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ArtsGroup Photography & Cinema

Washington , DC
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Washington, DC 20001 US (map)

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202-445-4431

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Review: The best of the best. ArtsGroup posseses the highest level of integrity and professionalism. From the beginning of our process, he managed the photography project seamlessly.... Read more
Review: The best of the best. ArtsGroup posseses the highest level of integrity and professionalism. From the beginning of our process, he managed the photography project seamlessly. With perfect customer service and communication, Mr west was always responsive to our needs. His creative eye and determination to get it done correctly, our pictures are works of art. I told him that he is the hardest working man in the business and it shows in the final product. His wife is also a gem!













Simply stated, the ArtsGroup is a talented group of professional media experts. We are certified* photographers, videographers and graphic designers that are also project managers, entertainment specialists, event planners and musicians. As leaders in our respective fields, we strive to ensure we are 100% responsive and always provide the most powerful customizations that will enhance your event. We are the perfect compliment for unique couples that demand difference, great design and vision.









ArtsGroup is also a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that specializes in Arts Education for the youth. Our organization is vetted in DC public schools and assists in out-of-school activities instructing youth in photography and graphic design. All proceeds from ArtsGroup-tiered projects go towards our organizational mission and are fully tax-deductible. Click here to visit our Arts Education website and review our mission.







* All ArtsGroup staff are Certified Professionals, many with degrees in the Arts or actively working toward credentials associated with the Arts. Read less

PHOTOS

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INFO FOR RENTALS & PHOTOBOOTHS

What items are available for rental?
Photo Booth
Do you offer delivery, setup, and breakdown services?
Breakdown, Delivery, Setup

INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Yes. We routinely provide customizations and enhancements that are standard in all of our packages.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes. As wedding photographers and cinematographers, we are always prepared for every lighting situations.
Is your media preference film or digital?
All media from ArtsGroup is digital.
How many photographers do you work with?
We currently have a staff of 9 photographers and cinematographers that are media specialists assigned to projects.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Yes. We currently provide service for over 50 weddings and events per year. Our scheduling system allows us to coordinate "assigned leads". For any event that overlaps, we ensure professional coverage, normally for 1 or 1.5 hours in order to start next wedding assignment.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes. ArtsGroup has a staff of 9 photographers and cinematographers that are available in case of emergencies only.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Equipment is dictated by the wedding day requirements. We generally shoot with 2 cameras and assorted lenses to cover the all natural shooting ranges. Typical assignment includes 2 Canon DSLR's (5D's, 6D's and 7D's) and assortment of lenses 16-35mm, 24mm Prime, 24-70mm, 50mm, and 70-200mm.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
All of our packages are include an hourly rate. We offer full day availability on a case-by-case basis. Our average wedding day assignment is between 6 and 8 hours.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes. We shoot extra hours. Additional hourly rate is $175/hr
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We normally discuss with client concerning breaks. Most times, we inform client of one 15-minute break. Clients may provide meals for us if they would like, we do not require clients to provide meals.
Do you charge for travel?
Yes. We charge for travel. For "Destination Events", we discuss with client on best scenario for both Studio and Client concerning travel costs. We routinely absorb travel and lodging costs for Destination Events.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
ArtsGroup does not provide proofs. We provide a final product (DVD's) consisting of a set number of images that correspond with package selection. We also provide "Back up" DVD's of images taken from the event at full scale for safekeeping.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
ArtsGroup does not deliver Proofs. We provide a final product - DVD's.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Client retains images indefinitely.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Our packages are structured to released limited rights to Client to reproduce images at will. Clients are prohibited from selling images.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes. In cases and requests from Client of non-publishing, Studio will not publish.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
ArtsGroup provides digital files and negatives to the Client.
Will images be available for viewing online?
No. ArtsGroup does not provide any online imaging. Online galleries are created for Client by request only.
What kind of albums do you offer?
FlushMount and Hard Cover Photobooks. Many other options are available as well, i.e. metallic finish, leather, animal friendly leather, padded cover.
When will the client get the final album?
When clients receive image DVD's, Client forwards images that they would like to see in their book through our order form. Once order form is completed and design is approved by Client, Client should expect to receive photobook within 3 - 5 weeks.

