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Documentary Associates

Bethesda , MD
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Bethesda, MD US 20814 (map)

PHONE

703-626-3321

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ABOUT US

Documentary Associates
Photography

www.documentaryassociates.com
301.758.3085
dc-md-va

please visit our BLOG for up to date news and great ideas... Read more
Documentary Associates
Photography

www.documentaryassociates.com
301.758.3085
dc-md-va

please visit our BLOG for up to date news and great ideas
www.documentaryassociates.com/blog


We understand how much work and planning goes into your wedding -- it’s our job to make sure your beautiful day lasts forever! Rooted in "documentary" photography, we offer a blended style for today’s couple -- covering candid moments, beautiful details,
creative and traditional portraits.

We are husband-and-wife owned & operated. Tom & Ashlee are available as a team or individually.

Contact us for availability and a custom quote based on your day. Our "a la carte" pricing structure allows the flexibility to create the package that’s right for you.

For more information
please email us at
inquiries@documentaryassociates.com

or call
301.758.3085

Please be sure to include
- your name
- wedding date
- phone number & email address
- how you heard about us

Our office is in Bethesda, convenient to metro, shops & restaurants, as well as ample parking.
Our hours are flexible. Let us know what time works for you!!

Congratulations on your engagement!
We hope to hear from you soon!


www.documentaryassociates.com
301.758.3085

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Negatives, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
We do it all! But we keep it tasteful (no cheese please!). We include complimentary hand-retouching, from doing away with the disastrous day-of pimple, to creating edgy art-prints. Art-prints can be in high-contrast color, sepia, or black & white. Visit our website or office for more samples.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
We have worked in every type of lighting situation imaginable (part of being a tried & true photojournalist). We prefer natural light, including candlelight, but we're expert event photographers and work to make any situation look gorgeous. We also go the extra mile to be experimental with light. Creativity is key for us.
Is your media preference film or digital?
We are all digital, and there are several benefits. It allows us to maintain an eco-friendly business, without the use of harmful processing chemicals and endless waste. It's also an extremely versatile medium.
How many photographers do you work with?
For your wedding, there will be either 1 or 2 photographers. We want to be unobtrusive, and also provide you with what you need for your unique occasion.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
The photographer you choose is the photographer you work with on the day of the event, (barring any unforeseen circumstances like illness, injury, etc). Should something happen to your contracted photographer (which has never in 10+ years of business happened), we'll provide you with a replacement photographer. If one cannot be provided for you, you will receive a full refund.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Never more than one wedding on the same day.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes (see also above). We are part of a community of photographers, who rally around one another... we have stepped up for other photographers when they have been in a bind. To date, we have not yet needed the favor returned, but know there are other professionals who would help in a heartbeat (like we do).
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
At least 2 camera bodies, a variety of lenses, at least 2 flashes, a battery pack, back up batteries, tripod, several gigs of CF cards... We are always well prepared in any situation.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
ALWAYS. Your wedding is the most important day of OUR lives!
Do you charge hourly or full day?
In general weddings are a flat day rate, which includes everything in the "Basic" package. Ultimately, every quote is custom-created, based on your specific needs. We sit down with you to assess what kind of coverage you need, as well as anything a la carte.... albums, print credits, etc. you may want. Ultimately, we create a package based on your unique expectations and needs.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
We are available for overtime on the day of your wedding, but prefer to sit down with you in advance, to figure out what you need and come up with the real price up front -- that way there are no surprises or hidden costs. But yes, if your schedule runs late, we are prepared and happy to shoot longer the day of your event.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We usually only take one break when the guests are fed. We typically require a meal at that time.
Do you charge for travel?
Not usually if it is local. We do however travel outside the DC-Baltimore metro areas, and charge accordingly for those events. Please contact us with details of your day, and we'll come up with a solid quote for you.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Photos are posted to the website approximately 6 weeks after the event. Your negatives are delivered within about 2 weeks thereafter.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
You first see your images on your password-protected website. Then you receive the high-res JPGs on disk.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Your proofs are posted on the website for 1 year. You OWN the negatives forever!
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
We usually share the copyright with our clients.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
We do reserve the right to publish the photos, unless otherwise agreed to at the time of contract. We'll of course try let you know if your photos have been published anywhere.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
YES -- the high-resolution negatives are part of the basic package -- every couple owns their negatives.
Will images be available for viewing online?
YES -- proofs are part of the basic package and online for usually a year.
What kind of albums do you offer?
We offer heirloom Queensberry & Company custom albums in classic matted or modern digital flush-mount formats.
When will the client get the final album?
Every Queensberry album is custom designed (in-house, with the client), and then hand-bound in New Zealand. It can take a long time to receive your album depending on the timing of when our clients submit the image list and how many albums are in design at that time (as well as if it is at the height of busy season). We are very communicative with our clients about the turnaround times. We admit, we are not the fastest studio studio at turning around albums. But our focus is on the artistry of the images, as well as quality of the final albums, at a competitive cost, for all of our clients.

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Glenn
Wedding:
9/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Unparalleled service and professionalism. Ashley not only made us feel comfortable, we also felt that she was absolutely the best at using the light to properly reflect the best photos of the wedding. Google their site and you will be amazed. Everyone should use these photographers.
Unparalleled service and professionalism. Ashley not only made us feel comfortable, we also felt that she was absolutely Read more...
Unparalleled service and professionalism. Ashley not only made us feel comfortable, we also felt that she was absolutely the best at using the light to properly reflect the best photos of the wedding. Google their site and you will be amazed. Everyone should use these photographers. Read less
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Noelia
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
We hired Tom to be our photographer in our wedding and we are glad we did! He was really easy to work with and the photos turned out beautiful!! We completely recommend it!
We hired Tom to be our photographer in our wedding and we are glad we did! He was really easy to work with and the photos Read more...
We hired Tom to be our photographer in our wedding and we are glad we did! He was really easy to work with and the photos turned out beautiful!! We completely recommend it! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Tom was so easy to work with, from planning to the actual day. The pictures are phenomenal and we are absolutely delighted - interesting compositions and incorporating the design of the venue. A+++
Tom was so easy to work with, from planning to the actual day. The pictures are phenomenal and we are absolutely delighted Read more...
Tom was so easy to work with, from planning to the actual day. The pictures are phenomenal and we are absolutely delighted - interesting compositions and incorporating the design of the venue. A+++ Read less
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Lilli
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Documentary Associates perfectly captured our evening. They understood the vision we had and were able to deliver, without being intrusive or disruptive to anyone. They were professional but fun at the same time. We really can't recommend them enough.
Documentary Associates perfectly captured our evening. They understood the vision we had and were able to deliver, without Read more...
Documentary Associates perfectly captured our evening. They understood the vision we had and were able to deliver, without being intrusive or disruptive to anyone. They were professional but fun at the same time. We really can't recommend them enough. Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! It has been such a pleasure working with you guys and your families. Thank you also for the referral to your family friend - I will be photographing an event for her next month!
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Nikki
Wedding:
8/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Tom at Documentary Associates was wonderful. He is a very skilled photographer and I highly recommend his services. Our pictures came out beautiful. He was extremely professional working with our family and friends and made sure to get the photos we needed (and wanted) done in the allotted time. We loved working with him, especially my husband who hates being in front of the camera!
Tom at Documentary Associates was wonderful. He is a very skilled photographer and I highly recommend his services. Our Read more...
Tom at Documentary Associates was wonderful. He is a very skilled photographer and I highly recommend his services. Our pictures came out beautiful. He was extremely professional working with our family and friends and made sure to get the photos we needed (and wanted) done in the allotted time. We loved working with him, especially my husband who hates being in front of the camera! Read less
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Helene
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
We got beautiful photos from our wedding. Thomas is organized and direct and able to put together beautiful photos of large groups or small groups. He blended into the wedding and took beautiful photos we hardly even noticed him there. Amazing work, we are thrilled!
We got beautiful photos from our wedding. Thomas is organized and direct and able to put together beautiful photos of Read more...
We got beautiful photos from our wedding. Thomas is organized and direct and able to put together beautiful photos of large groups or small groups. He blended into the wedding and took beautiful photos we hardly even noticed him there. Amazing work, we are thrilled! Read less
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Angie
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Had to edit my review...please see "Angela" and "wedding date" of 4/9/13
Had to edit my review...please see "Angela" and "wedding date" of 4/9/13
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Angela
Wedding:
4/9/2013
5.0/5.0
We were so incredibly fortunate to work with Tom Van Veen, one of the co-owners of Documentary Associates. He was incredibly flexible and accommodating, as evidenced by his willingness to shoot our engagement photos during cherry blossom season around the tidal basin. In fact, the first time we met, it was just a little too cold, so he offered to reschedule and make the commute/find parking around the basin not once, but twice! When the weather was slightly more cooperative, Tom put me and my partner at ease with his relaxed, yet focused demeanor and his reassuring expertise. You could tell he knew what he was doing with lighting, angles, and backgrounds, something my partner - a hobby photographer - was truly grateful for. Our high resolution engagement photos were exceptional. We have used them on our website and save-the-dates and have received numerous compliments. While we are extremely disappointed we can't work with Tom for our wedding (the listed wedding date for this review was our engagement photo session; wedding is in November 2013 and the conditions of our venue dictate we work with another photographer), we look forward to working with Tom in the future and will be encouraging all of our friends to consider working with him as well!
We were so incredibly fortunate to work with Tom Van Veen, one of the co-owners of Documentary Associates. He was Read more...
We were so incredibly fortunate to work with Tom Van Veen, one of the co-owners of Documentary Associates. He was incredibly flexible and accommodating, as evidenced by his willingness to shoot our engagement photos during cherry blossom season around the tidal basin. In fact, the first time we met, it was just a little too cold, so he offered to reschedule and make the commute/find parking around the basin not once, but twice! When the weather was slightly more cooperative, Tom put me and my partner at ease with his relaxed, yet focused demeanor and his reassuring expertise. You could tell he knew what he was doing with lighting, angles, and backgrounds, something my partner - a hobby photographer - was truly grateful for. Our high resolution engagement photos were exceptional. We have used them on our website and save-the-dates and have received numerous compliments. While we are extremely disappointed we can't work with Tom for our wedding (the listed wedding date for this review was our engagement photo session; wedding is in November 2013 and the conditions of our venue dictate we work with another photographer), we look forward to working with Tom in the future and will be encouraging all of our friends to consider working with him as well! Read less
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Leigh
Wedding:
3/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Ashlee's work is nothing less than breathtaking.
When I viewed our pics for the first time, i thought to myself "YES!!! PERFECT!!! WAS THIS REALLY HOW GOOD WE LOOKED??!!" They were everything I had hoped for. We could not have chosen a better artist. We now have the most extraordinary photos to bring us back to this day...
Her creativity and expertise is evident in her final product. My friends and family are still raving about the pictures. No one can even come close to choosing a favorite photo...they are really that amazing!!!
Ashlee is down to earth and her warm personality invites smiles. Things were natural and easy all day. Ashlee really blended into our group - many of the pictures came as a pleasant surprise because I didn't even realize they were being taken...
Organized, professional, reliable and accommodating throughout our out-of-town planning process.
I can't fully express my gratitude...I am so lucky to have had Ashlee as our photographer.
Ashlee's work is nothing less than breathtaking.
When I viewed our pics for the first time, i thought to myself Read more...
Ashlee's work is nothing less than breathtaking.
When I viewed our pics for the first time, i thought to myself "YES!!! PERFECT!!! WAS THIS REALLY HOW GOOD WE LOOKED??!!" They were everything I had hoped for. We could not have chosen a better artist. We now have the most extraordinary photos to bring us back to this day...
Her creativity and expertise is evident in her final product. My friends and family are still raving about the pictures. No one can even come close to choosing a favorite photo...they are really that amazing!!!
Ashlee is down to earth and her warm personality invites smiles. Things were natural and easy all day. Ashlee really blended into our group - many of the pictures came as a pleasant surprise because I didn't even realize they were being taken...
Organized, professional, reliable and accommodating throughout our out-of-town planning process.
I can't fully express my gratitude...I am so lucky to have had Ashlee as our photographer. Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Leigh -
Thank you so much for the incredibly nice review! I absolutely loved working with you guys, and am thrilled you love your photos as much as I do. I just published Part I of your your wedding on our blog, and can't wait to post more amazing moments from your day in a 2nd post (there were so many!!).

