The Artist


 {Photography credits include, but are not limited to:
Official Preakness Photographer, contracted by the Maryland Jockey Club; VIP | Celebrity photography, such as Maroon 5, Train, Pitbull,
Goo Goo Dolls, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Lorde, Nas, BMG record artists, Ravens, celebrity meet & greet photography,
Muriel Hemingway-actress and author; Top Chef winners- Volt Brothers; Photography for ad agency Elevacion ltd; PNC Bank; Whiting Turner; Keller Williams Red Day; Windman Chiropractic Associates; Susan G. Komen; Cadre DC; Ian Altman- author and national speaker;
Jaki Ulman-Howard County Executive first lady; Ken Ulman- Howard County Executive; In2Green; Lincoln Financial}


Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by to peruse my portfolio. I am hoping that what brought you here is your interest in hiring a professional photographer with a fresh, unique and refined approach to portraiture.

I believe that a very special relationship should exist between a photographer and their clients. It is important to me that you know me well, before making the decision to invest in my work.  You will find I approach photography with the eye of a perfectionist and the dedication of a true professional.

This is what has established Danielle Lavis Photography as a Howard County and Maryland top client choice for custom photography. Recently voted as one of Howard County's BEST photographers, Danielle is the leading choice for custom photography and overall experience. Danielle Lavis Photography has become a destination for Howard County High School Senior Portraits, as well as for High School Seniors in surrounding Maryland, DC and Virginia High Schools.

I invite you to learn more about my philosophies, style and creative approach by following my recent work on facebook and instagram @danielle_lavis_photography

There are a few things I have always known in my life.

I am a perfectionist... sometimes to a fault
I am a dreamer
I dreamt of my wedding since I was a little girl. I always knew I wanted to be married.
I always knew I wanted to be a mother. always. I adore children.
I always had a deep love for animals and have tried to be a voice for their welfare.
Photography, Art & Design have always defined a part of who I am in this world
I have loved pictures for as long as I can remember. As a child, I felt the need to have pictures of everything! I kept scrapbooks with pictures I loved, whether they were from my camera or torn out of a magazine. I loved the way they allowed one to relive wonderful memories in life and, in essence, transport you back to a particular moment in time. Even more, I loved to analyze pictures and magazine images, recognizing the art and design behind the work.

I always retained my love of photography. But, my interest in design led me to follow an education in the field of residential design. Although I enjoyed it, and still do today, I knew I needed something more. My passion for photography began to come back to the forefront when I was married in 2002. I fell in love with my wedding photographer's style and was drawn to his artistic approach.  I was inspired to begin slowly cultivating my craft again over the next few years. I took a very serious approach and honed my knowledge, business & technical skillsets and artistry, before officially starting my business in 2007. 

As Danielle Lavis Photography has evolved, I have taken it into new directions. In 2009, I began DL Couture. I was able to offer my clients a completely different session experience from anything else offered in the local market. The DL Couture brand found its feet and led to many other opportunities, including my feature on FOX45 in December 2010; becoming an official photographer for the Maryland Jockey Club & Preakness- photographing Artists Maroon 5, Lorde, Train, Pitbull, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Rodney Atkins, Florida Georgia Line, Vips, dignitaries and other celebrities; as well as high end commercial freelance work. But, my first love are my portrait clients and, thus, I nurture this segment of my business.

In late 2010, the wheels started turning again. I knew I wanted to take the DL brand and my work to a new level. From months of research, brainstorming, partnering with amazing people, I was proud to premiere DL Ethereal in the spring of 2011. It was an exciting opportunity to marry my couture art style with the philosophy of helping our girls and young women to gain a strong and positive self identity. I believe in a refined approach to photographing teens and young women. It is important for young women to feel confident in themselves and believe in who they are and what they bring to this world. The images that are taken of teens and young adults should be tasteful, beautiful and an honest reflection of their character and spirit.  I continue to create an exclusive client experience for tweens, teens and high school seniors that culminates with images that my young clients, as well as their parents, are proud to showcase in their homes.

2012 brought Danielle Lavis Photography and the dl brand to yet another milestone. I opened a full service, boutique studio in Historic Savage Mill. The studio has allowed me to broaden my business segments and expand on my current interests.  I realized that throughout my years I had such a strong focus on girls and women. It is my passion to make females see their beauty from the inside through my photography. So, in 2013, I merged several client segments into my new Portrait division called The Art of A Woman. This segment of my business proudly offers a custom beauty "experience" that promotes strong, positive identities and a refined approach to portraiture. 

This is a relationship and a journey. If you feel that my vision and style aligns with what you want to gain from your professional photography experience, I would love to hear from you! For those who feel this is not the right direction for them at this time, I would gladly recommend some of my professional peers in the local market. 

Enjoy your visit!

Danielle Lavis is a proud recognized member of
Wedding and Portrait Photographers International

Danielle is a proud member of
Professional Photographers of America, Maryland Professional Photographers of America

Danielle is also honored to be affillated with several photographer alliances that strive to maintain the highest standards in the local professional photography community. A strict code of ethics must be followed and maintained for participation in any of these local groups.

Located in Clarksville, Maryland


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