am a family and brand photographer, established in 2017. I met and married my husband Michael at our first jobs

am a family and brand photographer, established in 2017. I met and married my husband Michael at our first jobs out of college at IBM (waddup Big Blue!) and we now live in Chantilly, Virginia with our

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threenager, Wesley, and two cats, Dusty and Dori.

I delight in finding creative ways to tell the stories of my clients. It's truly a blessing to capture the laughter and the light I see, especially in children. This feeling of joy is not something I take for granted, after spending 2+ years trying to conceive Wesley. Marry that with postpartum life and well, it's been a wild ride into motherhood. I'm an open book about our conception journey, postpartum life, and everything in-between so welcome! I can't wait to laugh with you and capture your story.

out of college at IBM (waddup Big Blue!) and we now live in Chantilly, Virginia with our threenager, Wesley, and two cats, Dusty and Dori.

I delight in finding creative ways to tell the stories of my clients. It's truly a blessing to capture the laughter and the light I see, especially in children. This feeling of joy is not something I take for granted, after spending 2+ years trying to conceive Wesley. Marry that with postpartum life and well, it's been a wild ride into motherhood. I'm an open book about our conception journey, postpartum life, and everything in-between so welcome! I can't wait to laugh with you and capture your story.

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Hey there, I'm Denise

FOR Families & Brands WHO

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Photography

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Let's capture it.

Newborn
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authentic • joyful connections

No matter if you're a new parent, in the thick of life with littles, or growing a heart-led business, you deserve authentic, inspired images that represent exactly where you are now. These moments are your story.

Denise made our newborn photo shoot feel easy! We absolutely love how she captured our whole family (including our pup!) during a really special time. She has a great eye for how to make even a basic space on a cloudy day look special and beautiful.

In-home newborn session

Becca & Paul

Denise does beautiful work and is a true artist! We love the tulip field photos that she took of our family. It was awful weather at the time of our session, but nonetheless she worked fast and made the best out of a difficult situation. Thank you so much, Denise! We are really looking forward to using your services for branding photos for our small business.

Family session

Chrissy & Manny

Denise has been photographing my family for years as we’ve changed and grown and I love getting to display her work! She connects so well with all of her clients, especially the kids, and my daughter loves looking at all of “Ms. Denise’s pictures.”
Our house is full of love and laughter and Denise has perfectly captured those memories in her photographs. These young years fly by too fast and I will forever be grateful to Denise for helping us freeze these little moments in time!

Family Session

Nicole & Brian

I recently had the pleasure of working with Denise for a family photo shoot. From start to finish, the experience was fantastic. Denise was professional, personable, and made us all feel at ease in front of the camera.

One thing that really impressed me about Denise's work was her ability to capture great action shots. She was able to capture my son's energetic personality and the photos turned out beautifully. The end result of the photo shoot was stunning. Denise captured all of our personalities perfectly, and the memories that these photos represent will be treasured forever.

I highly recommend Denise to anyone looking for a talented, reliable, and enjoyable photographer. Thank you for the wonderful experience, Denise!

Family Session

Kelly & Shane

Amazing photography AND Denise is wonderful with kids. My son was initially a bit hesitant about the session, and she got him to open up while capturing the true heart of our family. We loved all of the photos and couldn't choose just 12 that came with the mini-session; it was easy to go ahead and buy the rest! Getting family presents this year was a snap with all of the great photos to choose from. Will definitely be using Denise Van Photography again!

Family Session

Erin & Nayden

I recently had the pleasure of working with Denise for a family photo shoot. From start to finish, the experience was fantastic. Denise was professional, personable, and made us all feel at ease in front of the camera.

One thing that really impressed me about Denise's work was her ability to capture great action shots. She was able to capture my son's energetic personality and the photos turned out beautifully. The end result of the photo shoot was stunning. Denise captured all of our personalities perfectly, and the memories that these photos represent will be treasured forever.

I highly recommend Denise to anyone looking for a talented, reliable, and enjoyable photographer. Thank you for the wonderful experience, Denise!

Maternity/newborn Sessions

Heidi & James

I hired Denise to take pictures of our soups and broths at 100 Bowls of Soup, including a full catalog of our entire menu. The project involved taking over 100 photographs and ensuring consistency across all shots. She also took ingredient and mood shots which we are using to update our website, using creative staging and props to help us tell our story. The quality of the photographs are outstanding, capturing the unique qualities of each soup and the love that goes into them. Denise was a pleasure to work with from start to finish, detail oriented, responsive, proactive and professional. I cannot recommend Denise Van Photography more highly.

Brand session/WEbsite Refresh

I LOVED , LOVED , LOVED my branding shoot with Denise. Doing a business branding shoot involves a lot more than a portrait session. As a jewelry designer, I also needed process shots, head shots, in studio shots, etc. There were a lot of pre-shoot preparation and communication in order to have a successful and productive shoot. Denise is very detail orientated and understand what I wanted and how I wanted these photos to represent my brand. We both were well prepared the day of the shoot. I got images I love and can be used in various media outlets. Denise went above and beyond my expectations. It was the best investment I made last year. If you are considering a branding shoot, definitely check out and talk with Denise.

Brand session/WEbsite Refresh

I am so happy that we got newborn and breastfeeding photos with Denise. Over a year later and these are still photos I frequently look back on and use for time piece materials. Denise has a knack for finding beauty in really normal and every day happenings and these photos document through this lens. It makes me remember the newborn stage and that transition very fondly. She was great at using our space on the fly to complement our family, and at conveying what she sees into a great story and work of art. She put all of our family members at ease and it was easy to just act normal and have her snap some photos while following us around the house. I requested an "epic breastfeeding photoshoot" and she delivered! Tasteful and so glamorous. Denise is a professional with quick turn around time and great communication. Thank you Denise for documenting this time for us. We look forward to working with you again!

Newborn session

Steph & George

Denise takes incredible pictures, but even more than that is the positive energy that she brings to the photo session. She made our entire family feel comfortable and found a way to get our 4 yr old and 2 yr old to smile!! She truly captured the essence of our family and made the entire process enjoyable and a special memory. We couldn't recommend her more highly!!

family session

Jenn & Jon

Can you love your photographer as much as I love mine? Probably not.

I love her because 1. She makes me look amazing and 2. She has this way of capturing personalities in her photography. My son (pre-teen to the max) hates photos taken but she did absolutely amazing with him. She allowed him to be himself and was able to translate that into her photos. So much better than me saying, "smile right for the camera" and getting that "I don't wanna be here" child smile.

I appreciate her talents and knowledge and her fast turn around service. She made my whole month with those photos! Definitely recommend!

Motherhood session

Corrie & A.

Omg where do I even begin? Denise is an absolute magician behind the lens! K and I are soo awkward behind the camera but she made us at ease and captured such authentic, genuine moments in a wonderful backdrop of Fall. We had a great time at the shoot, and she made us relaxed and knew the best prompts for poses! Besides that, we had to reschedule a few times due to conflicts and we really appreciate the flexibility. The previews made us super duper excited too. We can't wait to capture more moments with Denise! If you are looking for a photographer in Reston or the DMV area, don't hesitate to choose her for your session or special event :)

Couple's session

Chelsea & Kyle

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PLEASE NOTE: PORTRAITS START FROM $550