INFO FOR VIDEOGRAPHY

What primary style do you identify with?
Cinematic, Documentary, Short Form, Storytelling, Traditional
What do your packages include?
Ceremony, DVD of Raw Footage, Edited Video, High Definition Video, Montage - Childhood / Dating, Montage - Music Dubbed Over, Montage - Wedding Highlights, Multiple Cameras, Multiple Videographers, Online Highlight Films, Pre-Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What formats can the final video be in?
Blu-Ray, DVD
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Clevette
Wedding:
9/7/2014
5.0/5.0
I could not have asked for a better photography company or a better photographer, Jay. He shot our engagement session as well as my wedding. My engagement pictures were beautiful, and the location that he selected for the shot was amazing. I am constantly getting praise for the pictures. At the last minute, my wedding was moved up a year (my husband and I won a wedding contest) and the wedding switched coasts (East to West Coast), but you better believe that Artsgroup was not only flexible with scheduling, but made it to my wedding!!! I am so very pleased with Artsgroup and please believe me when I say, you will be too! I am looking forward to Artsgroup being at my anniversary party next year! Thanks Artsgroup!
I could not have asked for a better photography company or a better photographer, Jay. He shot our engagement session as Read more...
I could not have asked for a better photography company or a better photographer, Jay. He shot our engagement session as well as my wedding. My engagement pictures were beautiful, and the location that he selected for the shot was amazing. I am constantly getting praise for the pictures. At the last minute, my wedding was moved up a year (my husband and I won a wedding contest) and the wedding switched coasts (East to West Coast), but you better believe that Artsgroup was not only flexible with scheduling, but made it to my wedding!!! I am so very pleased with Artsgroup and please believe me when I say, you will be too! I am looking forward to Artsgroup being at my anniversary party next year! Thanks Artsgroup! Read less
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camillia
Wedding:
5/31/2014
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Awesome quality of people with energetic and diverse personalities. Well organized and on task. I would recommend them to anyone!!! Awesome visionary ... Mr. Jay West
Awesome quality of people with energetic and diverse personalities. Well organized and on task. I would recommend them to Read more...
Awesome quality of people with energetic and diverse personalities. Well organized and on task. I would recommend them to anyone!!! Awesome visionary ... Mr. Jay West Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
4/26/2014
5.0/5.0
It was such a pleasure to work with Johnny and the ArtsGroup Team. My husband and I knew after our first meeting with Johnny and his wife, we didn't want to work with anyone else but Johnny and his team. He was very responsive, answered all of my questions, not to mention his work is AMAZING!!! He and his staff were a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend the ArtsGroup!
It was such a pleasure to work with Johnny and the ArtsGroup Team. My husband and I knew after our first meeting with Read more...
It was such a pleasure to work with Johnny and the ArtsGroup Team. My husband and I knew after our first meeting with Johnny and his wife, we didn't want to work with anyone else but Johnny and his team. He was very responsive, answered all of my questions, not to mention his work is AMAZING!!! He and his staff were a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend the ArtsGroup! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
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Team very professional and communication is great. Photos look great and I have already recommended them to my friends.
Team very professional and communication is great. Photos look great and I have already recommended them to my friends.
Team very professional and communication is great. Photos look great and I have already recommended them to my friends. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
11/2/2013
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Johnny and his team are truly the epitome of artists-professional artists that have mastered their trade and strive to perfect the evolving concept of 'capturing the moment'. Johnny worked with my husband and I to create a package that fit the needs of our day as well as accommodated our personal needs and requests. Im a DC native and Johnny knew about areas we had never imagined to be picturesque! Small yet fitting spaces for our engagement photo session, fun poses and themed shots, and personality recognition all components to a wonderful experience with the Arts Group during our time. Delivery of photos was perfect and when he says you can use about 95% of his shots, you really can use 99%! The team is timely, respectable, responsive, and well worth the money for the lifetime of memories they deliver. People always ask, if I could do it all over again, would I change anything, and my answer remains the same especially for our selection in photography and videography.
Johnny and his team are truly the epitome of artists-professional artists that have mastered their trade and strive to Read more...
Johnny and his team are truly the epitome of artists-professional artists that have mastered their trade and strive to perfect the evolving concept of 'capturing the moment'. Johnny worked with my husband and I to create a package that fit the needs of our day as well as accommodated our personal needs and requests. Im a DC native and Johnny knew about areas we had never imagined to be picturesque! Small yet fitting spaces for our engagement photo session, fun poses and themed shots, and personality recognition all components to a wonderful experience with the Arts Group during our time. Delivery of photos was perfect and when he says you can use about 95% of his shots, you really can use 99%! The team is timely, respectable, responsive, and well worth the money for the lifetime of memories they deliver. People always ask, if I could do it all over again, would I change anything, and my answer remains the same especially for our selection in photography and videography. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Bukcrew0
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Wonderful Staff and they know what they are doing.
Wonderful Staff and they know what they are doing.
Wonderful Staff and they know what they are doing. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Felecia
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had a wonderful time working with Johnny and his team. He made us feel so comfortable, and their sense of humor was contagious. He was very professional and responded to all our questions in a timely manner. His poses weren't typical of a regular photographer, and that's something we loved. The shots he captured for us were something unique. He really got the wedding party involved and didn't make the picture process seem long and drawn out. Johnny and Team, we love you. Thank you for all you did to make our day special!!!

