it all started when

I was 13 and I though it would be easy to become a YouTube celebrity. I got as far as getting my first "professional" camera, and making a few vlogs before I realized I had a different calling!

Long story short, I consider 2017 to be the official start of my journey because that is when I did my first paid photo session. I am grateful for all the early clients that put their trust in me in the months and years that followed. Since then, I have completed advanced education courses to fill in my gaps in knowledge from a technical, business, and marketing perspective. Photography truly lights up my soul and I find it incredible that I get to be a lifelong learner in this profession.

Before coming to D.C., I lived in a couple of different places

I was born in Ecuador and immigrated with my family to Miami, Florida when I was very young. Although I didn't spend much time in Ecuador, I still consider it a big part of my personality. I'm grateful to be fluent in Spanish, and once upon a time I performed with various salsa dance teams in celebration of my heritage.

I insisted on going to college in a different state, so I ended up in Baltimore to attend Johns Hopkins University, which is where my photography career began! My major was wildly unrelated to photography, but I suddenly had friends who were graduating from college and wanted somebody, anybody, to take their photos. Graduation portraits turned to engagement photos, then family portraits, and suddenly I had a side hustle on my hands.

Life then took me to a college town in Oregon, where I met my partner and favorite person in the world, Mason. Being new in town, I slowed down my photography endeavors and PNW nature was my muse instead. A friend of mine inspired me to pick my business up again, this time with a fresh set of eyes and a crazy passion for the business side of things.

Mason, Lexi dog, and I moved to D.C. in 2021, and it turned out to be an incredible place to progress my business ventures. I am thrilled with all the photography experience I have gained here and I cannot wait to see where life takes us next!

Top: The famous Lexi dog
Left: Me with my partner Mason Right: Happy to be in front of the camera too!

Here are some out-of-context fun facts for you to enjoy

Dani in a nutshell

Guilty pleasure

Moulin Rouge

alternate universe job

100% a popstar's back-up dancer

favorite place i've been:

Ecuador!

drink of choice

A hot chocolate before bed

can't live without

My shaggy Lexi dog

usually craving

Peruvian food

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