Debbie Daanen | Ashley Schmit
Debbie Daanen is a Professional Photographer in Appleton Wisconsin who specializes in children's portraits, senior portraits, family portraits and more.
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The Virtual Business Card!

In a world where everything is becoming virtual, we’ve adapted our personal branding portrait sessions and put our twist on the idea of the traditional business card. Check out our “virtual business card” and ask about adding it to your next photo session!

Add it to your photo session for just $25 or use an existing design you have for just $35! Talk to us about your options!  🙂



Our client’s comfort and safety are of the utmost importance to us and we have devised a detailed plan moving forward into our ‘new normal’.

The studio will remain on limited operating hours and by appointment only until June 1st. As we enter into these unknown days ahead, we have a comprehensive list of  new changes that have been implemented and additional sanitation practices that have been put into place. We are doing our very best to keep everyone safe and healthy in 2020 and always!

We look forward to seeing you all soon (from behind our mask, haha)!  Stay safe everyone! 🙂

Covid plan


PROM 2020: Bummed about missing Prom?
Wishing you had a fab pic to post to your Instagram? We got you covered!
$25 for a Prom mini session and a social media image!
Additional images and prints can be purchased from our events collection (reduced pricing). Are you also a graduating senior?… Bring along your cap & gown! Limited sessions available… Call now! 920-739-3249



Effective tomorrow morning, we will be back in the studio on LIMITED hours (by appointment only)!

Given Gov. Evers new lightened restrictions, small businesses are allowed to reopen with 5 or less people at a time. YAY!


We are going to limit our hours as we get back into the swing of things, so we ask that you contact us in advance if you plan to stop in for a pick up etc. We will be taking appointments for photo sessions, orders and pick ups, to limit the number of people and allow us adequate time to disinfect between clients. We will continue to wear masks as we work and encourage you to do the same. We ask that if you are not coming for a photo session, that you refrain from bringing your little ones with you. Are are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our clients and staff.

We are excited to be back in action and can’t wait to see your smiling eyes (eyes, because your smiles will be covered by masks, haha)!


Thank you to everyone who watched. Thank you to those who made a purchase. Thank you to those who made additional donations. And thank you of course to Laura Taylor Artist and @annmewshaw for sharing your talents with us all. It was a great event and we can’t wait to share our donations with these worthy causes! We appreciate you all!!! ❤😁❤


Hey, High School Seniors, Class of 2021… It’s time!

With what is going to be a shortened season, we will only have a limited number of Summer senior sessions available… Make sure you are one of them!
As an incentive, those photographed is June, will receive a $200 discount! Spots are filling quickly – fill out the form below or contact the studio to ensure your time slot and sale item! (920)739-3249 /

Senior Photo Session Request Form:


RIP Bob… we lost our dear friend, Bob Rueckl


Yesterday evening we learned of the passing of our dear friend, Bob Rueckl. We are saddened to share this news, as Bob as been a friend and mentor for many years.

Debbie worked with him and his father, Milt, when she first started in photography. Laurie was his retoucher for many years before she joined our team, when Bob retired. A true pillar of the community. He has a long history with us and we are deeply mourning this loss.

During the current state of gatherings, our hearts go out the Rueckl family, as we know you will not be allowed to gather in the way that you deserve.

Our endless memories with him will remain and the hilarious stories that he loved to share, will live on.
We will miss you Bob! Rest in Peace… ❤️


VIRTUAL ART SALE – May 6th – To Benefit Feeding America & COH

We at Debbie Daanen Photography (Debbie Daanen & Ashley Schmit) wanted to do something to help our community during these uncertain times…and as artists, we have art!
Join us for our Virtual Art Sale on May 6th! A portion of sales will benefit Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin & Celebration of Hope!


Debbie Daanen Photography is hosting a VIRTUAL art sale, Wednesday, May 6th on Facebook Live. This will be a socially distanced, Facebook live event.

