Photography Spotlight is on Dana Siles Photographer.
1. How did you get into photography?
I’ve been taking pictures almost as long as I can remember – starting with 110mm film at around the age of 10, taking funky close-ups of the orange shaggy carpet in our living room and graduating to the Kodak Disc camera, which I adored into my teens! When I was 13, my Aunt and Uncle gave me my first Pentax K1000 for a school trip. At first click I knew I’d be a photographer when I grew up – literally. From then on I attended photography classes in and out of high school, and graduated from Rhode Island School of Photography in 1994. After assisting photographers, shooting music, news and editorial assignments on my own and also shooting for a wedding photography studio, I officially launched my wedding photography business in 1998. One thing that has remained true throughout all these years: I love looking through that viewfinder and consistently get a jolt of energy when I press that shutter release. Especially when I know I’ve captured something special.
2. What is your photography style?
I love to make photographs that, especially when presented as a series, tell an honest story about a person or a time in a family’s life. I aim for authenticity and timelessness in my work.
3. How far do you travel to provide your service?
My business is based in New England and New York. However, I have photographed weddings in several states as well as outside the country. I’ll travel anywhere for a good photo opportunity!
4. What advice do you give to anyone being photographed?
My advice to anyone being photographed – whether for a wedding, event or portrait – is to stay true to yourself. Twenty years down the road when you look back at your photos, is it YOU that you are seeing? I think hiring a photographer for any reason can be compared to writing in a memory journal: you want it to be accurate – perhaps with a kick. In addition, I recently wrote two blog posts on the subject of how to choose a wedding photographer: Part 1 and Part 2.