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Conversations with the Inspiring Danielle McBrayer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle McBrayer.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Danielle. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
It all started in high school. My best friend and I were bored and decided to do a photo shoot. Honestly, ever since a very specific somewhat silly moment that day during that photo shoot, I’ve been passionatly in love with photography. I started my business shortly after that day and grew it al through high school, college and to where I am today. I’ve gotten to experience so many fun things because of photography and have met some incredible people. I wouldn’t change anything about my photography path.

Has it been a smooth road?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road through my whole journey. But I never expected it to be as a small business owner. I value the rough patches though because they make me strive for better. Some of my best ideas and projects have come out of a “rough patch” in my business. I’m constantly trying to find new ways to offer something clients want. If the road was always smooth, I wouldn’t need to grow.
Advice I would have for other women would be to not give up. Your dream is worth it. Your passion is worth it and if you absolutely love something, pursue the heck out of if! If I had given ip anywhere along the road, I can guarantee I would be miserable now not doing photography.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into d.a.studios story. Tell us more about the business.
I consider myself a wedding and portrait photographer. I looove shooting wedding because I just love weddings in general and I will still be crying during sweet moments, just from behind the lens! While weddings are amazingly fun, portraits will always hold a special place in my heart. It’w where the passion started. I am so happy when making my visions come to life. I feel like my love for portraits have helped me succeed in the wedding industry as well. I try to get the least basic wedding day portraits possible.
As a brand, I think I’m most proud of the name I’ve built for myself. My motto in the beginning was “bringing out the beauty”. The main idea behind this motto was to bring out the beauty that everyone has already. I have worked with many women who are not professional models but by the end of their shoot with me, they feel like models, from the inside out. It’s easy to take stunning photos of a professional model, but it’s more fulfilling to turn anyone into a stunning model.

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
The biggest hurdle for women to overcome in the photographic community is the male only photographer stigma. I’ve taken my husband to several weddings to be my second shooter and most of the time, wedding guests assume he’s the main photographer. I never quit understood that because I have surrounded myself with tons of amazing, incredible, inspiring female photographers. But the general public still thinks that the photograph industry is mostly male. It’s totally not true and 98% of the photographers I look up to are female and have some of the best work in the industry!

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