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Grace & Elegance Photography

Savage , MD

LOCATION

8502 Fair Street
Savage, MD 20763 US (map)

PHONE

301-725-1999

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ABOUT US

"The greatest thing about photographing weddings is the energy I get from all the people involved. The eagerness, the love, the craziness -- all the emotions -- are food for my soul. I... Read more
"The greatest thing about photographing weddings is the energy I get from all the people involved. The eagerness, the love, the craziness -- all the emotions -- are food for my soul. I feel especially honored to be the one hired to capture this emotion with my camera, for the enjoyment of you and your family.

I seek out the subtleties and the nuances. I take advantage of the natural light and shadow to provide the dramatic flair that will lend impact to the image. And as I do my work, I am conscientious of the energy in the room and how to use or enhance it to get the images that will still excite you years from now. The style I embrace is photojournalistic fashion, fine art, and avant-garde.

Every wedding is a great adventure, which is to say you can always expect the unexpected and really experience people as their truest, most authentic selves. That's why I love being a photographer.

Documenting a wedding, and the emotions surrounding it, is a true challenge. I live for that challenge. How does one capture the essence of a moment when a soul is laid bare? How can one capture stillness and subtlety in the midst of chaos?

Believe it or not, it takes a lot of intentionality, and often a lot of preparation, to get that great "candid shot." It requires an absolute immersion in the moment. The photographer must be completely, utterly present!

George Payne Jr.
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Photography

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
2nd Shooter, Add'l Hours, Custom Graphics, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Canvas, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Prints, Proofs

