Hi, I’m Daina.
I am an Underwater and Drone Photographer. I use photography as a spark to ignite the soul to seek adventure and to connect with our natural environments.
I was drawn to the underwater world at a young age. Some of my favorite childhood memories are from time spent in Michigan where my family would spend long weekends in the summer. But living in the Midwest didn’t provide many opportunities the explore below the surface.
Even though I took my first underwater photo in college, it wasn’t until my 30’s that I completely fell in love with it and quickly became obsessed. This coincided with a leap-of-faith move from the Midwest to San Diego, California. Since moving I passed my PFI Recreational Freediving Certification as well as my PADI Open Water SCUBA certification.
My passion for being underwater is matched by my love for viewing coastlines from above. This led me to pursue drone photography, which I am Part 107 certified which allows me to fly commercially.
My goal is to help create a sense of wonder for our oceans and wilderness. I want to foster a connection so strong that it leaves you driven to be outdoors and to protect our beautiful world. To become a steward of nature while improving your quality of life.
Bring a bit of the ocean or wilderness home with you by purchasing one of my prints.
Taking a look back at our 2017 adventures and travels through numbers and photos.
It takes guts to jump onto a plane with only your necessities squeezed into a carry-on bag and not return for two weeks. Should I bring a pair of kakis? What if I need to play Jenga? The lean-packing process still stresses me out even after doing it enough. But let me tell you it is worth it. It liberates you like a monk’s vow and it takes a great bag to do it.
Visiting Tokyo, Japan was nothing short of a whirlwind. I had only two days to explore the vast metropolis and barely scratched the surface of the amazing city. From streets lined with people walking shoulder to shoulder to quiet refuges tucked off the beaten path,...