Choosing Ashley to photograph my first pregnancy and first newborn was an amazing decision. She was the perfect mix of professional and easy going. She was able to assist [us] with cute poses and was able to show our love so perfectly through our photos. Her use of natural light is amazing and I 10/10 will be using her again.

Shelby B
Expecting couple belly photograph
Pregnant mom walking through grass
Pregnant mom on beach playing with hair
Expecting couple moment on the beach
Holding baby bump at Hammonasset State Park
Expecting couple in the grass at Hammonasset
pregnant mom in rocks at Hammonasset
Couple sitting on the beach in Madison, Connecticut
Beach image maternity couple Hammonnasset CT
Couples maternity image on beach
Maternity image on beach
Couples maternity image on beach
Couples maternity image on beach

The Story...


When I was pregnant each time, I felt a lot of things, but beautiful and glowing just wasn’t one of them. But when I look back on images of that growing belly, I’m filled with so many wonderful emotions. I did a professional session with my first pregnancy, but not the following two, and I regret that. But even the little snapshots of my growing belly fill me with such joy. Now that my children are older, they love to see that big bump and can’t believe that “it’s them in there!”

What to expect

A maternity session with me is so simple and organic. We’ll start by getting you ready with hair and makeup, then you can try on some of my simple, flowy maternity dresses. I’ll put you in the best light, pose you, and guide you through the whole experience.

Sessions will typically last about an hour to an hour and a half including hair and makeup. If you would like to include your husband or other children in your session, I recommend them coming or having someone bring them for the last 15-20 minutes, because I promise this is all we’ll need. 

Maternity sessions can be photographed in the studio or on location. We’ll cover all the logistics when we have our consultation call. 


The Membership Collective

Since you are documenting your growing belly, I would recommend checking out my “membership collective” option which is a wonderful way to document this entire year with your family.

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.