an exciting announcement

I’m super excited about some major changes I’m making in 2013. Up to this point I’ve been photographing under the name Captures Life Photography. I’m starting a new adventure and officially changing my business name to Danielle Nielsen Photography.

My Captures Life Photography blog will still exist, and serve as a bit of an archive for the first four years of my adventure into photography. All new work will be posted on my new site –

In moving forward as a portrait photographer in Seattle I’m opening up my schedule with a limited number of ‘portfolio building sessions.’ If you’re in the Seattle area and are interested in a portrait session please call me (574.339.6272) or send me an e-mail (

I want to thank all of you for your continued support. I couldn’t be doing this without you. :)

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A welcome surprise on the last day of 2012

Sometimes, after I’ve shot and blogged a sunrise, another one comes along that is, above and beyond, more amazing than the first one. Such is today.

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Self-Portrait – December 2012

This post marks two years in a row that I’ve taken a monthly self-portrait. Two years. :)

Discovery Park in Seattle is one of my favorite places to go. There are always all sorts of people hiking, running, or riding their bikes here. At the same time there are moments when no one is in sight and you feel like you’ve got the whole place to yourself. The trails are wide enough, and no matter which way you go, it’s a good walk. There are so many different aspects here – from a sandy beach, to a rock-and-driftwood-filled beach, to forests and hills, and a beautiful meadow.

The whole family came along today so I could take this photo. While I set up the tripod and framed the shot, the boys ran around and played, dug in the dirt, and collected rocks. Cory snapped the photo for me. Many thanks to them for their support.

I’ve got a few ideas to implement in my series next year. I’m also going to add a monthly photo of the boys. Thanks for sticking around. See you in 2013. :)

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flower photos from spring 2012

In this process of cleaning up my files from 2012 I realize I need to be more diligent about posting personal photos. I’m only 9 months behind on these… These are some of my favorite flower photos from March 2012. These were taken mainly in the Seattle area, with a few exceptions from our trip to Roozengaarde.

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