The combination of photography and her education and fascination with the human psyche gives her photos a tension that leaves no one untouched. On this subject Danielle says: “I am inspired by the big themes in life, loneliness, vulnerability, the raw pure emotions in daily life. I want to capture this in the image, something that is almost invisible, but always present.” There are also a couple of images where religion comes to the surface. “I was raised in a Protestant school with a Catholic grandmother and a humanistic father. Religion is so integrated in our society and it is also a big theme in the seventeenth century painting.” It brings us to her background of restoring historical atmosphere. In her images this becomes visible through the sophisticated touch and finesse of her work and the attention to detail and proportions.
Characteristic for Danielle’s work is the frequent use of chiaroscuro (combination of the dark background and the light foreground, the light source is not determinable, might be from sun or candle). This technique was popular among the painters in the Renaissance period such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Murillo and others. "When I am working in my studio I always become fascinated by the light, which makes the models transcend above themselves and head to something universal".