Transforming Senior Year Memories into Masterpieces

The senior year of high school is an incredibly significant milestone for seniors and their parents. It marks the end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood as students prepare to leave behind the familiar surroundings of their hometown and embark on a new journey towards independence. It's a year of bittersweet goodbyes and exciting new beginnings.

High school senior portraits are a powerful reminder of this transformative time in a young person's life, encapsulating both the joy and the sadness of saying goodbye to a beloved chapter of their life. Cinematic senior photography transforms these memories into stunning works of art as unique and individual as the seniors themselves.

Senior Photographer in Washington D.C., Maryland & Northern Virginia

As the end of high school approaches, seniors experience a mix of excitement, anxiety, and nostalgia. As a parent, you want to capture these pivotal moments in your child's life and create tangible memories that you can hold onto forever, even after they’ve left the nest. These are the photos that you’ll look at again-and-again as you reminisce, and eventually with your child’s spouse and children.

That's where cinematic senior photography comes in. It is not just about taking yearbook pictures; it is about creating art that captures the true essence of your senior. Through carefully crafted lighting, composition, and editing techniques, these unique senior photo sessions capture the full range of emotion and personality in a way that traditional senior portraits simply cannot match. With cinematic senior photography in Northern Virginia, your senior's memories will be transformed into distinctive masterpieces that you will treasure for years to come.

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A Senior Photographer for Inclusivity & Diversity

Every family background and every person is an individual, and I am no exception. Therefore, celebrating diversity is extremely important to me.

I am a senior portrait photographer passionate about capturing the remarkable stories of high school seniors and their families. I am committed to bringing out the unique and exceptional qualities of each individual I photograph, particularly those from diverse backgrounds. Whether you’re an adoptive family, are racially or ethnically diverse, differently-abled or neurodivergent, I am committed to showcasing the beauty and richness of each person’s story through my lens.

What is a
Cinematic Photographer?

A cinematic photographer uses techniques inspired by the art of cinema to create visually stunning and emotionally impactful photographs. Cinematic photography employs lighting, composition, and editing techniques to develop a distinct mood and atmosphere in the images.

This style of photography aims to evoke substantial emotional depth and convey a sense of individuality. Cinematic photography transforms everyday moments into extraordinary works of art, often incorporating a storytelling element that evokes a sense of theatrical work and narrative in the images.

What will your photos become?

Photography is meant to be cherished and seen forever, not stuck in digital limbo. Senior photography packages that include an album can put your beautiful images in a tangible form that you can hold, flip through whenever you like and share. This way, you'll have a timeless keepsake that can be passed down for generations to come. Alternatively, you can choose a beautiful customized photography gift that matches your decor.


Senior portrait sessions start at just $895 for a 1.5-hour session. Some senior photography packages include a stunning album and digital photos, ensuring your memories last forever. Plus, you can add beautiful framed prints, canvas prints, wall art, and other unique gifts to proudly showcase your senior's achievements.

I'd love to answer any questions that you have! Communication is important, so let’s schedule a phone call!

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What clients have shared about their experience.

“Our teens are growing up so fast so we wanted to get a set of really good family photos to capture this special time in our lives as a family. But when we booked Nell to take our pictures, I didn't realize how much fun we would have just doing the shoot itself! Nell put us all right at ease and was very patient with my autistic son. At the end of the day not only do I have amazing photos that I will treasure forever that truly captures us as family, but I also will always have wonderful memories of the afternoon we spent together at our shoot.”

- Holly & Patrick J. 

- Tiffany & Kyle L.

“I am so honored to have our family photos taken by Nell. She did such a wonderful job from the moment we got out of the car till the very last photo. She was so patient with the kids and also with Kyle and me. I know with small children that can be difficult to do but she made it happen. She got some amazing photos that I will cherish for a very long time. Photos are so special to me, so having these amazing shots are really a blessing.”

"Nell is an amazing photographer not only in the beautiful shots she captures, but in the way she works with the families to find the perfect setting and put them at ease. When we were brainstorming locations, I mentioned libraries or museums... Nell managed to get a bookstore to let us use their space for the shoot. It was amazing to be around all those books before the shop opened and the backdrop was perfect for our family. Nell also really goes the extra mile to get to know you before the shoot so that everyone - including the kids - can be comfortable and have a great time, which is what leads to beautiful, genuine smiles. My five-year-old usually hates having his picture taken so every picture I have of him he is covering his face, scowling, or being goofy. Nell was able to capture his genuine sweetness and that is something I will treasure long into the future. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!"

- Chandra & BJ W.

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