2019 Headshot Special | Specials

Following up on the last post about brand photos… I have something that you'll definitely be interested in if you're looking to update your headshots this year:

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The 2019 Headshot Special!

Last year was the first year the Mini Headshot Special was held and it received such great feedback that I decided to bring it back for year two!

Just a quick note: Booking was first available to the mailing list, and now it’s open to the general public, so if you're thinking about booking, you might want to move on it. There WERE 6 spots available. Now? Only 2 are left. Check out the full details below!

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Here are the details:

The Mini Headshot Special will be booked in 60 minute increments- with makeup taking place first, photo session to follow.

This special is $425 and includes the following: 
• Professional makeup application for 1 
• 20 minute headshot session for 1* 
• One outfit 
• Your choice of 3 retouched high-resolution images (w/ option to purchase additional)

*Full body photos will be included, for a diverse final gallery to choose from!

To take advantage of this: You must be located in (or willing to travel to) Washington, DC. Your session must be booked no later than February 1, to be photographed on February 23. All headshot sessions will be photographed at an awesome indoor location in Washington, DC! (So we'll be good to go no matter what the weather is doing outside :)


Not so sure? Maybe you'd enjoy hearing from someone who participated in last year's Mini Headshot Special:


"I have been following DFinney's work for years! I've always loved her vivid coloring and ability to capture real moments in ways that still look polished. When I worked with her for my headshots, she exceeded my expectations 20x over! I never felt like I was able to capture who I am in photos, but Danni gave me great direction and made me feel so comfortable- and my pictures showed it! I LOVED working with her (loved the process and her organization), and I hope to work with her again soon!" 
-Tara Carter

Looking for a bit more than headshots? Check out the regular business session packages to see if one of those would be a better fit for you!

Additional questions? View the FAQs and feel free to shoot me an email if you have a question that's not answered there!

I look forward to hearing from you soon and creating awesome business imagery with you next month!

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2019 Business [Photo] Goals + Ideas

This week I've been talking about my difficulty with goals and shared a couple books that have been helpful to me... but I want to expand on that a little.

Along the lines of making steps towards your goals, but not being quite sure how to execute, I want to share a resource to help when it comes to business photos! After all I am a photographer, right? Sidenote: I do want to thank you for allowing me the space to share more than just photos with you :)

One year ago today, I released my FREE GUIDE to Better Brand Photos and it has since taken on a life of its own, with almost 500 downloads! I can't tell you how happy I am that’s been such a helpful resource to those looking to make the most out of their business photos!

But that’s just one piece of what I have for you today- I’m really pumped about today’s post- where you get to see brand photos IN ACTION! I’m talking about websites, podcast graphics, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram profiles, about pages, media features, you name it.

This post is chock full of links to please click away! Each photo is linked to where you can see the images in use online.


I can’t tell you how happy it makes me when I visit a website that has beautiful imagery. It immediately makes me want to learn more about the person, service, or product I’m researching! It’s an honor to provide my clients with custom photography to present their brand in a warm and personable manner. Here are just a few of my lovely clients who put their photos to excellent use on their websites!

Jenée Padmore

Tamika Felder

Amber Wright

Naché Snow

Media Features

The perfect accompaniment to your media feature is a great photo!

Dr. Joy Bradford

Arsha & Charles Jones (Capital City Co.)
Black Enterprise

Bio/About PageS

Not every brand’s website lends itself well to using their photos throughout. This is especially the case when it comes to fellow creatives. Their website is to showcase THEIR work, not mine :) But a great photo is always welcome on the about page!

Janelle Jaqueline

Andrea Pippins


Just like an album cover, a great podcast cover can MAKE you want to listen! It’s a true honor to be the photographer for these amazing women entrepreneurs.

Social Media

Of COURSE social media is one of the top things people think about for the use of their photos, but I included it last because there are just way too many to share so I’ll only do a few (each social profile is linked below their name).


Dr. Joy Bradford


Nicole Walters


Stacy Pierce


Alison Hector

That was cool, right!

This was a lot of fun compiling, yet it’s only a very small fraction of the brand photos currently in use!

