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Lara Swanson Photography

Alexandria , VA

LOCATION

Mt. Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA US 22301 (map)

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

A Softer Image/Lara Swanson Photography provides nontraditional photography services to the Washington, DC Metro area. Lara Swanson has photographed everything from maternity portraits... Read more
A Softer Image/Lara Swanson Photography provides nontraditional photography services to the Washington, DC Metro area. Lara Swanson has photographed everything from maternity portraits to weddings to trash the dress sessions and everything in between. She specializes in working with couples that are taking an alternative approach to their wedding day. Lara has been featured in the Washingtonian, Northern Virginia Bridal Guide, Bridezilla.com and much more.

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PHOTOS

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Digital Files, High Resolution Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
The possibilities are endless for special techniques. We can create anything from flipbooks to sepia toned prints. The sky is the limit. I'm eager to hear your creative ideas!
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
I have experience shooting in torrential downpour as well as light drizzle (my favorite), low lighting, bright sunny days, and overcast days.
Is your media preference film or digital?
Digital
How many photographers do you work with?
One or Two
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Not more than one full wedding (ceremony, reception, portraits, etc.) per day.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Canon 40D with a 580EX flash, 2 Canon 20Ds, and a Canon 350D with a 550EX flash
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Hourly
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes, $250/hour in addition to the first five hours
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I don't take a break if there are photographs to take.
Do you charge for travel?
Yes, anything 30 minutes or further away from our location in Alexandria.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Our goal is within two weeks.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Online proofs site
How long can the client keep the proofs?
You can retain the disk of the images forever.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes
What kind of albums do you offer?
Hardcover and softcover flushmounted coffeetable albums
When will the client get the final album?
It depends on how quickly you choose which images you'd ilke and which you'd like retouched.

