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portraiture for the modern mother

now booking summer + fall 2020

a portrait experience

for the modern mother

hey,
mama.

and congratulations! Pregnancy is this magical place of in-between; you are already very much a mother but waiting in anticipation of the day that your sweet beeb is earthside & in your arms. 40 weeks sounds (and feels) like a lifetime, but any woman who's been through it will tell you that it goes by impossibly fast. In the midst of all of the changes, hormones, aches & exhaustion, take a second for yourself. Bask in how absolutely incredible your body is, and make the time to document this season: a time of in betweenness, before you experience love like never before, before everything changes in the best way possible,

Every maternity session is a full service experience, custom designed for you to experience a new level of confidence & self love.

EACH SESSION INCLUDES

Creative Planning

Comprehensive Prep Guide

Professional Hair & Makeup

90 minute session

Expert posing guidance

Professional retouching of images

In-person gallery reveal

Menu of heirloom quality products

Never done anything like this before? No problem. My portfolio is filled with women who are not professional models; they’re stay at home moms, accountants, creative entrepreneurs, bartenders and everything in between. A boudoir session is something every woman should experience at least once in her lifetime, and I’ve got the process of getting you comfortable in front of the camera down to a science.

In photographing dozens and dozens of women over the years, I’ve seen countless transformations in front of my camera. When a woman steps out of her comfort zone and into her power, amazing things begin to happen.

TESTIMONIALS

from past clients

"As someone who had a difficult time adjusting to their pregnancy body and the changes that came with it, shooting with Daytona was an eye opening experience. The setting and her warm demeanor made shooting a very comfortable and inviting experience. I was able to relax and embrace my body and I truly believe that my photos show that. Looking at them, I am able to see the beauty in my pregnancy and am glad I decided to have photographs taken of this wonderful time in my life. Daytona made me feel beautiful at a time when I had doubted that and the fact that she does this all on film is an even bigger testament to her true talent."

Adrienne

"Working with Daytona was everything I didn't know I needed!! Maternity photos had not been something I initially wanted, but after meeting Daytona, seeing her work and learning more about her experience - everything changed. While she was photographing me, I felt so taken care of, heard and beautiful! I whole-heartedly enjoyed our time together... it will be a part of my pregnancy journey I'll remember forever. Then the photos were beyond incredible!! Oh my goodness, I am so in love with them. SO so thankful I decided to get these photos done and so grateful for Daytona's talent and heart. What a gift the whole experience was!!"

Khiara

"What a beautiful experience. From the first day I spoke to Daytona and booked my session I began looking inside myself and started to remember who I am, aside from being a mother. I started taking better care of myself and putting myself first a little more often. By the day of the shoot I felt totally relaxed knowing that a stylist would be there for me, and that Daytona would guide me since I usually feel very awkward in front of a camera. The studio is lovely and the session itself was so peaceful!
The fact that Daytona shoots on film shows that she is truly talented. She is fully present during the shoot, really seeing what a beautiful image could be and snapping it at just the right moment. She asked me what I wanted to get out of the shoot and more than delivered. She got the shots I specifically asked for plus more I couldn’t have even imagined! I know that each of my images were well thought out, shot intentionally and a result of Daytona’s vision. I love the creamy colors, the natural grain, and the perfect imperfections of some of my photos that make them even more special. After I saw them for the first time I felt such a sense of serenity that she captured these fleeting moments in time for me, knowing that my children and I will have them to cherish forever, to hold in our hands and to keep in the portrait box that could still be around long after I’m gone. I hope that anyone who is on the fence about booking a session with Daytona will realize how valuable it is and give themselves this priceless gift!"

Amanda

"Daytona is a warm and gifted photographer. I instantly felt comfortable working with her-like taking pictures with an old friend. Throughout our shoot, she kept the lines of communication open, asking questions and checking in with me. She has an amazing eye for what will translate in a photo. I trust her completely behind the camera, especially in such an intimate setting. I'm so happy with the result; these are some of my favorite photos of myself."

