• 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, and messing about in the garden. I like fizzy kombucha with lots of ice and lime (and sometimes a few shots of tequila), dark chocolate, and fancy cowboy boots. 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!

“Resist the urge to apologize for your strange and flawed self. The world doesn’t need you to be perfect. It just needs you.”

—Nanea Hoffman


What my happy clients are saying.


I dread having my picture taken. Tamzin immediately put me at ease and was able to get several shots that I loved. She completely surpassed my expectations.

- Aida


I was surprised how comfortable I felt in front of the camera. I was so curious about it, I started trying to figure out what you were doing that was helping me so much. I began to notice how you would pick up the camera and give us a suggestion right away. I didn’t have time to get nervous or get stuck in my own idea of what I should look like. I was just listening to you talk. You lightened the mood. You invited us to snuggle in close. This was big fun! And look at the results… GORGEOUS!

- Valerie

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