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Clarissa + Jack | Norfolk Virginia Maternity and Baby Photographers

I’m reviving our blog for the first time in a year (!!!!) to share a few sweet photos of Clarissa + Jack’s at-home maternity session. Apologies for lagging behind on our blog game, but after giving birth to Ellie (follow my personal insta @dailyelliejoy for baby photo spam!) last year then doing a big office and house move/renovation at the same time, social media and other administrative duties for DCPG definitely fell by the wayside. We’re all moved into both home and new studio and FINALLY back in the saddle shooting regularly and devoting attention and love back to DCPG :)

Clarissa and Jack have been repeat DCPG clients since 2012; we’ve photographed two of Jack’s deployment homecomings and their tiny wedding in Norfolk:

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I remember  chatting with Jack’s mom back then and she said, “Maybe you can photograph their baby when the time comes!” And so, I am! I’m so happy Clarissa got back in touch in order to sign up for the Baby Steps plan :) She opted for one of our more popular combos – Maternity, Newborn and One Year. We decided to do at at-home session for maternity. I absolutely love doing at-home sessions for any baby steps shoot because not only does it add a layer of uniqueness to the portraits that can never be duplicated, when these photos are viewed by their future children, they’ll get to see the first place their new little family called home.


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I love that she chose to rock a glamorous, sequined dress!


She requested these poses and although their dog Rob was hilariously uncooperative, I loved the quick interaction I was able to capture:

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To book a consultation or a session under our Baby Steps plan, click here:

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2015 Valentine Mini Sessions



Be ready for Valentine’s Day with a simple session featuring your little one(s) on a modern, minimalist background! Our 2015 package includes 2 digital images for you and adorable wallet-sized giveaway prints in our signature metallic paper.  The wallet prints are great to pass out to friends and family and are a much nicer alternative for your school age kids to use instead of cookie cutter store-bought valentines.


You will have a choice of 3 backdrops: Grey Paper | Plain Wall | Damask



Babies will be on a bean bag or the floor with a neutral colored blanket:


Other Info

  1. This is perfect for elementary aged kids, but babies are welcome as well! Just email me at with a heads up on your baby’s age so I can make sure I have proper equipment on hand.
  2. Newborns are welcome, but bear in mind this shoot will not permit time to get “sleeping” poses or poses with props – I will photograph the baby as he or she is in the time allotted.
  3. Siblings are welcome in the photos and I can attempt to snap a few solo shots of each child, although be aware each session is only a 10 minute block. You’re more than welcome to purchase multiple sessions; let me know and I can manually schedule one after the other.
  4. Final choices must be made by February 9, 2015 to ensure delivery before Valentine’s Day!
  5. If you require less than 24 valentines, let me know – they come in sheets of 8. Getting less cards does not change the price of the mini session.

Add-ons (purchased later):

  • $20 for set of 24 additional valentine cards (for example, we photographed 2 children in your timeslot and you’d like another set for the 2nd child)
  • $5 per additional sheet (8 cards per sheet)
  • $50 per additional digital image. I will show 5 to 10 proof images.

Card Designs

This year’s custom design hasn’t been announced yet, but here are a few past card designs, which are available to be used this year as well:

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Your Valentine metallic wallet prints will come looking like this, die-cut with nice rounded corners. If you wanted to be able to write on your Valentine’s let me know; standard cardstock (paper) options are available as well!



Privée Bride Of Ghent | Norfolk Wedding and Commercial Photographers


A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of touring and photographing a beautiful new bridal salon called Privée Bride Of Ghent, located in Palace Station (Norfolk, VA).  Privée is owned and operated by Reamie Tabin: She created such a lovely show room; we really appreciated the open floor plan, luxe touches and upscale merchandising. If […]

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Tip Tuesdays | DCPG Photo Cropping Guide

DCPG Cropping Guide VERT BLOG

A while back, I downloaded these great cropping guides from Paint the Moon. Since our full-frame camera crop does not automatically fit a standard 8×10 or 11×14, we thought this would be helpful to see how much of your image you will “lose” by cropping  it various sizes. Paint the Moon has a great ratio […]

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We Are Not a Brand | DCPG Behind the Scenes

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Unlike Beyonce, I did not wake up flawless, but instead with a phrase rattling around my mind. We are not a brand. We’ve been in this business for almost 10 years now, so we admittedly rose on the tide of digital photography to its current flooded state. If I were to believe the current social […]

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Wedding Wednesday | Nico + Wesley | Newport News Wedding Photographers


I knew I liked Nicolette from her first cheery, upbeat e-mail, but even more so when I spoke to her on the phone and chatted with her excitedly about how, even though she was initially wary of spending extra money on a tiny wedding, she was really happy and relieved knowing she would have beautiful […]

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