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Love By Serena

Destination, Dc, Va , MD
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ABOUT US

Hello there, my name is Serena and I’m a vintage loving, video game playing, documenter of love stories. I first stumbled across the beautiful craft of photography back in 2007. After... Read more
Hello there, my name is Serena and I’m a vintage loving, video game playing, documenter of love stories. I first stumbled across the beautiful craft of photography back in 2007. After assisting my very first wedding in 2009, I became obsessed with the art of capturing fleeting moments. I use a combination of film and digital cameras to create timeless, authentic images – filled with a bit of whimsy.

I believe in the perfectly imperfect and discover beauty in the simple things. I thrive on the unique energy and emotions that make an appearance at every wedding and elopement that I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. I have a deep love for handwritten snail mail letters, wind-swept hair, and spontaneous travel adventures. I am so privileged to wake up every day to do what I love – and I truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

I am honored to have had my work featured on beautiful publications such as Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Weddings Unveiled Magazine, The Knot, Washingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine, Ruffled, and many more.

If you think we’d work well together, I would love to get to know you over sips of coffee, tea, or smoothies! Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Prints
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes.
Will images be available for viewing online?
We provide an online viewing gallery for wedding guests. Guests will also have the option to purchase professional lab prints directly from the gallery.

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Emily
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Serena is a goddess when it comes to photography. Her love of light gives her photography a natural, but almost fantastic feel. On our first meeting with Serena my now husband and I felt so comfortable with her, which is saying a lot as we're of the shy, nerdy persuasion. She didn't pressure us into the sale (which, believe me, is uncommon in this process), and her previous work spoke for itself. Her use of light was the primary reason for us contacting her, but her calm, professional and fun manner sealed the deal. The day of the wedding was crazy (the schedule broke down before the ceremony even started) but Serena worked with the bridal party to get shots taken whenever she could. Her attention to detail is a treasure as I was overwhelmed that day but I'll have her portraits to remind me of what actually happened. I recommend Serena 100%.
Serena is a goddess when it comes to photography. Her love of light gives her photography a natural, but almost fantastic Read more...
Serena is a goddess when it comes to photography. Her love of light gives her photography a natural, but almost fantastic feel. On our first meeting with Serena my now husband and I felt so comfortable with her, which is saying a lot as we're of the shy, nerdy persuasion. She didn't pressure us into the sale (which, believe me, is uncommon in this process), and her previous work spoke for itself. Her use of light was the primary reason for us contacting her, but her calm, professional and fun manner sealed the deal. The day of the wedding was crazy (the schedule broke down before the ceremony even started) but Serena worked with the bridal party to get shots taken whenever she could. Her attention to detail is a treasure as I was overwhelmed that day but I'll have her portraits to remind me of what actually happened. I recommend Serena 100%. Read less
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Patrick
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
WOW! Serena and Chad are amazing photographers! They were wonderful to work with and flexible with scheduling to do engagement photos! We love all of our pictures of our big day and we are so blessed to have found Serena and Chad to help us celebrate and create everlasting memories! Seriously, if you do not want to worry about your pictures go with Serena and Chad!!
WOW! Serena and Chad are amazing photographers! They were wonderful to work with and flexible with scheduling to do Read more...
WOW! Serena and Chad are amazing photographers! They were wonderful to work with and flexible with scheduling to do engagement photos! We love all of our pictures of our big day and we are so blessed to have found Serena and Chad to help us celebrate and create everlasting memories! Seriously, if you do not want to worry about your pictures go with Serena and Chad!! Read less
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LoveMyGod2237
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Serena and her team were friendly, personable and willing to accommodate us (even with my very large family)! I was a little tentative about having someone come in from out of town to do our destination wedding, but I'm SO glad that we did. Serena covered our wedding like no one else could have. She is worth every penny, and more!
Serena and her team were friendly, personable and willing to accommodate us (even with my very large family)! I was a Read more...
Serena and her team were friendly, personable and willing to accommodate us (even with my very large family)! I was a little tentative about having someone come in from out of town to do our destination wedding, but I'm SO glad that we did. Serena covered our wedding like no one else could have. She is worth every penny, and more! Read less
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VlnVlaLove
Wedding:
11/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Hiring Serena and Chad as our photographers was easily the best decision we made in wedding planning. Not only are they professional, responsive, and wildly talented, they are the NICEST couple and really put my mind/nerves at ease on the wedding day itself. I know our photos will be magazine-quality (because I have already seen a sneak peek!) They also spent ample time with us for our engagement photos and made sure we hit all the locations we wanted. Serena has an amazing eye for detail and photo location; I trust her judgement completely and she helps a lot with how to pose and stand. Just look at their work!!! They also love capturing all of your little crafty wedding details that you spent hours agonizing upon while planning the wedding :) At least, that was me. Thank you, Serena and Chad! I really can't say enough positive things and would be happy to be used as a reference anytime.
