Danielle Lavis Photography, Boutique studio specializing in High School Senior Portraits, Models and Professional Headshot Photography » Maryland Professional Photographer, offering a luxury client portrait experience. DLP uses the Art of styling and photography to empower the beauty from within. High School Seniors, Family/Teen, Models/Comp Cards, Professional Headshots, Commercial Photography. Full service, Boutique studio.

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This Blog offers a fresh look at my most recent work.

This is a place where clients, soon-to-be clients, friends, family and fellow photographers can see my most recent images and get a little better acquainted with me.  I have many fresh and exciting things in store for this year! So, I invite you to stop by often and see what’s new! Even better, if you see me around town or visit Historic Savage mill, stop and say hello! I would love to meet you! This is a relationship and a journey. If you feel that my vision and style aligns with what you want to gain from your professional photography experience, I would love to hear from you!  Thank you, in advance, for recommending Danielle Lavis Photography to your friends and family.

Cozy up and stay a while! Love having you here with me!

xo, Danielle

 

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Meet Emily.

As a Howard County high school senior portrait photographer, I find clients like Emily a dream. This 2017 Marriottsridge high school senior is the sister of 2016 dl Senior Model, Julia. I have now known their family for several years and adore them all! I met Emily last year, while I was working with her sister Julia. It didn’t take long for me to recognize that Emily was absolutely perfect for the 2017 dl Senior Model team. So, when Emily reached out expressing interest in the portrait experience, I was thrilled!  When I received her online Senior Model application, I realized she was a girl after my own heart. She mentioned she admired Audrey Hepburn’s style because it was classic, simple and elegant. Little did she know, Audrey Hepburn is my favorite actress and humanitarian. I have loved her for so long. I just knew I would love working with Emily! She embodies so much of what I look for in my senior models. The senior model experience is so much more than just high school senior pictures. I look for girls to participate who are role models, kind, compassionate and give back to their community.  I believe in celebrating girls who lead by example in their character, heart and positive attitude. I could easily check the box on all these when it came to Emily.

I asked Emily why she wanted to be a part of the dl 2017 Senior Model Program and she answered “… because when my older sister did this, I saw how empowered and confident it made her feel and I would really like to be a part of that (not to mention the photos were absolutely GORGEOUS).” Oh, just wait, I thought. I already knew Emily would look stunning in her portraits… and I was right.

The planning and styling process for Emily’s senior portrait session was so much fun! She has a very strong sense of her style.  I am proud to be the only Maryland senior portrait photographer offering the opportunity to work with a professional fashion stylist, who worked with Michael Kors and Kate Spade. If you don’t know Elizabeth, check out her bio on my website. My high school senior clients and their parents rave about the custom styling experience with Elizabeth! She is highly skilled at polishing the seniors final looks, while fully retaining their personal style preferences.
So, in preparation for Emily’s session, Elizabeth and I met at her house for her private styling experience. First let me say, when I walked into Emily’s room I immediately gasped. Anyone who knows me, knows I love everything vintage and distressed. Emily made her own headboard, painted and distressed the wood. I mean, seriously? How can anyone not love that? Elizabeth and Emily came up with three great looks that truly reflected Emily’s personality and style! The yellow sweater was a last minute find, as it was tucked away in Emily’s closet. So glad we found it bc it just pops in these photos. In the end, it’s important for each senior to feel beautiful and comfortable, in an effort to ensure the best experience! Emily looks relaxed in all her photos because everything was planned ahead to create a stress free portrait experience!

On the day of Emily’s session, she had the full makeup and hair styling experience! Stacy, of Glamaloft, did the soft, natural, classic makeup and Amanda Mundie styled Emily’s hair to perfection.

I love hearing from girls why they love themselves. Its important for our girls to be able to recognize what makes them so special. I asked Emily what she loves about who she is as a person.  She responded “Well for one thing, I really love my confidence. I think that without it, all the opportunities and people I have met wouldn’t be a part of my life today. What makes me most confident is my intelligence”.

“One of my favorite hobbies is writing poetry. People would be surprised to learn that I’m also very passionate about history”.

“Two causes that are extremely important to me are animal rights and gender equality. Although they are two very different causes, I feel very passionate about them and find that they affect my life every single day.”

“My friends would probably describe me more as the ‘mom friend’.  Honestly, I’m very over prepared for occasions and always have a first aid kit, snacks, or extra clothes on hand”. 

“Without a doubt, if I could donate $1 million, I would give it to young children growing up in impoverished and crime-ridden communities around the world. I believe every human should have an equal opportunity and chance to be the best they possibly can.”

“Making a positive impact on our society is very important to me”.

Giving back to the community is an important life practice. I look for senior models who have made an impact on their school or community.
Emily shared that over the summer, she traveled with her church group to Birmingham, Alabama and helped restore/build houses for those less fortunate. She said she will never ever forget the smiles and gratitude they showed them when they saw their new homes.

Emily will be heading to The University of Maryland in the fall!

I know she will be a tremendous asset to UMD, also my Alma Mater! Thanks for being a wonderful addition to the senior model team!! xo

Are you interested in a customized senior portrait experience? Let’s chat! Contact me at dl@daniellelavisphotography.com

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As a Howard County Maryland native and commercial photographer, I  absolutely loved capturing the photos of the gorgeous new renovations at Merriweather Post Pavilion. I enjoy lending an element of beauty to my luxury commercial projects. This project offered that opportunity, despite the challenge of photographing during the height of construction. It has been amazing to see Merriweather undergoing such a jaw dropping renovation. However, it’s also bittersweet to see all the incredible changes.

