Family photography is all about capturing those treasured moments spent with those closest to us and preserving them for generations to come. It’s about documenting authentic laughter and shared passions, as well as the messiness and chaos that everyday life brings.

As the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. is home to some of the United States’ most talented family photographers, each with their own style and approach. In this guide, we’ll introduce 10 of the best and what it is that makes them stand out from the rest.

Brackish Photography

A vintage-style portrait of mother and child by Rachel Larsen Weaver [Brackish Photography]

Rachel Larsen Weaver is the photographer behind Brackish Photography, a family and lifestyle photography company serving the Southern Maryland and Annapolis areas. She regularly travels to Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia to shoot and has garnered a reputation for her vintage style. She loves capturing all of those genuine moments of family life, rather than a “glossy” version put on for the camera. In addition to her family portraits, she also documents couples and solo women.

Angie Klaus

Looking through a doorway as a mother dances with her daughter [Angie Klaus]

Hailing from the West Coast, Angie Klaus now calls the suburbs of Washington, D.C. “home” and says her photographic style is inspired by emotion, light, connections, texture, movement, music, and nature. She’s worked in various creative fields, from writing and painting to paper crafting, and loves surrounding herself with images that bring back memories. Over the last nine years, Angie has turned her attention to documenting families and shares her knowledge with other photographers to help them grow their businesses.

Jessica Neumann Photography

A young family [Jessica Neumann Photography]

Based in Frederick, Jessica Neumann specializes in luxury maternity, newborn, baby, and family shoots through Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Her portfolio includes gorgeous baby photos celebrating one-year anniversaries, as well as playful “cake smash” sessions (with cakes custom-designed based on your baby’s favorite things). She also hosts high school senior portrait sessions and family shoots that take place either in her studio or outdoors during the “golden hours” of light.

Ginny Filer Photography

A couple and their newborn baby [Ginny Filer Photography]

Ginny Filer is a Washington, D.C. family photographer who also specializes in children, engagement, and maternity shoots. Her style is bright and vibrant, often capturing playful movement and the love between families as they spend precious time together. She loves shooting in the early morning or evening when the world is at its quietest, with a one-hour session resulting in around 70 to 100 lightly retouched photos to hang on the wall.

Jessica Torch

A garden-based family portrait session [Jessica Torch]

Recently named as one of the best Washington, D.C. newborn photographers for 2020 by “Expertise”, Jessica Torch hails from Atlanta but now resides in the nation’s capital where she runs her family photography business. She caught the photography bug after working at a local camera store during high school and while she’s now a lawyer by trade, being behind the camera still remains a passion. She’s photographed hundreds of local families enjoying authentic moments on-location in their favorite parks or recreational destinations.

Photography by Princess

A family portrait by Princess Grace [Photography by Princess]

Born in the Philippines, Princess Grace is a talented family photographer who loves documenting the magic of childhood and family life. Her photographic style is filled with natural light and often has a dreamy quality, incorporating wide-angle shots to position her subjects in their natural surroundings. A lack of childhood photos of her own inspires her to create unforgettable memories for other families and she says there is nothing she’d rather do than be “behind my camera documenting love and life”.

Pages of Gray

A creative portrait of a mother with her children [Pages of Gray]

Jennifer Duncan is the photographer behind Pages of Gray, a Washington, D.C.-based company that specializes in lifestyle photography. She strives to create sessions that are carefree and fun, allowing her to capture authentic smiles and candid moments that offer a glimpse into the life of her subjects. She draws on more than 10 years of experience working in the film industry, which means she knows when to offer direction and when to step back and just observe.

Julia Larina

A festive-themed family portrait by Julia Larina [Julia Larina]

Julia Larina’s photography is marked by the vivid use of colors and naturally occurring patterns, whether she’s shooting families, newborns, or maternity sessions. She offers both studio portraits and lifestyle editorial sessions that are designed to tell the story of her subjects. When she’s not photographing people, Julia is pursuing her other passion - cooking - and loves how food photography can appeal to people’s emotions and make them want to taste what’s on the plate.

Arrah Photography

A pair of siblings look lovingly at their newborn baby [Arrah Photography]

Originally from Iran, Farzaneh Kordnavehsi describes herself as a “love and life photographer” who wants her viewers to feel the moment in her images, rather than just see them. She strives to capture natural emotions and lifestyle moments in her maternity, family, and kids photo sessions, as well as offering couple portraits and “cake smash” shoots. She particularly loves working with women and their families in an environment where they can feel safe and comfortable.

Judah Avenue

An adorable newborn photo shoot [Judah Avenue]

Nafa is the founder of Judah Avenue, a team of portrait photographers that serve Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Her images capture the anticipation of expectant moms and the joy of newborn babies in images that are thoughtful and sunny. Whether you’re opting for a studio session or an outdoor portrait, Nafa aims to create “unforgettable, timeless images via a fully-rounded luxury service”, with her personable nature (and ability to speak five languages) appealing to many clients.

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