Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday - Cyber Monday Gift Certificate Sale

There are no lines - just a great deal. From now until Monday at 11pm (EST) - you can purchase a $100 gift certificate for only $50. You may purchase as many as you like and use them yourself or give as gifts. Gift certificates good for any session January 1, 2012 - December 1, 2012.

You can purchase your certificate(s) HERE. Click on "session and fees" and add the certificate(s) to your cart. If you are purchasing a gift for someone else, just let me know in a note when you check out. I can send the certificate to you or directly to the recipient.

If you have questions, don't hesitate to e-mail me at

(the fine print: Certificates are not redeemable for cash - if the link doesn't work go to

And of course - I can't have a blog post without a portrait - this is one of my favorite family portraits of the season. I have been photographing the Stinson family for years - and I'm so thankful they keep coming back year after year. I have loved watching their children grow up behind the lens.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Family Fun | Wilmington, NC Family Photographer

There are some sessions that you wonder if you were really meant to do the session. The first time I was scheduled to photograph this family the weather was TERRIBLE and sweet Gabby had an allergic reaction to some weekend farm animals. So, we rescheduled only to find that that day the weather was very iffy - meaning really dark clouds and threat of rain the whole time. I made it to Poplar Grove a few minutes before Karla and her family only to realize that the highly anticipated Poplar Grove Halloween festivities were already set up - OOPS!

Well, we made it work. We played quickly before we lost all of our light and still had lots of fun!

Karla - thank you for continuing to come to me year after year. I love watching Gabby grow up before my lens.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

2011 Holiday Mini-sessions Nov. 5-6

It's that time of year again. Folks are starting to make their Christmas lists and portraits are always at the top of the list because they make the perfect gift for parents/grandparents.

With so many families needed updated portraits, there's only so much time available to get them all in, so mini-session have become a necessity for Dana Jackson Photography.

Session times are filling up fast, so don't delay. This is the only weekend available for any portrait sessions available until 2012.

E-mail Dana at if you have more questions, or call her up at (910) 297-6244.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hailey & Jenna, Class of '12 | Wilmington Senior Portraits

I really need to get better about blogging sessions, there is a lot I need to catch up on! What a better way to start getting back into blogging by introducing you to my first seniors of 2012. That's right, seniors - TWINS! It's the perfect way to kick off the season. The girls were smart to get them done BEFORE their year actually started, because once it starts it just gets crazy.

We played a little downtown, which always has so many different textures, and then ended the evening at the beach.

Meet Jenna

And Hailey

And of course, you can't do a senior twin session without getting some of them together. The girls are just naturally beautiful and seemed so comfortable in front of the camera. Photographing them was a lot of fun.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Turning 6 | Carolina Beach Child Photographer

There are some sessions that are just meant for certain photographers, and I think this one was surely meant for me. Sweet, Mr. W is 6 - TODAY! He's lucky enough to be on vacation during his birthday, and I was lucky enough to have a spot open to get in a quick session to help him celebrate yesterday. There's something special about turning 6 to me. Maybe it's because I also have a 6 year old (well, 6 and a half according to him) and I realize how much different this is than 5. I wonder if I'll feel the same way when he turns 7 - but for some reason, 6 is a big birthday and I was tickled pink when mom said she wanted a session just for him. He is an amazing kid, and I can see why mom wanted to capture this time in his life. Thank you for allowing me to be part of the birthday celebrations. And HAPPY 6th BIRTHDAY!!!!!

Oh, and I have to add - I LOVE the fact that mom purchases things based on whether they will make a good photo prop!!! A mom after my own heart!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Melinda's Family | Carolina Beach, NC Family Photographer

It's always fun photographing other photographers, and Melinda was no exception! When she told me she was going to be near me, I jumped at the chance to meet her. We've been online friends for a long time, now - but never met in person. She is as sweet as I imagined her being, and her family absolutely wonderful. We met at my favorite beach spot, and I got to meet her whole family. I really love extended family sessions, they are always so full of laughter. Thanks for your patience in getting your blog post up!

Melinda's youngest, Makenna was so sweet the whole session.
And big sister, Jaylyn, well, even though she really didn't want her picture taken much (I mean she's 4 and her mom is an awesome photographer, she has better things to do), she hung in there for me!

And then there was Melinda's nephew, Tyler, oh, he was so sweet! So full of smiles (I LOVE the one of him watching me while dad is throwing him up).

There is nothing, nothing sweeter than children with their grandparents. Nothing.

If you haven't had an adult family portrait taken with your family, it's time you do. You won't regret it, I promise. Look, all grown up!
Cousins - this one stands alone.

When you are a photographer, you have tons and tons of beautiful portraits of your children. What you don't have are portraits of your children with the person they love the most. Melinda - you and your girls make my heart smile!

I have brothers, and while we are close, I don't think it's anything compared to what sisters share. Melinda you have to have one of these big on your walls!
I wish we could have had a whole day to sit and chat and play together. I hope next time you are in the area we can make time to do that!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A morning with Skylar on the beach | Carolina Beach, NC Photographer

My first morning beach session of the season and I couldn't be happier. I don't get to do them often, because, let's face it, the sun rises pretty early around here. Luckily I'm a morning person, and we all know the best time of the day for just turned 1-yr olds - so we were a great match. Skylar is such and easy going, happy baby (plus I just LOVE her name!).

I just love her bonnet!

A little quality time with Meme.
Even though Skylar was just about done at this time, she surprised us by cooperating for a 3 generation portrait (and the dog!).

I seriously could photograph a mom and her child all day long, and these two were no exception. Their bond is obvious!
I love how curious and adventurous 1-yr olds are. It didn't stop Skylar that she isn't quite walking yet. She was everywhere!

Thanks so much Jess, for sending Skylar my way! It was an honor!

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I love a lot of people,things, ideas, stuff. One of my loves is to witness people connecting with other people, things, ideas, stuff. I love connections, I love to capture people connecting, and I'd love to share that with you!