Professional Pet & Portrait Photographer

FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

Danielle Spires is a fine art photographer in Los Angeles, CA that works in lost mediums such as lenticular prints. She focuses her work around chronic illness, the patriarchal medical industrial complex, and female autonomy.

As well as being a corporate and pet photographer, I’m also a fine art photographer in Los Angeles, CA that works in lost mediums such as lenticular prints. I focus my work around chronic illness and disability, the patriarchal medical industrial complex, and female autonomy.

 

SAVIOURS SERIES

“SAVIOURS” is a series based off of my deeply personal relationships with my beloved pets. Each portrait is based on Pre-Raphaelite Victorian paintings of women, when portraiture was more realistic, poetic and sensual, and less formal and stoic. I wanted to manifest the infallible love we have for our pets, the ones constantly keeping us from the edge of darkness. The serene feelings emoted in each portrait are complemented by the subject’s cherished animal.

SLAUGHTERHAUS SERIES

“Slaughterhaus” is a lenticular series based off of my personal experiences with a debilitating illness that led to frequent surgeries, and the comfort I was able to find in my bedroom. Each lenticular print features a portrait of a woman in her bedroom juxtaposed with a still life photo of discarded slaughterhouse meat.

ALL OF MY LIFE

“All of My Life” is a photo series based off of my personal experiences with being honest and open about my past of frequent surgeries and hospitalizations. I’ve struggled with how to talk about my past traumas and rarely succeeded. Every memory is seared into my very being, and I often replay them like a film in my mind. In an ode to them, I recreated and shot some of these life-altering stories in a cinematic way.

GIRLS EATING FOOD IN MY KITCHEN

I eat to live, not live to eat. Growing up with health problems has forced my strained relationship with food and dealing with this ambivalence towards eating has been a trying process... I wanted to explore these feelings, so I decided to photograph girls eating the food at my house on the day of their shoot. The subjects had no choice in the matter...they had to eat whatever was in my fridge that morning.

AWKWARD COUPLES

I love the contrariness of couples who are happy and in love, but with a glaring reminder that we all have our respective problems. I love those awkward moments in a relationship because they are painfully humbling and cause a disconnect that make people feel powerless, vulnerable and disheartened. Without those disconnects, couples sometimes become content with a neutral coexistence.

APARTMENT 203

I lived in Apartment 203 for two years and shot all of my friends there. It was a run-down awful apartment with the most gorgeous lighting.

CAT GANGS OF EAST L.A.

Near the 6th St. bridge in Boyle Heights (before it was torn down), there was a cat gang that ruled the streets. They rolled 20 deep and were pretty damn cute, however, these were still wild animals. I witnessed 5 kittens tear apart a bird and drag it under the 6th street bridge, and an hour later, watched the same kittens nap and play under the streetlights. Mike, a guy that lived inside the bridge column, fed the cats every day at 5pm.