DC Area Guide to Local Photographers

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Some of our most treasured possessions are family photography and our Guide to Washington, DC area Photographers has you covered! From new babies and family milestones to special achievements and occasions, we love to beautifully capture these family memories. There is nothing like looking back on the photos of your sweet newborn or that first picture of your new family of three or four. DC Area Moms is pleased to provide you with a guide to DC Area Photographers. Our hope that this resource will make it easier to find *just* the right photographer to capture the memories you’ll love for years to come!

If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.  -Maria Edgeworth  

Sarah Durrant, owner of Studio 1527, is a modern, natural-light portrait photographer born, raised + based out of D.C. She juggles being a mum to 4 babes (7, 5, 3 + 4mo), coffee and camera in hand. Sarah lives by her personal mantra: ‘what you love you make time for’ and is always up for a creative adventure. Sarah knows the best location spots in DC and loves meeting new clients and capturing their family dynamics with an authentic perspective. Sarah prides herself on finding the glamour in momlife and making every woman feel beautiful + confident.

Natasha Sewell

Are your hands full with babies and toddlers and all the joyful chaos of being a mom of littles? Are you too busy to worry about preserving all of the wonder in your life right now, but know how important it is to do so? Relax…you’ve come to the right place.

Natasha Sewell is a Washington, DC based photographer with ten years experience specializing in newborns and families. She’s all about capturing those real-life, unscripted, full-of-personality moments in the place you’re most comfortable – home.

Allison Corinne Davis

Allison Corinne Photography, LLC is a maternity photographer in Northern Virginia. Her images focus on emotional and familial connection and range from glamorous with editorial posing, to casual with candid-appearing poses (lifestyle), to intimate images (in-home). Maternity sessions with Allison Corinne include access to her client closet of formal gowns, boho dresses, and open front bare-belly robes. She also offers in–home lifestyle newborn sessions. Allison Corinne has been Best Photographer in Rockville three years in a row, won Click Magazine’s Voice Competition in 2020 and 2021, and is a Hello Pro Creative and Click Pro Elite Photographer.

Kristin | Great Marsh Estate

Marie Elizabeth Photography is a full-service, luxury family photographer based out of Washington, DC. From providing client wardrobe and hair and make-up to designing heirloom albums and custom wall art, Marie provides a stress-free, full service experience. Enchanted with nostalgia and old-world style, you’ll find these nuances reflected in her timeless artistry. Marie’s work is published in national publications including The Fount Collective, The White Wren, and The Motherhood Anthology. As a mother herself, Marie knows all the tricks and tips to help your family have a beautiful, enjoyable session (even with toddlers!). All you need to do is show up and love your family.

Laura is a newborn, maternity, baby milestone and young family photographer. She offers sessions throughout Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland. Newborn Sessions are the best way to capture the fleeting, precious moments of the first days with your new baby in the relaxed environment of your own home! Laura will photograph your family in a way you will treasure forever. She loves capturing all of your baby’s milestones, from a maternity session to baby’s first birthday, she offers a variety of packages to make sure all the memories of your baby’s first year are preserved!

Sarah Thayer is a family photographer offering fun sessions and beautiful photos. Her superpower is getting everyone to smile! She offers a complete experience, from Location Guide and suggestions, to a full-color Style Guide. A DC Area Moms client raved, “The best part of working with Sarah was the ease of communication and the ease of the process from beginning to end. She thought of every detail, and walked me through the process! Literally everything from setting a date, choosing a location, choosing outfits, etc. For a busy mom – this was very helpful to me!”


Belle is an internationally published photographer specializing in family, maternity, lifestyle newborn, and senior photography. The heart of Belle’s sessions is focusing on the love, joy, natural moments that unfold during a session, and the genuine connection between family members. She guides her clients on how to prepare for their session, offers complimentary access to her client closet for moms, babies, and kids, and uses her tricks to get children relaxed during the session giving her clients photos that are timeless, authentic, and full of love and joy that they get to enjoy for the years to come.

Danielle creates the best images and experience for you and your family with a classic yet modern style. A professional photographer for over 10 years, she specializes in compelling portraits, quality products, and customer service that you won’t find anywhere else.  What sets Danielle apart is her full-service professional photography studio, attention to detail, and eye for creating art.  Danielle specializes in artistic maternity and newborn portraits, custom cake smash sessions, and family portraits.  Voted “Best of Bethesda” and “Best Newborn Photographer”, Danielle works with families to capture memorable images and artwork for you, your children, your home and your life.

Susannah Stevens has a background in photojournalism, which informs her authentic storytelling style. She covers daily life as well as events, focusing on candid moments that show humor and emotion. This makes your client experience relaxed and fun! Lifetime Lens is full service, coming to you at every step of the process. All photo clients receive custom high-end albums or display art made in Italy. Check out the website to see some video stories too!

