Aimee Custis Photography

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 seem surprised by it, so I'll tell you now that I'm rather tall.   

I'm happy to travel anywhere to photograph a wedding for a great couple, and you'll usually find me in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland as well as New York City, Ohio, and the Bay Area.

I adore touching people's lives and telling their stories with my camera. 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 hear from you.


MY APPROACH TO PHOTOS

I'm known for my warm, sunny, genuine photos of weddings and people, and for helping my clients relax and have fun 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.

ARE WE A MATCH? 

How do you know I'm the right photographer for you? 

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

But... I don’t just take photos. I work to be a partner and guide from the moment you contact me, to the day you unwrap your wedding album for the hundredth time. Isn't that how it should be?


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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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MY CLIENTS

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. Whether you've spent a lot of time in front of a camera or none at all, you want to relax.  You want to not have to worry. 

Getting married? My clients host weddings that reflect their values — whether that's an awesome civil ceremony with a rainbow chuppah, an overflowing celebration with family, friend, and amazing food and drink, or a church ceremony just like the one your parents had 40 years ago. Whatever it may be, you're choosing the things that are important and authentic to you and letting the rest go.

 
 

my other
life

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! Whether it's bringing joy with photos, or making the world a little bit better with healthy neighborhoods, putting good into the world one way or another pretty much is what gets me up in the morning.


 

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9 MORE AIMEE FACTS

  • I'm an introvert, but a take-charge kind of introvert. In fact, I have an outdoor voice (I was a camp counselor) and I zero no problem getting the attention of large groups of people. I've been told that you can hear my voice for miles when I put some effort into it.
     

  • 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 ( I haven't tried it in a while).
     

  • I went to college in New Orleans. There, I studied architecture and political science, but more importantly, learned how to spell words like lagniappe, etouffe, jambalaya, and Tchoupitoulas.
     

  • 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.  Now I do both, and I love both. I can't imagine life without either one!
     

  • 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.
     

  • 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!
     

  • I am a huge believer in second chances. My life has been full of them.
     
  • 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.
     

  • 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.