Danielle is a creative, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic professional photographer, instructor, and mentor. I enjoyed and benefitted tremendously from her "Art of Seeing" and "Photographer's Eye" classes, group workshops, and 1-on-1 interactions.
She enthusiastically mentored me in preparing for and installing my first solo exhibit at the Mayo Performing Arts Center that was successful thanks to her dedicated help. She is all about supporting her students and pushing us to grow as artists. Danielle continues to inspire and challenge me to see and creatively capture the beauty and art in everyday nature via group critique sessions. She is one of the best instructors I have had in any subject.
- Lenny M.
Danielle helped me progress from a rookie photographer to a confident and passionate photographer. Her classes, workshops, one-on-one lessons and the countless hours she devotes in helping me with my submissions -- be it to a photo club or a competition -- have all contributed to my growth as a photographer. Through her guidance and mentoring, I have been able to develop an eye to see things creatively, yet critically.
I have been a student of Danielle Austen for a couple of years now. I appreciate her guidance and the focus that she provides. She has helped me to better understand the intricacies of image composition and post processing. Overall, I highly recommend Danielle for her instruction and helping with the direction of my work.
- Doug T.
Danielle’s “Art of Seeing” class was the ideal starting point for renewing my love of photography. Covering various aspects of what can make a more impactful photograph, the class challenged me to look deeper to find the best story. With her keen eye and creative talents, Danielle helped me see things better through the lens. Her critiques also included ideas on working my images in post-processing to bring out the essence of my photographic vision. Since that 1st class with Danielle, I have continued learning with her in “The Photographer’s Eye”, Critique Classes, various workshops and one on one lessons. Over the last several years her guidance and mentorship has been invaluable.
- Jessica M.
Over the past year I have had the pleasure of taking three classes taught by Danielle. During this time, I have learned so much about different types of photography, including landscape, macro, abstract and nature photography. I have also seen a noticeable improvement in the images that I am making, in my ability to critique my own photos and in expanding my repertoire of images that I enjoy making. Danielle is a natural teacher. She guides each member of the class by highlighting what works in each photo and guides each student at their own level while gently shaping their understanding of what makes for a good photograph and how to trust our own instincts in developing our artistic voice. Final note: if you get a chance, I highly recommend that you take a Long Exposure Photography Workshop with Danielle. You will leave it being a master of your camera settings along with creating some amazing photographs.
- Kathy K.
Danielle is both a wonderful teacher and an accomplished artist, I've taken two courses with her and am currently in one of her photography critique groups. My photography has improved tremendously since I've studied with Danielle, I highly recommend taking her classes.
- Matt B.
Besides being an amazing photographer herself, the unique thing about Danielle is her willingness to go the extra mile to support her students on their photographic journey. I cannot say enough about her devotion and the endless encouragement she offers. Her style of critiquing is honest while simultaneously being supportive and she will assist you in elevating your images to a better version of what you originally envisioned. If you’re looking for a true teacher, one who will challenge you and help you to grow look, no further.
- Elaine S.
I have learned so much during your classes as it has taken me a step farther along in my photography journey.
- Leila L.
Danielle’s classes are a fabulous way to improve your photography and your photographer's “eye". The format of the classes inspires you to get out an shoot and encourages you to experiment and push your creative boundaries. Not only does each student benefit from Danielle’s individual feedback but we get the opportunity to see our classmate's work and benefit from the feedback they receive.
Danielle is clearly passionate about photography and she is dedicated to her students’ progress. Her “critiques" are positive and motivating and you will quickly see improvements in your work.
- Ed and Beth
I have sought out Danielle Austen for classes, one-to-one sessions, and workshops over several years. She is the best teacher I have ever come across. Her enthusiasm for my images while also offering further possibilities for each image, is a winning teaching approach that both rewards creativity and builds greater skill. I feel so fortunate to learn from this talented professional photographer who is also so personable.
- Dr. Chris T.