Sincerely,

Bralen and Felecia
My husband and I had a wonderful time working with Johnny and his team. He made us feel so comfortable, and their sense of Read more...
My husband and I had a wonderful time working with Johnny and his team. He made us feel so comfortable, and their sense of humor was contagious. He was very professional and responded to all our questions in a timely manner. His poses weren't typical of a regular photographer, and that's something we loved. The shots he captured for us were something unique. He really got the wedding party involved and didn't make the picture process seem long and drawn out. Johnny and Team, we love you. Thank you for all you did to make our day special!!!

Sincerely,

Bralen and Felecia Read less
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Darwana
Wedding:
8/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Absolutely Wonderful... Johnny, Millicent and Xavier were extremely professional and most of all fun. I hired them when they were located in Washington, DC and they traveled to Jacksonville, Florida to capture my wedding. My wedding has been captured in ways that I thought was impossible. Johnny creates a timeline for brides to follow which is very easy and non stressful. My engagement session was so much fun. They handled my wedding as coordinators as well as photographers and videographers. They were true to all of that was promised in my contract and then some in that they go above and beyond to insure that you have a great time at your wedding. They never seem to stop working. I am simply in awe of ArtsGroup and I would recommend them to all brides anywhere without reservation.
Absolutely Wonderful... Johnny, Millicent and Xavier were extremely professional and most of all fun. I hired them when Read more...
Absolutely Wonderful... Johnny, Millicent and Xavier were extremely professional and most of all fun. I hired them when they were located in Washington, DC and they traveled to Jacksonville, Florida to capture my wedding. My wedding has been captured in ways that I thought was impossible. Johnny creates a timeline for brides to follow which is very easy and non stressful. My engagement session was so much fun. They handled my wedding as coordinators as well as photographers and videographers. They were true to all of that was promised in my contract and then some in that they go above and beyond to insure that you have a great time at your wedding. They never seem to stop working. I am simply in awe of ArtsGroup and I would recommend them to all brides anywhere without reservation. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Johnny took our engagement photos, and his work is absolutely superb. I contacted about one week before our shoot, and he was extremely accommodating with our short window. I had all of our digital images within a few days of the shoot. ArtsGroup was recommended to me by my fiance's friend, as Johnny had photographed his wedding a couple years ago. We wouldn't say we are necessarily photogenic people, but Johnny made us comfortable and everything fell into place. Overall, I think the price is in line with other photographers in the area, and the value and quality for the price is outstanding. I highly recommend ArtsGroup to anyone looking for a photographer in the DC area and beyond. We may hire ArtsGroup to photograph our wedding!
Johnny took our engagement photos, and his work is absolutely superb. I contacted about one week before our shoot, and he Read more...
Johnny took our engagement photos, and his work is absolutely superb. I contacted about one week before our shoot, and he was extremely accommodating with our short window. I had all of our digital images within a few days of the shoot. ArtsGroup was recommended to me by my fiance's friend, as Johnny had photographed his wedding a couple years ago. We wouldn't say we are necessarily photogenic people, but Johnny made us comfortable and everything fell into place. Overall, I think the price is in line with other photographers in the area, and the value and quality for the price is outstanding. I highly recommend ArtsGroup to anyone looking for a photographer in the DC area and beyond. We may hire ArtsGroup to photograph our wedding! Read less
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Terri
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
I really couldn't have picked a better videographer! The service was responsive, efficient, and impeccable! Thanks Johnny!
I really couldn't have picked a better videographer! The service was responsive, efficient, and impeccable! Thanks Johnny! Read more...
I really couldn't have picked a better videographer! The service was responsive, efficient, and impeccable! Thanks Johnny! Read less
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