Daniel Quat photographer in Santa Fe, NM

I was born over half a century ago, I’ve been around the block a few times. I’ve photographed in the copper mines of New Mexico and the coal mines of Utah; The brass manufacturing plants of Michigan and the churches of Italy and Spain. The desert of the Southwest and the the valleys of northern California.

I’ve rebranded restaurants, medical, dental and optometric practices. Photographed Wall Street Fortune 500 firms and their chiefs…. And the Indians of Santa Fe.

I’ve photographed so many folks and places and things in over 50 years in the business…  I can’t wait to meet you and capture your essence.

Mission Statement

My mission is to help people to be seen. Being seen is something most of us desire but don’t know how to reveal to the world.

my mission is to capture into visual imagery that essence of who you are, what you’re passionate about or what your business is about and communicate it to the world.

Here’s what some of my clients say about my work:

“Through this photo shoot I have fallen in love with myself seeing how beautiful and unique of a person that God has transformed me into. For that, I want to especially thank Daniel Quat, with Daniel Quat Photography, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I was able to see the true beauty radiate from within me and develop that inner peace that I longed for since developing Vitiligo. ” – Angie Lujan

“Daniel is without question one of Santa Fe’s top photographers. His talents as a photog extend to portraits, events, editorial work, real estate/architecture, landscape, food…there’s nothing Daniel can’t capture beautifully. He’s great to work with and has a wonderful sense of humor and professionally.” – Guin White, Sales Director, Sunrise Springs, Santa Fe, NM.

“As a marketing professional who’s been working with Daniel Quat in a corporate setting for the past two years, I HIGHLY recommend him. He’s an ultimate professional, and he DELIVERS! From the first day we began our working relationship, Daniel has repeatedly shown me extraordinary professionalism, integrity, respect, kindness and a professional generosity that is truly rare. His 30+ years of “big city” experience reflects his talent, vision, deep knowledge of the art and science of photography, and an uncanny ability to bring something magical out of his subjects. Throughout the 4 corporate shoots that involved dozens of employees and two personal portrait shoots, I’ve been consistently impressed with his impeccable timing, attention to detail, relentless energy, and his unusual sensitivity to the emotional needs of his clients – rare in a world of photographic divas. Simply put, Daniel is exceptional. Do yourself a favor and book him for your next shoot.” – Nancy Nielsen, Divine Dental

“Daniel is very professional and makes having your photograph taken an experience to remember. He is warm, welcoming and fun to work with. I have used Daniel for my professional photos for years and would highly recommend him.” – Kelly Heyman, Audiologist

“We were very happy with his work. He’s enjoyable to be with as well as skilled and knowledgeable, and we were very pleased with the results.” – Emily Kahn-Freedman

“Daniel is top notch. Quality photos and excellent communication. I plan on using him again for our next project!” – Tony Patryn

“Daniel is the best! He took my professional portrait and I couldn’t be happier with the result. He is so friendly and warm that its hard not to smile! The finished photos were ready less than 24 hours after the photoshoot, which I really appreciated. I would highly recommend Daniel for all your photography needs – plus he’s a great guy to work with. After just a half hour, you’ll feel like you’ve known each other for ages!” – Maddie Samuel

“Daniel’s work on my professional headshot was excellent. I understand that these are as important as updated resumes and am very satisfied. These are important photos for my career as they present, for many, the first impression people will have of me. I cannot thank him enough for his time, attention, and very caring work. He was able to capture me as both professional and approachable– which is important in my line of work.” – Angelia Moore

“We are so very lucky to have found Daniel. Surfing the internet for Santa Fe photographers, my husband came across Daniel’s website. He immediately showed me the photos of Daniel’s previous photo shoots and I said “We’ve found our photographer!” Daniel has that natural talent of capturing his clients in poses that actually do not look “posed” or fake. Of course, the fabulous backdrop of Santa Fe is a photographer’s dream. We loved Daniel’s personality and we have also made a lifelong friend. Thank you sweet Daniel for “capturing the essence” of our 25th wedding anniversary. You are simply fabulous.” – Charlene and Jerry Bolton

“I did an internship with Daniel for about 4 months and assisted with multiple shoots in his studio and on location. My experience was wonderful and I learned so much from him and all the years of experience he has with photography, working with people and understanding how to make a connection with them and help them feel relaxed and enjoy being photographed. Attentive to client needs, intuitive and knowledgeable to correct lighting and composition, professional and personable. I recommend Daniel wholeheartedly.” – Rachael Urquidez


“Daniel’s excellence in photographer shines through in every image, whether they be of nature, animals, dancers or…. well, anything he connects to through the lens. My needs were around photos representing me personally, and as a business professional. Being a little camera shy, i was rather anxious about the shoot. Daniel did a FABULOUS job of putting me at ease and creating an experience that was both creative and pleasurable. The photos were so much more than I ever expected. His patience with a reluctant subject was invaluable. The reviews from others viewing these photos are over the top. Thanks, Daniel… we’ll do it again sometime!” – Jamie Klein


“I enjoyed my recent experience of being photographed by Daniel Quat for a local publication. Before the shoot date, Daniel scheduled a time to meet so he could learn about me and listen to my ideas for how I wanted to be represented by his photos. We also discussed clothing choices, which was a relief to me and helped me feel more relaxed when it came to the shoot date. Daniel is kind, patient and professional. I recommend him! PS: He got me to laugh and relax when it was time for the shoot, so the experience was enjoyable and fun (and I he made some great photos, too!).” – Luisa Kolker

“I was met with so much love+kindness by DANIEL and his amazing team. I can’t recommend him highly enough. What a great experience!” – Quinn Fontaine

Daniel Quat photographer in action