Carmel Valley Wedding Photographer and Elopement Photographer

Welcome!

Your Carmel Valley Wedding Photographer for all California Couples

When you dream about your wedding day, are you thinking about the gorgeous Gardener Ranch? Or maybe a beachside wedding at Monterey Beach Station. You might also be looking at the valley in Carmel. Either way, your wedding is very special and unique to you. I'm here to capture your love story from the getting-ready to the grand exit. 

Carmel Valley Wedding Photographer

You can stop looking, you found your wedding photographer!

You don’t want a basic wedding package and you definitely don’t want just any photographer for your Carmel Valley Wedding

You want a wedding photographer who you can trust to capture every single moment: from your guests' reactions as they arrive at the picturesque winery or the beachfront wedding you’ve chosen for your wedding venue, to the getaway car at the end of the night when it hits you that you are really married now. You want a wedding photographer who can help you feel calm and relaxed throughout the planning process, and filled with joy and laughter on your wedding day.

YOU CAN RELAX NOW, YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE.

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Love 
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Elegant
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Wed Mag.

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Bride

Wedding Services

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From your inquiry form to the plane ride home, find out what hiring me to be your destination wedding photographer will look like.

THIS IS MY JAM

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Portfolio

Get a sense of my style and enjoy endless European wedding inspiration from a few of my favorite places like Paris, the French Riviera, London, Santorini and more.

READY TO FEEL INSPIRED?

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The Blog

What I love most about traveling? The moments shared and the lessons learned. The blog is filled with stories and photos of real wedding couples like you, destination wedding travel advice, and so much more.

THAT’S WHAT
 I NEED

I invest in your experience

When you book me for your wedding, you're also taking advantage of my years of experience and investing in myself.

Trained as a Professional Stylist 

I've trained as a professional stylist at a luxury wedding salon in the Bay Area, so if you need someone to fix a dress on the fly or bustle your train before your first dance, I'm in your corner (and will handle your dress with care during getting ready shots)

Attended Luxury Wedding Retreats

I've invested in retreats worldwide, not only for the chance to take stunning photos, but so that I can learn from industry leaders on how to better photograph your wedding details, provide a top-notch customer experience, and more.

Personally Travel Often

Before I became a destination wedding photographer, I had traveled to 12 countries on my own dime.I still prioritize investing in experiences that enhance my adaptability and quick thinking skills, (which is incredibly valuable on a wedding day)

...and so much more. I'm always sharpening my toolkit and investing in myself so that when I show up on your wedding day, you are getting the best version of me yet.

Recent Work

Alyssa and Ryan

This amazing Laguna Beach engagement session to celebrate Ryan and Alyssa! 

Maria and Jon

A private Family Farm wedding with stunning wedding florals and details!

Gardener Ranch Inspired wedding

A classic wedding car, incredible florals, and a few stunning wedding dresses!

Published Work

Destination I Do

We wandered the streets of Paris (on the day of the tour de France) and captured some amazing moments at all the dreamy city locations!

Two beautiful engineers got engaged with a custom ring from Africa. Us three walked the streets of Carmel for an incredible engagement session!

Glam and Grace

Located at the famous and dreamy Villa Ephrussi in South of France, this publication is filled with wedding detail dreams for all couples!

 "Her infectious personality and outgoing nature made us feel comfortable being ourselves. Taking our photos was such an incredibly fun process. When my husband and I met Dana, we immediately connected with her, were impressed with her portfolio, and knew she was the only photographer we’d want to capture our special day. Her website is beautifully designed and easy to navigate, and she goes above and beyond communicating with her clients. It’s clear that Dana loves her craft and is passionate about capturing the love and magic of every moment."

"Working with Dana was an experience we will never forget."

Lindsay and Dillon

"Dana captured our day so beautifully!"

 I could not have asked for better photos and a more fun photographer to work with. She is incredibly talented, makes you laugh during photo shoots (which makes the photos turn out incredible), is accommodating, and gets photos back in a very timely manner. Her photos will be up on my wall and in a treasured photo album for years to come. Do yourself a favor and book Dana for your wedding! She's truly the best!

"I have endless nice things to say about Dana and her team."

 We initially reached out to Dana inquiring about her wedding day packages and were impressed with the lightning fast response time, the ease of use and clarity of her packages and of course her stunning photography! After an initial call, we felt like Dana was already a lifelong friend of ours and immediately knew this was the wedding photographer for us! Over the past year, Dana has sent us the sweetest welcome package, given us the best photos of us and our dog we've ever had, made us laugh and ensured to get every and I mean EVERY single one of the photos from our wedding we dreamed of. If you're looking for a Wedding Photographer who's a master of a light and airy look and getting family members to show their biggest smiles, Dana is the absolute best choice!

