"Grow. Gather. Give Back."

We offer engaging and creative classes for all ages - no experience necessary! Plus, did you hear? We include all materials, so you can relax and enjoy the process without the prep. Throughout the year, we also offer periodic specialty photography sessions inside our beautiful sun-filled studio as well as outside our doorstep, in the park settings at the Village Green. Stay tuned for photo mini session announcements!


we're supporting the chesapeake bay foundation throughout the spring.

scroll down + check back for more - we add new events all month long.


The Studio


Picture the Good is a space (both physical and mental) inspired by creativity and kinship, and dedicated to making the world a brighter place – one person, picture and project at a time. We officially opened during a pandemic -- so fitting for a place that believes in looking ahead, that believes that everyday to-do lists are meant to be interrupted by joyful diversions, and that believes in supporting those who need help most by giving back to the community.


In addition to photo sessions, we offer creative + empowering workshops for all ages both onsite (outdoors for now) and virtually through Zoom, as well as periodic Makers’ Markets featuring work by local artisans. We proudly donate 10% of all profits to a different charity each month.


We are delighted to be your local source for new inspiration each month at Picture the Good: Studio + Workshop. We hope you'll join "the good!" 


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS + EVENTS

Previous EVENTS

Storytelling Month 2021: Author Brad Meltzer, White House Photographer Sharon Farmer, Authors Scott McBride + Rod Thompson

String art: Mermaids & Sharks, Harry Potter, Koalas, Mountains

Happy Little Art Club throughout Fall 2020, returning Spring/Summer 2021

Holiday Crafts for All Ages: Happy Camper Snow Globes, Holiday Door Signs, Valentines Day Signs, Rustic Bunny Signs

Harvest Wreaths with Crofton Craftaholic

Custom Shiplap Signs with Jenadi Creative

A Cookie + A Craft Series (partnering with Sugar Butter Love!)

Kids Sewing: (including sewing school mascots as partnerships with local PTAs)

Adult Sewing: hand-sewing, beginning machine sewing

Paint Nights (partnering with Between Pines Painting!) - all ages, plus couples nights

Hand-Stamped Drink Charms with Crofton Craftaholic

Photography: Food Photography 101 with ALN Images

Clay Sculpting for Kids


Is there a project or activity you've been longing to learn (or teach)? Tell us!

We proudly support local artisans of all kinds, and we'd love to connect about what you have in mind. Send us a note.

About Emily:

Photographer + Owner/Founder


Simply stated, Emily is a professional storyteller. (She's also a dreamer, a cancer survivor, a novice surfer, a mama's girl, and also a proud mom and wife herself). She is passionate about sincerity - telling true and beautiful stories of everyday people through both prints and prose. Based in Crofton, Emily has been a favorite D.C.- area photographer since 2012, creating art out of connection for families and couples; and helping small business owners, political candidates and artists reach new audiences through dynamic images. In 2019, she was named one of Washington, D.C.’s Top 10 Family Photographers by Peerspace


In 2018, Emily completed her Masters in Nonfiction Writing at Johns Hopkins University - something that took her 10 years, three children and one cancer victory to accomplish. Her words and pictures have appeared in magazines and the Smithsonian Institution's ongoing blog, and she has been hired to craft speeches and articles for clients ranging from the U.S. Secret Service to various private sector corporations. (As a certified editor, she's also a total word nerd).


Emily started Picture the Good: Studio + Workshop as a way to look forward after a personal tragedy and breast cancer in 2015, and to encourage others as well. Emily always knew that if she found a commercial space in Crofton, she wanted it to be more than only a studio for her own photography, but also a creative hub where the community could be inspired by new passions; where families could share in workshops alongside their neighbors and friends; where local artisans could be showcased, and where nonprofits could be supported through each experience. It sounds like a lofty goal, but we've already achieved each of these things in the months since we opened our doors in 2020 - during a pandemic, no less! But we're just getting started...

Image courtesy: ALN Images

Erin (left) - one of our favorite instructors - and owner Emily at our first Makers' Market Showcase in 2020, which raised $430 for Burgers and Bands for Suicide Prevention through nearly 30 artisan vendors and local nonprofits. We're always looking to showcase community talent.

The Photography


Mini Sessions

We offer many themed mini sessions throughout the year! Mini sessions last 10 minutes and come with one digital high-resolution photo of your choice. A digital gallery is provided to every customer to choose their favorite photo from. Add-on images and designer display products are always available.

Previous mini Sessions

Howl-o-ween Pet Mini Sessions

Custom School Sessions

School Yearbook Sessions

Family Mini Sessions

High School Senior Mini Sessions

Gratitude Sessions for Frontline COVID Workers and Teachers




The Charities

Each month, we choose a different charity to donate 10% of our profits to.

Current Charity of the Month: March


Dress for Success

Washington, D.C.

Dress for Success empowers women by offering career support in a variety of ways. From career coaching to help with the job search and interview process, to providing the professional clothing necessary to look the part, this organization is focused on helping women to succeed.





Contact Us

Questions? Suggestions? Join the good! Drop us a note in the form below, or email us directly at picturethegoodstudio@gmail.com.