DANA... Thinks photographs tell and re-tell stories better than words. Has been looking & noticing and noticing & looking her whole life. Often prefers a child's vantage point (it isn't far from her own). Can't resist the smallest of flowers and faces. Loves finding humor. Follows as things unfold, adding enthusiasm wherever necessary. Knows light is everything and light CHANGES everything. Got married under a big oak tree. Marvels every day at each of her 3 children. Sleeps and dreams like a champ. Prefers solitude to crowds. Will never miss a chance to hold a newborn. Punctuates life with music. Is still creating after all these years. On Portraiture... Regardless of how much space I have to work with, Portrait sessions are always intimate. The camera has a way of tethering subject and photographer to a moment that is inevitably charged with the electricity of seeing and being seen. It’s a privilege to witness an authentic moment- even more so to help orchestrate one. Successful photos require patience. And soul space. And trust. And damn hard looking. And science. And light. Light is everything and light changes everything. The elements in the room are finite. I can move the furniture and carefully arrange the composition, but the light is what ultimately will move the viewer’s eye around the frame. The light always communicates where to look and how to feel. The light is the conduit that connects viewer and subject. If it’s good light, it pays tribute to the subject for giving us permission to look. It reminds us we’re beautiful.
Dana Spaeth is an award-winning photographer with a career that spans more than 25 years. Her photographs are published internationally.
Dana received a BFA in painting and photography from Cornell University and continued with graduate studies in photography at Brooks Institute of Photography. The bulk of her early professional career was focused on advertising and editorial photographic illustration with clients such as US News and World Report, Forbes, Parenting magazine, Hallmark, and Simon and Schuster.
With the birth of her first child in 2002, Dana moved to Mill Valley and turned her photographic eye toward children. Now a mother of three, she continues to photograph kids and families all over the bay area. She also specializes in headshots, portraits, still life, and fine art photography in addition to creating videos to support activist causes. Dana’s studio is located at the historic ICB buiilding in Sausalito. She is available for private and commercial commissions.
In the past several years, Dana has been returning to her roots in painting. Her most recent body of work is a series of abstract oil paintings created with palette knives. Dana’s thick application of overlapping vibrant color, evokes a structured world of woven energies traveling independantly , yet co-mingling harmoniously. She regularly participates in Marin open studios as well as the ICB Winter Open Studios.