Since moving to Howard County in 1976, my family has enjoyed this unique amphitheater nestled in the beautiful symphony woods. My earliest memory of Merriweather was the awesome petting zoo just outside its gates, in symphony woods, when I was about 4 years old.  But as an adult, I grew to appreciate the incredible history of the MPP venue. It’s awe inspiring to read the list of artists that have graced the stage at MPP, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Pearl Jam, Aerosmith, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and, my favorite, Jimmy Buffett over 40 times!

But even more incredible to me is that I was engaged on the stage of Merriweather.  My husband has worked at MPP for nearly 30 years. One summer night in 1998, I went to the Lilith Fair show with a bunch of friends. One of them was a mutual friend with my now husband. That was the first time we met. Merriweather has been a second home for my husband and such a special place for our family. So it was only fitting to be engaged on the stage on a warm June evening, the sun setting on the lawn and our song playing.

Today, Merriweather has truly been elevated to epic status and there is more to come with the $55 million renovations. But it’s already spectacular.  In the photos I captured below, you will see the new box offices and concession stands. The expanded backstage area is luxury at its finest for artists, including 15,000 square feet of dressing rooms and backstage amenities, a beautiful pool, private plunge pool for the headliner and spa cabanas for private massages. The interior space also boasts a beautiful multi purpose room with a wrap around deck that can be rented for events. The VIP guests receive the ultimate experience in the private VIP room with doors opening to reveal balconies overlooking the stage. Of course, the turntable stage is stunning and will create a seamless transition between artists performances.

Additionally, The Howard Hughes Corporation has begun working on building up the area around Merriweather, to include new parking for the concert venue, 750 apartments and 250,000 square feet of new retail space.

Recently, I.M.P. Productions signed a new 40-year deal to operate Merriweather… This came as Merriweather celebrates its 50th year!  I am thrilled to know MPP will be around for many more years to come! Congrats to all involved and here’s to an awesome concert season ahead!

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The Entry

One of the smaller dressing rooms. The headliner dressing room was not complete at the time of photographing.

Beautiful wood detailing

Modern pendant lighting and decor that compliments the architecture

The multi-purpose room

The VIP room

Interior meeting space

Catering, which opens up to the pool area

West Plaza Box Offices and the New Concessions area

Night view of the decks off of the multi-purpose room

Exterior entry view

Exterior Backstage view

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As a commercial photographer in Howard County, it’s always enjoyable when I have the opportunity to photograph art. The Chrysalis is just that…art.

The new Merriweather Park at Symphony of Woods is nestled under the canopy of trees in Symphony of woods, just near the VIP parking lot and Merriweather white admin house. It’s a 36 acre arts and cultural park, featuring the Chrysalis, a high performance stage, park pavilion and beautiful sculpture. The Chrysalis meets the Howard county mandate for a “new kind of cultural park, where the landscape becomes a setting for arts, cultural and civic uses”.  The Chrysalis is not only a uniquely designed sculpture, but it boasts two stages that play to an audience enjoying lawn seating on the beautiful grounds. There is a larger main stage towards the front of the Chrysalis, as well as a side stage for smaller events or artists. The Chrysalis stage features attractive wood flooring with planks that can be engraved upon a donation. The Chrysalis is a welcome addition to Columbia and brings us closer to a thriving arts and cultural district in the heart of downtown Columbia.

 

 

 

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I am so proud to have worked to create Howard County Maryland’s BEST high school senior portrait and model experience. But one of the most important attributes to this character driven program is the giving back component. 

“Award Winning professional photographer, Danielle Lavis, offers a custom client experience that promotes strong, positive identities and a refined approach to HS Senior portraiture. Danielle’s unique approach utilizes the art of photography and styling to inspire and empower young women and girls. Recently voted as one of Howard County’s BEST photographers, Danielle is the leading choice for custom photography and overall experience”.

Before I delve into our recent giving back project, it’s important to understand the foundation of the dl Senior Model Program, what makes it so unique, why it’s termed character driven and why we took part in this project. Sure, the “modeling” is super fun for high school seniors. BUT, the dl senior model program is so much more than just high school senior pictures. So much more. It offers high school senior girls the opportunity to be a part of something truly unique throughout their senior year! Follow me on Instagram to see more.

In these days of social media and the strong emphasis on outward appearances, I feel it is even more important to shift our focuses to celebrate what makes us special, unique and valued. The Media tries to dictate so much of what our girls believe about themselves. As a mother of a beautiful daughter, I believe strongly in uplifting our girls and striving to empower them to see their true worth. The dl Senior Model Program established its roots back in 2010 with these principles in mind. The overall message to my senior clients is that we will empower their beauty from within and inspire them to share their beauty from within with others. Everyone is outwardly beautiful in their own unique way. Everyone. But, it’s what’s on the inside that builds your strength of character and belief in who you are.

With that said, I look for girls to participate in the dl Senior Model Program who are natural leaders in their schools, role models, kind, compassionate and give back to their community. I believe in celebrating girls who lead by example in their character, heart and positive attitude.

Each year, the senior models choose a giving back project that they can do to help empower and inspire others, especially other female teens in the area. For example, a few years ago, we participated in the blue pinky project. It was an amazing hands on experience partnering with my friend, Jaki, and wife of the then Howard County Executive, Ken Ulman. The girls made a significant impact in their schools and shared specific stories of how the project helped kids experiencing bullying. It was wonderful.

This year was no different. In February, the girls did a 30 day initiative on social media called seniors spreading kindness. But, it was important to many of the girls to give back in a way that was hands on so they could witness the impact. So we began researching unique ideas.

One of the senior models, Chase, found an article about a company that collects dresses for prom for girls who can’t afford them. It gave us an idea to take that concept a step further!

