the FROM THE HIP story begins
(as stories so often do)
with two people deeply in love.
Nina Barry and Danny de Zayas met in New York City while the two were working on their art degrees. Nina studied photography and illustration at the prestigious Pratt Institute before earning her MFA in painting; Danny got his film studies degree at New York University.
After a chance encounter in 2003 at the Manhattan bar where Danny was a DJ, the two were inseparable. In 2007, as they were planning their wedding, the two founded Nina Barry Photography, a joint venture specializing in wedding, event, and portrait photography. Nina was teaching art at Metro State University in downtown Denver and Danny was running a design consultancy, but both soon realized they had found their calling as photographers.
During their first full year focusing exclusively on photography, the pair photographed three dozen weddings and countless engagement and portrait sessions… and they’ve haven’t looked back since.
As the size of their team grew to include some amazing assistant photographers and talented interns, Nina and Danny realized it was time to change the company name to something that reflected the evolved state of the endeavor. In 2010, Nina Barry Photography was rechristened From the Hip in a nod to the candid, spontaneous style espoused by its photographers as well as the fresh, distinctive aesthetic of their work.