DC Area Guide to Local Photographers

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Disclosure: The 2021-2022 Guide to Local Photographers is brought to you by the wonderful sponsors featured who made this guide possible! 

Some of our most treasured possessions are family photographs 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  

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.

“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 personal branding photographer joyfully telling the stories of energetic families and driven business owners across the DMV.

Libby is a lifestyle family 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 exploration during her sessions. If you want to get a snapshot in time of your family being themselves, and have fun while doing it, message Libby!

Tabitha is a bubbly 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 that make you feel an emotion. Instead of a stiff and boring portrait session, let’s schedule this playful and relaxed session. Those babies and children grow so fast! Tabitha Maegan Photography offers sessions both in your home and beautiful outdoor settings.

Carrie Collins Photography, LLC is an award winning Newborn, Maternity and Family photographer. Her full service studio is located right in the heart of Potomac Village and she serves Maryland, DC and NOVA. Carrie creates timeless newborn portraits that capture your heart and will evoke treasured memories for years to come.

Sarah Thayer is a family portrait photographer offering relaxed, fun sessions and beautiful photos. To her, it’s all about the complete experience: she provides location suggestions, a full-color Style Guide, and outfit tips. She knows you’re busy! A recent 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!”

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.

Parenting is hard, especially this past year. 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.

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!

Marie Elizabeth Photography is a full-service, luxury motherhood and family photographer based out of Washington, DC. 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.

Allison Corinne Photography, LLC is a maternity photographer serving Maryland and Northern Virginia. Her images focus on emotion and familial connection and range from glamorous with editorial posing, to casual with candid-appearing poses (lifestyle), to intimate with bare belly. 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 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 is a Hello Pro Creative and Click Pro Elite Photographer.

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)

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!

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, newborn, and maternity photos and additionally photographs small weddings and elopements, 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 also offers beautiful photography albums. They are a great way to display and showcase your photographs. Please get in touch with her through her website, http://www.taraparekh.com

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!

Rebecca is an award-winning Newborn and Family Photographer living in Washington, DC. Her style is classic and joyful, with an emphasis on capturing real moments that are unique to you and your loved ones. She is a local Mom herself, and has a reputation for being a baby and dog whisperer! Her timeless images will give you special memories for you and your little ones to cherish for years to come.

As a mother to 5 beautiful children I clearly understand how fleeting those first few weeks of life with your new baby is. After giving birth all we want to do is snuggle our precious new ones, and also sleep! Our sleep deprived minds have such a hard time remembering just how tiny our babies were at the beginning and all I want to do is help you cherish those moments. With my creative flair and my love of babies I’m just the person you want to help you capture the tiny little details of your baby in his or her first weeks in this world.

My love for my family has inspired me to do what I love most, creating artful images that parents will cherish for a lifetime. Your baby’s safety is of the utmost importance. Combined with my artistic talents I dream of turning photographs of your baby into gorgeous artwork that you will cherish forever.

Abby Ball is a natural light portrait and wedding photographer based in the Silver Spring area. She specializes in creating bright, emotion-filled family heirlooms. Abby captures genuine moments between her clients by creating a fun and dynamic environment in her portrait sessions. The Abby Ball Photography experience is full-service. From your initial consultation, to wardrobe planning, to your art selection and delivery, Abby is there to guide you every step of the way. Abby Ball Photography also offers elopement, microwedding, and full coverage wedding photography options.

Becca is a motherhood photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, and the bond between a mama and her loves, particularly during baby’s first year. Becca’s work captures the beauty and connection of the early years by documenting the emotion and strength found in motherhood in natural and inspiring settings. She’ll create beautiful art of your family by capturing the details you may not even notice, but won’t want to forget. She offers outdoor and studio sessions and provides a well-curated selection of wardrobe pieces for mamas and children to bring the vision of your session to life.

Samantha S. Marshall is an award winning photographer and owner of Sweet Memories Photography based in Potomac Falls, Virginia. She is published regionally and internationally (featured in O, the Oprah Magazine). She specializes in family portraits, cake smashes, and event/wedding photography 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.

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.

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Courtney was born and raised in Louisiana where she met her husband (married in 2005). Since then they have moved several times, but finally feel very settled in NW DC after moving back a little over two years ago. She has four energetic kids: Cormac (2010), Evangeline (2013), and Solomon (2016), and Antoinette (2019). She thinks motherhood is absolutely wonderful, but she is constantly challenged and stretched in ways she couldn't have imagined. She spends her days talking Star Wars, legos, playing dress-up, and chasing her toddler. We all know motherhood is challenging so she wanted to band together with other mothers to start this site to inspire, learn, and grow together. She loves morning coffee, chocolate, chatting with people since she's an extrovert, a clean house (which is rare these days). She dislikes when her kids don't listen the first time, she abhors littering, and doesn't enjoy shopping. 

1 COMMENT

  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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