• Age: 28 • Resides: Washington, D.C.
• Years in Business: 5
Nessa Kessinger started
shooting weddings after graduating from Shepherd University with a degree in fine art.
She often finds herself teach-
ing clients about the nuances
of natural light—even convinc-
ing them that they won’t regret a sunrise
photo shoot. “It takes some serious trust
to get up at 4 a.m. for photos!” she says.
“A huge selling point is that the streets are
always empty, parks are abandoned and
fog hangs low on the ground for added
layers of texture in the background.” While
Kessinger doesn’t shy away from dramatic
shadows, her mark may be best seen in the
natural glows of color. —LP
Photos and headshot © Nessa Kessinger