Thank you for sharing your day with me -- the honor was sincerely mine!

Warm regards,
Ashlee
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Kelly O
Wedding:
2/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Tom was amazing! I knew after our initial meeting we would love his work. He was very professional the day of the wedding and I never felt he was in the way or making us do pictures we didn't want. He definitely captures people in the moment to make for those great photos you will look at over and over again. (and over and over). Documentary Associates was actually recommended by my DJ (Chris Laich) and I'm forever grateful for that referral! After looking at our pictures, I kept saying "I don't even remember him taking that photo" and that's because he captures the moment without being in your way. If you want to be incredibly happy with your wedding photos, hire Documentary Associates!
Tom was amazing! I knew after our initial meeting we would love his work. He was very professional the day of the wedding Read more...
Tom was amazing! I knew after our initial meeting we would love his work. He was very professional the day of the wedding and I never felt he was in the way or making us do pictures we didn't want. He definitely captures people in the moment to make for those great photos you will look at over and over again. (and over and over). Documentary Associates was actually recommended by my DJ (Chris Laich) and I'm forever grateful for that referral! After looking at our pictures, I kept saying "I don't even remember him taking that photo" and that's because he captures the moment without being in your way. If you want to be incredibly happy with your wedding photos, hire Documentary Associates! Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much Kelly! We've loved working with you!
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Lauren
Wedding:
12/23/2012
5.0/5.0
They did a wonderful job of making my husband and I feel special.
They did a wonderful job of making my husband and I feel special.
They did a wonderful job of making my husband and I feel special. Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Thanks Lauren! Your wedding celebration was truly special!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
There are a number of reasons to commend Tom & Ash, but most importantly the photos turned out fantastic! So many great moments were captured and we are left with dozens of great shots not just of ourselves, but of our families and friends. While the "portrait" shots turned out great (particularly given fading light and so many folks to corral) the real gems were the unscripted shots that captured the real spirit of the day. Ashlee (our photographer) was in 50 places at once, seemingly capturing moments from different angles simultaneously. To have such a rich photographic record of the day is worth it...both now and when we grow old and forgetful. :) Thanks Tom & Ash!!!
There are a number of reasons to commend Tom & Ash, but most importantly the photos turned out fantastic! So many great Read more...
There are a number of reasons to commend Tom & Ash, but most importantly the photos turned out fantastic! So many great moments were captured and we are left with dozens of great shots not just of ourselves, but of our families and friends. While the "portrait" shots turned out great (particularly given fading light and so many folks to corral) the real gems were the unscripted shots that captured the real spirit of the day. Ashlee (our photographer) was in 50 places at once, seemingly capturing moments from different angles simultaneously. To have such a rich photographic record of the day is worth it...both now and when we grow old and forgetful. :) Thanks Tom & Ash!!! Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Thank you for the wonderful review!
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F
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Ashlee was phenomenal. We are so pleased with her work at our wedding. She was like a stealthy ninja, always there for the most important shots, but never intrusive. She handled large group family shots like a champ, deftly wrangling people into place with efficiency and poise. We’re delighted with our decision to use her and will recommend her to friends and family. Looking forward to seeing the photos!
Ashlee was phenomenal. We are so pleased with her work at our wedding. She was like a stealthy ninja, always there for the Read more...
Ashlee was phenomenal. We are so pleased with her work at our wedding. She was like a stealthy ninja, always there for the most important shots, but never intrusive. She handled large group family shots like a champ, deftly wrangling people into place with efficiency and poise. We’re delighted with our decision to use her and will recommend her to friends and family. Looking forward to seeing the photos! Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! It was such a pleasure working with you two, your families, your friends -- and your selected vendors. I can't wait to share your photos with you!! We got some really great ones!!
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V
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Ashlee was a stealthy photo ninja who managed to breeze through complex formal shots (13 different compositions in 2 locations with shots involving up to 26 people–indoor and outdoor) in an hour and still have energy to be completely unobtrusive throughout the ceremony. I honestly didn't notice her between formal shots and the dancing part of the evening, which was exactly what we wanted.

I also appreciate that Ashlee and Documentary Associates were very flexible in negotiating a rights & reproductions clause on the contract that everyone could be happy about. Many vendors would just back away and say that their lawyer counseled them to write the contract that way and so be it, but Ashlee was willing to listen to us and adjust for our concerns. This kind of professionalism and responsiveness is commendable.

Overall, she was a pleasure to work with and I can't wait to see the photos! The sneak peeks we saw on her viewfinder were tantalizing. I absolutely recommend Documentary Associates, especially if you're looking for a naturalistic, photojournalistic approach to your wedding pictures that reflects what actually happened on that day and not what your rings look like when posed together on top of your bouquet. We loved that there was a bare minimum of posing with Ashlee and we just got to have fun and have pictures taken.
Ashlee was a stealthy photo ninja who managed to breeze through complex formal shots (13 different compositions in 2 Read more...
Ashlee was a stealthy photo ninja who managed to breeze through complex formal shots (13 different compositions in 2 locations with shots involving up to 26 people–indoor and outdoor) in an hour and still have energy to be completely unobtrusive throughout the ceremony. I honestly didn't notice her between formal shots and the dancing part of the evening, which was exactly what we wanted.

I also appreciate that Ashlee and Documentary Associates were very flexible in negotiating a rights & reproductions clause on the contract that everyone could be happy about. Many vendors would just back away and say that their lawyer counseled them to write the contract that way and so be it, but Ashlee was willing to listen to us and adjust for our concerns. This kind of professionalism and responsiveness is commendable.

Overall, she was a pleasure to work with and I can't wait to see the photos! The sneak peeks we saw on her viewfinder were tantalizing. I absolutely recommend Documentary Associates, especially if you're looking for a naturalistic, photojournalistic approach to your wedding pictures that reflects what actually happened on that day and not what your rings look like when posed together on top of your bouquet. We loved that there was a bare minimum of posing with Ashlee and we just got to have fun and have pictures taken. Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

V - thank you so much!! What an awesome review :) You guys made my job easy with your clear communication of your wishes and expectations, and your totally fun and pleasant personalities. Thank you again for choosing me -- and putting your trust in me -- to document your day. I can't wait to share your photos with you.
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Erica
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Ashlee was absolutely wonderful to work with! My husband hates being in front of the camera and she put him at ease and had him laughing through the engagement and wedding shoots. The photos turned out absolutely beautifully and there were so many moments we didn't even realize she captured.
Ashlee was absolutely wonderful to work with! My husband hates being in front of the camera and she put him at ease and Read more...
Ashlee was absolutely wonderful to work with! My husband hates being in front of the camera and she put him at ease and had him laughing through the engagement and wedding shoots. The photos turned out absolutely beautifully and there were so many moments we didn't even realize she captured. Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Thank you Erica! I loved your wedding -- so many fantastic moments! You guys have been so wonderful to work with. Thank you again.
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
We had amazing photographs!! Everything was captured about our special day ! Thanks guys!!
We had amazing photographs!! Everything was captured about our special day ! Thanks guys!!
We had amazing photographs!! Everything was captured about our special day ! Thanks guys!! Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Documentary Associates was an excellent choice. Tom and Ashlee were extremely professional and took beautiful photos for our invitations and save the dates. We look forward to seeing the wedding day photos. We recommend Documentary Associates for anyone looking for flawless photos!
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Documentary Associates was an excellent choice. Tom and Ashlee were extremely professional and took beautiful photos for our invitations and save the dates. We look forward to seeing the wedding day photos. We recommend Documentary Associates for anyone looking for flawless photos! Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Kristin,

Thank you so much for the nice review! We loved working with you and Adrian, and can't wait to share the photos with you!

