Danielle Simone Charles is available for bookings worldwide.
Danielle Simone Burren Charles
Hi! I'm Danielle. I like meeting new people, chocolate, trying to dunk on my husband, film and digital photography, painting, my pup, Star Wars, Ender's Game, not blogging (seriously I'm so bad at it... I just care more about getting couples their photos versus blogging and trying to be fancy with said blog... sorry, kind of! Just ask me to see full albums, please :) ), and down to earth humans. I have photographed weddings for over 11 years, and started working as an assistant wedding photographer in a studio in Wisconsin. When I realized super-posey studio photography wasn't for me, I went off on my own and 9 years later, here I am. I have always been interested in finding the real moments, or how to portray the intimate aspects of a story in candid, honest ways. I feel so lucky to have such a rad job and to meet awesome people while doing what I love.
When talking about wedding photography, I should mention:
I'm not great at getting wrapped up in the wedding industry. You won't find me applying to loads of bridal shows (or any, at all...I feel like a horse for sale in a stable), nor will I send you to weird fake commissioned vendors who I don't believe put their passion behind their projects (but I WILL suggest vendors who do amazing work and are passionate about what they do!!). I want you to have one of your happiest days be truly that.
My goal as a photographer is to get to know the couple I'm working with, and to embrace those moments I capture on film as they hold their natural, intimate feel. I will say that, despite the fact that I don't apply to bridal shows or weird zoo wedding shows, I will always help a couple apply to magazine features, if that's what they'd like to do! I love the features, but only if the couple wants to have their photos featured. After all, it is your day that I'm helping capture for your memories, and so I truly believe I should allow couples to make that decision as to whether or not they want to be on display. It's up to you!
For a more textbook description / for the "Artist Bio" one must always write to please a museum crowd . . .
Danielle Simone Burren Charles is a Lifestyle Photographer based in the Midwest and the East Coast, specifically that of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chicago, Illinois, and Brooklyn, New York. In the winter months, she lives in Asia with her husband, and photographs weddings (and basketball events, wedding company/bridal photo shoots, families, and volunteers with youth and animals in need) in Bangkok, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In 2015 and 2016, Burren-Charles was voted "Best Of" The Knot Wedding Photographers, as well as "Best Of' Shepherd Express Reader's Choice Wedding Photographers
Burren-Charles graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration of Photography, Painting and Art History from Peck School of the Arts, and also graduated with a certificate in Community Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Burren-Charles also received Commencement Honors, Dean's Honors, and Departmental Honors at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Burren-Charles has photographed weddings all over the United States, and has shown her work in galleries in the US, UK, Central + South America, and Southeast Asia.
Burren-Charles currently works as a Professional Photographer through her business Danielle Simone Charles LLC, and she has also had experience as a Photography Instructor and Photoshop Instructor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for 6 years. She has run her photography business for 11 years/since June 2006, and has photographed well over 350 weddings and counting. She is also very involved in community centers around Milwaukee, and has past experience as the Female Youth Empowerment Program Coordinator and Art & Photography Coordinator at Journey House, Inc and as the Arts Program Coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater America in Milwaukee's inner city.
She loves to travel, meet new people, make art and is a big believer in community service and outreach.
If you're looking to book me for a photography event, please send me a message via the contact page, or just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would love to meet up for coffee, wine or walks (with pups if you have them!) while we talk about the event that you'd like to have photographed!
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I love to capture the natural moments as they progress through the day; the real emotion, the true colors, the big and little moments. I love to see honest love and kindness shared among couples, families, friends and the celebration of all who attend the wedding!
If you are a couple I work with, I want you to live your life naturally on your wedding day, while I quietly seek moments of honest emotion in the background, as well as direct large or small groups of family and friends in a lively and efficient manner - so as to not slow down your day with hours of group photography. I never put down my camera throughout the entirety of a wedding day (I eat dinner with it in my hand, it's weird sometimes. . just ignore it), and many past clients have attested to that. I really love my job and meeting the people that comes with working as a wedding photographer, and I am happy to say that most of my past clients become my friends (who sometimes call me up when babies come around too!).
I'm open to anything on a wedding day, whether it be photoshopping a romantic image of a couple with a fading image in the background, photoshopping you fighting to get your weddings rings back from Golem's Lord of the Rings, running away from carnivorous Dinosaurs, or simply just hanging out with the Star Wars crew on any of your favorite spacecraft (Ebon Hawk, anyone?).
That being said, I also really like to keep it simple. I don't do a ton of blogging or getting wrapped up in the wedding industry. I'm there on your wedding day to photograph these intimate moments for you, and I'd rather let you decide whether or not you'd like to paste them all over a magazine or not. I'm totally open to the idea of photography features in wedding magazines - don't get me wrong! However, I'd rather have that happen at the full consent of the couple, whereas it is their day and their right to share one of the most special days of their lives, only if they see fit. I do love me some instagram, though - if there is one thing I will do, it's post moments of photography on instagram, likely because I feel it's somewhat of a more intimate crowd of people, anyway (but that's probably going to change, who am I kidding? Ha.)
Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have concerning the services of Danielle Simone Charles Photography at email@example.com or please also feel free to call me pretty much anytime at (920)858-8237!
2016 "Best Of" The Knot Wedding Photographers
2015 "Best Of" The Knot Wedding Photographers
2016 "Best Of" Wedding Photographers; Shepherd Express "Best Of" Milwaukee
2015 "Best Of" Wedding Photographers; Shepherd Express "Best Of" Milwaukee
2010 "Best Of" Wedding Photographers, Neenah, WI
2010: Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Peck School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts
2010: Awarded the Commencement Honors, Dean's Honors and the Departmental Honors at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2007-2010: Awarded the Dorothy G. and Ruth M. Smith Fund Scholarship, as well as the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Scholarship
2016 - Wisconsin Bride Magazine Feature : In Print : Real Weddings, Real Wedding Photographers - Danielle Simone Charles
2015 - Milwaukee Shepherd Express Reader's Choice "Best Of" Milwaukee Wedding Photographers
2015 - Artist Feature in MTV's VMA 2015 video for host Miley Cyrus
2015 - Urban Outfitters (HQ) Danielle Simone Photography Highlight on Earth Day for Reclaimed & Recycled Materials - Corporate Blog Post (<click here to see the blog post on urbanoutfitters.com)
2015 - Research Lab Photographer for University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
2015 - Milwaukee Art Museum's "Inspiring Beauty" Event Photographer
2015 - Project Runway's Timothy Westbrook Collection Photographer
2015 - UWM Alumni Magazine Entrepreneurial Artist feature
2014 - Research Lab Photographer for University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
2014 - Northern Michigan University - Photography Business Highlight
2014 - Pop-Up Artist Gallery/Shop at Urban Outfitters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2013 - 2014 - Milwaukee Institute Of Art & Design - Guest Speaker, Artist Entrepreneur
2014 - Featured Artist on Fox 6 News
2014 - Featured Artist - Bay View, Wisconsin Gallery Night - Boone & Crockett
2013 - Research Lab Photographer for University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
2013 - Featured Artist on Fox 6 News
2013 - 2014 - Featured Artist at YoFactory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2013 - MilwaukeeHome Fashion Photographer
2008 - 2014 - Hotel Metro Gallery Night Featured Artist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2010 - 2011 - Featured Artist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Writing Center
2011 - Feature on London, UK publishing "Kwatro"
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