Eva Russo

Hey, there! I’m Eva.

I am a storyteller, documentarian of life’s moments, trained photojournalist with 3 Pulitzer Prize nominations, small business owner for the past 10 years, wife, and mama.

I believe love is love. And the more of it I can feel, witness, photograph and be around, the happier I am.

As is hopefully clear from my body of work, I am deeply committed to inclusion. Love, to me, should conquer societal limits on race, ethnicity, gender expression, age, faith, physical ability, sexual orientation, body type, and political views. I want my clients and colleagues to live and celebrate their full, authentic selves. I value peace, conversation and kindness.

I am originally from…Ha! I’ve literally moved about 20-25 times in my life. Born in Chicago, the years from childhood to adulthood took me all over the place. I grew up throughout the U.S., spent 10 formative years in Italy, discovered photography while living in Paris, France, and eventually made it back to the U.S. to pursue my career in photojournalism. And no, my parents were not in the military. They just moved my sisters and I, a lot! 

What I lack in roots, I possess in a spirit of freedom. My parents urged me to follow my dreams and explore opportunities wherever in the world they might lead me.

Way back in 2004 that led me to Richmond, Va. Fresh out of photojournalism school, I landed a job with the Richmond Times-Dispatch and found my second family. It wasn’t long before RVA had cemented itself in my heart as a city that still feels like home.

During my 10+ years as a newspaper photojournalist I told stories for a living through my camera. Working for news outlets from across the country, I got to meet people from all walks of life, and in every situation imaginable. Moments of joy, tragedy, resilience, hope, and grit needed to be documented. The privilege of witnessing the whole gamut of human experiences was fully mine. The emotional connections I felt as people welcomed me into their lives for a few minutes, days, or even months to listen, learn, and relay their stories to the world marked one of the greatest periods in my life.

Like with photojournalism, I soon fell in love with the storytelling that is possible with weddings. Hundreds of tiny moments of emotion, anticipation, laughter, and romance make up a single wedding day. I came to realize that I could apply my skills as a documentarian to capture one of the most important days in the lives of couples and their families. What a privilege that is! And now, in the blink of an eye, 10 years have passed and I have photographed over 100 weddings. From engagements to wedding days, first babies to third babies, I get to see my clients’ lives unfold on the walls of their homes through the photographs that I have captured. 

Bearing witness to life and the human experience is what brought me to documentary photography in the first place. I am always profoundly honored whenever someone steps in front of my camera and allows me into their world. The couples and families I work with have woven themselves into the tapestry of my life, and I am so grateful for all of them.

I am currently booking a select number of weddings, as well as family and branding sessions for 2021 and beyond. Please don’t hesitate to drop me a note to schedule a time to chat over wine, coffee, chocolate, pasta…or appropriately masked up and 6 feet apart in a park somewhere until it’s safe to do otherwise. I am based in Richmond, Va, but always willing to travel.

To check out my editorial work please go to www.evarussophotography.com