Mel Worthington

photographer. storyteller. people-loving introvert

Hi there! I’m a freelance photog in the DMV and I’m all about casual, joyful and authentic portraits.  Mostly I document newborns and photograph families. Sometimes I help entrepreneurs bank images that reveal and build their brands.

Here’s the CV version: MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, BA from Georgetown University, nationally exhibited artist, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellow and I have been in biz for myself since 2002.

Here’s the real: I’m both silly and serious. I’m outdoorsy but I love my couch. I’m crafty with expensive taste in things like yarn. I’m a splash of glam mixed with ex-fem, overalls and a bold red lip. I push boundaries and gravitate towards complexity in the world around me and in others. I know I can’t fit everything that you are into a single image but I like to try anyway.

I’m also a mom with an unusual parenthood journey. I know that it doesn’t all turn out the way you planned and that the world can seem to push against rest, connection and joy. Sometimes I think this work helps me tap into my own joy as I document yours. I love that we let go of perfection together in pursuit of what is real and beautiful and true.

I love documenting family life, from its earliest days to wherever it goes because it never ends. You will never not be their parent.

To see our family journey, see Mel’s Story in the menu: you might want pictures like this too. Follow me on IG to see the latest in our joys and challenges, its only channel I can keep up with while living my best life IRL. I’ll share recent work on the blog. I am so grateful to each family who allows me share.

If you have read this far, thank you – as my dad would say, “you’re a keeper”! Here are the services I offer:

  • Full Sessions – 1-3 hrs (Newborn & Baby, Documentary, Lifestyle or Small Business)
  • Mini Sessions – 30 minutes or less (Lifestyle)
  • Day Rates – 6+ hours (Documentary or Small Business)

And you’re wondering what I mean by Documentary or Lifestyle, read more here.

Use the contact page to get in touch, ask questions and schedule your session! I can’t wait to meet you…