REVIEWS

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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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Kiija & Brent
Wedding:
9/20/2008
5.0/5.0
Lara and her team did an amazing job with our wedding. She was incredibly responsive from the first email to the last touch-ups. She has great professionalism, but is also laid back and very easy to work with. She takes the time to get to know you and your personality and it really shows in her photos! She and her team truly captured the spirit and personality of us and our wedding. Their creativity and flexibility are remarkable - including artsy shots more to my tastes but also parent-friendly traditional portraits, which we had in hand a week after the wedding! Lara also knocked our and our family's socks off with how quickly, efficiently and gracefully she worked through a long list of portraits. She made the portrait session effortless, hustling us through without any of us feeling the slightest bit rushed. Highly, highly recommend Lara and her talented team!
Lara and her team did an amazing job with our wedding. She was incredibly responsive from the first email to the last Read more...
Lara and her team did an amazing job with our wedding. She was incredibly responsive from the first email to the last touch-ups. She has great professionalism, but is also laid back and very easy to work with. She takes the time to get to know you and your personality and it really shows in her photos! She and her team truly captured the spirit and personality of us and our wedding. Their creativity and flexibility are remarkable - including artsy shots more to my tastes but also parent-friendly traditional portraits, which we had in hand a week after the wedding! Lara also knocked our and our family's socks off with how quickly, efficiently and gracefully she worked through a long list of portraits. She made the portrait session effortless, hustling us through without any of us feeling the slightest bit rushed. Highly, highly recommend Lara and her talented team! Read less
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Natalie
Wedding:
9/7/2008
5.0/5.0
I simply do not have enough nice things to say about Lara. I could not have dreamed of a better wedding photographer. From the first moment we met her, she impressed us with her professionalism, artistry and good humor. After we booked her, and in the many months leading up to our wedding, every interaction we had with her surpassed our expectations – our emails were answered within hours and any and every question we had was answered expertly. On our wedding day, Lara and her team were a well oiled machine, capturing all the special moments of our day without ever being obtrusive. Lastly, and most importantly, our wedding pictures are spectacular. We sent the teaser slideshow (that we received within days of the wedding) to our guests and received countless compliments about the gorgeous, artistic, and heartfelt photos. We received the complete catalog of pictures 10 days after our wedding, and the only complaint we have is how we are ever doing to pick favorites from the 2000+ stunning shots. So yeah, I’d recommend Lara a million times over.
I simply do not have enough nice things to say about Lara. I could not have dreamed of a better wedding photographer. From Read more...
I simply do not have enough nice things to say about Lara. I could not have dreamed of a better wedding photographer. From the first moment we met her, she impressed us with her professionalism, artistry and good humor. After we booked her, and in the many months leading up to our wedding, every interaction we had with her surpassed our expectations – our emails were answered within hours and any and every question we had was answered expertly. On our wedding day, Lara and her team were a well oiled machine, capturing all the special moments of our day without ever being obtrusive. Lastly, and most importantly, our wedding pictures are spectacular. We sent the teaser slideshow (that we received within days of the wedding) to our guests and received countless compliments about the gorgeous, artistic, and heartfelt photos. We received the complete catalog of pictures 10 days after our wedding, and the only complaint we have is how we are ever doing to pick favorites from the 2000+ stunning shots. So yeah, I’d recommend Lara a million times over. Read less
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J_W
Wedding:
8/2/2008
5.0/5.0
We had a wonderful experience working with Lara photography. They were professional, lovely to work with, thorough and not overbearing. Most of the time I didn't even know they were there. They also took beautiful pictures and got every shot we asked for and more. We even received a mini slide show the day after. The price was extremely reasonable especially since you get to keep all the prints, no horror stories of having to pay per photo. We are extremely satisfied and recommend her highly.
We had a wonderful experience working with Lara photography. They were professional, lovely to work with, thorough and not Read more...
We had a wonderful experience working with Lara photography. They were professional, lovely to work with, thorough and not overbearing. Most of the time I didn't even know they were there. They also took beautiful pictures and got every shot we asked for and more. We even received a mini slide show the day after. The price was extremely reasonable especially since you get to keep all the prints, no horror stories of having to pay per photo. We are extremely satisfied and recommend her highly. Read less
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RebeccaM
Wedding:
7/6/2008
5.0/5.0
I'm not even sure where to start with Lara. I researched hundreds of photographers and interviewed seven because I had a very specific idea of what I wanted. Lara was the second one, and we really didn't need to interview any more after her. From the very beginning, she knew exactly what I wanted and I had no doubt that she would deliver perfectly. I cannot describe how perfect she was for our wedding. We were trying to find someone to represent us and the unorthodox mixture of a Scottish/Jewish wedding. The little details and the vision that she brought to us was a perfect fit and I would recommend her to anyone who wants someone to think outside the box. I know in the other reviews it mentioned the speed that she returned the pictures as well as the great candid shots. With my wedding, she showed the same attention to detail, speed, quality, professionalism, and friendship that she had shown through the whole process. I would love to go into more details, but there are so many surprises that showed up I don't want to spoil anything. But here is my new husband’s thoughts on Lara: "LARA F#(%Oing RULED MAN! WTF are you doing still looking? Hire her already before I hit you with my shoe!" Nuff said? :)
I'm not even sure where to start with Lara. I researched hundreds of photographers and interviewed seven because I had a Read more...
I'm not even sure where to start with Lara. I researched hundreds of photographers and interviewed seven because I had a very specific idea of what I wanted. Lara was the second one, and we really didn't need to interview any more after her. From the very beginning, she knew exactly what I wanted and I had no doubt that she would deliver perfectly. I cannot describe how perfect she was for our wedding. We were trying to find someone to represent us and the unorthodox mixture of a Scottish/Jewish wedding. The little details and the vision that she brought to us was a perfect fit and I would recommend her to anyone who wants someone to think outside the box. I know in the other reviews it mentioned the speed that she returned the pictures as well as the great candid shots. With my wedding, she showed the same attention to detail, speed, quality, professionalism, and friendship that she had shown through the whole process. I would love to go into more details, but there are so many surprises that showed up I don't want to spoil anything. But here is my new husband’s thoughts on Lara: "LARA F#(%Oing RULED MAN! WTF are you doing still looking? Hire her already before I hit you with my shoe!" Nuff said? :) Read less
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Hannah
Wedding:
6/28/2008
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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Wedding:
6/7/2008
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough great things about Lara. She is such a wonderful person. She's more than just a photographer. She really captured the emotions of our big day. The team she worked with the day of our wedding were awesome. You can't wrong using Lara and her team. I know I have a friend for life.
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I can't say enough great things about Lara. She is such a wonderful person. She's more than just a photographer. She really captured the emotions of our big day. The team she worked with the day of our wedding were awesome. You can't wrong using Lara and her team. I know I have a friend for life. Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
5/10/2008
5.0/5.0
A friend referred me to Lara Swanson Photography, and Lara recently photographed my wedding in Washington DC. My husband and I have been 110% satisfied with every aspect of our interactions with Lara. When we first contacted her to ask about her services she was very helpful in providing tips for us to think about and laying out a clear timeline of how things would work with her leading up to the wedding (this was useful as I had not been involved in planning a wedding before).
On the day of our wedding Lara and Jamie were on time and professional, but I was most impressed by how they put us at ease. My husband and I walked around Dupont Circle with Lara and Jamie taking pictures before the ceremony, and that is one of my favorite memories of the day. Having a second photographer also helped in catching some interesting angles in the photos.
Lara provided the online slideshow of our wedding the day after our ceremony; we were amazed at the quick turnaround and the quality of the slideshow was impeccable. Lara also had the proof site up and ready for viewing in record time, as well as responding to our requests for re-touches very quickly.
I would use Lara Swanson Photography again for any of my own future photography needs, and would recommend the company to other brides without exception.
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A friend referred me to Lara Swanson Photography, and Lara recently photographed my wedding in Washington DC. My husband and I have been 110% satisfied with every aspect of our interactions with Lara. When we first contacted her to ask about her services she was very helpful in providing tips for us to think about and laying out a clear timeline of how things would work with her leading up to the wedding (this was useful as I had not been involved in planning a wedding before).
On the day of our wedding Lara and Jamie were on time and professional, but I was most impressed by how they put us at ease. My husband and I walked around Dupont Circle with Lara and Jamie taking pictures before the ceremony, and that is one of my favorite memories of the day. Having a second photographer also helped in catching some interesting angles in the photos.
Lara provided the online slideshow of our wedding the day after our ceremony; we were amazed at the quick turnaround and the quality of the slideshow was impeccable. Lara also had the proof site up and ready for viewing in record time, as well as responding to our requests for re-touches very quickly.
I would use Lara Swanson Photography again for any of my own future photography needs, and would recommend the company to other brides without exception. Read less
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Kim
Wedding:
4/19/2008
5.0/5.0
Lara traveled all the way to western Virginia to shoot our outdoor wedding. When it started to rain during the portraits, she was SO professional and encouraged us to press onward. She had already scouted locations for photos in the woods, so everything was very quick. That meant that guests didn't have to wait long at all to start the reception.

