Being a busy-body and big dreamer, it would take hours to tell you about all of the things I'm passionate about – a perfect summer day, growing businesses to their full potential, watching couples see each other for the first time on their wedding day, listening to high school seniors talk about moving to college, my puppy Dune...

I'm an entrepreneur at heart, an encourager by nature, and live to make others feel loved.

i'm dakota

BUT at the heart of everything I do is 

people.

I believe that helping other people achieve their goals will help you achieve your own and that if you are excited about your passions people will tend to be excited with you. As a photographer, that looks like making sure you see yourself the way the world sees you...beautiful, joyful, and confident.

I started my photography career at a young age and over the years I have wholeheartedly pursued creating a client experience that reflects the love and excitement I have for both beautiful images and the people in them. 

to have built a business that allows me to spend my days with other people who are celebrating the most exciting seasons of life and being the one that makes sure they can remember it forever.

I am so thankful

I feel my best when I'm:

01.

crushing a Club Bangers Peloton ride with Alex Touissant.

I feel my best when:

01.

D.  Seafood

C. Southern

B. Mexican

A. Italian

If I could only have one type of food it would be:

02.

all my favorites but give me all of the sides!

If I could only have one type of food it would be:

02.

D.  Seafood

C. Southern

B. Mexican

A. Italian

On my days off, the first thing I do is...

03.

sleep in and go to the beach.

On my days off, the first thing I do is...

03.

D.  Yoga pants

C. A jumper

B. Jeans and a t-shirt

A. Dress and booties

My go-to outfit is:

04.

cute and comfy? 
count me in!

04.

D.  Yoga pants

C. A jumper

B. Jeans and a t-shirt

A. Dress and booties

My go-to outfit is:

04.

My favorite thing to listen to in the car is...

05.

podcasts (especially The Morning Toast).

My favorite thing to listen to in the car is...

05.

My dream venue to shoot would be...

06.

anywhere in Italy!

My dream venue to shoot would be...

06.

My love language is:

07.

D.  Gifts

C. Words of Affirmation

B. Quality Time

A. Physical touch

My love language is:

07.

D.  Gifts

C. Words of Affirmation

B. Quality Time

A. Physical touch

08.

The way to my heart is...

08.

a thoughtful, handwritten letter (and ice cream).

The way to my heart is...

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This year’s word is

Every year I choose a word to set the intention for my year. I’m very goal oriented but having a word that is simple and speaks to all of the things I want to do or achieve in the year helps keep me on track. Plus I love seeing how it shows up throughout big and small moments throughout the year.

Read more about why I picked this year’s word and what I have planned for the year 

My One Word for 2021

Faces You’ll See Around Here Often...

Also known as Dune Bug, Duney Boy, Duney Looney...you know. He’s my sweet Australian labradoodle pup who keeps my life full of love and fun. 

He has been shooting weddings with me since the very beginning! If you’ve met him, you love him. I couldn’t ask for a better partner in crime. Follow his Instagram on wedding days for when he plays “find Dakota in the crowd at receptions”, ha!

He is often my second shooter at weddings and he helps with a lot of things on the backend. I am so thankful that my younger brother chooses to spend his time (especially his weekends) helping me! 

Dune

Evan

Weston

I’ve lived in Wilmington, NC for over 10 years now and I am in love with this bustling beach town. It’s the perfect mix of the breezy coastal lifestyle with a downtown that always has something to do (plus we have the BEST food. I’m not biased or anything).

Here are a few of my favorite restaurants, places, and things about Wilmington, NC:

Favorite Places in Wilmington, NC

date night

savorez

yosake

tarantellis’

brunch

Cast Iron Kitchen

Dixie Grill

Beach Bagels

easy lunch

Flaming Amy’s

PT’s Grille

K38

dessert

Kilwin’s

Boombalati’s 

Apple Annie’s

drinks

Dram Yard Gazebo

Alcove Beer Garden

KGB

shopping

Julie’s

Vestique

Lula Balou

shoot locales

Wrightsville Beach

Historic DT Wilmington

Fort Fisher

venues

Wrightsville Manor

Airlie Gardens

The River Room

to stay

Midtown Tudor

The Arrive Downtown

Dreamers Welcome