Camden~{Louisa, Virginia Newborn Portrait Photographer}

I was so thrilled to do this newborn session! I know this family from church and they are so very special.

Big sister was not into the siblings portraits, so I was pleasantly surprised to get the photo below. She did agree to snuggle little brother with her grandma though, which was precious to witness. Camden was amazing for his photos, so calm and snuggly:)

Welcome to the world Camden, you are special and very well loved~

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Happy Birthday! {Louisa, Richmond, Charlottesville, Virginia Family Portrait Photographer

This past year has not been an easy one. My mother’s health declined and I spent many days and weeks in the hospital/rehab and at home helping her to heal and get stronger. I am so happy to share that she is doing much better, but both of us were happy to say goodbye to 2015! Almost losing my Mom reminded me that every day is precious, and that family is so very important.

Many of you were supportive to me during this time and continue to ask about how we are doing… that means so much to me. The friendships and connections I have made while doing this job that I love bless me each and every day.

So let’s do a birthday giveaway of a Family Session worth $400!

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What you need to do~

Share this post on your Facebook page and comment here about something you love about your family and why you would want a family session.


*You can use for yourself or give to someone else (session is for up to 5 family members).

** You must be willing to come to Louisa, Virginia for your session.

***Must be redeemed by November 2106.

****Contest open until midnight on January 22, 2016.

Your comment will be your entry. Winner will be chose by random generator, so please only make one comment.

January 22, 2016 - 2:00 pm

Carrie-nDerrick Hicks - My first comment wouldn’t go through, this is a test too lol

January 22, 2016 - 2:01 pm

Sara Morton Buczkowski - Time spent together

January 22, 2016 - 2:03 pm

Jacki Vitiello - Happy Birthday! I love my family of three that is becoming a family of four in July! Would love for you to capture us as a new family of four! Thanks!

January 22, 2016 - 2:04 pm

Kristy Cauble Hart - I completely understand how you feel about 2015. I did lose my Mom and it’s been a struggle. Seeing this post makes me realize i need more pictures with my kids! Tomorrow is not promised and i learned that the hard way. Still love seeing your work!

January 22, 2016 - 2:04 pm

Melanie Gasque Wynkoop - 2016 has been a rough start for us, even with the highest hopes of the best year yet; we were met with adversity out if the gate. Our family is busy, both husband and I work outside of the home and family time is precious to us. The last time we had a family session was Thanksgiving 2014. Thinking its time to capture another moment in time before time runs out and the kids are grown and gone. Lastly, a beautiful family photo of us in our new home would be so special and meaningful for us to cherish for years to come…

January 22, 2016 - 2:05 pm

Jenny Fisher - She makes getting your children’s picture easy and carefree.

January 22, 2016 - 2:09 pm

Chanda Hartley - I love making memories with my family and love documenting those memories with photos! Your work is great and I would be so excited to win a session!

January 22, 2016 - 2:10 pm

Angela Moubray Raettig - I love that we can laugh and just be silly with another. I would love to win a family session because any moments that can be captured are truly worth treasuring.

January 22, 2016 - 2:15 pm

Carrie-nDerrick Hicks - I am incredibly blessed to have the family that I have. I have two of the most amazing parents ever; they have always been there to support me in every way. My mother is the strongest, wisest person I have ever met. My in-laws are two of the most generous, kindest people I have ever met, and they raised the most hard-working man who loves us more than anything. At 14, I met him in Spanish class and went home from our first school dance together and wrote in my diary that I would marry him one day. Despite the ups and downs of high school, deployments to Iraq and Korea, we just celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary last month. We have been blessed with two happy, healthy, intelligent, beautiful, fiesty little girls. I guess what I love the most about my family is the love, support, and strength that has made each of us who we are.
I would love a family session to capture these fleeting moments as our children are growing up so fast.

January 22, 2016 - 2:22 pm

Edna M. Moubray - I love how my Family has grown!! We have 2 daughters who are now married and have children of their own!! I would love to have a Family portrait of my husband and I, our daughters and their husbands and our 2 granddaughters and 2 grandsons!!

January 22, 2016 - 2:24 pm

Megan Gentzler Pham - I love my family and how my little ones amaze me everyday. My two girls are growing up so fast and I want to capture every moment! Living far away from family, we take every opportunity we can to visit. A trip to VA would be well worth it to vist friends and family and get pictures taken by my all time favorite photographer. The pictures taken during Parker’s newborn session are my absolute favorite!

January 22, 2016 - 2:25 pm

Krystal Huddleston - Making memories with my family and the time we spend together! Capturing photos of my family will last a life so we can always go back and look back on all the wonderful times we had!