I wanted to share this because sometimes you can make strides towards a goal you have, but making those last few steps can be daunting when they’re not clear. So... if one of your goals for the new year is to take (or update) your business photos, I got you! Download the brand guide and save this post as a reference for ideas on how you can best use your images once you have them :)

And because I’m in such a sharing mood, I’m going to tell you a secret- if you’ve been thinking about updating your headshots, save the date of February 23, 2019 and sign up for the mailing list ASAP! I’ll be sharing something exclusively with them on Monday :)

Thanks for rocking with me this week, I hope you have a great weekend!

The (not so) Little Things

“We’ll get there by making small adjustments, little by little and taking it one moment at a time.“

In last week’s post, I mentioned that I am working on making adjustments to get a healthier mode of operating going and today I wanted to share some of the “little things” that have been helping me along in that process!

Before I get to that though, I want to talk briefly about goals.


Goals are hard! At least for me they are.

Trying to identify and differentiate between what I want, what I need, what’s best for me… vs. societal influence, expectations others may have, and my own negative/limiting thoughts… THAT’S what’s hard.

Then attempting to visualize and break down said goals into actions while depressive thoughts attempt to suffocate them? Man.

When I tell you it’s a daily struggle, it is just that.

BUT I have found that shrinking my goals down to verrry small steps has been helpful in tricking my brain to have a bit less resistance to the changes.

How am I doing that?

Well, that leads me to what I want to share today- two books that I’ve found quite beneficial:

Master Your Time in 10 Minutes a Day and Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results.

These books have easily been some of the most helpful books I’ve read in quite some time. They take the “baby steps” concept and break it all the way down, showing you just HOW to do so.

For me, baby steps have always been hard because I want to do all of the things! Now! And sometimes I can! But… most times I can’t. And to be honest, not only is that not sustainable, but that’s not how lasting change happens. It happens gradually, and these books do a wonderful job at showing you how to harness that power.

This is the shorter of the two books and gives you a new way of thinking about not only time management, but life management. And how much you can really get done during the course of each day- when your goals are clear, and you set aside time (even a little time) for what’s important to you.

This book goes a little more in depth on the science behind why this method works (which I always find intriguing because I love learning more about how our brains work), and guides you through a few different ways that you can successfully implement mini habits into your daily routine.

What makes these so different from other habit books? In short, the fact that it encourages you to break down your goals so that they’re so stupidly small, you feel silly avoiding it. Not only that, but the fact that you’re making such small commitments, they bypass the brain’s natural inclination to resist change.


I know everyone’s journey is different, but whether you’re looking to make progress with your personal or professional development, daily habits are key. If you’ve struggled with trying to implement changes (which, I feel like we all have in some form or fashion), I highly suggest giving these a read, or a listen- they’re both on audible as well.

I’d love to hear what you think after you have a chance to check them out!

What are some “little things” (books or otherwise) that have been helpful to you in your efforts to make changes?

Reset | Truthy Tuesday

I had “big plans” for the fall of 2018. Then… I had big plans for winter 2018… Then, those turned into big plans for early 2019… And now? Well I’m not sure.

I’ve been so depressed, anxious, and distracted for much of… well truthfully, all of the past year, but I kept going. I kept pushing because I had no choice, or so I thought. I kept pushing because “that’s what you’re supposed to do”. Life doesn’t stop just because you’re going through it, so I picked up my pieces and kept going. Kept working, kept producing, kept trying… until I didn’t want to anymore.


I was tired. The heaviness became too much and it felt more harmful than helpful carrying on as “normal”, when I felt anything but… like I’d been limping along all year on a broken bone, not stopping to tend to the “injury”, rest, or give myself time to heal.

And just like a physical broken bone left untreated causes more damage, that’s exactly how I started to feel. My confidence, self-worth, and motivation (to name a few) took a serious hit. I began second guessing everything and every thought kept coming back to “eh, it doesn’t matter”, “I’m not good enough”, “no one cares”, “what’s the point”.

All lies.

But lies my depressed brain quickly latched onto, and made trying to execute anything feel downright impossible.