I called the Howard County Public School Systems Office of Pupil Personnel to see if there was a way for us to collaborate. I  learned that last year there were more than 600 homeless kids in the HCPSS. We also learned that there are many high school students unable to attend their prom bc they simply can’t afford a dress (let alone the expensive prom ticket, accessories, hair, makeup, etc).  So, we decided we wanted to give 3 girls in need the gift of attending prom this season. But we did not want to just give them dresses. We wanted to mirror the “experience” the seniors receive in the dl Senior Model Program with me and give the 3 recipients a full styling experience. We knew it would be a memory they would carry with them throughout their lifetime.

In working with the Howard County Office of Pupil Personnel, we were connected with 3 wonderful girls. We began looking for donations for dresses, shoes, accessories. We were also asking local salons if they would be willing to donate the gift of hair & makeup to these three girls on the day of their prom. As expected, our community showed their generosity and the donations came pouring in!

The Pearl Spa in Maple Lawn offered makeup services to all th ree girls! Sarah from Thirty Hair, in Oakland Mills, offered hair styling services at the salon for all three girls. We were also thrilled to receive a call from House of Maya Prom in Virginia Beach offering the donation of their beautiful prom dresses! Despite the distance, they made it work exceptionally well! Jennifer LaLonde, COO of House of Maya, took videos of dresses in each of the girls sizes and we helped them narrow down a few options. She then sent several dresses for them each to try. It was an incredibly generous offer by both House of Maya owner, Maya, and Jennifer!

We spent a few weeks gathering items. We then met at the high school one afternoon to deliver the items and work with the girls to narrow down their dress choices, coordinating accessories and shoes. They were so incredibly sweet, appreciative and deserving! I was able to find a wonderful lady to donate alterations. She could not have been more gracious. So, the girls were all set and we were ready for the big day!

On the morning of their prom, the girls met at The Pearl Spa to begin their services with the fabulous, Bianca.

The Pearl Spa even offered the girls their signature, incredibly delicious warm brownies. Thank you to the Pearl for being so giving of your time to these girls! 

Once their makeup was completed, the girls moved on to Thirty Hair for their hair styling services and photos to be featured on the Thirty Hair instagram page. The ladies at Thirty Hair were simply amazing! They were so warm, welcoming and they did an exceptional job on the girls hair. They made the experience so much fun and so memorable for the girls!

Since it had been a few hours from when they had their makeup done, the girls received a touchup from Tay before getting changed into their dresses. Senior Model, Chase, also arrived with Chic Fil A for all the girls for lunch! It was such a sweet gesture. I sat back and listened as the girls chatted with Chase about what they wanted to be in life… they talked about being doctors and nurses. It was so heartwarming to know that no matter what someone’s circumstances may be, they can see their own potential and recognize that they are deserving of greatness. Nothing could be more empowering or inspiring than witnessing their belief in themselves. Such wonderful girls… 

They looked gorgeous all dressed up! The prom dresses from House of Maya Prom were perfection on them! They were incredibly high quality, on trend with style and fit them beautifully.

So, the only thing left to do was a quick photoshoot! Of course, it decided to rain just as we made our way outside for a few photos. But, we made it work! 

The girls received these photos as my gift. I feel so fortunate to have met them! The senior models and I were so honored to have been able to provide the experience for them. Thank to everyone who donated items. I was overwhelmed with the generosity of our community. Thirty Hair, The Pearl Spa and House of Maya Prom all showed how much they value their communities and people in general. They each played a part in the smiles you see in these photos. The girls were worth it! I also want to thank the HCPSS Office of Personnel and the school teachers who went above and beyond to help facilitate this whole process for the girls. We have already decided to do this again next year, but hopefully bigger and better!

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THE 2017 HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR DL SENIOR MODEL TEAM!!

I am so proud to have worked to create Howard County Maryland’s BEST senior portrait and model experience! The dl Senior Model program was the first in our area to offer the cutting edge stylist and modeling components in this empowering, character driven program!  As well, I am the only Maryland high school senior portrait photographer offering the opportunity to work with a professional fashion stylist, who worked with Kate Spade and Michael Kors in NY.

“Award Winning professional photographer, Danielle Lavis, offers an exclusive, couture experience that promotes strong, positive identities and a refined approach to HS Senior portraiture. Danielle’s unique approach utilizes the art of photography and styling to inspire young women and girls. Recently voted as one of Howard County’s BEST photographers, Danielle is the leading choice for custom photography and overall experience”.

The dl senior model program is so much more than just high school senior pictures. It offers high school senior girls the opportunity to be a part of something truly unique their senior year! I look for girls to participate who are natural leaders in their schools, role models, kind, compassionate and give back to their community. I believe in celebrating girls who lead by example in their character, heart and positive attitude. I also look for confidence. Most photographers simply offer Senior Portraits and referral credits to their Senior “reps”. You may hear the term senior “model” used interchangeably with senior portraits. However, the dl senior model program truly offers you the opportunity to first focus on your custom senior portrait experience and then participate in a full modeling experience. I believe in uplifting girls in our community and, through my photography, strive to inspire positive self identities in our young women. In 2017, the senior models will be brought into the community.  Additionally, not only will senior models enjoy a custom Senior Portrait Session tailored to their style and preferences, the model program will offer unique networking and modeling opportunities that will inspire the participants to see and share their beauty from within. As well, the senior models will create incredible memories and friendships they will undoubtedly cherish…AND… IT IS GOING TO BE SO MUCH FUN!!!

The 2017 senior models will get all of the perks that they would expect as a preferred senior client with Danielle Lavis Photography. But, these amazing girls will be the face of Danielle Lavis Photography | Seniors.

