Emma Weiss Photo
Baltimore + DC based editorial and lifestyle photographer


hi there!

I'm Emma (she/her), a photographer and coffee-addicted art history enthusiast based in Washington, DC. I’ve been photographing weddings, portraits, and brands for six years. I strongly believe that Black lives matter and that love is love and that climate change is very real; I am working to ensure that these are my guiding principles for how I live my every day life as well as my work as a photographer and in the photography industry.

You can usually find me in an art museum, at a coffee shop, or wandering the city by foot. I’m an introvert, but these places are where I feel most in sync with humanity. To elaborate in a philosophical sense, because I’m a huge fan of getting deep into exploring my “why”s: art galleries and art history reveal to me the fundamentality of human expression across time and space, which in turn allows me to observe and experience the buzz of a café, the bustle of city streets with curiosity and intimacy.

This is how I work as a photographer. I love movement, naturalism, and authenticity. While we shoot together, I above all want to make you comfortable in front of the camera so you can be yourself. From there, I create compositions with gentle prompting and ideas from your own movements and manners.


It is my goal as a photographer to show these intricacies that make you the unique work of art you are: a portrait of honesty, vulnerability, and strength that identifies both your individuality and your connection to a long history of humanity.


a bit more about me

That was a lot of flowery language, so let me zoom out and assure you that on top of all of that is a sarcastic, routine-loving but travel-hungry girl that consumes almost exclusively coffee, pasta and hummus. So here are some random facts about me.

  • I firmly believe that choosing the right coffee mug is essential to setting the right mood for the day. I am also currently learning that a homemade latte served in a wine glass is the height of luxury.

  • I grew up just outside of Baltimore, and it’s one of my favorite cities. Berger cookies and crabs and Camden Yards 4ever.

  • I loved my first car very much; her name was Edna, and she was small and silver very cute and sassy and zippy and bold. (Her namesake, for reference.) Edna unfortunately met an untimely death, and I moved on to Roz, a white car of the exact same make and model who is named for both Rosalind Franklin and this Roz. Where Edna was zippy and bold, Roz is a weathered, strong old woman with a hard but caring heart. And if you’ve made it this far in this paragraph about my car ownership, I’m honestly impressed.

  • Other things I love: gin and tonics. Harry Potter. journaling. long walks. all forms of nut butter. sending my younger brother too many memes and being annoyed when he doesn’t find them as funny as I do. quoting Spongebob, Up, The Sound of Music, Tangled, The Princess Bride, and Kung Fu Panda to some degree every day.

  • I studied Renaissance Art History in Rome for five weeks in the summer of 2018, where I drank 34 cappuccini, ate pasta 23 times, visited 13 museums and 20 churches, and walked 334 miles. I now think about Rome every single day. So if you’re looking for a photographer to wander that city with you…

that’s a post-art pre-pizza happy-in-Rome full-face grin.