Prioritizing what matters | Washington DC Newborn Photographer

“We don’t need a lot of photos, just a few of the kids.” 

Raise your hand if you’ve said that before. 

I’ll admit, I found myself saying that last year too. Let’s be honest, 2020 was a challenge for us moms. 

We adapted to change, juggled all of the things on the to-do list, and met new challenges with renewed strength that maybe we didn’t even realize we had. (Hello, virtual learning! I think we all deserve an award for that!)

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard mamas say they are waiting to schedule a session, though. Everything from gaining the “quarantine 15”, to not being able to get to the salon, to just not feeling like they are themselves, to swearing its the last thing they could get their spouse to agree to…you get the picture. As a Washington DC newborn and maternity photographer, and a Mom myself, I get it. We are our own worst critic and the stress of preparing for a photoshoot when you can’t even properly go try on clothes seems daunting. 

But… portraits with your kids are important. Especially after the year we have had. 

Self portrait of Lauren from LRG Portraits, a Washington DC Newborn and Maternity Photographer.

You are part of their story and you shouldn’t always be the picture-taker. 

Like many of you, we’ve spent more time at home than ever in the past year. Seeing what was going on in the world was a reminder that no matter how I feel about myself, time is fleeting. Being in the portrait with your family is more important than ever. 

But what good is being in the photos if the images only live on our hard drives? There is something to be said about how it makes your children feel to see their portraits on the wall. And not just portraits of them – some with Mom and Dad there too. Or having albums to sift through with your kids by your side.

While at home this year I realized there are other ways I can more fully serve my clients. 

As a mom of three, I know the effort it takes just to show up for a family portrait session. 

I’m even more intentional about what matters as both a mom myself and your photographer. That is why I’m so passionate about giving you a portrait experience that is easy and stress-free. 

Frame and album samples. Photo by LRG Portraits.


you deserve a full service client experience | Washington DC Newborn and Maternity Photographer

That means from the moment you book to when your framed heirloom prints are in your hands, I’m here to help you through every step. Every session is a truly custom experience with personalized styling recommendations, a detailed session guide, and pre-session questionnaire. Plus, there are a few dress options to borrow from my growing client wardrobe! This process helps me get to know your family and provide you with a gallery that will pull at your heartstrings!

Your portraits should be a reflection of your family in this season of life. So in this new year, I am excited to document more real moments. I am excited for more joyful, natural expressions with kids who are free to play and be themselves. And I can’t wait to see what that looks like for your family! 

Whether it’s feeling the sun on your faces as your kids played or the love you have for that sweet newborn – your photos should make you feel something when you look at them. That way, when your newborn becomes a toddler, when they go off to school, or when they have kids of their own – your portraits will take you back to those joyful moments.

And you won’t have to worry about what to do with your images, because I have so many beautiful new frames and options to help with that too!

I am so inspired by the families who have already booked this year, and cannot wait to meet all of the new additions to the LRG Portraits family. 

If you’re hoping to schedule a newborn, maternity or family session this year, reach out here to chat!

Lauren from LRG Portraits, a Washington DC Newborn Photographer, with a custom framing option for clients.Custom framing details. Photo by LRG Portraits.

Lauren from LRG Portraits is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer based out of the Washington, DC area. She specializes in timeless outdoor and in-home lifestyle portraiture and offers a full client experience from a curated client wardrobe to custom-designed heirloom albums and framing. Service area includes Chevy Chase, MD, Bethesda, MD, Potomac, MD and Arlington, VA, and surrounding areas. 

If you’re interested in booking a lifestyle newborn, maternity, or family session, contact me here! I’d love to work with you!


Lauren Roche-Garland, of LRG Portraits, is a Washington, DC based natural light portrait photographer specializing in luxury motherhood, newborn, and family fine art portraiture photography.


Lauren from LRG Portraits offers DC newborn photography along side maternity, family and baby photography. She specializes in timeless outdoor and in-home lifestyle portraiture and offers a full client experience from a curated client wardrobe to custom-designed heirloom albums and framing. She is based out of Washington, DC but her service area includes Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Potomac, Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, and surrounding areas.
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