EXCLUSIVE TO THE 2017 DLP SENIOR MODELS!!

All Senior Clients will participate in a stylized, editorial photoshoot with the works- Hair, make-up, styling and other surprises!

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MEET THE GIRLS!

Here are the photos they sent me that they felt best represents the people, places or things that are most important to them! Such an incredible group of girls!

So many great things in store for the 2017 dl Senior Models!!! Follow me on instagram and snapchat {Danielle Lavis Photography} to stay up to date on all the fun and behind the scenes!

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Contact Danielle at dl@daniellelavisphotography.com to learn more about the 2017 senior model experience

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Brianne. This 2016 Howard County high school senior is overflowing with happiness, positivity and confidence! I knew her custom high school senior portrait experience was going to be a blast!

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I first heard about Brianne from a past dl Senior Model. I heard so many wonderful things about Brianne and knew she was someone I felt would fit so well with the character driven dl Senior Model Progam. So, I was thrilled when Brianne and her wonderful mom, Cindy, reached out to participate in the high school senior portrait and senior model experience!

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As I do at the beginning of each senior season, I meet with the new senior model applicants and a parent in my boutique studio in historic savage mill. When I first met with Brianne, I knew immediately she would be a wonderful addition to the 2016 dl senior model team. The dl senior model program is so much more than just high school senior pictures. I look for girls to participate who are role models, kind, compassionate and give back to their community. I also look for confidence.  When you get to know Brianne you come to learn how much she believes in herself.  I asked Brianne what it is she loves about who she is as a person. It is a hard question for most people to answer. Her response stood out. She told me “the thing I love most about myself is the fact that I am not scared to be who I truly am. I feel like I spent most of middle school trying to be someone that I wasn’t, just so I would fit in with everyone else.  But I realized over the past couple of years that life is much more enjoyable when you just do what makes you happy, even if it’s different from what everyone else is doing”.  I have said it before, but it is painful to see how many young girls hold themselves to unrealistic expectations set forth by the media. But, not Brianne. She told me that she was looking forward to being a part of the dl Senior Model Experience so she could give back to the community and help other girls feel confident about themselves, as well!

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I am proud to be the only Maryland high school senior portrait photographer offering the opportunity to work with a professional fashion stylist. If you don’t know Elizabeth, check out her bio on my website. My high school senior clients and their parents rave about the custom styling experience with Elizabeth! She is highly skilled at polishing the seniors final looks, while fully retaining their personal style preferences.
So, in preparation for Brianne’s custom senior portrait session, Elizabeth met at her house for her private styling experience. The fine tuned her looks and narrowed them down to three final coptions. Elizabeth and Brianne together settled on looks that reflected Brianne’s personality and style! In the end, it’s important for each senior to feel beautiful and comfortable, in an effort to ensure the best experience!

On the day of Brianne’s session, she had the full makeup and hair styling experience by the talented, Sarah from Beyond Brides Hair & Makeup. You can catch the behind the scenes photos on Instagram @danielle_lavis_photography.

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Brianne has been very involved in her school and local community. Throughout her high school career, she became a part of many different clubs and organizations. For example, she was an active member of the cheerleading team, National Honors Society, Student Government Association, Technical Honors Society (because of her passion for engineering), Spanish Honors Society, art club, and a leader for a student mentor group. In the community, she also had a positive impact by engaging in community service. Brianne has such a kind heart and is always looking to do what she can to make a difference. howardcountyseniorportraits-8815howardcountyhighschoolseniorportraits-8804howardcountyhighschoolseniorportraitsbesthowardcountyseniorportraits-8848besthighschoolseniorportraitphotographer-8815

 

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t seen it already, check out the videos of Brianne, during the senior stylized shoot, on Instagram!

Brianne, Thank you for being a part of the 2016 Senior Model Program and for being so incredily wonderful throughout the entire process! I wish you so much happiness and success at The University of Maryland!

Are you interested in a customized senior portrait experience? Let’s chat! Contact me at dl@daniellelavisphotography.com

 

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This Howard County high school senior and dl Senior Model is simply unforgettable.

Meet Cameron.

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Her beautiful blue eyes, bright smile and flowing, naturally tousled, wavy hair add to Cameron’s obvious outward beauty. But, its her beauty on the inside, along with her bubbly personality, that makes Cameron just shine from within.

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I first met Cameron when her sister, Montanna, was a dl senior model a few years ago. I loved getting to know their wonderful family. They are the salt of the earth. When Cameron reached out expressing interest in the high school senior portait and senior model experience, I was thrilled!  At the beginning of the senior season, I meet with the senior model applicants and a parent in my boutique studio in historic savage mill. Cameron lit up the room as soon as she walked in! I remember thinking “My goodness is this girl HAPPY”… and hilarious! She has the biggest smile, a genuinely caring personality and contagious laugh!  (Get a glimpse into her personality during the senior model shoot on my instagram page here). I knew she was a perfect fit for the dl senior model team.  The senior model experience is so much more than just high school senior pictures. I look for girls to participate who are role models, kind, compassionate and give back to their community.  I believe in celebrating girls who lead by example in their character, heart and positive attitude. I also look for confidence.

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Cameron easily met the criteria for the senior model experience. She comes from a wonderful family with solid values. When I asked Cameron what makes her confident and what makes her proud, her answers always came back to her family. They have helped to shape her into the wonderfully, confident girl she is today.

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When Cameron’s sister, Montanna, was a senior model, the dl senior model team was participating in a national anti bullying campaign called the blue pinky projectblue pinky project. I had learned that Cameron, along with a few friends, started an anti-bullying club at school. They were determined to make a difference for the students in their high school. At the time she was only a sophmore. In addition, Cameron earned many service hours inside and outside of school. This included volunteering with her mom at Our Daily Bread in Baltimore to help serve food to the homeless.

