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.

The Process:

First, a consultation

Let's chat, let's design your dream session together! I'll help you choose location, wardrobe, book a makeup professional and get everything all set.

Secondly, let's schedule

Once you're ready to move forward, we'll pick a date. We'll chat more about details at this time - what to bring, how to prepare, what to expect, etc.

Then, meet for a session

You can expect family sessions to last about 45 mins, newborn sessions to last about 2 hours to allow for mom getting ready, feeding and changing breaks. I will completely prep you for this day, so you will feel relaxed and ready.

Finally, design & order

About two weeks after your session, you'll see your curated and edited images in a slideshow format. Then choose your favorites and how you want to display them!

Ashley Nielsen Studio's professional makeup artist

The Details

Signature Sessions

The Signature Session of my most popular option. It's a full-service portrait experience that takes you from conception to visual art, and even provides some surprises along the way! Wardrobe is taken care of, the glam squad is ready and your artwork is actually displayed (instead of sitting on a hard drive somewhere).


Newborn sessions are typically photographed in my studio in Westbrook, Ct. I have a beautiful, open and bright studio located right next to Williams Sonoma at the Westbrook Outlets.

For families, I love shooting in natural light and for that reason, most of my family photography sessions take place outdoors.

We will discuss all of the options for specific locations during your consultation call.

Professional makeup

I work with incredible professional makeup artists and this is included in every Signature Session! You also have the option to add some light beach waves to your final look if you wish. This makes your day totally stress free and relaxing too!

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What time will be session be at?

Newborn sessions begin at 9:00, this is the best and sleepiest time for baby and gives you a little time in the morning to get what you need together.
Newborn sessions are typically about 2 hours total. Family sessions are 45 minutes.

Where will my session take place?

Newborn sessions are typically photographed in my studio or clients' homes. I have a simple in-home set up that will create beautiful portraits without you having to leave the comfort of your house. If you would prefer a morning out, I have a small studio in Westbrook with natural light and a relaxing vibe.
For families, I love shooting in natural light and for that reason, most of my family photography sessions take place outdoors.
We will discuss all of the options for specific locations during your consultation call.

How should I prepare for my session?

This is the best part! I will walk you through exactly how to prepare so when the day comes, you'll know exactly how what you need to do to help me make this session a success. The good news is, I do almost all of it. I'll book a hair and makeup artist if you like. We've already chosen everyone's outfits by this time and chosen a location in time. Just show up!

Do you do mini sessions?

Yes and no. For Christmas and Mother's day I will occasionally do mini session event. For those that don't need the whole "shabang" I have Simplicity Sessions in my studio. These are specifically only for maternity and milestone sessions. You can see more info about it on my investment page or contact me if you have any questions.

Do you offer extended family sessions?

Yes! I have special pricing for vacationers and extended family sessions. Please contact me for info!



“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.