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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored portrait photographers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best portrait photographers in Washington DC.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Adam Auel Photography

Adam Auel Photography is the Poolesville studio of Adam Auel, who has been “producing photography for advertising, corporate and editorial clients” for over 20 years. Services include portrait sessions and corporate photography. Prices are not listed on the company’s website, so customers are encouraged to contact the photographer directly.

Poolesville, MD(301) 349-4341


Bonnie Sen Photography

Bonnie Sen Photography is a Washington studio offering wedding and portrait photography. Lead photographer and owner Bonnie captures the “events of a wedding day in a combination of fine-art and photojournalistic style,” and offers high-resolution images with her packages. She is available for local and destination weddings. Portrait sessions for individuals, couples, and families begin at $750 and usually last about an hour. Bonnie’s favorite time of day to shoot portraits is a few hours before sunset. The session fee includes all the photographs taken during the shoot.

Washington, DC(301) 458-0397


Cyndy Porter Style & Photography

Cyndy Porter Style & Photography is a photography studio in McLean. Cyndy has over 15 years of business experience and she is described as an “award winning, certified photographer, expert image consultant and inspiring public speaker.” She is certified through the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) association, and she is also an Image Consultant helping clients to craft powerful and authentic personal and professional images. Cyndy’s photography services include editorials, women’s and men’s headshots, and group and team photo sessions.

McLean, DC(703) 919-5244


Eleven Hearts Studios

Eleven Hearts Studios in Washington offers wedding, portrait, family, boudoir, and pet photography. The studio’s founder and lead photographer specializes in “fine art wedding photojournalism” and has been featured in magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Perfect Wedding, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan. The studio also offers high-quality photo albums, fine art prints, and canvas prints of wedding photographs. Potential clients are encouraged to email the company directly for pricing and availability.

Washington, DC(646) 961-4411


Elliott O'Donovan

Elliott O’Donovan is a Washington editorial and portrait photographer, whose goal is to “go beyond an eye-catching image to showcase the story behind the image.” Elliott has worked with a variety of clients, including models, executives, rock bands, and celebrities, and his work has been featured in Northern Virginia Magazine and Alt Press Magazine. For headshots, “The Pursuit” package costs $350 and includes three wardrobe changes, optional background and lighting changes, three retouched images, and online web resolution proofs. Professional makeup application at the studio is available for an extra $150.

Washington, DC(240) 630-4124


Jessica Monte Photography

Jessica Monte Photography is an Ashburn studio offering professional headshots and photography for high school seniors, families, models, and actors. Add on services for sessions include album and book design, brochures, digital files, engagement and graduation announcements, full retouching, holiday cards, professional hair and makeup, and on location photography. Professional headshots and portraits begin at $300, and group rates are also available.

Ashburn, VA(703) 327-7340


Kristina Sherk Photography

Kristina Sherk Photography in North Bethesda is the studio of photographer Kristina Sherk, who started her career in performing and theater but now dedicates herself to providing “top notch headshots to actors, performers, dancers, executives, and CEOs.” Past clients include Amazon Web Services, New York Life Insurance, James Madison University, Intel, Adobe, and Capital Grille. In addition to offering in-studio and on location headshot sessions and corporate portraits, the studio offers corporate event, product, and underwater photography, as well as professional photo retouching and editorial services.

North Bethesda, MD(240) 338-2676


Laurentina Photography

Laurentina Photography is a full service studio in Reston, specializing in “lifestyle wedding, event, and portrait photography.” Professional portrait sessions begin at $495 plus tax, and headshots start at $195 plus tax. The lead photographer has received training in Italy and is an active member of the Reston Chamber of Commerce.

Reston, DC(571) 733-4496


MacklerMedia Photography

MacklerMedia Photography is the Arlington studio of a “husband and wife wedding and portrait photography duo.” Services include wedding, engagement, newborn, and family photography. On location engagement sessions are also available. Wedding packages start at $1500, and portrait sessions start at $250.

Arlington, DC(202) 470-5395



MadiouArt is a Silver Spring studio specializing in “modern portrait photography.” Services include corporate on-location portraits for $200, studio portraits for $150, and creative portraits for chefs, authors, dancers, and other professionals starting at $500. Corporate event, wedding, and pet photography services are also available. Extra services include complimentary basic retouching, major retouching for $10-25 per image, and professional makeup and hair services for an additional fee.