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Cameron was accepted to The University of South Carolina. I know she will be a tremendous asset to the university! Congrats, Cameron! Thanks for being a wonderful addition to the senior model team!! xo

Are you interested in a customized senior portrait experience? Let’s chat! Contact me at dl@daniellelavisphotography.com

 

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I adore photographing howard county high school seniors! But, I have particularly loved witnessing the amazing friendships amongst many of my senior clients through the years. My FREE SPIRIT: BEST FRIENDS SESSIONS offer a custom photography experience to tweens & teens up through graduating high school seniors, to capture the spirit of their best friendships! Each custom session experience will be styled, playful and super fun! In the tech age of cell phones, we all have TONS of selfies and phone pics. But, it is truly an invaluable gift to have professional photographs to capture the spirit of your friendship as you are today. These sessions make great gifts for tweens up through graduating seniors heading off to college.

I recently held a contest on instagram! By participating in the 2017 High School Senior Play-To-Win Mega Giveaway, Lexie won her own FREE SPIRITS Session! She invited one my 2017 dl Senior Models and her best friend, Haley, to enjoy the session with her!  These two were awesome! We had so much fun and you can feel their bond through these photos. They are both so sweet, kind and funny! I hope these photos will always bring you back to this time in your life and the beautiful friendship you both share. I had so much fun with you both!

Interested in a best friends session or custom portrait session? Contact me for more details! dl@daniellelavisphotography.com

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I have always loved being a local Howard County newborn and family photographer. But, a few years ago I began to shift my focus to capture what I feel is truly most important in newborn photography. I had lots of props, hats and blankets for my newborn sessions. Although the photos were very sweet, the ones that I loved most and my clients loved most were the photos showing the connection, the bond, between the parents and their beautiful child. Its often hard for a new mother to feel confident being in the photos. I certainly can relate! Often new moms are still dealing with the post birth symptoms like looking a bit swollen, sore from the birthing process or C-section, tired from lack of sleep… and, of course, the last thing most new moms have time for is doing their hair and makeup!  So, I can understand how being in the photos can be a difficult idea to rally behind. I do love capturing the amazing newborn details, like little fingers and toes and always include those in a session. But, when a family looks back at the moment in time I am capturing, the moment they became a family with a beautiful child, that is the memory they will treasure. My daughter is getting older. When I look back at her newborn photos, I am still amazed at all her little details. But, the photos that bring tears and make my heart melt into the memory of becoming a new mother are the ones with me or my husband in them with her. The photos where I am looking into her eyes and taking her in…they take me right back to her little smell, to how it felt to hold her on my chest, how her hair tickled my cheek… (sigh. here come the tears). I strive to evoke emotion in my photographs. I strive for my photos to make clients feel reflective of that time in their lives. I often see this with families who come back to me for updated photos of their children and reflect on how they have changed through the years. As well, as a Maryland High School Senior Photographer, my clients experience this with the photos of their grown up child. They LOVE the beautiful portraits of their senior, but I find they most often cry as the photos evoke the emotions of reflecting on all the years that have brought them to that moment. They tell me stories of their high school senior as a small child and share memories and photos. Often I hear how the day they were born was the most special day of their lives. These parents are letting go in front of me and its gut wrenching. But, what I can take from that is they treasure the memories of family, of connection, of special times spent together. So, my goal is to begin my newborn clients’ journey with natural, simple, elegant portraits that capture the amazing little details of the newborns, as well as the beautiful relationship they are experiencing with their precious baby.

This brings me to my most recent newborn session. This particular session was in my studio. But, this time of year, I love doing newborn and family photos outdoors at one of my exclusive locations. If you are a local Clarskville MD resident, you may recognize this fabulous couple! Their family business is The River Hill Garden Center. When you visit the RHGC, you will often be met with Nicole’s warm smile! She is such a lovely person! She is so kind, has a gentle demeanor and is extremely hard working! Nicole and Brad are such a fun couple and, quite frankly, a perfect match! You only need to spend a few minutes with them to realize how well they work together and how much they adore eachother.  Brad and Nicole proudly welcomed their handsome Carter into the world a bit early, so the poor, sweet boy had a rough first few months. But, Brad and Nicole are wonderful new parents. Nicole and I talked about her vision for the newborn session. She loved the idea of being in the photos. So, we scheduled Stacy Ferguson, from Glamaloft, to meet in my studio to pamper Nicole with beautiful, natural makeup for the special day.

Being born early was not so kind to Carter. His little tummy was not so happy and he wasnt able to get comfortable. I worked with Nicole over a few sessions to catch Carter when he was feeling content. He wasn’t able to go on his belly at all and had a rough time initially. But, we were patient and worked with Carter only in ways he was comfortable. It was never about getting the perfect shot and always about what was best for Carter. But, it was when we put him in his parents arms that he was most happy. I love what we were able to capture!

Thankfully, Nicole and Brad, along with their doctor, were able to solve Carters tummy problems and he is happy, healthy and full of smiles! He is also mommy’s little helper at the RHGC!

Enjoy these photos! Congratualtions, Nicole and Brad! Carter is one amazing little boy and lucky to have such wonderful parents!

xo,

Danielle

 

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Julia. This 2016 Howard County high school senior is one heck of a girl!
I first heard about Julia from her wonderful mom, Beth. I created marketing and product photos for Beth for b baby boutique, an online upscale boutique offering unique baby essentials. I heard so many wonderful things about Julia and knew she would be an awesome addition to the 2016 dl senior model team! So, I was thrilled when Beth and Julia reached out to participate in the high school senior portrait and senior model experience!