January 22, 2016 - 2:26 pm

Janelle Leigh - Happy Birthday, Denise! What I love most about my family is how supportive we are of each other.

January 22, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Vicky Perkins-Brown - Family session would be so amazing…. love capturing our family growth and memories!

January 22, 2016 - 2:31 pm

Jill Faulconer Quillen - Glad to hear your mom is doing better Denise! :) I’d love a family session because my kids are growing up so fast and I’d love to hold on just a little longer to these days with a family photo! :)

January 22, 2016 - 2:31 pm

Amanda Curtis Moss - Would love to finally have a family photo! My daughter is 5 months today and we dont have a family photo yet.

January 22, 2016 - 2:33 pm

Heidi Wilson - First, it is so nice to hear that your mother pulled through. I lost my mother to breast cancer when I was 18 and I can sympathize with what a scary process it is watching someone you love, your Mom no less, suffer through an illness. I hope her health continues to improve and that you all have many, many more years together!

As far as my family, what’s not to love? They are my anchor when I’m restless, they are what I long to come home to at the end of the day. They are my light when there is darkness in the world, they are my unconditional loves. My husband and I had trouble trying to conceive our son and I had to overcome a lot of personal struggles in order to be the best me for that process. Thankfully we didn’t have to go down the long route of IVF (or treatments of that nature) but the struggle and the wait we did have really only made our marriage that much stronger and our son’s presence in our lives that much greater. Our marriage has never been better. My husband still gives me butterflies, I still get so excited for plans that we have, even if it’s a Netflix and ice cream date. My family completes me, they make me better. That’s what I love about my family.

January 22, 2016 - 2:33 pm

Kacy Perkins - I would love to have a family photo session! It’s something we haven’t done in years!

January 22, 2016 - 2:34 pm

Jennifer Ellis Filer - What a great thing to do. We love your work.

January 22, 2016 - 2:38 pm

Lauren Shade Wood - Thanks for capturing the most amazing pictures of my babies ♥️

January 22, 2016 - 2:46 pm

Meghan Greene - The last 5 years have not been the easiest for us as we have learned to balance marriage, children, illnesses with our oldest and lots of changes. We are blessed in our LOVE for God, each other and our family. But it is not without Gods’ never ending love and grace that we have surpassed all we’ve been met with. My favorite thing about our family is love, how he has taught us to love – how we love each other most importantly how we are teaching our boys to love!!! It would be a blessing to win and thank you for giving back and sharing on your birthday…Happy Birthday!

January 22, 2016 - 2:50 pm

Brandy Wallace - My boys are a gift from God. They are my proof that I am loved by the Lord, that He would entrust me with these souls to care for. Family is everything and God’s blessing upon us.

January 22, 2016 - 2:51 pm

Carrie Wiley - I love how much they make me laugh! Our family is constantly growing and changing. I want family pictures to freeze this moment so we can remember how little our boys were, and that time we only had two kids!

January 22, 2016 - 2:54 pm

Perkins Christina - Photos are important to capture that one moment in time; as it goes way too fast for us to always recall how blessed we are. A photo reminds us to take a moment and recall those in that photo AND Because at the end of the day, after all the world disruptions we are still together, safe under one roof! In the end thats all that matters. I cherish every photo we have completed; THANK you for your God gifted talent and patience :)

January 22, 2016 - 2:57 pm

Rhea Whitlock - Absolutely love all the pictures and canvases that hang on my walls that you have taken of my family! Family is what makes me get up each day:) I hope that 2016 is full of good health and happiness

January 22, 2016 - 3:13 pm

Sam And-Melanie Amos - I love seeing my kids happy and playing together. I’d love to have a family session to freeze a moment of time – it goes so fast!

January 22, 2016 - 3:14 pm

Amber Barber Thomas - We have just become a family of three through adoption and would love some family photos of our new little family.

January 22, 2016 - 3:19 pm

Kelly Higdon Ford - I love my family! Everything about them, smiles, laughes, happiness, everything. I would love to win a family session, your pictures are amazing!

January 22, 2016 - 3:20 pm

Jess Males - 2015 was very trying for our family as well a month after my now 1 year old was born my husband was severely injured at work. Which eventually led to him losing his job 3 weeks later because of his severe injury. He was our sole provider. Durning that time most little families would fall apart but we grew stronger. My husband now has a great job. Thank God. We were unable to take our annual Christmas pics on Christmas Day due to my youngest being so sick and not knowing if she was going to make it all due to amoxicillin and Benadryl allergy. We would love to finally be able to take our family photo.

