1. Atlanta Group Mentor Session [June 7] | Washington, DC Photography Instructor

    Happy Wednesday and welcome to October!

    I can’t even believe I just typed that! Where oh where has this year gone?

    I’m in the airport now heading to New Orleans for the next group mentor session and it just occurred to me that I’m actually behind on blogging the summer sessions! So let’s remedy that, shall we? :)

    In June, I traveled to Atlanta for two group mentor sessions and minis we had SUCH a great time!

    This post is for the second mentor session, you can check out the first day here. Although it rained the first day, the weather was perfect for day 2- although quite hot lol.

    For the the first portion of the session, we went through the workbook where mentees learned about the different kinds of light, how to find the best light, what to do with your subject once you find the light, my method for achieving the correct exposure each time, why white balance is important, good tips for posing and composition, and much much more :)


    Then we headed out to practice what we just learned and take headshots!


    Back for the last portion of the session where we edit! I went over my workflow and demonstrated exactly what I do to my images to achieve my signature “DFinney” look :) This is not to encourage replica work, but to show how to use Lightroom and Photoshop to simply fine-tune your images (since they should be coming out of the camera looking pretty close to what you want them to).


    So what did the mentees think of the day? Hear from them in their words:

    I anticipated my mentor session with DFinney for quite a while! I loved everything about it: the way Danielle shared ways to make shooting easier, the ease & simplicity of the hands-on instruction was amazing. She accommodated photographers of all skill levels and made everyone feel comfortable & learn skills to enhance their craft. My session was what I expected and more! I cannot wait to implement the instruction from my mentor session, into my own work.”
    -Cassandra Davis

    I was beyond excited when Danielle released the dates for her Atlanta Mentor Sessions and she did NOT disappoint. The day flowed flawlessly and was filled with lots of hands on instructions and laughs. I loved the interaction with Danielle and the group. Everything that was once complicated for me suddenly became simple. I walked away with more knowledge and more faith in myself to take my photography skills to the next level. I am grateful for the experience and it is one that I will cherish and take with me always. Thank you, Danielle for being such an inspiration!”
    -Merical Lewis

    If you’re interested in participating in the next group mentor session and would like to have the DFinney Experience yourself, email me today! View more information on the photographer education options offered here!

  2. Autumn in the City | Fall Mini Special

    Happy Monday loves!

    TODAY is the day you get in on the action- Fall Mini Sessions are here! 

    Those who signed up for our mailing list got exclusive access to book last week- a full 3 days before anyone else- and as a result, half of the spots are gone! So there are just 4 remaining slots between the two days.

    Now is your chance to grab one while you still can!


    Mini Sessions are $275 and include the following:

    • Pre-consult to ensure your photo session will be just what you want! 
    • Professional makeup application for 1 
    • 30 min photo session for up to 4 people 
    • 1 outfit 
    • Custom editing of the best 10-15 images selected by the photographer 
    • 1 mounted 5x7 print 
    • Private digital proof gallery for ordering

    All prints and digital negatives are sold a la carte.

    To make sure everyone looks as fabulous as can be- makeup will be included in the session fee! That way you save a bit because it would be an additional $25 if you paid for makeup separately. You can expect the same flawless look for your photos that you see on my site because you’ll be working with my favorite makeup artists :) 

    To take advantage of this special mini session offer, you must be located in (or willing to travel to) Washington, DC. Your session must be booked no later than October 22, 2014 for a session to be photographed on November 1st or 2nd. All mini sessions will be photographed at an awesome location in the city!

    All set and ready to book your session? 
    EMAIL ME to snag your spot!! 

    DON’T DELAY! These spots will go quickly and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

    Lots of people have been asking about them, so I know the remaining spots are going to go quick!


    Have additional questions?

    Please view the FAQ section and if you have a question that is not answered there, please feel free to email me: danielle@dfinneyphoto.com.
    I look forward to working with you, I look forward to creating beautiful things with you :)


  3. My Love Affair with Live Music | Music Monday

    Happy Monday loves!

    So before I post details about the Fall Minis, I wanted to share something new with you guys! A brand new blog feature- Music Monday! (clearly I like alliteration lol).

    I got the idea from a comment on my instagram last week where I shared a new artist that I’d been listening to and a few folks loved her! So… Since music is very important to me, I figured I’d share more of that part of my life with you guys :)

    I absolutely love music. All different genres… and I can’t tell you how much I love LIVE music. I’ve been going to live shows ever since I was little because my dad is a bass player and I have fond memories of going to see him perform at different restaurants and events :) So maybe that’s where this all stems from? Lol either way… I started attending live shows myself when I got older and had my own money to buy tickets lol.

    I remember my very first concert was in 2007 I believe? I saw Jill Scott with my sister and we were in the 5th row! Now I already loved Jill Scott but after that show? <3 My love for that woman knew no bounds lol.

    Well that got the ball rolling, and in the years since… I’ve been to see all of these wonderful artists:


    I used to be able to say “so and so” was the best live performer, but honestly after going to so many great shows, I can’t even begin to quantify the experience of each. I simply appreciate the awesomeness of each and remember it fondly :)

    So this concludes my very first Music Monday! I plan to make this a monthly feature so let me know what you thought and if you’ll be checking it out in the months to come :)

    Fall Mini deets are up next!


  4. 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


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


    What is your name?
    Anastasia Arnold

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


    What do you do?
    I’m a hairstylist!

    How long have you been a hair stylist?
    7 years


    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.


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


    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.


    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


    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!


  5. 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 :)


    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.