Stanley Dankoski Photography

Stanley Dankoski Photography Author headshots. Literary events. Portrait and event photography. All capturing the essence of your inner brilliance.
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Portrait and event photography. Author headshots. Literary events. All capturing the essence of your inner brilliance.

Seen today in Asheville.
05/31/2020

Seen today in Asheville.

Two years ago, I photographed @jill.mccorkle and others at the @writingeststate NCWN spring writers conference. Oh to so...
05/02/2020

Two years ago, I photographed @jill.mccorkle and others at the @writingeststate NCWN spring writers conference. Oh to socialize at a #writers #conference again! Who else is getting #stircrazy? #literaryphotography #amediting

The last post of a surprising series blending #bookediting and #boudoir:After a story has chosen you and gripped you wit...
03/16/2020

The last post of a surprising series blending #bookediting and #boudoir:

After a story has chosen you and gripped you with its fascinating, intriguing mystery, you try to capture it, pin it down.

But the story whisks you away in an unexpected direction. You chase it again. It turns from you, around a corner, escapes into a dark room.

You open its door and enter. Now you can’t see anything.

Then. Your eyes adjust.

You see her. Barely, at first. Your #muse. The #story—in the flesh. The heart and soul of glorious #truth. Everything under all the layers that had enticed you. Everything you wanted to know now laid bare.

What do you do? Do you dive in? Do you hesitate? Do you pace back and forth? Do you feel the responsibility of taking her on?

She is suddenly deeper and more impactful, riskier than expected. She’s not just a fun fling. She’s the real deal.

She’s commanding the #plot. Revealing her #character arcs. You can fill in the setting, impose the motives, clamp down details.

Respect the story. Let her pull you in. Play. Explore. Enter at your own risk. Be enraptured by this story.

#amediting #characterdevelopment

#blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #boudoirasheville #boudoirbw #boudoirlingerie #boudoirphotographer #bwportraits #windowlight

What do you see in this photo? #writingpromptsA long time ago, an ex-girlfriend painted a silhouette of a man’s upper bo...
03/09/2020

What do you see in this photo? #writingprompts

A long time ago, an ex-girlfriend painted a silhouette of a man’s upper body, with one shoulder white.

“What do you see?” she asked me.

I knew it was a trick question. I knew I would answer wrong. “A guy with no face,” I said.

She sighed. “Most men I ask either have no clue or say he’s taking his shirt off. But,” she said with a coy smile, “most women know he’s putting it back on.”

Just like with her painting, and just like with this photo, editing a #manuscript can be viewed either way.

Editing is a striptease.

I find it’s easier to just write, generate as much material as possible. Go with everything you’ve got. Later you can peel back the layers and fling each article across the room.

Then you can tease out the story’s inner truth—here, the literal #backstory—which will make itself known like a phoenix rising from ashes.

Likewise, as with the painting, it’s just as effective when you have your finger on the pulse of the book idea and you drive it toward your book’s ending or goal.

#amediting #amwriting #characterdevelopment

#blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #boudoir #boudoirasheville #boudoirbw #boudoirlingerie #boudoirphotographer #boudoirphotography #bwportraits #naturallight #windowlight

There comes a time when you create something and you are in awe.Legit in awe of what you’ve written, painted, photograph...
03/06/2020

There comes a time when you create something and you are in awe.

Legit in awe of what you’ve written, painted, photographed.

For me, it’s this photograph. I can’t believe I made it.

I look at it with reverence. I look at it with fear.

She is a powerful queen, yes. But, more importantly, how did I make this photo? Can I make it again? How can I be so sure? How can I top this? I know the conditions and the settings, and I can recreate those, but the next time won’t be the same.

Thinking too much about these questions will stunt your growth.

Chill out. Relax. You can do it again.

When I tell people I capture the essence of your inner brilliance, whether as a #bookeditor or #photographer, this is what I mean.

