Ella 1 year~ {Richmond, Virginia Child Photographer}

I love being able to follow my newborns through their first year!  It was so much fun looking back through Ella’s photos from the past year.

I am so glad that her parents chose to record these precious moments…and I feel lucky to have been able to help them do it!

Ella has always been a happy child to photograph. She quickly decided her cake was not something she was interested in, but I did get a few cute shots.

Happy Birthday Ella~



Here goes round two~ {Ashlie’s journey}

Many of you have asked for an update on my friend Ashlie. Tomorrow starts chemo, so we both thought it would be a great time for her to share how she is doing.  We decided to add

some photos of she and her sweet girl. Many of her friends and family have been supporting Ashlie with our Team Ashlie shirts. And many of those will be running in the Charlottesville Women’s 4 Miler in support of breast cancer research in a few weeks.

Please pray tomorrow for Ashlie, she appreciates the love and support!

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At almost 8 weeks out from surgery, things are healing well and I am getting back into “normal” life. Just in time for the next step . . .
After some confusion about a test and some decisions made by my oncologist, we have an official plan for chemotherapy. I go next week to get my port put in and will have my first chemo infusion the next day. I will have 8 treatments over the course of 16 weeks. If we stay on track with the current schedule, I should be an official chemo grad just in time for Thanksgiving (although I have learned that there are few guarantees in this process!).
I cut my hair short, I bought a wig, I’ve learned all about every possible side effect, and I’m just about as prepared as I think I can get.
When I think of my emotions associated with this cancer journey, they are widely varied. I’m happy because I am growing. I am working on my relationship with God. I’m scared. I feel guilty. I feel angry. I feel thankful. I have new ideas about what’s important.
I am beyond grateful for my support system and many, many prayers. I need them now more than ever. Here goes round 2 . . . .

He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under his wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Psalm 91: 4-7

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Ashlie, I am so very proud of you. You got this girl! Many love and prayers are heading your way~

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August 19, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Dana M. Beckner - Love you !!

August 19, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Amy Estes-Flevarakis - Good luck Hun xoxoxo

August 19, 2014 - 3:19 pm

LaJoy Knight Barcroft - Prayers!!!!

August 19, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Brenda Long Powell - Prayers

August 19, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Cheryl Claeys - Prayers are coming your way!!!

August 19, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Jacqueline Johnson Holbert - Praying every day !

August 19, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Faye Snider Deisher - Prayers going up!

August 19, 2014 - 6:21 pm

Deborah Woodward - Our prayers are with you and you know we have your back!!! Love you to the moon and back!

August 19, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Tammy Brookman Trice - Many prayers Ashlie! Hang in there!

August 19, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Sally Cooper Heath - Sweet Ashlie, I wish I could go through this for you…what I will do is be on the planning committee for the biggest celebration party ever!!
You’ve got this…there is no doubt in
my mind!!

August 19, 2014 - 7:10 pm

Becky Meyer Mikeal - Praying for you!

August 19, 2014 - 8:21 pm

Edna M. Moubray - Praying for you as you start your treatments!!

August 19, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Kathleen Boyd McLendon - I’m praying for you cuz!
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August 19, 2014 - 10:10 pm

Hillary Harling - praying and rooting for you girl! you’re going to kick butt!

August 20, 2014 - 12:02 am

Terry Milam - Ashlie our prayers have been ongoing and will continue to pray for you! You are a strong lady.

August 20, 2014 - 12:15 am

Abigail Ripley - I would give anything if I could do this for you. You will always be my baby girl and it rips my heart out for you to go through this. Now that you are a Mother you know what I mean. You would walk through fire to keep your child safe and keep her from suffering in any way. We know this is an insurance policy you need and all who love you need. I will be with you every step of the way in any way that I can. This will be the best Christmas ever when this is all behind you! My prayers are constant. I love you!

August 20, 2014 - 10:30 pm

Danielle MacCauley Rollins - Praying! Praying! Praying!

Natalie~ {Charlottesville, Virginia Newborn Photographer}

Natalie came to my Louisa studio last week, isn’t she just beautiful?  I have been loving the little girls I have had lately, as my schedule has been full of boys over the last month!

 I don’t think I will ever tire of seeing parents and siblings interact with their newborns during those first weeks…it is very humbling to be chosen to do this for them.

Enjoy the sweet newness~


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Coming soon~ {Richmond, Virginia Newborn and Maternity Photographer}

I was so excited to go back out to Prospect Hill Plantation.  It is such a gorgeous location!  I was equally as excited to have this beautiful couple come out from Richmond to capture their maternity session.

As you can see, they are super excited about their new baby boy that will be here in September…and they also can’t wait to introduce their sweet fur baby Beau to his little brother. He was a wonderful addition to our session:)


Family~{Charlottesville, Virginia Family and Child Photographer}

I met Marcee when she taught in our county and she was kind enough to use my services for her daughter’s cake smash. Back then I was just beginning, so I think she may have been my first child session.  I then visited them for her 2nd birthday, but I haven’t seen them since then.

Wow, what a difference a few years makes!  Their daughter is going to Kindergarten and they added a sweet boy to the mix.

What a wonderful, welcoming family, with a beautiful home and yard…thank you guys for making my job super easy:)



Ellie~ {Gordonsville, Virginia Newborn Photographer}

This is the third time that I have photographed this beautiful family. I did Camden’s newborn session almost 2 years ago and then a family session when he turned one.

I was thrilled to capture the addition of their sweet baby girl Ellie last week. She gave me a bit of a hard time, but I just think she didn’t want to miss anything…lol!  You would never know by all of the gorgeous images I am getting ready to send them.

I also enjoyed doing some lifestyle family images, which I don’t usually get to do in my studio. Thus the over sharing of images on the blog!

Enjoy this new family of 4~

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July 28, 2014 - 7:49 pm

Katie Fisher - Denise, you do such a great job!! And Kyle and Jennifer produce awesome babies for you to photograph!!

Kenley is 1~{ Louisa, Virginia Child and Family Photographer}

Kenley has been a firecracker from the beginning.  She was almost totally awake for her newborn session and then we had to do a retake of her 6 month photos...lol!

Her 1 year photos went much differently.  If we put aside having to change her clothes and the end of the session, she did great! I just can’t resist that gorgeous red hair and spicy attitude:)

I have loved capturing so many moments for this family, I am blessed to have an abundance of  wonderful clients:)