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Lara Swanson Photography

Alexandria , VA

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Mt. Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301 US

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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Lara and her colleagues were very flexible and gave a lot of personal attention to the details of my wedding day. She was actively interested in our traditions and did a lot of planning beforehand to make sure we all knew what to expect. I was really glad to have her and her colleagues at the wedding. There were unobtrusive but also just really good company. Everyone loved having them around, and they captured some really awesome moments just by being in the middle of the action.
Lara and her colleagues were very flexible and gave a lot of personal attention to the details of my wedding day. She was Read more...
Lara and her colleagues were very flexible and gave a lot of personal attention to the details of my wedding day. She was actively interested in our traditions and did a lot of planning beforehand to make sure we all knew what to expect. I was really glad to have her and her colleagues at the wedding. There were unobtrusive but also just really good company. Everyone loved having them around, and they captured some really awesome moments just by being in the middle of the action. Read less
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carinnemj
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
Perfect, perfect, perfect experience. Lara and her assistant Joanie shot our October wedding and I am not the most comfortable person in front of a camera, but she was so kind and professional that I was immediately at ease and not awkward at all. She and Joanie shot a mix of creative and traditional photos so we have the whole spectrum -- stunning action shots of the dancing and the wind in my veil, as well as plenty of elegant portraits to make the parents happy. I also loved that she was up for anything (such as when, on the spur of the moment, I wanted to trek down the marina before the ceremony for a few photos near some yachts).

I couldn't be happier that we lucked out with Lara as our photographer. Sometimes I look at the proofs and I can't believe that these are really my wedding photos. She is truly fantastic and I am so grateful to her!
Perfect, perfect, perfect experience. Lara and her assistant Joanie shot our October wedding and I am not the most Read more...
Perfect, perfect, perfect experience. Lara and her assistant Joanie shot our October wedding and I am not the most comfortable person in front of a camera, but she was so kind and professional that I was immediately at ease and not awkward at all. She and Joanie shot a mix of creative and traditional photos so we have the whole spectrum -- stunning action shots of the dancing and the wind in my veil, as well as plenty of elegant portraits to make the parents happy. I also loved that she was up for anything (such as when, on the spur of the moment, I wanted to trek down the marina before the ceremony for a few photos near some yachts).

I couldn't be happier that we lucked out with Lara as our photographer. Sometimes I look at the proofs and I can't believe that these are really my wedding photos. She is truly fantastic and I am so grateful to her! Read less
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Bobby
Wedding:
7/16/2009
5.0/5.0
Over & over again, I have been complimented on the photos that Lara Swanson took for us - pictures from our engagement portraits and our wedding day will forever serve as reminders of what an amazing day it was!

Lara was incredibly professional, helpful, fun, artistic thru the entire process. She shared our enthusiasm for the day and did a fantastic job scouting locations with us, suggesting poses, responding to our input, and generally making the photography on the day a total JOY!

Everyone that attended our small, destination wedding has told us what a fantastic job Lara did on their portraits and our photos. Because we only invited our immediate families and bridal parties to Mexico for our wedding, it was important that the pictures perfectly capture the tone of the day. With Lara, we knew that we wouldn't have to worry!

She was with us on the plane to Mexico, on the bus from the airport, touring the resort with our wedding planner, and there from our morning spa appointments to the final jump in the pool & cutting the cake after!

Lara provided INCREDIBLE service and amazing photos that we'll treasure for the rest of our lives! We cannot recommend her highly enough!
Over & over again, I have been complimented on the photos that Lara Swanson took for us - pictures from our engagement Read more...
Over & over again, I have been complimented on the photos that Lara Swanson took for us - pictures from our engagement portraits and our wedding day will forever serve as reminders of what an amazing day it was!

Lara was incredibly professional, helpful, fun, artistic thru the entire process. She shared our enthusiasm for the day and did a fantastic job scouting locations with us, suggesting poses, responding to our input, and generally making the photography on the day a total JOY!