I channel my creativity through the king inside me and create my kingdom. Or I lay out the map for my comrades (clients) to follow.

Be it a short story, a #manuscript, a #portrait, or #eventphotography.

When the king steps up, so does the #muse, so do his subjects.

Do the work. Keep going. Believe in yourself and your #creativity.

If you need help channeling that energy in your writing, or if you’re ready to take it to the next level and get on a path to #publishing, let’s chat.

#amediting #amwriting #characterdevelopment

#blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #boudoir #boudoirasheville #boudoirbw #boudoirlingerie #boudoirphotographer #boudoirphotography #bwportraits #naturallight #windowlight

When the #muse presents herself or as another character to you, take her hand and lead her to your roost. You’ll think y...
02/28/2020

When the #muse presents herself or as another character to you, take her hand and lead her to your roost.

You’ll think you’re leading everything. But her showing up has been an invitation she has purposefully chosen to extend to you.

Ideally, the pages of her life will be spread open for you to take in. And you’ll be able to flip those pages, back and forth.

Your job, though, is to uncover who she is and whether you want to entertain her notion of being in your hands, in your care.

This character of hers, who has fallen into your lap, wears many layers.

Her nuances and idiosyncrasies and foibles will slowly soon become apparent as your fingers peel off her mask and explore deeper.

Take your time with her and she will reveal herself to you.

(To be continued. Follow me for more about #bookediting and #photography .)

#amediting #amwriting #characterdevelopment

#blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #boudoir #boudoirasheville #boudoirbw #boudoirphotographer #boudoirphotography #bwportraits #naturallight #windowlight

A mentor once told me to go about in my world and consider the people I interact with—loved ones, strangers, whomever—as...
02/27/2020

A mentor once told me to go about in my world and consider the people I interact with—loved ones, strangers, whomever—as characters in a book.

Which, as a writer and book editor, I’ve done my whole life.

In high school, every time I’d hear someone say something, I would mentally add “she said, raising her voice,” or, “he said, smoke escaping the side of his mouth,” as if I were reading my life unfold on the page.

That’s fun as an observer. But it’s sobering when you’re the one in the midst of conflict.

“I can’t stand it anymore,” she told the dark, cool mountain night. “I want to check out. Delete myself from existence. There’s no point in living.”

I sat next to her but miles away, looking into the blotchy afterimage of the abyss before me. Somewhere there beyond my feet was grass, ground to stand on, but I couldn’t see it. I didn’t say anything. I didn’t do anything. I froze. Between a rock and a hard place. A cliché.

Life as we knew it came to an end.

Not that night. Not even that year.

We writers must be self-actualized enough to understand what our characters are going through even if they are not actualized themselves. (A challenge in memoir!)

She was fighting to save a marriage he never wanted to be in.

The writer must fight for both of them.

#amediting #amwriting #blackandwhitephotography #ashevillenc

How not to sweat the small stuff.Write. Generate. Just keep writing.Yes, you misspelled a word back there. It’s OK. Or y...
02/24/2020

How not to sweat the small stuff.

Write. Generate. Just keep writing.

Yes, you misspelled a word back there. It’s OK. Or yes, a book proposal sure seems like a lot of work right now.

Just keep going. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

While our writing is all about the small stuff—the words, the sentences—have your mind on the end goal: the fruition of your big idea, the overarching conflict between reader and life, between protagonist and antagonist. Just get it down on the page.

A wall with a missing brick will still stand. For now. A story with no plot will be OK. For now.

A book idea without any solid understanding of how valid it is yet? Even that is fine. For now.

There is a reason why YOU have this book idea. If you choose to take it on, you simply must write it down.

That voice that’s telling you not to do it or coming up with excuses? That’s the small stuff. The small part of you.

Go big. Be daring. Use the voice that you were given.

There is a time and place for perfecting that voice, and channeling your power through consistency, creativity, and care.

