Those first weeks (maybe first months if you're like me) may feel like a daze. You may feel equally on top of the world and entirely too tired to think straight because you are both. But days, weeks, months, years later, these newborn days seem like a vivid, messy blur of days melding into one another and you won't be able to remember what it felt like to hold your tiny little baby who's all grown up now. These are days worth capturing.
When you walk into the nursery with the most colorful, geometric mural wall, you know you can't have anything but fun. This sweet family and I clicked so well. We laughed until we cried, regaled each other with our own newborn stories, and generally chatted away through my time spent with them. Time well spent.
it's a colorful world
Steph and George opted to do a newborn session, 3 months in. There is an ease in the newness that each couple develops in their own ways over time once their baby is born and it is so beautiful to witness this change. Steph also wanted an "epic breastfeeding shoot" and what we captured perfectly encapsulates the softness and strength equally present with every mom I meet.
3 months happily in love
These two sweet boys are fraternal twins, which means, for mama here, it was actually not due to genetics but caused by hyperovulation. We spent the sweetest morning together, nestled in their DC home while it drizzled outside. And their adorable corgi, Bentley, joined us for parts of the session too and he was almost as cute as the twins...only almost!
when two becomes....FOUR
joyful • authentic • 100% fun
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 you have the best time ever! This means as many consultations as needed, styling & house prep advice, checking in on your pregnancy along the way, drawing up backup plan(s), location scouting if we venture outside, all of it.
I approach my newborn sessions with a lot of joy, tenderness, and ease. I highly encourage cuddling and showing your new baby and each other just how much you love them. I take it very seriously that you trust me enough to welcome me into your home so we will find the most delightful pockets of light together and chat about anything and everything under the sun while we shoot. This time is about capturing your growing connection with the newest family member, the changes in your own relationship with each other as parents, and a new kind of joy in your life.
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 met your partner, and what s/he/they did that made you smile so hard. Tell me about the crazy or funny thing your child(ren) or dog/cat did. It'll brighten my day too.
1. Send me a note
Lifestyle newborn sessions are typically held within 4-8 weeks after birth, (up to 3 months after birth permitted) so plan accordingly when reaching out! The more time you give us to schedule the perfect date for your session, the better, as I am only able to take on 2-3 newborn sessions a month.
After we chat a bit more and determine the date, we will make it official with an invoice and contract. 50% of the invoice is due to schedule your date. Once that's squared away, I will send you a Google calendar invite.
2. Schedule it
...as much as can be planned in any case. I have found (through my own experience birthing my son) that they take their own time to come into the world. :) Our initial date can be changed if needed, since there's always a chance baby comes early or late.
Time-wise, I generally find most babies to be in better moods in the morning timeframe so my tentative time to arrive is 9:30 am. This timing is flexible! I will be checking in with you a week or so before our session to confirm the date/time, hopefully after you've had some time to acclimate as a new family.
3. We Plan!
It's the big day! You've been acquainting yourself with your new baby and possibly starting to feel a bit more settled in your new life as a bigger family unit. You have your outfits, your rooms are a bit tidier (maybe ha!) and you're excited to introduce your little cutie to me! I've reached out to you in the week leading up and we've moved the time around if needed.
When I arrive, I'll take a little bit of time to say hi to baby so s/he can hear my voice. We'll let baby (and siblings if any) guide the flow of the session. We'll chat while we shoot and I'll make sure everyone gets their snuggle time with the baby. It'll feel like having a friend over to meet your new love.
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 and when you're ready, I'll send those faves to you for safekeeping. You can purchase any additional wall art or digitals a la carte straight from your gallery. And if you'd like to chat heirloom albums, let me know!
5. Your Photographs
memorable moments • priceless
collections from $700
Sessions are roughly 1.5 hours long, typically within the first 4-8 weeks of birth (up to 3 months past birth allowed). These special moments are held in the comfort of your home. Newborn collections include 35 digitals.
* Pricing assumes sessions occur in Northern Virginia and the surrounding area, within 40 miles roundtrip from 20152. Travel fees apply for locations outside this radius.
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!
Steph & George
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.
Becca & Paul
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!
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!
Heidi & James
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PLEASE NOTE: PORTRAITS START FROM $550