Everyone that attended our small, destination wedding has told us what a fantastic job Lara did on their portraits and our photos. Because we only invited our immediate families and bridal parties to Mexico for our wedding, it was important that the pictures perfectly capture the tone of the day. With Lara, we knew that we wouldn't have to worry!

She was with us on the plane to Mexico, on the bus from the airport, touring the resort with our wedding planner, and there from our morning spa appointments to the final jump in the pool & cutting the cake after!

Lara provided INCREDIBLE service and amazing photos that we'll treasure for the rest of our lives! We cannot recommend her highly enough! Read less
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Oona
Wedding:
6/20/2009
5.0/5.0
Lara was wonderful to work with!! And our photos came out beautifully. She really listened to what we wanted and did her best to accommodate the style and quantity of photos that we wanted. She was very professional and fun, and just a sweet person (as was her assistant). We were lucky to have her as our photographer - in more ways than one.
Lara was wonderful to work with!! And our photos came out beautifully. She really listened to what we wanted and did her Read more...
Lara was wonderful to work with!! And our photos came out beautifully. She really listened to what we wanted and did her best to accommodate the style and quantity of photos that we wanted. She was very professional and fun, and just a sweet person (as was her assistant). We were lucky to have her as our photographer - in more ways than one. Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
5/23/2009
5.0/5.0
Lara and her assistant did an amazing job, was great to work with, always showed great professionalism as well as tons of warmth. Lara traveled to Maine for us and we could not have been happier. And when she posted a slide show the very next day just to preview our images, we could not believe it. I can only hope to have the fortune to work with her again.
Lara and her assistant did an amazing job, was great to work with, always showed great professionalism as well as tons of Read more...
Lara and her assistant did an amazing job, was great to work with, always showed great professionalism as well as tons of warmth. Lara traveled to Maine for us and we could not have been happier. And when she posted a slide show the very next day just to preview our images, we could not believe it. I can only hope to have the fortune to work with her again. Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
4/25/2009
5.0/5.0
What can I say that hasn't already been said. My husband and I loved working with Lara, and give her our highest recommendation.

We knew from our first meeting that working with Lara would be easy and fun. She came to our meeting well-prepared, answered all of our questions, and didn't even seem to mind my husband's over-caffeinated exuberance! Lara was completely understanding of the fact that Nick and I planning our wedding while already legally married, and embraced our rather untraditional approach to the wedding. She just seemed to really "get" us and what we wanted for both our wedding and our photography.

Nick and I had a lot of questions leading up to the wedding day, mostly regarding the timing on the day of and shot lists. Lara answered every single one, and even did a few conference calls with us to get everything sorted out. She also gave us a lot of advice on how to organize the whole day. She was very responsive and patient with this compulsive researcher!

On our wedding day, Lara showed up early, with a surprise second shooter in tow! They put up with a lot during the day: I was stressed, my wedding elves were running amok, and the temperature was up in the mid 90s! But Lara and Kelly dealt with the heat and stress and shortened tempers with smiles and grace, simply adjusting their schedule and shot list to accommodate unhappy family members. They were very understanding of a stressful family situation, and were very discreet in helping me sneak in photos with some unsuspecting (uncooperative?) guests. Nick and I received a lot of compliments from our guests about Lara and Kelly�s cheerful demeanors and professionalism.

Lara had our slideshow up on her blog in about 24 hours, and our proofs came in shortly thereafter. It was so nice to be able to look at the photos while still glowing from wedding. The slideshow even moved me to tears.

Nick and I also did a "day after" shoot, which Lara kindly agreed to do instead of the engagement session that was included with our package. (We didn�t see the point of having e-pics when we were already married). Her husband chauffeured us all over DC, and we had a great time running from location to location to take cool and interesting shots. I usually don't enjoy posing for photos, but I could have done this all day! Again, Lara had the teaser up on her blog within 24 hours, and our proofs came in shortly thereafter.

Nick and I are still working on choosing photos for our album, and Lara has been both incredibly patient and helpful, answering all of our questions and giving us tips on how to choose our shots for the album. She's also sent us a few surprises along the way! We're looking forward to working with Lara through the end of the album design process, and we both agree that if/when the time comes for maternity & baby photos, Lara is our first and only choice!

