Hi, I'm Dakota!

I'm Dakota, the face behind Dakota Deanne Photography, and I'm so happy you're here!

Born and raised in Southern California, my devotion to family brought me north, and love kept me here. I reside outside Napa, California, with my amazing husband (the featured image is from my wedding day and captured by a photographer I greatly admire!) and our three crazy dogs. I currently work full-time as a Creative & Digital Marketer in the wine industry.

I started photographing at the young age of 15 with a point-and-shoot digital camera. At 16, I received my first Canon Rebel, a gift from my parents and my older brother that would bring a sense of pride to my life that I don't think any of us could have guessed at the time. I participated in Flickr's "365 Project," where I took a photo every day of myself, Photoshopped (self-taught at the time) in the strangest of settings and predicaments - this project was time-consuming, but I learned so much in that year. My hobby quickly became a passion, and I fell in love with landscape photography, capturing the beauty of nature during my time spent all over the US camping and backpacking. Now and again, I was lucky enough to capture wildlife. I was obsessed with capturing nature, but without another type of element for comparison, like a person, it was so hard to showcase the greatness of it all. I always enjoyed photographing real moments in real-time, so at the beginning of 2020, I set out to photograph those moments with people. I have created a brand and portfolio I am so proud of, and I am lucky enough to continue to grow. I wouldn't be where I am now without the support of my family, friends, and the clients I have been blessed by.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope I can create memories with you!

A young woman in her wedding dress on her wedding day with her reflection in the mirror



“Thank you so much, Dakota!!! We really enjoyed it. Your demeanor and style are so perfect, and the images are gorgeous.”