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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 rolling fields where he grew up in 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 humanitarian ventures across Virginia Beach and surrounding areas. I have been honored to work with a diverse array of families, military commands, event centers, and celebrities alike. While I've shot in virtually all climates and locations, set/prop/materials photography (for Etsy shops, real estate, small business, etc.), and performance, live music, and events are my specialties. We have been an active duty family for 19.5 years, making homecoming events, christenings, commissionings, and change of command ceremonies my forté. In addition to Hampton Roads, I regularly trek to Washington D.C., the Outer Banks, Charlottesville, and the Raleigh/Durham areas. 

I adore capturing sacred mother/baby moments (pregnancy, breastfeeding, babywearing), and working with older generations -- 100 year birthday celebrations, 50-year anniversary commemorations, etc. I regularly edit and improve others' photos, and have created a wide variety of the highest quality of design materials from scratch -- playbills, yearbooks, venue event posters, business cards, etc. I’ve been entrusted to respectfully capture funerals and celebration of life events, and am skilled at working from the sidelines, without interfering in a sacred 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