Why Hanging Portraits Help Children | Hampton Roads Photographer

• February 5th, 2018 •

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Many parents, like mine, have hung every portrait ever taken whether it be just their children or family portraits. It has been proven to boost a child’s self esteem when they see themselves in portraits hanging around the house.

According to David Krauss, who is a psychologist from Cleveland Ohio it’s important to have those family/children portraits. It helps children see themselves as an important and valued part of the family unit. 

As a photographer, I am biased, they say that there is something powerful in touching your fingers to an actual print. There’s  stimulation of the brain when you have that sensory experience like touching a portrait. There isn’t really any of that in the digital world with all the social media that exists. You are touching a keyboard, mouse or a touchscreen but you are not touching the actual image that involves your child or family.

Children like to feel like they belong, especially in this world that we live in today. Photographers get to create an image where the child feels safe and protected. They can look back on this even when they’re older and remember that safe feeling.  

So yes, not hanging portraits doesn’t do any harm, but hanging them could help your child! 

Here are some photos from my clients of them hanging portraits I captured! 

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Devin 2.0 is Here! | Hampton Roads Newborn Photographer

• December 13th, 2017 •

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Welcome to the world sweet baby Devin! Not only did I get to capture portraits of momma’s new munchkin, but I got to capture BEAUTIFUL maternity photos! 

Mom and Dad Urie are both in the military, so I would like to take this time and say thank you so much for your service! This couple was an absolute blast to work with. They are so in love and so silly together! There was a lot of laughter and sweet moments while capturing portraits for this lovely family! 

I was so excited when I got the call that baby Devin had made his appearance! The little munchkin marches to the beat of his own drum and wasn’t sure how he felt about being the star of the shoot. No matter how he felt he was cooperative and I was able to capture some very sweet portraits for Mom and Dad to keep forever! 

 Andrea and Jamison thank you so much for allowing me to capture these sweet memories for your little family! 

If you’d like to book a newborn or maternity shoot, please feel free to contact me! 

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Sweet Sofia Stokes|Virginia Beach Newborn Photographer

• October 5th, 2017 •

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I’ve been privileged to take newborn portraits for a second time with Stokes family! Shana and Donnie recently welcomed sweet Sofia to the family and she is adorable! Sweet Sofia was such a good baby who slept most of the time which made my job super easy! We captured some amazing portraits and she looks bee-utiful! 

I was blessed to photography their first daughter,  Adalynn, and I got to watch this sweet girl grow with the Baby’s First Year plan! I’m so excited to get to do the same with Sofia! 

Adalynn is a big girl now and a big sister. It’s tough being three and patient while waiting for newborn portraits but she rocked it and we got some adorable portraits of these precious girls!

I’m so thankful that Shana and Donnie continue to trust me to capture these moments. I am so excited to watch their little munchkins grow into not so little munchkins! 


Welcoming baby Daxel | Baby’s First Year Portraits

• September 15th, 2017 •

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So excited to welcome little Daxel to the DSP family!!  Baby D was not only SUPER cute, but he was my first baby in the new office!! He was not so sure at first but when we finally got him settled he was a superstar! This shoot was extra great because my new assistant Kennedi got to assist on her first newborn shoot.  We had so much fun and we got to try a few new poses… I may be biased but I think they turned out amazing with our little munchkin!

Alex, Daxel’s big brother was also a superstar. It isn’t easy being five sitting in a hot office all day but he did great and we captured some adorable portraits of the two brothers.   Beautiful momma Melissa has served our country for 20 years, and we are super thankful for her military service. I’m so grateful to help her welcome her second little munchkin.   Take a look at this adorable little family!  Enjoy :) 



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Mermaids wash ashore in Virginia Beach | Mermaid Portrait Photographer

• July 3rd, 2017 •

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Gabby came to me with the idea of doing mermaid portraits.  She had been thinking of doing them for years but hadn’t found a photographer she felt could capture her vision of what she wanted.  So we discussed what ideas she had in mind and searched for tails, accessories and props.  We decided to go for it and create her dream portraits. 

