And the winner is~ {Louisa, VA Family and Child Photographer}

This past winter, I asked for people to nominate families that would be deserving of a free session.  I received about 10 letters and asked an impartial friend to choose the winner.  This is just part of the letter I received about this amazing family…

“I would like to nominate April Harper Covington for the free photo session.  I first met April back around 2005.  She had just graduated from Louisa County High School and began working at Jouett as an instructional assistant in my kindergarten classroom.   She is a hard working and amazing individual.  She is still an instructional assistant at Jouett.  April is married and has 2 children.  Beau is 4 and Sadie is 1.  When pregnant with Sadie, April found out that she would be born with Spina Bifida.  This would be devastating to anyone having a child but April was and is determined to make the best of it.  She works hard at school and at home with Sadie.  Sadie has physical therapy and speech therapy and after a long day at work April works with her each night.    One thing you never hear from April is complaining.  She is always happy and upbeat and is a joy to be around.  I am honored to be her friend!  April loves pictures and is constantly taking them.  I think she would be honored by this wonderful gift and would take great pride in the pictures you take.  April is a wonderful mother, teacher, and friend and deserves this opportunity more than anyone I know. “

April, it was my pleasure to capture these moments in time for you!

June 12, 2012 - 1:38 am

Joelle Inge-Messerschmidt - beautiful children! beautiful family…. I love that the Mom loves pictures/taking pictures…and got this wonderful gift!

June 12, 2012 - 2:25 am

Michelle McLeod - These pictures are just as beautiful at the people in them!

June 12, 2012 - 3:03 am

sarah - So happy to hear this is your winning family. Beau has just grown up sooooo much. Beautiful photos & so glad to see all the smiles.


June 12, 2012 - 6:33 pm

Kristol Faucheux - Hey, I know them. Beau was in Luke’s 3yr class at MCP. Love all the shots. Adorable little family.

June 13, 2012 - 1:25 am

Shelly - Beautiful! And a beautiful letter, Michelle!

Mini Sessions take 2~ {Louisa, Charlottesville, Richmond, VA Family Photographer}

This past weekend I finished up Spring mini sessions in Richmond. We had beautiful weather and a lovely location!

September 10, 2012 - 12:48 am

Kristi - These are absolutely beautiful! We can’t wait for our mini-session this year!! Where in Richmond were these taken?

April 12, 2013 - 4:54 pm

LE - Where in Richmond were these photos taken?

Family|Charlottesville family photographer

I am pretty sure “cool”  is the word my 5th grader used to describe his first day with this teacher.  It is pretty difficult for me to share just why his 5th grade year needed to be a good one, but let’s just say that my first meeting with Mrs Waldron was filled with some tears from me.  She probably thought I was a nut case, but she made me comfortable enough to cry during that first chat, so I think that speaks volumes about her.

Fast forward a year and we finally got together with her awesome family to do some photos.  I truly had a blast with them and feel that I am now “part of the family.”  They just make you feel that way:)  I even was forced to get in a picture which you can see at the end of the post!

The most exciting part of this post is that this teacher just happened to be named Teacher of the Year for our local school system just a few days after we shot this session.  And having had a child in her room, and seeing the way she transformed his life that year, well, this award couldn’t have been more well deserved.

I love you Conner Waldron, thank you for the gift of loving my boy last year. You will never know the impact it had on him….and us. I feel blessed to call you not just my child’s teacher, but also my friend.  And please, no more trees silly girl:)

May 19, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Jane - Hello, daughter, Denise….

“Did I leave the iron on?…”

Sure am impressed with your camera talent! I look like a model.


May 19, 2012 - 4:46 pm

CW - What a fun family! And fine to look at too! If anyone is wondering, the handsome man with my mom is my Uncle Doug and the star stud dog is Rambo my mom’s husband.

May 20, 2012 - 3:08 pm

Lynn Grylls - These are beautiful. I especially like the B/W picture of Conner and Caitlin. but I love them all. Aunt Lynny

August 6, 2013 - 3:14 am

Jan - It brings tears to my eyes to see how beautiful our girls have become, what wise and wonderful adults they became.
Thank you Denise for showing the world what we have always known about our nieces.


February 4, 2014 - 1:17 am

Waiting~ {Louisa, VA Maternity and Newborn Photographer}~ » Denise Feagans Photography - […] Conner holds a special place in my heart for many reasons. I photographed a special session for she and her family a few years ago to thank her for being a teacher that my son needed at the time. She also happened to be given the honor of being teacher of the year for our school that year, so I am not the only one who recognized her special connection with her students. You can see that session here. […]

Another Dream Session! {Louisa, Va Family Photographer}

Dreamy location, beautiful light, and a fun family…what more could I ever want for a family session?  I do have the best clients who always seem to have the most wonderful spots for us.  I love watching them watch me when I get to a new place and see the photo possibilities:) I am like a giddy school girl!

Amy and her family have always been so supportive and kind to me and my business, so I have been looking forward to doing their family session.  Their wonderful neighbors allowed us to use their property and I know that it meant a lot for them to do it there.

Thanks Smith family for making me smile…and laugh A LOT:)

May 16, 2012 - 3:19 am

Sarah C - Beautiful family & photos for sure!

May 16, 2012 - 11:46 am

Kristol Faucheux - LOVE the blue eye, brown eye contrasts. Gorgeous shots!!

Sisters~ {Louisa Family Photographer}

This was a mini session that turned into a full session!  These sisters were wonderful models for me and it was fun to see both sides of them…part girly, part athletic:)

I know that their Mom is going to love these shots!

May 14, 2012 - 9:01 pm

Kristol Faucheux - Love the b/w with their serious expressions – looking over the shoulder. Can totally see why and how it turned into a full session. 🙂

Party of 4~ {Louisa, VA Family Photographer}

Gorgeous family, beautiful location…what more could I ask for?  Thanks A family for the chance to get to know you better and for suggesting such a wonderful setting for your photos.  Your girls make me smile each time I look at these pictures and I hope the same is true for you:)

April 5, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Laura - Gorgeous photos! Love all the sister ones and the family ones with the filtered sunlight in the background.

Happy Birthday to you! {Louisa, VA Family and Child Photographer}

Sweet Miss Claire was exactly that for her 1 year session!  She obviously loves the camera and was very animated for me.  Mom and Dad were behind me doing their job, and also hopped in for some cute family pictures!  And the fact that she held up 1 finger in one of those photos was pure luck, but so cute and appropriate:)

Happy 1st birthday Claire…thanks for sharing your adorable self with me!

May 3, 2012 - 7:21 pm

Kristol Faucheux - OMG, OMG, OMG, I absolutely Love every. single. one… especially the first one – the green grass, her yellow outfit, her blue eyes, her red hair – be still my heart. And seeing the family shot again with her little “one” finger, brought tears to my eyes. What an absolute heart warming perfect memory for this sweet family.