Hi, I am Emily Karcher Schmitt.

I am a specialty photographer known for creating and delivering dynamic portraits, event imagery and printed heirloom pieces that tell stories for a lifetime. In 2019, I was named one of Washington, D.C.’s Top 10 Family Photographers by Peerspace. My aesthetic is classic and clean, joyful and timeless - true to you: comfortable yet polished. In 2020, I opened a studio dedicated to inspiring others in the community through creative workshops and partnerships with fellow small businesses as a way to support my fellow creatives and donate a percentage of profits to charity, particularly when a pandemic has made it harder on all of us.

As a nonfiction writer for magazines as well, I'm passionate about telling stories that reveal the spark of each individual, couple, family, and in some cases, an entire brand. Since 2012, my clients have ranged from one-woman businesses to political candidates, new parents and large extended families, nonprofits and corporations. As a breast cancer survivor and mother, my ultimate goal is documenting connection, whether between a mother and child, a couple in love, or a head shot that that leads to connecting a brand with an entire community. I'm excited to tell your story next-- I proudly serve the Washington, D.C., area (my home), and the Outer Banks of North Carolina (my home away from home).

Image courtesy: ALN Images.

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