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Gronde Photography

Burke , VA

LOCATION

6424 Birch Leaf Ct
Burke, VA US 22015 (map)

PHONE

571-354-5138

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

First and foremost, we love weddings and we love marriage! We are married, best friends, parents, US Navy veterans (both of us!), award winning and published photographers, members of... Read more
First and foremost, we love weddings and we love marriage! We are married, best friends, parents, US Navy veterans (both of us!), award winning and published photographers, members of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), and have been told, are all around fun, energetic, and nice people. We are dedicated to our family, our faith, and to our business. We put the same amount of dedication into each wedding and photo session that we have the pleasure of capturing. We are here to provide DC, Virginia, and Maryland with not only breath taking photos, but also a truly unforgettable photography experience from the moment we first meet to the moment we hand you your photos and beyond.

We met in 2005 where we started our photographic journey while traveling the world and serving together on board USS Ronald Reagan. We loved finding the best places in each port to take amazing portraits. Chris left the Navy in 2009 to finally marry the love of his life, but we were not happy at all with the experience of wedding photography. The photos were ok, but the experience was bland at best. This is when we decided to turn our passion into a new dream. We both finished our degrees (Chris in Fine Art Photography and Brandy in Small Business Administration) and Gronde Photography was born. We never stop learning and continuing our education on how to improve our craft and provide you with even better service and an all-around incredible experience!

Gronde Photography limits the amount of weddings we do each year and only book one event per day, so that we can solely concentrate on you and your day as much as possible. If we sound like the team that you want to entrust your once in a lifetime photography to, please contact us today and reserve your date!

Email is the easiest way to contact us at ChrisandBrandy@GrondePhotography.com or by phone in our studio 571-354-5138

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, 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?
Yes, we can do just about any artistic editing to fit the style of photography that you need.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes. We have shot weddings in mid afternoon to late at night both outside and in churches that do not allow flash and reception halls only lit by candle light. We take a specialized lighting system with us to your reception that allows us to get sharp perfect photos every time regardless of the lighting situation.
Is your media preference film or digital?
Our preference in today's day in age is obviously digital, but I am formally trained also in photographing and developing of film by hand, although I've never been asked to film a wedding in film it shows I have a deep background in photography and not just someone who bought a fancy camera.
How many photographers do you work with?
We ALWAYS shoot with two photographers. When you book with Chris and Brandy you get Chris and Brandy as a package deal at no extra cost. Most photographers will charge you extra for a second photographer and they will typically hire out a second photographer who they may or may not have ever met before the day of your wedding. We have been shooting weddings together for four years.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
No matter what happens we will be at your wedding. If, heaven forbid, there were ever a situation that would stop one of us from attending you would still have one of us and another trusted photographer who we have worked with before.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
We never book anything else before or after your wedding. If you ever need to move the time of your event or want to add hours for us to come early or stay later. As long as we know before the event we can accommodate.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes we have a close knit group of photographers that we constantly collaborate with and work with who share similar styles as us in case one of us can not attend you will get either Chris or Brandy to lead the photography and then one of these trusted photographers.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
We work with the newest and most professional Nikon equipment and a specialized lighting system to make sure we get perfect shots of your reception regardless of the lighting situation.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes! We have back up cameras and lights that we keep with us in case of technical malfunction.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Our packages include several amounts of coverage from 6 hours to 10 hours with the option to add hours to any package.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We greatly appreciate when our couples provide us with a meal! We typically will eat at the same time as the bride and groom, as to not miss any important photo opportunities (and most couples do not want to be photographed while they eat). In the event something does happen that needs to be photographed, one of us will eat while the other shoots and then switch.
Do you charge for travel?
There are travel fees involved in our destination packages as well as a small travel fee for leaving a 25 mile radius of our home studio in Burke, VA.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
We average 4-8 weeks for our professional editing before your viewing session.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Every photographer retains the commercial copyright of their images. We do however provide the license to print and display the images for personal use at your leisure.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
We do reserve the right to publish the photos as stated in our contract you sign. We will however always ask before posting anything publicly and will always decline to post anything you do not want public including your names.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes. We provide the full resolution images on a USB drive
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes! You will have a custom website set up for your online gallery that you will be able to view and purchase prints from as well as send the link to family and friends so that they can view and order their own photos if they wish.
What kind of albums do you offer?
We offer Signature Pictobook leather heirloom albums that are the absolute finest quality in the business! You will LOVE our albums and so will your great grandchildren!
When will the client get the final album?
45 days after final proof is approved.