Warm regards,
Tom and Ash
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Amina
Wedding:
6/15/2012
5.0/5.0
I am overwhelmed by the amazing photos Ashlee took from Documentary Associates. They came out beautifully. She was a pleasure to work with too! Having no idea what I was doing, she was able to walk me through every step. She was fantastic at guiding people for such fantastic photographs. Ashlee also captured some pretty amazing candid moments. I don't think I can explain how happy I am with everything she did for us. I would recommend Documentary Associates a million times over!!!!
I am overwhelmed by the amazing photos Ashlee took from Documentary Associates. They came out beautifully. She was a Read more...
I am overwhelmed by the amazing photos Ashlee took from Documentary Associates. They came out beautifully. She was a pleasure to work with too! Having no idea what I was doing, she was able to walk me through every step. She was fantastic at guiding people for such fantastic photographs. Ashlee also captured some pretty amazing candid moments. I don't think I can explain how happy I am with everything she did for us. I would recommend Documentary Associates a million times over!!!! Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Amina - thank you so much! It's really a privilege when I am able to help guide couples through such an important milestone in their lives. Ultimately, just to be a witness to your day, and express that joy through photography -- I am very lucky. Thank you again for the wonderful review!
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Shannon
Wedding:
5/27/2012
5.0/5.0
After our first meeting with Tom, we knew we found our photographer...there was no doubt about it. He understood our vision & his portfolio blew us away. Leading up to the wedding, the photography was the only thing I WASN'T worried about. We knew Documentary Associates would capture the day beautifully, which they did. We had a pretty large wedding (250 people), it was outdoors and a storm came about halfway through. This made our schedule completely off, but our photographers went with the flow and everything worked out perfectly. Even our guests raved about how great the they were, and the "Portrait Station" was a huge hit as well.

To sum it up, our photos are absolutely breathtaking and we couldn't be happier. I am so thankful we found Documentary Associates...no one else could have captured our day as beautiful & amazing as they did.
After our first meeting with Tom, we knew we found our photographer...there was no doubt about it. He understood our Read more...
After our first meeting with Tom, we knew we found our photographer...there was no doubt about it. He understood our vision & his portfolio blew us away. Leading up to the wedding, the photography was the only thing I WASN'T worried about. We knew Documentary Associates would capture the day beautifully, which they did. We had a pretty large wedding (250 people), it was outdoors and a storm came about halfway through. This made our schedule completely off, but our photographers went with the flow and everything worked out perfectly. Even our guests raved about how great the they were, and the "Portrait Station" was a huge hit as well.

To sum it up, our photos are absolutely breathtaking and we couldn't be happier. I am so thankful we found Documentary Associates...no one else could have captured our day as beautiful & amazing as they did. Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Shannon - thanks so much! We had a great time photographing your day!
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Happy Bride
Wedding:
3/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Ashlee at Documentary Associates was wonderful to work with, flexible, reasonably priced and very talented. She had a great eye for capturing every detail of our wedding day, even details we forgot to ask that she include. Our pictures are absolutely stunning, unique and not your typical wedding pictures-they are works of art that we intend to frame and display in our home for years to come. We are really happy with Documentary Associates, and we plan to use them again once we start a family!
Ashlee at Documentary Associates was wonderful to work with, flexible, reasonably priced and very talented. She had a Read more...
Ashlee at Documentary Associates was wonderful to work with, flexible, reasonably priced and very talented. She had a great eye for capturing every detail of our wedding day, even details we forgot to ask that she include. Our pictures are absolutely stunning, unique and not your typical wedding pictures-they are works of art that we intend to frame and display in our home for years to come. We are really happy with Documentary Associates, and we plan to use them again once we start a family! Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Dear Laura,
Thank you so much for your wonderful words -- I greatly appreciate everything you have said! You and Jarrod share a really special story, and I know you will have many, many happy years together. I would love to reconnect down the road, and photograph how your family and your love has grown. It just gets better from here!
Warm regards,
Ashlee
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bride2012
Wedding:
1/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Tom did a WONDERFUL job on my wedding pictures - we are absolutely thrilled with his work and we are delighted to recommend him to other brides!!! Tom created such an incredibly beautiful keepsake to have from the wedding. Everything else about the wedding goes by so fast, but the pictures we will cherish forever. I absolutely love the pictures of me getting dressed with my family - we did not have any formal pictures of my immediate family and we all love the family pictures. The pictures of me and my husband before and during the ceremony are absolutely incredible. We have some gorgeous pictures of us walking around with city lights behind us - it all just looked so glamorous! Tom really captured our personalities and the mood of the evening so perfectly, and our pictures are very unique and different from the typical wedding pictures. In addition to the gorgeous pictures, Tom is a real pleasure to work with - he is very nice, very calm, and extremely professional and puts a lot of time time and effort into getting the perfect picture each and every time. He was also the only person in my bridal party that was brave enough to stay with me when the Rabbi was running late! He just did such a truly outstanding job - I can't thank you enough Tom for the beautiful pictures!!!
Tom did a WONDERFUL job on my wedding pictures - we are absolutely thrilled with his work and we are delighted to Read more...
Tom did a WONDERFUL job on my wedding pictures - we are absolutely thrilled with his work and we are delighted to recommend him to other brides!!! Tom created such an incredibly beautiful keepsake to have from the wedding. Everything else about the wedding goes by so fast, but the pictures we will cherish forever. I absolutely love the pictures of me getting dressed with my family - we did not have any formal pictures of my immediate family and we all love the family pictures. The pictures of me and my husband before and during the ceremony are absolutely incredible. We have some gorgeous pictures of us walking around with city lights behind us - it all just looked so glamorous! Tom really captured our personalities and the mood of the evening so perfectly, and our pictures are very unique and different from the typical wedding pictures. In addition to the gorgeous pictures, Tom is a real pleasure to work with - he is very nice, very calm, and extremely professional and puts a lot of time time and effort into getting the perfect picture each and every time. He was also the only person in my bridal party that was brave enough to stay with me when the Rabbi was running late! He just did such a truly outstanding job - I can't thank you enough Tom for the beautiful pictures!!! Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much!
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ruthie
Wedding:
1/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Tom did a WONDERFUL job on my wedding pictures - we are absolutely
thrilled with his work and we are delighted to recommend him to other
brides!!! Tom created such an incredibly beautiful keepsake to have
from the wedding. Everything else about the wedding goes by so fast,
but the pictures we will cherish forever. I absolutely love the
pictures of me getting dressed with my family - we did not have any
formal pictures of my immediate family and we all love the family
pictures. The pictures of me and my husband before and during the
ceremony are absolutely incredible. We have some gorgeous pictures of
us walking around with city lights behind us - it all just looked so
glamorous! Tom really captured our personalities and the mood of the
evening so perfectly, and our pictures are very unique and different
from the typical wedding pictures. In addition to the gorgeous
pictures, Tom is a real pleasure to work with - he is very nice, very
calm, and extremely professional and puts a lot of time time and
effort into getting the perfect picture each and every time. He was
completely inconspicuous during the wedding – I don’t even remember
seeing him once the ceremony started and he took hundreds of pictures of our ceremony and reception without being in the way or interrupting
the evening. He was also the only person in my bridal party that was
brave enough to stay with me when the Rabbi was running late! He just
did such a truly outstanding job - I can't thank you enough Tom for
the beautiful pictures and I very highly recommend you to other
brides!!!
Tom did a WONDERFUL job on my wedding pictures - we are absolutely
thrilled with his work and we are delighted to Read more...
Tom did a WONDERFUL job on my wedding pictures - we are absolutely
thrilled with his work and we are delighted to recommend him to other
brides!!! Tom created such an incredibly beautiful keepsake to have
from the wedding. Everything else about the wedding goes by so fast,
but the pictures we will cherish forever. I absolutely love the
pictures of me getting dressed with my family - we did not have any
formal pictures of my immediate family and we all love the family
pictures. The pictures of me and my husband before and during the
ceremony are absolutely incredible. We have some gorgeous pictures of
us walking around with city lights behind us - it all just looked so
glamorous! Tom really captured our personalities and the mood of the
evening so perfectly, and our pictures are very unique and different
from the typical wedding pictures. In addition to the gorgeous
pictures, Tom is a real pleasure to work with - he is very nice, very
calm, and extremely professional and puts a lot of time time and
effort into getting the perfect picture each and every time. He was
completely inconspicuous during the wedding – I don’t even remember
seeing him once the ceremony started and he took hundreds of pictures of our ceremony and reception without being in the way or interrupting
the evening. He was also the only person in my bridal party that was
brave enough to stay with me when the Rabbi was running late! He just
did such a truly outstanding job - I can't thank you enough Tom for
the beautiful pictures and I very highly recommend you to other
brides!!! Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Thank you Ruthie!
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mpconc
Wedding:
11/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Tom and Jen were great and gave us many memorable shots around DC for our wedding. Everyone at our reception loved the photo station. They are wonderful, professional photographers that really do document memories for a lifetime.
Tom and Jen were great and gave us many memorable shots around DC for our wedding. Everyone at our reception loved the Read more...
Tom and Jen were great and gave us many memorable shots around DC for our wedding. Everyone at our reception loved the photo station. They are wonderful, professional photographers that really do document memories for a lifetime. Read less
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MLS716
Wedding:
10/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Tom and Ashlee were amazing to deal with. They were wonderfully accommodating and professional. It was the easiest part of my entire wedding!

I was so happy with how everything went and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a quality photographer.
Tom and Ashlee were amazing to deal with. They were wonderfully accommodating and professional. It was the easiest part of Read more...
Tom and Ashlee were amazing to deal with. They were wonderfully accommodating and professional. It was the easiest part of my entire wedding!

I was so happy with how everything went and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a quality photographer. Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Thanks Michelle!! We really enjoyed working with you and Matt too!! Congratulations!
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DavEliz
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Our experience with Tom and Ashley was overwhelmingly positive. We were looking for a photographer that would be willing and able to do a variety of shots with different depths of field, black and white and color – and most importantly be able to capture those moments and emotions that were truly unique on our wedding. And, we were hoping to accomplish this at a rate that would be somewhat affordable.

Ashley nailed this on the head. Tom and Ashley were extremely pleasant to work with before the wedding and our meeting with them was very pleasant and they had a lot of great ideas. When it came to the day of Ashley was the perfect photographer, hardly noticeable and yet somehow being in the perfect location for many of the events.

The final proofs came a few weeks later which is normal and we were extremely happy with the variety and the quality of them.

If there was any small critique at all – there was roughly over 60 people at our wedding, yet we noticed we couldn’t find a few people in any of the shots, and we got portrait shots of a few people we wouldn’t expect. We haven’t asked them yet if there was a few left on the cutting room floor. Also, the actual ceremony shots were all from the same angle, would have been nice to get a couple from the side (although the priest had requested that the photographer NOT move around too much.)

Overall however an extremely pleasant experience and we’d highly recommend Tom and Ashley for anyone else.
Our experience with Tom and Ashley was overwhelmingly positive. We were looking for a photographer that would be willing Read more...
Our experience with Tom and Ashley was overwhelmingly positive. We were looking for a photographer that would be willing and able to do a variety of shots with different depths of field, black and white and color – and most importantly be able to capture those moments and emotions that were truly unique on our wedding. And, we were hoping to accomplish this at a rate that would be somewhat affordable.

