Our Story


Little Nest founder Laura Novak Meyer began her photography career at age 23 and met it with swift success.
Her fresh sensibility and talent for putting clients at ease led to a successful business and ample recognition in the media and within the photography industry. But all of the success left her lacking. She saw a missing element in the photography marketplace. For families with children who wanted high quality, modern, unique imagery, the options were limited to either mass-market chain studios that prized volume over ambiance, or extremely expensive custom photo sessions only available to a small percentage of families.

She dreamt about something even better.

A boutique photography studio that offered stellar imagery in a relaxed atmosphere, where families could slow down and enjoy the experience. A committed team of artists with the common goal of capturing clients’ stories in a collaborative, creative atmosphere. An artistic philosophy that blended classic portraiture technique with spontaneity and emotion. On these premises, Little Nest was born. Little Nest Portraits has expanded into a national brand, while always keeping those core values at heart.

Our Team


Laura Novak/Owner + founder

Laura Novak has grown Little Nest Portraits by providing coaching, training and empowering women within the Little Nest organization. She loves to help women to do what they love (and love what they do!) while balancing their families at home. Laura over fifteen years experience in the photography industry and am honored to have my business advice found in Working Mother, Entrepreneur, Inc., Design*Sponge, Forbes and Success Magazine. She lives in Wilmington, DE with her husband, John, and two toddler boys, Andrew and Joshua.


Noelle Peter/COO

With over twenty years experience in retail operations, Noelle Peter brings her expertise in metrics, construction management, and operations background to Little Nest Portraits. Her kind, compassionate, and results-oriented approach to people management is an invaluable asset to each of our franchise brand partners. Prior to Little Nest, Noelle worked on expanding retail locations of fashion brands like Joseph Abboud and Ted Baker. Noelle lives in Randor, PA with her husband, Greg and four teenage sons.


Brianna Clifford/digital arts director

As the digital arts director, Brianna oversees photography quality, centralized RAW processing and ongoing photography education. Her digital arts department develops and produces endless resources for photographers including mentoring programs, training videos, and critiques to support our franchised brand partners, providing the opportunity for those without photography expertise to be franchisees. Brianna holds a degree from the esteemed Hallmark Institute of Photography and lives in Media, PA with her fiancé, Pete, and dog, Tucker.