REVIEWS

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Jamie
Wedding:
6/18/2016
5.0/5.0
Having great wedding photos was something at the top of our list and we are so happy we went with Grace and Elegance Photography! George was always professional, quick to respond, organized, and helpful. We did our engagement shoot with him and were so happy with how those photos came out. Then we received our wedding photos and were blown away. We love them and have looked through them so many times since getting the online gallery just a few short weeks after our wedding. We love that we get a flashdrive with all of our images and a beautiful personalized case for it. Our pictures really captured the amazing time we had with all of our guests. Neither my husband nor I love being in front of the camera but George made it so easy and made us feel comfortable, and that really showed through in the photos. We couldn't be happier with our wedding photos! George and his wife Christy are a great team!!
Having great wedding photos was something at the top of our list and we are so happy we went with Grace and Elegance Read more...
Having great wedding photos was something at the top of our list and we are so happy we went with Grace and Elegance Photography! George was always professional, quick to respond, organized, and helpful. We did our engagement shoot with him and were so happy with how those photos came out. Then we received our wedding photos and were blown away. We love them and have looked through them so many times since getting the online gallery just a few short weeks after our wedding. We love that we get a flashdrive with all of our images and a beautiful personalized case for it. Our pictures really captured the amazing time we had with all of our guests. Neither my husband nor I love being in front of the camera but George made it so easy and made us feel comfortable, and that really showed through in the photos. We couldn't be happier with our wedding photos! George and his wife Christy are a great team!! Read less
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Susan
Wedding:
5/28/2016
5.0/5.0
We were searching for a quality photographer on a limited budget. George was willing to work with us and our budget. He has been extremely responsive and very professional. We are excited to have him work with us on our wedding day this upcoming May!
We were searching for a quality photographer on a limited budget. George was willing to work with us and our budget. He Read more...
We were searching for a quality photographer on a limited budget. George was willing to work with us and our budget. He has been extremely responsive and very professional. We are excited to have him work with us on our wedding day this upcoming May! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
5/20/2016
5.0/5.0
We absolutely loved George! He did such an amazing job with our engagement pictures and an even more amazing job with our wedding photos! We told him different shots that we wanted and he was able to get all of the ones we wanted most! When we had rain for our engagement photos a couple of times he kept rescheduling based on our schedule, which was perfect! He is super quick at getting all pictures back for you to review. He is extremely professional, kind and very personable. Definitely the best photographer we could have asked for, for our special day! We can't wait to use him again in the future!!
We absolutely loved George! He did such an amazing job with our engagement pictures and an even more amazing job with our Read more...
We absolutely loved George! He did such an amazing job with our engagement pictures and an even more amazing job with our wedding photos! We told him different shots that we wanted and he was able to get all of the ones we wanted most! When we had rain for our engagement photos a couple of times he kept rescheduling based on our schedule, which was perfect! He is super quick at getting all pictures back for you to review. He is extremely professional, kind and very personable. Definitely the best photographer we could have asked for, for our special day! We can't wait to use him again in the future!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
George will be photographing my special day this upcoming December. I was able to meet with him and view all of his BEAUTIFUL wedding albums and was absolutely impressed. He is very quick to respond to emails, and very flexible when discussing what kind of services you are looking for on the big day. I had a previous photographer booked but I had to change the date due to my fiance relocating in the military. I was upset that my photographer could not reconsider the contract I signed and the huge sum of money I put down when I explained the issue that my original date could not happen due to the Army's orders. George was adamant that this was not professional in that she should at least honor my money in some way or form in future photography. I really like this blunt display of honesty and I knew instantly that George was the professional man I wanted for my day. He was also able to adjust his packages in order to meet my budget (which was significantly dropped from the money wasted with the previous photographer). 86 days til our wedding day and I cannot wait to see George's art for us!!
George will be photographing my special day this upcoming December. I was able to meet with him and view all of his Read more...
George will be photographing my special day this upcoming December. I was able to meet with him and view all of his BEAUTIFUL wedding albums and was absolutely impressed. He is very quick to respond to emails, and very flexible when discussing what kind of services you are looking for on the big day. I had a previous photographer booked but I had to change the date due to my fiance relocating in the military. I was upset that my photographer could not reconsider the contract I signed and the huge sum of money I put down when I explained the issue that my original date could not happen due to the Army's orders. George was adamant that this was not professional in that she should at least honor my money in some way or form in future photography. I really like this blunt display of honesty and I knew instantly that George was the professional man I wanted for my day. He was also able to adjust his packages in order to meet my budget (which was significantly dropped from the money wasted with the previous photographer). 86 days til our wedding day and I cannot wait to see George's art for us!! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
10/24/2015
5.0/5.0
Having good quality pictures of my wedding was the most important thing to me when planning my wedding. I knew that I had found the perfect photographer as soon as I met George and looked through his wonderful albums. George took such a wonderful variety of photos including serious, romantic, happy, and fun. He has such creative ideas, and it really shines through on his work. After meeting with George, I could tell his pictures would capture all of the memories from our wedding day, and he did not disappoint.
Over the course of the year, George was extremely quick to respond to emails and knowledgeable and helpful through the whole process. We were thankful for George's flexibility when it came to meetings with him and for our engagement shoot. He was able to meet anywhere of our choosing, and traveled quite a distance for our benefit. We loved working with George and knew that he would be a perfect fit for us on our most treasured day.
On our actual wedding day, George and his wife, Christi, both arrived early and tag teamed our big event. George was really good with keeping the day moving, as well as keeping me calm and collected. Both were able to capture the most wonderful pictures of a day I never want to forget. Their photos will only help me re-live the wonderful memories we made of beginning our new journey together. (And he edited and sent them to me super fast!!!) I can not thank George and Christi enough.
If you are looking for a photographer for your event, do yourself a favor and contact Grace and Elegance. You will not be disappointed!!
Having good quality pictures of my wedding was the most important thing to me when planning my wedding. I knew that I had Read more...
Having good quality pictures of my wedding was the most important thing to me when planning my wedding. I knew that I had found the perfect photographer as soon as I met George and looked through his wonderful albums. George took such a wonderful variety of photos including serious, romantic, happy, and fun. He has such creative ideas, and it really shines through on his work. After meeting with George, I could tell his pictures would capture all of the memories from our wedding day, and he did not disappoint.
