Danielle Penn Photography AwardWinningPhotographer
Danielle Penn Photography AwardWinningPhotographer

Danielle Penn Photography AwardWinningPhotographer

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Introduction: Danielle Penn is an award winning and a published expert in Wedding Photography and Portrait Photography. Her company offers both Photography and Cinematography. She has been voted as not only the top female photographer in SoCal, also as one of the Top 10 Photographers in Riverside and surrounding counties. Danielle Penn specializes in capturing life's most precious moments. She brings creativity and experience to deliver photos that are striking and emotionally touching. Book her today and get photos that you will treasure for a lifetime! "I have studied the craft of photography since 2004. My studies first began in Florida, furthered through college attending at UWF, and continuing from passion into a full business. I absolutely love what I do. Capturing special-priceless moments, and love stories is what I live for. Not everyone is comfortable in front of a camera, and I completely understand and recognize this right away. After several mins, you won't even remember the camera is pointing at you. I take so much time in assuring you are comfortable, and this is why images I take shine with light, laughter, love, and full of life. Everyone is unique. Everyone has a story to capture. I can't wait to capture yours! Look forward in working together soon." Photography/Cinematography Price Breakdown: 1 hour-$500 2 hours-$1000 3 hours-$1500 4 hours-$2000 5 hours-$2500 6 hours-$3000 7 hours-$3500 8 hours-$4000 9 hours-$4000 10 hours-$4500 ALL PRICES ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE "My breakdown of Photographing your Wedding" Why Are Wedding Photographers So Expensive??…. Or Are We?? It is a very common misconception about wedding photographers being overpriced. Wedding photos are the most tangible keepsake from your wedding day (other than your spouse….) ;) and many people believe that this is the main reason behind the high price of wedding photography. Despite their obvious sentimental value, there are so many other costs that go into producing wedding photos. Many couples wonder why full time professional wedding photographers often charge $2,500-8,000 per wedding. In order to support oneself as a full time photographer, this is a must. Most couples immediately think that if they spend $2,500 on a photographer that should account for the number of hours the photographer works photographing the wedding day, so $2500/6 hours = $416.66. Right!? Wrong..... To break it down I am going to use my number of $2500 which is a little below an average experienced wedding photographer in the state of California. Time spent working on a wedding from start to finish: -4+ hours in emails, communications, maybe meetings, agreements, etc -6 hours wedding day preparation- preparing gear, communicating with other vendors/coordinator/DJ, researching, going over a timeline, possible planning with second shooter or videographer -2-4-6-8 hours average travel time to and from wedding- driving, arriving at venue early in case of emergency, parking, etc -6 hours wedding day photography -2 hours backing up wedding photos -25 hours culling, sorting, editing, exporting, and uploading wedding photos -3-5 hours sneak peek wedding highlight after wedding -1-2 hours posting to client gallery -1 hour creating client package of finished product Total average hours involved in a wedding: 54 Expenses (budgeted average costs for a $2500 price): -Sales tax @ 8.75% in LA/OC/San Diego = $218.75 -Self Employment tax, 13% = $325 -Income tax, apx 15% = $375 -Liability + Equipment insurance (total divided by 20 weddings per year), $25 -Health Insurance, (total divided by 20 weddings per year), $90 -CC processing fee: $105.00 -Gas/travel: $50.00 aprx. -USB+ Packaging + shipping , $50.00 -Other expenses not calculated into this total: Gear, computers, transportation, software, website fees, studio space overhead, banking fees, worker’s comp insurance, accounting fees, membership fees, advertising, permits, city business taxes and fees, etc. Total: $1,298.75 in expenses per wedding Total wedding profit: $2,500 – $1,298.75 = $1,201.25 YES, Weddings are expensive and wedding photography is expensive. However, when you take into account all of the time and work I put in for a single wedding, the expenses, the quality of my work, and the value of the product you are receiving, it makes a lot more sense why wedding photographers are priced the way that they are. I am extremely passionate about what I do! Any who aren't cant survive in this industry. The long hours put in, the emotions, the 20-50 lbs of gear. You have to love what you do to be a wedding photographer, and I wouldn't trade with any other career choice. I love what I do, however I will admit, it is not a walk in the park. My experience has challenged me and kept me true to my craft. If you are planning your wedding, as you are determining your budget, keep in mind not only what all goes in to your wedding photography, but what you will take away from it. Book someone who has enough experience, gear, insurance, and knowledge. Book someone you connect with personally, and feel comfortable around. Book someone you can trust with your memories, and trust in their advice and expertise. Wedding photography may appear expensive, but all things considered it will be worth your investment in a professional.
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13 years in business

