Mamaslink babies visit the danielle sara photography studio

We had such a blast with all these adorable babies for Mamaslink's mini photo sessions at our Rockville photography studio! Here is just a quick preview at some of our favorites from this past round.  So much cuteness! 

If you have a baby one year and younger and are looking for a great way to connect with other moms in the area, sign up for the next session of Mamaslink!  It is a six-week class that explores different activities in the area for you to do with your little one. One of the classes is a mini-session at the Danielle Sara Photography studio. 


Bright and Happy Cake Smash photography session

I absolutely loved this cake smash photography session at our studio! I photographed baby C as a newborn and was thrilled to have his family back for his first birthday session.  He is the most adorable little guy with the biggest smile and cute personality! Cake smash sessions include pre smash portraits, which are sometimes some of my favorites.  I'm so glad I was able to capture this precious stage for his family. 

Mom wanted a clean, bright background for a festive cake smash and I think we nailed it. I aim to make every session customized yet cohesive, clean, and modern from the decor to the cake to the clothing. 

For this session, we planned to include his big sister in the cake smash since they both share the same birthday and she never had a smash.  We put all the details together so you and your little one can enjoy a memorable session!  

Baby Sylvie's session at the maryland newborn studio

I loved having this sweet family in the studio for their baby's newborn session.  This tiny girl was a peanut at about 5 pounds. She was so expressive and gave great eye contact when she was awake! Whether it’s simple sleeping portrait, staring up at you, or smiling, newborn portraits capture so much personality and emotion. It's always such an honor to be trusted to capture the first weeks in a baby's life.  

I love for parents to be able to look around their home everyday and remember how tiny their newborn was and how much their baby has grown. That’s where my job comes in! I work with my clients to document all of the sweet details of your baby so you can freeze time.  Then, I take it a step further by determining the images, sizes, and display options that best fit your home and style. The result is works of art out of your family memories for your family to enjoy now and in the future.  

Enjoy a little peak into Sylvie's portraits and her gorgeous white on white artwork created for her home. 


Martha Stewart feature! Danielle’s tips for taking milestone photos of your baby

I am feeling incredibly excited to have been featured on Martha Stewart, “5 Precious Keepsakes to Capture Your Baby’s Milestones“! The article includes my do-it-yourself tips for taking your own milestone photos at home. Plus, my own daughter’s adorable 7 month photo is included!

Check out the article for creative ways to help you capture the many milestones of your little one’s first year. And use my tips to document this fleeting, precious time in your baby’s life!

During’s Macie’s first year, I got asked a lot where the milestone blanket featured in the article is from. It is a BatzKids blanket. Here is the full year of Macie’s monthly blanket photos! Use my tips from the article to get creative and take pictures of your little one on a blanket 🙂   

Check out my previous feature on Martha Stewart, How to Make a Dazzling No Sew Tutu!

What To Wear Tips for Fall Outdoor Portrait Sessions

The wind is chilly and the days are getting shorter! Time for 2017 outdoor Fall portrait sessions. Bring on the leaves and boots. I always get asked “what should we wear?”.  I know it seems daunting to coordinate outfits for your entire family. However, you don’t need to stress.   Take a look at some of our Fall wardrobe tips and ideas below. You can use these to think about how to style your own family.

Top Tips for What to Wear for Outdoor Fall Sessions: 

  1. Start with one outfit that you really like. Maybe Mom has a killer pair of boots and dress she wants to wear.  Go with it! From there, build around it so colors coordinate but don’t match exactly.
  2. Add a pop of color. Some of our favorite accent colors for the Fall are navy blue, eggplant purple, olive, red and yellow. Pair the color with neutrals to tie it all together.
  3. Stay away from wearing a lot of green when having photos taken in grassy or wooded areas. Avoid fluorescent colors or logos on clothing that will age a portrait.
  4. Layer! Layers add dimension and depth. Don’t be afraid of texture or mixing patterns. If it’s chilly, bring a sweater. Or maybe layer on a necklace overtop a dress.
  5. Be careful wearing white. If you have fair skin or blonde hair, white tends to wash out skin tones. White is fine as an accent color.
  6. Dress your kids in clothes that fit perfectly, not with room to grow.
  7. Add accessories. A hat, vest, or suspenders for boys are adorable. If your girl likes to dress up, find a headband, bow or hat that she might not normally wear so a few pictures are extra special.  Mom can have fun with accessories too!
  8. Don’t forget about nice shoes for everyone.

Remember, have fun with it! You want your family’s personality to shine through.

Pinterest is a great resource for finding clothing ideas. Visit our “What to Wear” board for more inspiration.  If you have any questions, want to send pictures for advise, or need some extra help planning your outfits for your fall portrait sessions – please contact the studio!