Once your kids have grown up and flown the nest, it’s the photographs you have of them that will preserve their memories as adorable newborns, inquisitive toddlers, and kids ready for their first day of school. That’s why so many parents choose to invest in the services of a professional family photographer to document their rapidly changing children at a select moment in time.

Alexandria’s family photographers offer a diverse range of styles, from posed studio portraits to documentary-style shoots in the family home. Read on to learn about some of the city’s best family photographers and find the one that’s right for you.

Understitch Photography

Jocelyn is behind the camera at Understitch Photography, which has been serving families across Northern Virginia since 2016. She loves connecting with new clients, many of whom comment about how relaxed and comfortable she makes them feel in front of the camera.

Jocelyn is a firm believer that family portraits have the power to capture our relationships - the joy, the love, and the nostalgia of passing time. When you book a family portrait session with Jocelyn, her goal is to make things as seamless as possible, from location recommendations to wardrobe styling.

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Emily Alyssa Photography

Emily Alyssa is a fine art family photographer who serves clients in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. She studied photojournalism during her undergraduate years and soon found herself shooting weddings, which allowed her to combine her “passion for real, authentic moments with an editorial, creative eye.”

Today, Emily is based out of a natural light studio in Sterling but is more than happy to travel for on-location sessions. Relaxed and laid-back are how she describes her family portrait shoots, which are all about telling your story.

Bridget Eldridge Photography

Bridget Eldridge works with families throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia, with a goal of being their historian and capturing images that are full of family love. Her Day in the Life sessions document all the craziness of everyday living, offering an authentic take on family portrait sessions. In particular, Bridget loves working with kids and offers newborn portrait sessions up to one month of age.

Portraits by Jared Wolfe

Based in Alexandria, Portraits by Jared Wolfe offers modern family portrait experiences with a classic feel. He’s a go-to if you’re after a posed family portrait in a studio setting, with matching outfits a common theme throughout his portfolio.

Portrait sessions include professional hair and makeup so you’re looking your absolute best, as well as tips and advice on how to pose. Once you have decided on your outfits, Jared will select backgrounds and florals to match, then give you a sneak peek of the finished product before you leave.

Kelly Loss Photography

Kelly Loss is a wedding and family photographer who loves the “nitty gritty” and “getting into deep conversations.” She takes a storytelling approach to family photography and rather than having everyone looking at the camera, she prefers to chronicle things as they naturally occur.

Kelly says she is all about “figuring out who you are and what makes you and your family unique,” then draws on this information to tailor her photography sessions to suit.

Michelle Jones Photography

Originally from rural New Hampshire, Michelle Jones now calls Northern Virginia “home” where she runs a successful wedding and family photography business. She says that she has always been “that friend with a camera” and strongly believes that photos are among the most precious possessions we have.

Michelle’s family portrait sessions are friendly, memorable, and relaxed, with her ideal clients being people who appreciate “authenticity over perfection, love to laugh, and hold their memories in high regard.”

Tara Parekh Photography

Based out of Alexandria, Tara Parekh is a highly talented photographer who specializes in not only families but also weddings, engagements, and events. She has been a photographer since a very young age and underwent formal training at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her style is vibrant and with a modern twist, making her a go-to for families throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Aside from being a photographer, she is also a graphic designer, a published author, and a speaker.

Amanda Donohue Photography

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Bethesda, Amanda Donohue shoots families throughout Alexandria, Gaithersburg, and Annapolis. She says that “squishy cheeks, tiny toes, tantrums, tears, and smiles” are just a few of her photographic inspirations, together with the fact that families change year after year.

Through photography, she gets to freeze those moments in time and preserve them for the future. We particularly love her newborn portraits, which incorporate plenty of adorable props!

Studio Bee

Danielle is the owner and lead photographer at Studio Bee, which is dedicated to babies, maternity, and family portraiture. She’s not only a photographer but also a nurse, with a passion for transforming moments into cherished memories.

Danielle first picked up a camera when she was in high school and she soon landed her first gig as the yearbook photographer. Since that time, she has been fascinated by people’s ideas, thoughts and expressions, and documenting them through her lens.

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