personalized Cake Smash in Maryland | Hand-painted splatter backdrop

Little Blake was such a joy to have in the studio! After a few snuggles and some tickles from mom and dad, she was the star of the show. Speaking of show, the theme of this birthday session was rock n’ roll. The whole family loves music. How cute! Mom and dad dressed her in an adorable vintage tee, paired with black jeans matching her parents. I absolutely loved the vibe of this session complete with custom cake and our hand-painted backdrop. Before she dug in to her sweet treat, we set her up with her favorite musical instrument toys and let her do her thing.  

Secret to Children’s Photography

I’ve found with children’s photography, it’s best to let the little one run the show. When you let them explore and take time to warm up to you, the results can be amazing. Just like this session! When this sweet girl wanted to bang on her drum, we all grabbed an instrument and had a party. When she wanted to play peek-a-book with her lovey, we did! And when she wanted some snuggles and tickles with Mom and Dad, we let it happen. The genuine emotions, giggles, and laughter of baby photography truly can’t be beat!

Once it was time to dive into the cake, we let her go at it. I love how her rainbow tutu just pops on the gray splatter paint backdrop, making her the star of the show. It really represents her colorful personality! Thank you so much to this beautiful family for coming to the Maryland photography studio and allowing me to capture these milestone memories for your family!

Happy birthday, sweet girl!

Maryland Birthday Party Photographer | Birthday PORTRAIT party experience!

Planning birthday parties for kids can become a little tricky each year. By the time they reach the pre-teen years, piñatas, balloons, and silly party favors just don’t bring excitement like they used to. But that doesn’t mean the party can’t go on. Pre-teen years are the best because you can get creative and make them extra special. Find a creative activity that represents your child’s developing personality to create memories that will last a lifetime! We helped this family celebrate their girl’s birthday with a one of a kind portrait party experience!

A Party Fit for a Princess, Or Thirteen!

This particular client knocked it out of the park by having her daughter’s birthday party at our studio! Each girl posed for glamour shots in front of a shimmering backdrop. The girls loved dressing up and strutting their stuff for the camera—a wonderful confidence booster for this age group. We also took group photos, and each girl posed for a special picture with the birthday girl. Images as party favors will end up as framed memories rather than a piece of plastic in the trash!

Becoming a teenager is no small feat. I still remember those days vividly, with quite a few of them ending up in tears from self-doubt or friendship struggles. It’s just hard.  This shoot was extra special for me because I know how what it’s like, especially for girls. I loved helping these girls feel like the dazzling young ladies that they are, inside and out. (Plus, Mom and Dad get some professional portraits of their beautiful birthday girl making memories with her friends—it can’t get any better than that!)

Happy birthday, sweet girl! May this be your best year yet! If you are interested in our Birthday Party Portrait Experience for your child, send us a note here to get the party started!

Maryland Child Photographer | Waterscape & Confetti Styled Photo Session

Party we did for this fun-filled summer shoot! Mom’s goal was to capture current portraits that really showcased her kids personalities! So we decided to make this summer-themed session all about the joyful, energetic, and sometimes chaotic representation that is life with this brother/sister duo. We pumped the music and let them be their silly-selves! These two had a blast. Mom and I were cracking up right along with them behind the scenes.

We used our seasonal Heidi Hope Waterscape hand-painted backdrop to set the summer theme and it was perfect! They enjoyed lollipops and showers of confetti. It was so much fun to watch them enjoying themselves. I was able to capture real memories, not just staged poses. Needless to say, these two enjoyed their time at the studio while their parents got some amazing portraits that reveal the genuine personalities of their little loves.

There’s never a dull moment in the studio, and I loved documenting this stage of life for these sweet siblings. I hope they can look back at the framed image in their living room as they grow up and smile; remembering how much fun they had together!


Final artwork for their living room!

They chose to create an extraordinary statement piece with their favorite image! A twist on the classic canvas, this expertly professionally framed canvas adds a sleek finishing touch to their living room, the place where they spend the most time. It combines the best of our fine art canvas and framed wall art.

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Virginia Cake Smash Photographer | Nautical Cake Smash Session

Life comes with an abundance of celebrations and milestone birthdays, but I think that the very first one is the absolute best. I know that this birthday baby won’t remember his celebration later, but in the moment, as he is showered with loved and presented with his first birthday cake, he displayed pure, infectious joy. And the first birthday is just as exciting for parents, too! Their babies have magically grown into toddling individuals—full of vibrant personality and energy—in mere months! This is definitely a milestone worth celebrating as a family. They may not remember the day itself, but I firmly believe that they WILL remember the love and happiness they felt.

Anchor’s Away on an Amazing Adventure

This handsome one-year-old had no problem celebrating his big day. His birthday session was just too cute as he took one look at his birthday cake and got to smashing. I think that he enjoyed playing with the cake more than eating it.

The theme of this shoot was perfect for this little guy. We used a nautical themed background with whales and anchors to match his nursery, and it was such a good fit for his personality. I couldn’t help but smile at his delightful squeals and giggles.

Happy ONE YEAR birthday, little guy! We had so much fun celebrating you!!


As we head into autumn, changing leaves and the promise of crisp nights, family dinners, snuggly sweaters, and pumpkin spice lattes are around the corner. The coming season is the gateway to holiday festivities, family gatherings, and joyful laughter. Everything sparkles a little more. Your heart overflows with gratitude for the people and things that matter most to you. Golden days and glittering nights await. Our seasonal studio series Joyful Gatherings is a perfect way to celebrate! How will you remember this Season?

Let us capture the wonder and sense of magic this time of year brings. Exclusive JOYFUL GATHERINGS sessions are available on select dates for $375!

Your Session Includes:

  • 20 minute session on your choice of 1 look - Rustic Pine, Golden Sparkle, or Cozy Classic

  • 5 high resolution images for personal reprinting and holiday cards (10+ images to choose from)

  • Discount code to save 40% for your holiday cards

  • What to wear guide

  • 20% off any additional purchases through the DSP studio

  • Upgrade to 15 more minutes, TWO looks, and 5 additional images for $149


Rustic pine

Woodsy outdoor greenery for a festive Fall and Holiday look.


Gold Sparkle

Custom-made, hand-painted white & gold backdrop for a bold and luxurious look.


Cozy Classic

Simple white bed with decorative pillows for a playful and natural look. Fun for portraits of your kids in pajamas!

This season’s Joyful Gatherings theme has a heart of gold. Deep, warm, burnished golds, rich browns and creamy whites work well for both autumn and holiday imagery. We wanted to keep things neutral and warm with layers, textures and of course a little sparkle to keep things festive and fun. We hand crafted our sets and are so excited to be offering these unique and beautiful backdrops to our clients. All options can be as festive or neutral as you’d like.


Perfect for maternity minis, babies, children, and the full family! Some examples of Joyful Gatherings studio series….

heidi hope design partnership

It’s the little things.

Joyful Gatherings Sets are a magical and glittering stage upon which to celebrate all of the milestones & moments parents cherish for their little ones! Sitting up...crawling...first teeth...1st birthdays...and more. With a joyful, regal, fancy, and whimsical vibe, perfect for sugarplum fairies and handsome princes. Shooting stars and golden tiaras. The set can be styled to tell a compelling story.

“Danielle does a wonderful job. She makes the whole process personable and easy!!! We highly recommend Danielle to everyone who wants great pictures of their little ones.” -Katie

Ready to capture the magic of the season and create that “wow” image for your holiday card?