New Orleans & Northshore Fine Art Newborn, Child and Family  Photographer

Annie Whitaker provides fine art photography services to the cities of Covington, Mandeville, Madisonville, Abita Springs and New Orleans, Louisiana

Custom portrait sessions with Annie Whitaker Photography are truly a one of a kind experience. Our goal is to create beautiful art pieces for your home that will become family treasures and passed down through generations.

The studio is located on nine magical acres just outside of New Orleans in Covington, Louisiana.  The property  is covered with live oak trees, climbing roses and seasonal blooms such as daffodils and tulips.  It makes for the most stunning backdrop for your photos!  In addition, there is a client closet that is stocked with hundreds of the most beautiful vintage children’s clothing pieces from the 1920’s to 1950’s which contribute to the unique storybook feel of our photographs.

Your portraits will be printed in Italy on museum grade fine art paper.  They are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face every time you pass them in your home.  They are truly a site to see!  As the years pass, these photographs will become more and more special to you and a treasure for your children one day.

 *Maternity * Newborn * Children * Families*

22 years of experience in photographing newborns 


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Let’s create something extraordinary!  More than just a portrait session.  We will create breathtaking artwork of your beautiful family for your home.  My goal as your photographer is to tell a story… capture the tiny details and personalities of each little miracle you bring to me in a beautiful and artistic way.

Each session styled by me is completely personalized.  I strive to create images that resemble your child’s favorited fairytale.  The studio is stocked with everything needed to make magic.   Your portraits will look like they belong on the pages of a story book.  Together, we will create fine art heirlooms that will be enjoyed for generations.


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The most exciting part of a custom portrait experience with Annie Whitaker Photography is showcasing beautiful portraits from your session throughout your home. AWP has a carefully curated selection of heirloom products that are meant to stand the test of time and be enjoyed for generations.  Your portraits are printed in Italy on museum quality fine art paper.

You will have the opportunity to see each of these unique products in person during our consultation and during your viewing and ordering appointment where we will select the products that best fit your family’s needs.

Click here to see an overview of some of the unique products we offer. 

Beautiful products from your New Orleans Newborn session


What to Expect


At your pre-session consultation, we will plan out all of the details of your New Orleans newborn session. Here we will design the session of your dreams. Depending on the session type, we will go through luxurious newborn knits and headbands, choose colors for backdrops or try on clothes from my carefully curated collection of vintage children's clothes. Additionally, we review all the amazing ways you can enjoy your photos after your session and look at all of your product options.


Here is where the magic happens. If you are coming for a newborn session, I am a baby whisperer! There is no need to worry if your baby will do well. With 20 years of experience, I just get newborns. I understand their cues and am patient and gentle and can guarantee amazing photos. If you are coming for a portrait session, the studio is located on the most stunning property that will make your photos so special. Children enjoy coming to "play" on the tree swings and trees. It is completely stress free and an enjoyable experience!


By far the best part of the experience! Here we will view together all of the best images from your session. You will select your favorites and we will design unique artwork for your home. All artwork is of the finest quality printed in Italy on museum quality paper. You will have your final products 4-6 weeks after this appointment. Your matching digital files will be delivered approximately one week after your ordering appointment.


With over 20 years of experience photographing newborns, newborn safety is our top priority.  The softest touch and greatest care are used when photographing your newborn.  Annie was named BEST NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER IN LOUISIANA in 2018 by Bored Panda and has received several awards and recognition over the years for her photography.



There are no words I could say that would describe how happy I am with the experience I’ve had with Annie! First of all, she is a baby whisperer! I was so nervous having to push my newborn session to 2 months, but my daughter’s pictures are better than I could have ever imagined. She was 100% worth the drive and the investment. You simply cannot go wrong choosing her! I can’t wait to display these lovely portraits in my home!

Two month old baby girl at her photo session in New Orleans


“I am sobbing.  I can’t even begin to express how much your words, kindness and beautiful work mean to me.  Forever grateful!”

fine art NEW ORLEANS children's photo with well dressed wolf


I am still smiling! Annie is all things amazing and I can’t wait for another session with her. I wanted outdoor photos of my kids where they looked authentic, and she nailed it. I actually reached out to her about a newborn session, and after I explained what I really wanted she suggested we wait until my son could sit up unassisted to get the shots I had in mind. She was right of course, and I am so in love with the photos. On the actual day of the session the temp dropped into the 30’s! Annie said we could absolutely reschedule but I was too excited, so she brought blankets and kept my daughter smiling despite the cold. Annie captured such magical moments of my babies. My cup runneth over.

