Photography, historically, has never been a 'dark-skin' thing. That's not bitter insight or cynicism -- a basic web-search for 'Shirley Cards' will swiftly inform any reader.


New technologies and several photographic practices have brought us, as a global community, quite far from the days of pre-furniture advertisements. But is it far enough? Rest assured, we'll never stop asking.


Crafting long-lasting art with the diversity of melanin at the core is only half of the job. For you, we want true and artistic. For you, we want comfort and a laugh or ten with you. We want you to feel iconic. We want to celebrate you.

And who exactly are we?


Just a couple of hopeless romantics; Chocolate City dwellers by way of NYC. One of us is a soothing heron and the other is a 4AM firecracker. We both love dope art -- and that's where you come in. 

Your next step starts with you. Let us meet you there!



-Anthony & Carla



Art is the one place we all turn to for solace.

- Carrie Mae Weems



Happy Customers

Najee Omar

Anthony is more than a photographer, he’s a visionary! It’s his approach, direction, patience, and execution that create amazing finished pieces. His passion for connecting with his subjects is what makes his work so transformative. Posing in front of the camera becomes a comfortable experience, and this is strikingly refreshing.

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Dr. Rasheda L. Weaver, PhD

My experience with NSO was delightful because of Anthony’s professionalism, sense of style, amazing ability to envision and capture my spirit in photos -- I also appreciate that he deeply understood the main reason why I wanted the photoshoot and made sure that before we ended our session I had my "it" photo.

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Dominique & Wil Exilus

Anthony did an amazing job as my photographer for my wedding. He was on time when I arrived to the church and carried himself in a professional manner. My husband and I  absolutely loved the art he created from our special day. He captured moments and made it feel like we were reliving our wedding day! 


Anthony was one of the first photographers to really make me feel at ease, be comfortable in front of his lens & have allowed me creative control within every pose. I was very amazed by his skill to capture what I thought I've never had in me. Not only did I feel like an icon, the photos came out iconic.

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Cydney & Rachel

During the session, I felt like we were telling our story without words, like we were shouting our love from the mountaintop in DC lol! Afterwards, I was grateful. Grateful for our love to be witnessed and curated by two really talented people. 


I was 100% pleased with the quality of the work, but also with the hands-on, professional and creative process and vision. NO ONE does it better.

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Andre Belton

Carla made me feel confident during my photo shoot. It felt like hanging out with a friend, and I was amazed at how good I looked in the photos.

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Nicole S. Junior, Esq.

The images from our session were beyond my wildest expectations: DOPE!!!

​Anthony captured me. Me. This is beyond law firm appeal. This is way more. I'm extremely grateful.​

Mad love!​

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Vaughan Holland

My photo shoot was easily one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Carla was knowledgeable, kind, and made me feel comfortable. Most importantly, she made me look good as #^%*!

Nkosazana Barton

Being a model is hard; I like being on the other side better lol! But I had a ball with Carla. I also really dig her professionalism. I'm learning a lot. Thank you again🙏 ​

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Harper Saxon

Working with Mr. Lewis was indeed a marvelous experience . I never thought I could be so relaxed and calm shooting with him. He is very insightful and allows interaction to be easy yet a teaching moment. His works will forever be a part of my development in life because he was able to capture me at my best.

Ariel Samone

I know every photograph that Anthony takes will capture the essence of its present moment. It’s also a relief to know that capturing beauty can be so much fun and an amazing experience. He’s first on my list of recommendations.

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You, You & You

Our next testimonial could come from you, and we would love to have it! Planning a wedding/engagement or maternity session? Need more entries to add to your portfolio or lookbook?  Visit the menu below for either Love related things or You related things and get your session going today!


-- realize that the images you make may become part of the collective history of the time that you are living in.

- Eli Reed




Or don't. Because that's creepy. 

But definitely reach out with questions or comments

because we love those.

Or just book us for like, portraits, headshots...

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