About Criativo Photography

Danielle Ness

Owner, CEO, Photographer, Videographer

Hey, I’m Danielle, wife, new adoptive mother of 3 tweens, daughter, sister, friend, and the owner of Criativo Photography. I’ve been a professional photographer for over eight years and one of the happiest days of my life was when I was able to leave my day job and become a photographer full-time. Being an entrepreneur, being outdoors for sessions, editing in my cozy little office, helping teens see their natural beauty, and seeing parents get teary eyed when they see their children's images for the first time, all work together to remind me that I’m truly LIVIN’ THE DREAM!

I can’t wait to get to know you better and showcase your personality in your senior images. I understand what an important time this is in your life and I want to do my best to give you an incredible senior portrait experience and simply gorgeous senior portraits to look back on for years to come!

Kyle Ness

Owner, CFO, Videographer

Kyle is Criativo’s resident “Numbers Guy”. He joined Criativo Photography when just the thought of bookkeeping and taxes would make Danielle cry. His role expanded over the years and now he’s heavily involved in almost every aspect of the business. His creative eye paired with his type-A personality make him amazing at videography (something we’ve added in the last three years) and running the business side of Criativo.

When Kyle’s not nerding out on spreadsheets, he can most often be found floating in a pool, working on our next house project, or being an amazing father and playing with our kids.

The Criativo Mission

We believe that you are amazing! We believe that you are beautiful! We believe that you are uniquely different than everyone else. We believe we can capture that and showcase it for the world to see.

We also strongly believe in community over competition. We believe that we rise by lifting others up! We believe that kindness can change lives. We believe that YOU can change lives. Together let’s empower others and show them love through undeniable kindness.

Jana Long


Hi! I’m Jana, the owner and photographer at Jana Melinda Photography. I’ve been a photographer for almost six years now and began specializing in High School Senior Portraiture three years ago. I love empowering young ladies (and guys) to feel confident in their own skin. I also photograph a handful of weddings per year and families and children in the Fall. Last year I added ‘private editor’ to my list of jobs, and started with Criativo Photography! It’s been a wonderful new business avenue for me and I truly love working with other photographers.

On a personal note, I recently moved to Phoenix from Northern California. I’m a single mom and have three children (though one is a grown adult and happily married!). Oh, and I have one cat - she’s a snuggle bug and follows me everywhere! I have a heart for Jesus, and I know without Him there is no way I could do this single mom thing alone! In my spare time I love exploring the coast and trails, hanging with my kids, or enjoying my favorite local coffee shop. Some of my favorite things are Chipotle, browsing all the notebooks and office trinkets at Home Goods, and my new favorite show on television is ‘This is Us”.

Why Choose Criativo Photography?

  • Seniors and their families are our specialty!
  • We offer digitals and fine art products to make teens and parents happy!
  • We offer stunning video to help you remember the details of this special moment in time. 
  • We build condidence in our clients that will continue long after you've received your final portraits.
  • We have a one-of-a-kind Senior Squad programs for local c/o 2019 girls to participate in.

What Makes Criativo, Criativo?

  • Our outgoing, personable, and friendly photographer and videographer who put you at ease the moment you meet them
  • Our bright colors
  • Our flattering poses
  • Our great use of the desert light
  • Our adorable close-ups
  • Our playful, relaxed atmosphere
  • Our natural editing style
  • The real smiles we capture
  • Our Portuguese name