Dani Benton Photography

Dani Benton Photography

5.0 (11)
1 employee
11 years in business

About this pro

I’m native Oregonian who recently transplanted myself, my sweetheart, and my business all the way across the country to beautiful New Orleans, Louisiana. I officially started my business, Dani Photography, in 2009. Since that time, my business has grown so much, I've had to limit the amount of shoots I can accept! I love all of my clients and take pride knowing that I give them the attention they deserve. My business philosophy is now, and always has been, quality over quantity.

BRIEF HISTORY

  • 2018: Married my sweetheart; changed business name to Dani Benton Photography!
  • 2016: Relocated my business to beautiful New Orleans!
  • 2015: Relocated my business to Portland, Oregon
  • 2014: Closed my studio to pursue on-location shoots
  • 2012: Opened my photography studio in Dallas, Oregon
  • 2011: Left my day job to pursue Dani Photography full-time
  • 2010: Graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Visual Communications program
  • 2009: Founded my business Dani Photography
  • 2008: Started my career as Photographer & Graphic Designer at a local design studio
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
  • 2014 > Statesman Journal’s Best of the Mid-Valley Photographer: Bronze Medal
  • 2013 > Statesman Journal’s Best of the Mid-Valley Photographer: Silver Medal
  • 2012 > Statesman Journal’s Best of the Mid-Valley Photographer: Silver Medal
  • 2011 > Oregon State Fair’s Oregon Salon of Photography: Honorable Mention
  • 2011 > Momentum: Images of Dance: Second Place & Permanent Gallery Display
  • 2011 > Statesman Journal’s Best of the Mid-Valley Photographer: Silver Medal
  • 2011 > Photographer’s Forum Magazine’s Best of College Photography ’11: Published
  • 2010 > Statesman Journal’s Best of the Mid-Valley Photographer: Silver Medal
  • 2010 > The Everyman Pro Int’l Photography Competition: Second Place
  • 2009 > The Everyman Pro Int’l Photography Competition: Second Place
  • 2009 > Photographer’s Forum Magazine’s Best of College Photography ’09: Published
  • 2009 > Polk County Fair: Best of all Black and White: First Place
  • 2008 > Oregon State Fair: All-Oregon Art Annual: Third Place

I'm comfortable shooting everything from natural light to complex studio setups, inside the studio or outside in nature. I’ve had the pleasure of working with hundreds of wonderful individuals, couples, and families, for weddings, engagements, maternity portraits, family portraits, high school senior portraits, event coverage, and professional headshots. Also, I work with small businesses to create images for their online and printed materials; my background in graphic design helps me to understand and anticipate their needs. Lastly, I also create my own personal work, and love to collaborate with models and designers to create surreal imagery.

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New Orleans, LA 70117
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11 Reviews

5.0

  • Mel Vespertine

    Dani exceeded our expectations with our wedding photos. Me and my husband are extremely happy and satisfied. She was very helpful and full of ideas! She was super professional throughout every step of the way. I highly recommend her!

  • Aubrey Bogner Bosarge

    Dani was great to work with. She photographed our engagement in New Orleans. Her communication was quick and professional. She got us our pictures the next day. She made us instantly comfortable and was phenomenal to work with. We highly recommend using her services!

  • Sasha Pilgrim Escobar

    Dani is absolutely amazing! She is 100% committed to getting the most beautiful shots possible. She made our day perfect and we cannot thank her enough.

  • Maron Faulkner

    Dani took my son’s senior pictures when she was back in Portland, Oregon, to shoot a wedding I believe. I found her, quite by chance, in a Craigslist ad - talk about luck. I wanted my son to have nice senior pictures, but he’s not the kind of guy who wants a lot of fuss with changing clothes three times or posing in his lacrosse gear or anything like that. Dani took pictures of him for a half hour wearing his polo shirt and khakis - just his kind of thing. And the photos came out great. That’s what I loved about Dani’s work when I looked on her website. The photos were terrific, but the kids looked like themselves; their personalities came through. A lot of times, senior pictures get so glammed up, you can’t even tell who the kid is! My son’s pictures look like him, she really captured his personality.


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What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a degree in Visual Communications for Graphic Design, with a minor focus on Photography. Prior to starting my business, I worked for a number of years at a graphic design studio as their Lead Photographer working with commercial clients. Since going out on my own in 2009, my training comes from pushing myself to grow as an artist, by seeking out and teaching myself new skills. Every wedding or portrait session I photograph adds to my lived experience as a photographer.


How did you get started in this business?

Photography found me in 2007, while I was studying graphic design in college. As soon as I picked up the camera, it just felt right. In the years since then, I've received a small handful of photography awards, have shown my pieces in a number of art galleries, and found myself published in the Photographer's Forum's annual 'Best of College Photography' for two years. 


What types of customers have you worked with?

I’ve had the pleasure of working with hundreds of wonderful individuals, couples, and families, for weddings, engagements, maternity portraits, family portraits, high school senior portraits, event coverage, and professional headshots. Also, I work with small businesses to create images for their online and printed materials; my background in graphic design helps me to understand and anticipate their needs. Lastly, I also create my own personal work, and love to collaborate with models and designers to create surreal imagery.


What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Weddings in New Orleans are their own special thing, unlike weddings anywhere else in the country! It's important to find a photographer who understands the fast-paced nature of weddings and how on Earth to photograph a wedding's secondline parade in the pitch black streets of New Orleans. Other things to look for, of course, is their body of work, their experience, and their ability to keep you comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera.