Danielle Defayette

That’s where I come in. Just like you, I’m a mother who truly understands wanting classic family portraits to shine with the ones taken on my wedding day. You’re looking for photos full of joy and all the precious moments you want to hold close forever.

I wholeheartedly believe that family is special and worth preserving. I will guide you through the process and provide you with timeless images that will be beloved heirlooms for years to come. 

Raleigh Family Photographer

I'm Danielle :)

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I see you there, mama. You are working so hard to choose coordinated outfits for the family photographs you have always hoped to hang on your wall. Between online shopping and meal planning, the entire ordeal feels so overwhelming and you're thinking maybe it's just not worth it. 


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A snapshot into my life

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If there's only one thing to learn about me, it's that everything I do is for my family. At my core, I'm a mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. 

My Handsome Boys


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It was my junior year of high school when I first hopped across the pond to England and the moment I set foot on land I was officially hooked. 

Since that marvelous trip abroad, I've been all around the world and visited so many incredible places. When I'm not photographing, editing, or chasing around a crazy toddler--you'll find me planning our next trip to somewhere new!

The farther away the better


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When the pandemic hit in early 2020 everyone did what they needed to to cope. Some people hoarded toilet paper, others started making homemade bread... 

We started a Babydoll Sheep farm here in Southwest Virginia and now have five adorable little lambs. Luckily my husband has a lifetime of experience in farming or it would have been just plain crazy! 

Cecil, Poppy, & Eugene

Babydoll Sheep

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The first thing I wanted to do when I got my very own apartment in college was adopt a dog. It was this lifelong dream I'd had ever since I was a kid and, despite my parents reservations, I did it. 

We now have four doggos, one cat, and five sheep. It's safe to say I exceeded even my wildest expectations.

Ernie, Winnie, Zoë, & Ollie

Our critters

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Being a photographer to me is in my blood. It's attached to me like another limb. It's who I am, and who I always will be. I'm intensely dedicated to what I do as a family and wedding photographer, and I hope that it resonates throughout my work, my reviews, and my life.

Nine Cameras + Counting


My Favorite Things

I believe that family is everything

I wholeheartedly believe that family is special and worth preserving. I will guide you through the process and provide you with timeless images that will be beloved heirlooms for years to come. 

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Danielle is a phenomenal photographer! Her photos are timeless. She has an eye for not only wedding photography, but capturing family moments as well! She is so friendly and always makes us feel so comfortable during our photo sessions. She is also super organized and professional which we appreciate! We love having Danielle capture all of our special family moments and would recommend her for any occasion!

Family Session

Andrew & Tara

Danielle’s patience and kindness set such a positive tone for our newborn session. She worked around the chaos in our new home to get the nursery + newborn shots of my dreams! I will always treasure the timeless photos she captured of our new family.

Lifestyle Newborn Session

Grace & Sam

Working with Danielle was such an easy, fun process. Not only did we get beautiful pictures, we also made memories while taking them and will cherish these forever. Danielle was very accommodating and lovely to work with!

Lifestyle Newborn Session

Amy & Jerad

We first met Danielle for our engagement photos in 2016. Since then, she has captured our wedding day, maternity photos, and most recently our lifestyle newborn pictures. She is always professional and makes us feel so comfortable and at ease. We are so grateful for these pictures and cannot recommend her enough!

lifestyle newborn session

Evan & Stephanie

Danielle exceeded our expectations as a photographer! She was fun, funny, professional, and made us feel so comfortable! I wanted someone whose style was light and beautiful and that’s exactly what she is! Our maternity photos were a dream and she made me feel beautiful and I love looking at them all the time!! Thank you, Danielle!!

Maternity session

Josh & Leah

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Thank you for checking out my work and getting in touch! I truly appreciate the opportunity to capture the special moments in your life.

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