Growing up on a Wisconsin dairy farm taught Danae Bauer the value of hard work. That work ethic then helped to turn her passion for photography to a full-time career snapping pictures.
From an early age, Bauer knew she had a creative side coupled with an eye for beauty. Now, the graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and Merit Award winner reflects on how her interests as a kid turned into business with nearly 40,000 likes on Facebook.
“I started when I was 8 to 10 years old,” said Bauer. “It was an interest I had, and I’ve always been kind of creative and messy as a child, and that drove my mother crazy. I always like exploring things and finding new ways to be creative.”
As a result, photography came naturally to her. She captures every day moments on the farm and didn’t know a passion would turn into employment.
“People started to see some of my work, and they started asking me if I would take their picture,” said Bauer. “That grew into more of an interest and eventually a career.”
Newborn calves are her favorite subjects, something she sees on a daily basis, catching the beauty of both her animal and human subjects and the special relationship they share.
“I know the backstory between people and their animals, and tell that story with my lens,” said Bauer.
Other people know of Bauer and her work and connect with her, sharing a mutual love of dairy.
“I love dairy cows,” said client Natasha Kowalchuk. “I’m going to school for that, and I show dairy cows. I was really interested in her and I loved her photos.”
Bauer’s photos give others a special feeling, one they might not have felt for many years, and she prides herself on that.
“They tell me my photography touches a chord with them,” said Bauer with a smile. “It makes them think of fond memories on the farm. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to touch people that way.”
Aside from livestock photos, Bauer shoots family photos, senior photos, portraits, engagements, and weddings.
Bauer's pictures can be found on her website or on Facebook.