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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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 🙂

2020 is anything but ordinary…


As the threat of graduation ceremonies being canceled around the world grows, we understand this is very sad, strange time for you all....a very strange time for us all.

This year – is unique.
You – are unique.
Recent events have given us a clear vision that there is nothing ordinary about this year or the class of 2020.

As graduation approaches, even if this year’s ceremony/festivities will be a bit different, it is still a reason to celebrate!

A time to celebrate you – YOU, THE EXTRAORDINARY CLASS OF 2020!



Graduation Announcements (announce your grad’s accomplishments despite what is going on in the world) are currently on sale…
Photo Paper Cards (Single sided) : $1.35 each (any quantity / no minimum order)
Cardstock Paper Cards (Double Sided): 25 for $50 (available in increments of 25)

All Grad cards are custom designed. Contact the studio to discuss your design ideas.



As per the latest government restrictions, the studio will be closed until further notice. We will be able to be reached while we are away. If you are interested in purchasing gift cards etc. please contact the studio and we can assist you. We appreciate the continued support during these difficult times.

We are saddened by this news, but it is our social responsibility to protect the health and safety of our staff and clients. We are thinking of you all and hope to see you soon!

Stay Safe Everyone! 🙂




Shop Local

During this crazy time of cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19, filled with fear of safety and recession, friends and clients have been reaching out… wondering how they can help small businesses like ourselves. We are humbled by your concern and appreciate your willingness to invest our future success.

For those asking, there are some things you can do!
📷 – Purchase a gift card for a future session
📷 – Make your Summer senior/family photo session appointments deposits now (we can schedule the actual session later)
📷 -Those vacation photos you’ve been wanting to create some wall art of… do it now

We’ve been taking every precaution to keep our studio a clean and safe environment and we will remain open to honor those upcoming sessions. You should feel comfortable to keep your scheduled appointments and we will monitor the situation as it goes.
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Baby In A Basket

Baby In A Basket – (Session & Print) ONLY $95
Our famous ‘Baby In A Basket’ newborn session ~
Includes newborn session (baby only) and 8X10 print of your choice. Only $95!
Call now to schedule your Little Darling! 920-739-3249
**Sale valid until March 31st 2020**
*Newborn only (adding parents to photo shoot will incur additional charges) Additional prints/images can be purchased off our regular baby collection pricing. Newborn Baby in a Basket sessions are for 1 month old or under only. Call for full details.

Class of 2021… What does your story look like?

Summer may seem a far distant thought, but it is never too early to begin planning for your fabulous senior portrait session! The sunshine today as got us all thinking about warmer weather… Schedule your Summer photo session now for big savings!
What does your story look like?

Senior Photo Rep Model Search – Class of 2021

Hey, Class of 2021… We are looking for a few current high school Juniors to be the face of DDP for this coming year – our senior photo representative team. To inquire about becoming part of our street team, please contact the studio at 920-739–3249 or at