Dani Padgett Weddings

Without memories time would have no weapon against us. 

- John steinbeck

When maverick
and I first met we bonded over national geograpic documentaries and i left him my number. nerds at first sight.

I could tell you a lot of opinions about weddings and how special ceremonies are. I love the adrenaline of the day, the amazing outpour of emotions and how it’s an event in which people can freely express how much they appreciate people. It’s not too often in life that we get these moments of gratitude and love and I like documenting them. 

I don’t just photograph weddings, I photograph a ton of other things, but no two weddings are the same and every couple brings a whole new story and I thrive off of that. 

I received my MFA at Mills College and studied studio art, finally sucked it up and learned to love digital, and started carving spoons and fell in love with the meditative process of whittling. I now obsess over sewing my own clothes, natural dyes and gardening. As a creative I always have to have many new hobbies to dabble in to keep my creativity alive. Next up I think will be block printing my own fabric for sewing.

As for photographing couples, I honestly just fell into wedding photography. A few classmates in grad school asked me to photograph their weddings and I realized I loved it. My classmate and dear friend Sara Kerr and I began photographing under Scout & Sea Photography for a few years. Since then I moved up North to 15 acres of land and Sara has moved back to Australia and is making art. Now my husband Maverick is my second shooter! 

I am also a mother of two, and although working and raising babies is quite the juggling act I know that my persuit in art and creating will ultimately make me a better mother. I want to show my babies the beauty and love in this world and part of that is documenting other folks love stories. 

random love  

on our first date i thought i got stood up but turned out maverick had been hit on his bicycle a block away. he was fine, i made sure he got home. 

at this point we have known each other for 13 years, lived together in 5 different houses in 3 different cities

1 month after we met i moved to italy for a year and we kept in touch by writing letters back and forth and really got to know one another from afar. 



Although I'm a bit of a home body I love to travel. I love to experience new places, smells, flavors and talk to folks from all around the world. Without a doubt a good trip will always have me coming home inspired and grateful for all the world has to show us. 


Collaborating with friends

When you have such talented friends is impossible to not want to create things with them. From cooking, supper clubs, styled shooots and test shoots aI am constantly inspired and pushed to new creative fronts from my friends.



As previously mentioned food has become a HUGE part of my life. My husband and I have begun a sort of supper club and are constantly growing our own food, preserving our food and cooking nightly for ourselves and others. Food is magic. 


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