Recommended Photographers for Your Wedding

By: sara levine, Dana Schwartz, Melissa Herald, Mary Clare Glover

When comparing photography rates, you might want to look at the number of hours a photographer guarantees; the number of proofs and prints; whether a package includes an album, negatives, or a CD of high-resolution images; and other factors such as online posting.

Amy Deputy Photography, Sparks, Md.; 410-493-5920. Deputy creates a photo essay that reflects the personality of each wedding. Rates start at $5,400 for Deputy; $3,900 for associate Mike Morgan.

Amy Raab Photography, Annapolis; 410-990-0520. A former newspaper photographer, Raab combines her photojournalistic approach with traditional portraits. Rates start at $3,850; associates start at $2,850.

Amy Snyder Photographer, Bethesda; 301-469-4915. Snyder, a photojournalist, snaps lots of relaxed portraits and candid moments. Packages start at $1,500.

Animage Photography, Greenbelt; 301-441-3287. Barbara Tyroler and David Cooper, both professors at the University of Maryland, have been doing weddings for 25 years. Tyroler is the photographer; Cooper shoots a documentary-style video. Photography rates start at $3,500. Also offers fine-art reproductions.

Berkemeyer-Hine Photography, Silver Spring; 301-588-8353. Veterans Don Berkemeyer and Susan Hine take elegant, photojournalistic pictures. Rates start at $4,200, which includes two shooters.

Bonfigli Photography, Northwest DC; 202-234-1551. Michael Bonfigli, whose background is in photojournalism, offers a mix of artistic portraiture and candid images. Rates start at $3,600.

Carl Bower Photographs, Northwest DC; 202-248-6565. Bower is a documentary photographer who specializes in black-and-white. Rates: $3,900 and up.

Clay & Company Photography, Rockville; 301-670-3232. Clay Blackmore is one of our top vote-getters for traditional photography. Rates start at $7,500 and include an album.

Creation Waits,
Arlington; 703-243-0536. Allen and Marge Thornburgh have been shooting weddings for 21 years. Their cutting-edge technology includes instant retouching. Rates start at $1,995.

DCPhotojournalist.com,
Alexandria; 703-548-6760. Jay Clendenin, a contributor to Time, captures the energy and emotion of the day. Rates: $3,900 and up.

Elaine Studley Photography, Potomac; 301-670-1762. Studley specializes in multicultural weddings and alternative locations, such as mountaintops and private homes. Brides like her mix of traditional, photojournalistic, and artistic photos. Packages start at $3,450; associates start at $2,500.

Freed Photography, Bethesda; 301-652-5452; freedphoto.com. Our top vote-getter for traditional photography, Freed has 11 staffers who can shoot in traditional and photojournalistic styles. Rates start at $4,000, album included.

Greg Gibson Photography, Centre ville; 703-608-0155. Brides praise Gibson’s lively images. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for documentary photography. Rates (with album) for Gibson start at $5,000, $3,750 for associates.

Holland Photo Arts, Charlottesville; 434-295-9681. Brides say Bill and Anne Holland, photojournalists who travel to Washington for many weddings, are attentive and friendly. Rates start at $5,400 for two shooters, $4,000 for one.

Isacson Studios, Potomac; 301-299-0800. Robert Isacson and his associates take photos that have a fine-arts feel. Brides like Isacson’s low-key demeanor. Rates start at $10,000, album included.

Jana Curcio Photography,
Alexandria; 877-618-3561. Members of this seven-person team of photojournalists have done work for the Washington Post and New York Times. Packages are $2,995, including album.

Jennifer Domenick Photography, Savage; 410-206-0992. Domenick’s “snapshot studio,” a booth with a remote-controlled camera, is a fun alternative to traditional table shots. Rates start at $3,600.

Kathy Blanchard Photography, Bowie; 301-526-7282. Blanchard and her sister, Melissa, take photojournalistic shots that are natural and romantic. Packages start at $4,500, which includes two shooters.

Ken Graham Photography,
Darnestown; 301-869-8584. Graham uses design elements to create well-balanced, dynamic compositions. Rates start at $3,000.

L.H. Lindberg Photography, Leesburg; 703-443-0736. Couples say Lyn and Karen Lindberg are fun and professional, capturing emotion while remaining unobtrusive. Rates start at $3,400.

Matt Mendelsohn Photography,
Alexandria; 703-241-2020. Mendelsohn, who recently started a blog where he posts wedding photos, specializes in black-and-white documentary coverage. Brides say he is fun to work with. Rates start at $5,700.

Michael Bennett Kress & Associates, Bethesda; 301-654-0909. Kress won the award for best wedding photography from the DC chapter of the International Special Events Society in 2006. He and his staff of seven offer traditional portraiture, photojournalism, or a combination. Rates (including an album) for Kress start at $8,000; associates start at $4,000.

Michelle Frankfurter, Takoma Park; 301-589-5235. Frankfurter, who has done work for Time and Life magazines, captures intimate moments in her documentary-style photographs. Rates start at $3,900.

Paul Fetters Photography,
Falls Church; 703-641-5859. A photojournalist whose work has appeared in Newsweek and People, Fetters shoots in black-and-white and color. Packages: $4,750 and up.

Photographer’s Gallery, Northwest; 202-362-8111. The De Pas family has been shooting weddings for 22 years. Brides say they have a calm demeanor. Rates, with album, start at $3,500.

Ralph Alswang Photography
, Northwest; 202-487-5025; ralphphoto.com. Ralph Alswang, who was President Clinton’s documentary photographer, strings together photos that illustrate the emotion of the day. Rates start at $3,950.

ReneĆ© Michele Photography, Bethesda; 703-408-8683. Michele, a photojournalist, captures a wedding’s personality. Rates start at $3,000.

Richard Greenhouse Photography, Rockville; 301-530-0002. Richard Greenhouse blends journalistic, traditional, and fashion photography. He offers unlimited coverage and a leather-bound album for $6,200.

Robert Bowen Photography, Olney; 301-598-2740. Bowen captures emotion through candids, detail shots, environmental portraits, and journalistic photos. Rates start at $4,000, with album.

Studio Diana, Fairfax; 703-691-1661. Justine Ungaro, who learned wedding photography from her mother, Diana, was recently named the best event photographer by the International Special Events Society. Rates start at $4,400.

Susan Hornyak Photography,
Bethesda; 301-263-0349. Hornyak and associate Randy Wood, a fine-arts photographer, team up to snap candid images with an artistic flair. Packages start at $4,000 for two shooters and an album.

Taisie Berkeley Photography,
George town; 202-338-3033. Berkeley, a documentary photographer, captures candid, emotional moments. Packages start at $2,800 with album.

Tisara Photography,
Alexandria; 703-838-8098. Specializing in black-and-white, this brother-and-sister team takes a storytelling approach to weddings. Rates start at $2,150.

Tracey Attlee Weddings and Portraits,
Arlington; 703-920-9031. Attlee, a former New York Times White House photographer, teams up with her husband, architectural photographer Todd A. Smith. Their photos have a simple, elegant feel. Rates start at $4,750 for two shooters.

Voisin Photography,
Takoma Park; 202-412-8928. Sarah Voisin, a staff photographer at the Washington Post, captures candid moments in her energetic photos. Rates start at $3,295.

Wedding Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey, Springfield; 703-440-4086. Our top vote-getter for photojournalism, Bailey’s team was hired by Oprah Winfrey to document her “Live Your Best Life” tour. Rates start at $5,000 with album; associates start at $3,000.