I’m so glad you stopped by to learn more about me. I’ll start off by saying, I’m not nearly as intimidating as my name, which is actually quite easy after you’ve heard it once. But you can always call me Dass if you’re not up for the challenge.
In winter of 2017, I was finally on the other side of the camera for once when, in the middle of a Christmas tree farm, I married my best friend and became a “Brand” (no really, that’s my last name now – isn’t that fun?). We parted ways with our fabulous but (very) little house in Lombard and moved into something with a bit more breathing room in 2022. We're in a sweet little suburb just an hour outside of Chicago and we're enjoying the views and the peacefulness of living a bit more rural. Of course, our fuzzy pups, Willow & Watson, (Wheaten Terriers who think they're humans...) are happier out here too - there's lots more room for zoomies! Between the puppies and the hubby (not necessarily in that order) I’ve found the ultimate love and I can’t imagine adventuring through life without them.
So what else? Well, I was the youngest in a large family (9 kids!), who found my niche as the calm and collected “helper” at our crazy gatherings. It was all great training for my eventual career as a wedding photographer and prepared me to handle pretty much anything that entails – including not totally freaking out when you learn your next gig is shooting the wedding of a Princess in Dubai! (ask me about that later)
I probably don’t have to tell you I’m passionate about my job, but I’ll say it anyway. It’s just my thing. I mostly shoot weddings and engagements, but I’m also into everything that comes after – babies and families… all that important “life stuff”.
What’s it like working with me? Well, I’m all about location, but it’s not what you think. My favorite sessions are where my clients can just be themselves, whether at home snuggled up on the couch, hiking a mountain amongst the pines, at a park surrounded by urban art, or enjoying a pint at your favorite brewery. Of course I am happy to make suggestions and collaborate on poses and timelines – but let loose and relax! It’s my job to capture and showcase how beautiful love really is. Comfort breeds happiness and all the giggles, belly laughs, nose kisses, and make out sessions that make for some seriously beautiful images – I’m all for that.
I’ve spent the last 13 years observing, anticipating, advising and occasionally kicking into a full sprint to ensure my clients’ most special moments aren’t missed. It’s an amazing thing to capture the emotion, the intimacy, the interaction and beauty – as purely and imperfectly as those moments happen. And in the end, the story of your day becomes an heirloom that is passed from generation to generation. That makes it even more important that your photos should capture the essence of YOU and highlight YOUR LOVE above all else.
I’d love to get to know more about you, too. Feel free to shoot me a hello and we’ll catch up on some of that important “life stuff”!
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