The event will include our studio photographs and art prints from our travels here and abroad. We have invited local artist’s Laura Taylor and Ann Mewshaw to participate in the sale as well. Ann, an accomplished watercolorist and Laura, known for her ‘painted with wine’ watercolors and patriotic themed pen and inks, among other mediums, will have some exciting pieces to share with you.

A PORTION OF ALL ART SOLD WILL BE GOING TO BENEFIT OUR LOCAL FEEDING AMERICA (Feeding America – Eastern Wisconsin) BRANCH AND TO CELEBRATION OF HOPE INC (Celebration of Hope) (a local charity organization of which Ashley serves on the board). So Join us for a fun evening of art and help a great cause when claiming some amazing art for yourself!

Join on on Wednesday, May 6th, on our Debbie Daanen Photography Facebook page, as we go LIVE! To make a purchase, comment on the live video with the word: SOLD and the ITEM NUMBER. Include your phone number (or if you prefer, send us a direct message with that information). Sales will be made on a first come, first serve basis, so comment quickly to make your claim! We will call all the purchases after the event to take payments and arrange for pick up and delivery options.


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SALE ALERT… Limited Family Mini Sessions – Get Scheduled NOW!

2020’s freedom from lockdown will be something to commemorate!

Session and 2 – Digital Images just $150!!!
(More than a 50% savings. Studio session: Indoor or outdoor. May & June…Dates to be determined.)

Contact the studio NOW to get on our list and be one of the few to enjoy this offer! We will contact you at a later date to set up your session day/time.





38 Years!!!  And this one will be the one to remember…

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April 1st… Is our Work-iversary!

That’s right; April Fool’s Day, marks Debbie Daanen Photography’s 38th anniversary of years in business! This year, it seems like every day is ‘April Fool’s Day’ given our current lockdown, quarantine, social distanced situation.


I would like to be the first to congratulate my friend, mentor and partner in both business and shenanigans, Debbie, a very happy work-iversary!  I have had the privilege and honor to work along side you for the last 18 years (I obviously never imagined as a 17 year old kid, that my Summer job would develop into my future!) and have seen first hand what a true creative genius you are. I don’t know about you, but these last 18 years have certainly taught me things I never learned while in college! Ha! They are big shoes to fill, but I’ve been doing my best!  We have been through just about everything imaginable together, personally and professionally, and I can not imagine it any other way!

In 38 years, we have seen it all… the comings and goings of photography businesses, products and trends… gone through the critical industry changes from film to digital… the rise and fall of the economy and so on…    When this day rolls around each year, we are able to reflect on what a difference a year can make and add up all 38 of them, and we have quite the collection of treasured memories and hilarious stories!

We say it all the time, but no time is more appropriate than today: THANK YOU!

Thank you to our clients, old and new. We obviously could not have had continued success all this time without you. It is a true pleasure to serve you. Thank you to those reading this…for caring enough, not only about our business, but about us, as people.

Thank you to our friends and families, who no matter how crazy our ideas seemed, continue  to support us.  It is not an easy road to make a living in the arts, and we certainly appreciate your encouragement. During these crazy, uncertain times that 2020 has brought forth, we truly can not thank you enough.

Thank you to our DDP Road Crew (Stacey, Laura, Amy, Barb)- the collection of our friends that are willing to help out at the craziest of photo shoots and event; that always says ‘yes,’ no matter how odd or overwhelming the request.

Thank you, of course, to our staff, Laurie & Stacey, we literally could not do it without you two!  To Bob & Dave – for all the support over the years, for sharing your hilarious stories, and for helping us out on all those large photo shoots where we require an extra set of photographers!

Thank you to all the groups and organizations, companies, schools and sports leagues that we have photographed over the years. There are far too many of you to list, but your continued business and friendships mean the world to us. We are thinking of all of you at this time as well, knowing that the 2020 school year is one for the history books and all small businesses are struggling from this shutdown.

To anyone else whom I might have missed… Thank you.  We just want to tell you from the bottom of our hearts, that we appreciate you and thank you for your continued business! We love what we do and have been lucky enough to do it for 38 amazing years!


…Here’s to many more!!!    ❤

-Ashley 🙂