Your Real Life, Captured Beautifully.
Connecticut Family Photographer
You do you and I bring my camera.
Photographing my family just as they are started off as a coping mechanism for me as I transitioned from life as a criminal defense attorney to stay-at-home mom. I had plenty of lovely portraits of my kids’ smiling faces against a pretty backdrop, but I yearned for more. I wanted context and details and authenticity. I wanted a record of the little everyday moments as well as the big milestones.
I wanted a time capsule of the stage of life when my most important title is “Mama.”
This became my mission, for my family and for others.
I truly believe that documentary family photography is like a love letter to your family. It's a way of telling your kids--and yourself!--that you appreciate this life that you're living right now. Sure, there are tough parts. There are things that you want to change. But that's the thing -- it all keeps changing and if you're anything like me, you forget the details and how it all felt.
I strive to give the families I work with a beautiful photographic record of the enormous love, the hard work, and the underlying humor inherent in the job of raising small humans.
"Anna-Liisa, completely unobtrusive and with an uncanny knack for capturing unexpected and utterly endearing moments, photographed a surprise party for my mother's 90th birthday this past September. The vivid scenes at this multigenerational gathering were perfectly preserved and were breathtaking in their poignancy. As a result, we can relive that day with perfect clarity and incredible warmth. Any photographer can "take pictures," but few use their lens to also capture the emotion and humor that occur in the course of a celebration. Anna-Liisa is an extraordinary talent and an absolute professional. Highly recommended." - Stacy
"Anna-Liisa captured the un-capturable. The beauty, realness, and immense emotions of the first meeting of our son and daughter, a few days after she was born. I'm so thankful to have those precious moments captured." - Eduardo
"She got the raw joy of our whole family, and as promised, made me 'look good' as a new mother (which is nearly impossible!)" - Sophie
“Although I am often hard on myself, and on a daily basis I think I am doing this whole motherhood thing wrong and letting my kids get away with too much / yelling too much / letting my kids watch too much TV / being too strict (I could keep going on), our photos from Anna-Liisa made me realize what I can’t see. That we laugh a lot. That we love each other a lot. That I may actually be doing okay at this motherhood gig. And although my life can be chaotic, lonely, stressful, and messy, it’s also pretty beautiful. It’s funny how spending an ordinary evening in your own house with a stranger taking pictures of you sitting on the kitchen floor with your daughter in pajamas can make you appreciate what you have.” - Aarika
“As someone who dreads family photos because my children and husband are so resistant to cooperate, Anna-Liisa’s documentary style was perfect. It didn’t feel like a photo session at all. I am so pleased with the photos. She captured my kids’ personalities perfectly and managed to capture moments that reminded me how sweet this life is.” - Rebecca
“We absolutely love working with Anna-Liisa. She has captured the very essence of our family with her photography, and the everyday everything that fills our lives with such joy.” - Taryn
“I am so grateful to Anna-Liisa of Anna-Liisa Nixon Photography for capturing some of my family’s most precious moments. We’ll be able to look back and laugh about how, in the thick of this life stage, when there doesn’t seem to be enough coffee in the world to simply make it through the day, our lives were in fact perfect.” - Amy
“To my pleasant surprise, it turns out there is something fairly magical in everyday life! The talented Anna-Liisa Nixon has the ability to find beauty in the ordinary, and the results are amazing!” - Kate
“She makes you feel like you’re fun and she picks up on and appreciates the special little things about your family.” - John
“Anna-Liisa is a magician. Or maybe her camera is a magician. I don’t know. But one of them definitely pulled beautiful pictures out of a temper tantrum like rabbits out of a hat.” - Ben
“Thank you to Anna-Liisa Nixon Photography for capturing these simple and pure moments. These are the experiences that make up our lives and the moments we will look back on with love in our hearts.” - Abby
“Every phase and stage of life as a family of five seems hard, but then something shifts and our family dynamic changes once again. Right now, between school, work, play dates, parties, sports, after school activities, and the daily to-dos, every day seems to be a race against the clock. I often feel anxiety creeping in because it’s impossible to get it all done. Most days I feel like I’m just going through the motions.
Our weeknight visit with Anna-Liisa Family Photography put it all into perspective. Her photographs document my family on a typical Thursday evening. Although there is always someone fighting, crying, or ignoring my directions, there is also a lot of laughter and love. She truly has captured the things that make this phase of life one to be cherished.” - Michelle
"The images are superb -- Anna-Liisa unobtrusively captures it all, without you even knowing she's there." - Peter
"I don't know how she does it, but she captures the little moments and makes them look magic." - Jody