Danielle McIlroy | Featured Photographer



Danielle McIlroy
Danielle McIlroy Photography


Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m a hobbyist photographer living in Idaho. I love to travel and have had the amazing opportunity to live in some beautiful countries over the last 14 years with my wonderful husband who happens to be in the military. We’ve lived in mainland Japan, Italy, Florida, Okinawa, and now Idaho. I’m currently a stay at home mom to our three lovely daughters, ages 11, 9, and 3.


How did you get started in photography?:
My dad is a photographer and I grew up being surrounded by cameras. I’ve always taken pictures, but I didn’t get my first DSLR until after my last daughter was born. We were living in Okinawa at the time and I was trying to take lots of pictures to show to family back home, but I was really frustrated with the results I got from my point and shoot. My husband gave me a D3100 for Christmas after she was born and I was hooked. I shot on auto for the first few months, but I soon started to read up on shooting in manual and I ordered my first prime lens (a 35 1.8), switched to manual, and never looked back!


What do you shoot?:
I started my first 365 this year and I’ve been using it to document all the beauty and quirkiness that I see in my daughters every day. I also adore shooting macro and I do it every chance I get…especially when my girls get tired of my camera being in their faces. 😉 I have an affinity for dead flowers.


Who or what inspires you?:
My girls inspire me. They are beautiful and wonderful and funny and I can’t help but want to freeze every moment with them. I also love the way that light can change the feeling of a scene and I always want to capture that the best that I can.


What kind of camera bag do you carry and what’s in it?:
I have a Kelly Moore B-Hobo bag that I LOVE. It’s my everyday bag and I use it to carry my camera everywhere with me, which has really helped with my 365. I generally carry my D700 with one of my prime lenses attached (Nikon 20 2.8, 50 1.4, 60 2.8, 85 1.8, and Sigma 35 1.4) and sometimes one more lens in the extra compartment, an extra battery, lens pen, microfiber cloth and assorted personal items (wallet, phone, lip gloss, gum). And since I have a 3 year old, I usually have some animal crackers or gummies in there, too. 😉


What are some of your favorite photography products?:
I love my Expodisc, though I don’t use it as consistently as I should. My lens pen is probably my most used accessory because I always end up with little fingerprints on my lenses.


Three random things about yourself:
1. I had a recurring nightmare when I was in elementary school that involved Count Chocula. My dad ended up running him over with a giant tricycle, saving us all, at the end of the dream.
2. I’m half Mexican and grew up visiting our relatives in Mexico several times a year…but I don’t speak Spanish.
3. I love beef jerky. LOVE it.


Best piece of advice you’ve received?:
I think the best advice I’ve received is to not pay attention to what other people are doing. It can be hard with the prevalence of social media, but it’s definitely a good idea to try. I feel better about my own work and I grow faster when I don’t compare myself to others.


Any advice you’d like to share?:
Trust yourself. It’s okay to like what you like even if other people don’t.


Mac or PC? Photoshop or Lightroom?:
I edit exclusively in Lightroom on a 13 inch MBP. I hope (really HOPE) to get a desktop soon so I can stop straining my eyes. 😉


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  • Marilyn Gansky HuntOctober 28, 2013 - 3:05 pm

    Gotta have gummies on a photo shoot!ReplyCancel

  • Kate DensmoreOctober 28, 2013 - 4:32 pm

    I love Danielle! So cool to read more about her! Beautiful images!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine McAteerOctober 28, 2013 - 6:15 pm

    Always love seeing Danielle’s work! Great to learn more about her here.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa JacksonOctober 28, 2013 - 6:49 pm

    Aww yay! So happy and proud of you Danielle! Love this article. ReplyCancel

  • Heather Bailey NordellOctober 28, 2013 - 7:05 pm

    Oh how I love reading this! I love seeing how far you have come as a photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Linda HuntOctober 30, 2013 - 12:27 am

    Danielle, your photos are BEAUTIFUL!!- I.love them all. Especially your own portrait. Absolutely gorgeous baby girl. 🙂ReplyCancel