family portraits by Northern VA photographer Audra Wrisley



All the stars aligned to create your beautiful new baby, and it’s the most humbling experience to capture these first moments now that you are getting to know each other. As a Washington DC newborn photographer, I treasure catching glimpses of magic between you and your newborn, from the swooning glance in your eyes to the teeny wiggling toes on your baby’s feet.

My favorite sessions as a Washington DC newborn photographer are in the familiar setting of your home, that serve as the ideal backdrop for newborn sessions. It is often too early to be outside for longer periods of time, and these shoots should really feel like cozy and comfortable start to finish. Being at home for these sessions makes your new family most comfortable and relaxed, which helps reflect the intimate love you and your new addition have for each other.

The best time for newborn photos is usually a week or two after your little one is born, and depending on time of year, the natural light in your home, (and nap times for possible siblings!) sessions often take place in the morning or early afternoon.

Below I’ve included a few words on my approach to newborn sessions, and I’d love for you to reach out with any questions you may have!


“A baby fills a place in your heart that you never knew was empty.”

– Unknown


I absolutely love being a newborn photographer in Northern VA. Those first two weeks of settling into your new life with your sweet baby are like nothing else! The joy is so overwhelming, and it’s such a special time to capture on film. I know you’ll be exhausted and overjoyed those first few weeks, and while having a newborn photo session may seem like too much to make time for, it’s often such a nice break from the daily routine to snuggle and soak in your beautiful bundle. Capturing these photos for families is such a treasure, and although they are always full of surprises and are unpredictable by nature, the photos from newborn sessions are amazing memories and truly your first family heirlooms. Whether you have a toddler or a pup that wants to take part in the shoot, we’ll make it laid back and easy, and capture some gorgeous photos of your beautiful life.

I generally recommend the mornings for newborn sessions, depending on the light in your home. I like to keep sessions very relaxed and allow lots of break times for feedings & cuddles! Capturing your daily routine loving on your little one is my goal, and we’ll focus less on getting the ‘perfect’ photos and more on the sweetest snuggles.

newborn sessions by Washington DC photographer Audra Wrisley