"Photos are the only way,
To hold on to what you knew.
Because the moments they show never change,
When the people in them do"

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Meet Ashley

Photographer, Interior Designer

Hello! I'm Ashley, an interior designer of natural-light, lifestyle, and studio portraiture. I photograph the most organic moments you'll want to document and cherish forever, and help you design how to showcase them.

I studied interior architecture in university and have worked in several design firms in Canada, New Zealand and right here in the USA. My focus is now designing the walls in your home.

When I'm not taking pictures, you'll find me on some kind of adventure with my three little boys and handsome husband. I'm a military wife, so I fully understand and value being able to display and hold tangible memories.

The Experience

Service from the first phone call, to printing and framing your artwork.

My goal is to create a seamless session from the first phone call to your portraits on the wall. As a mom of three young children, I know your time is so valuable, but it's also passing so quickly. I aim to document the your season of motherhood, but take away all the stress that can come from planning a portrait session. Hair and makeup, wardrobe and even in the design of your gallery walls with my interior design eye, are all aspects of my session experience that I gladly offer each and every client.

I serve clients across the state of Connecticut for studio, on-location and in-home sessions.

Ashley Nielsen Headshot

"We have only this moment, sparking like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake" -Marie B. Ray

Maternity Photography

Newborn and Baby photography

Family Photography


“I’m so happy I found Ashley for my son’s newborn photos! My son was born 6 weeks early and had to spend nearly a month in the NICU. I was worried we wouldn’t be able to capture typical newborn photos because we couldn’t schedule our session until he was almost 2 months old. Ashley, a strong NICU mom herself, assured me that no matter when we were ready she would be there for us. Despite being awake for his entire session, Ashley captured the most beautiful photos of my son. I will cherish them forever!"”

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Ashley Nielsen Studio specializes in maternity, newborn, and family photography in Connecticut, including Hartford, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Madison, New Haven, Branford, Guilford, Essex, Haddam, Middletown, Lyme, New London, Mystic, Connecticut and beyond.