Caitlin

"It was pure magic. You made me feel like the mundane things I did were the most beautiful thing you had ever seen. I truly felt like a piece of art. my photo shoot with Daytona was a divine experience. she is so incredible. she took mundane things, like my glance out the window and turned them into a stunning portraits. she made sure I was comfortable at every moment. she was honest. if she had an idea, she would work to pose me, and if it ended up not looking the way she envisioned. she was so good at making she I knew I was a piece of art. she contorted her body in weird ways to get the perfect angle to capture my essence on film. this shoot was my gift to the woman I've become, and she made sure it was a masterpiece."

Katrina

\"Working with Daytona was an incredible, stress-free experience. She took care of every single detail and made me feel so comfortable. She brings this awesome energy to the photoshoot. It feels like you're hanging out with a friend that you've known forever. She strikes this cool balance between capturing you organically, and giving you the perfect amount of instruction to get you into a pose that looks effortless. I love that I see myself exactly the way that I am in these photos. Looking at them makes me feel proud of my wild hair and my uneven boobs. Booking with Daytona was exactly the act of self-love I was looking for, and then some.

Nathalie

“From the moment I walked in to the moment I walked out, you made me feel like I was the most beautiful woman you had ever seen. Although I was nervous because I had never done anything close to this, I felt comfortable because of your confidence. You made one of the most vulnerable thing I have ever done the most amazing experience of my life.”⠀

Ashley

“Shooting with Daytona was literally a dream. From her creative space to her relatable approach everything was a breeze. The entire experience felt more so like hanging out with one of my closet friends instead of someone i was meeting for the very first time. Definitely would do it again and again and again.”⠀

Zaria

"Shooting with Daytona was so empowering. She makes sure you are super comfortable and she creates a safe place to really allow you to explore your own beauty and self. And she captures it so well! She is fun, professional and above all, incredible talented."

Mackenzie

“I wish I was able to list what exactly was so refreshing about working with her, but it really is not just one thing. There’s a certain feeling that she brings to a shoot. Working with Daytona makes you feel like you’re hanging out with your best girlfriend, but having someone there to capture all of those moments that you truly feel beautiful. The way you stretch, or smile, or glance over your shoulder, the beauty she sees in you will translate impeccably onto the film you receive from the session. ⠀

When you have those “what-do-I-do-with-my-hands” moments of self doubt, Daytona is able to shift seamlessly from comfortable conversation to concise instruction that will remind you that she is there to ensure that you are celebrating yourself.⠀

The finished prints were more than I could have asked for. The colors, the lighting, the silhouettes? I feel like a Matissian goddess— I cannot wait to work with Daytona again.”

Griffin

“My body has always been a tool to me. A medium, a canvas, a castle, a home. I have used her and I have hated her and I have put her in danger over and over and over but look at her. She dances and she sings and she laughs and she has not crumbled in front of you yet. For a long long time my body was my enemy and I wanted to be somewhere else. I wanted to burst open and hide her away I didn’t want to be seen I didn’t want to be stared at with a watering mouth. I cut off my hair and wore baggy clothes and forgot to brush my teeth and my hair and my nails were dirty with greed and shame and guilt. I neglected her. I didn’t want to kill myself so I was slowly hacking away at her. Cutting off limbs replacing them with those I loved and lost because their arm is not my arm they can’t love me if they can’t reach out and touch me. ⠀
Thank you, Daytona, for seeing me inside of my body and shining light on her. Thank you for wiping off the dust from the windows. Thank you for your magic and your energy and your love. You inspire me and..everyone you touch.”

Kylie

"Working with Daytona was a dream! She is so kind, thoughtful, direct, and magical. I will definitely have another session in the future."

