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Brooke Bready Photography

Frederick , MD
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Frederick, MD 21704 US (map)

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240-215-7760

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ABOUT US

I have always been fascinated with photography, art, and the grandeur of life's events. I received my associates in commercial art photography from the Art Institute of Atlanta and my... Read more
I have always been fascinated with photography, art, and the grandeur of life's events. I received my associates in commercial art photography from the Art Institute of Atlanta and my Bachelor's in fine art photography from Arizona State University. In addition, I have worked with many wonderful photographers around the country specializing in weddings, fashion, architecture, food, and editorials.

In 2008, I began my own company "Brooke Bready Photography" which specializes in weddings and portraiture, I enjoy the challenge of each assignment whether it is photographing a bride on her wedding day; capturing a 17 year old personality for their senior portraits;or the sweet expressions of a baby.

My photographic style can best be described as an infusion of traditional portraiture, documentary and fashion techniques. I work closely with my clients to showcase the strengths of their character through every image.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site. I hope to be part of your special day.

~Brooke Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, High Resolution Images, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
No
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
yes
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
yes
Is your media preference film or digital?
digital
How many photographers do you work with?
myself and second shooter if requested
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
yes
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
no
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
2 nikon camera's, various lenses and lighting eqipment
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
yes
Do you charge hourly or full day?
full day typically, but can work with anyone's budget
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
yes, varies
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
2 weeks
Will images be available for viewing online?
yes
What kind of albums do you offer?
all types, I work with 3 different album companies

REVIEWS

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Jessica
Wedding:
10/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Words cant describe the amount of gratitude and love we have for the photography services Brooke has provided. We hired Brooke to do our engagement and wedding photography - and I just can't say enough good things about her work, her attention to detail and her overall professionalism!

We were absolutely blown away by the moments she caught at our wedding. She documented all of the shots that we wanted and did a fantastic job capturing genuine, candid moments throughout the day.

My living room wall now makes my Husband and I look like we are self-centered and narcissistic because we just couldn't decide which photos to hang, and which ones to put in the album. Her eye is a true gift and I can't imagine ever using a different photographer to document our important life moments!
Words cant describe the amount of gratitude and love we have for the photography services Brooke has provided. We hired Read more...
Words cant describe the amount of gratitude and love we have for the photography services Brooke has provided. We hired Brooke to do our engagement and wedding photography - and I just can't say enough good things about her work, her attention to detail and her overall professionalism!

We were absolutely blown away by the moments she caught at our wedding. She documented all of the shots that we wanted and did a fantastic job capturing genuine, candid moments throughout the day.

