Sandy Valley Farms

The I'm a Wisconsin Dairy Farmer Series

Follow the Light

Danea Bauer thinks farming runs in her blood. Her last name even means farmer in old German. After leaving home to study at the New York Institute of Photography, her love of cows brought her back. “I love working with them every day. Being able to have that connection with the animals and the land.”

It’s not hard to guess what her favorite thing to photograph is in her side business, Farmgirl Photography. Cows! “What I’m looking for when I’m photographing a person and an animal together is to be able to show the relationship that they have... I always try to shoot in the golden hour. Those last few hours of light before sunset.” As Danea puts it, she’s just following the light with dirty boots.