Rebecca

Working with Daytona was an INCREDIBLE experience. She pays attention to every detail, collaborating with you before you even show up to your session so she knows exactly what you want. From the moment I arrived at the shoot, she made me feel like a queen! Any nerves I had were instantly eased with her friendliness and excitement for my session. The shoot was SO much fun! I was happy in my own skin and I left feeling empowered. The session reveal left me in awe. Daytona not only captured everything I wanted, the shoot exceeded my expectations. The whole experience gave me a new found confidence that has spilled out into all areas of my everyday life.

Kayla

I have sat in front of many cameras in my life, but Daytona captured the most beautiful photo of me to date. When I saw my images, I was moved to tears. She was sent from heaven to remind me of my beauty and the complexity of my personhood. The work that she is doing in this world is necessary and healing. She gave me the gift of rediscovering authenticity, and I love her forever.

Elle

"GODDESS VIBES. I knew going in I wasn’t in the best place physically or emotionally but within just a few minutes I was so comfortable. You can literally see my confidence change one photo to the other. By the time we got to the end, I felt like I’d shimmied out of a constricting bond of body shame and embraced the fierce woman I am. The body part I dislike the most is on full display in the photo I love the most."

Melissa

"Working with Daytona is a dream. Even sick as can be, she showed up for me and for our collaboration. When two artists get together, you know something beautiful will come out of it - but Daytona really is charged on another level. She made me feel safe and cozy, enchanting and holy. There is something special about two women honoring each other as the divine works of art and nature that we truly are. I went into this experience hoping to feel more at home in my body. I am an actor, artist, and poet. I spend so much of my time focusing on women empowerment and women's bodies, but felt a disconnect to my own. Seeing my photos for the first time gave me just that - a feeling of coming home. Daytona is a safe haven for the feminine, a gifted photographer, and an energetic breath of fresh air. I would recommend her to any woman for any reason. There is never a bad time to honor all the beautiful, messy, naked, glowing, scrappy parts of you. Book now, book often, stay blooming."

Sara

"I have been “overweight” most of my life. I have shied away from photos, and ducked out of candids to avoid seeing myself in pictures more times than I could count. But seeing the art Daytona has captured makes me feel like a ethereal renaissance goddess. My body has seen love, trauma, laughter, and loss. She has carried a daughter and traveled from coast to coast, but most importantly this body is MINE to love. Daytona, thank you for the girl magic you serve every session. I truly hope every women at least once in their life gets to feel the way I felt in front of your lens."

Siarra

"This was my first boudoir experience and I was equally nervous and excited. As a photographer I am rarely on the other side of the camera. Daytona immediately eased my nerves and walked me through the whole process from start to finish. She made me feel so beautiful, so cherished, and so seen - a truly luxurious experience from beginning to end. Boudoir is an invaluable gift you can give yourself. I am eternal grateful for how Daytona's artistic eye and kind spirit has helped me see my own body and love it even more."

Lauren

"Not only is Daytona an incredible photographer, but she is also a beautiful human being inside and out! She really did an amazing job and her vision and attention to detail was spot on. I will definitely recommend her to all of my friends!"

Tracey

"Shooting with Daytona was a very special experience that I'll always be be grateful for. She truly has a unique ability to make you feel instantly comfortable, no matter how uncomfortable you feel being photographed. Like most people, I started to regret scheduling a session right before the shoot -- out of anxiety and nerves-- but Daytona made it one of the most enjoyable and empowering experiences. She truly went above and beyond every expectation. She's extremely professional, kind and caring. You'll leave feeling like you have a forever friend. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone who wants to celebrate their body."

Brianna

"Working with Daytona was one of the best things I have done for myself recently. This is a time of my life that I am so excited to be able to have this physical reminder of how much I value myself. During the session she is such a ball of energy and makes you feel so safe during this super vulnerable experience. The amount of respect she has for you really allows you to embrace the whole experience. I wouldn't have wanted to have this experience with anyone else. And seeing my pictures for the first time... it's everything that I dreamed of."

Kerrie

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

01.

I don't like ___________ about myself. Will this ruin the photos? Will you photoshop my images to get rid of it?

