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5 Minutes with Our New Associate Dani Toscano!

Tell us a little bit about you.. where you’re from, your hobbies etc..
I’m a San Diego native! Aside from photography, I love creating things with my hands! I’ve taken up embroidery, weaving, knitting, and illustrating with pen & ink!
The perfect day for you looks like..
My perfect day would be spent exploring or hiking a new landscape and then maybe ending it with a hot yoga session. My favorite landscapes are Joshua Tree, Glamis Sand Dunes, and Ojai! I’m so fortunate to love where I live. California has such a variety of places to escape to. One of my favorite things is taking a long road trip up the California coast highway, listening to a nice playlist. From sun-kissed cliffs to a herd of wild zebras to the Santa Cruz Redwoods, there are so many exceptional sceneries to enjoy and make memories in!
What you love most about weddings is..
I love the love in weddings! I feel so grateful to meet couples, share their stories, and also just capture the most intimate time of their lives. And secretly I cry tears of joy almost every time during a ceremony. I adore the light couples radiate in weddings, but also how much love surrounds and envelops our brides and grooms.
If you have a free Sunday you would spend it..
I love playing a fun game of ultimate frisbee with friends or hosting a game night. My game recommendation for any party: Celebrity Bowl!
Your most memorable travel experience was..
Traveling is so wonderful and serendipitous! When I turned 15, I chose to travel to France, England, Kenya, and Tanzania in place of my quinceanera. My favorite part of the trip was seeing the vast Tanzanian reserves and spotting my favorite animals. I was so fortunate to share moments with a herd of elephants right outside my hut, a lion troop that came up to our safari van, and even visit Mount Kilimanjaro. We also visited a Masaii tribe where the king’s son gave us a tour and told us the history of their tribe. I was introduced to so much during that time and I couldn’t be more grateful!
The country you most want to visit is..
Iceland! Or Madagascar. Two entirely separate countries that I’m in so much awe of!
If you could give newly engaged couples one piece of advice it would be..
Love one another and enjoy being in this sweet moment.
If you could live anywhere in the world it would be..
I think if I lived anywhere in the world, excluding California, it would have to be Hawaii or New Zealand. With Hawaii, I have so much history and nostalgia because my grandparents lived in Oahu. When I was young, I’d visit their home that had a private beach. I’d swim with my grandpa around the nearby coral reef or I’d find all the little gecko eggs around their outdoor sheds and create my annual “Gecko Nursery.”  With New Zealand, I road tripped across the islands for a month and fell madly in love with the countryside.
Your favorite movie is..
I really enjoy artsy Science Fiction films. My favorite has to be Donnie Darko. It has a really cool 80s soundtrack and is just so mind-bending and weird. I love watching films that challenge the way I think… On the other hand, I have a huge guilty pleasure for 90s romantic comedies that I could watch over and over again.
The most memorable meal you’ve ever eaten was..
I once had crocodile in Tanzania. This was a big deal for me because I’m absolutely terrified of crocodiles!
Aside from family & friends, three things you can’t live without?
My cats Penny & Mochi, a really great hammock, and lemon cake!
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