Story is Everything

Shine light on what you do.

When your photos, your videos and your writing tell your story, your impact is clear. That’s true for nonprofits and businesses.

It’s like night and day.

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It Makes a Difference to work with Impact in mind

Your written content informs your photo choices. The quality of your photos enhances the power of your writing. And videos that tell your story clearly and compellingly get your mission and values across quickly.

Let’s get some coffee and talk over your ideas.

 

Photography

Angles, lighting and lenses all are important, but getting the RIGHT photo means knowing what story you’re trying to tell. And that calls for patience, knowledge and sensitivity. 

Videography and Filmmaking

I have years of experience telling stories in words and film. I am naturally curious and have a knack for interviews. We’ll tell the right story the right way for the audience you care about.

Writing and web content

Years of experience writing and editing with target audiences in mind makes a difference. It’s about point of view, word choices, readability and faithfulness to brand goals.

Recent Projects

Dust and Bustle at Dawn

The 8 a.m. sun shining through dust makes a pretty picture. I dropped in on a construction site that's part of the Interstate 66 widening project. It's a lot more than widening, though. I was interested in seeing how the roadside trail was shaping up. This was part of...

VIDEO: Ten Steps to Independent Living

My fifth video project of the year with Integrated Living Opportunities of Maryland was a brisk step in a new direction.

Kicking Off Autumn with a Busy Week of Photography

I had a busy schedule of photography last week that took me to different corners of Fairfax County and twice to Fredericksburg. It was fun to get out of the house, for sure, and the weather pretty much cooperated when it needed to.

VIDEO: The Freedom to Choose

Living in his own apartment gave Ben big decisions to make. He used supported decision making as he choose whom to live with. And he found a new sense of freedom and empowerment in the process. https://vimeo.com/452053557/b4d6449e73 Ben uses a letter board to...

VIDEO: Choosing to Live a Healthy Life

Skye has built a big team of supporters to help with all kinds of decisions. In this short film, she talks about the decisions she makes every day to eat good foods, get enough exercise and accomplish the goals she has set for her life.

VIDEO: Should I Go or Shouldn’t I?

When Conner needed to decide whether to go to Disney World during the COVID-19 pandemic, he looked at it from all sides.

VIDEO: Creating a Trust in Three Easy Steps

https://vimeo.com/441690878 This is a new video in the series I am creating for The Arc of Northern Virginia's Special Needs Trust Program. There's a common process for all the trusts The Arc sets up for people with disabilities. This lays it out in three minutes....

PHOTOS: Head of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

An article in Virginia Business magazine feature two photos I took of Luiz DaSilva.

VIDEO: “ILO Rescued Us”

Going from fear of the unknown to confidence in skills and independence is a natural process for all of us. Integrated Living Opportunities helps it happen for people with disabilities moving to independent housing. "Rescue" is a strong word to use, but it's the right...

VIDEO: What is a Trust?

I created a video to explain the legal process of creating a trust, and how The Arc of Northern Virginia adds value.

Stories are Journeys

Every journey, like every story, has a beginning, a middle and an end. People through a land that somehow changes, somehow challenges them. And at the end of the trip, and of the story, something has changed in a meaningful way.

Will Schermerhorn looks at the whole story, working from a background as a reporter, a photographer, a website product manager, a filmmaker, an editor and an online content marketing instructor. It’s helpful to know where the tech meets the text and where psychology puts tripwires that kill engagement.

 

Testimonials

SPARC clubs

“Will’s photos show the spirit and personalities of our friends in SPARC clubs. He’s patient and perceptive and that’s why his photos tell our story so well.”
-Donna Goldbranson

 

The Arc of Northern Virginia

“I’ve worked with many videographers, but Will has the unique ability to take my ideas and craft them into a video that transforms all who see it.”
-Kymberly DeLoatche

Formed Families Forward

“Will brought a careful, creative perspective to our video series on the effects of traumatic stress on schoolchildren. He’s a true collaborator and a pleasure to work with.”
-Kelly Henderson

RCM of Washington

“Will took time to truly understand the messages we were trying to convey. His photos have been key in elevating the quality of our marketing materials and website.”
-Susan Brooks

Get In Touch with Will Schermerhorn

Contact

Phone

+(703) 338-1776

Mail

will.schermerhorn@gmail.com

Address

1701 Lake Shore Crest Drive #32
Reston, Virginia 20190