As a final note, I just want to add that Lara went above and beyond wedding photographer duty by donating three gift certificates for portrait sessions to an auction I organized to raise money for my employer's (the World Bank) Community Connections Campaign.

So if you're looking for a cool, laidback, and knowledgeable wedding photographer who will patiently guide you through the chaos of wedding planning, and who will understand and embrace your wedding, whether traditional, alternative, or something in between, Lara is your woman.
What can I say that hasn't already been said. My husband and I loved working with Lara, and give her our highest Read more...
What can I say that hasn't already been said. My husband and I loved working with Lara, and give her our highest recommendation.

We knew from our first meeting that working with Lara would be easy and fun. She came to our meeting well-prepared, answered all of our questions, and didn't even seem to mind my husband's over-caffeinated exuberance! Lara was completely understanding of the fact that Nick and I planning our wedding while already legally married, and embraced our rather untraditional approach to the wedding. She just seemed to really "get" us and what we wanted for both our wedding and our photography.

Nick and I had a lot of questions leading up to the wedding day, mostly regarding the timing on the day of and shot lists. Lara answered every single one, and even did a few conference calls with us to get everything sorted out. She also gave us a lot of advice on how to organize the whole day. She was very responsive and patient with this compulsive researcher!

On our wedding day, Lara showed up early, with a surprise second shooter in tow! They put up with a lot during the day: I was stressed, my wedding elves were running amok, and the temperature was up in the mid 90s! But Lara and Kelly dealt with the heat and stress and shortened tempers with smiles and grace, simply adjusting their schedule and shot list to accommodate unhappy family members. They were very understanding of a stressful family situation, and were very discreet in helping me sneak in photos with some unsuspecting (uncooperative?) guests. Nick and I received a lot of compliments from our guests about Lara and Kelly�s cheerful demeanors and professionalism.

Lara had our slideshow up on her blog in about 24 hours, and our proofs came in shortly thereafter. It was so nice to be able to look at the photos while still glowing from wedding. The slideshow even moved me to tears.

Nick and I also did a "day after" shoot, which Lara kindly agreed to do instead of the engagement session that was included with our package. (We didn�t see the point of having e-pics when we were already married). Her husband chauffeured us all over DC, and we had a great time running from location to location to take cool and interesting shots. I usually don't enjoy posing for photos, but I could have done this all day! Again, Lara had the teaser up on her blog within 24 hours, and our proofs came in shortly thereafter.

Nick and I are still working on choosing photos for our album, and Lara has been both incredibly patient and helpful, answering all of our questions and giving us tips on how to choose our shots for the album. She's also sent us a few surprises along the way! We're looking forward to working with Lara through the end of the album design process, and we both agree that if/when the time comes for maternity & baby photos, Lara is our first and only choice!

As a final note, I just want to add that Lara went above and beyond wedding photographer duty by donating three gift certificates for portrait sessions to an auction I organized to raise money for my employer's (the World Bank) Community Connections Campaign.

So if you're looking for a cool, laidback, and knowledgeable wedding photographer who will patiently guide you through the chaos of wedding planning, and who will understand and embrace your wedding, whether traditional, alternative, or something in between, Lara is your woman. Read less
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bposniak
Wedding:
4/18/2009
5.0/5.0
Lara was a pleasure to work with from my initial inquiry to the wedding and day and post-wedding work. She is incredibly creative, smart, talented, and hardworking. Anytime that I write to her I get a really fast response. She is incredibly helpful, and a wonderful listener. You just need to look at her web site to see how incredible he photography is. I got tons of compliments on our engagement and wedding photos, and I always felt that Lara was interested in understanding our personalities and exactly what we wanted out of our wedding. She focuses on nontraditional photography, and seems open to all kinds of ideas. She's incredibly flexible, and her work is truly exceptional. I can't wait to watch her business grow.
Lara was a pleasure to work with from my initial inquiry to the wedding and day and post-wedding work. She is incredibly Read more...
Lara was a pleasure to work with from my initial inquiry to the wedding and day and post-wedding work. She is incredibly creative, smart, talented, and hardworking. Anytime that I write to her I get a really fast response. She is incredibly helpful, and a wonderful listener. You just need to look at her web site to see how incredible he photography is. I got tons of compliments on our engagement and wedding photos, and I always felt that Lara was interested in understanding our personalities and exactly what we wanted out of our wedding. She focuses on nontraditional photography, and seems open to all kinds of ideas. She's incredibly flexible, and her work is truly exceptional. I can't wait to watch her business grow. Read less
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meghanr
Wedding:
3/28/2009
5.0/5.0
I could not recommend Lara Swanson more highly. She is an exceptional photographer whose work goes beyond ordinary “wedding photos” but are works of art that could be in a gallery or the pages of a magazine. She not only photographed the events as they unfolded, but captured the spirit and emotion of the day while being completely unobtrusive.