Ashley nailed this on the head. Tom and Ashley were extremely pleasant to work with before the wedding and our meeting with them was very pleasant and they had a lot of great ideas. When it came to the day of Ashley was the perfect photographer, hardly noticeable and yet somehow being in the perfect location for many of the events.

The final proofs came a few weeks later which is normal and we were extremely happy with the variety and the quality of them.

If there was any small critique at all – there was roughly over 60 people at our wedding, yet we noticed we couldn’t find a few people in any of the shots, and we got portrait shots of a few people we wouldn’t expect. We haven’t asked them yet if there was a few left on the cutting room floor. Also, the actual ceremony shots were all from the same angle, would have been nice to get a couple from the side (although the priest had requested that the photographer NOT move around too much.)

Overall however an extremely pleasant experience and we’d highly recommend Tom and Ashley for anyone else. Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

David --

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I greatly enjoyed working with you and Elizabeth.

Just to respond to your questions... Regarding the ceremony photos, I agree, I really would have liked to get photos from other angles. However, there was a contract of rules the church required me to sign beforehand, and the priest spoke with me before the ceremony to ensure I was clear on those rules. I saw your videographer walking around in the balcony and was very nervous your priest was going to say something in the middle of the service (which we've heard of before and is very disruptive). And so keeping my word, I sat put, and did my best to create as dynamic a set of images as I could through working with a variety of lenses, and focusing on the special moments between you, Elizabeth, and the guests, during the service.

During the reception, I worked to capture as many wonderful photos of guests as I could. Sometimes folks don't get up and mingle, but rather sit at their table and eat, which they do quietly, perhaps not smiling -- and this doesn't always make a good photo. I habitually walk the room looking for new shots of folks I haven't photographed yet. It's possible there was bad lighting, or a bad angle, or they were putting food in their mouth... or just very good at hiding from the camera! If there's a specific person you are looking for, please let us know, and we can go back to see if there's a deliverable photo of them.

Thank you again for the wonderful review, and your great feedback! Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you!!

All the best,
Ashlee
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felinegroovy
Wedding:
10/16/2010
5.0/5.0
Ashlee was our photographer and she is FANTASTIC! Not only does she take amazing photos, but she is fun and easy to work with, very willing to sculpt around what you want, but also practically invisible - I barely noticed her at all during the reception and not at all at the ceremony!

I highly recommend Documentary Associates to any bride!
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Ashlee was our photographer and she is FANTASTIC! Not only does she take amazing photos, but she is fun and easy to work with, very willing to sculpt around what you want, but also practically invisible - I barely noticed her at all during the reception and not at all at the ceremony!

I highly recommend Documentary Associates to any bride! Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much for the nice words! I love that you thought I was so stealthy, even at 6-1/2 months pregnant! I loved working with you guys too!!
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K
Wedding:
10/11/2010
5.0/5.0
Fabulous photography! They capture beautiful moments, special details that tell the story of your special day in magazine quality photos. All that and they're fun to work with.
Fabulous photography! They capture beautiful moments, special details that tell the story of your special day in magazine Read more...
Fabulous photography! They capture beautiful moments, special details that tell the story of your special day in magazine quality photos. All that and they're fun to work with. Read less
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Mark
Wedding:
10/3/2010
5.0/5.0
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CatherineEplett
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Ashlee Wilcox and Documentary Associates did a FABULOUS job with our wedding photos! Ashlee took the time to drive out to our wedding/reception site a few weeks prior to check out the location and spend more time getting to know us. She was amazing and extremely professional. I have already recommended Ashlee and DA to multiple friends who are getting married in the DC metro area.
Ashlee Wilcox and Documentary Associates did a FABULOUS job with our wedding photos! Ashlee took the time to drive out to Read more...
Ashlee Wilcox and Documentary Associates did a FABULOUS job with our wedding photos! Ashlee took the time to drive out to our wedding/reception site a few weeks prior to check out the location and spend more time getting to know us. She was amazing and extremely professional. I have already recommended Ashlee and DA to multiple friends who are getting married in the DC metro area. Read less
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dshorts
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Documentary Associates captured the best about our big day. They truly are artists!
Documentary Associates captured the best about our big day. They truly are artists!
Documentary Associates captured the best about our big day. They truly are artists! Read less
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maggie
Wedding:
8/21/2010
5.0/5.0
Ashlee was amazing! We had a crazy schedule on the wedding day, and she went with it the whole time (and she was pregnant!)! Our pictures turned out beautifully and they are definitely something we will be cherishing for a long time to come. The only thing I wished we had gotten was individual pictures with the bride and bridesmaids, but it was definitely my bad b/c I forgot to remind her that I wanted those. She was extremely prepared and professional and so easy to work with. We also used DA for the bridal portraits which were also amazing! They were SO great and I would HIGHLY recommend using DA for your wedding photography! I seriously cannot say enough wonderful things about Documentary Associates!!
Ashlee was amazing! We had a crazy schedule on the wedding day, and she went with it the whole time (and she was Read more...
Ashlee was amazing! We had a crazy schedule on the wedding day, and she went with it the whole time (and she was pregnant!)! Our pictures turned out beautifully and they are definitely something we will be cherishing for a long time to come. The only thing I wished we had gotten was individual pictures with the bride and bridesmaids, but it was definitely my bad b/c I forgot to remind her that I wanted those. She was extremely prepared and professional and so easy to work with. We also used DA for the bridal portraits which were also amazing! They were SO great and I would HIGHLY recommend using DA for your wedding photography! I seriously cannot say enough wonderful things about Documentary Associates!! Read less
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Lara
Wedding:
6/12/2010
5.0/5.0
As a person who treasures pictures, hiring a photographer was one of the most important aspets of my wedding. Documentary Associates did an absolutely amazing job with both our engagement and wedding photos! Tom took our engagement photos, which turned out so well that we used one for our save the date. This was particularly impressive because, due to the Marine Corps marathon that shut down a bunch of streets in Arlington that day, we were 20 minutes late and had to run about half a mile. I was stressed and upset and feared that the photos would reflect that. Instead, the photos looked beautiful and romantic, which is really a credit to Tom.

Tom and his assistant did an equally impressive job at our wedding. While we have wonderful portrait shots, the candid shots are stunning. Tom is unobtrusive, and many of the candid shots I love I wasn't aware at the time he was taking! One in particular is a black and white shot of me sitting in the limo looking at the church. It's beautiful and elegant and we chose it for our wedding album cover.

We worked with Ashlee, Tom's wife, on our wedding album and I can't say enough good things about her! Although we had seen our wedding pictures (which were gorgeous) soon after the wedding, when we saw the album layout Ashlee designed I was moved to tears (as was my mom). She has an artist's eye, and I am so glad to have a beautiful wedding album. She and Tom are both friendly, professional, and easy to work with and I would definitely recommend Documentary Associates to others!
As a person who treasures pictures, hiring a photographer was one of the most important aspets of my wedding. Documentary Read more...
As a person who treasures pictures, hiring a photographer was one of the most important aspets of my wedding. Documentary Associates did an absolutely amazing job with both our engagement and wedding photos! Tom took our engagement photos, which turned out so well that we used one for our save the date. This was particularly impressive because, due to the Marine Corps marathon that shut down a bunch of streets in Arlington that day, we were 20 minutes late and had to run about half a mile. I was stressed and upset and feared that the photos would reflect that. Instead, the photos looked beautiful and romantic, which is really a credit to Tom.

Tom and his assistant did an equally impressive job at our wedding. While we have wonderful portrait shots, the candid shots are stunning. Tom is unobtrusive, and many of the candid shots I love I wasn't aware at the time he was taking! One in particular is a black and white shot of me sitting in the limo looking at the church. It's beautiful and elegant and we chose it for our wedding album cover.

We worked with Ashlee, Tom's wife, on our wedding album and I can't say enough good things about her! Although we had seen our wedding pictures (which were gorgeous) soon after the wedding, when we saw the album layout Ashlee designed I was moved to tears (as was my mom). She has an artist's eye, and I am so glad to have a beautiful wedding album. She and Tom are both friendly, professional, and easy to work with and I would definitely recommend Documentary Associates to others! Read less
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mgreed3
Wedding:
5/15/2010
5.0/5.0
We worked with Ashlee and her assistant for our big day in May 2010, and we couldn't have been happier with the results. We were originally referred to Documentary Associates by some very picky friends of ours who were married last year--we figured that if Tom and Ashlee could make those two happy, then they had to be good.

We had a great experience with Ashlee as our photographer - she was very flexible with our planning, very responsive via email, and she and her assistant did their best to be in three different places at once (impressive for only two people). We have some very nice formal shots of our families as well as many, many more creative documentary-type shots. We very much enjoyed seeing their take on our wedding day and seeing our friends and family revealed in such interesting and candid ways. My favorite part of the deal was their pricing, which is quite a value for the DC area, and the fact that as part of the deal, we received 300 digital negatives of our very own, to have and to hold and to live happily ever after with. Overall, we were very pleased with our choice of photographers. Keep up the good work, Documentary Associates!
We worked with Ashlee and her assistant for our big day in May 2010, and we couldn't have been happier with the results. Read more...
We worked with Ashlee and her assistant for our big day in May 2010, and we couldn't have been happier with the results. We were originally referred to Documentary Associates by some very picky friends of ours who were married last year--we figured that if Tom and Ashlee could make those two happy, then they had to be good.

