I’m Dara, an event and portrait photographer
if there's dancing involved, i'm capturing it
It all started six years ago when my husband gifted me a camera for my birthday. I only wanted it because a friend caught an amazing image of me with my hair flying in the air. I thought it was the coolest thing!
Fast forward six years later and not only am I capturing flying hair and killer dance moves, I'm also capturing raw emotions. I have the ability to anticipate what's about to happen, so I never miss a thing.
Fun Fact 1
I used to be a model when I was a teenager! Way back when (I'm aging myself) I was a finalist in the Seventeen Cover Model Contest. It was one of the best moments of my life. That and being on the back of a board game called Channel Surfing! Nowadays, I truly prefer being behind the camera instead of in front of it.
Fun Fact 2
I've been a Zumba Fitness instructor for over 7 years, but have been a certified gym rat since my late teens. I'm also licensed to teach Strong Nation (Zumba's HIIT workout). Although I don't teach it, I love doing it on my own at the gym. If you see me punching the air, don't judge me! I'm working out to the video. ;-)
Fun Fact 3
I am an introvert; weekends lounging on the couch with my husband is my ideal evening. You will not find me at a party unless I was bribed with wine, or hired to capture the event. Oh, or if there's a pool. Have pool, will travel (without the camera though).
Fun Fact 4
Despite being an introvert, holding a camera in my hand magically makes me become an extrovert. Like when Beyonce turns into "Sasha Fierce"? Yea, like that. So if you see me dancing while snapping away, don't be shocked.