1. Artist Spotlight | Anastasia

    Happy Monday!

    I am so excited to share this post with you guys today and resurrect the Artist Spotlight feature on the blog! To bring it back, I have my wonderful friend and super talented hair stylist, Anastasia! 

    I have been knowing this beautiful lady for quite some time and since becoming a photographer, we have teamed up on various projects over the years and brought to life fabulosity in the process :) She’s also one of my personal go-to stylists- especially last year when I was on a quest to experiment with as many styles as possible before cutting my hair lol

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    So without further ado, I introduce to you- Anastasia!

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    What is your name?
    Anastasia Arnold

    Where are you located?
    Washington, DC at Bang Salon- Verizon Center

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    What do you do?
    I’m a hairstylist!

    How long have you been a hair stylist?
    7 years

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    How did you become interested in hair and when did you know you wanted to be a professional stylist?
    I grew up around very beautiful, fun, fashionable people. My grandma always kept her hair styled and dressed very nicely and I was always trying to do her hair lol. I remember when i was about 4 or 5, while we were supposed to be taking a nap, I put Vaseline all over her hair, face and the mirror near her bed. She woke up burning up hot and was laughing while I had Vaseline all over my face with comb in my hand! Lol

    I knew from as far back as kindergarten that i wanted to make others happy, feel beautiful, and that I wanted to be a hairstylist.

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    What has been your favorite project that you’ve worked on so far?
    The Bohemian Gem/Scarlet Enigma Editorial!

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    What other types of creative work do you do?
    I do editorial work with DFinney Photography and travel to different cities for hair shows, weddings, parties, events, and classes.

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    What inspires you?
    I loove color and big flirty hair!

    What keeps you motivated?
    The creation around me inspires me every day. I love seeing the smiles on my clients’ faces and the whipping of their hair as they leave the salon :) I love to know that I made you feel like you are the bomb.com! Lol

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    Where can we find you online?
    instagram. facebook. twitter

    I hope you enjoyed getting to know Anastasia a little better! She is definitely one of my favorite hair stylists and I’m even happier to call her a friend :) Check her out on social media via the links above and reach out to her via email (visuallychic@gmail.com) if you’d like to have your tresses blessed by her hands ;) 

    I have a few of these features lined up for the next couple weeks and look forward to showcasing even more of my fabulously talented friends with you soon as well.

    Have a great rest of the day loves!

    -Danni

  2. Amanda | Washington, DC Headshot Photographer

    Happy Friday beautiful people!

    I hope your week was a pleasant one! But even if it wasn’t, the weekend is just about here so you’ll have a chance to reset and start the new week off on a positive note :)

    Today I’ll be sharing with you a wonderful headshot session I had with the branding mastermind Amanda Miller Littlejohn

    I had the privilege of working with Amanda this past spring to do a relaxed headshot session and we couldn’t have asked for a better day! The weather was perfect and her photos turned out beautifully! I love working with professionals who want to convey a real feeling of their personality through their headshots and as you can see with her photos, Amanda is as sweet as can be :)

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    If you’re interested in a headshot session and would like to have the DFinney Experience yourself, email me and schedule yours today! Currently booking: October & November 2014.

  3. Fall Workshop + Miami Mentoring + Teaser

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    Happy Thursday loves!

    I hope you all have been enjoying the wonderful weather and that your week has been going well :)

    Just wanted to drop in with a few updates on some fun things going on over here.

    If you haven’t already heard, the FALL NATURAL LIGHT WORKSHOP has been announced! You can check out full details for the class and register right here!! A few spots are already gone, so make sure to register and claim yours while you still can :)

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    This past week I was in Miami and it was wonderful! It was mostly for vacation, but I did a teeny bit of work ;) I held a group mentor session with these lovely ladies and we had a great time! Hearing just how much photography had been simplified for them by the end of the session was a truly wonderful feeling :)

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    If you follow me on instagram, then you may have seen this last week :)

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    What is that something big you ask? Well you’ll just have to wait and see ;) But I promise it will be well worth the hype lol.

    That’s it for updates today, but I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

    -Danni

  4. Fall Natural Light Workshop Announcement

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    It’s back, it’s back! And this time it’s better than ever :)

    The next Natural Light Workshop will be held on October 18, 2014 at a beautiful location in Washington, DC and you can now secure your spot!

    This comprehensive workshop will teach you everything you need to know about how to take a well-exposed photo EVERY time with natural light! We will cover everything you can think of related to taking great photos with natural light- and some things you probably haven’t thought about :)  

    • understanding the different elements of natural light
    • the importance of correct color & white balance
    • why calibration matters
    • how to “find the light”
    • how to best use natural light to achieve the look you want
    • how to take a well-exposed photo EVERY time with no guesswork!

    And much, much more!

