tia+walter: the ceremony

The forecast was rain, however, we all held our breath, hoping  the weather person was wrong. Twenty minutes before the ceremony was to begin, the sky opened up and released a week’s full of rain. Ms. Jesse, being the professional coordinator that she is, didn’t miss a beat. Plan B was in full effect! The staff at The Emerald Grande,  as well as the rest of us made the necessary adjustments, and God made His entrance…a magical blessing ensued. This was one of the loveliest occasions that I have ever attended! Congratulations  Walter and Tia! You two are definitely special. I knew it  from the first day we met and it was reinforced during the engagement session..thank you for allowing me to be a part of this day and the entire process..Special thanks to the entire staff at The Emerald Grande #EGWeddings
Here are a few previews of a glorious day

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rob hills: husband+father+entreprenuer+author

Rob Hills is one of those immensely talent people. He is a computer expert, web master, and entrepreneur. He is a loving husband, father and he also finds time to mentor young men. He’s a dedicated member of his local church, where he is  the media director. Rob is  the owner of HBCC, Hills Bros Computer Consultants.  And to top all of that he is often the muscle for his wife and mother’s event planning business. All of this as he is currently writing a self-help / awareness book. (As you can see, he is an expert time-manager…whew!) For an upcoming project, we decided to capture the many facets of his life. Here is a peek of our session. 2013-12-28_0001.jpg

a day at chautauqua

We took trip up to the Chautauqua winery in Defuniak Springs, FL for a day trip and wine tasting. It’s a small, quaint place off of interstate 10. they specialize in muscadine wine. The staff is friendly and the shop has many souvenirs. If you ever find yourself traveling on I-10 westbound, stop in and say hello.
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felix + carmen + kameron

When Felix and Carmen contacted me  about photographing their maternity session, I was honored. To capture something so special as their first pregnancy was truly a privilege. Good thing we didn’t’ wait too long. Kameron was born the next morning after the last photo was taken. Thanks for letting me be a part of this magical time.
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Stephanie and Tracy

When Stephanie contacted me about photographing their wedding, I knew this was going to be something special. When I met Stephanie and Tracy, I was completely honored that they asked me to photograph their ceremony.

When one meets them, it is immediately evident that they are madly in love! And they are so cute together!

These two overnight celebrities have made appearances on the Ellen Degeneres Show, Cosmopolitan, and a host of other local and national media outlets! Once you have been in their presence, you immediately understand why the world is excited about them!

Here are a few images from their engagement session

Dani D.

There are not many times when I meet another person with my same initials, or  same nick name “Danny D”, but  I had the pleasure of working with NHS senior Danielle D. or “Dani D”.  Danielle is a great model!  She is a  natural, if you will!  We had a great mini-session and captured some great images! She is a track, volleyball, and basketball player and a stellar student! When I arrived for the session, she was doing homework!  She immediately shifted  into model mode and created some great images!

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The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C.

With the celebration of  Black History Month, this blog post features guest blogger Diane Jones Dillard.  During recent travels to our nation’s capital,  Diane shares her experience from a visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial.


Dr. King’s memorial is located in our nation’s capital in the West Potomac Park near the Tidal Basin in the greater National Mall. The official address in 1964 Independence Ave. SW commemorating the year that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law.

After 20 years of planning, fund raising and construction, it opened to the public on August 22, 2011, but the dedication ceremony was postponed until October 16, 2011 due to hurricane Irene.

The total cost of the memorial was nearly 120 million dollars.

The memorial consists of three main components. The Mountain of Despair is symbolized by two huge pieces of granite depicting a mountain with a pathway that visitors pass through to enter to The Stone of Hope which stands 30 feet tall with the likeness of Dr. King gazing out at the Tidal Basin. The Inscription Wall expands on each side of the Mountain of  Despair inscribed with 14 quotes from Dr, King’s speeches and writings. The memorial covers 4 acres all together.


Over 400,000 people visit the MLK memorial each year

When I went to DC in October and visited the memorial for the first time, I wasn’t quite sure how I’d feel about it. After all there had been a lot of controversy about the choice of the sculpturer, Lei Yixin, an artist from The People’s Republic of China. Some say Dr. King’s features are slightly Asian to them. Others weren’t happy about how Dr. King is portrayed with folded arms and a stern  face.



Dr. Maya Angelou wasn’t happy with the editing of the inscription on the side of the Stone of Hope regarding being ‘a drum major for justice’, which by the way is to be removed.   I had some reservations, however, they all vanished the moment I passed through the Mountain of Despair.



A visitor reflects on the principles taught by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Now, as overwhelmed as I was last October on my first visit to the memorial, all those emotions were dwarfed by what I felt in January  when I visited the memorial during Inauguration weekend ! Just to be in Washington D.C. for this historic event in America was a once in a lifetime experience and for me, a blessing. There was a spirit of pride, jubilance, brotherhood, camaraderie, and hope that is indescribable. For the first African-American President of the United States of America to be sworn in for his second term on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday represents the hope that Dr. King dreamed about.


Diane Jones Dillard


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Diane Jones Dillard resides in Mary Esther, Florida. She is a mother (mine), grandmother, artist, and advocate for social change.  She is very active in her local community.  She is constantly seeking to elevate  awareness  through service and  the sharing of knowledge and information.  She also is quite the cook!





Welcome to my blog! I must say, after much resistance, I’ve finally  decided that this is a great addition to the Danny Dillard Photography brand! First, Big SHOUT OUT to JR customization for helping with the “New Look”! Loving it!!

Blogging is new for me and I hope to become better and better at it  as time goes on. In the meantime, please excuse my mistakes as I make the journey through the blogosphere.

For those who don’t know me, I’m Danny. I’m a Lifestyle, Wedding, Portrait and Event photographer in N.W. Florida. I have a beautiful wife, (who I’m sure will appear on this blog many times), three fantastic children, who range in age from 18 to 25, and four grand-children,  who live int the great North-Western, USA. I spent 20 years serving this nation in the United States Air Force, and I am now a proud military retiree!

I began my photography journey at the age of 10 years old, when my Uncle Dale took photos of me, a baseball card, and one of my sneakers, and developed a multiple exposure of the three images. I was hooked! I knew that was something I wanted to do!  A few years later my mother purchased a camera for me. Off I went! It was a Vivitar 110 film camera. Later I purchased a Canon rangefinder, then eventually I began using SLRs. I built a darkroom in a closet in my bedroom and spent many, many, many hours there honing my skills! I come from a long line of artist: my mother, father, uncles, aunts, and sons.  Our family is very much into the arts,  on every platform. From acting to music, sketching, to producing full length films and music videos, they cover it all.

As you can see, I have a TREMENDOUS PASSION for photography! I have a business partner in my wedding photography venture, Sharondipity Photography. Check out her work! She’s a fabulous artist! www.sharondipityphotography.com  Sharon is also a Getty Artist. Our styles are very similar insomuch, that, at times, we have a difficulty distinguishing which photos were shot by who!

Please enjoy this blog. Visit often and if you’re ever in the Fort Walton Beach / Destin, Florida area,  look me up!