Although I managed to keep up with client work, that’s where the bulk of my energy was going, which left me little to do much else, so I knew things had to change.


A few months ago, I made the decision to take a shooting break from mid December to early February so that I could have time to rest, reset and try to get a healthier mode of operating going…


Well, it’s not pretty, but it’s going.

I find that it’s easy to romanticize the idea of change, when the process of making changes is rarely a pretty one. It’s actually really hard.

And although coming to that realization can be discouraging, I’ve been trying to remind myself that betterment is a process that requires a notice of and an appreciation for the little things, even more so when managing life with a mental illness.

So why am I sharing this now? Well unfortunately I don’t have a happy ending- yet. But I really want to. And something tells me that I’m not alone in feeling how I do.

The start of a new year can bring up all kinds of feelings, but I’ve been having to constantly remind myself that I’m not on anyone else’s time frame, and maybe you have to do that too.

Although I’m disappointed that my mental health sometimes causes things to take a bit longer than I’d like, I’m not going to stop trying.

So I leave you with this word of encouragement: whatever changes you’re trying to make, I hope that you’re able to be patient with yourself. We’ll get there by making small adjustments, little by little and taking it one moment at a time.

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The Journey Continues | Truthy Thursday

Writing has been hard this year.

…honestly, everything has.


Depression has stolen more days from me than I’d like to admit and while I’m still trying to do my best, it can be quite deceiving to have it “appear” that I’m doing well because I’m still able to be “productive”.

Productive in quotes because while one thing may be getting done, 3 (or more) others aren’t 🙃. It’s a constant struggle trying to allocate and re-allocate where my energy goes when it shows up (thanks bipolar II!), managing work (and allll the many facets that come with owning and operating your own business), relationships, and trying to find and fine tune a wellness routine.

It’s exhausting.

Although mental health is being spoken about more these days (which is a VERY good thing), getting help for your mental illness is not an easy journey. I was diagnosed over two years ago and even after receiving a diagnosis, it took me a while to seek additional help for managing it. Often I find myself reasoning “well, I’ve been ‘dealing’ with it for this long, and managing to get stuff done, so it can’t be that bad” and although it may not be “that bad”, it’s still not good.

I often feel like I want to give up, but I’m thankful to my friends and family that haven’t given up on me, and as a result, I haven’t given up on myself.

Progress is not linear.

It’s such a simple sentence, but one that I’m truly learning to understand through and through. And in doing so, I’m learning to find solace in the small improvements I’ve been able to make and keep trying to find the right things to get and keep me on the track to wellness.


Speaking of which… trying to find the *right* therapist is… a journey to say the least.

I was in therapy about 10 years ago for almost 3 years and had a pretty good experience! After my diagnosis in 2016, anxiety kept me from pursuing therapy again and when I finally did, I was a bit more optimistic than I realized, and that led to disappointment.

I didn’t have realistic expectations, nor was I clear on what I needed from a therapist. Now, I am. The only thing about that is that they are both things I needed to learn over time and after having spoken to different therapists (and spending money 🙃).

I say all that to say that while having a therapist is indeed an amazing addition to your mental wellness plan, just know that it may take you a few tries to find one that’s the best fit for you. If you’re wondering where to start your search, I’ve used both Open Path and Better Help. The jury’s still out on whether or not I feel that I need an in-person therapist, but I definitely think both services are really helpful!

This post has been a little long, but I guess that’s what happens when you don’t do a Truthy post for 6 months lol.

I will end by saying once more that I’m incredibly thankful for my tribe (both near and far) for hanging in there with me. Beyond finding a good therapist, the right medicinal cocktail if needed, a balanced diet, sleep, and exercise… a good support system is critical to helping manage mental illness.

I actually wrote a little about that in my friend Andrea’s (fourth!) book, We Inspire Me, that was just released this month! This was a bit of a lazy book announcement lol, but I just wanted to mention it briefly since I was talking about the same thing :)

Ok, now I’m fiiinally ending this post, and hopefully the next Truthy won’t be another 6 months from now 💛