At the beginning of the senior season, I meet with the senior model applicants and a parent in my boutique studio in historic savage mill. When I first met with Julia, I knew she was a perfect fit for the dl senior model team. The senior model program is so much more than just high school senior pictures. I look for girls to participate who are role models, kind, compassionate and give back to their community. I also look for confidence. One thing about Julia that stood out to me was she was overflowing with confidence! She is so comfortable in her own skin. It’s refreshing to see this these days because too many girls hold themselves to unrealistic expectations set forth by the media. But, there sat before me a beautiful, intelligent girl, deeply connected to her family and friends and involved in her school and community. She was clearly a special person. Oh… And I might add, Julia is quite the funny, spunky thing! If you haven’t seen it already, check out the videos of Julia, during the senior stylized shoot, on Instagram!

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Julia has been quite busy her senior year with cross country running, National Honor Society, French Honor Society and a recent acceptance to The University of Maryland in the Fall of 2016! Congrats Julia! My alma mater too!

I asked Julia what makes her confident. She said “being strong makes me confident”. I LOVE meeting young girls who believe in themselves! Nothing is more important than self worth. Nothing. The dl senior model program embraces that characteristic. It may sound cliche, but beauty is truly on the inside. I believe in celebrating girls who lead by example in their character, heart and positive attitude.

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Why do you believe you would be a great addition to the 2016 dl senior model team? I feel I am a good role model for girls because I don’t strive to be anyone other than who I am.”

howard county high school senior portraits model experienceI am also impressed with Julia’s involvement in her community. She volunteers with her youth group for the Rt. 1 Homeless Project. They collect food, necessities, coats and blankets and hand them out personally to the area homeless. She also volunteers at Collington Square by reading to children in need. It says so much about a person when they consider the needs of others and offer their time.

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The planning and styling process for Julia’s senior portrait session was a blast! Because she is so easy going, it was so much fun! I am proud to be the only Maryland senior portrait photographer offering the opportunity to work with a professional fashion stylist. If you don’t know Elizabeth, check out her bio on my website. My high school senior clients and their parents rave about the custom styling experience with Elizabeth! She is highly skilled at polishing the seniors final looks, while fully retaining their personal style preferences.
So, in preparation for Julia’s session, Elizabeth met Julia at her house for her private styling experience. They came up with three great looks that truly reflected Julia’s personality and style! In the end, it’s important for each senior to feel beautiful and comfortable, in an effort to ensure the best experience!

On the day of Julia’s session, she had the full makeup and hair styling experience! Marquia Kinard, of Blend Event, did the soft, natural, youthful makeup and Amanda Mundie styled Julia’s hair beautifully. You can catch the behind the scenes photos on Instagram @danielle_lavis_photography.

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As a destination for Howard county senior portraits, and surrounding areas, I strive to choose locations that are convenient, quiet and beautiful. For Julia, she wanted to be outdoors in a natural setting. Yet, she also wanted to incorporate some stone in a backdrop. So, we did just that : ).

We had an awesome time during her senior portrait session! We laughed a lot, walked, talked and laughed some more! The senior portrait and client experience is about building a relationship from the moment we meet. It’s not cookie cutter or rushed. Ever. Julia and I texted a ton during the pre session process. I always want my seniors to feel we are in the process together- because we are.
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Julia, you are simply wonderful! I am thrilled you love your custom designed luxury album! If you missed it, check out the video of her album on Instagram! I can’t wait to continue to watch your successes when you start at UofMD next year! Keep in touch!
Xoxo
Danielle

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Meet Emilie. I am so honored to have created custom high school senior portraits for this beauty. This Howard County 2016 River Hill High School Senior is truly the salt of the earth. Outwardly there is no denying her beauty. She is gorgeous with deep brown eyes and the sweetest smile. But, her inward beauty is what makes Emilie so captivating. She is humble, kind, loving and generous. She is the first to offer a helping hand if someone needs one. She is incredibly gifted in architecture and art.  As well, you can find Emilie behind the scenes in the River Hill High School drama department creating beautiful lighting for the school performances and also working on set design.  She is a team player in her family, as well as the howard county community. All these reasons, and more, are what make Emilie such a valuable member of the 2016 dl senior model program.

The planning process for Emilie’s high school senior portrait session was a blast. I am proud to be the only Maryland senior portrait photographer offering the opportunity to work with a professional fashion stylist. If you don’t know Elizabeth, check out her bio on my website. Not many local stylists have worked in NY with Kate Spade and Michael Kors! She is so much fun and I could watch her style all day long! My high school senior clients and their parents rave about the custom styling experience with Elizabeth! But, what I love most about working with her (and my hair & makeup artists) is that she knows how to polish the seniors looks, while fully retaining their personal style preferences. So, a few weeks before Emilie’s session, we all met at her house for her private styling experience with Elizabeth. It was so much fun and Emilie ended up with three great looks that were HER. In the end, it’s important for each senior to feel beautiful and comfortable, in an effort to ensure the best experience!

On the day of Emilie’s session, the storm clouds rolled in. It was awful all day and the weather was forecasting a terrible afternoon. But, we decided to go for it and just prayed for the best. Stacy Ferguson, of Glamaloft, met in the comfort of Emilie’s home to pamper her with professional makeup for her session. You can catch the behind the scenes photos on Instagram @danielle_lavis_photography. Stacy did an awesome job in creating a fresh, natural, youthful final look for Emilie. Once the styling was completed, we headed out to the location. Amazingly, the second we arrived, the cloud filled sky started to brighten a bit and we knew we were in for a fun afternoon! It was as if the clouds literally parted for Emilie : )

Enjoy these images as a highlight from Emilie’s senior portrait session. I was so honored to capture this special milestone for you, Emilie! I am looking forward to creating your beautiful heirloom products AND watching all of your continued success!!