Silver Spring, DC(301) 560-0443


Mark Silva Photography

Mark Silva Photography is a Washington studio offering “professional photography and photo-editing services” to a range of clients including the World Bank, the W Hotel, Interfolio, and Happenstance Theater Group. Studio owner and lead photographer Mark Silva was trained as an architect and painter, and has also donated his photographic services to nonprofit organizations such as Common Good City Farm, Dupont Underground, and Bread for the City. Services include corporate and personal headshots, editorial portraits, and wedding and architectural photography.

Washington, DC(202) 367-6258


Mike Morgan Photography

Mike Morgan Photography is the Washington studio of Mike Morgan, a photographer who loves “creating memorable portraits and images that embody the heroism, vulnerability or humor” of his subjects. A select client list includes Citigroup, Navy SEALS, HGTV, Fruit of the Loom, and Allstate. Services include corporate photography, portraits, editorials, and documentary photography.

Washington, DC(301) 641-7377


Moshe Zusman Photography Studio

Moshe Zusman Photography Studio in Washington offers a variety of professional photography services, including business and pageant headshots, personal portraits, fashion photography, and black and white photography. The “Business Session” is $495 and includes five to eight retouched digital files, licensing use for the images, professional makeup application, and optional clothing changes. Portrait sessions start at $600 and can take place at the studio or on location, with final pricing determined by the client’s needs.

Washington, DC(202) 506-7218


Rebecca Emily Photography

At Rebecca Emily Photography, portraits tell a story. The studio’s owner Rebecca is a Washington photographer who specializes in “natural light, modern, custom portrait photography.” She has received a “Best of American Society of Media Photographers” award, FotoWeek DC’s Silver Prize, and Photo District News’ “30 Emerging Photographers to Watch.” Services include baby and newborn sessions, as well as family, corporate, and wedding photography. A 45-minute headshot session is $900 and includes a pre-session consultation, an online image gallery, two retouched digital portraits, and a full digital collection.

Washington, DC(202) 997-9845


Red Turtle Photography

Red Turtle Photography is a Washington studio providing “beautiful and modern lifestyle and portrait photography for children, families, food, and fine products.” The studio features newborn sessions, with a blend of portrait and documentary-style images, for $300. The mini session is $125 and is only available during cherry blossom and holiday seasons. A one-hour family session costs $250 and takes place at clients’ homes or outdoors, creating “gently-posed and unposed” images. Session fees do not include digital image files, prints, or any other products.

Washington, DC(202) 230-3096


Sharpfocus Photography

Sharpfocus Photography is a Washington studio offering actor, corporate, and model headshots, body shots, and personal portraits. Studio shoots require a $25 deposit at least three days prior to the shoot date. Actor and model headshots and studio portraits are $200 each and take approximately one hour of studio time. Corporate headshots are $250 and include one hour of studio time, a choice of black, white, or grey background, optional makeup and styling, an online gallery, and a CD with six high resolution images with beauty retouching.

Washington, DC(202) 246-2353


Studio Pri

Studio Pri is a is a provider of portrait photography in Washington that crafts “authentic and fresh” visual narratives. The company captures the natural sparkle and brilliance of people, and it uses only proven techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to deliver treasures that can last a lifetime. The creative squad consists of talented and skilled people with decades of combined professional experience creating one-of-a-kind, high-end tangible products with a bit of their heart in every work produced. Studio Pri also covers commitment ceremonies, weddings, and other special occasions, and it engages in filmmaking and commercial shoots as well. Clients can view the team’s recent works on the shop’s website and social media pages, and they can call to ask about the use of copyrighted material in the production.

Silver Spring, DC(800) 986-0560


Tim Coburn Photography

Tim Coburn Photography is the Washington studio of award winning photographer Tim Coburn, who is “blessed with extraordinary senses of style, design, color, and lighting.” The company was founded in 2003 and offers headshots, portraits, and model photography services. A professional headshot session without studio makeup or styling is $350 and includes three wardrobe changes, two background choices, an online gallery of 100+ images, free retouching on one image, and a digital file of all images. A headshot session with in-studio makeup and styling is $500.

Fairfax, DC(202) 422-3086


Z. Miller Photography

Z. Miller Photography is the Silver Spring studio of photographer Zach Miller, who provides “beautiful photography to suit all styles and budgets.” Past clients include AMC Theaters, P&G, and the Family Online Safety Institute. The studio offers a range of services, including automotive, event, family, fashion, music, modeling, portrait, and real estate photography.

Silver Spring, DC(240) 687-5902


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