My living room wall now makes my Husband and I look like we are self-centered and narcissistic because we just couldn't decide which photos to hang, and which ones to put in the album. Her eye is a true gift and I can't imagine ever using a different photographer to document our important life moments! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.0/5.0
Brooke was great to work with. I was very pleased with all of my wedding pictures. She did an excellent job.
Brooke was great to work with. I was very pleased with all of my wedding pictures. She did an excellent job.
Brooke was great to work with. I was very pleased with all of my wedding pictures. She did an excellent job. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
4/6/2013
4.9/5.0
Brooke is awesome to work wit,h and I am so glad that we found her! We searched high and low for a photographer that had the style we wanted, as well as packages that worked with what we were looking for and with our budget. We completely lucked out that even though it was a bit of a hike, our wedding venue fell within her travel radius : )
Brooke took all of my requests and tons of pinterest inspired wishes and made them happen! It snowed the day before our outdoor engagement session and she was such a trooper trekking all over Annapolis with us to make sure we got the shots we wanted. The result was some great pictures and a beautiful album that we used as our guest book at the wedding!
The day of the wedding she was great! She has a very laid back personality, which is definitely a plus with all the craziness surrounding a wedding and large groups of people. She had our requested shot list and made sure that we got everything we asked for and more! There wasn't a time at the wedding that I ever thought "oh I want a picture of this!" that she wasn't already right there to take it!
We don't have all of our pictures back yet, but we do have some teaser shots and I am completely obsessed with them! They look so amazing that I cannot wait to see the rest!
Brooke is awesome to work wit,h and I am so glad that we found her! We searched high and low for a photographer that had Read more...
Brooke is awesome to work wit,h and I am so glad that we found her! We searched high and low for a photographer that had the style we wanted, as well as packages that worked with what we were looking for and with our budget. We completely lucked out that even though it was a bit of a hike, our wedding venue fell within her travel radius : )
Brooke took all of my requests and tons of pinterest inspired wishes and made them happen! It snowed the day before our outdoor engagement session and she was such a trooper trekking all over Annapolis with us to make sure we got the shots we wanted. The result was some great pictures and a beautiful album that we used as our guest book at the wedding!
The day of the wedding she was great! She has a very laid back personality, which is definitely a plus with all the craziness surrounding a wedding and large groups of people. She had our requested shot list and made sure that we got everything we asked for and more! There wasn't a time at the wedding that I ever thought "oh I want a picture of this!" that she wasn't already right there to take it!
We don't have all of our pictures back yet, but we do have some teaser shots and I am completely obsessed with them! They look so amazing that I cannot wait to see the rest! Read less
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Mandie
Wedding:
3/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Brooke came recommended to me from a trusted photographer, so I had high expectations to begin with, but she was even better than we could have hoped. She was so easy to work with from the initial meet-up to the wedding day. She was especially great on the day of the wedding, always seeming to be right there to capture the perfect moments. She even was patient enough to take some photographs of our less-than-helpful Chihuahua and didn't complain once (and it was so worth it, bc those are some of our favorite photographs)! All of the photographs came out beautifully and she provided a nice assortment of color and black and white versions. When I shared the photos, most guests seem to reiterate that she was able to capture the mood and excitement of the day perfectly. We received all of this great service and the pricing was extremely reasonable. I would highly recommend Brooke to anyone for their wedding day!
Brooke came recommended to me from a trusted photographer, so I had high expectations to begin with, but she was even Read more...
Brooke came recommended to me from a trusted photographer, so I had high expectations to begin with, but she was even better than we could have hoped. She was so easy to work with from the initial meet-up to the wedding day. She was especially great on the day of the wedding, always seeming to be right there to capture the perfect moments. She even was patient enough to take some photographs of our less-than-helpful Chihuahua and didn't complain once (and it was so worth it, bc those are some of our favorite photographs)! All of the photographs came out beautifully and she provided a nice assortment of color and black and white versions. When I shared the photos, most guests seem to reiterate that she was able to capture the mood and excitement of the day perfectly. We received all of this great service and the pricing was extremely reasonable. I would highly recommend Brooke to anyone for their wedding day! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/2/2012
4.7/5.0
Brooke was easy to work with. She made us feel comfortable and directed things well. The pictures are great as is the slide show.
Brooke was easy to work with. She made us feel comfortable and directed things well. The pictures are great as is the Read more...
Brooke was easy to work with. She made us feel comfortable and directed things well. The pictures are great as is the slide show. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
2.2/5.0
We were very unhappy with our wedding photo experience. The nightmare began with our engagement photos. This was our first time taking engagement photos and so we thought our professional photographer would be able to tell us how to pose for natural looking pictures. We did not receive guidance from Brooke on how to pose and for the most part, our pictures looked like "deer caught in headlights." Furthermore, the photo shoot was only about 30-40 minutes long when I was under the impression it would be an hour long photo shoot. When we received the pictures, there really weren't that many different poses or backdrops either. We expressed our disappointment and she came out a second time to take our photos. However, we had to literally go find poses we like and imitate each one exactly. This is absurd considering she is the expert -- we essentially did the work for her! And we weren't expecting to look like celebrities; we just wanted natural looking candid pictures.

With that in mind, we gave Brooke SPECIFIC instructions to take our wedding pictures, with an emphasis on taking candid and group photos of our immediate family. We had emailed her the list several times and mentioned it again in person. When we received our pictures, there were hardly any candid photos of our family. There were hardly any photos of them, period! Even though we specifically asked her to take pictures of these very important people. They were on our MUST HAVE list. We paid for a service, and yet, she did not deliver. Especially when we had provided specific instructions on who to take pictures of!! To make matters worse, it took 6 weeks before we could even see any of the photos. I do not recommend Brooke Bready Photography to anyone.
We were very unhappy with our wedding photo experience. The nightmare began with our engagement photos. This was our first Read more...
We were very unhappy with our wedding photo experience. The nightmare began with our engagement photos. This was our first time taking engagement photos and so we thought our professional photographer would be able to tell us how to pose for natural looking pictures. We did not receive guidance from Brooke on how to pose and for the most part, our pictures looked like "deer caught in headlights." Furthermore, the photo shoot was only about 30-40 minutes long when I was under the impression it would be an hour long photo shoot. When we received the pictures, there really weren't that many different poses or backdrops either. We expressed our disappointment and she came out a second time to take our photos. However, we had to literally go find poses we like and imitate each one exactly. This is absurd considering she is the expert -- we essentially did the work for her! And we weren't expecting to look like celebrities; we just wanted natural looking candid pictures.