We had a great experience with Ashlee as our photographer - she was very flexible with our planning, very responsive via email, and she and her assistant did their best to be in three different places at once (impressive for only two people). We have some very nice formal shots of our families as well as many, many more creative documentary-type shots. We very much enjoyed seeing their take on our wedding day and seeing our friends and family revealed in such interesting and candid ways. My favorite part of the deal was their pricing, which is quite a value for the DC area, and the fact that as part of the deal, we received 300 digital negatives of our very own, to have and to hold and to live happily ever after with. Overall, we were very pleased with our choice of photographers. Keep up the good work, Documentary Associates! Read less
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LG01
Wedding:
5/1/2010
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough good things about Ashlee and Documentary Associates. Not only did our wedding pictures turn out beautifully, but Ashlee was fabulous to work with - she was communicative, flexible, and dedicated to capturing the most amazing parts of our wedding. She went well beyond the "typical" wedding pictures to get some really creative and incredible shots. She helped us feel confident and relaxed so that we got the best pictures possible. I *HIGHLY* recommend Ashlee and Documentary Associates for wedding photography - I couldn't be happier.
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I can't say enough good things about Ashlee and Documentary Associates. Not only did our wedding pictures turn out beautifully, but Ashlee was fabulous to work with - she was communicative, flexible, and dedicated to capturing the most amazing parts of our wedding. She went well beyond the "typical" wedding pictures to get some really creative and incredible shots. She helped us feel confident and relaxed so that we got the best pictures possible. I *HIGHLY* recommend Ashlee and Documentary Associates for wedding photography - I couldn't be happier. Read less
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George
Wedding:
11/15/2009
5.0/5.0
Tom and Ashlee photographed our wedding in November and were great to work with. Photography is very important to me, and we knew we would not settle for anything but exactly what we wanted. We got that and more from Documentary Associates. With in 15 minutes of meeting Tom and Ashlee at their studio my (now) wife and I knew we had the right people to capture our big day. Friendly, fun, low key, and best of all: really good photographers! Their styles differ, but in a way that complements each other so you will get an even greater vision of your event. The day of they were all smiles, all business, and you never knew they were there except when you needed them. They are easy to communicate with and are never high pressure. They also offer something I feel is very important which is a complete disc of all the images. That is rare.

I looked at a lot of photographers, talked to a few more, and am 100% glad we worked with Ashlee and Tom. Stop your search, you've found the right people to capture your big day! Good luck all.
Tom and Ashlee photographed our wedding in November and were great to work with. Photography is very important to me, and Read more...
Tom and Ashlee photographed our wedding in November and were great to work with. Photography is very important to me, and we knew we would not settle for anything but exactly what we wanted. We got that and more from Documentary Associates. With in 15 minutes of meeting Tom and Ashlee at their studio my (now) wife and I knew we had the right people to capture our big day. Friendly, fun, low key, and best of all: really good photographers! Their styles differ, but in a way that complements each other so you will get an even greater vision of your event. The day of they were all smiles, all business, and you never knew they were there except when you needed them. They are easy to communicate with and are never high pressure. They also offer something I feel is very important which is a complete disc of all the images. That is rare.

I looked at a lot of photographers, talked to a few more, and am 100% glad we worked with Ashlee and Tom. Stop your search, you've found the right people to capture your big day! Good luck all. Read less
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Marva
Wedding:
10/11/2009
5.0/5.0
Tom and Ashlee did a great job with my wedding pictures. They were very professional and unobtrusive. A lot of my guests commented that they weren't even aware that the photographers were there, but I have the pictures to prove it. They were willing to work with us to get us the the pictures we wanted. All the pictures were great, but there are some candid photos of my family members that are absolutely priceless.
Tom and Ashlee did a great job with my wedding pictures. They were very professional and unobtrusive. A lot of my guests Read more...
Tom and Ashlee did a great job with my wedding pictures. They were very professional and unobtrusive. A lot of my guests commented that they weren't even aware that the photographers were there, but I have the pictures to prove it. They were willing to work with us to get us the the pictures we wanted. All the pictures were great, but there are some candid photos of my family members that are absolutely priceless. Read less
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lwakthr
Wedding:
10/10/2009
5.0/5.0
Tom and Ashlee are the best. They are extremely professional, easy to get along with (actually they are REALLY COOL!!!), and are SO creative. They are such a blast to work with that I'm sad my wedding is over! They are open to try out new things and do their homework so they are super prepared to create amazing shots. My engagement session with them was a huge hit too - so original and exactly what I was looking for!

If you can only choose one vendor out of everything - go with Tom and Ashlee at Documentary Associates and you will be thrilled!!! I can not say enough good things about them!

Kate Walker & Mark Liscinsky
Tom and Ashlee are the best. They are extremely professional, easy to get along with (actually they are REALLY COOL!!!), Read more...
Tom and Ashlee are the best. They are extremely professional, easy to get along with (actually they are REALLY COOL!!!), and are SO creative. They are such a blast to work with that I'm sad my wedding is over! They are open to try out new things and do their homework so they are super prepared to create amazing shots. My engagement session with them was a huge hit too - so original and exactly what I was looking for!

If you can only choose one vendor out of everything - go with Tom and Ashlee at Documentary Associates and you will be thrilled!!! I can not say enough good things about them!

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Jordan
Wedding:
6/27/2009
5.0/5.0
Ashlee kept the photos coming, and kept everyone moving along. She and her assistant coordinated all the photos with a tough crowd. They were professional, creative and wonderful to work with!
Ashlee kept the photos coming, and kept everyone moving along. She and her assistant coordinated all the photos with a Read more...
Ashlee kept the photos coming, and kept everyone moving along. She and her assistant coordinated all the photos with a tough crowd. They were professional, creative and wonderful to work with! Read less
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Dan
Wedding:
3/28/2009
5.0/5.0
My wife, Lacey, and I were just recently married on March 28th at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. After a lot of research with several different photographers over the past year, we narrowed it down to a few vendors and finally ended up going with Documentary Associates. We could not be happier with our decision, which is further explained below.

Tom Van Veen of Documentary Associates was great not only for our wedding ceremony and reception, but he also did a fantastic job with our engagement pictures. Tom Van Veen and Ashlee Wilcox worked so well together on wedding day, we could hardly tell they were there, which is what we were told should be the experience we have with them. And as a result, they captured some incredible shots to express the importance of the whole day and evening. The pictures ranged from beautiful bridal party photos, memorable action shots of family and friends, to the beautiful scenery at our ceremony and reception. In addition, their turnaround time was phenomenal, around a week sooner than anticipated!

Lacey and I would recommend Documentary Associates to anyone who is looking for a very friendly, flexible, and highly professional team for their special day!
My wife, Lacey, and I were just recently married on March 28th at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. After a Read more...
My wife, Lacey, and I were just recently married on March 28th at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. After a lot of research with several different photographers over the past year, we narrowed it down to a few vendors and finally ended up going with Documentary Associates. We could not be happier with our decision, which is further explained below.

Tom Van Veen of Documentary Associates was great not only for our wedding ceremony and reception, but he also did a fantastic job with our engagement pictures. Tom Van Veen and Ashlee Wilcox worked so well together on wedding day, we could hardly tell they were there, which is what we were told should be the experience we have with them. And as a result, they captured some incredible shots to express the importance of the whole day and evening. The pictures ranged from beautiful bridal party photos, memorable action shots of family and friends, to the beautiful scenery at our ceremony and reception. In addition, their turnaround time was phenomenal, around a week sooner than anticipated!

Lacey and I would recommend Documentary Associates to anyone who is looking for a very friendly, flexible, and highly professional team for their special day! Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Thank you Dan! We really enjoyed working with you too!!
Ashlee & Tom
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ChristyandIan
Wedding:
3/21/2009
5.0/5.0
I worked with Ashlee at Documentary Associates and could not have been happier with the experienece. They had done the photography for my friend's wedding and they really impressed me with the quality of their photos and their professionalism. For our wedding, Ashlee was incredibly helpful in planning, helping us to set a timeline and even providing recommendations for other services when as asked. And her recommendations were fabulous too - she put us in touch with a wonderful flourist and band.

The best part of having Documentary Associates at our wedding was that they had a really creative eye for taking photos. We have so many beautiful shots as a result, and they truly captured the essence of the evening - which was having fun in downtown Washington. And, many people didn't even notice they were having their photo taken - which is a big plus with my family who will often try to avoid the camera if they see it.

They were also very flexible with us about shooting at outdoor locations. We wanted photos taken around the Lincoln memorial and Ashlee was great with working around the crowds of tourists.

The value you get with them for the time, effort, and personal attention they put into their work is completely worth it.
I worked with Ashlee at Documentary Associates and could not have been happier with the experienece. They had done the Read more...
I worked with Ashlee at Documentary Associates and could not have been happier with the experienece. They had done the photography for my friend's wedding and they really impressed me with the quality of their photos and their professionalism. For our wedding, Ashlee was incredibly helpful in planning, helping us to set a timeline and even providing recommendations for other services when as asked. And her recommendations were fabulous too - she put us in touch with a wonderful flourist and band.

The best part of having Documentary Associates at our wedding was that they had a really creative eye for taking photos. We have so many beautiful shots as a result, and they truly captured the essence of the evening - which was having fun in downtown Washington. And, many people didn't even notice they were having their photo taken - which is a big plus with my family who will often try to avoid the camera if they see it.

They were also very flexible with us about shooting at outdoor locations. We wanted photos taken around the Lincoln memorial and Ashlee was great with working around the crowds of tourists.

The value you get with them for the time, effort, and personal attention they put into their work is completely worth it. Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Christy -- Thank you so much for the nice review -- I really enjoyed working with you and Ian. Michelle from the National Press Club and I both agreed that you made such a gorgeous bride!! Looking forward to seeing you at Maria's wedding coming up soon! Warm regards, Ashlee
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Serol
Wedding:
5/17/2008
5.0/5.0
Gunes Kocatepe is the answer. Highly recommend this photographer. Great personality and very talented.
Gunes Kocatepe is the answer. Highly recommend this photographer. Great personality and very talented.
Gunes Kocatepe is the answer. Highly recommend this photographer. Great personality and very talented. Read less
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AprilBride2008
Wedding:
4/5/2008
5.0/5.0
Tom and Ashlee were amazing! We were really picky finding a photographer we were comfortable with and when we met Tom we were hooked! Our engagement photoshoot was so good that we used one of the pictures for our "Save-The-Date" and continue to get comments about how beautiful a picture it is. Someone even framed our save-the-date as a gift because it was such an amazing shot. Having Tom and Ashlee with us on our wedding day was an extra bonus. Tom has a very soothing personality and made sure throughout the day that I was comfortable and happy - it shows in the pictures. I also love that we own our pictures so for the candid shots and fun stuff we can just order them but Tom will make amazing prints for the pictures that matter the most. Tom captured not only the look of the day- but also the feel! The pictures really do tell the whole story and we couldn't be happier! He really understood us and what we thought was important and it shows in the pictures. I can't imagine a better person/team to have with you on your wedding day. These two know what thy are doing - and truely enjoy it!
Tom and Ashlee were amazing! We were really picky finding a photographer we were comfortable with and when we met Tom we Read more...
Tom and Ashlee were amazing! We were really picky finding a photographer we were comfortable with and when we met Tom we were hooked! Our engagement photoshoot was so good that we used one of the pictures for our "Save-The-Date" and continue to get comments about how beautiful a picture it is. Someone even framed our save-the-date as a gift because it was such an amazing shot. Having Tom and Ashlee with us on our wedding day was an extra bonus. Tom has a very soothing personality and made sure throughout the day that I was comfortable and happy - it shows in the pictures. I also love that we own our pictures so for the candid shots and fun stuff we can just order them but Tom will make amazing prints for the pictures that matter the most. Tom captured not only the look of the day- but also the feel! The pictures really do tell the whole story and we couldn't be happier! He really understood us and what we thought was important and it shows in the pictures. I can't imagine a better person/team to have with you on your wedding day. These two know what thy are doing - and truely enjoy it! Read less
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Lisa M.
Wedding:
1/26/2008
5.0/5.0
I knew Ashlee was the one to be our wedding photographer the first minute I met her. She really impressed us by showing photos and slideshows from other wedding events. They were so beautiful and classy. The pictures show real emotion and take the viewers to the intimate moments. I was also touched by Ashlee's timeliness and professionalism with my family and friends. Our wedding photos are gorgeous! Not one flaw....

