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Grace & Elegance Photography

Servicing Md, Dc, Va, Pa, De, Nj
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Servicing MD, DC, VA, PA, DE, NJ, US

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301-725-1999

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"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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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

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Katie
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
The best photographer there is. George and his wife are easy to work, make it all fun, and the produce amazing photos. Highly recommend!!
The best photographer there is. George and his wife are easy to work, make it all fun, and the produce amazing photos. Read more...
The best photographer there is. George and his wife are easy to work, make it all fun, and the produce amazing photos. Highly recommend!! Read less
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Grace & Elegance Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you for the kind words! Both of you made my job so easy...congratulations!
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Private User
Wedding:
9/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Beautiful pictures!! We were very happy with how responsive they were and the quality of their work!
Beautiful pictures!! We were very happy with how responsive they were and the quality of their work!
Beautiful pictures!! We were very happy with how responsive they were and the quality of their work! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
Photography was always "my thing" throughout my wedding process. I believe that after the wedding it's the pictures that will be carried with you throughout the years and the one tangible thing you have to truly remember your wedding. So needless to say I was rather picky when it came to finding a photographer. I actually first met George and his wife at a bridal expo and after seeing their work there decided to give them a call. From that first meeting George was straightforward in what to expect from him. We never felt like we were getting a sales pitch or that we were "just another" wedding from him. Throughout this entire process George has been incredibly helpful, attentive and flexible, even when we needed to change things around or flip flopped back and forth. Despite our wedding day being one of the hottest this season George didn't complain and was very professional throughout our outdoor reception. He has been wonderful to work with and I would definitely recommend him to any bride!
Photography was always "my thing" throughout my wedding process. I believe that after the wedding it's the pictures that Read more...
Photography was always "my thing" throughout my wedding process. I believe that after the wedding it's the pictures that will be carried with you throughout the years and the one tangible thing you have to truly remember your wedding. So needless to say I was rather picky when it came to finding a photographer. I actually first met George and his wife at a bridal expo and after seeing their work there decided to give them a call. From that first meeting George was straightforward in what to expect from him. We never felt like we were getting a sales pitch or that we were "just another" wedding from him. Throughout this entire process George has been incredibly helpful, attentive and flexible, even when we needed to change things around or flip flopped back and forth. Despite our wedding day being one of the hottest this season George didn't complain and was very professional throughout our outdoor reception. He has been wonderful to work with and I would definitely recommend him to any bride! Read less
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Grace & Elegance Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for the kind words! You both were so wonderful to work with, and I'm glad I was able to be a part of your wedding day! Congrats!!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We used Grace and Elegance for our wedding in May. There are not enough words to express how happy we are with the work that George did. The pictures turned out AMAZING! We have had many compliments on how wonderful they are and how creative they turned out. George was very professional, courteous, and accommodating. He meet with us many times before the big day to ensure we were on the same page and that he could make our wish list a reality. He truly captured our special day and has given us wonderful photos to cherish for years to come. We would recommend Grace and Elegance to everyone. A & J
We used Grace and Elegance for our wedding in May. There are not enough words to express how happy we are with the work Read more...
We used Grace and Elegance for our wedding in May. There are not enough words to express how happy we are with the work that George did. The pictures turned out AMAZING! We have had many compliments on how wonderful they are and how creative they turned out. George was very professional, courteous, and accommodating. He meet with us many times before the big day to ensure we were on the same page and that he could make our wish list a reality. He truly captured our special day and has given us wonderful photos to cherish for years to come. We would recommend Grace and Elegance to everyone. A & J Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
George is so easy to work with, he is flexible, professional and extremely responsive. The pictures are just fabulous, the difficulty we have now is trying to pick the shots we want for the album. We would be delighted to work with George and his wife again.
George is so easy to work with, he is flexible, professional and extremely responsive. The pictures are just fabulous, the Read more...
George is so easy to work with, he is flexible, professional and extremely responsive. The pictures are just fabulous, the difficulty we have now is trying to pick the shots we want for the album. We would be delighted to work with George and his wife again. Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
George and Christy did a fantastic job. They truly captured our wedding beautifully. They are so easy to work with. I would highly recommend Grace and Elegance Photography.
George and Christy did a fantastic job. They truly captured our wedding beautifully. They are so easy to work with. I Read more...
George and Christy did a fantastic job. They truly captured our wedding beautifully. They are so easy to work with. I would highly recommend Grace and Elegance Photography. Read less
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Grace & Elegance Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day! I don't know that I've ever been around another couple that's as easy going as yourself and Darrell. Wishing you all the best!
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Shannon
Wedding:
10/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Grace & Elegance are extraordinary! We could not have had a better experience – they far exceeded our high expectations.

Choosing a photographer may be the most important decision when planning a wedding because after the big day, you only have photographs and memories. George and Cristy provided us with extremely high quality photos in an amazing album. We also have a beautiful canvas print and a CD with several hundred photographs taken on our wedding day.

After considerable research and multiple interviews with various photographers, it became clear that Grace & Elegance had the right mix of skill and character. George and Cristy are very responsive, professional, and friendly. Their incredible insight and patience helped us immensely in making decisions. George and Cristy made us feel comfortable as they clearly explained the process and available packages. They even substituted a second photographer in lieu of another package item.

