Dano Blanchard

Wild. Life. Photographer.

I appreciate the raw reality of everyday life, the fleeting beauty of those in-between moments, and I do my very best to capture imagery which sustains those moments and creates a story.  Whether I am out on a wildlife expedition, setting up a product shot in the studio or at a performance capturing the moment, I seek the connection between subject and object that makes a photograph come alive and also energizes the entire process of creating an image.

photo credit Chris McLennan

photo credit Chris McLennan

Cameras have always been in my lifeDano_1982_SLR

Starting with a Kodak Instamatic 60 when I was about 7, cameras were a part of my daily life.  I remember it being a very big deal to me when I would chose use one of the flash bulbs that burnt out after a single use.

The big move up came with my first SLR 35mm camera in 1981 (A Minolta XG-M) that I still have today.  My father gave me this when I first went to Europe with him… Smart man.  He would do things like that throughout my life. He’d find out what interested me and point me towards a project, perhaps a motorcycle with a problem or something that could be improved. As I would ponder the situation I’d look around and find tools, parts, examples of work he had done. I could see the path forward was always there, yet to be discovered, all I had to do was figure it out.

Through my career in technology and design I have always used photographic skills, from early days in computer animation with 3DStudio to web design and development for global companies. When not engaged in photographic pursuits I work in digital marketing and ecommerce.

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Located in Northern California and Traveling Beyond & Back.

Hopefully you may now have a small window into how I see the world. If you are interested in my work, I’d love to discuss what I can do for your image, projects, products or brand.  Contact me as you will via the many methods below. Until then you’ll find me out there chasing the light.

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Mailing Address

P.O. Box 87

Rio Nido, Cailfornia  95741

 *cover photo by Josh Semolik