Best Wedding Photographers In Washington DC

February 26, 2013 8:00 AM

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Walking down the aisle is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion that every girl dreams of. Weddings are significant milestones that deserve an equally significant photographer. Lucky for brides-to-be, DC is equipped with talented and experienced wedding photographers who are ready to chronicle each smile, every blissful touch, and the enjoyment had by family and friends. Put your trust in the photographer to leave no moment uncaptured. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words –make yours count and you’ll gladly dust off that wedding album for years to come.

Hayley Smith
Hay Alexandra Photography
(703) 216-8868

Smith is one of Washington’s booming young photographers. Her talent and passion for photography is extraordinary, and shines through in the brilliant Hay Alexandra portfolio. “My specialty is that I am a photographer of love. I specialize in capturing love that is shared,” said Smith. Smith’s wedding packages are priced at an hourly flat rate of $1,200 – $1,500, with the option of purchasing separate prints or photo albums. Couples who use Smith for both their engagement and wedding photos receive a bundled discount price. Clients can expect to receive the full camera roll within three weeks of the wedding and a preview on her easy-to-follow website just a few short days after tying the knot – perfect timing for a sneak peek on the honeymoon. Visit Smith’s sweet website for a glimpse of her candid, captivating style that has caught the attention of many in the DC area.

Joseph Allen Photography
(703) 980-8688

With 10 years under his belt, Joseph Allen is one of northern Virginia’s most sought-after wedding photographers. Interestingly, he also works as a photographer for The Kennedy Center. The standard wedding package, which includes a free engagement sitting if booked in time, is eight hours in length and costs $3,000, while the four-hour package is just $1,800.

Digital photos are provided to each couple via Internet or DVD. Allen makes it his duty to remain unobtrusive and blend in with the guests. To familiarize yourself with Allen’s work, visit his website and watch the prepared wedding slideshows.

Mohaimen (Mo) Kazi Photography
(571) 205-4717

Kazi’s typical wedding documenting costs $4,500 for one day of shooting. To help connect with the customers and get the know the couple before hand, Kazi gives a complimentary engagement session – two shoots for the price of one! The turnaround time is two-three months, depending on the wedding. “I started photography as a hobby. It wasn’t something I started as a teenager nor did I think I’d become a photographer at any point in my life. It was an escape for me, from my daily life, working in an office, fighting traffic everyday and wasting most of my day doing something I had to do, not because I wanted to. It eventually led me to become a full time photographer,” said Kazi.

Rodney Bailey
www.rodneybailey.comWashingtonian Magazine has named Rodney Bailey DC’s Top Wedding Photojournalist many years in a row. Bailey is extremely experienced and has documented over 800 weddings in his 24 years as a working photographer. Bailey’s average rate is $3,000 – $6,000. He offers a discount to military personnel. Couples can expect to receive their images within four-six weeks of the big day, and Bailey throws in a custom web-based slideshow highlighting the special moments that may have been overlooked.

Wedding Photography by Connor Studios
(202) 527-9768

Michael Connor worked as a photojournalist for The Washington Times for a decade, winning numerous noteworthy awards. Since he started photographing weddings in 2003, Connor has shot over 125 weddings. Connor Studios sends two photographers, each a professional photojournalist, to each wedding, which results in amazing work. “We boil it down to two words: “Real Beautiful.” The photos have to be real moments (not staged except portraits) but they have to be beautiful as well,” Connor said. An average wedding rate is just under $6,000 and discounts are offered to teachers and military members. The wedding package includes 12 hours of shooting time, so nothing is rushed or forced.

Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at

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