 

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Nahye and her horse, Tommy, were both absolutely gorgeous, during their equestrian barnshoot in western howard county. The two of them, the light, the setting. We spent a few weeks chatting back and forth on ideas for their special barn shoot. I knew that Nahye wanted to ensure we captured photos with the beautiful, glowy, warm evening sunlight. I was thrilled when the day arrived and the weather was perfection.

I have a special love for animals and have always loved horses. As a professional photographer, it is important to me that I show the connection between the animals and the people who love them. There is nothing like looking at a photo and “feeling”  the love between them. My hope is that my photographs from these equestrian barn shoots, evoke emotion as you view them. Its important for people to know the gentle side of horses and the beautiful relationships that exist between horse and rider.

Nahye and Tommy are well known in the eventing circles and ride at a world class Eventing facility in western Howard County, Sunset Hill Farm. It lives up to its name. In the evening, the rolling hills, pristine white fences and grazing horses are just bathed in gorgeous warm sunlight. Nahye and Tommy added even more beauty to the November evening of our photo shoot. Enjoy the images! If you are interested in your own equestrian barn shoot, please email me at dl@daniellelavisphotography.com. I would love to capture the relationship between you and your special horse!
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I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful new Elkridge Md facility of Teclas K9 Academy this month. I can’t share a post about this local business without first sharing my own personal experience. The owner, Tecla Walton, was instrumental in the training of both of my rescue dogs. However, we rescued our shepherd mix, Dallas, from terribly abusive and neglectful circumstances. So, at the beginning, we could barely get through a day with him because his anxiety was beyond manageable. Tecla committed to helping us save our boy. Unfortunately, fear and anxiety, if not turned around quickly, can sometimes lead to aggression. But, today, our boy is more than we ever could have imagined. He is my daughters best friend, loyal, intelligent and a big part of our family. He will forever carry the emotional scars of his past, but he no longer allows it to control his behavior, nor do we. We credit Tecla and her wonderful staff for all they did to work with him and our second rescue, Sara.

With the opening of their new facility, Tecla was in need of marketing photos for her website and brochures. She specifically wanted images of the space and also of their wonderful adult dogs and puppies at play, during daycare.

We started with the entrance of the facility
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Here is the lobby, where the dogs are checked in each day for daycare or boarding. Its clean, bright and they showcase quality pet products.

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Here are the main training rooms within the facility

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2015-09-22_0044The staff then started to move the dogs to the playrooms. The dogs were so happy to see each other and be able to play with one another! The staff remains extremely vigilant and always in the room with the dogs. There are never any incidents that are allowed to escalate because the staff maintains a watchful eye at all times and ensures all the dogs are happy and safe. Its obvious the dogs are content and relaxed because several of them laid down to take naps when they tuckered out!
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2015-09-22_00012015-09-22_0031The playrooms at Teclas K9 Academy are the place to be! You can literally see the dogs smiling! They were so happy and all had received plenty of hugs and cuddle time with the staff. If you are thinking of boarding your dog or need a safe, fun place for your dog to spend time & socialize, while you are at work, this is hands down the place you should call! It was a pleasure working with everyone from Teclas K9 Academy, especially all my new furry friends!

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Meet 2015 dl Senior Model, Katherine! This beautiful girl is a ray of sunshine! She has brains, beauty and the most humble, sweet natured personality. She has an energy about her that makes you just want to skip along with her! She literally has a bounce in her step! : ) I am so proud to have her as part of the 2015 dl Senior Model team. I can’t wait to share more of Katherine, as well as the other fabulous senior models, as we head further into their senior year! Katherine, you are a gem! A beautiful spirit! I had an awesome time working with you, your mom and sister! Enjoy your sneak peeks!!

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I am so excited to finally share the 2015 dl Senior Model Stylized Photoshoot!

My Senior Model program extends well beyond just Senior Portraits.  I believe in uplifting girls in our community and, through my photography, strive to inspire positive self identities in our young women. So, not only do my High School Senior clients enjoy a custom Senior Portrait Session, the model program offers unique networking and modeling opportunities that inspire them to see and share their beauty from within.  The dl Senior Model Program is very character driven! It is an experience that fosters new friendships, creates amazing memories and allows senior models to leave their mark their Senior year. AND… IT IS SO MUCH FUN!!!

All Senior Clients participate in a stylized, editorial photoshoot with the works- Hair, make-up, styling and other surprises! The images here are the 2015 Stylized Photoshoot experience! Clients and prospective clients, follow me on instagram to see more of the behind the scenes of the photoshoot, as well as new work! Each month, I will post a High School Senior Special! So, be sure to join me @dlcouture.

This year, I wanted the girls to have an opportunity to participate in styling their looks. After much deliberation, we decided to go with fashion inspired studio portraits. Each of the girls, looked through inspiration images and gave me an idea of what was most interesting to them. The look were all very different from their norm and very much outside of the box! We then got the amazing makeup and hair stylists on board for an awesome collaborative effort!

We had a great time the day of the shoot. Makeup, hair, food, candy, music and some unique photography concepts! The girls did fabulous and the make and hair were super!

So, here we go! Below are images and layouts that graced the pages of the 2015 dl Stylized Magazine and the featured images of the 2015 dl Senior Models!

The Cover

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Emily 
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Julia

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Here is a glimpse of Julia’s spread in the magazine

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Katherine

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Casey

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Alexandra

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Adrianna

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Model Call happening NOW for 2016 Seniors!!!