If there's something about your appearance that you don't love (we all have something), let's talk about it. A session with me is a safe space from any and all judgement, including judgement about not loving every single thing about your body. While I don't photoshop bodies, I can absolutely adjust the way I photograph and pose you to focus on what you DO love about yourself, while drawing less attention to the parts that you've told me you are self conscious about.

My portraits are retouched to remove blemishes and soften skin, but unless specifically requested, I won't retouch away permanent about you: freckles, scars, tattoos, etc.

02.

I'm not photogenic or confident in front of the camera. Should I still book?

Yes! Most of the women you see in my work are everyday, albeit absolutely gorgeous, women. It's my job to get you feeling comfortable in front of the camera, and that's a process I've gotten really good at. Any professional photographer will tell you there's no such thing as being un-photogenic, there are just bad poses, bad lighting, unflattering angles and.... bad photographers who won't put you at ease in such a vulnerable place.

A shoot with me is incredibly lighthearted, and EASY, despite being incredibly luxurious. I'll be giving you tons of direction, showing you how to pose, and cheering you on the whole time. Every one of my testimonials mentions that I made them feel at ease in front of the camera, which is something I'm incredibly proud of.

P.S. It took me 23 years to finally become comfortable in front of the camera.

03.

Can I bring my kids/partner for some photos?

Yes! If you'd like photos with your family, they are welcome to come for the last 30-45 minutes of your session. I want you to be able to relax & focus on yourself for the majority of your session, and when the family shows up, you can switch into mom mode, we can let the kids be kids and we'll get some sweet, candid shots of you and your people.

04.

What do I wear? How should I do my hair and makeup?

When you book a session, we'll work together on a mood board to figure out exactly how you want to be photographed. I include wardrobe guidance in the prep guide that you receive after booking. Ultimately, you are in complete control of what you want to wear and how much skin you're comfortable showing, but I'm happy to provide guidance and opinions if you need!

I include professional hair and makeup with every session! We keep things very natural, and my stylist will work with you to make sure you get the perfect, glowing "I woke up like this" look.

05.

Where will we shoot?

I share a beautiful studio space in Virginia Beach but can go wherever you'd like. I love in-home sessions and outdoor sessions!

06.

Can I bring a friend? A bunch of girlfriends?

Absolutely! If you know your friend will be 100% supportive of you and will allow you to feel completely at ease, she's absolutely welcome. I ask that "moral support" is limited to one friend!

07.

When should I book?

I recommend booking your date at least 4 weeks in advance so we have adequate time to plan, but I can accommodate tighter schedules if needed. Our reveal is 3 weeks after our session, and add on 4 weeks of production time for physical products. You will get your digital files the day of your reveal.

Maternity sessions are best between 30 & 36 weeks.

08.

How many photos will I be shown?

I show 20-25 finished photos at your reveal.

09.

Will my photos be shared on social media?

You get to decide which (if any) images you are comfortable with me sharing. It is totally okay if you'd like to keep them ALL private.

Hey! I'm
Daytona.

BEHIND THE CAMERA

The professional:

I’ve been photographing people for 10 years and I can confidently say I can make *anyone* feel comfortable in front of my camera. I will pose right alongside you so you just have to mirror what I’m showing you. You will never have to be unsure of what to do while I’m photographing you.

I believe in the bottom of my heart that seeing beautiful photos of ourselves is life changing. And confident women are world changing.

All of my work is shot on film.      

The personal:

I’m a dog mom to two sweet little baby angels. Malcolm is a golden retriever and Gus is a ???? (We think Rottweiler Corgi mix.)

I drink my coffee black, iced, and as strong as possible. All year round.

I could eat my weight in pizza and thai food.

85% of my belongings are secondhand. I loveee thrifting and am damn good at it.

I’m a major introvert. I love people but I need a ton of alone time to be a functional human.

Drink of choice: glass of italian red wine or a spicy bloody mary

 

photo by Michael Bethea