When you’re ready, I’ll be here. DM me to have a chat about what you’re working on, and to see how I may help.

Tonight! Mary Morgan and I teach the first of fundamental Argentine tango classes, at 7pm at Archetype Brewing at 174 Br...
01/07/2020

Tonight! Mary Morgan and I teach the first of fundamental Argentine tango classes, at 7pm at Archetype Brewing at 174 Broadway, downtown. $10.

Pictured here is Mary and Eric Knoche, who will help teach at a later date.

#blackandwhitephotography #eventphotography #argentinetango

Merry Christmas from Stanley Dankoski Photography! My daughter Ani and I wish for love and peace and harmony. Ani wishes...
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas from Stanley Dankoski Photography! My daughter Ani and I wish for love and peace and harmony. Ani wishes for a good life, and a puppy someday. I wish for patience, clarity, and focus. I wish everyone prosperity and joy.

New Argentine tango beginner classes return in Asheville! Ashvillian Tango kicks off 2020 with new classes every Tuesday...
12/24/2019

New Argentine tango beginner classes return in Asheville!

Ashvillian Tango kicks off 2020 with new classes every Tuesday, 7-8pm, followed by a two-hour milonga (dance), at Archetype Brewing, downtown on Broadway.

Starts Jan. 7.

$10 for the class, $10 for the milonga, or $10 for both!

Brought to you by Mary Morgan, Eric Knoche, and Stanley Dankoski.

#tangotuesdays

New Argentine tango beginner classes return in Asheville! Ashevillian Tango kicks off 2020 with new classes every Tuesda...
12/19/2019

New Argentine tango beginner classes return in Asheville!

Ashevillian Tango kicks off 2020 with new classes every Tuesday, 7-8pm, followed by a two-hour milonga (dance), at Archetype Brewing, downtown on Broadway.

$10 for the night.

Brought to you by Mary Morgan, Eric Knoche, and Stanley Dankoski.

#tangotuesdays

New Argentine tango beginner classes return in Asheville! Ashvillian Tango kicks off 2020 with new classes every Tuesday...
12/17/2019

New Argentine tango beginner classes return in Asheville!

Ashvillian Tango kicks off 2020 with new classes every Tuesday, followed by a two-hour milonga (dance), at Archetype Brewing - Broadway, downtown location.

Brought to you by Mary Morgan, Eric Knoche, and moi.

#tangotuesdays

Black-and-white photos will make you stand out with a unique presence. If you're in the Asheville, NC, area, schedule yo...
11/26/2019

Black-and-white photos will make you stand out with a unique presence. If you're in the Asheville, NC, area, schedule your b/w photoshoot with me.

#ashevillephotographer #portraitphotographer #smoking #nosmoking #cigar

Just delivered the gallery of photos of my first-ever boudoir photo shoot to the client, and this is her reaction.
11/25/2019

Just delivered the gallery of photos of my first-ever boudoir photo shoot to the client, and this is her reaction.

Aniela Zara, December 2018.  I'm now available for black-and-white photo shoots. Kid or family #portraits, business #hea...
11/24/2019

Aniela Zara, December 2018.
I'm now available for black-and-white photo shoots. Kid or family #portraits, business #headshots, author headshots, and more.

I was scouting locations yesterday for a photo shoot next week and checked out Chicken Alley. It was not my first time. ...
11/23/2019

I was scouting locations yesterday for a photo shoot next week and checked out Chicken Alley. It was not my first time. My first time was exactly two years ago for one of the Fashmob events. As I walked down the alley, I remembered someone saying two years ago that people actually live there, as well as along Carolina Lane, which can be not readily apparent. What's readily apparent is that it's run down and it's the alley between the backs of brick-and-mortar businesses. The thought of photographing where people live gave me pause, but then I remembered I'm adopting a shoot-first be-questioned-later approach. And then I saw this.

