The Northern VA
Brand  Experience

Each session is tailor-made specifically for you. Therefore, I offer a limited number of sessions each year to ensure quality and attention to detail in my work and to my clients. When you contact me to book a session, know that I am all in from the start and ready to serve you in the best ways I can. I love being as involved as you need to ensure your needs are met and that you have the best time ever with me! This means as many consultations as needed, styling advice, drawing up backup plans, location scouting, all of it.

I approach all sessions with a lot of joy, laughter, and ease. I am quick to smile and I highly encourage laughter and showing me just how much you love what you do. I am there to bring out the best in you and to capture why your work brings out that twinkle in your eyes.



joyful • authentic • 100% on brand

Did you fall in love with my work? Or maybe thought me as your kinda peoples? Well you're in the right place.

I truly love stories and I'd love to hear yours. Connecting with my clients I'm shooting is so very important to me. It's not just a one-time transaction. It's the beginning of a very lovely friendship. So please, write me a story, tell me how you started your love affair with your business, and tell me what the best part is of owning your own business. It'll brighten my day too.

1. Send me a note

Get ready to give me allllll the details. Once you and I have been in touch, I'll be sending you a brand questionnaire to help me fine tune and pinpoint what your exact needs are. If you're opting for a monthly or quarterly subscription, we'll also discuss about what that might look like for you.

After we chat a bit more and determine at a high level what's needed, I'll prepare a custom quote just for you. Based on what you choose to move forward with, we will make it official with an invoice, payment schedule, and contract. Don't worry, I'm available every step of the way for questions. 

* Hiring a stylist may be recommended depending on the products being photographed

2. Schedule it

Working with me is a collaborative process. I value your feedback, your energy, and your vision. Together we will nail down location*, timing, clothing, what brand elements to bring, scenarios/actions you want captured, etc. We figure out the overall flow of our session to make use of our time wisely.

* Rentals/locations not discussed previously and unaccounted for will require an update to the invoice (i.e. extra mileage, parking, photo permits, rental fees, etc) will be reflected in the final due amount.

3. We Plan!

It's the big day! You have your outfit(s) and brand elements packed and your hair/make-up is done (highly recommend for brand sessions)! You've checked traffic and you know where you're going (who wants to be stressed about being late?). You're excited and I'm excited and we're all excited!

When we arrive on-location, we'll say hi and do a quick review of our timeline/props/etc. And then, we'll start making magic together!

4. we make magic!

I will geek over all the big and little moments while editing and share sneak peeks with you within a few short days.

Once I'm done editing (typically within 1-2 weeks), I upload and deliver your beautiful gallery into your email inbox! You'll select your favoritest images that fit your brand needs the best and when you're ready, I'll send those faves to you for safekeeping. You can purchase any additional commercial licenses a la carte straight from your gallery.

5. Your Photographs

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The Brand Process

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ready to elevate your brand needs?

pricing varies

There is no such thing as a cookie-cutter business. Every client I've worked with has unique needs and visions and so, I would love to hear more about what I can do to help you elevate your brand. I truly enjoy working with local businesses and creating content for them that shows the heart of their passion.

The Investment Details

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.

- Katharine M.

WEbsite Refresh

100 Bowls of Soup

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.

-Irene W.

Brand session

Black Sand Designs

Denise has an amazing eye for details! I've worked with her quite a few times now (I'm a small business and she did modeled product shots of my silk scarves) and every time, I've been blown away by the care she puts into selecting her settings, the beauty of the shots themselves, and how friendly and responsive she is if I have any questions. I'd work with her again in a heartbeat!

- Clare

Brand session

Ten Thousand Dandelions

Denise is one of the most talented and creative people I know. She is meticulous but also knows how to let things flow on a session, and that’s how she captures the magic. She and I have worked together on branding photos and she made the experience so easy and comfortable. When I saw the end result, I was floored that she captured me perfectly, but with a glow!

- Crystal, Temple Honey Healing

Brand session

"She made the experience so easy and comfortable"


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