Hiring Serena and Chad as our photographers was easily the best decision we made in wedding planning. Not only are they Read more...
Hiring Serena and Chad as our photographers was easily the best decision we made in wedding planning. Not only are they professional, responsive, and wildly talented, they are the NICEST couple and really put my mind/nerves at ease on the wedding day itself. I know our photos will be magazine-quality (because I have already seen a sneak peek!) They also spent ample time with us for our engagement photos and made sure we hit all the locations we wanted. Serena has an amazing eye for detail and photo location; I trust her judgement completely and she helps a lot with how to pose and stand. Just look at their work!!! They also love capturing all of your little crafty wedding details that you spent hours agonizing upon while planning the wedding :) At least, that was me. Thank you, Serena and Chad! I really can't say enough positive things and would be happy to be used as a reference anytime. Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
Serena and Chad are absolutely amazing. They are so easy to get along with and put you - and everyone involved in your day - instantly at ease with their humor and kindness. We had a lot of photo-averse guests who warmed up to the camera and Serena was able to capture beautiful images of these typically camera-shy people! The results of our engagement session and wedding day are the most stunning, perfect images - I couldn't have dreamed up anything better. She made us look like movie stars, and truly captured our love on (digital) film. I will recommend her to everyone I know, and hope to use her again for other sessions!
Serena and Chad are absolutely amazing. They are so easy to get along with and put you - and everyone involved in your day Read more...
Serena and Chad are absolutely amazing. They are so easy to get along with and put you - and everyone involved in your day - instantly at ease with their humor and kindness. We had a lot of photo-averse guests who warmed up to the camera and Serena was able to capture beautiful images of these typically camera-shy people! The results of our engagement session and wedding day are the most stunning, perfect images - I couldn't have dreamed up anything better. She made us look like movie stars, and truly captured our love on (digital) film. I will recommend her to everyone I know, and hope to use her again for other sessions! Read less
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Leah
Wedding:
9/18/2011
5.0/5.0
WHAT a pleasure these people are to work with! Completely professional, very expedient in response time, and wonderfully flexible!
My husband is in the military, and our date changed twice before we knew for sure what day it would be on! By that time, Serena had already booked another event in a different state for the DAY before our wedding. I was devastated of course, knowing I could never find another photographer that I liked as much as her.
She was so understanding of the situation, and agreed to make it work, despite the scheduling conflict. Planning a military wedding can be rather stressful, and it was just so great to work with a vendor who was willing to be flexible and help make our day so great!
...And don't even get me started on the actual photography. Flawless.
And they provided expansive coverage of the entire day! There wasn't one moment that I thought "Man I really wish the photographers were here to capture this, where are they?" She and her husband make a wonderful team!
WHAT a pleasure these people are to work with! Completely professional, very expedient in response time, and wonderfully Read more...
WHAT a pleasure these people are to work with! Completely professional, very expedient in response time, and wonderfully flexible!
My husband is in the military, and our date changed twice before we knew for sure what day it would be on! By that time, Serena had already booked another event in a different state for the DAY before our wedding. I was devastated of course, knowing I could never find another photographer that I liked as much as her.
She was so understanding of the situation, and agreed to make it work, despite the scheduling conflict. Planning a military wedding can be rather stressful, and it was just so great to work with a vendor who was willing to be flexible and help make our day so great!
...And don't even get me started on the actual photography. Flawless.
And they provided expansive coverage of the entire day! There wasn't one moment that I thought "Man I really wish the photographers were here to capture this, where are they?" She and her husband make a wonderful team! Read less
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Zeppflyer
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Serena worked with us to make the day special, despite less than perfect planning and procrastination on our part. She took great pictures while not getting in the way of the ceremony and somehow made my gorgeous wife even more beautiful.
Serena worked with us to make the day special, despite less than perfect planning and procrastination on our part. She Read more...
Serena worked with us to make the day special, despite less than perfect planning and procrastination on our part. She took great pictures while not getting in the way of the ceremony and somehow made my gorgeous wife even more beautiful. Read less
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Kristen
Wedding:
8/5/2011
5.0/5.0
I don't even know where to start to be sure Serena and Chad get all of the wonderful words they deserve. They have become like new friends to my husband and I. Serena went above and beyond in every aspect of our photography. She was incredibly flexible and so creative!! She has ideas for everything! She responds to emails almost immediately with tons of ideas and inspirations. As a team, they are very respectful and perfectly professional. In addition to all this, she made a beautiful bouquet for my bridal shoot, and she brought props for our engagement session. She even purchased colored and white parasols for the wedding and painted a white parasol with the word "Bride" for me.

