Maryland baby Photographer | A Baby in the blossoms

Oh my goodness, this little cutie has the perfect vibrant personality for a cheerful spring session! She couldn’t have been happier to be the star of this show – and I loved every minute of photographing her!

Mom wanted to incorporate cherry blossom season for her session! We celebrated with fun backdrops and lots of pretty flower inspiration. This little sweetheart loved sitting in one of our bowls and playing with the flowers. When she wasn’t sitting still, this feisty six-month-old was on the move! She was already crawling and standing with support – she was so strong and definitely on a mission! She loved playing with all of our toys and exploring all the new elements in the studio sets. She loved listening to music and playing peekaboo with her parents! There was never a dull moment to say the least. She was so happy and so cute!

I love the simple, classic outfits her mom brought for her. This little girl’s big personality was the focal point of every portrait. She has the sweetest big, brown eyes and a delightful smile to match. I photographed her doing her own thing, catching all of her poses and personality in action. Watch out mama! This little girl is going to keep you on your toes and head into all kinds of fun adventures.

Thanks for the fun-filled morning. I can’t wait to see you back for your one year session!

Maryland Women-Owned Business series - May

As a small business, I love supporting, recognizing, and connecting with other female entrepreneurs out there in the community. And as a mompreneur myself, I know how hard they work for themselves, their families, and their clients. They are each vital influencers of people all around you. I’d like to give some recognition to a few ladies who work hard every day, in the hopes of making a connection to someone that needs their services. We appreciate you more than you know, and we’re so proud to feature your business. We will be highlighting one business per month for the entire year of 2019!

The Maternity Planner offers so many amazing services to help Mothers access the resources, support, or information they need! From informative Events to personalized Prenatal and PostPartum Coaching, and Birth Doula Services, Julie offers a space to bring women together to support each other through one of life’s biggest projects. She says the goal of her work is to help each new mama feel knowledgeable about her options and confident in her choices. She has a serious passion for bumps and babies and especially helping others navigate the journey of motherhood.

Julie has generously offered blog readers a discount to her upcoming event on May 7th! Use the promo code Danielle for a savings off the ticket price.

Introducing the fifth interview in our Maryland women-owned businesses series……  

Julie Lundy | The Maternity Planner
Since January 2018
@The_Maternity_Planner and @Julieelundy


1. What made you choose this type of business, and/or how did you get your idea or concept for the business?

The Maternity Planner was founded on the premise that women deserve to feel heard, capable, and confident in their ability to mother and define what that motherhood looks like to them.

The Maternity Planner is an in-person events series bringing together experts, practitioners, and mothers to talk about all the important issues facing women and mothers today; arming women with information to make the choices that are right for them and giving women them the platform to share their stories.  

I always knew I wanted to do something in the pregnancy, birth, new mom space and the more women I spoke to the more I heard, “how come no one told me…”. I wanted to create a space where women could and would tell you the inside scoop, but also a place where we could celebrate our wins and one another.

2. In a nutshell, what is your core mission and what are your values?

My core mission is to help women define who they are in this new role of motherhood and help them access whatever resources, support, or information they need to make it into a reality.  

I’m trained as a birth doula (by the fabulous Nicole Heidbreder) and still assist women with their births on occasion, my training helped me solidify that when supporting women, we have a few key sayings: “not my body, not my birth, not my baby” and the idea of “holding space”. The idea is that as doulas we provide unwavering emotional, informational, and physical support so that a woman can feel heard and taken care of. My goal is to bring this teaching into my work as facilitator and connect with women on a larger scale.

3. What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? 

It’s typically my son saying, “mommy, I want breakfast, can I have breakfast, I want breakfast?” (pause) “can we have pancakes, I want pancakes, can we make pancakes?” (pause) “do we have cottage cheese, or cereal and milk? I want that too”

But really, what motivates me to keep doing this everyday is the fact that what my husband said was true… Prior to the launch of The Maternity Planner, I was filled with fears and doubts, and my husband Ezra would say ‘Women need you to do this, don’t hesitate even if you’re afraid, instead, push through because you want to make a difference’. And he was so right! The feedback I get is that these events make a difference in women’s lives, that they have a story to tell, and they want more, more, more!

4. What is your favorite quote?

“Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life.” - Ina May Gaskin 

I’ve always been a huge admirer of Ina May Gaskin but what resonates most with me about this quote is that even a midwife, who champions natural labor, is open to all possibilities of birth, conveying that what really matters is how women in feel and how they are treated during this life transition.

5. Do you have a special offer for blog readers that you’d like to share?

I want to share their stories. So if they have had an experience or part of their journey that they wish they had been more prepared for, they should reach out. We will find a way to share their story and celebrate where they are today. 

AND they should come to our next event! Check out what’s scheduled: and use the promo code Danielle for discounted ticket!

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Maryland Newborn Photographer | Pretty in Pink

Newborns are such a delight, and here at Danielle Sara Photography we have been lucky to have many visit our Maryland newborn photography studio so far this year! There was some sort of baby boom in February and March so we have gotten lots of extra cuddles. This sweet girl was such a pleasure to photograph. We kept the colors simple with white and accents of pink and gold accessories during her portrait session. Her mama wanted the images to match her nursery colors, so we had fun choosing a variety of gorgeous headbands and tutus to fit the color scheme. The soft pinks are so feminine and will be a gorgeous touch when the nursery is finished with their new wall art hanging!

