Hi, I am Danielle Hughes.

Incorporating both my interests in technology and art, photography was a field I was instantly attracted to. Choosing a career in photography was the easiest choice I ever made and I’ve never looked back. My photography journey started back in High School while in Yearbook and blossomed in college at Indiana University where I was able to incorporate a more creative outlook to the journalism style I was used to.

I was immediately attracted to photography and capturing the moments that most pass up. After realizing I lacked photos of certain people and certain times in my life, I wanted to make sure that I would help people never feel the same way.

To me a photo session is an experience, not just a posed moment. When you book with me expect to play in the rain, to get a little dirty, to climb in some shrubs, to feel the sun on your skin, and to fall in love with parts of yourself or another that you never realized before.

What can you expect from me? I'm going to be right beside you getting dirty, climbing on whatever I can and guiding you the whole way through with prompts that elicit movement and lots of laughter and love.


“Where do I even begin?? Danielle shot my wedding and it was everything I ever wanted and MORE. We worked on a shot list in the days before the wedding and we made a joint Pinterest board where I pinned shots that I wanted. Danielle made sure we got those shots and so much more. She was so full of ideas!! She made me and my husband feel 100% comfortable with her on our big day. The pictures are BEAUTIFUL. To top it off, she got us sneak peeks (with more than 50 pictures!!) the NEXT DAY. She sent me over 100”

—Kacey + Josh

“AMAZING! Danielle was so fun and open to my ideas and playing around to get shots! She was a blast to work with and I will definitely work with her again. The final product looks phenomenal! 12/10 would recommend!”


“Danielle captured my wedding day so perfectly. She was thorough, included a VERY useful questionnaire to find what exactly we were looking for, and even saved the day when our ride left us at the church after the ceremony.
Aside from the blissful memories she captured, Danielle also happily met with us the following week to take impromptu pictures with my niece who was too sick to be a bridesmaid in our wedding. We are forever thankful for Natural Illumination & Danielle’s assistants!”

—Jill + Casey

“Amazing! Danielle is so passionate about her photos! I have been been with her for a long time from family pictures, to my boudoir (which she was amazing with those angles!!), my wedding, and more family photos! Through the years I have built such a trust in her, I’ve never been let down! She is truly the best at what she does!”


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naturalillumination@gmail.com + (317) 753-2638