Joy Rahat Portraits

JOY Experience

I am

Let me capture it

You are beautiful & unique. Let me SHOW you!

DC, VA, MD portrait & headshot photographer

What is JOY Experience

Celebratory | Empowering | Authentic

The “JOY Experience” is not just a photo session; it’s a journey of personal transformation, a celebration of your genuine self, and an empowering exploration of your identity. While being pampered by a professional makeup artist and slipping into your favorite attire mark the beginning of your special day, this experience offers much more.


Whether it’s a self-celebration, a family event, a gift for a high school senior, teens or the creation of empowering business branding portraits, it’s a chance to discover the true essence of your customized session.


You’ll walk away with exquisite artwork/portraits that you’ll finally be proud to showcase and adorn your home. Joy and her team will delicately guide you through this transformative process.

Featured Portrait Experiences

Celebrate any occasion in your life with a portrait session

For Your Business

Headshots & Branding Portraits

For Your Kids

Seniors & Teens & Dance Portraits

For Your Family

Family Legacy Photography

For You

Beauty and Intimate Photography


Everyone deserves to be seen as they truly are— accurately portrays the beauty of all black and brown skin tones. Celebrating  and showcasing all of the skin tones that make every single one of us beautiful.  

Inspired by #seenonpixel

Why Joy


Celebrating our uniqueness and individuality. 

In a world with so many photographers, finding the perfect fit can be tough, especially when you’re looking for something special with full expert experience led delicately by the creative team through this transformative process. At Joy Rahat Portraits we are fortunate to have fantastic clients, who share similar values, and energy, and adore our vision.

I understand how photos can sometimes be stressful. Every year, to gain a new perspective from my client’s point of view I intentionally schedule my own photoshoots to celebrate myself, just as I do for my clients. 

This time, I chose Paris, France, for this very special experience. Explore some of those photos and learn more about me by clicking ‘MORE.

Before & After

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

Based on 70 reviews
Candice Saffield
Candice Saffield
My beauty portrait photoshoot with Joy on May 15 was absolutely amazing! Joy is such a beautiful person who truly cares about her clients! She is a true professional, and her work is incredibly stunning! You will be so amazed to see yourself throughout the sessions with her. She made me feel so comfortable and gave me such a wonderful experience! I plan to book more sessions with Joy for future photoshoots! If you are wondering if you should hire Joy for your portraits, please take my advice and do not hesitate to call her!!! She's the absolute best!
Sarah E. E. Shepherd
Sarah E. E. Shepherd
Joy is a wonderful artist and professional. I cannot express how impressed I was at the process and outcome of our work together. From preparation to the day of our shoot, we worked together and I felt supported and elevated at every step. Thank you Joy!
Merri Sanchez
Merri Sanchez
The photo shoot with Joy was a phenomenal experience. She is a consummate professional with a great eye for style and helping her subjects pose. I am very happy with the selected images!
Lisa Edwards
Lisa Edwards
Working with Joy was unlike any photo shoot experience I’ve ever had. The advance preparation gave me confidence that I was ready for success when the day arrived. Joy’s suggestions about style and wardrobe shifted the way I think about my look and what I want to convey. She instantly made me feel at ease when the session began. Her clear feedback was appreciated and resulted in photos I LOVE 💗 I highly recommend Joy to anyone looking for amazing photos & to have fun on the way!
Meghan B
Meghan B
I was very impressed by Joy Rahat, and her photography skills. I loved how she was extremely knowledgeable on posing, lighting, and how to get that excellent shot. I really wanted to get my professional headshots done for some time, but in the past I have had photos not necessarily convey the version of myself I wanted to portray, but Joy and her expertise came to the rescue and she provided gorgeous photos. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone! She knows how to make you feel like your best self!
S.T Herbert
S.T Herbert
Joy Rahat as a photographer is quite informative and provides valuable insights for potential clients. She has a great talent for capturing various skin tones with minimal editing, which is essential for producing natural-looking and stunning photographs. Additionally, the prices are fair for the quality of work, which is a significant factor for many people when selecting a photographer. It's also helpful to mention that Joy is professional, easy to work with, and has a keen eye for fashion and design, which are essential qualities for any good photographer. However, the only con is having to sign a waiver, giving Joy the rights to the photos to use in advertising and promotional materials. While this may be a concern for some clients, it is common practice for photographers to retain the rights to their work to protect their intellectual property and to use their work for self-promotion. It would be helpful to clarify this point and assure potential clients that Joy will handle their images with professionalism and care. Overall, Joy Rahat is helpful and talented, and it highlights the strengths of her work as a photographer. I know this feedback will undoubtedly help others in their search for a skilled and reliable photographer. Thank you Joy Rahat for a great experience!
Natalie Harris
Natalie Harris
I had such a great experience with Joy! She absolutely knows how to get you in your best look and take the perfect shot! She's amazing!!
Joy is beautifully talented! My session was done quickly and professionally. I've received so many compliments, her work speaks for itself! You won't be disappointed! Book you session today and level up your professional photos!
Jessica Lawshe
Jessica Lawshe
My husband, 6 year old and I had an amazing experience with Joy! She helped us coordinate our outfits prior to the photoshoot, was patient with us and captured such organic moments (my favorite) as well as our now iconic family Portrait that hangs in our dining room. Thank you so much!!
Edith Sabin
Edith Sabin
It was for my daughter 16th birthday. Joy and her makeup artist made my daughter feel comfortable and beautiful from the inside out. She made herself available to us… she was not in a rush and the photos turned out beautiful. Thanks for the experience and my daughter enjoyed every bit of it.

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Joy Rahat Portrait” is situated in Loft Studios, with locations in Loudoun County, VA and Frederick, MD. We cater to clients in the VA, DC, and MD areas, while also embarking on nationwide journeys to provide personalized  business branding & headshots, custom family, beauty (boudoir) and high school senior portraits, all conveniently at the client’s doorstep.

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