About Soleil Life
My adventures in photographic artistry began at the age of 6 when my father handed me his old 35mm camera, filled with a fresh roll of film, and we set out on a walk together across the family farm in Wisconsin. Through the field and woods where he grew up during the 1950s, my dad passed down his eye for capturing authentic moments in the world around us. Enamored from that first shutter snap, I have been shooting in multiple formats since.
Today, you'll find my lens at a variety of large venue events, as well as volunteering for local churches, schools, community projects, and nonprofit humanitarian ventures across Virginia Beach and surrounding areas. I have photographed local families, groups, and celebrities alike (Pink, Josh Groban, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Lauren Daigle, For King & Country, Zach Williams, Natalie Grant, Kari Jobi, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Melissa Etheridge, and more). I regularly trek to the Outer Banks, Washington D.C., Richmond, Charlottesville, and the Raleigh/Durham areas.
Working with mothers and their babies is my number one love, with a speciality for capturing pregnancy, breastfeeding, babywearing, and other sacred mother/baby moments. I also adore working with older generations -- doing 90 and 100 year birthday celebration photos, 50-year anniversary commemorations, etc. I occasionally take on military reenlistments, retirements, change of command, christenings, commissionings, and deployment homecomings, as well as weddings, births, senior and graduation photos, birthday celebrations, milestones, and other sacred events. In addition, I’ve been entrusted to respectfully photograph funerals and celebration of life events. I am skilled at humbly working from the sidelines when necessary, without interfering in a hallowed event, to capture moments for families from a distance.
For the majority of my work I prefer to utilize exclusive natural light photography, without the use of flash.
See you in the sunshine (or the moonlight)! ☼ danelle