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Danae Bauer with Farmgirl Photography

Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen Published on 09 March 2017

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How did you get started in photography?



Danae BauerBAUER: I’ve had an interest in photography since I was 10 years old. It was a project I took throughout my 4-H career. I learned a lot of the technical details from online resources like blogs and forums, and read through numerous photography books.

After high school graduation, I obtained a certificate in photography from the New York Institute of Photography – interestingly enough, earning a merit award along the way for a photo essay about embryo transfer in cattle.

What is your favorite type of photo to shoot?

BAUER: I really enjoy capturing people interacting with their favorite animals.

Describe your most memorable photo shoot.


BAUER: One of my favorite photo shoots thus far was an engagement session in the fall of 2015. The session took place at a beautifully landscaped farm. The memorable part of the shoot was getting all four of the couple’s heifers lined up in a perfect row for one of the images.

Danae Bauer's photos

Why do you enjoy farm-related photography?

BAUER: Because it combines the dual passions (and careers) I have in life: photography and farming. Coming from a farm background, I feel like I have a very good understanding of farm life, and my creative/photographic side allows me to share that in unique ways.

What tips can you give to an amateur photographer who wants to take a great picture of people or animals?

BAUER: Patience is the “golden rule” when photographing animals. Don’t be afraid to take multiple images and explore different angles and composition.


Make your subject feel comfortable in front of the camera; this applies to both humans and animals.  end mark

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Danae Bauer is from Scandinavia, Wisconsin