Embracing the Glow: 5 Tips for Your Perfect Maternity Photography Session

March 15, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Welcoming a new life into the world is one of the most beautiful journeys a person can experience. It's a time filled with anticipation, excitement, and perhaps a touch of nervousness. Capturing these precious moments through maternity photography not only freezes time but also immortalizes the love and joy felt during this special phase of life.

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At When Skies Are Grey Photography Media & Designs, we understand the significance of these moments. Our mission is to encapsulate the radiance and beauty of pregnancy through our lens, creating timeless memories that you and your loved ones will cherish forever. With our Mini Sessions Memberships, offering 4, 6, or 12 pack sessions, we ensure that every significant milestone is captured with utmost care and expertise.


Here are 5 valuable tips to help you prepare for your maternity session and make it an unforgettable experience:


Choose the Right Timing: Timing is crucial for maternity photography. We recommend scheduling your session between 28-34 weeks when your baby bump is beautifully rounded but you're still comfortable enough for posing.


Select Meaningful Locations: Whether it's your cozy home, a serene outdoor setting, a place that holds sentimental value, or our studio in Chesapeake, choosing the right location adds depth and meaning to your maternity photos.


Wardrobe Matters: Opt for clothing that accentuates your bump and makes you feel comfortable and confident. Flowing dresses, form-fitting outfits, or even cozy knit sweaters can add a touch of elegance to your photos. If you are looking for those lovely maternity gowns we have a client closet and you can see some of our dress options here.


Incorporate Personal Touches: Bring along props or items that hold significance to you and your partner. It could be baby shoes, ultrasound images, or even a cherished family heirloom, adding a personal touch to your session. In our Preparing for Your Maternity Session Questionnaire, we have a list of props available to our clients to customize their session with a personal touch.


Embrace Authenticity: Relax, be yourself, and let your love and excitement shine through. Maternity photography is all about capturing the genuine emotions and connection between you and your growing family.

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At When Skies Are Grey Photography Media & Designs, we offer a variety of maternity sessions tailored to suit your preferences: This is when our Mini Session Packages come in handy so you can capture a multitude of your maternity memories.

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Gender Reveal: Create suspense and anticipation as you unveil the gender of your little one in a heartwarming photo shoot.

Key Moments (28-34 weeks): Embrace the beauty of your pregnancy journey with a session dedicated to capturing the essence of this magical phase and your growing baby bump.

Delivery: Document the raw emotions and precious moments of bringing your bundle of joy into the world.

Fresh 48: A Hospital session capturing those first moments, the little hands, and tiny toes. Fresh 48 Newborn Fresh 48 Newborn

Newborn Session: Preserve the fleeting moments of your baby's first days with intimate and heartwarming photographs taken within the first 10 days during the newborn phase.

Ready to embark on this enchanting journey of maternity photography? Let When Skies Are Grey Photography Media & Designs be your partner in capturing the magic of your pregnancy. Contact us today to book your session and create memories that will last a lifetime.


Denise Powers, is an author, professional photographer, and branding specialist based in the Chesapeake community of Coastal Virginia. Voted Best of Chesapeake 2020, 2023 Looking to update your headshots? Reach out for more information. 


Your Headshot: Making a Lasting First Impression

February 16, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

In a world where digital presence is as crucial as personal charisma, your headshot is your first introduction. I tell my networking group this EVERY week! It’s your digital handshake, your virtual smile, and your initial opportunity to make a lasting impression. Whether you’re a professional seeking job opportunities, an entrepreneur building your brand, or a freelancer establishing credibility, your headshot holds significant weight in shaping how others perceive you. Here’s why investing in a quality headshot and regularly updating it is key to success.


Firstly, let’s acknowledge the importance of a headshot. It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and in the realm of professional networking and branding, this couldn’t be truer. Your headshot conveys not just your appearance but also your professionalism, approachability, and even your personality. Potential employers, clients, or collaborators form judgments based on this image, influencing their decision to engage with you further.

