Aimee Custis Photography
boutique weddings + portraits

Meet Aimee

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Hi! I'm Aimee

I'm a wedding and portrait photographer, 
a visual storyteller, and a feminist. 

I drink my coffee iced. 

I've always needed to be creative, but it took me 26 years, three coasts, and a second chance to find the courage to pick up a camera. When I did, it was like I'd been doing it all my life.

I delight in the hour before sunset, long summer days, fantasy novels, and wearing sandals. I love French cooking and peonies. I am a total nerd. People always point it out, so I might as well tell you that I'm rather tall.  

I absolutely love touching people's lives with my camera, and I would love to hear from you! Take a look around. Visit my blog. See what other people have said about me. Read my FAQs.  Or throw caution to the wind and say hello already. I can’t wait to meet you and learn your story.


I'm known for my warm, sunny, genuine photos of weddings and people, and for putting my subjects at ease in front of the camera. My couples say I'm a calming, cheerful presence on their wedding day. I'm with you and on your team every step of the way. I'll get to know you, and what makes you tick, before you're ever in front of my lens, and we'll keep building that rapport all the way through the end of your wedding night. There's no secret sauce... comfortable, happy people look good in photos.

choosing your photographer

I might be the right photographer for you if: 

  • You love the way my photos look + feel
  • You'd enjoy spending a whole day with me
  • The way I communicate 'clicks' with you.

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My photos have been featured in such wonderful places as Catalyst Wedding Co, the Washington Post, A Bicycle Built for Two, Capitol Romance, Richmond Wedding Collective, C Magazine, and Charm City Wed.

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The people I work with tend to have a lot in common. You want warm, sunny, genuine photos you'll love and that last as long as you do. But you don't have a lot of experience in front of the camera.  You want to not have to worry. 

If you're getting married, your wedding reflects your values — whether that's an awesome civil ceremony with a rainbow chuppah, a gorgeous celebration with your overflowing circle of friends + family, or a church ceremony like the one your parents had 40 years ago.

My other

When I'm not storytelling with a camera, you can catch me advocating for DC's transit, bike lanes, and walkable neighborhoods at the Coalition for Smarter Growth and Greater Greater Washington. (I like telling stories with words almost as much as with photos.) Yes, that means it was me you heard on NPR talking about streetcars, or read quoted in the paper talking Metro! I guess you could say I've got a Superwoman / Clara Kent thing going on!


  1. I'm an introvert, but a take-charge kind of introvert. In fact, I have an outdoor voice and have no problem getting the attention of large groups of people. Handy skill for a wedding photographer, as it turns out.

  2. I won my school geography bee two years running in middle school. I can still name every state by its outline alone. I might be lying about this as I haven't tried it in a while.

  3. I went to college in New Orleans, where I studied architecture and political science, but more importantly, learned how to spell awesome words like lagniappe, etouffe, jambalaya, and Tchoupitoulas. Yes, those are all real words and they're all spelled correctly!

  4. I moved to Washington DC in 2008, drawn by an attraction to good government, urban life, and more than I'd like to admit the TV show the West Wing. I fell in love with the city's passion for politics, and when policy alone wasn't enough to keep me satisfied, I started splitting my time between policy and photography. 

  5. From my sketchbooks growing up, to learning CSS so I could make websites pretty, to what my friends claim is my unnaturally-well-curated apartment, aesthetics have always been important to me. Finding my way back to photography was always only a matter of time, I think.

  6. I'm totally type-A, and a lover of spreadsheets and lists. I have a checklist for everything, from packing for vacation to my daily to-do list. I tend to have so much going on at any given time (I worked full time while going to grad school full time!) that lists and spreadsheets make it all possible!

  7. I am a huge believer in second chances. My life has been full of them.
  8. I LOVE food, but I'm allergic to fish, shellfish, and eggs. It's a blessing and a curse... luckily, the world is filled with other delicious things I can eat, like strawberries, caramels, brussel sprouts, cheese, and champagne.

  9. I am loud and silly and swear like a sailor left to my own devices. I try really hard to keep things audience-appropriate. But if you catch me alone or with you and a few friends and they're the swearing types, you'll totally hear it.

all photos of me this page by Key in Films