The Most Underrated Season for Family Photos | Ashburn VA Family Photographer

Summer family photos in wildflowers Ashburn VA

I’m going to start this post by dropping a bit of “bad” news.  I’m fully booked for fall photo sessions.  It’s true.  I have nothing available from September through mid-November, but I’m not going to apologize or chastise you for waiting … Continue reading

Virtual Tour of my Newborn & Baby Photography Studio | Loudoun County Newborn Photographer

Hi all!  I made some changes and additions to my in-home newborn and baby portrait studio last year, and I wanted to share them with you! As you enter the double doors of the newborn photography studio, this is the … Continue reading

Winter Maternity Photo Session | Ashburn, VA Maternity Photography

Ashburn VA Maternity Photographer

Who says outdoor photo sessions need to be done in the spring and fall?!  Winter photography sessions have their very own unique beauty!  I especially enjoy winter maternity sessions!  I could try to make some comparisons between hibernation and pregnancy … Continue reading

Maternity Photo Sessions – The 5 W’s | Chantilly, VA Maternity Photographer

Maternity photographer Washington DC

Ever since Demi Moore bared (almost) all for the cover of Esquire Magazine in 1991, the popularity of maternity photography has skyrocketed.  Much like wedding photography, maternity photos capture the excitement, anticipation and beauty of a life-changing event. If you’ve … Continue reading

Christina’s Maternity Session | Centreville, VA Maternity Photographer

Maternity photographer in Centreville VA

Gosh, it really does overwhelm me how many amazing people I get to meet doing what I do!  I wanted to share highlights from Christina’s maternity photo session in Centreville , who was joined by her husband, Rob.  Proving that … Continue reading

Put Your Records On | Chantilly, VA Maternity Photographer

Sometimes we lose touch of who we are.  Life takes hold and puts us into a routine until we feel like cogs in a wheel instead of the trail-blazing, energetic, adventurous, dancing machines that we really are.  Well, for those out there feeling like a hamster in a cage, I hope these maternity photos of the lovely Mrs. R will inspire you!

She was timid in asking me to do nude maternity portraits of her, and I could tell she was a little nervous that day.  I couldn’t offer her a bottle of wine to calm those nerves like I’ve done in the boudoir sessions I’ve photographed, but she totally faced her fears and abandoned any insecurities.   What an incredible way for her to remember this pivotal point in her life!

I am so honored that she is allowing me to show these portraits of her.  She is gorgeous and has the most beautiful belly!

So what’s holding you back?  Go put your dancing shoes on!   Let’s live life a little and make some new memories today.  🙂

ImageImageImageImage

Rebecca Danzenbaker is a maternity, newborn and family photographer in Northern Virginia.  Please follow me on Facebook.

Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys

Man, being a parent is hard!!!  There’s so much worrying, and doubting, and frustration, and trying not to laugh when they’re being so bad, but so darn cute.  My mom always used to say, “You’ll know what it’s like some day when you grow up and have your own babies!”  And you know what?  She was right.  You may love your mom, but you never really know her love, and the extent of that love until you become a parent yourself.

So here’s to my mom… for cleaning the poop off the walls (literally), teaching me the facts of life (I’m so dreading this), driving me to rehearsals and doctors appointments, crying when they were putting me under to have my wisdom teeth taken out (yes, I remember!).  For teaching me about God, love and self-respect.  For loving me even when I made decisions she didn’t agree with, and for hugging and consoling me when I realized what bad decisions they were, instead of lecturing me.  I love you, mom!!  There’s one less potential cowboy (ahem, cowgirl) in the world due to you!  😉

I had the amazing privilege of photographing six incredibly beautiful expectant moms last month, and in honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, I wanted to share them with you, too!

My first model was Tammy, who also brought her precious little boy to the session.  I love these photos of the two of them together!  And here are some other gorgeous photos of her by herself.

My next model was Jamie.  I love her bright smile and freckles!  (Many of my favorite people have freckles!)

Up next was Karen.  Karen could be having her baby while you’re reading this!  She was 38 weeks when I photographed her and was still waiting as of Tuesday this week!  Good luck, Karen!

Oh yes, she brought heels!  You go, girl!  Karen also brought her husband, Mark, with her…

This Lynda Carter look-alike was my next model.  I mean, could you find a more perfect blue for her to wear!?  The lovely Kate!

My next model was Annie.  I am so jealous of her long, beautiful hair!

One more!  Last, but not least, were Sarah and Jason.  They were so fun!  Isn’t Sarah’s smile so infectious?

I hope you love them as much as I do!  Many of these, and a few others, are now posted to the new maternity portfolio gallery on my website.

I’d like to thank my gorgeous models and also NOVA Natural Birth Center who hosted us. In addition to photographing these lovely mamas, I was also able to photograph the labor of one of my would-be models who went into labor the night before!  I’ll be sharing some of those photos next week! 🙂