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    This workshop is $495 and includes:

    • continental breakfast & boxed lunches
    • workshop booklet & pen
    • goodies from my wonderful sponsors Miller’s and Shootproof!
    • hands-on shooting w/ models
    • post-processing instruction

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    We will meet up to discuss the basics, and not-so basics of shooting with natural light. After lunch, we will head outside and SHOOT so you can practice what you just learned. Models will be on hand so you can practice correctly photographing clients of varying skin tones. After shooting, we will head back in where I will discuss my post-processing methods.

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    This class will NOT touch on the business aspect of photography as it relates to building a business. We will, however cover photographer/client relationship pointers as it relates to being a natural light photographer. 

    In order to make sure everyone is able to receive individual attention and have adequate time for questions, there will only be 10 seats available for this class.

    Ready to book your spot?

    REGISTER ONLINE RIGHT HERE

    You will need to fill out the form at the link above and care for the non-refundable $100 retainer fee to secure your seat. You’re free to care for the balance at your leisure as long as it’s cared for no later than two weeks prior to the workshop (October 4).

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    Wondering if it’s worth it? Don’t take my word for it, take Sarah’s… and Sara’s lol.

    "I was so surprised that the workshop was so easy. That ease was all due to how well Danielle was able to teach. Her hands on approach as well, was very helpful because she gave you space and artistic freedom, but checked in constantly one on one with everyone to make sure they were getting the shots they wanted. I’ve already seen difference in my photography so I’d say the workshop for me was a complete success!"
    -Sarah Johnson

    "From the very beginning of the workshop with Danielle, I felt a kind of warmth and welcoming feeling when she introduced herself and gave me a hug. She really personified the entire course and left a lot of room for questions and comments. I loved the presentation; Danielle was extremely knowledgeable about the mechanics and concepts of natural light photography and I felt very comfortable sharing my work with her and experiencing her insightful mentorship while critiquing my work. I was very pleased with the result of the workshop, especially the photoshop editing tutorial, as I have never properly used photoshop before. Danielle really knows what she is doing and she should definitely continue these workshops!"
    -Sara Malas

    Well Sara I took your words to heart and I’m back at it lol. Please don’t hesitate in deciding whether or not you’d like to attend because these seats are going to move fast. I will always keep the workshops small because I want to make sure everyone gets the attention that they need. So if you’re ready to register, you can do so here!

    I look forward to working with you and helping you see just how easy it can be shooting with natural light!!

    -Danni

  5. Spring Natural Light Workshop | Recap

    Hey there! *waves* 

    I’m in a great mood today because tomorrow at this time I’ll be on my flight to Miami to enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation :) But for now (before announcing the details for the upcoming workshop in October), I have a super special post to share with you- the recap from my first Natural Light Workshop back in April! 

    Putting this post together totally gave me the warm and fuzzies remembering what a great day this was :)

    This was my first all day workshop and it turned out wonderfully! I had the best attendees and models so everyone really enjoyed themselves as we learned just how simple shooting with natural light can be. 

    We started the day with breakfast and an interactive presentation all about the basics of natural light photography.

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    Then we headed out to practice the new skills :) The hotel had great spots for pictures so we were able to practice with both indoor and outdoor settings.

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    "From the very beginning of the workshop with Danielle, I felt a kind of warmth and welcoming feeling when she introduced herself and gave me a hug. She really personified the entire course and left a lot of room for questions and comments. I loved the presentation; Danielle was extremely knowledgeable about the mechanics and concepts of natural light photography and I felt very comfortable sharing my work with her and experiencing her insightful mentorship while critiquing my work. I was very pleased with the result of the workshop, especially the photoshop editing tutorial, as I have never properly used photoshop before. Danielle really knows what she is doing and she should definitely continue these workshops!"

    -Sara Malas

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    "Danielle’s workshop provided a foundation that was both simple and intuitive. It allowed for me to be as creative as I wanted. It also helped rekindle my love of photography."

    -Lawrence Perkins

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    Then we headed across the street to a location more similar to one where I would normally shoot. With each location change, I explained why the selection was made, checked in with everyone to be sure they were getting what they wanted with their photos, and explained any composition decisions I made.

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    "I thoroughly enjoyed the class! Started on time! (I’m a stickler for time). The class was intimate enough where I felt comfortable asking questions and actually was able to get them answered. I also enjoyed the hands on approach."

    -Joaquina Braithwaite

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    "I was so surprised that the workshop was so easy. That ease was all due to how well Danielle was able to teach. Her hands on approach as well, was very helpful because she gave you space and artistic freedom, but checked in constantly one on one with everyone to make sure they were getting the shots they wanted. I’ve already seen difference in my photography so I’d say the workshop for me was a complete success!"

    -Sarah Johnson

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    After our practice session, we headed back in for lunch and editing! But not before we snapped a group photo :)

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    Wasn’t that fun?! Lol I can’t wait for the next one in October which will be even better!

    Thank you so much to these beautiful people for investing with me and making this workshop a memorable one. Thank you also to our wonderful models and makeup artists for participating and being just as much apart of the fun :)

    And a special thank you to my friend, mentee, and sistog Tiffany for being there and taking these great behind the scenes photos!

    Want to attend the next one? Details are coming right up!

    -Danni