• Modern Headshots

    Business portraits with a fresh, modern look.

  • Naturally flattering

    We portray the best version of you.

  • Relaxed Sessions

    (You might even have fun).

Our Clients

We photograph everyone from business executives and attorneys to TV personalities and political figures.

Recent Headshot Shoots

and other news from the blog

Environmental portrait of Diana, a real estate agent in Washington, DC

Portraits of a Realtor

June 2, 2018

Diana contacted me the other day wanting photos for her new career in real estate, but she wasn't sure if she wanted to do photos in the studio or on location. I made it easy for her by suggesting we do both!

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washington dc actor headshot of bryant

Recent Headshot Shoots

May 19, 2018

It's been an busy spring here at District Portraits, and I wanted to throw a few of my favorite recent headshots up here on the blog. I've been photographing everyone from musicians and entrepreneurs to hotel executives, dentists, high school teachers and even one very large and intimidating MMA fighter (He was actually incredibly nice, but I'm still relieved that he liked his photos!)

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environmental portrait of a young woman on theodore roosevelt island

Environmental Portraits around Washington, DC

April 20, 2018

District Portraits is more than just a headshot studio. I am often able to get out in the world and shoot environmental portraits, something I really love. Years ago I was a newspaper photographer, for whom environmental portraiture is a big part of the job. Now I do a lot more work for businesses, individuals and universities. The nice thing about these shoots, compared to newspaper work, is that I have a lot more time to think through the portrait and find the ideal location and timing.

For example in the portrait above, for Tufts University, I had to photograph ...

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Our services

Relaxed and Friendly Sessions

Would you rather get a root canal than have your picture taken? Our portrait sessions are fun and friendly and you'll probably find yourself laughing at some point.

Personalized Portraiture

Every person and face is different, and we treat them as such. We're not cranking out widgets! Dennis adjusts his lighting and angles to best suit every individual who walks in front of his camera.

Free Image Hosting

You have 24/7 online access to your finished images.

Quick Turnaround

Dennis was a newspaper photographer for 20 years and knows all about deadlines. Need new headshots for a speaking engagement tomorrow? We can make it happen!

Headshot Sessions

The packages below cover some of the most common scenarios, but we are always happy to come up with a custom quote for your situation. Just drop us a line and let us know how we can help!

Studio Session


  • At our DC area studio
  • One person
  • Two looks
  • 60 minute session
  • Two retouched images per person
  • Hair and makeup artist optional

Location Session


  • At your location or our studio
  • Up to five people
  • One look/set up
  • Two hour shooting window
  • Two retouched images per person
  • $100 per additional person (includes additional 30 minute shooting window)
  • Hair and makeup artist optional

Super Session


  • At your location or our studio
  • Up to ten people
  • Two looks/lighting set ups per person
  • Four hour shooting window
  • Two retouched images per person
  • $100 per additional person (includes additional 30 minute shooting window)
  • Hair and makeup artist optional
Photography is like a moment, an instant. You need a half-second to get the photo. So it's good to capture people when they are themselves.

About Dennis


Dennis is a veteran portrait and headshot photographer who has has worked for the Washington Post, New York Times, American Red Cross, JP Morgan and many others. His portrait subjects have included everyone from Vice President Joe Biden to Pakistani goatherders. Doctors and lawyers, business people and actors, authors and real estate agents pass through his headshot studio on a regular basis. He even photographs the occasional Irish Setter.

Dennis' work has won awards in the international Pictures of the Year competition, three Maryland State Arts Council Grants, an Arthur Burns Fellowship to work at the German magazine Stern, and two Fulbright Fellowships for work in Pakistan and Cambodia.

When he is not making pictures, Dennis enjoys sailing, salsa dancing and making his own kimchi.

Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work.

Contact us

Please drop us a line and we'll get back to you ASAP. For the fastest answers to your questions, please take a look at our FAQ.

District Portraits
415B Walker Ct. SE
Washington, DC 20003 USA





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