January 22, 2016 - 3:26 pm

Christy Miller Wiley - I lost my father in October!! He was the best dad,grandparent and great grandparent to me,my son and grandsons !! My littlest grandson was born 10 days before he passed. He was so excited about baby Joel. One of the best newborn pictures that I have ever seen was taken by you! My baby Joel Wiley and his cute big brother Deacon. I can’t thank you enough. I would love to win this to have a chance to have pictures taken by you with my husband and my sweet sons family ! Happy birthday!

January 22, 2016 - 3:32 pm

Jessie Wheeler - Love lazy snow days together

January 22, 2016 - 3:43 pm

Caroline Schwarm Brooks - I love the fact that I feel completely at peace and satisfied when I am with them. Love you, Roger and Charlie!

January 22, 2016 - 3:43 pm

Ashley Woolfolk Skelly - Family is so incredibly important to me. When we lost my dad suddenly last year, I was so sad that I didn’t have that many pictures of him and my son (who is his namesake). I would love to be able to have more pictures of my family especially as we welcome our new baby this summer.

January 22, 2016 - 3:48 pm

Ashley Rosson - Happy Birthday!!! I completely understand what you mean about 2015. I love the memories we are making, the traditions we’re starting, the moments of belly hurting laughter and so much more! These days past so fast! We’ve not had a family session since my oldest was born in 2010, so I’d love the opportunity to win this session. Thank you for the opportunity! Many blessings to you & yours

January 22, 2016 - 3:53 pm

Ann Wagner - My friend sarah and her family have had sessions with you and the photos are gorgeous!

January 22, 2016 - 4:23 pm

Angela Virts - It gets harder every year to even capture a picture of my children together. I have 4 children and my oldest has a child of her own. My oldest son is graduating High School in May and I’m trying so hard to prepare myself for his departure to college in the fall. My youngest daughter is 2 years away from graduating and my youngest will be heading into the Middle School this coming year. The years of watching them grow up has flew by and pictures is what I use to see the growth of my family. The last few years have been so hard with family issues and illness that pictures were not a priority but with my children making their way out of the nest, I need all the pictures I can get of them so I can look at their beautiful faces everyday that I can not be with them!!

January 22, 2016 - 4:30 pm

Heather Abe - Happy photographer birthday! I love my new little family of 3 because everyone contributes in their own way. I would love to have family picures taken in August to celebrate E’s 1st bday and our 1st year as mama and dada.

January 22, 2016 - 5:47 pm

Jennifer Dove - My kiddos are my world. Capturing them as they grow is so important to me because it happens so fast. I take pictures all the time but having them done professionally would be great!

January 22, 2016 - 5:51 pm

Conner Waldron - I love that snow days like this make me think of how I am my family (whether we all get along all the time or not). Certain memories and traditions are being passed down generation to generation. And it makes me tear up. Back to watching musicals while eating cookies with our daughter before greasing up the sled.

January 22, 2016 - 5:54 pm

Meghan Lesser - My family is my life’s greatest blessing! I cherish the opportunity to capture that love through pictures! Thanks for the chance, Denise!

January 22, 2016 - 6:17 pm

Christi Parker - I love our kiddos so much and want to be able to freeze time with the pictures we take of them. One day I can look back at the pictures and remember when. :)

January 22, 2016 - 6:19 pm

Jessica Bossi - I love that even though my family is only the two of us, we have enough love to fill our whole house. I’d love to add some more of your beautiful work to our collection, especially because I am actively trying to make Griffin a big brother, hopefully soon! :)

January 22, 2016 - 6:36 pm

Angie Dymacek Stanley - I love the way my family had grown in the past year. I married my best friend and gained a beautiful step daughter, and then welcomed our first son! Lily and I went from being a family of two to a family of five and my heart couldn’t be more full! I’d love to win a family session to photograph our new life together!

January 22, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Angela Kemp - I love the special bond I have with my miracle baby girl. She’s the light of my life. I’m grateful to have a daughter who can journey through life with me. She’s literally the best thing that’s ever happened to me. We are a simple family of two and we’ve endured so much together in her almost 5 years of life. Photos of us together that aren’t selfies are very few so I adore and cherish the ones our friend Denise has taken of us since before she was even born.

January 22, 2016 - 7:59 pm

Robert Ryan Michael - Happy birthday to you! Family is all we have, and I love mine tremendously. Pictures make my wife happy, so winning this would make her happy, and her happy means we’re all happy.