Prior to the wedding, Lara was so kind to show us all of our options and was very patient in dealing with questions. She would periodically check in with us and send us examples of cool photographs that reminded her of us. That really made me feel like she cared about bringing her best to what we wanted that day. I highly recommend Lara for anyone who wants something more uniquely suited to them. She's definitely not just the same old wedding photographer!
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Lara traveled all the way to western Virginia to shoot our outdoor wedding. When it started to rain during the portraits, she was SO professional and encouraged us to press onward. She had already scouted locations for photos in the woods, so everything was very quick. That meant that guests didn't have to wait long at all to start the reception.

Prior to the wedding, Lara was so kind to show us all of our options and was very patient in dealing with questions. She would periodically check in with us and send us examples of cool photographs that reminded her of us. That really made me feel like she cared about bringing her best to what we wanted that day. I highly recommend Lara for anyone who wants something more uniquely suited to them. She's definitely not just the same old wedding photographer! Read less
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Jen&Ben
Wedding:
4/12/2008
5.0/5.0
I just received the slideshow from our wedding yesterday from the WONDERFUL photographers at A Softer Image, and we were just moved to tears with how AMAZING the photos came out!!!! They were SO helpful through the entire planning process, and they were sure to make certain we had every detail ironed out well in advance - which is absolutely PRICELESS. Throughout the entire day they were punctual, flexible, and professional. Several guests came up to us throughout the ceremony and complimented how pleasant they were! We never felt like we had a camera in front of our faces, but somehow they managed to get these amazing close ups and intimate moments. So many pictures were moments that I missed, and I'm so glad that they were caught on film! We are SO lucky to be able to have so many wonderful pictures capturing our special day! I would recommend A Softer Image Photography to everyone! We just could not say enough about how happy we are with not only our pictures, but just how wonderful they were to work with. They will make your day go by so much smoother and you won't have a single regret working with them! We love A Softer Image!!
I just received the slideshow from our wedding yesterday from the WONDERFUL photographers at A Softer Image, and we were Read more...
I just received the slideshow from our wedding yesterday from the WONDERFUL photographers at A Softer Image, and we were just moved to tears with how AMAZING the photos came out!!!! They were SO helpful through the entire planning process, and they were sure to make certain we had every detail ironed out well in advance - which is absolutely PRICELESS. Throughout the entire day they were punctual, flexible, and professional. Several guests came up to us throughout the ceremony and complimented how pleasant they were! We never felt like we had a camera in front of our faces, but somehow they managed to get these amazing close ups and intimate moments. So many pictures were moments that I missed, and I'm so glad that they were caught on film! We are SO lucky to be able to have so many wonderful pictures capturing our special day! I would recommend A Softer Image Photography to everyone! We just could not say enough about how happy we are with not only our pictures, but just how wonderful they were to work with. They will make your day go by so much smoother and you won't have a single regret working with them! We love A Softer Image!! Read less
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Bshax
Wedding:
2/2/2008
5.0/5.0
Lara Swanson and her team of photographers were exactly right for us. They adapted effortlessly to our non-traditional wedding and to our less than specific ideas. We felt like we were collaborating with artists, not hiring a "vendor" and the photographs reflect an intimacy and naturalness that we couldn't have gotten were it not for the great team effort.

We found booking, negotiations and the post process easy and easy for our families -- we could select our favorites, hide our embarrassing outtakes and get lots of feedback from everyone. We couldn't be happier with the results.
Lara Swanson and her team of photographers were exactly right for us. They adapted effortlessly to our non-traditional Read more...
Lara Swanson and her team of photographers were exactly right for us. They adapted effortlessly to our non-traditional wedding and to our less than specific ideas. We felt like we were collaborating with artists, not hiring a "vendor" and the photographs reflect an intimacy and naturalness that we couldn't have gotten were it not for the great team effort.

We found booking, negotiations and the post process easy and easy for our families -- we could select our favorites, hide our embarrassing outtakes and get lots of feedback from everyone. We couldn't be happier with the results. Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
12/30/2007
5.0/5.0
Lara and her staff were the most pleasant an accommodating. We actually found her on Craigslist while she was finishing up her degree at American University. She was already experienced in the field and was trying to jump start her business. Her photography is beautiful and breathtaking. She really captured the essence of the day and our love for each other. We look forward to her photographing the next stages of our marriage!
Lara and her staff were the most pleasant an accommodating. We actually found her on Craigslist while she was finishing up Read more...
Lara and her staff were the most pleasant an accommodating. We actually found her on Craigslist while she was finishing up her degree at American University. She was already experienced in the field and was trying to jump start her business. Her photography is beautiful and breathtaking. She really captured the essence of the day and our love for each other. We look forward to her photographing the next stages of our marriage! Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
11/3/2007
5.0/5.0
We can't say enough wonderful things about A Softer Image. Lara was professional, enthusiastic, and excited about her profession. She was also very nice, very easy to work with, and extremely prompt and responsive. She had a lot of great, creative, and unique ideas for shots that would work great with my husband and my personalities. I also got a lot of great shot ideas from other weddings she has done.