With that in mind, we gave Brooke SPECIFIC instructions to take our wedding pictures, with an emphasis on taking candid and group photos of our immediate family. We had emailed her the list several times and mentioned it again in person. When we received our pictures, there were hardly any candid photos of our family. There were hardly any photos of them, period! Even though we specifically asked her to take pictures of these very important people. They were on our MUST HAVE list. We paid for a service, and yet, she did not deliver. Especially when we had provided specific instructions on who to take pictures of!! To make matters worse, it took 6 weeks before we could even see any of the photos. I do not recommend Brooke Bready Photography to anyone. Read less
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Brooke Bready Photography responded with the following comments:

During an engagement session I focus on capturing the emotion and passion that each couple naturally has. I personally believe it is best to allow the couple’s personality to be spotlighted within the image rather than over pose them.  This has been one of my signature traits and why so many couples book their wedding with my studio. 
With websites like “Pintrest,” “Facebook” and “Wedding Wire” (name the site your on)  I make a point to inquire with the client to see if there is images they either like of do not like.  During my first session with Viv I was able to produce over 80 images with various backdrops and poses. 
When Viv first mentioned she was not happy with the engagement photos, I must admit that I was surprised.  I immediately spoke with her to inquire about how I could try to exceed her expectations.  I agreed to rebook another session with her where I was able to create a completely new set of images.
At the wedding, when I saw the 36x20 canvas print, and various framed photos from the engagement session I sincerely thought Viv was more then satisfied with my services.  In addition to that, Viv had hand selected images from both engagement sessions to have me custom design a coffee table book.
During the wedding Viv wanted to have the photographs emulate a “formal and candid” style for certain family members.  Unfortunately, many of the traditional moments were not spotlighted at Viv’s wedding like the Mom-Son Dance, Father-Daughter Dance, Bridesmaid and Parent speeches and the Garter Toss.  The groom and grooms family were also occupied tending to an ill guest and were absent for the majority of the reception which made getting many of these moments impossible.  Even given these unusual circumstances, I was still able to submit in excess of 700 images from her wedding while fulfilling her list. 
I was so impressed with the wedding images that I even put them up on my blog. http://brookebready.blogspot.com/2012/09/vivian-peters-wedding.html  
As it clearly states in all my contract, it takes 4weeks or longer during peak times to edit images. There is a lot of work that is involved, such as retouching each photo for imperfections, having proofs made, creating slideshows, and setting up online galleries for family and friends to view.
It deeply saddens me that I have a client that is upset over photographs from her wedding day. I am very passionate about my job; and understand that I am in a profession where I have a more innate awareness of the importance of a wedding day. So I take great care and effort to capture the essence of a very special, one-time occasion. I know I did everything possible to exceed her expectations.  This is my first bad review out of hundreds of clients.
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farrah.keller
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Brooke was such an awesome photographer. As soon as she arrived she started snapping away! She is so friendly and easy to be around. Everyone at our wedding could not stop saying good things about her. She was so good about getting the shots that were most important to you. She also did our engagement photos so I know our wedding photos will turn out beautiful. I recommend Brooke Bready Photography to any Bride!
Brooke was such an awesome photographer. As soon as she arrived she started snapping away! She is so friendly and easy to Read more...
Brooke was such an awesome photographer. As soon as she arrived she started snapping away! She is so friendly and easy to be around. Everyone at our wedding could not stop saying good things about her. She was so good about getting the shots that were most important to you. She also did our engagement photos so I know our wedding photos will turn out beautiful. I recommend Brooke Bready Photography to any Bride! Read less
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Preeya
Wedding:
10/29/2011
4.9/5.0
Some good friends recommended that we use Brooke, who had photographed both their engagement and their wedding. Brooke did an outstanding job -- she has a great eye, and her photos were stunning. She was even willing to travel from the DC area to the Philadelphia area, where the wedding took place. She was always cheerful and upbeat, despite bad weather, and she was a great pleasure to work with. In particular, even with travel costs, her services were a great value! In short, we would highly recommend Brooke for weddings or any special occasion!
Some good friends recommended that we use Brooke, who had photographed both their engagement and their wedding. Brooke did Read more...
Some good friends recommended that we use Brooke, who had photographed both their engagement and their wedding. Brooke did an outstanding job -- she has a great eye, and her photos were stunning. She was even willing to travel from the DC area to the Philadelphia area, where the wedding took place. She was always cheerful and upbeat, despite bad weather, and she was a great pleasure to work with. In particular, even with travel costs, her services were a great value! In short, we would highly recommend Brooke for weddings or any special occasion! Read less
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Lindsey
Wedding:
10/15/2011
3.7/5.0
I hired Brooke for my wedding after seeing her Web site. Brooke takes great photos, that can't be disputed. She is down to earth and easy to work with. Her pricing for our wedding was very reasonable and I secured the reprint rights, which IMO are the holy grail.