“I believe you don’t need wild props or over-the-top outfits to fill galleries with breathtaking photos. I believe genuine joy is the most beautiful accessory and that the real moments are the ones you’ll want to relive over and over again. Because of this, I’ve devoted myself to creating a photography experience that gives you and your family the space to thrive. Then, we will transform those moments of connection into timeless art.”

Angela Angela Vaughns is a family, child, and school photographer joyfully telling the stories of energetic families across the DMV.

Yaffa Koff Photography is a maternity and Newborn through the first year portrait studio. We specialize in capturing your precious first moments and turning them into artwork that will last a lifetime! Located in Silver Spring, Maryland we provide service to clients all over the DMV. We look forward to getting to know you!

Libby is a lifestyle family and newborn photographer serving the DC area. Her passion is helping families tell their story by capturing the natural beauty in authentic connection. She’s in awe over the fact that you can preserve memories and make beautiful art all at the same time. With a laid-back approach, Libby encourages interaction, play, and adventure during her sessions. Her superpower is rolling with resistance so the whole family feels comfortable quickly. Time doesn’t keep…message Libby to document your family today!

tabitha maegan

Tabitha is a newborn and family photographer that serves the Maryland, DC, and Virginia areas. She offers lifestyle sessions that focus on emotion and connection, rather than unnatural, awkward posing. Whether you are welcoming a new baby or wanting to slow down time and photograph precious milestones, you deserve to have beautiful, meaningful photographs of your family. Instead of a stiff and boring portrait session, let’s schedule your lifestyle session where you can play and have fun with your family. Those babies and children grow so fast! Tabitha Maegan Photography offers sessions both in your home and beautiful outdoor settings.

Yes to morning bed-heads, non-matching socks, and re-heated cups of coffee. Every family is different and your uniqueness should be celebrated. Family life is filled with much more than perfectly curated “happy moments”. Enjoy honest photos to pass down to your kids as a legacy and to acknowledge the ups and downs of parenthood. The most meaningful things are often the simplest (and happen in your backyard!). Let’s slow down and capture just that.

I welcome all LGBTQ+, BIPOC, differently-abled, and non traditionally-structured families. Small local business // woman-owned // eco-friendly // bilingual (french)

Hey, Mama. My name is Alex, and I’m passionate about capturing your family’s chaotic beauty, strength, and love. My sessions are personal – I take time to get to know you, photograph you at home to provide the context of your life, and together, we create beautiful art that serves as a daily reminder of what matters most.

Let’s be honest: parenting is hard. It’s easy to get sucked into the power struggles, tantrums, and sleep deprivation, leaving you feeling disconnected from your loved ones. But a session with AFP is a joyous and fun-filled experience unlike any other, that brings your family together. Seeing your authentic smiles on your wall is a daily reminder of why it’s all worth it.

Tara Parekh Photography is based out of Alexandria, VA and is known for her vibrant and stunning images with a modern twist. She specializes in family portraits and mini sessions, newborn and maternity photos, micro weddings and elopements, couples and engagements, events, and more. She’s been a photographer ever since she was very young but is also formally trained with a Master of Arts degree in Digital Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Your session with Tara will be relaxed and fun and she will prepare you ahead of time with what to expect. Tara offers luxury photo products that bring your photos to life. Please get in touch with her through her website, http://www.taraparekh.com

Samantha S. Marshall is an award winning photographer and owner of Sweet Memories Photography based in Sterling, Virginia. She is published regionally and internationally (featured in O, the Oprah Magazine). She specializes in family portraits, cake smashes, and event/wedding photography, including bridal and boudoir and uses a documentary style approach to photography, while also making sure to capture unique and artistic opportunities in every image. To learn more about Samantha and to book a session or class, visit www.sweetmemphoto.com.


I am a Washington, DC based photographer who preserves your joyful moments. I love capturing family portraits because it freezes what you hold dear – creating authentic, timeless images of your most treasured relationships. From start to finish I treat my clients to an exceptional service experience, delivering beautiful photos you will cherish for a lifetime.

Jessica Palmer

Jessica is a DC Newborn Photographer that also specializes in maternity and family lifestyle photography. Jessica’s goal is to make her client’s feel as comfortable as possible in front of the camera, while capturing beautiful images filled with emotion and joy. Having children of her own and having taught in a Montessori preschool, Jessica is very good at engaging children and putting them at ease during her sessions. She is inspired by light, connection and all of the little details that you’ll want to remember. She can’t wait to capture your growing family.

Bliuphotography is a husband and wife team that has been serving the DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia area for the past 10 years. Brian and Cindy Liu specialize in telling each family’s unique story – whether it be newborn, maternity, or family portraits, they approach each family as a new and exciting experience and emphasize making the process as fun and easy as possible. Please check out their website for additional photography services and testimonials. They can’t wait to tell your story!

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  1. Hi Courtney,

    I’m Jen with Gobrail Photography, a local mom and photographer. I would love to be featured in future updates or lists like this. I’ve been working in the DMV area since 2010, am ranked as one of the top 25 photographers in Baltimore by Expertise.com. Please feel free to contact me via my website: http://www.gobrailphotography.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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