I think we got a special introductory deal as she was building up her own business, but her rates are still reasonable, and she is worth a bit more. Lara is amazingly talented, and we were lucky enough for her to bring on board another wonderful talent, Jen, in time join her to shoot our wedding.

During the wedding and reception, Lara and Jen were completely unobtrusive to the point that I almost didn't notice them most of the time, yet they managed to capture some really priceless moments.

Everyone who saw our wedding photos was amazed, and my husband and I were so pleased. I highly recommend A Softer Image!
We can't say enough wonderful things about A Softer Image. Lara was professional, enthusiastic, and excited about her Read more...
We can't say enough wonderful things about A Softer Image. Lara was professional, enthusiastic, and excited about her profession. She was also very nice, very easy to work with, and extremely prompt and responsive. She had a lot of great, creative, and unique ideas for shots that would work great with my husband and my personalities. I also got a lot of great shot ideas from other weddings she has done.

I think we got a special introductory deal as she was building up her own business, but her rates are still reasonable, and she is worth a bit more. Lara is amazingly talented, and we were lucky enough for her to bring on board another wonderful talent, Jen, in time join her to shoot our wedding.

During the wedding and reception, Lara and Jen were completely unobtrusive to the point that I almost didn't notice them most of the time, yet they managed to capture some really priceless moments.

Everyone who saw our wedding photos was amazed, and my husband and I were so pleased. I highly recommend A Softer Image! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
10/26/2007
5.0/5.0
I had the immense pleassure of working with Lara from A Softer Image for my wedding this past October and my only complaint is that I didn't use her for our engagement shots as well! Lara was everything that I could have ever dreamed....she was friendly and upbeat and so much fun to work with. She was flexible with the times and very accomadating when things didn't go exactly according to plan. She was also very quick and efficient, which was most definitely appriciated. And even though I got the very skimmed down package, I am nothing short of amazed with the finished product. I can't even begin to describe how happy I am with the photos! They are vivid and artistic and simply breathtaking. I honestly couldn't be happier with my choice to use A Softer Image for my big day.
I had the immense pleassure of working with Lara from A Softer Image for my wedding this past October and my only Read more...
I had the immense pleassure of working with Lara from A Softer Image for my wedding this past October and my only complaint is that I didn't use her for our engagement shots as well! Lara was everything that I could have ever dreamed....she was friendly and upbeat and so much fun to work with. She was flexible with the times and very accomadating when things didn't go exactly according to plan. She was also very quick and efficient, which was most definitely appriciated. And even though I got the very skimmed down package, I am nothing short of amazed with the finished product. I can't even begin to describe how happy I am with the photos! They are vivid and artistic and simply breathtaking. I honestly couldn't be happier with my choice to use A Softer Image for my big day. Read less
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sarah
Wedding:
10/20/2007
5.0/5.0
Lara and her assistant were absolutely amazing for my wedding. Her correspondence before the wedding was so prompt and it was so incredibly easy to work with her. For someone who was starting her own business I could not believe how professional everything she did was. The actual day of the wedding she went out of her way to be there early for me and get through out formal portraits when we were running behind on time. Before I even got home from my honeymoon my proofs were sitting there waiting for me in my email. I know people who have had to wait MONTHS to get their proofs back.

She is AMAZING and anyone would be crazy to book anyone else but her for their wedding.
Lara and her assistant were absolutely amazing for my wedding. Her correspondence before the wedding was so prompt and it Read more...
Lara and her assistant were absolutely amazing for my wedding. Her correspondence before the wedding was so prompt and it was so incredibly easy to work with her. For someone who was starting her own business I could not believe how professional everything she did was. The actual day of the wedding she went out of her way to be there early for me and get through out formal portraits when we were running behind on time. Before I even got home from my honeymoon my proofs were sitting there waiting for me in my email. I know people who have had to wait MONTHS to get their proofs back.

She is AMAZING and anyone would be crazy to book anyone else but her for their wedding. Read less
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Janice
Wedding:
10/7/2007
5.0/5.0
Wow… when I think of Lara I have so many wonderful things to say. Lara and her associate Kate took outstanding pictures at my October 7, 2007 wedding. They were so friendly and professional that I totally forgot they were hired; they completely fell into place with my family and friends. My venue was very limited on photo opportunities, but Lara made it work. I am extremely happy with all of my pictures. They had all of my portraits completed in record time, so that my guest barely missed us in the transition from the ceremony to the reception hall. These ladies were so discrete, once I saw my proofs I was totally shocked to see certain pictures because I never saw the cameras flash. A Softer Image made my wedding day truly memorable. These were the best wedding portraits I have ever seen, and I am totally not being bias because it was my wedding, these ladies truly worked hard to produce a great product. I love Lara so much for making my special day spectacular. Oh my, and the customer service was to die for; just know that Lara knows how to truly make a bride and groom happy before, during, and after the big day. Thank you Lara… I will recommend you to any and everyone that I know who needs a photographer. A Softer Image is number one in my book!
Wow when I think of Lara I have so many wonderful things to say. Lara and her associate Kate took outstanding pictures at Read more...
Wow… when I think of Lara I have so many wonderful things to say. Lara and her associate Kate took outstanding pictures at my October 7, 2007 wedding. They were so friendly and professional that I totally forgot they were hired; they completely fell into place with my family and friends. My venue was very limited on photo opportunities, but Lara made it work. I am extremely happy with all of my pictures. They had all of my portraits completed in record time, so that my guest barely missed us in the transition from the ceremony to the reception hall. These ladies were so discrete, once I saw my proofs I was totally shocked to see certain pictures because I never saw the cameras flash. A Softer Image made my wedding day truly memorable. These were the best wedding portraits I have ever seen, and I am totally not being bias because it was my wedding, these ladies truly worked hard to produce a great product. I love Lara so much for making my special day spectacular. Oh my, and the customer service was to die for; just know that Lara knows how to truly make a bride and groom happy before, during, and after the big day. Thank you Lara… I will recommend you to any and everyone that I know who needs a photographer. A Softer Image is number one in my book! Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
10/6/2007
5.0/5.0
If this site would let me give Lara and A Softer Image six stars out of five I would.