But why bother updating your headshot every couple of years? The answer lies in the inevitability of change. As time progresses, so do you. Your appearance matures, your style evolves, and your career advances. An outdated headshot can misrepresent who you are today, leading to confusion or disappointment when you meet someone in person. By refreshing your headshot regularly, you ensure that it accurately reflects your current self, enhancing the coherence between your online presence and real-life persona.

Furthermore, a recent headshot demonstrates your commitment to staying current and relevant in your field. It shows that you care about presenting yourself in the best possible light and that you value the impressions you make on others. In a fast-paced, ever-changing world, adaptability is key, and updating

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Now, let’s talk about trust. Trust is the foundation of any successful relationship, whether personal or professional. People are more inclined to trust someone who appears genuine and authentic. Your headshot plays a crucial role in building this trust. When your headshot accurately represents who you are, it signals to others that you are honest and reliable. It creates a sense of familiarity, making it easier for people to connect with you on a deeper level.


Imagine this scenario: you’re sitting in a coffee shop, and someone walks in whom you’ve only interacted with online. You recognize them instantly, not because of distinct features but because their headshot is ingrained in your memory. That’s the power of a truly representative headshot. It transcends the digital realm and leaves a lasting impression in the real world. Male Studio HeadshotMale Studio Headshot

Now let’s talk the reverse, I recently met with a group of business professionals at a coffee meet-up. One of the ladies mentioned she was meeting with a business connection she met online at a coffee shop one day. Their only interaction had been online. She walked past him multiple times because his headshot looked nothing like him. She did not even know it was him. When your headshot is so old, so different, and does not match how you look it starts an in-person relationship with a level of dishonesty.

Your headshot is more than just a photo; it’s your first impression, your virtual handshake, and your silent ambassador. Investing in a high-quality headshot and keeping it up to date is essential for anyone looking to make a positive impact in their professional or personal life. By ensuring that your headshot accurately reflects who you are and who you aspire to be, you lay the groundwork for building trust, forging connections, and leaving a lasting impression on those you encounter online and offline. So, the next time you think about updating your LinkedIn profile, business website, business Facebook and Instagram remember the importance of your headshot—it could be the key to unlocking countless opportunities. Female Branding HeadshotFemale Branding Headshot


As always You Make Me Happy When You Choose When Skies Are Grey Photography, Media, & Designs by Denise


Denise Powers, is an author, professional photographer, and branding specialist based in the Chesapeake community of Coastal Virginia. Voted Best of Chesapeake 2020, 2023 Looking to update your headshots? Reach out for more information. 

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Branding vs. Headshots? Which is right for my Photography Needs & What's the Difference

January 11, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

I'm thrilled to take you on a photographic journey through the captivating realms of headshots, business branding, and the difference between traditional headshots and warm, fun-loving professional photography. As the lens behind When Skies Are Grey Photography, Media, & Designs, I've witnessed firsthand how the right images can truly transform your presence and connection with your audience.


📸 Understanding the Difference


Before we dive into the top five reasons you need professional photography, let's distinguish between headshots and business branding photography.

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Headshots are like your visual handshake. They focus on your face, capturing your polished professional identity. These images are ideal for resumes, LinkedIn profiles, Business Cards, and company websites.

Business branding photography, on the other hand, goes beyond the individual. It's about crafting a visual story for your brand, showcasing not only your face but also your personality, values, and the essence of your business. It's warm, inviting, and designed to engage your audience on a deeper level.


Now, let's explore the top five reasons why investing in professional photography, whether for headshots or business branding, is an absolute game-changer:

1. First Impressions Matter: Your audience forms an impression in just milliseconds. Professional photography ensures that your first visual handshake leaves a lasting impact. Whether you're a job seeker, entrepreneur, or influencer, a well-crafted image instantly communicates professionalism and credibility.


