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, 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.

Susannah Stevens has a degree in photojournalism, which informs her authentic storytelling style. At Lifetime Lens 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!

Custom-made Italian albums and display art showcase your photo story. Lifetime Lens also offers legacy videos, to record the stories of our elders. All types of families are welcome. Susannah also tells stories for nonprofits, small businesses, and schools.

Your real life is worth documenting beautifully. Visit lifetimelens.com to learn more!


Whether your hands are full with babies or you’re chasing after toddlers, you’re in the midst of all of the joyful chaos that comes with being a mom of littles.

You’re perpetually on the go, which leaves little time to worry about preserving the wonder in your life right now.

Let me care for your family’s legacy, so that you can simply and beautifully be their mama.

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

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Emily is a DC & Northern Virginia newborn photographer offering in-home and studio photography, focusing on the beauty of motherhood from birth through babies’ first milestones. Her offerings are full service, including client wardrobe, and hair and makeup services for mama!

As a mom to three (boy/girl twins + a baby boy) and over 11 years of experience, she knows the importance of capturing memories for your family, and how the value grows with time!

Serving families in the Northern Virginia & Washington DC area at her studio in Gainesville, Virginia. Emily is available for travel throughout the DMV area.


Tabitha is a newborn and family photographer that serves the Maryland, DC, and Virginia areas. She offers sessions that are relaxed, playful, and engaging, which yield the most beautiful family images to tell your family’s story in a meaningful way.

As moms, we know time is fleeting and we only have so much time with our kids while they are little. Schedule your family session to get in the frame and capture these memories with your kids – they will thank you for it! Tabitha Maegan Photography offers sessions both in your home and beautiful outdoor settings.

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.

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 young and 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.

“Capturing Today for the Sake of Tomorrow.” Karisa is an Arlington-based lifestyle photographer with a passion for capturing the perfect balance of posed and candid images of families for them to enjoy for years to come.

After working as a RN for a few years and hearing endless stories that usually ended in “I wish I had a photo to show you”, it was instilled in Karisa how valuable photographs are in preserving our most precious memories of a time that once was. Karisa will guide you step-by-step through the whole process to ensure you have photos you will love for years to come–no stress needed!

Yaffa Koff Photography specializes in maternity and newborn through the first year portraiture. Our goal is to capture your precious first moments and turn them into heirloom quality artwork that will last a lifetime.

Specializing in newborn photography, Laura offers a full-service experience. All sessions include hair, makeup and wardrobe to make it stress-free for moms. Laura’s sessions focus on the love between a new baby and their family which leads to photos with gorgeous, natural connection.

The luxury client experience allows Laura to invest time with her clients from start to finish. After every session, Laura works with her clients to design timeless heirloom artwork to enjoy in their homes and pass down for generations. Newborn sessions can be combined with maternity and milestone sessions with the Baby’s First Year Membership.

Your documentary family photos are about capturing you, your partner, and those wild children you call your own in the home you’re making together. Laughing with your whole body and consoling those big toddler emotions. Reading the same well-loved picture book on the couch and wandering down the block to the Sunday farmers market.

These images aren’t perfect, because we both know perfect doesn’t exist. Your documentary family photos celebrate who you are without stress or high expectations. Instead, they are something so much more.

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

Sarah Thayer offers relaxed, fun sessions and beautiful photos. She captures those little moments with your family, and offers stunning prints so your photos don’t collect digital dust.

Past clients rave, “Sarah is the absolute best! She was so patient, kind, and communicative through the entire process. Sarah provided every detail a client would want prior to the photoshoot and during the photoshoot she was able to capture the fun nature of our family through the most gorgeous shots of our daughter and even got my non-smiling husband to pose for pictures.”

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.


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.


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.

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!

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Be sure to check out lots of other area photographers in the Washington, DC area. If we are missing a favorite, please contact us. Thank you!


  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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