I simply cannot say enough in this space about the incredible photos, wonderful personality and genuine care that we received from A Softer Image. Our photography team navigated with us on wedding day through the subway, in cabs, on shuttle buses, in four major locations, still managing to get great shots on a rather tight timeline.

The photographs are stunning. My mother-in-law, who is not an overly emotional person, teared up when she saw the first shots.

The portraits are wonderful, but A Softer Image is particularly talented at catching impromptu and touching moments in a way that was beyond even my high expectations.

Add to that the fact that Lara and Jen knew how to make the day easier for me - it's hard to describe, but they so clearly understand the stress a bride faces. I consider them good friends now who captured simply amazing memories for me. But more than that, the day itself would have been much less without their humor, patience and smiles beside me.

If you are lucky enough to fit onto their schedule, absolutely hire them.
If this site would let me give Lara and A Softer Image six stars out of five I would.

I simply cannot say enough Read more...
If this site would let me give Lara and A Softer Image six stars out of five I would.

I simply cannot say enough in this space about the incredible photos, wonderful personality and genuine care that we received from A Softer Image. Our photography team navigated with us on wedding day through the subway, in cabs, on shuttle buses, in four major locations, still managing to get great shots on a rather tight timeline.

The photographs are stunning. My mother-in-law, who is not an overly emotional person, teared up when she saw the first shots.

The portraits are wonderful, but A Softer Image is particularly talented at catching impromptu and touching moments in a way that was beyond even my high expectations.

Add to that the fact that Lara and Jen knew how to make the day easier for me - it's hard to describe, but they so clearly understand the stress a bride faces. I consider them good friends now who captured simply amazing memories for me. But more than that, the day itself would have been much less without their humor, patience and smiles beside me.

If you are lucky enough to fit onto their schedule, absolutely hire them. Read less
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B
Wedding:
7/14/2007
5.0/5.0
Lara is a very talented and proficient photographer. We loved her style from the very beginning. She is extremely organized, on time at shoots, very prompt in email correspondance, and did a quick turn around with the proofs. We knew she was always on top of things. It was one less thing to worry about for us. We told her what we wanted in the questionnaire and she delivered exceptional products and services. There were some printing problems with the coffee table albums but she worked with the printing company to get it resolved. We were very happy with her work and we highly recommend Lara to any future wedding couples.


Mr. and Mrs. Miller, Groom and Bride, 7/14/07
Lara is a very talented and proficient photographer. We loved her style from the very beginning. She is extremely Read more...
Lara is a very talented and proficient photographer. We loved her style from the very beginning. She is extremely organized, on time at shoots, very prompt in email correspondance, and did a quick turn around with the proofs. We knew she was always on top of things. It was one less thing to worry about for us. We told her what we wanted in the questionnaire and she delivered exceptional products and services. There were some printing problems with the coffee table albums but she worked with the printing company to get it resolved. We were very happy with her work and we highly recommend Lara to any future wedding couples.


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Junko
Wedding:
7/7/2007
5.0/5.0
Lara is very organized for the wedding photo planning, took wonderful wedding pictures for us. We had two meetings with Lara before our wedding. The first one, she explained us about her work and price, the secone one, she came along with us to our wedding site and had an inspection so that we planned where we would take wedding pictures. She put her effort to meet her client's demands & request as much as possible. She always responded to us with timely manner via e-mail and telephone. Her personality is great, too! You will be happy to have her service for your wedding photos. No regrets and highly recommended!
Lara is very organized for the wedding photo planning, took wonderful wedding pictures for us. We had two meetings with Read more...
Lara is very organized for the wedding photo planning, took wonderful wedding pictures for us. We had two meetings with Lara before our wedding. The first one, she explained us about her work and price, the secone one, she came along with us to our wedding site and had an inspection so that we planned where we would take wedding pictures. She put her effort to meet her client's demands & request as much as possible. She always responded to us with timely manner via e-mail and telephone. Her personality is great, too! You will be happy to have her service for your wedding photos. No regrets and highly recommended! Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
6/30/2007
5.0/5.0
We had the pleasure of working with Lara for our commitment ceremony June 30, 2007. From the first time we met with her we were impressed. On top of being very professional and prepared she was easy to talk with and seemed genuinely interested in not only what we were looking for in a photographer but also in our family (I have a six year old son who was there at the meetings and a part of the ceremony). Before the ceremony she sent us a list of shots and had us go through to choose which ones we wanted so that they day of the ceremony we wouldn't have to worry about it.

