At VM Photography & Makeup Studio We Create :

Portraiture with an emphasis on Style
Makeup and Wardrobe Styling
Event photography and video
Marketing / Advertising photography and content

About Violetta 

As not only a photographer, but as a stylist and artistic director –Violetta creates one of a kind visual experiences for brands and editorial as well as individual and corporate clients. She is a new kind of photographer unbound by traditional parameters – a visual artist serving to curate an entire story through a lens as creative director at VM Photography & Makeup LLC . The shoots she produces are created with a strong conceptual fashion emphasis and a willingness to explore in order to bring images to life.

 “I love to create beauty and and I live to capture it,  says Violetta about her approach to her work. I am fascinated by the art of transformation. The process of light, makeup and wardrobe merging together to facilitate a “new” person is nothing short of magical. The experience has a profound effect on my subjects. And the lasting effects of seeing themselves in a heightened image is extremely gratifying to me. It’s what drives me to keep creating.”

Press :

Washington City Paper

FOX 5 

Washingtonian Magazine

Huffington Post 

Washington Life Magazine

DC Refined

Spicy Candy DC

Ivy Magazine

Awards, Accolades and Exhibition

April 2019 –
Violetta’s work was featured in “Tag Up”, an all female artist showcase featured in UMBRELLA by NO KINGS COLLECTIVE 
May 2018 –
Violetta’s ‘Portrait of The Artist Maggie Michael’ was included at The National Museum of Women In The Arts Annual Gala and Auction
October 2017 – Violetta was a featured artist at  Superfierce ‘The Art Of Resistance’, a month-long exhibition showcasing over 30 female artists at The Blind Whino Washington D.C
April 2017 – Violetta’s F Cancer Series was included at The National Museum of Women In The Arts 30th Anniversary Gala and Auction
October 2016 –Violetta was selected as one of 8 “Superfierce” artists in Washington D.C. The traveling art exhibit debuted at The National Museum of Women in The Arts.
October 2015 – Violetta unveiled ‘Women Of Colour’; a continuing portrait series of women who break the stereotypical mold of the Washingtonian professional. The collection of fashion inspired photography with a photojournalistic influence  exhibited at The Monroe Trust Art Collective to a sold out opening reception.
March 2014 –  The Fashion Group International of Greater Washington DC awarded Violetta the ‘Rising Star in Media/ Photography’ award.

News

35 mm portraits of my sister Eleni

35 mm portraits of my sister Eleni

I’m continuing to work with film. Both medium format and 35 mm. My mentor has been telling me for years “slow down, slow down!” He knew film was the way I would actually do that and he was right as always. When you have 12- 36 exposures per roll you think...

AFROPUNK 2016

AFROPUNK 2016

AfroPunk festival 2016 was hotter, more crowded and even more stylish than last year. Thousands descended on Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn to celebrate the culture, style, music and spirit of AfroPunk. Since my first time going last year, I vowed to make the trip...

Testimonials

I have now had the great fortune of Violetta photographing me twice. Being someone that has never put much time and importance into my physical presentation, I found her to be someone that instantly made me feel comfortable and safe. Not only did I love the photos that she took of me, I found both experiences deeply empowering, so much so that both photo shoots helped me embrace and manifest my best self. I really hope that Violetta can spread her perspective far and wide because she is a very magical and profound person.

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

Musician / Composer

Violetta is more than just a photographer—she’s a safe space within which any person can unfold and discover unknown sides to themselves. Her encouragement and questions helped me identify the essence of my business and how I wanted my business to be portrayed in photographs. Her confidence and experience gave me the courage to experiment and play. Ultimately, this joy was captured in every photograph of me.

Mary

Designer

Working with Violetta was not only fun but very inspiring. I did a nude/boudoir photo shoot with her and felt 100% comfortable and sexy at all times, she made me feel beautiful and even brought some props I could use which made the images even more powerful. She has a unique sense for bold beauty, fashion and art in general. She inspired me to appreciate my body and celebrate it with all its perfect imperfections. Totally recommend the experience to everyone looking to make art with a truly dedicated and gifted professional. I also want to acknowledge the make up artist she brought along because she did such a beautiful job that i didn’t wash my face for a whole 24h !!!