Lastly, I was touched by Ashlee and Tom for locating a missing group of photos from the edit floor. I would highly recommend Ashlee to all brides to be.
I knew Ashlee was the one to be our wedding photographer the first minute I met her. She really impressed us by showing Read more...
I knew Ashlee was the one to be our wedding photographer the first minute I met her. She really impressed us by showing photos and slideshows from other wedding events. They were so beautiful and classy. The pictures show real emotion and take the viewers to the intimate moments. I was also touched by Ashlee's timeliness and professionalism with my family and friends. Our wedding photos are gorgeous! Not one flaw....

Lastly, I was touched by Ashlee and Tom for locating a missing group of photos from the edit floor. I would highly recommend Ashlee to all brides to be. Read less
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Jenn LCS
Wedding:
12/28/2007
5.0/5.0
Ashlee and Tom were amazing, and our photos are breathtaking.

My husband and I decided to get married in less than 6 months from our engagement date. (I contacted around 20 photographers to get pricing and work samples, some of which were immediately disgarded and some of whom we met with) I contacted Ashlee and Tom with less than 5 months to go, and immediately received a response. Since our wedding was in our hometown, and we live over 3 hours away, our ability to meet in person was limited. During our first (and only face-to-face) meeting with Ashlee and Tom, they were kind enough to meet us on a Sunday, taking their personal time to show us their portfolios, past work and products. After spending about 10 minutes in their office, we both knew we wanted to have them shoot our wedding. Their photo-journalistic style is incredible, the presentation is beautiful (including photos, CDs and albums), and their philosophy and personalities are fabulous.

We felt very at ease, and they were both very up front about time frame, expectations regarding what is expected of us and what we should (and would) expect from them throughout the process, as well as services offered and the what was in the contract. Throughout the entire wedding planning process, and after the wedding, when we had questions, we received very prompt, clear and friendly responses from both Ashlee and Tom.

My husband and I were on a super tight budget, and were lucky enough to have both Ashlee and Tom shoot our wedding (2 for the price of 1!). The wedding itself went very smooth, both photographers melted into the background of the day (just ask my mom, as she saw herself in some photos that she wasn't aware were being taken, and can't believe the faces she is making- it's hilarious) and the photos are amazing! We have the photos posted online for 3 months, received 2 CDs of negatives (1 in black and white and 1 in color) of well over 700 photos, and have ordered other services, with the intention of getting an album in the next year or so, after things settle down.

Apparently, as noted in the other entries, there was some "lag time" on receiving albums in the past. However, I feel as though Ashlee and Tom were very up front about the fact that they subcontract their albums to a company in New Zealand because they are the absolute best, which is exemplified in the quality of the albums we were shown on our first visit. I understand that some people may not be willing to wait, but I know my husband and I would rather receive a high-quality, gorgeous and well-designed wedding album that took some time. We just don't know which photos we're going to choose for it, because they're all fantastic!

I HIGHLY recommend Documentary Associates for your wedding, you won't be disappointed!
Ashlee and Tom were amazing, and our photos are breathtaking.

My husband and I decided to get married in less Read more...
Ashlee and Tom were amazing, and our photos are breathtaking.

My husband and I decided to get married in less than 6 months from our engagement date. (I contacted around 20 photographers to get pricing and work samples, some of which were immediately disgarded and some of whom we met with) I contacted Ashlee and Tom with less than 5 months to go, and immediately received a response. Since our wedding was in our hometown, and we live over 3 hours away, our ability to meet in person was limited. During our first (and only face-to-face) meeting with Ashlee and Tom, they were kind enough to meet us on a Sunday, taking their personal time to show us their portfolios, past work and products. After spending about 10 minutes in their office, we both knew we wanted to have them shoot our wedding. Their photo-journalistic style is incredible, the presentation is beautiful (including photos, CDs and albums), and their philosophy and personalities are fabulous.

We felt very at ease, and they were both very up front about time frame, expectations regarding what is expected of us and what we should (and would) expect from them throughout the process, as well as services offered and the what was in the contract. Throughout the entire wedding planning process, and after the wedding, when we had questions, we received very prompt, clear and friendly responses from both Ashlee and Tom.

My husband and I were on a super tight budget, and were lucky enough to have both Ashlee and Tom shoot our wedding (2 for the price of 1!). The wedding itself went very smooth, both photographers melted into the background of the day (just ask my mom, as she saw herself in some photos that she wasn't aware were being taken, and can't believe the faces she is making- it's hilarious) and the photos are amazing! We have the photos posted online for 3 months, received 2 CDs of negatives (1 in black and white and 1 in color) of well over 700 photos, and have ordered other services, with the intention of getting an album in the next year or so, after things settle down.

Apparently, as noted in the other entries, there was some "lag time" on receiving albums in the past. However, I feel as though Ashlee and Tom were very up front about the fact that they subcontract their albums to a company in New Zealand because they are the absolute best, which is exemplified in the quality of the albums we were shown on our first visit. I understand that some people may not be willing to wait, but I know my husband and I would rather receive a high-quality, gorgeous and well-designed wedding album that took some time. We just don't know which photos we're going to choose for it, because they're all fantastic!

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Peter
Wedding:
1/11/2003
5.0/5.0
We had Tom shoot our wedding back in January of 2003, almost 8 years ago now. He did fantastic work, we ended up with awesome shots of the wedding... which was all the more surprising given how unobtrusive he was.

I would highly recommend him to anyone in the area, he was worth every penny.
We had Tom shoot our wedding back in January of 2003, almost 8 years ago now. He did fantastic work, we ended up with Read more...
We had Tom shoot our wedding back in January of 2003, almost 8 years ago now. He did fantastic work, we ended up with awesome shots of the wedding... which was all the more surprising given how unobtrusive he was.

I would highly recommend him to anyone in the area, he was worth every penny. Read less
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Robert & Beth
Wedding:
10/12/2013
4.9/5.0
The overall experience with Documentary Associates was great. Ashley worked very hard to get the shots and we appreciate it. Even getting on the ground and shooting prone to get the shot. A very pretty portrait of our family! I would definitely recommend her and her company to any couple seeking a photographer that you can work with easily.
The overall experience with Documentary Associates was great. Ashley worked very hard to get the shots and we appreciate Read more...
The overall experience with Documentary Associates was great. Ashley worked very hard to get the shots and we appreciate it. Even getting on the ground and shooting prone to get the shot. A very pretty portrait of our family! I would definitely recommend her and her company to any couple seeking a photographer that you can work with easily. Read less
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JMN2009
Wedding:
7/25/2009
4.9/5.0
Ashlee and Angela were incredible on our wedding day. Beforehand, we were lucky enough to do an engagement shoot with Ashlee, and we immediately felt at ease in her capable hands. She turned the engagement pics into an amazing book that we had our guests sign at the wedding, and received so many compliments on. Ashlee was also great to work with in the weeks and months leading up to the big day, always promptly answering questions and offering her professional advice. The day of, she helped make sure the trains ran on time, doing a great job of navigating an unfamiliar setting and wrangling a pretty large wedding party. She and Angela were also very patient with the legions of relatives with cameras who probably made their job a little more complicated than necessary, and I have no doubt she captured all the big (and small) moments perfectly. We can't wait to see the pictures :)
Ashlee and Angela were incredible on our wedding day. Beforehand, we were lucky enough to do an engagement shoot with Read more...
Ashlee and Angela were incredible on our wedding day. Beforehand, we were lucky enough to do an engagement shoot with Ashlee, and we immediately felt at ease in her capable hands. She turned the engagement pics into an amazing book that we had our guests sign at the wedding, and received so many compliments on. Ashlee was also great to work with in the weeks and months leading up to the big day, always promptly answering questions and offering her professional advice. The day of, she helped make sure the trains ran on time, doing a great job of navigating an unfamiliar setting and wrangling a pretty large wedding party. She and Angela were also very patient with the legions of relatives with cameras who probably made their job a little more complicated than necessary, and I have no doubt she captured all the big (and small) moments perfectly. We can't wait to see the pictures :) Read less
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Rasheda
Wedding:
11/9/2007
4.9/5.0
I absolutely loved the photos taken by Mr. Thomas Van Veen and Mrs. Ashlee Van Veen of Documentary Associates, LLC on and before my Wedding Day, November 9, 2007. My husband and I were very pleased with our Engagement pictures that were taken on the grounds of the Jefferson and Franklin Roosevelt Memorials. Our Wedding took place in Upper Marlboro, Maryland and the reception was held at a large banquet facility in Greenbelt, Maryland. They took photos before the wedding at my Matron of Honors home where we hosted family and friends. All of the shots were very candid (except the portraits) and they captured special moments of that day that were undetected by my husband and I. I thank them so graciously for freezing those moments in time so that we could enjoy them forever.

