• You know you need a professional portrait, but dread the thought of having your picture taken. You know how important a good portrait is for your website, blog, online dating and social media profiles. You know that viewers are making immediate, unconscious judgments of you based on your profile portrait—or (gasp!) lack thereof—compelling them to either engage or to move on.

    I know… I feel your pain. 

    You’re in luck—I can help. I’m a DC-area photographer specializing in creating captivating portraits without the pain. Whether it’s an image that’s all-business for LinkedIn; a casual but polished shot for your blog; or a capture of the most vivacious, irresistible version of you for social sites, online dating or sharing with loved ones, I guarantee the experience will be fun, memorable, and—most important—painless.

    Are you ready for a pain-free portrait experience? Contact me today to chat or to schedule a session: call 301-509-1747 or email me.


A little bit about what I do.

professional portraits professional portraits business portraits
branding portraits
environmental portraits
professional social media profiles
personal portraits personal portraits personal social media profiles
online dating profiles
personal enjoyment, gifting and sharing
environmental portraits
retouching & restoration retouching & restoration digital photo retouching
photo restoration (digital)
digital photo library organization
private software training
portrait of dc portrait photographer Tamzin B. Smith


I’m Tamzin—a portrait photographer who creates pain-free portraits for personal branding in business and social media, for online dating profiles, and for just plain ol’ personal enjoyment, serving all kinds of folks in the Washington, DC area. I love walking on the C&O Canal path, cooking and eating whole foods, Crossfitting with my husband, good dark chocolate and barbeque. I’m also a productivity junkie, a life hacker, and can’t seem to settle on a hair style.

Thanks for stopping by… Poke around to learn more about me and my work, my services, the experience, what clients are saying and other good stuff. I hope you enjoy your visit!

“Most people don’t fail by making overt mistakes. They fail because they don’t take action.”

—Sam Carpenter, Working the System


What my happy clients are saying.


I was really worried about finding the right photographer for my professional photos. I searched through a lot of local photographers’ websites, and the photos just felt staged or sanitized. I wanted my photos to look a little different and more feminine and still be professional. I found Tamzin when a friend recommended her, and she went above and beyond what I expected. She gave me great suggestions about what clothes to bring to the photo shoot, and she was amazing at finding wonderful angles for the photos. It helped that she knew how to take photos that flattered my body type. I absolutely loved the final results, and I will be recommending Tamzin to anyone I meet!

- Marin

Today was a ton of fun and you had me at ease the whole time. Certainly not as painful as I thought it would be, although it did take me an hour to warm up after we were done [photographing outdoors]. I’m excited to push a ton of business your way… Thanks, you are the best!

- John

Thank you for your patience, reassuring presence, artistry, and coaching! Fascinating to observe my own reactions. As a business exec and coach, I’m usually in the mode of confident, assured leader. It was oddly refreshing to allow myself to be vulnerable and open about my insecurities in being photographed and conveying ‘who I am’ as a coach via digital images. You radiate a loving, nonjudgmental warmth. Your passion for photography is so evident. It is a joy to witness someone moving gracefully and fluently in their right livelihood.

- Elsie