Headshots By Violetta Markelou

15 years Experience as a Women-owned Small Business

Keisha Clark Headshots (2021)

Stress Free Headshots. In Studio or On Location.

Who Needs Professional Headshots?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Public Speakers
  • Models
  • Actors
  • Artists
  • Musicians
  • Everyone!


“Violetta is AMAZING!! This is the first time I’ve ever enjoyed getting my headshots taken. She made me feel comfortable, confident and relaxed in front of the camera from start to finish. The final shots were better than I could have ever imagined – so good that I wanted every single image. I cannot recommend Violetta enough as she absolutely went above and beyond – you will not regret working with her. Talented, professional and easy to work with: everything and more one would want from a photographer. Thank you, Violetta!!!”

– Dean Zacharias

“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 Hageman

“I’ve worked with Violetta twice now on professional headshots, and she is a real artist. In every photo session she manages to catch the variety of expressions that make up my personality, from mildly flirty to professionally serious, making it very difficult to pick a single picture. I want them all! She makes me actually see in her photographs what I feel when I am happily engaged in the world. That is an awesome skill!”

– Carol Nacy

“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 Brown

“Violetta is amazing! I do not like being in front of a camera (I would cry as a child in pictures) but she has a knack for making you feel at ease and boosts your confidence to bring out your best. We ended up with incredible results for my first professional headshots. Violetta is so professional and made the entire process easy. I was so scared that we’d have a difficult time getting good options, but she proved me wrong. I actually had difficulty choosing because there were so many amazing options. Her make-up artist, Jody Rusnak, was awesome and brought out the best in my features. If you need professional photos, you won’t go wrong by choosing Violetta!”

– Anyea Lovette

Meet My Team

Violetta Markelou

Violetta Markelou, photographer and creative director at VM Photography & Makeup Studio has been empowering women and men through her photography for over 15 years. With an emphasis on personal style, her headshot sessions include professional wardrobe styling along with professional hair and makeup tailored to each client’s unique vision. You will leave the session feeling more confident and excited to present a new updated image. You will feel like you, but version 2.0.

Jody Rusnak

Jody Rusnak got her start doing makeup &  hair  in the fashion industry 25+ years ago.  She has been working on photoshoots with Violetta for 15 years. Jody has worked in nearly every part of the industry from fashion shows & shoots to video & film for commercials & recruiting/training videos.  Her diverse range of clients & projects have given her the skills & techniques to understand her clients’ individual needs. Her client range includes Carolina Herrera , Donna Karan, Vera Wang, Christian Siriano,  Sex in the City’s Kim Cattrall, Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajack,  Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmerman, Lou Diamond Phillips, The Smithsonian Network,  Aveeno, the FBI, the IRS, AstraZeneca, the Hecht Co. , & Hand and Stone Spa. Her work has appeared in  People Magazine, Vogue, Washington Life Magazine & Baltimore Magazine to name a few. 

Vanessa Miller

Vanessa Miller has worked in the skincare and beauty industry for 15 years. She has worked for Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Nars and Trish Mccvoy. She specializes in enhancing natural beauty and strives to help anyone who sits in her chair feel more confident and empowered in their own skin.

Jeet Bahra

Jeet Bahra, owner and operator of Glam By Jeet has been in business as a full time hair and makeup artist for the past 8 years. Her specialty is “soft glam” looks on diverse skin tones enhancing natural beauty and hair textures.


How long does a session take?

A headshot session lasts between 45 min-1.5 hours depending on how many wardrobe changes you have. If you are including hair and makeup, a session can be anywhere from 1.5 hours to 2 hours.

Is there anything special I should do to be better prepared?

Yes! A good night’s rest, drinking plenty of water, making sure your hair is how you like it. Having a blowout or hair styled can make the photo 10x better. Professional makeup is always recommended! A manicure with neutral polish or manicured nails also makes a difference.

What do I wear / bring?

1-3 wardrobe changes, steamed and on a hanger. Solid colors work best as prints can be distracting. Simple or statement jewelry adds the perfect touch.

When will I get my photos?

You will get a gallery of proofs to choose your final headshots. From the time you make your selections, you will receive your headshots within one week.

“Anytime you book a photoshoot with me, I am donating a portion of the sale to Suited For Change”

Violetta Markelou and Suited For Change are aligned with a parallel mission – to empower women. Using fashion to inspire confidence, Suited For Change provides professional clothing and job interview training for women in need so that they can re-enter the workforce. As an official partner with Suited For Change, Violetta donates a portion of each photoshoot sale to SFC, as well as monthly wardrobe styling.

Suited For Change Website

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