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I’m so excited to meet you and create great images together.


My style is natural, approachable, and true-to-life. When you look at photos of your family, you should be drawn to the same things you already love about your people!


I have a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and years of experience working with little ones. If you’ve ever done photos with someone who was not used to working with kids, you know why this is a huge bonus! Kids love me, and this helps me capture their grins, giggles, and personalities.


I welcome you to your session like I’d welcome you into my home. A few extra minutes getting to know each other and what you want goes a long way towards getting the best photos possible.

things i love

~Interior design
~A quiet day on the water
~Spending time with my hubby
~Serving others
~T-shirts, leggings and messy buns
~Leading others in worship

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Through the Years...


graduated with a Bachelors in Communications


started my teaching career with my grandparents as my students


Graduated with a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree and bought my first DSLR to take photos with


taught children from preK through 3rd grade


married my true love, best friend and adventure buddy


officially start my photography business as: 

Danielle Lee Photography & Design

while doing childcare out of my home


became mom to an angel baby


bought our first home 


became a mom to another angel baby



Danielle Hardesty Photography


went full time

2022 and beyond:

new things are coming to

Danielle Hardesty Photography

What I Do

I’m a family photographer who specializes in family & newborn portraits. I also offer professional headshots, personal branding, real estate photography, and more; just ask!


I love working outside in the natural light, as well as in your home for lifestyle sessions that catch your family in your space.


About Your Session

When you look at a family photo, you should remember that moment in your family’s life together with a smile . . . not a stressful time trying to coax cranky kids to grin, or feeling disappointed that you didn’t get quite what you wanted.


So let’s have a good time! Your portrait session should be fun, because when everyone is relaxed, your photos truly sparkle. A family portrait session will feel like a day at the park. If we’re taking engagement portraits, I’ll offer the right amount of direction so you feel confident connecting with each other naturally. Newborn family session? You’ll snuggle, giggle, and enjoy your little one’s cuteness so I can capture your family’s excitement. (This goes for professional headshot and personal branding clients, too; we’ll joke between takes until we get the right shots!)


I’m dedicated to making sure you have a great experience, from the time you book a session until you get your final photos. My clients have shared great feedback about my responsiveness, reliability, and warmth.

Benefits to Booking with Me

Professional photos are an investment of your time and money, and it’s so worthwhile. I strive to create an amazing experience and photos that will become family heirlooms.


My goal is to give you photos you’re excited to hang up on the wall, send on your holiday cards, treasure in photo albums, and share with family and friends on social media.

A Bit More About Me

I grew up in Glen Ellyn and now live in Darien with my amazing hubby (below)! When I'm not behind my camera, you can find me practicing pilates, singing on my church's worship team, or with a good non-fiction book in my hands! I also make a mean chocolate chip banana cookie that is best enjoyed with good friends!


Married to my adventure seeker best friend. We spend our time camping, hiking, biking, walking and exploring new places when we travel.