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Rhonisha D. Franklin is an award-winning photographer as well as a speaker, workshop presenter and coach. Recent high profile assignments include her work being featured on the cover of TIME Magazine showcasing her client, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood.


Currently working on a year long project "Profile Noire", she has set out to photograph 100 women of color to highlight their beauty, power and regality. It is her intention to impact the visual representation of women of color and showcase them sitting in their seat of power.  This project is scheduled to launch in October of 2019.


During the month of March, Rhonisha’s featured collections will include: 


•Afro Victorian

•Women In the Shadows 

•Lena is Love


The work prepared for the ANXO Women’s Month exhibit highlights some of her earlier works that have laid the foundation for her “seat of power” focus captured in “Afro Victorian” and “Lena is Love”. The “Women In the Shadows” highlights a stark contrast of women “unseen” versus those that are “seen” in the other two bodies of work.


In addition to her love for personal projects, Rhonisha manages her photography business, R. Dione Foto, specializing in contemporary portraiture, head shots, and events.  With clientele ranging from congresswomen and well established entrepreneurs such as Lisa Price, creator of a multimillion dollar hair care brand, to the hardworking stay-at-home moms and budding entrepreneurs.  Rhonisha loves working with every type of woman to ensure the know, feel, and see how beautiful they are.


A supporter of the next generation of talent, Rhonisha launched a business group for photographers and creatives of color, melanatED Exposure in 2017. melanatED Exposure is a combination of experiences that work together to turn the dreams and passions of photographers and creatives of color into viable and sustainable businesses. It includes networking events and webinars featuring industry leaders.


A graduate of Howard University she holds a B.A. in International Business / Marketing with a minor in Public Relations. Rhonisha later returned to Howard University to complete her MBA. Rhonisha currently resides in  Washington, DC.