Black-and-white photos will make you stand out with a unique presence in your professional headshot. If you're in the As...
11/22/2019

Black-and-white photos will make you stand out with a unique presence in your professional headshot. If you're in the Asheville, NC, area, schedule your b/w photoshoot with me.

https://pos.li/2e0zvd

#portrait #portraitphotographer #literaryphotographer #headshot #writer #author #authorheadshot #asheville #ashevillenc

Gregorydowntown Asheville, NCNovember 2019#headshot #writer #author #masculine#portrait #portraitphotographer #literaryp...
11/21/2019

Gregory
downtown Asheville, NC
November 2019

#headshot #writer #author #masculine
#portrait #portraitphotographer #literaryphotographer #asheville #ashevillenc
#editor #bookeditor #bookpublishing #publishing #consultant

Gregorydowntown Asheville, NCNovember 2019#headshot #writer #author #masculine#portrait #portraitphotographer #literaryp...
11/20/2019

Gregory
downtown Asheville, NC
November 2019

#headshot #writer #author #masculine
#portrait #portraitphotographer #literaryphotographer #asheville #ashevillenc
#editor #bookeditor #bookpublishing #publishing #consultant

The Flatiron Writers Room of Asheville last week brought four literary agents to the writing community to share insights...
10/12/2019

The Flatiron Writers Room of Asheville last week brought four literary agents to the writing community to share insights with individual writers in the manuscript mart and pitch slam and in an open panel.

The agents were Amanda Annis with Trident, Sarah Bowlin with Aevitas, Markus Hoffman with Regal Hoffmann & Associates, and Alice Whitwham with The Cheney Agency.

Flatiron Writers Room is run by Heather Newton and Maggie Marshall.

The Flatiron Writers Room of Asheville last week brought four literary agents to the writing community to share insights with individual writers in the manuscript mart and pitch slam and in an open panel.

The agents were Amanda Annis with Trident, Sarah Bowlin with Aevitas, Markus Hoffman with Regal Hoffmann & Associates, and Alice Whitwham with The Cheney Agency.

Flatiron Writers Room is run by Heather Newton and Maggie Marshall.

I was back in action last weekend after quite a hiatus. Literary event photos coming soon. #eventphotographer #eventphot...
10/10/2019

I was back in action last weekend after quite a hiatus. Literary event photos coming soon.

#eventphotographer #eventphotography #literaryphotographer #literary

Stanley Dankoski Editorial Services
08/30/2019

Stanley Dankoski Editorial Services

In addition to being a book editor, I've done quite a bit of event photography, specifically for literary events. More locally, I've been lucky enough to have been one of the photographers for the Greensboro Bound literary organization, both in its inaugural year, in 2018, and this year.

Today, Greensboro Bound shared its 2019 Impact Report, and I'm honored to say some photos I captured grace its front cover, sharing space with others by photographer Ben Singer. Whether it's through editing manuscripts or photographing events, I love to help people who want to make an impact on the world.

Greensboro Bound has been doing that since day one. Check out the impact report here:
http://pos.li/2d69fr

From last summer...
08/26/2019

From last summer...

Summer summer don’t go away

Photo credit Stanley Dankoski Photography

Stanley Dankoski Photography's cover photo
07/09/2019

Stanley Dankoski Photography's cover photo

I'll be back to photographing the second annual Greensboro Bound Literary Festival in May. There you can find these two ...
03/23/2019

I'll be back to photographing the second annual Greensboro Bound Literary Festival in May. There you can find these two incredible creatives, Ani DiFranco and Rhiannon Giddens, in conversation. As well as, of course, writers and authors and poets, such as Zadie Smith! Jill McCorkle! Wiley Cash! Tommy Hays! Jessica Handler! Megan Shepherd, Author! Michael Gaspeny! And many more, plus opera, music, puppets, and readings.

#GreensboroBound19 Author Reveal!

