“Ashley is a wonderful person and amazing photographer. Instantly upon meeting she made me feel very comfortable with her and her in home studio environment. She captured the pure, natural spontaneous beauty of my newborn son. She even made me feel comfortable enough to include myself in the shoot, which I hadn’t initially planned on doing. Ultimately those photos of us together are my favorite!”


Mom in white dress holds newborn
Mom sitting in nursery with baby
baby with bonnet
Newborn back rolls
Newborn family portrait with baby and parents
Dad with baby leaning on wall
dad kissing baby forehead
Newborn hands
Newborn Feet
Newborn baby in basket
Newborn baby in swaddle
Mom, dad and baby
Mother holding newborn baby
Mom snuggling baby
Baby detail image

The Story...


Each time I had a baby, I booked a newborn session. With my third delivery we ended up in the NICU and I missed those first few months at home and never did newborn photos, one of my biggest regrets. When he was about 6 months old, I had my friend take a few images of us together, casually at home and they are some of my most cherished images. You will cherish this window of time!

For busy moms

I have designed this experience specifically for busy moms. I know you may not feel like getting in the picture, but you will never regret that you did. I'll help you get camera-ready and it will be stress-free, organized and flow seamlessly because that is my job; you just need to arrive.

Once baby has a full belly, we'll start with hair and makeup, and try on dresses (I have a small selection of flowy dresses, beautiful and perfect for post-partem). While you're relaxing and getting ready, I'll photograph baby's toes, gassy smirks, wiggles and organic poses. Then we'll get all of the precious mommy & me images that you will bring you joy for years to come. I'll pose and guide you through everything.

You can expect a newborn session to last about 2 hours, including hair and makeup. If baby is super happy and comfy, it may not even take that long. Dad is always welcome to stay the entire time, but usually he's happy to have a quiet coffee or browse the local hardware store until we are ready for him to join in.

If you would like some family portraits with other children, I recommend arranging for them to join us right at the end. This will be your first family portrait!

All newborn sessions are photographed in a studio setting or in the comfort of your home. We will discuss all of these details during our consultation call.


The collective membership

I also offer the Newborn Collective Membership, which is the best way to document baby's first full year and watch them grow!

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.