Hi, I’m Danielle, the optimistic, outgoing gal always smiling behind the camera. I love to photograph and share mission-driven stories that are creating an environmentally and socially sustainable future for all life on this planet. Home is sunny Orlando, Florida. But I’m mildly obsessed with adventure and love to shoot, teach, and explore anywhere my camera will take me.
From the coastlines, wild west, inner cities, and farmlands of America, to the colorful cultures, ancient architecture, and lush landscapes of Europe and Asia, I’ve only begun to discover what’s out there and I am in awe of it all. Throughout my 15+ years of experiencing life behind the camera, photography has transformed my entire outlook on life and in the process, it has taught me the best lesson life has to offer, which is,
All we have is this moment.
That’s why I created Live Wonderful. To Live Wonderful means to live in wonder, fully. To be in awe of the magic that is life. To be present to this moment, right here and now, always. Because that’s where true creative consciousness lives, in the present moment.
At 31 years old, my daily joys include early morning sunrises and late night star gazing, getting lost on unplanned adventures, and collaborating with new people all around the world. And it’s pretty much always been that way. Ask my mother and she’ll tell you I was running before I could crawl. I was out the door before anyone could tell me otherwise.
A native Floridian born in West Palm Beach, my brother and I unexpectedly grew up on a farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore because my parents didn’t want to raise us around all the hustle and bustle. Located directly on the Chesapeake Bay with over 300 acres of woods, fields, and shorelines to explore, I was the girl running around barefoot, making forts, and climbing trees. Thanks to my father’s insatiable desire to share his knowledge of nature, animals, and the circle of life with us kids, I’ve always had a mild obsession with adventure, but I don’t think my parents ever saw this coming…
I was hit by the travel bug at 8 years old when my parents put me on a plane to visit my grandparents – by myself! By 14, I’d managed to raise enough money to go to Australia to play soccer and by 21 I’d already done the whole “Eurotrip” 3 times. But travel wasn’t the only thing I was obsessed with.
Though I didn’t realize it until college, I had always been obsessed with photography too. On most adventures, I’d have just a backpack and a camera in hand. And even when I wasn’t on an adventure, the camera seemed to always be by my side. I would annoy my cats trying to get up close to them. I would shoot landscapes and reflections to later paint in art class. The camera had given me a whole to way to see the world. So after college, I followed my intuition and let photography lead the way. Diving into the world of portraiture, I found myself managing a high-end studio in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, learning how to capture everything from families, seniors, and babies, to events, weddings, and products. Within a few years, I set off for San Diego, California to happily start my own business and a new life on the West Coast (or so I thought.)
Life seemed great behind and in front of the camera, but every time I press that shutter, I knew something was missing. I always felt like there was more to discover. As I continued to travel and explore, I become more and more aware of the unsettling truths of our present planet. I realized that if I want to live in a better world and lead a happier life, I had to first learn how to make better choices.
With an innate desire to bring more purpose and joy into my life, I started taking steps towards creating a sustainable, minimalist lifestyle. First, it was the simple things. I began to eat more natural foods, exercise outdoors, ride my bike more, use less plastic, take shorter showers, etc. As I continued to alter my daily habits, other aspects of my life transformed naturally. Unhealthy relationships ended, I started connecting with authentic, like-minded people and ending unhealthy relationships, I traveled and worked with more purpose, and I started to feel more and more like my true self every day.
This awakening brought magical experiences into my life and I wanted a way to share my transformation with the world. I founded Live Wonderful in 2014 with a single purpose: to inspire everyone to see life through a new lens. Live Wonderful simply means to live, in wonder, fully. To be in awe of the magic that is life. Now, five years later I am still becoming more aware of the interconnectedness of everyone and everything. As I consciously change the way I consume, behave, and connect in this world, I’ve also stopped spending my time, energy, and money on anything that doesn’t align with my highest morals and values.
The truth is, I am not just a photographer. I don’t want to just take your pictures. I want to create visual stories that have a lasting purpose. I am a conscious storyteller, a curious explorer, a humble student of life. I am a creative human being and so are you. If you are on a mission to help create a more sustainable planet, I want to know how you’re doing it. If you’re on a mission to change peoples lives for the better, I want to capture their stories. If you’re on a mission to make ever-lasting positive changes in this world, I want to create with you.
Share your story with passion and purpose and let’s make a positive impact, one conscious, mission-driven story at a time. Be the change you want to see in this world.