On our wedding day, George and Cristy worked together and also separately to maximize time. They seamlessly orchestrated numerous photos prior to, and after the ceremony with the bridal party, family, and the two of us. They took both choreographed and motion pictures. During the ceremony, George made certain to take our most memorable moments. Many more pictures were taken during the reception of our family and friends as they danced to the music, sat at their tables, and/or enjoyed conversation.

If you want a great photographer for your special occasion, we highly recommend Grace & Elegance.
Grace & Elegance are extraordinary! We could not have had a better experience – they far exceeded our high expectations. Read more...
Grace & Elegance are extraordinary! We could not have had a better experience – they far exceeded our high expectations.

Choosing a photographer may be the most important decision when planning a wedding because after the big day, you only have photographs and memories. George and Cristy provided us with extremely high quality photos in an amazing album. We also have a beautiful canvas print and a CD with several hundred photographs taken on our wedding day.

After considerable research and multiple interviews with various photographers, it became clear that Grace & Elegance had the right mix of skill and character. George and Cristy are very responsive, professional, and friendly. Their incredible insight and patience helped us immensely in making decisions. George and Cristy made us feel comfortable as they clearly explained the process and available packages. They even substituted a second photographer in lieu of another package item.

On our wedding day, George and Cristy worked together and also separately to maximize time. They seamlessly orchestrated numerous photos prior to, and after the ceremony with the bridal party, family, and the two of us. They took both choreographed and motion pictures. During the ceremony, George made certain to take our most memorable moments. Many more pictures were taken during the reception of our family and friends as they danced to the music, sat at their tables, and/or enjoyed conversation.

If you want a great photographer for your special occasion, we highly recommend Grace & Elegance. Read less
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Grace & Elegance Photography responded with the following comments:

Shannon & Scott

I couldn't have asked to work with a couple any nicer than the two of you! It was a beautiful day. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day! Wishing you all the best!
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Alison
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
George from Grace and Elegance Photography was wonderful and I could not recommend him enough. We had both our engagement session as well as the wedding photography done with George and all of the pictures turned out beautifully (there were hundreds!) George was extremely professional and responsive and was also a great help to us on our wedding day (where to go, what happens next, etc.) We definitely received all that we could want and more and we can't wait to show off our album. The wedding day went by so quickly but we are so happy we had George there to document everything so perfectly.

Alison & John
George from Grace and Elegance Photography was wonderful and I could not recommend him enough. We had both our engagement Read more...
George from Grace and Elegance Photography was wonderful and I could not recommend him enough. We had both our engagement session as well as the wedding photography done with George and all of the pictures turned out beautifully (there were hundreds!) George was extremely professional and responsive and was also a great help to us on our wedding day (where to go, what happens next, etc.) We definitely received all that we could want and more and we can't wait to show off our album. The wedding day went by so quickly but we are so happy we had George there to document everything so perfectly.

Alison & John Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
9/22/2013
5.0/5.0
George was such a joy to work with. He truly was "THE" best vendor we had the pleasure of working with during our entire wedding planning process. George was always prompt, honest, professional, and personable. He understood our style and always wanted to make sure that we were getting the best quality shots for our engagement and wedding photos (which came out AMAZING!). There are not enough words to express the gratitude that my husband and I have for him and how he made us feel such at ease about our pictures. George was like family and I would highly recommend he and his wife for any photography needs you may have. I am going to miss working with him but there would be more events to come :-). Again, thank you for capturing our most precious moment in life.

Forever Grateful,

Andrea and Chauncey
George was such a joy to work with. He truly was "THE" best vendor we had the pleasure of working with during our entire Read more...
George was such a joy to work with. He truly was "THE" best vendor we had the pleasure of working with during our entire wedding planning process. George was always prompt, honest, professional, and personable. He understood our style and always wanted to make sure that we were getting the best quality shots for our engagement and wedding photos (which came out AMAZING!). There are not enough words to express the gratitude that my husband and I have for him and how he made us feel such at ease about our pictures. George was like family and I would highly recommend he and his wife for any photography needs you may have. I am going to miss working with him but there would be more events to come :-). Again, thank you for capturing our most precious moment in life.

Forever Grateful,

Andrea and Chauncey Read less
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Grace & Elegance Photography responded with the following comments:

Andrea, you and Chauncey were simply amazing! Beautiful day, gorgeous venue, and two completely genuine fun people!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
George was great to work with; he was always available to answer any questions we had before and after the wedding. The wedding album that came in our package is beautiful and we couldn’t be happier. I would highly recommend George to anyone looking for a photographer that is very easy to work with and willing to do what is necessary to make your event as memorable as possible.
George was great to work with; he was always available to answer any questions we had before and after the wedding. The Read more...
George was great to work with; he was always available to answer any questions we had before and after the wedding. The wedding album that came in our package is beautiful and we couldn’t be happier. I would highly recommend George to anyone looking for a photographer that is very easy to work with and willing to do what is necessary to make your event as memorable as possible. Read less
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