January 22, 2016 - 8:26 pm

Erin Billingsley - Kids grow up quickly. I regret not having more pictures with my kids when they were smaller. I want them to have wonderful memories of our family and pictures to help keep those memories present. Our family would love to win a session, especially with you Denise. Your work is beautiful.

January 22, 2016 - 8:49 pm

Shannon Alexis Bradford - Happy Birthday Denise! Family is most important, I completely love our crazy life with five little people, many different passions to cultivate. I still love the Christmas photo you took of the children three years ago, it’s time for an update.

January 22, 2016 - 9:06 pm

Amanda Lloyd Reidelbach - I regret not getting a family picture before my husband died last March. We only have one selfie picture with the four of us. I don’t want to miss capturing any more memories.

January 22, 2016 - 10:28 pm

Teresa Madison - I too know what 2015 was like my mama is getting older and I am getting wiser or I would like to think I am. I am very blessed to still have her to share my life with and would love to have a picture with her surrounded by her grand children and great grandchildren. That you for the opportunity you are giving everyone

January 22, 2016 - 10:47 pm

Kelly Chambers Crawford - I love my little family!! Just my husband and I with our 4 legged fur baby! I love just spending time together. Your photos are amazing and would love a session with you. We try to have photos taken often, love the memories.

January 22, 2016 - 11:23 pm

Joy Brown Stockton - Being a grandmother means seeing the passage of time, seeing looks, actions and mannerisms that remind you of mom, dad, granddad, etc; Being on this side of parenting; family means it all, without them what’s the rest for? Happy Happy Birthday!

January 23, 2016 - 12:52 am

Kim Buckley - I love these snowy days together when we can focus on each other and what matters most. Busy days and busy weeks take us away from each other too often and I’m glad for the chance to just be – with my family.

January 23, 2016 - 1:06 am

Kelly Wilfong McLaughlin - When I was 22 I met a man with 2 kids. I instantley became mom to his children and then in 2 years we had one together. There were many days I just wanted to give up but knowing I was the only mom they had I could give up on them like there real mom did. Now 18 years later I have a beautiful granddaughter that is the world to me. I am thankful for them everyday. They made me the person I am today! I would love a session with you to capture our love for one another!

January 23, 2016 - 1:44 am

Leigh Goodwin Pickels - I love that my husband and both of my boys can be wild and crazy one minute and the next hug me or give me kisses in the sweetest way! I would love a family session with you because I love your beautiful pictures and there is a pose that I’ve been dying to try. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Here’s to a better 2016 for you!

January 23, 2016 - 4:17 am

Julie Williams Warner - My daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters would love this! They are the sweetest family and on a limited budget since she is a stay at home mom and her hubby is a first year pediatric resident. They are amazing parents and selfless.

January 23, 2016 - 4:41 am

Ashley Warner McKinney - I love how supportive we are of each other. It’s not always easy taking care of a toddler and newborn when Craig is gone 80hrs a week taking care of sweet littles at the hospital, but I know that the Lord called him to do that and has given Craig an amazing heart for those kids. It means the world to Craig to have my support as we packed up and made the trek to begin his residency in Virginia. I could not be more proud of Craig, and we have been so blessed with amazing friends here who have become like family. Likewise, I could not do what I do taking care of Hadley and Eila on a daily basis without Craig’s support and encouragement. He is always there for me when I need him, and he has an amazing way of knowing exactly what to say and do to bring me up when I am feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. And there are of course no words that could adequately describe our love for our girls. Hadley is so incredibly spunky and yet tender-hearted, and we just love seeing Eila become more social every day. They are so worth every sacrifice we make every day, and it is a blessing beyond measure that the Lord has chosen us to be their parents.

Happy Birthday Ryan~ {Glen Allen, Virginia Child Portrait Photographer}

 I have photographed Ryan since he was a newborn and just recently captured the newborn session of this little sister. He and his family are just amazing:)

Ryan takes awhile to warm up to new people and I was no exception. Once he was used to me, all was good and I am so happy to share these images with his family!

Happy belated birthday sweet boy~


Ava~{Glen Allen, Richmond, Virginia Newborn Portrait Photographer}

Ava entered the world a few weeks early to the surprise of everyone.  She had to spend a few weeks in the hospital, but once home, she and her pretty Momma came to visit me for her newborn session. She was a complete angel for her portraits and I am in love with them!

I photographed her big brother Ryan just one year ago and can’t wait to capture some one year photos of him soon…and maybe we can get a sibling shot in as well…fingers crossed!


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January 6, 2016 - 12:03 am

Edna M. Moubray - Absolutely adorable!!!