Custom Artwork for Home and Life

We were also able to incorporate our glittering Heidi Hope hand painted backdrop in her session. This gold and silver design is one of our most popular options! It looks incredible in print and is a sure showcase piece to add to a nursery or home. Check out the printed version we snapped before delivering it to her family.

I am privileged to not only meet wonderful families, but share in such a special time in their lives. I can’t wait to watch this gorgeous girl grow!

Unique Nursery Décor on Etsy

Shopping for your nursery can feel overwhelming. With thousands of decoration options out there, it can be hard to find something unique to fit your vision. We’ve put together some of the cutest, most unique, and customizable items on Etsy that will make your nursery super cute and unique. And we promise, these are quality made from safe materials to keep your baby happy & content. We love these so much we might have to include a few items in our baby and newborn photography sessions at the Rockville, MD studio. And once you have narrowed down your nursery decor, make sure you save space for a beautiful custom portrait of your baby to complement the look!

Baby Nursery Mat

Kika Kids Crib Bumpers and Nursery Mats

Add an extra layer of safety to your crib with these comfy and cute crib bumpers. They come in fun colors and will keep your baby safe and sound while sleeping. Snag a matching play mat to keep your little one from scratching themselves on your floor. The bumps and rolls in these soft braided mats will massage your baby while they crawl and keep them interested in all their nursery games.

Baby Gym

Zummbi Baby Gyms

Apart from being great nursery decor, a wooden baby activity gym is perfect for development of hand-eye coordination and motor skills. These baby gyms are made of natural grown ash tree and come with a variety of toy options to dangle from the handmade wood frames. These are perfect to set atop the Kika Kids playmates for some extra comfy fun.

Baby Nursery Storage

Scndnvn Studio Nursery Storage Baskets

Every parent needs plenty of baskets and bins for nursery storage. These storage baskets are printed with cute cartoon patterns, and serve as décor for your room while having a large capacity for various household items. Made of dual layer craft paper, they are tough and strong as well as lightweight and foldable.

Baby Measuring Milestone Sticks

Lemonality Growth Measuring Sticks

Want to measure your baby’s milestones without getting pesky marker stains on your walls? These Giant Measuring Stick Growth Charts are six feet tall and are fully customizable. Photograph your child in front of this rustic measuring stick to capture their growth for years to come.

Baby Blocks

OKGOPLAY Personalized Monster Stacking Blocks

Want a completely one of a kind play item for your nursery? Each piece of wood for these stacking blocks is hand selected at the company’s local lumber store, cut to size, and the edges are rounded off for safety. Each block is sanded by hand to be perfectly smooth and painted, using only non toxic, water based materials. These blocks act as décor and a play toy for your baby all in one!

Baby Swing

Mossom Macrame Cotton Indoor Swing Chair

Minimal and stylish, macrame baby swings add a fantastic touch to a modern nursery design or toddler’s room. The swings are made of recycled cotton rope and the wooden parts are finished with eco linseed oil. Hang the swing in your nursery for a unique boho touch and countless hours of playtime fun.

Baby Teepee

Love Me Sparkle Teepees

These gorgeous lace and fabric teepees are absolutely perfect for decorating your baby’s nursery or play room. With several designs and colors to choose from, they can fit any room style. Easy to assemble and transport, you can even bring your teepee to the park for a family picnic or on your next vacation. They make a wonderful reading nook and cuddle corner for your little one through their toddler years. 

Baby Nursery Art

Flying Elephant Studio Animal Prints

Printable art is an easy, affordable way to style and personalize your nursery the way you like it. Flying Elephant Studio has tons of adorable animal prints you can hang or frame in your child’s nursery in any way you like. Choose from elephants and zebras to giraffes and pandas, sleeping on pink clouds or blowing pastel bubble gum. They are a bright and colorful pop to make your nursery stand out.

Nursery Sign

48 Hour Monogram Wooden Name Signs

Get your baby’s name cut from wood to display beautifully in your home. Choose from a wide selection of colors and fonts, or keep it classic with a plain wood texture. These are perfect for hanging above your baby’s crib or in the entry way to their nursery.


Baby Crib Mobile

ZOZO Toys Crib Mobiles

With delicate, shiny and light mobile flying overhead, your baby is sure to be delighted. These neutral baby mobiles come in multiple different styles and were created for those who love nature and animals. Decorate your nursery in gentle, warm tones, and give your newborn a cuddly handmade mobile to look up to as they are being changed or falling asleep in their crib.

Maryland Newborn Photographer | Year of the Pig!

We have had quite a few families bring little piggies props to their newborn portrait sessions this year. What a special year it is! The Pig is the twelfth of all Chinese zodiac animals. Pigs might not stand out in a crowd, but they are very realistic. They are energetic and are always enthusiastic, even for boring jobs, and they attract succsss in all spheres of life. If given the chance, they will take positions of power and status. We can’t wait to see this baby girl grow into a powerful woman one day, just like her mama!

This sweetheart is also a Valentines baby. Mom asked if we could incorporate flowers and hearts. She wanted to use very feminine and girly elements for her baby girl! I love mixing up a session with a combination of simple portraits as well as a meaningful elements.

I photographed big brother throughout his first year. It was so special to see them back at the Maryland photography studio again. He was so sweet with his little sister, holding her so gently and smothering her with kisses. What a fun family session it was – full of cuddles and giggles!