Category Archives: Families

Zeb, Rachel, Zaiden & Riley

Zeb and Rachel are as fun and happy as they are nice! We met a few years ago when Zaiden and Cannon played soccer together, and  had so much fun on the sidelines visiting and cheering the kids on. Just over a year ago, they welcomed Riley to their family earlier than expected. We intended to get together for maternity photos, but Riley had other plans- deciding she would rather be around for the shoot!! Riley is the happiest, most calm and content baby, who is just happy to be with her family and laugh with her brother. She has piercing blue eyes and the sweetest smile. Zaiden is an awesome ball of energy who made me laugh so hard my stomach hurt!! He told jokes, but was funniest when he was chatting about whatever was rolling through his curious head. It was so great to get together and hang with Zeb and Rachel for family pictures, and I loved be able to capture them doing what they do best- loving their kids in such a sweet way.

Katherine, Scott, & Vivienne

When I arrived at Katherine and Scott’s home to take photos of 6 month old Vivienne, everything was so calm and peaceful and quiet. Vivienne was just waking up from a morning nap and Sophie (an 11 year old Italian greyhound) was quietly keeping guard. I noticed that at six months in, Scott and Katherine still seem to be walking around in the illuminating glow of brand new parenthood. The glow- it’s like a mixture of pure joy, a little bit of sleeplessness, and the strange yet comforting feeling that you can’t remember what life was ever like without this tiny person. Toys were strewn throughout their house, yet all perfectly placed to entertain the sweetest little girl with the most infectious laugh. Vivienne was so happy and calm! She loves Disney Junior and is fascinated with everything around her. She saves her biggest smiles for her mom and dad.

Katherine and Scott are really just so easy going and relaxed. I left feeling like I wanted to invite them over for beer and a barbecue so we could keep talking! I love the photos from their shoot. I love the mellow and easy feel. I love that I caught Scott cuddling Vivienne as she was waking up from her nap, and the two of them working together to get her changed and buttoned up. I love the photos of Katherine and Scott making a bottle and feeding Vivienne her vegetables. I love Sophie keeping watch on the couch, and that in some shots you can see Scott and Katherine in their socks. The best moments sometimes are the ones spent lounging on the couch on the weekends. Scott and Katherine just happen to be really, really beautiful when they do it! (Her hair!! Seriously amazing!)

March 8, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Amber Great shots, Mahoney!

Tracy, Heather, Avery & Jackson

Heather and I met when Avery and Cannon were babies. Although the kids haven’t been in school together for a few years, we still get our families together and try to meet up for drinks when we can. I’m so lucky to have met so many wonderful people through my children. It seems I write a lot about how much people mean to me, but Heather and Tracy are no exception. They (and their families) have always welcomed my family so warmly. Get togethers with their extended family and friends are always easy and fun and end with hugs all the way around. (My husband wants me to mention here that they are also New England’ers who like the Patriots and Red Sox, which makes them even more awesome…) (Okay. I mentioned it. Although it won’t make me very popular in the Maryland area…:))

Avery is bright and friendly and kind and smart, and a sweet mix of delicate and silly. Since she was a baby, I was enamored with her porcelain skin, dark hair and light blue-green eyes. She smiles so easily, but even her serious faces are striking. She is a great artist and I learned on photo day that she has been writing books!

Jackson is such a sweet guy who naturally flirts with the camera. As soon as a I’d raise the lens, his face would break into this deep, charming smile with a giant dimple (regardless of how bored he was seconds before). When looking around Jackson’s sports themed bedroom I asked him what his favorite thing was in his whole room. He walked over to his bookshelf, stuffed his hands in his pockets and said, “all of my books”.

While Heather and Tracy finished getting ready for photos, I snuck into the kids’ rooms and caught them reading. (I was admittedly jealous of the calm and quiet in the house!)


Love you guys! – Danielle

Jeff, Jennifer, & Josephine VanH

This site has been severely neglected over the past few months, so I have some major catching up to do.

I can’t wait to show you the amazing baby Josie. The prettiest, sweetest, little girl baby. Jeff and Jen are such cool, calm new parents. We walked around a downtown DC city park and the day was so relaxing. Josie was easygoing and happy, and Jeff and Jen were so attentive, calm and tender with Josie. They are natural parents, and made a beautiful family!

I love this fuzzy little head. Look!

I heard Jeff sometimes has a hard time being serious in photos. I really don’t believe it though. I think he just has an inner Super Hero desperately trying to escape. The lost Avenger…

Oh, the smiles on this girl. She saves them for her mom and dad.

I love how their eyes laugh when they look at each other.


Jen literally glows with motherhood. She is stunning. Gorgeous.

I mean, this. Sleepy baby on your neck. It really never gets any better than this.


Auntie Quinn did it. She made it happen. (But Aunt Quinn also made it better, I promise.)

All smiles for Daddy.

The eyes.

I’m telling you. Super Hero. Dying to escape… Smolder, Jeff. Smolder.

Bonus photo: Jen and Quinn. sisters.
June 13, 2012 - 7:40 pm

Denise Danielle, I’ve always loved your photos, but these are particularly fabulous.

I owe you for other good things, too. Hope to see you soon.


The Tiller Family.

I was able to catch up with Gina and Steve a few weekends ago (on their anniversary!), and we grabbed some great family photos. The twins will be three in two months, and Gina loves how much Aaron helps to look after them. Aaron is as animated as ever (just older) and Vivienne is either getting more used to seeing me every now and then, or else she is really becoming so confident. She is silly and laughs big and looks at Aaron with adoration and pure joy. Milo is quietly observant, only hinting at a flirtatious smile after I work for it. He likes his trucks, and watching him roll them on the floor made me wish I could really see the world from his view.

It seems that family fall photos aren’t complete unless someone is diving into a pile of leaves. On this day, the Tiller leaf pile was massive, and EVERYONE dived in!! We managed to wrap it up with only one bloody nose and zero grass stains! Success! if you ask me!!


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