Danielle Heinson is the owner of Danielle Heinson Photography, a wedding photography company for adventurous & wildly in love couples.
Tell us about you and your story.What is your background and how did you find your way to the wedding industry?
I started taking pictures basically as early as I could hold a camera! I used to use my Beanie Babies as my models, then eventually moved to my sister and friends (usually dresses up in their Halloween costumes), and basically spent my whole life photographing anything and everything I could. I was a music business major in college, but spent a lot of my time photographing friends bands (and making my amazing roommates dress up and do mainly glitter-based photoshoots for fun) outside of class. Eventually I realized/was told I was much better at taking photos of the bands vs managing them, so I set my sites on doing photography professionally. After college I had a series of some very odd jobs (LA Tan included, even though I’ve never had a tan in my life…) but after years of working two full time jobs, I was able to leave my office job and become a full time photographer, and it’s been the best! I’ve been doing it full time for almost four years now, which is a great feeling. It’s been a lot of work, but all incredibly worth it!
Share a little bit about Danielle Heinson Photography's history.When did Danielle Heinson Photography launch? What are you known for?
I became an official business in November of 2015, and over the years have narrowed down my photography services to mostly weddings, couples in general, lifestyle & boudoir. I am known for a mix of candid & fun, but also romantic images. I feel that in a session you should be able to have a full range of emotion, from the huge belly laughing shot, to a more dramatic "model pose". It makes it fun to do things that are natural to you, but also to try something new.
What sets you and Danielle Heinson Photography apart?What's your secret sauce? What makes you different from everyone else?
I bring so much joy and passion to wedding photography! I truly love it, as it combines all of my favorite kinds of photography (photojournalism, some posing, still life photos ect). I try to make every couple feel their best in front of the camera, through using prompt style posing in most of my work to make it feel more natural, and a lot more fun! I try to blend a soft romantic film like style, with lots of color as well, to make unique yet classic images.
Tell us about your ideal couple.Tell us about the type of couple that really clicks with you and your company.
My ideal clients are fun and willing to try anything! Usually at some point during a shoot with me I'll be asking you to do something crazy (like jumping in a lake with your clothes on, climbing on a bride, or anything to make the photos unique!) and I love love love when the answer is yes- it makes for some great shots. I love people who care about style, (and flowers, which are my favorite detail in a wedding!) and who want a great experience, along with great photos. I'd say hipster but romantic & classic is kind of right up my aesthetic alley ;)
What is the best advice you have for couples currently planning their weddings?You've seen so many couples go through the planning process. Share your best pearl of wisdom for those just starting out with their planning.
It's cliche, but just have fun! Do whatever you want, it's your day. And hire a wedding planner so you don't have to deal with all the stress of planning alone!
What's the ONE thing that couples shouldn't forget to ask potential wedding vendors?Spill! What's the single most important question that couples should ask before booking a vendor for their wedding?
That's a tough one! I think, at least for photographers, it's just more important to meet in person and make sure you get along enough to have this person following you around all day with a camera! I spend more time with most of my couples on their day than a lot of their guests do, so it's just so important you can have fun together and trust each other.
Thanks for stopping by Lakeshore in Love, Danielle!