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Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids after your New Orleans photo session?  Our partners over at New Orleans Mom have put together a comprehensive list of things to do in New Orleans with kids.  


Most asked questions

When should we book a newborn photographer in New Orleans?

Most newborn photographers in New Orleans and south Louisiana book up to 2-3 months in advance. I recommending reaching out in your 2nd trimester if you find a maternity or newborn photographer that you would love to work with as schedules fill up quickly. Personally, I limit myself to 4 newborns a month. Additionally, it takes a little time to plan out the session of your dreams. Want to leave plenty of time for your pre-session consultation.

What age should I have my newborn photographed?

Typically, it is recommended to schedule your newborn session within the first two weeks of life. At this stage babies sleep deeply so they can be safely posed in those sweet poses you see all over my website. Also, babies may begin to peal or develop baby acne (all completely normal), but it is nice avoiding that if possible. That being said, as a newborn photographer in New Orleans, while I prefer younger newborns, I am very successful in getting "newborn" style photos of babies of all ages. So don't hesitate to reach out if you missed that newborn window.

How do I prepare for my newborn session?

You don't have to stress about that AT ALL! All of the planning and designing will already have been done at your pre-session consultation so when you arrive at the studio I will have everything you picked out all set up. Prior to the session, I will send you "baby prep instructions" which are simple suggestions that will help your session go smoothly.

When are maternity photos taken?

I suggest planning to have your New Orleans maternity portrait session between 30-34 weeks. That way you are still pretty comfortable and to be honest, you never know when babies are going to decide to arrive.

Do you provide clothing?

For children and babies, YES! That is the best part! I have an extensive collection of vintage dresses, denim, and knits for boys and girls. This I feel is what helps your portraits with me stand out and become something extra special. For newborns, I provide every beautiful prop including luxurious knits, delicate dry flower headbands, and vibrant backdrops.

For adults, I believe everyone has their own unique style. We will work together at your consultation to go over color pallets and plan outfit options from your closet.

Who can I include in my custom New Orleans newborn session or portrait session?

Anyone you love! We are going to create something so special together. Art work that is going to fill your heart with joy every time you pass it in your home. Everyone and anyone that you cherish is welcome. Siblings, grandparents (I LOVE generational photos!), best friends, fur babies.......

Why did I become a New Orleans newborn photographer?

I love this story!  Hi!  I’m Annie and I’m a newborn photographer just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana.  When I was high school, I enjoyed photography.  I had an old film SLR and I would take pictures of everything.  My grandmother encouraged me.  We both also shared a love for Anne Geddes beautiful calendars with the most precious photos of little babies.  I always loved babies!  As a kid I always wanted to play “house” and loved being around younger cousins.

I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician when I was growing up because I loved children AND science.  I did an internship in the neonatal unit of a local New Orleans hospital but quickly learned that I preferred behind the scene science and decided to get a PhD in Physiology and then a post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroscience instead of seeing patients….but that’s a story for another day…..

In college I learned to develop my own film.   And so the obsession began.  I just wanted to photograph everything and so I did.  When my oldest daughter was born almost 22 years ago, I wanted those beautiful photos like I saw Anne Geddes create but at the time newborn photography wasn’t a thing.  So I took my precious newborn and my camera and I posed her in my moms apartment on a white pillow with rose petals from a vase of roses in the kitchen.  And just like that, I did my first newborn session.

After that one, friends wanted them of their little ones too. And others through word of mouth.  So here we are almost 22 years later and I’ve photographed 1000’s of newborns.  Each one was a gift.

I decided to do this professionally (though part-time) in 2012.  Believe it or not, I’m still part-time.  I am no longer a Neuroscientist but teach Biology at a local all girls high school.  And snuggle babies on the weekends.  Because of this, sessions are VERY limited.  Don’t wait to schedule your New Orleans newborn photography session.