Over the course of the year, George was extremely quick to respond to emails and knowledgeable and helpful through the whole process. We were thankful for George's flexibility when it came to meetings with him and for our engagement shoot. He was able to meet anywhere of our choosing, and traveled quite a distance for our benefit. We loved working with George and knew that he would be a perfect fit for us on our most treasured day.
On our actual wedding day, George and his wife, Christi, both arrived early and tag teamed our big event. George was really good with keeping the day moving, as well as keeping me calm and collected. Both were able to capture the most wonderful pictures of a day I never want to forget. Their photos will only help me re-live the wonderful memories we made of beginning our new journey together. (And he edited and sent them to me super fast!!!) I can not thank George and Christi enough.
If you are looking for a photographer for your event, do yourself a favor and contact Grace and Elegance. You will not be disappointed!! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
Amazing, amazing, AMAZING! The photographers from Grace & Elegance were professional, kind, and a pleasure to work with. I put my confidence in them and they did not disappoint! They took beautiful pictures of the entire wedding party, the ceremony, and the reception. If you are looking for a photography company for your wedding, I highly recommend Grace and Elegance - they will listen to all your requests and they will take amazing photos without being intrusive. Put your trust in Grace & Elegance - I did, and I am so happy with my wedding photos!
Amazing, amazing, AMAZING! The photographers from Grace & Elegance were professional, kind, and a pleasure to work with. I Read more...
Amazing, amazing, AMAZING! The photographers from Grace & Elegance were professional, kind, and a pleasure to work with. I put my confidence in them and they did not disappoint! They took beautiful pictures of the entire wedding party, the ceremony, and the reception. If you are looking for a photography company for your wedding, I highly recommend Grace and Elegance - they will listen to all your requests and they will take amazing photos without being intrusive. Put your trust in Grace & Elegance - I did, and I am so happy with my wedding photos! Read less
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Lindsay
Wedding:
8/8/2015
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about the wonderful job that George and his wife did with our wedding. They were able to capture every moment of our day from the getting-ready pictures through the reception. They were both so easy to work with and were extremely flexible with our extensive wedding day agenda. The photos are amazing and beyond beautiful. I loved working with George before and after the wedding. He was very responsive and professional and I would highly recommend using them. We had a great experience and will forever have wonderful pictures to look back on!!!!
I cannot say enough about the wonderful job that George and his wife did with our wedding. They were able to capture every Read more...
I cannot say enough about the wonderful job that George and his wife did with our wedding. They were able to capture every moment of our day from the getting-ready pictures through the reception. They were both so easy to work with and were extremely flexible with our extensive wedding day agenda. The photos are amazing and beyond beautiful. I loved working with George before and after the wedding. He was very responsive and professional and I would highly recommend using them. We had a great experience and will forever have wonderful pictures to look back on!!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
What an amazing day. We booked one photographer for 8 hours and I am so excited to get our photos back! George was professional, unobtrusive and really responsive to what we wanted, even after we changed our minds a few times at the last minute! A few of our final events ran a little late, but he stayed to ensure they were all captured for us. I would hire Grace and Elegance again in a heart beat. Thank you for such a wonderful day :) Anita + Tom
What an amazing day. We booked one photographer for 8 hours and I am so excited to get our photos back! George was Read more...
What an amazing day. We booked one photographer for 8 hours and I am so excited to get our photos back! George was professional, unobtrusive and really responsive to what we wanted, even after we changed our minds a few times at the last minute! A few of our final events ran a little late, but he stayed to ensure they were all captured for us. I would hire Grace and Elegance again in a heart beat. Thank you for such a wonderful day :) Anita + Tom Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/10/2015
5.0/5.0
George, along with his lovely wife, photographed my wedding back in May. His work is phenomenal and I am so lucky to have found his company. I don't think any other photographer could have lived up to the quality of photos that he provided. The way he photographs is very artistic. You will not take a standard picture with him. He knows how to have you stand, position your body, tilt your head, etc. to achieve the perfect image. It was a lot of fun as well, especially when he has you "improv" with your bridal party...these are some of my husband's and I favorite pictures. He also provides pictures in black and white that are beautiful. George did great at catching key moments during the reception and beautiful pictures of our tables, centerpieces, cake etc. He was very professional and such a nice man to work with. Our families and friends enjoyed working with him as well. I highly recommend him for weddings or any other occasion. Thanks again George! --Sydney Shorter
George, along with his lovely wife, photographed my wedding back in May. His work is phenomenal and I am so lucky to have Read more...
George, along with his lovely wife, photographed my wedding back in May. His work is phenomenal and I am so lucky to have found his company. I don't think any other photographer could have lived up to the quality of photos that he provided. The way he photographs is very artistic. You will not take a standard picture with him. He knows how to have you stand, position your body, tilt your head, etc. to achieve the perfect image. It was a lot of fun as well, especially when he has you "improv" with your bridal party...these are some of my husband's and I favorite pictures. He also provides pictures in black and white that are beautiful. George did great at catching key moments during the reception and beautiful pictures of our tables, centerpieces, cake etc. He was very professional and such a nice man to work with. Our families and friends enjoyed working with him as well. I highly recommend him for weddings or any other occasion. Thanks again George! --Sydney Shorter Read less
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Grace & Elegance Photography responded with the following comments:

Sydney, thank you for such kind words! We truly had a wonderful time working with you and Patrick and couldn't have asked for kinder people. All the best to you both!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
George was wonderful to work with. He listened to what my husband and I wanted and helped us plan our entire wedding day. We attribute the great flow of our wedding day to him! Our pictures were beautiful and exactly what we were looking for. He also did a great job making our wedding album- it looks so professional and classic. We would recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding photographer!
George was wonderful to work with. He listened to what my husband and I wanted and helped us plan our entire wedding day. Read more...
George was wonderful to work with. He listened to what my husband and I wanted and helped us plan our entire wedding day. We attribute the great flow of our wedding day to him! Our pictures were beautiful and exactly what we were looking for. He also did a great job making our wedding album- it looks so professional and classic. We would recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding photographer! Read less
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