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Ida
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Chris and Brandy, the husband & wife team of Gronde Photography was my daughter's photographer for her wedding June 7, 2014. They spent the last year getting to know the bride and groom, nurturing them, encouraging them, learning about their personality and they felt like family the day of the wedding. They are a loving, creative and talented couple who managed to capture the entire event with a flair of ease, thoughtfulness and added fun. I have seen raw footage from the back of their camera for one shot that they took at night using sparklers in the background. It was a fairytale come to life image! Look their work up and hire them early. I wish I could give them more than 5 stars!
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Gronde Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you so very much! It was an honor being able to witness such an incredible love story. The personal details through every second of their wedding was a pleasure to capture and we can not wait to show them their photos. Flipping through them really is like reading a fairy tale!
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GingerTabby
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
The Grondes were awesome! We booked a package that included an engagement shoot and 2 photographers for 8 hours on the wedding day and it was definitely a good value. We're glad we got the engagement shoot because it let us get comfortable with being posed and photographed. Then we were able to use the engagement photos in our Save the Date cards.

On our wedding day, Brandy stayed with me while Chris followed my husband for our preparation. I think Brandy's steady presence helped to calm my nerves a bit. I had originally not wanted to do a first look session, but I'm glad they talked me into it. We were able to be more relaxed and got some wonderful outdoor shots. During the ceremony and the reception I hardly noticed them snapping pictures, but I guess that's the point! I was thrilled when I got the email that our online gallery was ready for viewing.

I can see why the Grondes have repeat customers (engagement photos, then wedding photos, then baby photos...). They are a fun and professional couple to work with.
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Gronde Photography responded with the following comments:

We loved every amazing detail of your wedding and it was such a blast getting to capture these memories for you! Please continue to think of us as your family continues to grow!
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Mallory
Wedding:
3/22/2014
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My sister-in-law recommended Chris and Brandy Gronde to us and I trusted her judgement, but never anticipated that they would exceed my expectations to the degree in which they did. Chris and Brandy work together as a team (two photographers for less money than most photographers charge for one) and they are absolutely incredible!!! Our extremely reasonable wedding package included a 2 hour engagement session and 8 hours of photography (with 2 photographers) the day of the wedding. The engagement session turned out amazing and was a wonderful way to get to know our photographers before the day of the wedding. Both Chris and Brandy have a wonderfully artistic eye and will go to extremes to capture the right angle (at one point during our engagemnt session Brandy sat on top of Chris's shoulders to get the desired shot). The day of the wedding, they were willing to meet at the salon to get shots of myself and the girls getting ready and then drove me to the hotel when time got short and we needed to get back to get dressed. While at the hotel getting ready, Chris went with the guys to get seperate photos and Brandy stayed with the girls and even did a mini impromptu boudierre session with me. She helped me to get dressed, fixed my hair, and even helped deal with garter issues. There was no limit to the help she was willing to give to make our day perfect! We have not seen all of the wedding photos yet, but the sneak peeks have been amazing! (there is one where we were in the middle of the street that is timeless and gorgeous)!! If the wedding photos are half as good as the engagement session, then they are going to be priceless and incredible! I cannot stress how amazing these two were and say how wonderful it was to have two photographers to catch different angles and moments with the groomsmen and bridesmaids! If you are looking for absolute perfection, then look no further, you have found your photographers!
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Gronde Photography responded with the following comments:

