DC Area Guide to Local Photographers

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Some of our most treasured possessions are family photographs. 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  

Allison is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer based in Bethesda, MD and offering sessions in Maryland and Northern Virginia. Her favorite images capture the tranquility amidst the highs and lows of motherhood, where we revert to our sincerest selves. Her hope is to make art of the beautiful ordinary, so that in time, those moments that seem mundane and routine will be remembered and yearned for.
Allison makes recommendations for every aspect of the process from scheduling, to location and wardrobe selection, taking your family’s lifestyle, aesthetic, and personal schedules into account to create images that truly reflect your family’s genuine selves.

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.

Carrie Collins Photography is known as Bethesda’s premier newborn studio. Carrie has been internationally recognized for creating unique and customized sessions for each client. Carrie is conveniently located in Potomac Village, and also specializing in newborns, maternity and family photography.

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.

Sarah Thayer Photography, LLC is a family/couples and headshot portrait photographer based in Arlington, Virginia. She brings years of experience and promotes easygoing, professional, and fun sessions with detailed Style Guides and expert posing guidance. Customers have said they loved Sarah’s kindness and professionalism: “From scheduling, to her advice with styling, the specific location and making sure everything was easy on a hectic day. She was always kind and helpful from the beginning of the process until the end.” Sarah finds joy in serving the world by capturing love in timeless, cherished photographs.

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.

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.

Libby is a lifestyle family photographer based out of Reston, VA who serves the DC area. Her passion is capturing the natural beauty in regular family interaction. She will get a “money” shot of your family, but the majority of the shoot will be spent interacting as a family, having fun, and maybe even taking a little stroll, if your heart desires. She loves the way this natural interaction tells a family story and makes beautiful art. If you want to get a snapshot in time of your family being themselves, and have fun while doing it, message Libby!

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!

No cheesy smiles. No perfect behavior. No awkward poses.
Your life is not staged so why should your photos be? Family life is filled with much more than curated “happy moments”. You want beautiful images that look like yourselves with a hint of magic. It is important for your preserve honest moments 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. Let’s slow down and capture that.
As an eco-friendly business I preserve both our environment and your experience. Contact me now.

Tara Parekh Photography is based in Alexandria, VA and serves Northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland. She specializes in family portraits, weddings and elopements, engagements, newborn, maternity, portraits, events, pets and more. Tara’s photographs are vibrant and stunning images with a modern twist. She is a professional photographer who is formally trained with a Masters of Arts degree in Digital Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. If you are interested in a fun and relaxed photographic experience or you’d like to learn more about what Tara offers, please get in touch through her website.

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.

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 right now. 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 that brings your family together, and seeing your authentic smiles on your wall every day helps you remember why it’s all worth it.

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.

Laura is a newborn, maternity and baby milestone 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!

Tabitha Maegan Photography

Tabitha is a newborn and family photographer serving the DMV area. She focuses on connection by guiding and directing genuine family interaction, offering lifestyle sessions both on location and in your home. Let’s schedule your family session today!

Cherish Pennington Photography

Cherish specializes in family and children’s photography. As a mom and teacher with over 15 years of experience photographing children, Cherish is an expert at putting your child at ease for a fun and carefree session that captures the moment.

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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. 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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