Hi! I'm Daniela

Mindful mama and photographer dedicated to shooting and sharing the stories that make our journey through motherhood special.

 
 
 
 Photos by  Ilene Squires

Photos by Ilene Squires

 
 
 

Born and raised in Colombia, I’m a 31-year-old woman, a 7-year-old photographer, a 5-year-old mama, and a brand-new wife. I like putting numbers to it — it brings out perspective. Life is about the journey right? These are the years we spend mastering our craft, sharing and learning with loved ones, raising our children, nurturing our bodies, and finding ourselves. I now live in Los Angeles with my daughter Amelie, and my sweet husband Grant.

I became a single mother when Amelie was 5 months old. It was all a blur. Finding a job, childcare, moving, becoming the head of a household. It was tough, but we made it work: Long hours at a creative marketing agency, a lovely daycare that felt like home, and a one bedroom bungalow in Burbank I could barely afford. It was a delicate balance that kept me busy, focused, and always grateful for the time I had with this amazing kid who was growing faster than I could really grasp.

For 4 years it was just us, baby Amelie, toddler Amelie and then kid Amelie and I. And since our time together was limited by my full time job, I found in photography not only a creative outlet, but also a way to celebrate life with her. I look at our photos now and they take me back to days that are long gone, but so dear. With small kids, one year alone is a sea of change and milestones, it's hard to believe that some of those photos are only a couple years old!

This motherhood thing demands like no other, gives like no other, and brings about more growth than I could ever imagine. My goal with photography now is to find ways to capture those struggles, that beauty and that growth that makes your story so uniquely yours. Photos for you and your people — and your people's people.

 
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So I take photos because life keeps on going. Babies keep on growing. We keep on loving them, and the photographs stay with us forever.

 

I heard a mama say she didn’t have any photos of her during pregnancy. She said it in passing, but as a motherhood photographer I was stuck on those words. Maybe it's because I'm a visual thinker, but I felt a sense of loss for that part of her story that is long gone and she couldn't show me. Unfortunately this is a story I hear over and over: Regret for not having images to remember those days with. A belly so big you couldn't see your feet, life at home with a tiny baby and spit up stains all over your clothes, or what about all the laughs, hugs and wet kisses your toddler gives you that are hard to capture alone? 

 

If mamas are taking the bulk of the photos on their phone, then who’s capturing the beauty of being a mama?

 

I want you to be able to tell your story. It doesn’t mean you need to write a book or post on Instagram if that’s not your thing. It means that when your kids are all grown up and ask what life was like in those early years, you’ll have something to show them. You’ll have images and stories that go together. Your home, their first bedroom, those baby rolls during a diaper change, and most importantly, their mother who loved and raised them through sleepless nights and endless amounts of patience (on good days 😊).

 
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I want to hold space for you and your journey as a mother. I've found a way to do that with photography.

 

Ok, so now you know me. It's my turn to get to know you! Email me your thoughts, and of course, whenever you're ready to book a motherhood session. Remember, every day is a special occasion when you're raising little ones ... so don't wait too long! 


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With over a decade-long experience in design, branding and communications, I’m your girl if you’re looking to create brand-specific content. I hold a Master in Corporate Communication from the University of Barcelona, Spain and before taking the leap into entrepreneurship I followed the path from graphic designer all the way up to creative director, producing content for clients like Disney, PBS, and Columbia University. Let's create images that support your brand's vision and help you connect with other moms and new customers everywhere.