We were lucky enough to have her shoot our engagement session and wedding and had the best experience working with her. She is extremely professional, yet made us feel very relaxed and at-ease, which is great for two people who aren’t very comfortable in front of the camera. She went above and beyond the call of duty time and again, from showing up 40 minutes earlier than her wedding call time (with no extra charge!), to bringing two assistant photographers with her (also with no extra charge!), to helping the bride get her dress on, to answering dozens of questions quickly and patiently. The turn-around time for proofs was even faster than promised and prints were also delivered very quickly. Her photo retouching skills are amazing and the special effects she can add to photos enhance their beauty without being over-the-top or cheesy.

Watch one of the slideshows on her website and I guarantee you’ll be hooked on Lara’s work.
I could not recommend Lara Swanson more highly. She is an exceptional photographer whose work goes beyond ordinary wedding Read more...
I could not recommend Lara Swanson more highly. She is an exceptional photographer whose work goes beyond ordinary “wedding photos” but are works of art that could be in a gallery or the pages of a magazine. She not only photographed the events as they unfolded, but captured the spirit and emotion of the day while being completely unobtrusive.

We were lucky enough to have her shoot our engagement session and wedding and had the best experience working with her. She is extremely professional, yet made us feel very relaxed and at-ease, which is great for two people who aren’t very comfortable in front of the camera. She went above and beyond the call of duty time and again, from showing up 40 minutes earlier than her wedding call time (with no extra charge!), to bringing two assistant photographers with her (also with no extra charge!), to helping the bride get her dress on, to answering dozens of questions quickly and patiently. The turn-around time for proofs was even faster than promised and prints were also delivered very quickly. Her photo retouching skills are amazing and the special effects she can add to photos enhance their beauty without being over-the-top or cheesy.

