In photography and in life, I'm drawn to vibrant color, happy energy, natural scenery, and a great story. 

Since 2001, my photography business has led me to destinations around the country to document people's stories. Years of experience have taught me how to make people feel comfortable and confident in front of a camera. I make an effort to get to know the people I work with, so my photos can reflect genuine aspects of their personalities and relationships. 

I'm known for a joyful style of photography with candid authenticity, bright colors, and lots of heart.

I'm married to a brilliant and hilarious software engineer, and we have two young children and a dog. When I'm not working, you'll probably find me hiking at Great Falls, paddleboarding at Lake Anne, or singing karaoke with insufficient talent. My perfect day would involve an outdoor adventure with my family, a delicious vegetarian dinner, and a good book or a bad reality show.


I'm lucky to live at Lake Anne in beautiful and dynamic Reston, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. As you can tell by my diverse portfolio, I love to travel and have worked in locations all over the country.


Before starting my photography business 17 years ago, I earned a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Virginia, with an emphasis in Photography Education. I've been a photographer since childhood, with many years of formal training.

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My work has been featured in several magazines and books, including:

Popular Photography Magazine
Featured and interviewed as an expert in family portraiture

Popular Photography's Complete Photo Manual
Chosen as the featured photographer in this book's guide to capturing family candids

Published in a landmark article defending the legalization of gay marriage

Photo District News
Interviewed and published in the photography industry's most respected magazine

Wedding Photography: A Guide to Posing
Included in this book as one of the industry's experts in posing 

Other books include:

Cities and Urban Life
In His Own Words: Stories from the Extraordinary Life of Robert E. Simon Jr.
Fairfax County Visitors Guide (cover)

Other magazines include:

Huffington Post, Newsweek Japan, Northern Virginia Magazine, Brides, The Knot, Washington Business Journal, Style Unveiled, Get Married Magazine, Backpacker, OM Yoga Magazine, Colorado Expression, Modern Reston, Posh Seven, NFocus Magazine, Equally Wed

Awards include 16 international awards from the Wedding Photojournalist Association, including their prestigious gold medallion. 


Professional Photographers of America
Family Photojournalist Association
ArtSpace Herndon: Visual Arts Committee
Public Art Reston


Stop by and say hey:

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Email: charlotte@charlottegeary.com

Now I'd like to learn about you!
Please drop me a note to reserve your session (or just to say hello). 

Charlotte Geary is a leading Washington, D.C. area documentary photographer who specializes in lifestyle, events, and portraits. She is known for a joyful style of narrative photography, which has been widely published and commissioned throughout the country. Contact charlotte@charlottegeary.com with questions and inquiries.

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