2. Authenticity and Connection: Warm and fun-loving professional photography captures the essence of who you are. It shows the world your personality, your approachability, and your unique brand story. In an era where authenticity reigns supreme, these images foster a stronger connection with your audience to know, like, and trust you.


3. Storytelling through Imagery: People are drawn to stories. Professional photography allows you to narrate your brand's story visually. Every image becomes a chapter, enticing your audience to engage, relate, and connect emotionally with your journey and your mission. Female Branding HeadshotFemale Branding Headshot


4. Versatility in Use: Whether you're updating your LinkedIn profile, revamping your website, or creating marketing materials, professional images are a versatile asset. They can be used across various platforms, making your brand presence cohesive and recognizable.


5. A Competitive Edge: In a crowded digital landscape, professional photography sets you apart. It elevates your brand above the noise and competition. It showcases your commitment to excellence, professionalism, and the overall quality of your work.

At When Skies Are Grey Photography, Media, & Designs, we believe in the magic of professional photography. We know that the right image can bridge the gap between you and your audience, turning a casual observer into a loyal supporter.

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Whether you're seeking traditional headshots, vibrant business branding, or warm and engaging imagery, we're here to bring your vision to life. Our goal is to capture the real you, in all your wonderful authenticity, and help you connect with your audience on a profound level.

So, are you ready to embark on a visual journey that will captivate your audience and elevate your brand? Let's connect, create, and craft a story that will leave a lasting impression. Because when skies are grey, our lens is here to add a splash of color and life to your world. Book Your Next Session Here📷🌈💼 Female Branding ModelingFemale Branding Modeling

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Denise Powers is a professional photographer and author based in Chesapeake, Virginia. Denise provides professional photography, graphic design, and social media management for the Hampton Roads community and across the US.



National Author Day & National Literacy Day from Denise Powers, author and photographer

October 31, 2023  •  1 Comment

📚 Happy National Authors Day and National Literacy Day, everyone! 📚

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Today, I'm feeling incredibly grateful and sentimental as I reflect on my journey from being a Pre-Kindergarten teacher for over 18 years to now having the privilege of being an author. The magic of nurturing a love for reading in countless young hearts has been an incredible part of my life, and it's the perfect day to celebrate this incredible connection between educators, authors, and readers!

This year, the celebration takes on a whole new meaning for me as I proudly share with you all my very own creation – my debut book.  It's a whimsical representation of adorable pit bull dogs in their warm and fuzzy pajamas and photography, two of my greatest passions outside the classroom. 📷🐾

In "Pit Bull’s In Pajamas From A - Z," I've poured my heart and soul into creating a fun and heartwarming experience that combines photography and charming stories about some of our most jovial dogs. It's a labor of love and a testament to the power of storytelling and education.

As I embark on this new chapter as an author, I want to express my deepest gratitude to all the teachers, fellow authors, and book lovers who have inspired me on this journey with a special tribute to my dear friend Page Jones, in loving memory. She was a testament to a love for literacy, rooting for the underdog, and has been my guiding light.

So, let's celebrate the joy of reading, the magic of storytelling, and the wonderful world of authors today. 📚❤️ I hope you'll join me in celebrating National Authors Day and National Literacy Day by sharing your favorite books, authors, or stories that have left a lasting impact on you. Let's continue to spread the love of reading and learning together!

Thank you for being a part of this beautiful literary journey with me, and I can't wait for you to embark on the adventures within the pages of my book. Stay tuned for more exciting updates on my NEW book spotlighting rescued animals, and here's to a world filled with books, laughter, and the shared wonder of the written word and photography! 📚📸🐾 #NationalAuthorsDay #NationalLiteracyDay #NewAuthor #ReadingIsMagic #apicturesworthathousandwords

Order your Copy of "Pit Bulls In Pajamas From A-Z'

Denise Powers is a professional photographer and author based in Chesapeake, Virginia. Denise provides professional photography. graphic designs, and social media management for the Hampton Roads community and across the US. Denise’s passion for photography and education merged in 2023 with the creation of her first book spotlighting the misrepresentation of pit bulls and bully breeds. When Denise is not working, she is Nonna to her beloved Grandson and volunteering with community outreach advocating for local animal shelters and rescues. 


