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Wendell B Powell
Founder, 1942
Douglas and Jill Hinckley
Owners, since 2012
Douglas & Jill

Wendell B Powell founded Wendell Powell Studio in 1942.  He was a classically trained photographer.  He began his career in New York before relocating to Richmond, VA where he raised his two daughters with his wife, Loraine.   He created heirloom portraits in his home/studio on Grove Ave.  Loraine, an artist, would enhance portraits with hand painted oils.   Both Loraine and Wendell paved the way for future photographers and artist.  Douglas and Jill Hinckley are the 3rd owners of Wendell Powell Studio.

Jill and Douglas are proud parents of 2 girls, grand of one 4 legged furry boy, partners in crime for 25+ years, and owners of Wendell Powell Studio since 2012. 

Many things will move them emotionally, an old photograph of Douglas’s parents who left this earth too early or hearing their favorite song by Martin Sexton. 

For Douglas, playing the bass, enjoying live music, and creating photographs will spark an emotion- “It’s a good feeling when you are moved this way, but it’s an even better feeling when you can share this gift with others.” 

The joy of gardening, running with her daughters, and painting oil portraits are what Jill lives for.  She is real, connects with people, speaks from her heart, and is passionate about the memory in the making- “I feel the pain and joy for others so strongly.  Our work moves me every day and makes me feel alive.”  

Their work is powerful and moving.   Contact Douglas and Jill to be a part of the experience.

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We always ask our clients the question: "How did you hear about us?" and the overwhelming response we receive is "Who doesn't know about Wendell Powell?  It's the only choice for a bride!"  So, thank you to our supportive community near and far.  Our dedicated team of photographers are committed to Wendell B. Powell and the "brand" he created.   It is our goal to continue this tradition for many generations to come.

In 2017, our Community Voted us #1 Best Photographer in VA Living Magazine.  We placed in both 2016 and 2015 for top 3 photography studio in VA Living Magazine.  Also in  2017, our Peer's Voted Douglas Top Ten Photographer of the Year by Virginia Professional Photographers Association!  We have been published nationally and locally.

Southern Bride March 2018 publication