“Luxury sessions & beautiful artwork that speak a language of memories.”

Meet Ashley

Photographer, Designer

Hello! I'm Ashley, a 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 serve busy moms across the state of Connecticut, preserving their memories while making them feel beautiful and fully valued.

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

I love all things beautiful, which first sparked my love of design. When I dug a little deeper, I found that my hobby, the elective I took in College, was actually my dream. I found a way to merge my love of design, Studio Mcgee, Pure Salt Interiors, Restoration Hardware, and Serena and Lilly, into the narrow focus of designing your walls with you. Of you. For you.

When I'm not taking photographs, 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.

It's the only way to freeze time.

Ashley Nielsen Newborn Photorgrapher Headshot
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"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.