Watch one of the slideshows on her website and I guarantee you’ll be hooked on Lara’s work. Read less
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Laurie
Wedding:
10/25/2008
5.0/5.0
I had been following Lara's work and watching her progress through the years before I booked her for my wedding. When I became engaged, I asked her to be my photographer because I knew she would deliver the quality of pictures that I wanted; not to mention, I knew her to be professional, easy-going, and fun. I knew she would capture the tone of my wedding, but more importantly, my relationship. She kept me on top of my deadlines, and put together a very organized list of who I would want to be in what portraits, and when. Coming from a "divorced" family, I was concerned that there could be some awkwardness surrounding formal picture taking, but there was nothing like that. She labeled all of my photos in a very organized way, such as "Getting read," "Reception," Details," "Ceremony," etc., which made the review process a breeze. She also debuted her photo booth at my wedding, which was a HUGE HIT with my guests. My wedding was both traditional and some aspects and offbeat in other ways, and she did justice to both of those notions. Her turnaround time with providing the proofs to me was very quick, so I was able to keep my wedding buzz going for a while. I would recommend Lara & her second shooters with full confidence to anyone.
I had been following Lara's work and watching her progress through the years before I booked her for my wedding. When I Read more...
I had been following Lara's work and watching her progress through the years before I booked her for my wedding. When I became engaged, I asked her to be my photographer because I knew she would deliver the quality of pictures that I wanted; not to mention, I knew her to be professional, easy-going, and fun. I knew she would capture the tone of my wedding, but more importantly, my relationship. She kept me on top of my deadlines, and put together a very organized list of who I would want to be in what portraits, and when. Coming from a "divorced" family, I was concerned that there could be some awkwardness surrounding formal picture taking, but there was nothing like that. She labeled all of my photos in a very organized way, such as "Getting read," "Reception," Details," "Ceremony," etc., which made the review process a breeze. She also debuted her photo booth at my wedding, which was a HUGE HIT with my guests. My wedding was both traditional and some aspects and offbeat in other ways, and she did justice to both of those notions. Her turnaround time with providing the proofs to me was very quick, so I was able to keep my wedding buzz going for a while. I would recommend Lara & her second shooters with full confidence to anyone. Read less
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Susie
Wedding:
10/18/2008
5.0/5.0
Of all our vendors, Lara Swanson Photography was definitely our greatest find. The photos were one of the most important elements because we knew that would be the one thing we would take away and keep forever. She came accompanied by Jen and Terisa, and I honestly can't think of one tiny complaint about any of them. Lara's very personable and seems to really love each wedding that she works. Lara and all the other photographers she works with have a great eye so all of our photos (and there were a lot) turned out as a piece of art and not just a simple snapshot that anyone could take. Everyone at the wedding was impressed with how fast the photographers were and how well that stayed out of the way. We couldn't believe some of the shots they managed to catch without us ever noticing they were there. They even put together a teaser slideshow of some of the best shots during the reception that we got to see at the end of the night and again at home the following morning, and we were amazed at all the things they managed to capture that we otherwise would have missed. I would highly reccomend Lara to anyone who is looking for the highest quality, creative photos. On top of everything else, she is incredibly reasonable pricewise and well worth three times what we paid. We also got our engagement photos through her and even though they turned our great, she offered to retake them later in the year because it ended up being overcast on the day of and she wanted our photos to truly shine. Both sessions, were fun, fast, and resulted in a ton of great photos. I have been to several weddings where afterward you couldn't tell the difference between the photographer's photos and the slew of other photos taken by family and friends, and with our photos, there is no doubt about which ones were taken by the professionals. We cannot wait to see how our album turns out and to use these photos to decorate our home(s) for the rest of our lives. Thank you Lara, Jen, and Terisa for truly capturing the memories we can keep for the rest of our lives.
Of all our vendors, Lara Swanson Photography was definitely our greatest find. The photos were one of the most important Read more...
Of all our vendors, Lara Swanson Photography was definitely our greatest find. The photos were one of the most important elements because we knew that would be the one thing we would take away and keep forever. She came accompanied by Jen and Terisa, and I honestly can't think of one tiny complaint about any of them. Lara's very personable and seems to really love each wedding that she works. Lara and all the other photographers she works with have a great eye so all of our photos (and there were a lot) turned out as a piece of art and not just a simple snapshot that anyone could take. Everyone at the wedding was impressed with how fast the photographers were and how well that stayed out of the way. We couldn't believe some of the shots they managed to catch without us ever noticing they were there. They even put together a teaser slideshow of some of the best shots during the reception that we got to see at the end of the night and again at home the following morning, and we were amazed at all the things they managed to capture that we otherwise would have missed. I would highly reccomend Lara to anyone who is looking for the highest quality, creative photos. On top of everything else, she is incredibly reasonable pricewise and well worth three times what we paid. We also got our engagement photos through her and even though they turned our great, she offered to retake them later in the year because it ended up being overcast on the day of and she wanted our photos to truly shine. Both sessions, were fun, fast, and resulted in a ton of great photos. I have been to several weddings where afterward you couldn't tell the difference between the photographer's photos and the slew of other photos taken by family and friends, and with our photos, there is no doubt about which ones were taken by the professionals. We cannot wait to see how our album turns out and to use these photos to decorate our home(s) for the rest of our lives. Thank you Lara, Jen, and Terisa for truly capturing the memories we can keep for the rest of our lives. Read less
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