“The ultimate gift to yourself. Booking any kind of shoot with Daytona guarantees not only amazing photos, but a truly life giving experience that makes you feel like a million bucks. She’s professional, talented as hell, and during your time with her she is your number one cheerleader. Seriously worth every penny!”
for any woman ready to see her own beauty & step into true empowerment
I’m a photographer for women with soul, women with magnetic kindness, women who don’t have it all figured out, but try every day to become a better version of themselves. I’m here for the women who know the healing nature of Sunday brunch and fresh flowers on the bedside table. This is more than your everyday photoshoot: it’s “a truly life giving experience.” Every one of my clients is brought into a fully immersive creative process: from dreaming up the perfect session, professional hair & makeup, a soulful, easygoing photoshoot and an heirloom collection of images, shooting with me is a full service, luxury experience for any woman ready to feel seen, loved and empowered.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
Should I wait until I ______ (lose 10 lbs, get engaged, land my dream job, etc)?
A session with me is an amazing way to celebrate big accomplishments, life events or physical transformations, but I've found that as women, we block ourselves from what we really want by convincing ourselves we need to accomplish something to deserve it.
There is something just as powerful about booking a session "just because." No one has made it this far without a story worth telling, and there is something incredible about recognizing that exactly where you are, who you are and what you're becoming is worth celebrating. And you can always come back for round 2 after that big accomplishment on the horizon.
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. From there, I'll make you a packing list so you know exactly what to bring to your session. Ultimately, you are in complete control of what you want to wear and how much skin you're comfortable showing.
I include professional hair and makeup with every session! If you don't like the way it looks PLEASE let us know before we start shooting. We are both committed to making sure you feel like the best version of yourself, and want you to begin and end your session feeling thrilled with the way you look.
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!
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" friends be limited to one, BUT would love to photograph you and a bunch of girlfriends for the most fun girls day/bachelorette party ever.
How far in advance 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 albums and wall art. You will get your digital files that day!
Portrait boxes can be available as soon as 2 weeks after our session, Heirloom albums can be available as soon as 4 weeks after our session but rush fees may be incurred.
How many photos will I be shown?
I show 40-45 finished photos at your reveal.
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.
DAMN, YOU LOOK GOOD.
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This is the first and most commonly asked question when someone books with me:
“what do I wear?”
Putting together the aesthetic for your session is the most exciting, personal part of the process and I’ve put together a guide for you to find out exactly what your truest, coolest, best self will wear for her photos. I believe in honesty as much as I believe in the power of the right outfit to make you feel really, really good. I’m creating a (free) guide filled to the brim with the best lingerie brands to get your inspiration moving.