wedding packages to those who are planning to elope there!
- Santorini, Greece
- Patagonia, Argentina
- Hunza Valley, Pakistan
- Isle of the Skye, Scotland
- Hallstatt, Austria
I strongly believe that one of the best ways to get to know someone is by taking a moment to listen to their musical tastes. Here are some of my favorites, and what often inspires my work. Give it a listen and (hopefully) enjoy!
My approach to photography is genuine, playful, with gentle direction. I do my best to capture moments as they happen, rather than setting the scene. I want to preserve the memories of you and your loved one as who you are, and in your element. I have found that happens best when I take a step back from directing, and let you be yourselves.
My editing style is vibrant, warm, and natural. Entirely like my shooting approach, I want my editing to remain as accurate as possible to what the passing moment had been.
A few things you may not know about me…
- I grew up watching 50-60's films. I know more about people like Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day, Cary Grant, John Wayne or Rock Hudson than any other modern day actor or actress.
- I'm drawn to music that makes me feel like I'm in the great outdoors. Folk or Indie is typically my genre of choice.
- Ouray, Colorado will forever hold a special place in my heart.