Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Applebach.
Danielle, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I started doing photography as a fun side thing for friends and family when I was in college. I grew up in Colorado and had lived there my whole life, so when I moved to AZ in 2009, I knew that I had to make a choice. I could either continue doing boring nanny and waitress gigs or I could pursue something I loved and that felt life-giving.
Well, I made the wrong choice, and wasn’t brave enough to start my own business and ended up waiting tables for about 2 more years. Until I received a call that the place I worked out suddenly closed and I was super unemployed. I remember saying “Now or Never” and I pursued a full-time photography business. Since then, I photographed six wedding seasons and countless other families, engagements, births and more. I couldn’t be happier that that restaurant went out of business.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a photographer. Which actually A LOT of people are these days. If you have enough money, you can purchase a nice DSLR camera and take some good shots. But for me, it’s so much more about HOW I create. Whenever I photograph a client, it is my main goal to make them feel confident, comfortable and beautiful. Something that especially for individuals living in a world that tells them they aren’t enough can be tricky. I hope that when people take photos with me, they enjoy the time during the session, and actually have fun. I have had a lot of groomsmen (who are notoriously grumpy during wedding photos) say “THAT WAS ACTUALLY REALLY FUN!”
Taking pictures is so much more than standing in front of a camera. You are going to be with your people – your tribe – your ride or dies or the person you are choosing to spend the rest of your life with. Hiring a photographer is an investment for your family and I am so happy that I get to be a part of it! That said, I always promise I will do my best to remind you, my clients, that they are allowed to have fun, feel free and feel beautiful, and that will be there every step of the way with them, guiding them with posing and expression and creating images that they and I both love.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
I think passion is an easy answer to what makes a successful photographer. But for me, I think compassion makes me a better photographer. Tuning in to the subtle cues of what a bride needs on her wedding day and listening and caring for my client’s needs at the end of the day, makes me feel more successful than if I took a gorgeous photo on top of a treacherous mountaintop.
I had an amazing bride a couple year back who had lost her mom to cancer prior to the wedding. It was emotional and sudden and it made the days and planning leading up to it feel heavier. Day of the ceremony was gorgeous and everything was perfect. We did some really amazing bride and groom shots afterwards, but about halfway through I could see she was feeling bummed. Instead of putting my own passion and my own needs ahead of hers, I requested that she and her groom go back inside and take some time alone with her new husband to soak it in, and also to quietly acknowledge her mom.
It wasn’t the smartest move for me as a photographer because the lighting was perfect and she and her groom were exceptionally good looking. But in the weeks the followed – I got a hand-written note from her explaining to meet that alone time was the best part of her wedding. Understanding and being devoted to my clients and not my craft has always been my determinant of success.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Instagram and through my website.
- Address: 4243 East Mesquite Street Gilbert, AZ 85296
- Website: www.danielleapplebachphotography.com
- Phone: 720-732-1913
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: danielleapplephotography
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanielleApplePhotography/
Danielle Applebach Photography, Headshot by Ashtyn Nicole Photography