The day of the ceremony she brought an assistant and both were wonderfully easy to work with and seemed to just fit efforlessly in to the flow of the night. She was willing and excited to do portraits with us on out church's playground (something we specifically asked for) and brought her wonderful creativity into it coming up with ideas we hadn't even thought of.

She had our proofs uploaded and available to use before we were even back from our honeymoon, and since then has been wonderful about answering all of my questions with surprisingly promptness. When we saw the proofs I don't think we could have been happier with how they came out. Her site was organized into sections (getting ready, ceremony, potraits, etc.) and she had a wonderful section on all of the details of the day (the place settings, the candles, the flowers in the aisle) all shot in a beautifully artistic way including things I would have never thought to ask for but was so happy to see (she included a shot of the personalized M&M's on the table where you could actually read what we had printed on them).

I would highly recommed A Softer Image to anyone who is planning their big day!!!!!
We had the pleasure of working with Lara for our commitment ceremony June 30, 2007. From the first time we met with her we Read more...
We had the pleasure of working with Lara for our commitment ceremony June 30, 2007. From the first time we met with her we were impressed. On top of being very professional and prepared she was easy to talk with and seemed genuinely interested in not only what we were looking for in a photographer but also in our family (I have a six year old son who was there at the meetings and a part of the ceremony). Before the ceremony she sent us a list of shots and had us go through to choose which ones we wanted so that they day of the ceremony we wouldn't have to worry about it.

The day of the ceremony she brought an assistant and both were wonderfully easy to work with and seemed to just fit efforlessly in to the flow of the night. She was willing and excited to do portraits with us on out church's playground (something we specifically asked for) and brought her wonderful creativity into it coming up with ideas we hadn't even thought of.

She had our proofs uploaded and available to use before we were even back from our honeymoon, and since then has been wonderful about answering all of my questions with surprisingly promptness. When we saw the proofs I don't think we could have been happier with how they came out. Her site was organized into sections (getting ready, ceremony, potraits, etc.) and she had a wonderful section on all of the details of the day (the place settings, the candles, the flowers in the aisle) all shot in a beautifully artistic way including things I would have never thought to ask for but was so happy to see (she included a shot of the personalized M&M's on the table where you could actually read what we had printed on them).

I would highly recommed A Softer Image to anyone who is planning their big day!!!!! Read less
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Trina
Wedding:
6/9/2007
0.0/5.0
Sadly, I had to come back to revise my prior review of Lara Swanson Hogan. I would NOT recommend her to anyone under any circumstances. DO NOT HIRE HER! She has not provided our albums or prints as promised. She will not communicate with me or try to resolve the issues at hand. I am having to institute legal proceedings with her just so I can try to get pictures from my own wedding!! Contact me if you want more details... just don't make the same mistake I did!
Sadly, I had to come back to revise my prior review of Lara Swanson Hogan. I would NOT recommend her to anyone under any Read more...
Sadly, I had to come back to revise my prior review of Lara Swanson Hogan. I would NOT recommend her to anyone under any circumstances. DO NOT HIRE HER! She has not provided our albums or prints as promised. She will not communicate with me or try to resolve the issues at hand. I am having to institute legal proceedings with her just so I can try to get pictures from my own wedding!! Contact me if you want more details... just don't make the same mistake I did! Read less
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Randi
Wedding:
5/26/2007
5.0/5.0
Working with Lara has been nothing but wonderful! I found A Softer Image on Craigslist.com and was drawn to her portfolio and work show on her website. As soon as we met for the first time I fell in love with her and the passion she had for photography. My husband and I couldn't be happier with our wedding pictures. Our wedding day with the happiest day of our lives and Lara & Brad captured every moment in such a beautifully noninvasive way. I still don't know which ones we're going to pick because we have so many favorites! Not only are Lara and Brad true professionals, wildly creative, and amazing photographers, they're so much fun to be around! My advice to anyone still looking for a photographer in the DC Metro area....stop looking and hire A Softer Image....now!

Thanks so much!
Brandon & Randi Morgan
Working with Lara has been nothing but wonderful! I found A Softer Image on Craigslist.com and was drawn to her portfolio Read more...
Working with Lara has been nothing but wonderful! I found A Softer Image on Craigslist.com and was drawn to her portfolio and work show on her website. As soon as we met for the first time I fell in love with her and the passion she had for photography. My husband and I couldn't be happier with our wedding pictures. Our wedding day with the happiest day of our lives and Lara & Brad captured every moment in such a beautifully noninvasive way. I still don't know which ones we're going to pick because we have so many favorites! Not only are Lara and Brad true professionals, wildly creative, and amazing photographers, they're so much fun to be around! My advice to anyone still looking for a photographer in the DC Metro area....stop looking and hire A Softer Image....now!

Thanks so much!
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Lisa
Wedding:
5/20/2007
5.0/5.0
To be perfectly honest, when I first spotted Lara's advertisement on craigslist.org, I was attracted by her deeply reasonable price. My (then) fiance and I knew we would have little financial help from family in planning our wedding, so we were very careful about every dollar we spent. And, though I was initially leery about hiring a student (Lara was a graduating senior at American University at the time), I quickly realized from her very first e-mail response to me that I was dealing with an organized, professional woman who took her craft seriously.