This session was AMAZING.  Even the sunset seemed to work with us in creating perfect portraits and gave us amazing colors and beauty.  Gabby was a magical mermaid!!  We even has a little girl come up wanting to see the “real life mermaid” on the beach. 

These sessions are available to book now!  We have openings in late July, August and September.  I can turn your children into beautiful little mermaids or even make your own mermaid dreams come true.  Book a mommy/ daughter session or a session with your best friend.  

Contact me today if you are interested in making your mermaid fantasy come true!

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Gabriel Turning One | Baby’s First Year Photography Hampton Roads

• May 18th, 2017 •

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Happy Birthday little man! I love that I have gotten to watch you grow over your first year.  You are such a charming and happy little guy.  Your first year portraits session was the EASIEST I have ever done!  You were a little model- laughing, smiling and clapping for the camera. You DEVOURED your cake- ate more than any other one year old I photographed and hated it when we took it away! Mom and dad don’t like the camera as much as you, but with you they complied to be in the portraits as well!  

I hope to be able to photograph you as you grow up.  I can tell you are going to be an amazing addition to this world and make it a better place.  Honored I was able to photograph the first year!


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Sweet Sianna | Baby’s First Year Portraits

• March 22nd, 2017 •

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All these little babies!!!  I am loving all the newborn session I’ve been photographing lately.  Little boys, girls, twins… bring me ALL THE BABIES!  I have a great program called my “Baby’s First Year Plan” and I love when my clients book them so I can watch them grow during that amazing first year of growth!

Meet the beautiful Sianna.  Her mommy bought my “Bump to Baby” plan so I got to photographed her both in the belly and in person at just a week old. What a great shoot.    Mommy wanted it to be just for little Sianna, as daddy was working, and she was a perfect little model.  Enjoy some of the highlights from both the maternity and newborn sessions!


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An Answer to Prayer: Welcome 3D | Virginia Beach Newborn Photograher

• November 4th, 2016 •

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Watching families grow is simply one of the best parts of my job.  I can remember years ago photographing the David family while they were praying for another child, and getting to see where they are now is such a honor.

Welcome Little Moses the third!!  This little guy is such an answer to prayer for the David family.  God’s timing is always perfect and while “not yet” was hard to hear for so many years, we are so very thankful for His perfect timing! 

We welcomed Moses (aka 3D as he is Moses David the THIRD) in July and he was such a star during his session.  He cooed and smiled and slept like a champ!   Already a superstar like his Daddy.

 Big sister Amani is in love with him too, I love seeing older siblings love on their baby siblings and I can already tellt hat Amani will be like a second momma to little 3D!

 Enjoy the David family and some of their favorite portraits from their session.  <3 <3 photography_997 photography_995 photography_993 photography_992 photography_990 photography_988 photography_986 photography_985 photography_984 photography_983 photography_007 photography_006 photography_005 photography_004 photography_001 photography_998photography_002photography_999



Jaita Turns Two

• August 22nd, 2016 •

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Turning two is a pretty big accomplishment and grandma (GiGi) wanted to celebrate with a photoshoot!  Little Jaita totally rocked her two year old session.  (Of course, like any two year old, she wasn’t completely cooperative and attentive the entire time… but with a little patience and bribery we made it work.)  

We included her momma’s favorite team, the Cowboys, much to dad’s surprise (not HIS favorite team) Elmo and her favorite baby doll.  Jaita is such a beautiful little lady and I love seeing her sassy little smile every time I get to photograph her!


Welcome Mr. Gabriel | Newborn Portrait Photographer

• August 5th, 2016 •

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Mr Gabriel was ready to come into this world… so ready he came the very day we had scheduled his mommy for her maternity portraits!!!  So sadly, we don’t have maternity portraits for mommy and daddy, but we do have some amazing newborn portraits!  He was such a little star during our session.  He slept and cooed and was such a joy to photograph.  Mom and dad did pretty amazing too!  I can’t wait to watch him grow and I look forward to our next session!  

Check out Mr. Gabriel in all his adorableness! 

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