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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Fall Family Photos

Happy first day of school for all of you who started this week!  With the start of school comes the rush for Family Fall photos… our schedule is already filling quickly, so contact the studio to get on the books!  920.739.3249


Happy 4th of July! :)

The studio will be closed for the 4th of July and on very limited hours the remainder of this week.  Have a happy and safe holiday!  Happy 4th of July everyone!!!  🙂


“The Art of Dance”


We are excited to be offering these limited edition mini dance sessions to all our dance families!

‘The Art of Dance
A Limited Edition Studio
Dance Photography Session

Dance ~ Action ~ Motion ~ Emotion ~ Art ~
Beyond Typical Dance Photography


Studio photo mini session – $35 (reduced rate)

20% off all studio print pricing
Focus on your dance skills and creating a true piece of art.

Contact the studio for full details and to schedule your session time.


310 W. Northland Ave. Appleton, WI 54911

We all have a story.   We are storytellers.
What does your story look like?


It’s officially in the mail!  That’s right, our senior mailer that includes a sweet offer on senior photo sessions is on it’s way to your mailboxes now!  Keep your eyes out for it…you won’t want to miss out on the session/print discounts for our May & June seniors!  We are already booking up into the Summer, so call soon to reserve your spot and ensure that you are one of the few to be able to take advantage of the savings!!!

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Appleton Prom

We had a BLAST with all of you at the @appleton Prom this weekend! It was great to see so many familiar faces and you all looked fabulous! We have to give props to your amazing prom committee and the staff of @lambeaufield for putting on such a beautiful evening and treating us like VIP! We can not say enough wonderful things about the volunteers, staff and the students… you were all fantastic! We hope your evening was as magical as it appeared. 

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Snow… it’s back…

Anyone want to get a jump start on those 2018 Holiday card portraits?!

Ha ha ha… But seriously, the snow is pretty and you would be waaaaaay ahead of things come December! 😉📷

Our backyard is looking pretty though…despite being the never-ending Winter of 2018…



April 1st is our Work-iversary!


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name (1)April 1st… Is our Work-iversary!

That’s right; April Fool’s Day, and this year, Easter,  marks Debbie Daanen Photography’s 36th anniversary of years in business!


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 16 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 16 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 36 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 35 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.

Thank you to our DDP Road Crew (Stacey, Laura, Amy, Barb, Cindy & Jodi)- 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 knowledge and equipment, 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.

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 36 amazing years!


In closing… Debbie, your hard work and persistence has obviously paid off and you have been nothing less than an amazing example to me and everyone around you. I’m honored to be able to carry on our business, your name and your legacy!  Happy 36th work-iversary!

…Here’s to many more!!!    ❤

-Ashley 🙂

36-birthday-istockAlso… HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL!!! Here’s to a day of celebration…and avoiding all those baskets full of candy…lol. Enjoy your Holiday weekend with friends and family and be safe out there diving today! Even though we are all thinking Spring, Mother Nature had other plans it seems. Happy Easter!


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Dance, Seniors, Dance, Seniors, Dance…

Dance, Seniors, Dance, Seniors, Dance…

That has been our lives these last two weeks!

This week we wrapped up with our dance photos for @kidsonthemovedance  in both the Appleton and Green Bay locations, (we had a great time with them, by the way)  and then we were back in the studio with a few seniors this week… which brings us to today (Friday) with one more senior session before we pack up and head out next week to see our other dance friends at @heartofthevalleydanceacademy!

Can you say exhausted! ha ha … For real though, we love it!

Here is a link to view a little of our studio fun from yesterday’s senior sesh…


I’ll be sure to keep you posted on all the fun we have next while we are out and about once again… this time, dancing and photographing our way through Kaukauna!  🙂

Happy Friday (or as all the ‘kids’ say, FriYAY) Everyone!