At our wedding, Lara was terrific. When we arrived at the ceremony site she was there and had already scoped out some lovely places for pictures. Reviewing the photos from our ceremony and reception, it feels like she was everywhere -- though I barely remember seeing her once the festivities began! We wanted an informal style -- lots of pictures of our guests, not just shots of the bride and groom -- and that's exactly what we got, along with beautiful family portraits as well as detail shots of the cake, flowers, etc.

Afterwards, Lara was incredibly prompt. The proofs were available online for us six days after the wedding, and we had a beautiful CD of the photos in the mail within three weeks.

I would highly reccomend Lara for any wedding or special event!
To be perfectly honest, when I first spotted Lara's advertisement on craigslist.org, I was attracted by her deeply Read more...
To be perfectly honest, when I first spotted Lara's advertisement on craigslist.org, I was attracted by her deeply reasonable price. My (then) fiance and I knew we would have little financial help from family in planning our wedding, so we were very careful about every dollar we spent. And, though I was initially leery about hiring a student (Lara was a graduating senior at American University at the time), I quickly realized from her very first e-mail response to me that I was dealing with an organized, professional woman who took her craft seriously.

At our wedding, Lara was terrific. When we arrived at the ceremony site she was there and had already scoped out some lovely places for pictures. Reviewing the photos from our ceremony and reception, it feels like she was everywhere -- though I barely remember seeing her once the festivities began! We wanted an informal style -- lots of pictures of our guests, not just shots of the bride and groom -- and that's exactly what we got, along with beautiful family portraits as well as detail shots of the cake, flowers, etc.

Afterwards, Lara was incredibly prompt. The proofs were available online for us six days after the wedding, and we had a beautiful CD of the photos in the mail within three weeks.

I would highly reccomend Lara for any wedding or special event! Read less
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Angela
Wedding:
4/29/2007
5.0/5.0
We found A Softer Image by chance while seeking a wedding photographer, and it turned out to be an enormous stroke of good luck. We had two priorities in wedding photography -- no cheesy sentiment, and not outrageously expensive. Lara exceeded all our expectations on both fronts. Our pictures are artistic, energetic, candid, and truly capture the spirit of our wedding. The photographers managed to capture all the major elements of our day without getting in the way of the event -- we have hundreds of great shots and never felt like celebrities being tailed by the paparazzi!

The experience of working with Lara was as great as the photos themselves. She was the consummate professional and clearly enjoys her work. Our wedding was somewhat unique in that I have a four-year-old daughter and we had a couple dozen kids onhand causing general mayhem. The photographers captured dozens of wonderful, impromptu moments with the pack of kids. Lara has a particular interest in nontraditional weddings and ceremonies, and clearly brings a great deal of flexibility and enthusiasm to her work.

Our proofs were posted online within a week and the DVD was sent to us shortly thereafter. She was always available to answer questions and worked with us before our event to learn what shots we would want -- leaving us free to enjoy our wedding without worrying that we'd get pictures of everything we wanted. I also really liked that we have a DVD of all our photos to use as we please -- too many vendors hold photo proofs hostage and force you to make a wedding album on their terms.

While planning our wedding, we actively sought out vendors that didn't make us feel like we were feeding the corporate wedding machine. A Softer Image was great -- personal, enthusiastic, and totally professional. I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone planning a wedding.
We found A Softer Image by chance while seeking a wedding photographer, and it turned out to be an enormous stroke of good Read more...
We found A Softer Image by chance while seeking a wedding photographer, and it turned out to be an enormous stroke of good luck. We had two priorities in wedding photography -- no cheesy sentiment, and not outrageously expensive. Lara exceeded all our expectations on both fronts. Our pictures are artistic, energetic, candid, and truly capture the spirit of our wedding. The photographers managed to capture all the major elements of our day without getting in the way of the event -- we have hundreds of great shots and never felt like celebrities being tailed by the paparazzi!

The experience of working with Lara was as great as the photos themselves. She was the consummate professional and clearly enjoys her work. Our wedding was somewhat unique in that I have a four-year-old daughter and we had a couple dozen kids onhand causing general mayhem. The photographers captured dozens of wonderful, impromptu moments with the pack of kids. Lara has a particular interest in nontraditional weddings and ceremonies, and clearly brings a great deal of flexibility and enthusiasm to her work.

Our proofs were posted online within a week and the DVD was sent to us shortly thereafter. She was always available to answer questions and worked with us before our event to learn what shots we would want -- leaving us free to enjoy our wedding without worrying that we'd get pictures of everything we wanted. I also really liked that we have a DVD of all our photos to use as we please -- too many vendors hold photo proofs hostage and force you to make a wedding album on their terms.

