Hi, I am Cayla Johnson

I am Cayla Johnson, the proud owner and creative visionary behind Cayla Johnson Photography LLC. Beyond my role as a passionate photographer, I am a mother to three incredible, spirited girls, a Military Spouse, a resilient special needs parent, and a fierce autoimmune warrior.

My enchanting journey into the world of photography ignited over a decade and a half ago when motherhood first embraced me. The sheer magic of encapsulating cherished memories within a single frame, hearing the echoes of laughter, and evoking the essence of those special holiday moments through a photograph all became an irresistible enchantment that has continued to captivate my heart and soul.

My photographic style is a symphony of simplicity and timelessness, artfully enhanced with vibrant, bold colors and the gentle caress of natural light. I specialize in immortalizing genuine smiles, fleeting glances, and those beautifully candid moments. I am both a master of the posed portrait and a maestro of the spontaneous lifestyle shot. My primary focus is on crafting poignant family portraits that narrate a story—your story, your essence, your legacy.

So, if you're seeking a photographer with an unyielding commitment to preserving the art of life through imagery, I invite you to join me on this remarkable journey of storytelling and memory-making. Together, we will create a visual tapestry that encapsulates the beauty of your unique tale.

Family Portrait credited to Sweet HG Photography


What is required to book a session?

All sessions require a Contract and Retainer to confirm and hold your session time. Unfortunately due to session demand, I can't reserve a time without both.
All Contracts and Invoices are emailed to you and expire after 72 hours and the session time passed to the next person.

What forms of payment do you take?

I do not accept Venmo, PayPal or Cash, or Square.
All session are invoiced and you can order prints and additional downloads directly from your gallery!
I do not collect any card information and you pay directly through a secure site! Maryland 6% Sales tax are added to each session package when invoiced.

What are the National Mall Permit Fees?

The National Park Service does require a permit for all photography sessions in the national monuments. The Permit Fee is $140 for most locations for under 9 people in addition to a package price. Permits need to be submitted at a minimum of three weeks prior to your session to allow for processing. During busier seasons processing can take up to 5 weeks.
Keep this in mind when scheduling a session.


Can I split the permit fee with a friend if we do sessions on the same day?

Absolutely! Your friend will have to sign a session contract as well and pay a separate invoice for the permit. Just let me know ahead of time that you wish to split it. Sessions are not booked and permits not applied for until both parties have paid the split permit fee.

How many people can I have in a single session package?

Each session covers up to 5 people or a single family. Each additional person is $25 there after.

Can I schedule a Mini Session instead of a regular session?

Mini Sessions are seasonal scheduling only on specific dates . You can find the available sessions on our site and they are updated regularly. Mini sessions are priced according to location, distance, and location use fees.

How soon can I schedule a session? How far out can I schedule a session?

Sessions can be scheduled at a minimum of two weeks and you can schedule them as far out as six months. Keep in mind when scheduling a session far in advance, weather, Covid and location requirements may change in the time period leading up to your session.

Do you give advice on what to wear?

Yes!! After I have confirmed your booking I will send you a Family Session Guide that gives you tips on how to prepare for your session, styling tips and how to coordinate outfits. I will also send you a Questionnaire to get to know more about you and your preferences before your session.

What happens if it rains?

If there is over a 35% chance of rain 24 hours prior to your session, we will reschedule to another date and time that we coordinate. You will not have to pay another retainer or fee. If you choose to cancel your session over rescheduling, your retainer can be applied to a future session.

What training do you have for newborn sessions?

I am Red Cross Pediatric and Infant CPR Certified as well as Association of Professional Newborn Photographers International or APNPI safety certified. I have had 30 hours of hands on training for newborn posing safety.