I was mostly pleased with the photos of my wedding, with one big exception: I felt that some important shots were missed. Notably, photos of my mother (and my mother and I together) were virtually non existent. This was heartbreaking to my mother and to me. This was also true for my MOH sister, not many candid photos together of us. Also, there were no photos of our ring bearers walking down the aisle. I contacted Brooke after receiving the photos to make her aware of this and see if she had anything else that didn't make the editing cut that she could send to fill this hole, but Brooke never responded to my email.

While I know it is impossible for one photographer to catch every moment at a wedding, I do think it might be reasonable to rely on their professional instincts to make sure that important shots are prompted, such as mother daughter ones. As a bride, it is hard to know who is being photographed and who isn't and really isn't something that you should have to worry about.

While the individual photos of my wedding are all gorgeous, and there are many that I have proudly displayed in my home, I'm somewhat sad when I sit down to look through my scrapbook and notice that my mother and sister are noticeably absent from the photos.

So, beautiful photos, yes, but some unfortunate oversights. I would recommend for family portraits etc., but based on my experience I just couldn't honestly recommend for a wedding.
I hired Brooke for my wedding after seeing her Web site. Brooke takes great photos, that can't be disputed. She is down to Read more...
I hired Brooke for my wedding after seeing her Web site. Brooke takes great photos, that can't be disputed. She is down to earth and easy to work with. Her pricing for our wedding was very reasonable and I secured the reprint rights, which IMO are the holy grail.

I was mostly pleased with the photos of my wedding, with one big exception: I felt that some important shots were missed. Notably, photos of my mother (and my mother and I together) were virtually non existent. This was heartbreaking to my mother and to me. This was also true for my MOH sister, not many candid photos together of us. Also, there were no photos of our ring bearers walking down the aisle. I contacted Brooke after receiving the photos to make her aware of this and see if she had anything else that didn't make the editing cut that she could send to fill this hole, but Brooke never responded to my email.

While I know it is impossible for one photographer to catch every moment at a wedding, I do think it might be reasonable to rely on their professional instincts to make sure that important shots are prompted, such as mother daughter ones. As a bride, it is hard to know who is being photographed and who isn't and really isn't something that you should have to worry about.

While the individual photos of my wedding are all gorgeous, and there are many that I have proudly displayed in my home, I'm somewhat sad when I sit down to look through my scrapbook and notice that my mother and sister are noticeably absent from the photos.

So, beautiful photos, yes, but some unfortunate oversights. I would recommend for family portraits etc., but based on my experience I just couldn't honestly recommend for a wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were very satisfied with the service Brooke provided us with! :)
We have recommended her to other friends for weddings, family portraits etc. Everyone that has used her has oly positive things to say about her. I have had friends ask to see our wedding album to show their photographers.
I would recommend Brooke to anyone and KNOW that they would be happy!
My husband and I were very satisfied with the service Brooke provided us with! :)
We have recommended her to other Read more...
My husband and I were very satisfied with the service Brooke provided us with! :)
We have recommended her to other friends for weddings, family portraits etc. Everyone that has used her has oly positive things to say about her. I have had friends ask to see our wedding album to show their photographers.
I would recommend Brooke to anyone and KNOW that they would be happy! Read less
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