• 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 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.

MY SERVICES

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
boudoir
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

ABOUT ME… NUTSHELL VERSION

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!

“The reason we shouldn’t pursue balance is that the magic never happens in the middle; magic happens at the extremes.”

—Gary Keller, The One Thing

TESTIMONIALS

What my happy clients are saying.

Gabriele

I have gotten so many positive comments on my photo. It really is amazing what a pic does for your profile. Thank you, thank you!! I hope to be able to talk your services up.

- Gabriele

Louise

[The photos] are wonderful. I don’t think I’ve had a picture of myself that I have felt good about since I was 13 and I love many of these and at least like them all! Also, I don’t think we have any pictures of the three of us-and if somewhere we do, it is nothing like these! I will treasure them. Thank you so much. And thank you Valerie for introducing us.

- Louise
Valerie

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