Yolonda | Alexandria, VA Natural Light Photography Mentor

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! This weather is FINALLY cooperating and giving us beautiful days to enjoy :) I have soo much catching up to do with posting sessions to the blog and I plan to catch up a bit this week so keep checking back for newness EVERY day- especially Wednesday, I think I’ve made that unofficial Senior Day on the blog because I’m going to share 4 senior sessions!

But right now? It’s all about Yolonda!

Yolonda and I got together on a crazy cold afternoon in March for her session, but she has such a warm spirit, we didn’t even mind the cold ;) Ok, we definitely DID mind the cold, but she does have a warm spirit lol. 

Our initial session had to be rescheduled because of snow… one of the last major snowfalls we had fell just before we were supposed to meet :( But thankfully we were able to reschedule and we had a great time! I can’t explain how much I enjoy getting together with fellow creatives and helping them simplify their photography lives- Yolonda’s session was no different :) I really enjoyed hearing about her photography goals, philosophy, vision, chatting with her about family and business… It was a very encouraging session for us both. Yolonda has such a beautiful personality and it shines through brilliantly in her work.

Here are a few faves from Yolonda’s headshot session:


Then we got together with our lovely models Natasha & Kenny to take a few maternity photos. Their session ended up being a mini due to the cold! They were troopers but we didn’t want to keep them out too long :)

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I think I’ll give them their own post for their mini session :)

Here are a few words from Yolonda about her mentoring experience: 

“My experience with Danielle was delightful. I had a great time and left her feeling clearer and more confident about my photo work. From our first online communications to finally meeting in-person, I found her to be professional and thorough as well as endearing and cool. She seemed to be thinking of everything, and I loved that. It made me feel safe to entrust my money, time and creativity with her. Before 1/3 of the day was over I had already learned so much! I’ve been photographing professionally for about 4 years. Danni related patiently and attentively with me from our first contact through to our wrap-up and departure to access my personal goals and then equip me with simple theories and actionable steps to elevate my current work; provide tips for more focused professional and creative endeavors both now and into the future; and drastically simplify my overall workflow, freeing me up to shoot even better photos straight-out-of-the-camera more and edit less. Money and time well spent. I would take advantage of other instructional offerings from Danielle and encourage photographers at any level to do the same.”

Also check out her recap on her blog

If you’re interested in booking a one-on-one mentor session and would like to have the DFinney Experience yourself, email me today to secure your date! Currently booking: August & September 2014.