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This bubbly little angel, Antonia, came to my studio a few weeks ago for her Natural Pageant Photogenic Headshots. When she walked in, the room literally lit up! Her smile is contagious! She has the most adorable dimples that are absolutely her little signature. I love natural pageant and photogenic headshots because they allow the children to look like themselves and reward them for it! Hair stylist, Amanda, styled Antonia with some adorable soft curls. But, that was it. No makeup. We just wanted her natural beauty to radiate in the images, which will be entered in the photogenic category. She has already been very successful in the Natural Pageant Arena. But, we are all crossing our fingers that one of these images will bring her a win in the photogenic category, during the upcoming pageant. I can’t wait to hear! Best of Luck, Antonia! Your smile, intelligence and adorable sense of humor already makes you a winner in my eyes! Stay sweet!

UPDATE: She WON in the photogenic category with her beautiful images! Great Job, Antonia! Congratulations, sweet girl!

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Over the years, my studio has featured a wide variety of beautiful products. I have spent years searching all over the world for the finest, most high quality products.  Some have come and gone quickly. I am very discriminating when it comes to the products I will offer my clients.  However, there are a few products that have stood the test of time and remained a client favorite year over year. Custom coffee table books are always on the top of the list for Family and High School Senior Portraits. But, there are also clients who prefer to be able to touch and feel their prints. I had a client recently say “I just love the feel of these prints in my hand”. I do agree that I LOVE the weight and texture of the prints from my professional photographic lab. For those clients, the custom designed portfolio boxes offer a classic, elegant presentation of their final images, while offering a clean, modern simplicity. They are also quite versatile! Check out the images from my most recent design for Annaliese, 2015 High School Senior Model. I loved her senior portraits and was thrilled with how her final custom portfolio box turned out.

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The outside material is a luxurious canvas with stunning texture. It is heavy weight and very durable.

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Inside, the box is filled with hand cut mats that frame the images beautifully. The mats are so versatile, as they can be framed or displayed on a table top display easel. The box itself is meticulously created with attention to detail. There is a silk interior ribbon for lifting out prints and an optional ribbon tie closure.

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The  portfolio boxes are truly an artistic approach to print presentation. As well, they are a breathtaking way to preserve your memories.

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Another studio favorite are the mini accordion albums. These little pint size treasures are filled with clients favorite images and are the perfect add-on gift for sharing. The mini albums are fully customizable, with a metallic cover and high quality fine linen photographic paper for the interior pages. Each accordian album comes in its own adorable frosted case. They are a fabulous addition to any of my collections.   Featured below are Casey {2015 High School Senior Model}, Maddie and Montanna {2014 High School Senior Models).

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Meet 2015 dl Senior Model, Annaliese! I had so much fun with her! Although we photographed in November, the sunshine was abundant, as if it were the middle of the summer. It was amazing how so many of her images were washed with the most beautiful sunlight.

Annaliese is one of those people who just lights up everything within a 10 mile radius! She is witty, funny and engaging! Annaliese is a dancer, loves to act and co-choreographed and co-wrote a musical at her school. Annaliese was chosen to be a part of the character driven dl 2015 Senior Model Team because what’s most important to her is making herself happy and helping others to be happy. She truly leads by example and is simply a sweet, fun, cheerful person! She has a contagious positive energy!

 

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What do you love about who you are as a person? I love my personality. I am outgoing and not afraid to make fun of myself. I like to try new things and generally easy going. I have a passion for helping others and put other’s needs before my own.
What makes you proud? When I help other people to become happy I am most proud.
What would people be surprised to learn about you? I write poetry and short stories in my free time.
What is important to you? Making myself and others happy is important to me.
Is there a particular cause that is important to you? if so, why? Adoption is important because my brother and cousin were adopted. Being able to experience and witness the trials and tribulations of the adoption process made me want to be more involved and help other families to bring home their adopted children.
If I could donate $1million, I would give it to…. I would donate to Brittany’s Hope an organization that gives monetary grants to families seeking to adopt special needs or high risk children.

Makeup: Ryan Krasney

Fashion Styling: Elizabeth Neighoff

 

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Meet 2015 dl Senior Model, Adrianna! She is a gem! Adrianna has such a soft, kind and fun spirit about her, as well as a bohemian chic sophistication. She embodies what I look for in my senior models. She is beautiful on the inside and out. Adrianna chose to work with Couture Fashion Stylist, Elizabeth to prepare for her session. Her final looks were perfection! I nearly fell over when I saw her boots! Although Adrianna is an easy subject, the stylist team did a wonderful job polishing her final portrait look!

Adrianna was able to take advantage of the gorgeous fall leaves for her senior portrait session. Between the glowy evening light washing over her and the fall colors, it was perfection. We enjoyed such a relaxing afternoon and evening. The best part is her twin brother, Raffi, joined in for some of the session. It was so special to be able to capture the amazing bond between these two. You could literally feel their connection just simply watching them together.

Hair: Amanda Mundie Smith

Makeup: Ryan Krasney

Fashion Styling: Elizabeth Neighoff

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Read more about Adrianna!

What do you love about who you are as a person? I love getting to know people for who they are.
What makes you confident? my sense of humor
What makes you proud? I’m not afraid to be who I am
What are your hobbies, interests, talents, sports? Lacrosse
What is important to you? my relationship with my family
What impact have you made on your school or on your community?  I have been apart of the Woodstock Roc which brings awareness and raises money for breast cancer.
If I could donate $1million, I would give it to…. St. Judes hospital center.
What is your favorite store and/or brand? urban outfitters and forever 21
What is your favorite style and why? my favorite style is urban because I like to branch out my style and look different from others by wearing something that makes me feel good and distinct.

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