While planning our wedding, we actively sought out vendors that didn't make us feel like we were feeding the corporate wedding machine. A Softer Image was great -- personal, enthusiastic, and totally professional. I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone planning a wedding. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
4/28/2007
5.0/5.0
My parter and I got married in April and were so lucky to find Lara of A Softer Image! She and her assistants we such a great group and truely a wonderful addition to our day. Lara has great vision and knows just how to tell you what to do to make it happen. We really threw her a challenge with our small venue packed with people but she got all the shots we wanted without seeming in the way. That was a big concern for us and it didn't need to be. She works hard to captures the spirit of her clients and it shows in her images. I would recomend A Softer Image to anyone!
My parter and I got married in April and were so lucky to find Lara of A Softer Image! She and her assistants we such a Read more...
My parter and I got married in April and were so lucky to find Lara of A Softer Image! She and her assistants we such a great group and truely a wonderful addition to our day. Lara has great vision and knows just how to tell you what to do to make it happen. We really threw her a challenge with our small venue packed with people but she got all the shots we wanted without seeming in the way. That was a big concern for us and it didn't need to be. She works hard to captures the spirit of her clients and it shows in her images. I would recomend A Softer Image to anyone! Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Jamie
Wedding:
4/14/2007
5.0/5.0
We were thrilled with how our wedding photos turned out and it was such a pleasure to work with Lara! She completely exceeded my expectations in every way and really worked to stay within our budget. It seemed like she was everywhere on the day of our wedding- she didn’t seem to miss anything. Lara was very professional and was quick to get our photos back to us after the wedding. We’ve received so many compliments on our photos from our family and friends. She took a lot of great candids and really has an eye for capturing those small special moments and details. She also put together an album for us and I loved how she arranged all the photos in such a creative way. We even enjoyed the engagement portrait shoot- she made us feel comfortable and it seemed to go by so quick and easily. Hiring Lara was one of the best wedding planning decisions I made (right up there with switching the venue to be indoors since it rained). It’s the details that matter most in weddings and 2 days before ours we found out that it was probably going to storm pretty bad- she e-mailed me just to tell me not to worry and that cloudy weather actually makes for better photos and to just buy a large black umbrella and it will still be beautiful. You have no idea how much this put me at ease! It was just a nice touch that made me not as stressed about things I could not control about the wedding. I highly recommend Lara for your upcoming wedding!
We were thrilled with how our wedding photos turned out and it was such a pleasure to work with Lara! She completely Read more...
We were thrilled with how our wedding photos turned out and it was such a pleasure to work with Lara! She completely exceeded my expectations in every way and really worked to stay within our budget. It seemed like she was everywhere on the day of our wedding- she didn’t seem to miss anything. Lara was very professional and was quick to get our photos back to us after the wedding. We’ve received so many compliments on our photos from our family and friends. She took a lot of great candids and really has an eye for capturing those small special moments and details. She also put together an album for us and I loved how she arranged all the photos in such a creative way. We even enjoyed the engagement portrait shoot- she made us feel comfortable and it seemed to go by so quick and easily. Hiring Lara was one of the best wedding planning decisions I made (right up there with switching the venue to be indoors since it rained). It’s the details that matter most in weddings and 2 days before ours we found out that it was probably going to storm pretty bad- she e-mailed me just to tell me not to worry and that cloudy weather actually makes for better photos and to just buy a large black umbrella and it will still be beautiful. You have no idea how much this put me at ease! It was just a nice touch that made me not as stressed about things I could not control about the wedding. I highly recommend Lara for your upcoming wedding! Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Amanda
Wedding:
6/10/2006
5.0/5.0
Lara did a wonderful job with our wedding! She was very organized and made sure she captured all of our "must have" pictures, but also had the eye to capture the shots that were outside of our list. The pictures she took were beautiful, and we were lucky enough to have our pictures available for viewing during our honeymoon. She was also very affordable. I definitely recommend her to anyone considering using her to capture their special day.
Lara did a wonderful job with our wedding! She was very organized and made sure she captured all of our "must have" Read more...
Lara did a wonderful job with our wedding! She was very organized and made sure she captured all of our "must have" pictures, but also had the eye to capture the shots that were outside of our list. The pictures she took were beautiful, and we were lucky enough to have our pictures available for viewing during our honeymoon. She was also very affordable. I definitely recommend her to anyone considering using her to capture their special day. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Parents of Randi
Wedding:
5/26/2006
5.0/5.0
Since you are viewing this site, you’ve been extremely fortunate to have found Lara Hogan in your search for photographic services for your or your child’s wedding. Look no further!! Lara and her able new assistant Brad (soon to be husband), besides being AMAZING photographers, are wonderful people to work with. They are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and extremely creative while incorporating ideas from their clients to create unique memories of your special day.

Lara and Brad provided photographic services for our daughter’s wedding on 26 May and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. In fact, we are having great difficulty in narrowing down the photo selection for the Wedding Album because the large number of photos that were taken are all worthy of inclusion in the album. Lara is extremely responsive and quickly posts proofs online for review by all. Her talented photo editing and touchup turn already great shots into works of art.

Look no further….you’ll certainly get the best quality for the best price.
Since you are viewing this site, youve been extremely fortunate to have found Lara Hogan in your search for photographic Read more...
Since you are viewing this site, you’ve been extremely fortunate to have found Lara Hogan in your search for photographic services for your or your child’s wedding. Look no further!! Lara and her able new assistant Brad (soon to be husband), besides being AMAZING photographers, are wonderful people to work with. They are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and extremely creative while incorporating ideas from their clients to create unique memories of your special day.

Lara and Brad provided photographic services for our daughter’s wedding on 26 May and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. In fact, we are having great difficulty in narrowing down the photo selection for the Wedding Album because the large number of photos that were taken are all worthy of inclusion in the album. Lara is extremely responsive and quickly posts proofs online for review by all. Her talented photo editing and touchup turn already great shots into works of art.

Look no further….you’ll certainly get the best quality for the best price. Read less
Services Used: Photography

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