We would recommend their services to any engaged couple in the Washington DC metro area. They provide prompt service and specialized attention to details. They made our day enjoyable and stress-free.
I absolutely loved the photos taken by Mr. Thomas Van Veen and Mrs. Ashlee Van Veen of Documentary Associates, LLC on and Read more...
I absolutely loved the photos taken by Mr. Thomas Van Veen and Mrs. Ashlee Van Veen of Documentary Associates, LLC on and before my Wedding Day, November 9, 2007. My husband and I were very pleased with our Engagement pictures that were taken on the grounds of the Jefferson and Franklin Roosevelt Memorials. Our Wedding took place in Upper Marlboro, Maryland and the reception was held at a large banquet facility in Greenbelt, Maryland. They took photos before the wedding at my Matron of Honors home where we hosted family and friends. All of the shots were very candid (except the portraits) and they captured special moments of that day that were undetected by my husband and I. I thank them so graciously for freezing those moments in time so that we could enjoy them forever.

We would recommend their services to any engaged couple in the Washington DC metro area. They provide prompt service and specialized attention to details. They made our day enjoyable and stress-free. Read less
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Lpshields
Wedding:
10/9/2010
4.8/5.0
We loved Ashely and her team from our first meeting. Her skill and talent was evident and we knew we wanted her to photograph our wedding. She was incredibly responsive and very flexible with our constantly changing schedule. We also had Documentary Associates handle our engagement pictures which were amazing. She came up with a number of creative ideas and we loved all the shots. For our wedding, she honored all of our requests and captured plenty of candid shots of our guests as opposed to focusing solely on us. The pictures are phenomenal; we could not be happier. We highly recommend Documentary Associates for a amazing photos as well as great service.
We loved Ashely and her team from our first meeting. Her skill and talent was evident and we knew we wanted her to Read more...
We loved Ashely and her team from our first meeting. Her skill and talent was evident and we knew we wanted her to photograph our wedding. She was incredibly responsive and very flexible with our constantly changing schedule. We also had Documentary Associates handle our engagement pictures which were amazing. She came up with a number of creative ideas and we loved all the shots. For our wedding, she honored all of our requests and captured plenty of candid shots of our guests as opposed to focusing solely on us. The pictures are phenomenal; we could not be happier. We highly recommend Documentary Associates for a amazing photos as well as great service. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
We got great shots from Documentary Associates. They captured the feeling of the venue and the day. While we did not have a seated meal so there were no table shots to catch everyone who was there, they did capture many people on the dance floor and throughout the elements of our ceremony.
We got great shots from Documentary Associates. They captured the feeling of the venue and the day. While we did not have Read more...
We got great shots from Documentary Associates. They captured the feeling of the venue and the day. While we did not have a seated meal so there were no table shots to catch everyone who was there, they did capture many people on the dance floor and throughout the elements of our ceremony. Read less
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Anita
Wedding:
9/9/2006
4.8/5.0
We used Shannon Bishop at DA--very personable and professional. Spoke with us several times before the event. The biggest plus of using them is that they give you all the digital negatives on CD! Means that you can upload into something like Shutterfly and print/share at substantially lower prices. Prices also were very reasonable. Great quality photos--very artistic. Would highly recommend.
We used Shannon Bishop at DA--very personable and professional. Spoke with us several times before the event. The biggest Read more...
We used Shannon Bishop at DA--very personable and professional. Spoke with us several times before the event. The biggest plus of using them is that they give you all the digital negatives on CD! Means that you can upload into something like Shutterfly and print/share at substantially lower prices. Prices also were very reasonable. Great quality photos--very artistic. Would highly recommend. Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
5/29/2011
4.7/5.0
Tom and Angela were fantastic to work with. They were prompt, professional, unobtrusive and even gave us a few laughs. They worked hard to get great shots and it really paid off! I have very high standards when it comes to photographs and Documentary Associates met these expectations, capturing the emotions of the day in a beautiful, stylistic way. The photographs are incredible and we would recommend them to anyone with high regards. As a bride who was anxious to see pictures, eight weeks was a long time to wait, but I have to say... it was well worth the wait.
Tom and Angela were fantastic to work with. They were prompt, professional, unobtrusive and even gave us a few laughs. Read more...
Tom and Angela were fantastic to work with. They were prompt, professional, unobtrusive and even gave us a few laughs. They worked hard to get great shots and it really paid off! I have very high standards when it comes to photographs and Documentary Associates met these expectations, capturing the emotions of the day in a beautiful, stylistic way. The photographs are incredible and we would recommend them to anyone with high regards. As a bride who was anxious to see pictures, eight weeks was a long time to wait, but I have to say... it was well worth the wait. Read less
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Fs2c
Wedding:
7/17/2010
4.7/5.0
Tom and Ashlee are amazing! Photography was one of the most important aspects of the wedding for both my husband and myself. My husband researched well over 20 photographers and we met with several before deciding upon Documentary Associates. From our first meeting, Tom and Ashlee made us feel so comfortable. Aside from being excellent at what they do, they are a lot of fun to be around and completely put you at ease. We were looking for photographers that would be able to capture the emotions of our day, but that would also capture details and formals. We hired Documentary Associates to do our engagement pictures, our rehearsal dinner/indian ceremony, and our wedding day and we could not be happier with the results. They captured all of the events so beautiful and we received so may compliments on our pictures. At our rehearsal dinner it was literally 90+ degrees outside with nearly 100% humidity and Tom never complained once. He even stayed a little bit longer than planned to get a few family shots that my dad really wanted.

On the wedding day, Tom and Ashlee arrived on time and got to work right away, even though we were running a little late. We did formals before the ceremony and the shots they captured from our first look were priceless. We have a great combination of traditional formals and more fun shots together as a couple. They captured the emotions and the feel of our ceremony very beautifully as well and the shots from our reception were great. Every time I look at our pictures I can't stop smiling and each shot makes me feel the same happiness and excitement I felt on our wedding day.

While Documentary Associates may not be the cheapest option, they were competitively priced for what we wanted and we were very glad that we were able to get high resolution images with rights to print - that was very important for us, and it was nice that it didn't cost us an arm and a leg to get it. Overall, we would highly highly recommend Documentary Associates. They are fun to work with, professional, and most importantly they produce beautiful pictures.
Tom and Ashlee are amazing! Photography was one of the most important aspects of the wedding for both my husband and Read more...
Tom and Ashlee are amazing! Photography was one of the most important aspects of the wedding for both my husband and myself. My husband researched well over 20 photographers and we met with several before deciding upon Documentary Associates. From our first meeting, Tom and Ashlee made us feel so comfortable. Aside from being excellent at what they do, they are a lot of fun to be around and completely put you at ease. We were looking for photographers that would be able to capture the emotions of our day, but that would also capture details and formals. We hired Documentary Associates to do our engagement pictures, our rehearsal dinner/indian ceremony, and our wedding day and we could not be happier with the results. They captured all of the events so beautiful and we received so may compliments on our pictures. At our rehearsal dinner it was literally 90+ degrees outside with nearly 100% humidity and Tom never complained once. He even stayed a little bit longer than planned to get a few family shots that my dad really wanted.

On the wedding day, Tom and Ashlee arrived on time and got to work right away, even though we were running a little late. We did formals before the ceremony and the shots they captured from our first look were priceless. We have a great combination of traditional formals and more fun shots together as a couple. They captured the emotions and the feel of our ceremony very beautifully as well and the shots from our reception were great. Every time I look at our pictures I can't stop smiling and each shot makes me feel the same happiness and excitement I felt on our wedding day.

While Documentary Associates may not be the cheapest option, they were competitively priced for what we wanted and we were very glad that we were able to get high resolution images with rights to print - that was very important for us, and it was nice that it didn't cost us an arm and a leg to get it. Overall, we would highly highly recommend Documentary Associates. They are fun to work with, professional, and most importantly they produce beautiful pictures. Read less
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pinkJLS
Wedding:
5/15/2010
4.6/5.0
We knew Tom from my sister's wedding six years ago. He very much impressed me because I hardly knew he was around, but he caught every important part of the day. When it was time to hire a photographer, we called him. He has a way of capturing moments instead of creating them. Candid shots are his favorite. His professionalism and expertise are also so great to have during the hecticness of the wedding day. He will go anywhere you want to take pictures during that day and stays with you for 7-8 hours for a very modest cost. It may take some extra time to get your proofs after the wedding, but the wait is well worth it. And while you can purchase photos through the development company he works with, he gives you all of the digital negatives for you to print and share as you would like. I would (and already have) recommend him to anyone!
We knew Tom from my sister's wedding six years ago. He very much impressed me because I hardly knew he was around, but he Read more...
We knew Tom from my sister's wedding six years ago. He very much impressed me because I hardly knew he was around, but he caught every important part of the day. When it was time to hire a photographer, we called him. He has a way of capturing moments instead of creating them. Candid shots are his favorite. His professionalism and expertise are also so great to have during the hecticness of the wedding day. He will go anywhere you want to take pictures during that day and stays with you for 7-8 hours for a very modest cost. It may take some extra time to get your proofs after the wedding, but the wait is well worth it. And while you can purchase photos through the development company he works with, he gives you all of the digital negatives for you to print and share as you would like. I would (and already have) recommend him to anyone! Read less
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lcw
Wedding:
9/26/2008
4.5/5.0
It was such a pleasure working with Documentary Associates. Tom worked with us for our wedding, and he has an exceptional presence. He added to the overall joy of our wedding: be it helping us through the technicalities of the wedding process itself or working patiently with our motley crew of a family, he was invaluable. We were worried about finding a photographer over the Web but planned most of our wedding from California. We wanted a photographer who was down to earth, funny and easy going -- but at the same time we wanted high quality results and to work with an experienced professional photographer. Tom was all of these things and more. Within the first 5-minutes we felt comfortable enough to let him work his documentary-style magic, which was a huge reason we hired Documentary Associates. His presence is subtle and quiet when needed, and engaged and directive when it's called for. I highly encourage couples to budget for this photography team, your wedding day itself will go smoother and you will have an authentic but beautiful batch of photos to recap the event.
It was such a pleasure working with Documentary Associates. Tom worked with us for our wedding, and he has an exceptional Read more...
It was such a pleasure working with Documentary Associates. Tom worked with us for our wedding, and he has an exceptional presence. He added to the overall joy of our wedding: be it helping us through the technicalities of the wedding process itself or working patiently with our motley crew of a family, he was invaluable. We were worried about finding a photographer over the Web but planned most of our wedding from California. We wanted a photographer who was down to earth, funny and easy going -- but at the same time we wanted high quality results and to work with an experienced professional photographer. Tom was all of these things and more. Within the first 5-minutes we felt comfortable enough to let him work his documentary-style magic, which was a huge reason we hired Documentary Associates. His presence is subtle and quiet when needed, and engaged and directive when it's called for. I highly encourage couples to budget for this photography team, your wedding day itself will go smoother and you will have an authentic but beautiful batch of photos to recap the event. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.4/5.0
Thomas took wonderful photos! We are very pleased with them and are giving them as gifts to our wedding party and family. They are absolutely gorgeous, creative, and unique.
Thomas took wonderful photos! We are very pleased with them and are giving them as gifts to our wedding party and family. Read more...
Thomas took wonderful photos! We are very pleased with them and are giving them as gifts to our wedding party and family. They are absolutely gorgeous, creative, and unique. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.3/5.0
We worked with Tom and although I thought he was great, my husband and some of the guests thought he seemed really quiet and like he was in a bad mood. He definitely wasnt overly chatty or talkative but that didnt bother me. I guess it depends on what you want in a photographer. The photos were amazing - I love them!
We worked with Tom and although I thought he was great, my husband and some of the guests thought he seemed really quiet Read more...
We worked with Tom and although I thought he was great, my husband and some of the guests thought he seemed really quiet and like he was in a bad mood. He definitely wasnt overly chatty or talkative but that didnt bother me. I guess it depends on what you want in a photographer. The photos were amazing - I love them! Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for the feedback. I'm sorry Tom was...well, "grumpy" on your wedding day (as his wife, this is what I call that mood...I do know it). Since I'm not sure which wedding this is, I can't say specifically what may have happened to cause it. But I greatly appreciate your candor, and ultimately are glad you love your photos. Without knowing specifically which wedding this is, I can only guess one or two things didn't go as planned, and Tom had to double-step to make sure all of your bases were covered (this is a common scenario), which it seems they were since you are happy with your photos. Please email me directly if you don't mind -- I'd like to make sure you are properly taken care of before parting ways.
Many thanks and kind regards,
Ashlee
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Laura
Wedding:
5/5/2012
3.6/5.0
All I can say is that I love Angela. She was the most amazing photographer I could have ever dreamed of for my wedding. She was on top of every shot that I wanted but at the same time I didn't even know she was there. Jen her assistant was the same way, and she ran the portrait station which was a huge hit at our wedding. They both showed up on time and were so easy going and patient. I can not wait to see the final pictures. I recommend Documentary Associates to any couple.