Sara

“Violetta is a master at capturing you in your best light and her passion for the art of photography made me so excited to be one of her subjects. She did a personal photoshoot for me and also my engagement photos. In addition to choosing the perfect settings, she  helped me find the perfect vintage clothes for several different looks and also did my makeup. I’m not used to wearing makeup or being in the spotlight so thought I would feel self conscious while she was shooting, especially with people around, but she made me feel very comfortable. The images she produced from the shoots were very natural looking and I felt like I hadn’t ever looked better. I am thrilled with the results and will cherish these pictures forever. If you need a photographer, Violetta is the one you want to hire. You won’t be sorry!”

Lynda

“Violetta and her team are true professionals.  We asked for a non-conventional photoshoot with lots of style and she managed to exceed our expectations.
Working with her was easy and fun and she made everyone feel at ease.  I would recommend her again and again for her creative vision, professionalism and warm spirit.”

 

Aba

TAAPR

Violetta is the photographer you need in your life! She’s always on time, gives you an easy breezy experience, is ridiculously stylish but most importantly her work truly speaks for itself. Hire her!

Mercy

National Women's Leadership Foundation

Working with Violetta couldn’t have been better! Not only were the final pictures AMAZING, but she also helped guide me throughout the process. For someone who’s not a professional model she really helped me  feel comfortable and gave tips throughout the shoot to help get the best photos possible. I’ve already updated all my marketing and social media with the new photos and people are loving them. She worked some real MAGIC!

Max Major

Mentalist-Mind Reader-Hypnotist

“I was intimidated at first, when I looked at Violetta’s website and saw the amazingly beautiful fashion and artistic shots there. But, I am glad I nonetheless followed the trusted professional who recommended her in response to my question about pictures in regards to our 20th wedding anniversary. He was absolutely correct: Violetta and her team were professional, focused on us, and superb from the first email contact to the selected prints showing up in the mail. Our family poses with and without dog were fun – we were laughing a lot and everybody was comfortable throughout in both formal and informal settings. And the pictures of our family, and especially my beautiful wife and children are my absolute favorite family imagery since our wedding pics as a couple 20 years ago that are an important part of our family memories. I know these new pictures will remain important to us henceforth! 
I do not know how Violetta actually does it, but the colors, the poses and the overall detail-focused finish of the shots are just spectacular. I would immediately use her again in a similar situation and will tell my friends about Violetta if they too want amazing pictures of their loved ones or themselves for a special occasion!”
Thomas

NASA

What a fantastic experience! Violetta is exceptionally talented and creative, and her work is what initially drew me to her studio. Professional and welcoming, we covered the plan then got right to work, accompanied by a stellar soundscape mix of her own DJ creation! Throughout our shoot, her excellent ability to provide clear direction as well as visual and verbal cues kept everything moving efficiently, and resulted in a collaborative, creative and very fun overall experience. Can’t wait to see the final results! High recommend.

Josh

Violetta is our first call when it comes to capturing the essence of our clients and enhancing their image, always finding a way to exceed expectations. She is the consummate artist, who makes an intimate connection with her subject, opening them up to a world of visual possibilities. I can’t say enough about Violetta’s work. All you have to do is check out her portfolio!

Eric

Bouyant Partners

“Violetta is both an extraordinarily gifted photographer and an absolute joy to work with. She put me at ease from the moment I met her, listened carefully to what I was looking for, and the result of our photo session was a set of headshots that are — far and away — the very best photos I’ve ever had. I have recommended her to everyone I know and will continue to do so. She is simply the best of the best.”

Sarah

Author

“As someone who does not like being in front of a camera, I appreciated Violetta’s rare gift for putting people at ease. She pays careful attention to detail, made me feel comfortable and made the process fun. Most importantly, I really liked the result.”

Erica

George Washington University

Had my photo shoot today. Violetta is amazing. Very nice person, and a great professional. She was able to bring the best of me.I was looking for someone who has experience with high-fashion, and she really did a great job. Can’t wait to put the pictures together and land in NYC.

Angel

“There are simply not enough words to describe the elegance, strength, style and cool, calming energy Violetta exudes in everything she does. I never thought taking professional maternity photos was my style, especially with the medical challenges I faced through pregnancy. With how debilitated I was with morning sickness, taking photos was the last thing I wanted. However, I came upon a vision – instead of soft flowery field maternity photos – I wanted something bold & strong and I knew she could make it happen. My experience with Violetta was transformative. She took my vision to the next level and reminded me that being pregnant is one of the most empowering, beautiful and even sexiest things a woman can experience. My maternity photos are a constant reminder of my strength and endurance through all of the challenges I faced through pregnancy. I am forever grateful for Violetta’s vision and her tireless efforts to empower women in everything they do.”

 

Alkisti

Marriot International