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March 5, 2021

The MEP Experience

The MEP Experience

Baby sleeps in a Moses basket

As a newborn photographer, providing my clients an elegant, stress-free experience is my utmost priority. There is a reason this Maya Angelou quote resonates with so many people:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou
Woman stands with her hands below her belly in Salubria during her DC maternity session

How we feel after an experience holds more value than anything else. Think about your shopping experience at your favorite store. I’m sure you enjoy the experience because of the products, but what else do you like? Do they always have a candle with a pleasant fragrance burning? Is the interior aesthetically pleasing? Do the associates go above and beyond for you?

The reasons above hold so much meaning in an experience. I aim to not only provide you with beautiful artwork on film, but I also desire to make your experience luxurious and stress-free. A newborn or family photo session with me should be fun, inspiring, and relaxed.

Baby on blanket during DC newborn session

An Elegant & Stress-free Experience

I believe that newborn, maternity, and family photography should be as beautiful as wedding photography. Gone are the cliché, posed images of years past. Instead, imagine organic, authentic connection that portrays your family story.

As a mother, I struggled greatly with the idea of losing myself in the early months. I still wanted to feel beautiful, be passionate about personal interests/hobbies, and celebrate success in my work. Transferring these ideas to your photographs is so important to me. You can view a newborn session that represents these ideas here.

Mother plays with her one year old son

I also understand the challenges mothers face when planning a photo session. From figuring out what to wear, to worrying if your newborn or toddler will behave – these are all real-life worries I have experienced, as well. Just the thought of scheduling a photo session with a newborn can be stressful! Add in other siblings, and many parents simply put off the idea of getting newborn photos because of the stress.

I will guide you through all of the little details.

Mother sits on the edge of a bed holding baby during Maryland newborn session.


Newborn and family photography should embrace the beauty of motherhood. You will first receive a planning guide to leaf through with your hands so you can reference as you prepare. The planning guide walks you through when to schedule your session, where to schedule your session, what to wear for your session, what to expect before, during and after your session, and how to prepare your family for your newborn and family photos.

We will then meet, virtually or in-person, to plan the details of your session and design the art that will grace your walls. It is my intention to make your vision come to life. I love this opportunity to get to know you before we meet for your session so you feel comfortable on session day.

It’s in this pre-session consultation that we talk through why you’re choosing to get your session now and what are the most important aspects you want me to document. This is a chance for me to see you and discover your family bond. When I understand you, I can bring your vision to life.

Mother holds infant during Arlington newborn session outside of Washington DC.

The Preparation

I provide you with a client wardrobe so you can look and feel like a goddess. It can be so hard to find the perfect thing to wear, so I have a curated closet of flattering dresses for you.

My favorite hair and make-up artist will travel to your home so you don’t need to lift a finger. Getting hair and make-up done makes a world of difference – not only does it photograph like a dream, but it makes the getting-ready process for your newborn or family session SO much easier.

We will select a stunning backdrop for your session. Most newborn sessions are photographed in-home in the DC area, but I have lately enjoyed photographing them outside, as well. I have a list of my favorite DC photoshoot locations that we will look through to find the perfect one for your family should you choose an outdoor location.

Your family story will be tailored and exquisite.

Pregnant woman stands holding her pink dress during maternity session outside of Washington DC

During Your Session

I have so much fun playing games with little ones to document their personalities. I am accustomed to newborn and toddler life and will provide you with beautiful images – no matter the baby or toddler mood.

I’ve been known to become best buddies with the children I photograph during sessions. I have two independent, strong-willed toddlers myself, so I completely understand the stress you may feel approaching your session.

You don’t need to “be good in front of the camera” or know how to pose – I’ll walk you through this! All you need to do is love the ones you’re with.

Mother kisses her son during Arlington newborn session.

After Your Session

Following your session we will meet, virtually or in-person, to admire your images and design the artwork that best meets your needs. You will have tangible art to be a part of your legacy. This is probably my favorite part of the newborn session experience because it brings your photos to life.

I will hold your hand and walk you through every step of the way.

Ready to begin? Let’s chat.

Marie Elizabeth Photography | Newborn Photographer in DC

Newborn Photographer in DC | Marie Elizabeth Photography

Marie Elizabeth Photography specializes in fine art Maternity, Newborn, and Family Photography based out of Washington, DC. She also serves the surrounding areas of Northern Virginia via Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, Falls Church, Vienna, Bethesda, Potomac, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Silver Spring, College Park, and Riverdale Park. 

It is always an honor to serve as your DC Fine Art Newborn Photographer. I provide a custom, luxurious experience to lead you every step of the way, beginning with a planning guide to make you feel confident and prepared, a consultation to achieve your portrait goals, a client wardrobe, hair and make-up artists, and finally, artwork to adorn your walls and preserve your memories forever. Let me be a part of your story today.

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