" Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory." -- Dr. Seuss

Hello! I'm Donna, a portrait photographer specializing in natural light color and black&white photography.

  Based in Arlington, Virgina, I serve clients in the Virginia/Maryland/Washington DC metro area.  

 Natural light portraiture is all about the people and the light!   

It's such an honor to be entrusted with capturing those small authentic moments, the unique expressions, and the personalities of each of my clients.  Thank you for considering how we can use my passion for photography to artistically create images to tell your story.  


 2022 Reader Pick
Best Family Photographer

 Together, let's capture and preserve the details you always want to remember! 

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Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.                                                           - Winnie the Pooh


Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.              

               - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


Start where you are.  Use what you have. Do what you can.                                                                                         -  Arthur Ashe


Need photos for a website, project or social media account?  Contact me for a custom quote!


My passion for natural light portrait photography began when I first became a mother.  By 2002, we were blessed with three children under the age of five.  A film SLR camera, a gift from my own Mom, became my go-to creative way to step outside of motherhood's chaos and just observe the moments and details of our children's lives that were quickly disappearing before I was ready to let them go. 


Challenging myself to capture the essence of our children’s personalities and relationships through images, especially with black & white film, evolved into doing the same for other families.  It quickly became evident that going back to my corporate career wasn't what I wanted for our children, so in 2004, with the unconditional support of my family, we started Donna Owens Photography.  


With each passing year, I strive to be more present, reflective of the past, and optimistic for the future.  I feel so lucky to be able to use my photography skills to help others celebrate a special time or just an everyday moment in their lives.  

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