Want your rescued pet to be a part of her next book? Reach out here.

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Making your Best Holiday Photo Cards, Capturing the Magic: From Photoshoot to Holiday Cards

October 31, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Capturing the Magic: From Photoshoot to Holiday Cards


Holidays are just around the corner, and what better way to spread the cheer than with personalized holiday cards that truly capture the spirit of your family? The journey from a photography session to receiving your beautifully crafted holiday cards is a delightful adventure that guarantees to fill your loved ones with warmth and joy. Here's a sneak peek into the timeline for curating a beautiful holiday card.


November 1 - The Magical Session:

Your adventure begins with a photography session that will forever freeze your family's happiness in time. November 1st marks the day when you and your photographer embark on a creative voyage, capturing smiles, laughter, and that undeniable twinkle in your eyes that the holiday season brings. The magic is real, and it's beautifully reflected through the lens. We offer The Private Exclusive Santa Experience Sessions, Holiday Studio Sessions, Christmas Tree Farm & On Location Seasonal Photography Options and they are ALL Pet Friendly!

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November 14 - The Gallery Viewing Session:

Two weeks later, it's time to relive the magic. On November 14th, you'll be invited to a gallery viewing session. This is where you'll sit down with your photographer, surrounded by your most precious moments. It's like opening a treasure chest of memories. You'll have the chance to select your favorites and envision how they'll look on your holiday cards. The anticipation is tangible, and your excitement is building.


The Photo Selection for Your Cards:

But the thrill doesn't stop there. On the very same day as your gallery viewing session, you'll make the important decisions on which photos will grace the front of your holiday cards. It's an exciting moment, and you can be certain that the images you choose will warm the hearts of everyone who receives your card.

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Production and Mailing:

Once you've made your selections, it's time for the experts to work their magic. You'll allow three days for production, ensuring that every detail is perfected. After that, your carefully crafted holiday cards will be sent to a trusted lab, which will take approximately 7 to 10 days to transform your visions into reality.


The Grand Arrival: November 27 - Your Cards are Here!

With bated breath, you'll await the day when your cards will arrive. November 27th is the date to mark on your calendar, the day when you'll receive your beautifully printed, personalized holiday cards. They'll be in your hands, and you'll finally see your cherished memories transformed into heartwarming greetings.

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The Finishing Touch:

You now have three days to add a personal touch to your cards. You can address them with love, add a heartfelt message, and prepare them for the journey to your friends and family. December 1st is the day you'll send out your holiday cards, ensuring they'll brighten mailboxes and bring smiles throughout the holiday season.


This enchanting journey from a family photography session to receiving your holiday cards is a beautiful reminder of the joy and love that fills the holiday season. It's a chance to make memories and share them with those you hold dear. Don't miss out on this opportunity to create lasting, heartwarming moments with your loved ones.


Book Your Holiday Card Photography Session:

As the holidays approach, don't wait too long to book your holiday card photography session. The process is an adventure, filled with anticipation and joy. By booking your session early, you ensure a stress-free experience that will leave you with the perfect holiday cards to share with your friends and family. So, embrace the magic, capture your moments, and let your family's joy shine through on your holiday cards. Book your photography session today, and let the enchanting journey begin!


As always YOU Make Me Happy When YOU Choose When Skies Are Grey Photography, Media, & Designs by Denise. They say a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words Let me create a Thousand Memories! 



Denise Powers is a Professional Photographer and author based in Chesapeake, Virginia.  Denise provides professional photography, graphic design, and social media management services for clients throughout her community and the US. 


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