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Meredith K.
Nov 19, 2021
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I needed a photographer last minute due to my sisters, friend, blah, blah blah bailed. I looked up photographers near me, and its no wonder Danielle came up in the Top 10! Her work is phenomenal and I am so lucky to have found her! I was crazy to think I could trust my engagement pictures to just anyone, as these are some of the most important take a ways of our lives. I really am so amazed by her work, her suggestions, and how well our love shines through on these images. Danielle, I can't wait to work with you more! Thank you!!!!!

Details: Posed engagement photoshoot • Natural or environmental • Outdoors • One location • Online or digital proofs and prints • At the pro’s location

Engagement Photography
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Marina H.
Oct 10, 2021
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Working with Danielle for a last minute Maternity/Couples/Family Session was amazing! My original photographer, whom I hired, flaked on me at the last minute, and I decided to try again. This time I went for a "pro" and I could tell right away just by talking with Danielle I was in the right hands. You got to trust your gut ladies, and when you know something is off, then don't just hire any photographer. Hire someone who knows what there doing even if it's a bit more pricey. She's worth every penny and it shows! Danielle, I will only trust you from now on with every photo session. All my friends are raving about our pictures and I am so happy to have found you! Thank you! Photos are, our lasting memories with my familia and are very important to us.

Details: Family or children's portrait • Traditional / classic (looking directly at the camera) • Outdoors • Digital or online download • My home, venue, etc.

Portrait Photography
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Taylar S.
Sep 10, 2021
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Danielle, I just can't stop looking at these pictures! Just wow! I am really lucky to have found you. I can't wait for our wedding in Napa! You are truly talented and my dreams have really come true with your work. Now, it's just deciding how many to print to have in the ballroom on display for our big day! Geeze, you didn't make that easy on me!? Joking, I am going to print them all in a book and have large ones on display! Thank you, and looking forward to working with you at the wedding!! 2022 here we come!

Details: Posed engagement photoshoot • Traditional posed • Candid • Natural or environmental • Outdoors • One location • Online or digital proofs and prints • At the pro’s location

Engagement Photography
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Timmothy H.
Aug 30, 2021
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Danielle is amazing and I can't wait to work with her. I just hired her to capture a high fashioned intimate engagement session and I am so excited to see how the pictures turn out! Her Instagram page is just WOW! I am on cloud nine that she is available for our special moments.

Details: Posed engagement photoshoot • Artful composition and lighting • Natural or environmental • Fashion or editorial • Outdoors • One location • Online or digital proofs and prints • At the pro’s location

Engagement Photography
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Alyssa R.
Jul 23, 2021
Working with Danielle was seamless. She has a special eye and can effectively capture anyone's wedding day, and turn images into lasting memories. She captured my wedding day and I couldn't have asked for a better person to be standing next to me most of my day. We were running late as anyone can expect and she came in and maneuvered obstacles like a magician. She was able to spend more time on important images she knew we would want, and less on frivolous images we would never use. Her direction was fluid, and her vision is impeccable! I'm so taken by the images she was able to produce. In fact my venue reached out and asked if we can supply them with some of her photography so they can also use them to show off their venue. With her permission they are now on display. Danielle, I so appreciate you, and can't wait for you to capture our Maternity Session coming up!! I am so excited!!
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I offer high-quality images at a fair price. I charge based on capture time and the time I spend editing in the studio, (which is double the capture time), to insure my client receives the same high-quality images they see in my portfolio, and come to cherish. I offer Thumbtack clients a large discount from my regular fees they will see on my website. Same quality work, at a discounted fee.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I love to understand exactly what the customer envisions. We can then work well together for the same goals. I like to engage in conversation, hear their thoughts, and give advice from a professional standpoint to achieve captured images that specifically is for them. I will then send out a booking agreement via email that states all the information discussed with time and date of the event or session.

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

    I have studied the art of photography for the last 10 years. Studied at University of West Florida I trained under a photographer who has captured over 100 weddings when I first began as an assistant. Within 6 months I became a second photographer. Within a year I was capturing weddings of my own. I then started my own business and have been loving what I do everyday. I constantly learn new techniques, love working with the newest and best photography equipment available, and brush up on courses every year.

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