Hi, I am Dara!

A former model turned gym rat, turned Zumba Fitness instructor, turned photographer!

I started off my photography career photographing - you guessed it - Zumba Fitness instructors. Knowing when that beat was going to drop and when those instructors were going to progress to a certain move gave me an advantage to producing some epic images.

Now my focus is fitness portraits. After spending the past six years photographing maternity and lifestyle, I decided to pivot my attention to those in the fitness industry. This is what I was meant to do!

Whether you're an instructor, gym rat, trainer or gym/studio owner, I want to deliver some amazing content for you.

My 20+ years of being active in the fitness industry also gives me an advantage of knowing how best to pose you. Uppercuts, squat jumps, jabs or air jacks - I'm going to capture you doing what you do best.

Let's show YOU off!

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“I highly recommend Dara; she is extremely professional and made me feel very comfortable during our shoot. She gave me excellent cues and tips to ensure I got the most out of our shoot as well as achieve any specific looks I wanted. I cannot wait to work with her again!”


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