“Ashley is a talented photographer-she captured beautiful family photos-which I will cherish for a lifetime. We all felt so comfortable during the session all we could do was smile! If you are looking to take professional photos and live in Connecticut or Westbrook Connecticut area-Ashley is amazing! She specializes in videos as well-she created a short film of my family which is choreographed to a beautiful song. I’m so grateful for Ashley’s photographs and would highly recommend her to anyone.”


Family sitting on rock Connecticut
family walking on CT beach
Gifts laughing
mom and her daughters on beach CT
Family on Hammonasset Beach rocks
Family on Hammonasset CT beach
Boy playing on Hammonasset Beach rocks
Family cuddle at Hammonasset beach
Mommy & Me portrait CT
Childhood portrait
Mommy & Me portrait CT

The Story...


We fall behind on this one too - all of sudden we have an empty space on the wall or need an updated family photo for our Christmas card. But what if it could be fun? What if instead of a "need", we document your family exactly how you are, doing what you do. And what if your family became your own artwork?

For busy families

I love family sessions because my style is organic, natural, relaxed and fun. If I did my family sessions any differently we all wouldn't enjoy them as much as we all do. I make it easy for your busy family, and for everyone it just feels like a fun evening at the beach or park.

We'll start with a consultation call and discuss all the details. What does your family like to do and all the personalities that come with you. Then we'll choose a location. I have some favorite spots around Connecticut like Clinton Town Beach, Hammonasset State Park, Gillette Castle, Stewart B McKinney Park and many more. After we decided on location I will help you choose everyone's outfits. I use an amazing software that will lead you through the shopping process and send you updated direct links to in stock clothing, affordable and photo perfect. Or of course we can style from what you already own, I'm here to help.

Mom, if you want a pro to do hair and makeup, I can arrange that too! I will make this fun and easy!

Even your husband will have a good time, I promise!


The Collective Membership

For milestone sessions like baby's first birthday, dance portraits, or any other single portrait session, we can book in-studio. Make sure to ask about my "Collective Membership" option for baby's first year or to document a year in your family's life. You don't need to have a newborn to take advantage of this membership, I make an album of my boys every year and photograph them in every season!

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.