We are beyond excited to announce Ani DiFranco and Rhiannon Giddens are #GreensboroBound19. These two amazing women will be in conversation at 3 pm, Sunday, May 19 at A&T's Harrison Auditorium. Tickets available April 15.

Here are some shots I did photographing Kristie Ihde at last month's Mindful Mornings Asheville event, hosted by Asher L...
03/01/2019
Looking forward to re-gathering with you Mindful Mornings Asheville!

Here are some shots I did photographing Kristie Ihde at last month's Mindful Mornings Asheville event, hosted by Asher Leigh at UpCountry Brewing Company.

Kristie is a spiritual teacher, homeschooling mama, writer, and soul sherpa. She writes about loving ourselves and others - and what gets in the way! She talks openly about healing our deepest wounds of body, mind and spirit. Kristie enjoys guiding people on a path of experiencing their own goodness...

It was great to see Keyan, a fellow photographer, at today’s Wedding Festivals bridal expo. My daughter, Ani, popped up,...
02/02/2019

It was great to see Keyan, a fellow photographer, at today’s Wedding Festivals bridal expo. My daughter, Ani, popped up, too.

Learning the art of the selfie with the fine folks from Haiku I Do.
02/02/2019

Learning the art of the selfie with the fine folks from Haiku I Do.

Hanging out with Jesse Roberts of Balsam Mountain Photography at the Wedding Festivals bridal expo.
02/02/2019

Hanging out with Jesse Roberts of Balsam Mountain Photography at the Wedding Festivals bridal expo.

See me and other vendors for FREE this Saturday at the Wedding Festivals bridal expo held at the U.S. Cellular Center in...
01/30/2019

See me and other vendors for FREE this Saturday at the Wedding Festivals bridal expo held at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville.

How do you get in free? Go to weddingfestivals.com and sign up for the Asheville event with promo code STANLEY.

Find me at booth 408 to see if I can serve you with your bridal portraits, engagement session, or wedding.

Photographed: Angelica Ramos
Makeup: Lindsey Rourke
Photographer: Stanley Dankoski

#stanleydankoskiphotography #stanleydankoski #ncphotographer #ashevillephotographer #ashevillephotography #asheville #ashevillenc #portraitphotography #portraits #naturallight #ocf #studio #bridal #wedding #bridalphotos #weddingphotos #weddingphotoshoot #bridalsession #eventphotography #weddingphotography

See me and other vendors for FREE this Saturday at the Wedding Festivals bridal expo held at the U.S. Cellular Center in...
01/30/2019

See me and other vendors for FREE this Saturday at the Wedding Festivals bridal expo held at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville.

How do you get in free? Go to weddingfestivals.com and sign up for the Asheville event with promo code STANLEY.

Find me at booth 408 to see if I can serve you with your bridal portraits, engagement session, or wedding.

Photographed: Angelica Ramos
Makeup: Lindsey Rourke
Photographer: Stanley Dankoski

#stanleydankoskiphotography #stanleydankoski #ncphotographer #ashevillephotographer #ashevillephotography #asheville #ashevillenc #portraitphotography #portraits #naturallight #ocf #studio #bridal #wedding #bridalphotos #weddingphotos #weddingphotoshoot #bridalsession #eventphotography #weddingphotography

This album should be arriving soon and will be part of my booth at the Wedding Festivals bridal expo this Saturday at th...
01/29/2019

This album should be arriving soon and will be part of my booth at the Wedding Festivals bridal expo this Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. If you know anyone who wants to go, I have two free tickets that I can give away.

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Hi Stanley! well done! I love all your photographs. You have an eyes like a hawk. Can wait to see the photographs from the Queen city Marathon
Hi it's been a while. Your father just had a birthday in march. He would be the same age as me 74. I hope every thing is going well. Tell your mother i said hi and also your sisters. I will talk to you soon.
Stanley, I love, love, love your website and your work! This is amazing. When are you coming our way? Pretty please! :)