Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer



Right now, you’re in dream mode. You have a vision in your head of your perfect wedding day, but you need a little help bringing it to life.

Do you ever look at your soulmate, feel your heart swell, and think to yourself: how did I get so lucky? Those heart-full moments are what I want your wedding day to feel like from beginning to end.

Because when you think about looking through your uniquely curated wedding album years and years down the road, you want to be able to remember it all.

Each wedding photography package is intentionally designed to help you capture the profound emotions of your day, so you can relive the joy forever. I am based in Alexandria, VA and serve the Washington, DC metro area. I am also available for destination weddings.





Signature PHOTO Galleries

Real smiles and sweet laughter,
tender hand holds and loving looks,
long hugs and stolen kisses,
and the intimate moments in between.

My signature style is filled with:

I don’t want your wedding day to be all about smiling for the camera. I want it to be about celebrating you. So from the first looks to the last dance, we’re making this all about staying in the moment with the people you love.

AND Here's what makes me different.

I'm LaTonya Smothers,

Your full wedding gallery will be ready 8 weeks after your big day. I love delivering custom wedding albums and wall art in person, so that I can see your reaction when you get to see and hold your memories in your hands. Let’s make something beautiful together!

Gallery Delivery

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It’s truly an honor for me to be by your side on the best day of your life! As your Virginia wedding photographer, I’ll be there for all the big moments like your ceremony, and the small ones, too - even when you don’t see me from across the room. I love surprising you by capturing the sweet, tender moments you thought no one saw. 

Wedding Day

Step Five


In the months before your wedding, we’ll be in touch about all the intimate details that help your big day run smoothly! From crafting a shotlist of your must-have photos, to scouting your venue for dreamy angles and lighting, I’ll help you plan for picture-perfect bridal moments that will make you stop and stare.

Picture Perfect Planning

Step Four


My premium wedding photographer packages (8 & 10 hours) include complimentary engagement sessions so that we can work together before the big day! This is my chance to help you get comfortable in front of the camera so that you’ll feel like a natural on your wedding day. I also offer photo packages if you just want engagement pictures. 

Engagement photo Session

Step Three


When you’re ready to book with me, I’ll send you a final quote and contract so you can reserve your date! Most couples book their wedding photographer before any other vendor, so I recommend booking with me 9-12+ months in advance. I only take on a limited number of clients so that I can give every couple my full attention.

Save Your Date

Step Two


One thing I’ve learned as a Virginia wedding photographer is that the best experience starts with a connection. Before you save your date, let’s get to know each other with a phone call to talk through your love story, my process, and the wedding package that would work best for you!

Let's Connect

Step One


The Wedding Process

What To Expect:

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Stunning Flatlays


to make the wedding planning process as stress-free as possible for you.


A Back-Up Plan


Stunning Flatlays


to make the wedding planning process as stress-free as possible for you.


is of my husband and I kissing on a pier.

My favorite wedding photo

Her attention to detail! Our wedding album is almost overflowing, because we couldn't choose which photos we liked best!

The best thing about working with latonya WAS

Gorgeous, loving, and bright

my wedding photos are

LaTonya’s love for photography, and her knowledge of what we'd want to see captured afterwards, really impressed us! She made sure not to miss a beat when it came to our wedding. She photographed items I didn't even know needed to be captured...our rings, our flowers, and intimate moments with friends and family in addition to the more traditional shots. We were elated by the photos we received!!

Book her in advance - she's popular! :)

My best advice?

How easy it was to work with her, the quality of her shooting, and her great timing! She really knows how to capture amazing moments in time.

I was so impressed with

Charismatic, friendly, perceptive, and laid-back

LaTonya's Personality is

The best thing about working with LaTonya was the comfort she was able to bring during the shoot. We were anxious about what poses we'd need to do and how everything would turn out, but LaTonya did AMAZING with positioning us and setting up each photo! She offers a lot of thoughtful input, which makes collaborating and brainstorming with her very easy. Once we met her in person, we really just clicked!!!

all the forever moments of our day.

all the forever moments of our special day.

My wedding photos capture

We talked through color choices, outfit changes, and hair and makeup styles. From there we put together a vision for our engagement & wedding!

did I mention She helped with...everything!?

I just loved her vibe! - and the rest is history!

I chose LaTonya Because

My husband loves the camera, but I have a tendency to be a little camera shy at times. The day of our engagement shoot, I was a little nervous and kept overthinking everything - but LaTonya's wonderful personality and charismatic energy made everything a breeze! She knew when to give us direction and when to stand back and watch us be ourselves. By the end of the shoot, you'd think we were professionals!

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The Bride Q & A

& Client for Life benefits

An annual 45-minute session to celebrate new memories and milestones in your life.

Pre-Wedding Site Visits

so I can scope out the best lighting and angles at your wedding venue  

Prints & Customized Wedding Albums

to match you with the heirlooms you can't wait to share

Streamlined wedding Planning Questionnaires

that help you organize all the details for a stress-free day

Personalized vendor recommendations

to streamline the planning process with wedding vendors you’ll love

A complimentary engagement photo session

so you can get comfortable on camera before your big day

Up to 10 hours of wedding photography coverage

so that all the important moments of your day are captured
(getting ready, first look, ceremony, bridal party portraits, reception)

Wedding Photographer Packages

What's Included:

start at $2900


start at $1650



after our time together has passed,

Browse THe FAQs

Still have questions?

What is your WEDDING photography style?

I love fun, expressive, and vibrant imagery that brings you back to the feeling of the moment. My promise is classic, artful images that stand the test of time.

DO your offer direction?

As your wedding photographer, I want you to feel comfortable and confident during our time together, whether you love having your picture taken or are a little camera shy. I direct you with natural posing to let your chemistry and connection shine, but I also know when to step in and create beautiful moments (let’s catch that good light!). I like to balance posed images with candids, but I’m always going to find your good side. And I’m not shy, so you can trust me to tell you how to adjust so that you look your best on camera.

What kinds of couples do you PHOTOGRAPHY?

If you’re in love, I’m here for you! My couples come from all backgrounds and walks of life. I love photographing black brides and couples, as seen in my features on Munaluchi Brides, Capitol Romance, and Black Bride.

How do I decide which Wedding Photography package I need?

The best way to decide which package would best suit your needs is to decide how many hours of photography coverage you’ll want on wedding day. During our discovery call, I’ll ask you questions about your plans for the day and can recommend the wedding photographer package that would suit you best!

How long does it take to get my photos back?

My wedding galleries are delivered in 8 weeks.

Do you shoot destination weddings?

Yes! While I mostly photograph weddings in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia, destination weddings in the United States and abroad are always welcome. Let’s talk about it!

Are the images I receive edited?

Yes! All photos you receive in your signature wedding package will be edited in my timeless style.

What kind of camera do you shoot with?

I shoot with a Nikon D780 and a Nikon D750 DSLR.

Do you have recommendations for other vendors you’ve worked with before?

Yes! I have a preferred vendor list filled with amazing people that I’ll be happy to share with you once you book.

Do you collaborate with videographers?

Yes! I love working with videographers to capture the life of a wedding day. If you’re interested in hiring a videographer, I have a list of preferred vendors in the DMV that I’ll be happy to share once you book.

What happens in case of an emergency?

If I have an emergency on a wedding day, then my second shooter will become my lead and we will work to find a second photographer. However, all the images will still be processed and edited by me, as long as I am physically able to do so.

Okay, I’m ready to book! What now?

Let’s get to know each other! Schedule a call with me where we’ll talk through the details of your day to make sure we’re a good fit. 

Let's get to know each other!

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