MEET DENA

I was born in New York City, raised near Washington D.C., and received my Bachelor’s in Accounting from Syracuse University. My early careers were in banking and public accounting, which quickly taught me that I did not want numbers to be my life’s calling.

I pivoted to IT entrepreneurship for the next 25+ years, working directly with people outside my comfort zone every day. My love to do things that would let my creativity flourish is why I began to transition away from the tech sphere toward Rafte Photography. Initially, my son was my inspiration to pick up a camera; capturing his sports activities and documenting our life’s memories was why I started looking through the Nikon lens. Soon, other parents started asking if I could do the same for them. I began taking holiday photos, senior portraits, and graduation ceremony images. My passion for photography quickly grew with each new client and after some time honing my skills, I sold my IT company to pursue photography full-time.

Finding my ultimate passion took me on a winding journey of discovery—and that’s something with which I know many of my clients can relate. With every photoshoot I undertake, I aim to capture the beauty of life’s twists and turns. I have found that when people genuinely accept themselves as they are, with all their life experiences, they are at their most beautiful. By bringing this perspective to my photography, I connect clients with their inner strength and true beauty, so their best comes through with every photograph.

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