After doing photos for you and your sister in law and a work associate of hers we almost feel like family! Your wedding was amazing and you two are gorgeous and so fun to photograph! It's so sad you guys are moving away! You're going to make GORGEOUS babies! We wish you the absolute best of luck!
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Traci
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10/27/2013
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Brandy and Chris were wonderful. We selected them as our photographers based in a friend's referral and couldn't be happier with the end result. They were helpful every step of the way, professional, and fun to work with. I fully intend on contacting them for photography in the future.
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Melissa
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Chris and Brandy photographed my wedding and did an amazing job! I had to plan my wedding from several states away but they made the entire process so easy. I loved that when you hire them you really do get two photographers and not just one photographer and an assistant. Both Chris and Brandy took pictures the whole night. They really listened to me when I gave them some suggestions for pictures to take and made everyone feel comfortable.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Chris and Brandy were wonderful to work with! They were great with all of the guests, especially the children! All of our guests raved about them. Our pictures were lovely and we will cherish them. You can't go wrong choosing to work with them.
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Lauren
Wedding:
1/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Chris and Brandy are outstanding photographers! They have all the best qualities: attention to detail, organized, professional, friendly, easy to work with, and best of all, they are an amazing value! They provide two photographers for a much more reasonable price than many others in the area. They also have such a great eye for composition and really put us at ease. We decided to take outdoor photos around the National Mall prior to our wedding ceremony, and this was one of the most fun and relaxed times we had all day. Chris and Brandy really added extra touches that go a long way. They sent us a very detailed questionnaire prior to the wedding, and it put me at ease knowing how organized they are. They also sent us nice notes and even a Starbucks gift card. They are very friendly and you can easily see that they aren't in the photography business for the money - it's a passion for them and this really shows in the beautiful photos they take. I highly recommend Chris and Brandy for weddings or other photography!
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Diana
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
I would definitely recommend Chris and Brandy. They made us feel comfortable at every photo shoot and we had a blast with them. I didn't think having two photographers would make a difference but it totally did. They captured everything and I could not be happier with the way our pictures turned out. They were professional and fun.
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amanda
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Chris and Brandy are a pleasure to work with. They are a wonderful team and couple. I have never felt so confident with the camera on me than when they are behind the lens! They make it a point to get to know you so that they can do their absolute best to please you. They made my wedding a day to remember always. I love them and would strongly recommend them to anybody.
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Courtney
Wedding:
4/23/2011
5.0/5.0
AWESOME! Very professional, great team and love what they do. The Gronde's make your wedding experience just a little easier by knowing you will have amazing picture to help you remember your special day.
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Julia
Wedding:
4/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Chris and Brandy Gronde both photographed my wedding and I was very very pleased! They are very friendly, fun, and very good at what they do. They were also very creative with their photographs and noticed neat spots to take photos. I would hire them again if I need to in the future!
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garichild
Wedding:
9/12/2010
5.0/5.0
This husband and wife duo are awesome!!!!!! We felt so blessed to have them do our engagement shoot and wedding. They are both so outgoing, patient and full of great ideas. My family and friends can't stop talking about how beautiful our pictures were and how they can actually see the love radiate from the photos.
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CWadel
Wedding:
9/11/2010
5.0/5.0
Chris and Brandy are an amazing couple and an even better Photography team. We were fortunate enough to have them photograph our engagement session as well as our wedding and in both instances they blew us away with their skill and true love for what they were doing, capturing memories for others. I HIGHLY, highly recommend Gronde Photography for all of your photography needs!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Words cannot describe how happy we were to have Chris & Brandy photograph our wedding.

To start, it was so easy to get things arranged with them...from meeting up for the Engagement Photo shoot to taking care of the contracts.

They went out of their way to make my husband & myself feel comfortable while having the engagement photos taken, which is amazing in itself, as I think that the only people that are used to having photos taken of themselves are models. They made everything light & fun....by the end of the shoot we were cracking up & having a wonderful time.

As for the wedding....FANTASTIC! We did a first look & those pictures are some of my favorites! All the shots I requested were taken care of with no hesitation (ie decor, group shots etc).

We had a bit of an unconventional reception...we had it during a baseball game & they got amazing shots both during the reception & following. One of my favorite moments of the whole day was at the end of the night. Following the end of the game the team held fireworks...my new husband and I stole away for a minute & shared a kiss....what a way to end the night & Chris captured that incredible moment for us! As we were leaving the stadium, Chris stopped me and showed me the shot right there...lets just say a few tears of pure joy were shed at that moment.

So, if you are looking for a fantastic photographer who is affordable, a pleasure to work with & will make you feel comfortable on one of the most important days in your life look no futher than Gronde Photography.
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alexandbern
Wedding:
8/13/2010
5.0/5.0
We had our engagement photos taken by Chris and Brandy in May 2010. We were incredibly impressed by their unique vision and honest capturing of emotion. We had an awesome time taking photos all over the Washington Mall - on the carousel, at the Tidal Basin, on the metro, and by the Smithsonian Castle. And they were incredibly flexible and adaptive to our multiple requests for photo locations. Although we'd never done a photoshoot, Chris and Brandy put us immediately at ease and we had a fun afternoon working with them. But even more importantly, the shots turned out great - our friends and family have loved seeing them and we're happy to have these moments forever.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
We had our wedding in April 2014 and started working with Gronde Photography in late Summer 2013. My husband and I can't say enough good things about working with them! We tend to not be the most photogenic individuals, and that makes us overall awkward in photos. We wanted to find a photographer that could 'deal' with that awkwardness but also be able to capture moments (candids). We shopped online for a while looking at photographers across the DC area and we would find someone we liked, we'd get on the phone and just not 'gel'. When we came across Gronde, we were immediately impressed by their photos and had our fingers crossed we'd click over the phone - and we absolutely did. Chris and Brandy are incredibly friendly and clearly enjoy what they do - which made it so much easier for my husband and me. From the moment we started working with them, we just kept thinking "gosh, we really struck gold with them!". We had a great engagement session in Old Town (a last minute change on our part!), and the pictures are great. We could not be happier with how they turned out. They were completely accommodating and patient with us throughout the session. They were thoughtful leading up to the wedding, with reminders and small gifts to keep us engaged. The best was their support on the wedding day! I didn't have a wedding planner and was having some 'common wedding issues' with family and coordination before the ceremony. Brandy jumped in to try and calm the waters and keep things moving. The wedding pictures are fantastic and we just have nothing but the best to say about them. If you're looking for photographers to really enjoy your time with throughout the wedding process, Gronde Photography is your choice!
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