Chandler and Ray

Sarah and Lucian

I BELIEVE LIFE SHOULD BE ENJOYED.

As a wedding photographer, my connection to my couples is more important to me than anything else.

Serving couples getting married in dreamy wedding locations, whether it’s a vineyard in Carmel Valley or a beach wedding in Monterey, fills my heart with so much joy. It’s always a thrill to return to venues I love, but with nearly 100 weddings in my portfolio, it still surprises me how different each and every wedding day truly is. The menu you choose, the music you dance to, the color palette that inspires you - it all comes together on your wedding day to tell your story. 

As your wedding photographer - and your new unofficial hype woman - I’m here to reassure you: your love story is unique and incredible and I will make sure your wedding photos remind you of that every day.

Enjoyment (n): the state or process of taking pleasure in something

Want all of the details? 

here's what our time together will look like

If everything you are reading sounds like I am the right fit for you, make sure you fill out the contact form below. Once I receive your inquiry, I will take it from there. 

I will reach out and set up a video call within 24 hours of receiving your initial inquiry form. If at all possible, I want BOTH of you to attend so I can meet you (and appreciate how sweet you are together, obviously).

If we both feel like I’m the right fit for your wedding day (I will be completely honest with you), I will send over a contract and invoice. Once you’ve signed on the dotted line, your date is on my calendar in permanent marker.

Once I am hired as your wedding photographer, expect me to reach out a few times over the planning process. This is so I can be updated on any progress and address any new ideas when it comes to wedding photography on your wedding day!

By the time your wedding day arrives, we are going to be best friends and that will help you relax while I’m doing my thing as your official hype girl behind the camera.  

(check your mail within 2 weeks for a little something from me, for the both of you)

After your wedding day, you might feel a little down that it’s all over. But it’s not. I deliver sneak peaks within 3 days, a blog post with my favorite moments, and your full wedding gallery is delivered within 3-4 weeks. I like to deliver these FAST so you don’t fill your social media with those underwhelming camera photos while you wait.

Saying Goodbye is Always the Hardest

so after all of this, promise you’ll stay in touch okay? 



When you hire the right Carmel Wedding photographer, they do more than show up and take your picture. The right photographer should make you feel calm as your wedding day approaches, comfortable in front of the camera, and confident that your wedding photos will show off your good side. 

My team and I will be with you every step of the way. From sending you wedding guides and helping you with wedding photography timelines, to ensuring that every moment you want in your wedding gallery is captured. 

You are not alone in this, I got you. 


Wedding Packages

Your wedding day is going to be one of the most important and cherished days of your life. It's a time when the best memories will be made. I want to make sure your wedding experience is one that will capture everything you want. This is why I offer a few different options! So you can decide what is best for you and your spouse, friends, and family! 

The average DWD couple spends $5,500

Classic Experience

All-Inclusive Experience

+ A welcome gift for the couple (as a thank you for choosing me to be your photographer)

+ Rehearsal coverage up to 1 hour

+ 8 hours of wedding day coverage 

+ Two Wedding Photographers plus an assistant

+ Online digital gallery with unlimited downloading that never expires 

+ Wedding Day Blog to tell your wedding story through my eyes with dozens of images!

+ Three 8 by 10 and One 11 by 14 prints of your choice

+ A welcome gift for the couple (as a thank you for choosing me to be your photographer) 

+ Rehearsal and welcome dinner coverage up to 3 hours

+ Up to 10 hours of wedding day coverage 

+ Two Wedding Photographers plus an assistant 

+ Online Digital gallery with unlimited downloading that never expires 

+ Wedding Day Blog to tell your wedding story through my eyes with dozens of images 

+ Five 8 by 10 and Three 11 by 14 prints of your choice

WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE

With me as your photographer

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You’ll ENJOY having your photos taken. Seriously. I know at least one of you hates having their photos taken and is worried they’ll look or feel awkward in the photos. Not on my watch!

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You’ll book a wedding photography package that includes exactly what you need to cover your favorite moments - whether that’s a three-day event filled with all the festivities or a classic one-day wedding.

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You can count on me to work tirelessly to capture all of your “must have” moments, so you can experience being truly present on your wedding day and not stress over all the details.

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You’ll get a photographer who is assertive (read: bossy) enough to get your larger-than-life wedding party to line up for wedding photos, but cheerful enough that you’ll still have an amazing time. 

Contact
Destinations with Dana

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