**Now that we have received our photos, my husband, family and myself are overall disappointed. Although there were several gorgeous shots from the day, a majority of our family portraits were out of focus and extremely bright. There were also no pictures from the cocktail hour, even though we had hired 2 photographers. We had high hopes for our wedding pictures due to their portfolios presented on their website. I do want to stress that the photographers were extremely nice and professional in person, but the photographs we received do not reflect the cost we paid for them.
All I can say is that I love Angela. She was the most amazing photographer I could have ever dreamed of for my wedding. Read more...
All I can say is that I love Angela. She was the most amazing photographer I could have ever dreamed of for my wedding. She was on top of every shot that I wanted but at the same time I didn't even know she was there. Jen her assistant was the same way, and she ran the portrait station which was a huge hit at our wedding. They both showed up on time and were so easy going and patient. I can not wait to see the final pictures. I recommend Documentary Associates to any couple.

**Now that we have received our photos, my husband, family and myself are overall disappointed. Although there were several gorgeous shots from the day, a majority of our family portraits were out of focus and extremely bright. There were also no pictures from the cocktail hour, even though we had hired 2 photographers. We had high hopes for our wedding pictures due to their portfolios presented on their website. I do want to stress that the photographers were extremely nice and professional in person, but the photographs we received do not reflect the cost we paid for them. Read less
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Kathryn
Wedding:
9/16/2006
3.4/5.0
They were expensive, but the photographer took great pictures. We would recommend Jason Philips (who no longer works with this company) as a wedding photographer. He was very professional and his photographic skill is amazing.

We received over 300 digital pictures edited down from 3000 within a month of the wedding, burned to high resolution DVD's. They were willing to work with us and involve us in the album design process, even if it took longer than we had hoped.
They were expensive, but the photographer took great pictures. We would recommend Jason Philips (who no longer works with Read more...
They were expensive, but the photographer took great pictures. We would recommend Jason Philips (who no longer works with this company) as a wedding photographer. He was very professional and his photographic skill is amazing.

We received over 300 digital pictures edited down from 3000 within a month of the wedding, burned to high resolution DVD's. They were willing to work with us and involve us in the album design process, even if it took longer than we had hoped. Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Again, we are outsourcing our design to the dedicated experts at Queensberry. Albums do however take a long time to produce.
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Irina
Wedding:
3/31/2012
2.3/5.0
Finally getting to review our experience: what I came away was the extreme lack of professionalism. While we signed an agreement about the terms and pricing, the photographer asked for $100 more per hour than agreed when asked to stay longer. Who does that? Squeezing money out of people on their wedding day?!

He also was the least friendly photographer I ever met. Gotta smile once in a while.

The only reason I booked him was due to loss in the family and wedding planning getting derailed. He was on the few still available.

Bad experience and awful memories.
Finally getting to review our experience: what I came away was the extreme lack of professionalism. While we signed an Read more...
Finally getting to review our experience: what I came away was the extreme lack of professionalism. While we signed an agreement about the terms and pricing, the photographer asked for $100 more per hour than agreed when asked to stay longer. Who does that? Squeezing money out of people on their wedding day?!

He also was the least friendly photographer I ever met. Gotta smile once in a while.

The only reason I booked him was due to loss in the family and wedding planning getting derailed. He was on the few still available.

Bad experience and awful memories. Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Dear Irina,

We're a little blindsided that you would leave us such a harmful review more than 2 years after working with us. Going back through all your emails, Tom was extremely professional, personable, and professional with you. You made a lot of very specific special requests, and he kindly met them for you.

Regarding the cost for overtime on the wedding day, it is in black and white on our pricelist and in our contract, which you should have read, and which you signed. He also came down $600 on his price for you, so I'm unclear on how that warrants such low scores for value and flexibility.

Regarding Tom's demeanor, it is his job to blend into the background and work, not draw attention to himself. It's not about him on your wedding day. His way of working allows him to create the amazing photos he creates. I think most clients would put quality of their photographs over fraternizing with their photographer.

This review is intentionally harmful, and we're extremely disappointed that one of our clients, in whom we put so much care and effort on their wedding day, as well as the days leading up to and after, would do something like this to us in return. We have an excellent track record with our clients, and frequently receive referrals from them. You've also said nothing about your photographs. I can only assume your photos look wonderful.
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Deborah
Wedding:
9/9/2006
1.4/5.0
Basically, this group connects freelance documentary style photographers with clients. Our photographer was great, he took wonderful pictures and was very nice. But, he did restrict us some on days and times to do our pre-wedding shots. In the end we felt we got beautiful pictures for the most part.
We got two big pre wedding portraits, an album, and two copies of our pictures on disk. The problem was not with the wedding portraits or the pictures on disk. We got those on time as promised.
Our problems started in April of 2007 when we ordered our album. The vendor could not keep the order straight, they forgot what we asked for and sent us bad proofs. They did not respond quickly and put us off for weeks at a time. We ordered other portraits which they never sent and so after about 6 weeks of waiting we asked for a refund, which they refused, they then told us we would get credit for some other item or upgrade if we wanted to spend more money.
We refused and finally after 3 months they agreed to just do the album and send the portraits, except they still did not arrive. Finally, in September we sent them a nasty letter for taking our money and not fulfilling the agreement. They then sent our portraits, but not our photo album. We had asked for our money back, but they refused to give it to us and said they would send the album soon and the portraits right away.
We now finally have our other portraits but not our wedding album which we cannot print ourselves since the pictures are copyrighted. It has been a very upsetting and stressful experience. At this time I have contacted them again for the album but no one has returned our query.
Basically, this group connects freelance documentary style photographers with clients. Our photographer was great, he took Read more...
Basically, this group connects freelance documentary style photographers with clients. Our photographer was great, he took wonderful pictures and was very nice. But, he did restrict us some on days and times to do our pre-wedding shots. In the end we felt we got beautiful pictures for the most part.
We got two big pre wedding portraits, an album, and two copies of our pictures on disk. The problem was not with the wedding portraits or the pictures on disk. We got those on time as promised.
Our problems started in April of 2007 when we ordered our album. The vendor could not keep the order straight, they forgot what we asked for and sent us bad proofs. They did not respond quickly and put us off for weeks at a time. We ordered other portraits which they never sent and so after about 6 weeks of waiting we asked for a refund, which they refused, they then told us we would get credit for some other item or upgrade if we wanted to spend more money.
We refused and finally after 3 months they agreed to just do the album and send the portraits, except they still did not arrive. Finally, in September we sent them a nasty letter for taking our money and not fulfilling the agreement. They then sent our portraits, but not our photo album. We had asked for our money back, but they refused to give it to us and said they would send the album soon and the portraits right away.
We now finally have our other portraits but not our wedding album which we cannot print ourselves since the pictures are copyrighted. It has been a very upsetting and stressful experience. At this time I have contacted them again for the album but no one has returned our query. Read less
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Documentary Associates responded with the following comments:

Dear Deborah,

We have been working on streamlining our operations and improving our customer service, as we continually strive to do.

Albums are extremely work-intensive, time consuming, and are literally a production. We have been doing the album design ourselves, but we have decided to contract our album manufacturer for the designs.

We do not give refunds, and we reserve this right.

We are fair and extremely flexible with our clients, because we want our clients to be happy. We feel strongly that we work very hard to make our customers happy. But there are also some customers for whom you can do nothing to make them happy. And we accept that Deborah.

I do recall your communications as being confusing, and questions I sent to you as going unanswered and causing delay. You would ask for something, not get it immediately, cancel it, and send a nasty email (as you stated) asking where it was. This was the case with your portraits.

Portraits (or prints) and albums are different products and production processes. Our turnaround on prints now is about 1 week (which is reasonable), and our print quality is guaranteed. We also include hand retouching at no additional charge. Perhaps you were not aware of this, but we offer this as one of the many added values to our services.

You own your negatives and can reprint them for personal use anywhere at any time. This is stated in your contract, which you signed.

You also have your album, which was delivered to you in accordance with the terms and conditions of your contract.

Your review is excessively negative and clearly harmful.

Ashlee

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