I help people access the power of their own authentic beauty.
Humans of conviction. Families, young adults, artists, healers, lovers, entrepreneurs, and creatives of all modalities and mediums.
People, who know that authenticity? It’s the ultimate allure. That true beauty makes the best branding. And that your messy, imperfectly perfect life – needs to be documented now, just as it is.
Being seen is powerful medicine.
That’s why I capture photos where you look like you, and no one else.
Because in a world super-saturated with nipping and tucking, turning people into brands, and family photos designed to create pinterest envy instead of being created as offerings to your legacy, as a celebration of your *right now*, the real you stands out like a much-needed lighthouse, lighting the way for your clients + collaborators, your community + co-conspirators, your friends + family, your lover, your children, and (yes) even that dreaming-vulnerable part of yourself who’s been aching for someone to remind her just how brilliant she is, just how valuable her day-to-day work is.
I believe we are all here to do important work. Sometimes that work comes with a paycheck and sometimes it comes with milk stains, and piles and piles of laundry (among other glamorous perks).
My calling is seeing your calling + reflecting it back to you.
Photos can stoke the fires of our purpose. They can invoke our ideal clients + collaborators. They can remind us of the beauty all around us … and deep within us.
This matters. That’s why I’m so passionate about what I do.
My medium? Photography. My mission? Joy.
I love when you walk away from a photography session with more than “holy shit gorgeous” images … but an experience that will nourish you and your work-in-the-world.
And that? Takes more than making you look legit and well-lit.
I’m equal parts artist + documentarian + branding maven.
My background in the healing arts helps me create a safe space so you can let your guard down and let the true you shine through.
You also get the benefit of my years of experience in corporate art direction, brand consulting, and design. Because truly phenomenal images are as strategically relevant as they are beautiful.
I’ve been a mama for more than 20 years, I understand the mess and magic of family (there are few things I love more actually).
And then there’s my camera. I’ve had a love affair with photography for most of my life, and I’m delighted to direct my lens towards beautiful forces for good in the world (and you better believe that includes you).
I believe …
- You are so much more than a brand.
- Your body, face, and life are worthy of being documented (yes, right now) exactly as they are this moment.
- Paradox is beautiful (the *both and* is where it’s at).
- Your family will never again be exactly as it is right now. Take the photos. The ones that tell the real story.
- All creative impulses are worthy.
- Your future self cheers everytime you say “yes” to being seen.
- Bodies are meant to transform. Change is celebration-worthy.
- Learning to meet your own gaze will change your life.
- Beauty is life’s message of hope.
- The world needs your medicine.
- Beauty is so much larger than the narrow, contrived box we’ve been sold.
- We are more powerful, more beautiful, more ready than we probably realize.
*click here to read the full *be seen* manifesta
Now more than ever, we are the history-makers.
With every blog post, every Instagram story and newsletter, every time we put our words and photos *out there* we are writing the stories of right now.
We are the storytellers. And we have the power to change the story of what it means to look beautiful, sexy, powerful, “together”.
This may be the greatest gift of the digital world. Let’s make the most of it, shall we?
Our work together calls forth your medicine.
It’s my honor to document this wild, worthy, fleeting, messy, ferocious life with you.
Danielle Cohen is a deeply devoted mama and a professional photographer, writer, and educator with a unique talent for helping others see and celebrate themselves. Spanning two decades, her career includes work as a doula, teacher, business consultant, publisher, and art director. Photography has been her constant — weaving her worlds together and reflecting the profound beauty she sees through her lens. Known for her keen insights, potent intuition, and her intimate approach to photography, Danielle’s work has been featured in magazines (Amulet Magazine, Life Coach School, Digital Photography), on book covers (Milk + Honey, The Art of Money, Sex After Trauma), as well as in prominent websites, marketing campaigns, and e-courses.
When she isn’t out in the world having a geographic romance, you’ll find her and her family home in Southern California enjoying the sand, the waves, and the sunshine. Now more than ever, Danielle finds photography and writing to be powerful mediums for facilitating full-out self-expression, personal transformation, discovering of our medicine, and sharing it with the world.