Winning award wedding photographer Based in Mexico
and traveling all around capturing love
Wedding & Couples Photographer
DANIELA VILLARREAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
HERE IS ME
I’m Daniela Villarreal, 31-year-old winning award and destination wedding photographer. I was born and raised in Mexico (If you haven’t been here, you’re missing a lot!).
My passion for photography began more than a decade ago at NYC, I adventured my nineteen self without knowing anything or anyone around, and after searching for my passion through fashion and design, I finally discovered photography was my place.
I found and bought my firsts analog and digital cameras at downtown Manhattan, I remember this day, it was a dream to have on my hands the power to capture any moment in time.
After some years and many weddings, I can say that photography has allowed me to be part of amazing and honest love stories, in different cultures, places and colors.
Beside weddings, I have always had this sensibility through art. This made me curious enough to start questioning myself (a couple years ago) about the world of contemporary photography, and about me starting to make projects of my own.
Currently, I’m working on first photo series exhibition (yay!).
Also, I’m a big fan of film photography, on 2020, my friend Rodrigo and me decided to open a film laboratory in Monterrey, my hometown in the north of Mexico, we are BENGALA (we develop, scan and sell film rolls and analog cameras).
So yes, photography is my world, this is me, a destination wedding and contemporary photographer grateful to have started a project that made me courageous enough to explore and share stories through my eyes...
Simply, I love love. I´m such a fan of love, I mean come on, we are talking about the best feeling in the world! Since the wedding one I was captivated by the ritual of love celebrations, about in how many ways we honor this feeling.
And after being witness at 85 weddings (and counting) all around the world, I can say to you, there is no manual, there is no book, there isn’t a formula about how to get married, and that is what I think it’s the best part about this, because it makes every wedding UNIQUE.
I DO IT?
JUST LIKE A MOVIE
I believe everything has an aesthetic side, to find it is to be capable of seeing all around in different perspectives, to be able to stop and think about what you are looking at to photograph it in the best way possible. No matter how big or intimate the celebration is, there is always an opportunity to tell a story through the essence of each couple.
WHAT SETS ME APPART FROM OTHERS?
I CAN SAY IT IN ONE WORD: FEELINGS.
I photograph real couples and emotions, real love and joy. Anything to capture authentic moments. I believe the unplanned pictures are the best ones, there relies all the feelings of a wedding day, because everyone is present, living the moment.
Every person feels in a way, Every couple has a story, Every love is a world, Every detail matters.
Before photography entered my life, I didn’t question myself or thought about light the way I do it now. Thanks to light, photography made me notice some of the simplest but very important things in life, like the colors that we see, the constant changes of light during a day, the temperature of it, the best light for shooting portraits, and among many many other things…
( I could talk about this all day long)....
This has become a philosophy, a way of living, a daily reminder to my eyes, to appreciate everything I see and everything I do.
Light is everything, is energy, is vibration, is movement. Is everything because we know the world we see thanks to light.
THE WAY I SEE LIFE
SO EVERY TIME YOU CAN...
AND APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE
DANIELA VILLARREAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
WHERE DOES ALL
OF THIS COME
DO YOU KNOW THE WORD CREATE?
I have been researching about this for a while, and after reading lots of answers this meaning was my favorite:
I believe we all are natural creators, we all come from a creation, so that means creativity is something natural we all have, some might have it more developed than others, but we all have this inside of us.
This goes hand by hand with curiosity, I consider myself a curious person, because if I question about something, I go and see it/do it for myself.
So translating this into photography, I compose pictures because I love to create trough my curiosity.
Curiosity gives us the essential tools to never settle for something that doesn`t makes us happy. Stay curious because that’s what life is all about, curiosity is wandering, day dreaming, question ourselves, appreciating, and mostly, loving, everything, all the time.
STAY CURIOUS ALL THE TIME
Some recient achievements