I just can't express enough how much Serena and Chad did for us. On top of all of this, her pictures are BEAUTIFUL. She captures a perfect combination of formal and informal photography just as we wanted. She is reasonably priced and an overall joy to be around. I can't thank Chad and Serena enough for all that they did for us, and I HIGHLY recommend them to any bride. THANK YOU!!
I don't even know where to start to be sure Serena and Chad get all of the wonderful words they deserve. They have become Read more...
I don't even know where to start to be sure Serena and Chad get all of the wonderful words they deserve. They have become like new friends to my husband and I. Serena went above and beyond in every aspect of our photography. She was incredibly flexible and so creative!! She has ideas for everything! She responds to emails almost immediately with tons of ideas and inspirations. As a team, they are very respectful and perfectly professional. In addition to all this, she made a beautiful bouquet for my bridal shoot, and she brought props for our engagement session. She even purchased colored and white parasols for the wedding and painted a white parasol with the word "Bride" for me.

I just can't express enough how much Serena and Chad did for us. On top of all of this, her pictures are BEAUTIFUL. She captures a perfect combination of formal and informal photography just as we wanted. She is reasonably priced and an overall joy to be around. I can't thank Chad and Serena enough for all that they did for us, and I HIGHLY recommend them to any bride. THANK YOU!! Read less
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Love By Serena responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for the kind words! Chad and I both really enjoyed working with and getting to know you and Rick. You two are fabulous people and we wish you the absolute best! Let us know when you're in the area again - because we'll have to plan some Sonny Lee's! Oh - and we'll definitely let you know when we're down in your neck of the woods. =)
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alliewaite
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Serena and Chad are not only fantastic at what they do, they are passionate about what they do are truly caring people. They are fun to be around and have great ideas. What I loved most about working with them is that they truly cared (and still care) about my husband and I as clients and people. We have formed a great friendship with them. I would recommend them to ANYONE!
Serena and Chad are not only fantastic at what they do, they are passionate about what they do are truly caring people. Read more...
Serena and Chad are not only fantastic at what they do, they are passionate about what they do are truly caring people. They are fun to be around and have great ideas. What I loved most about working with them is that they truly cared (and still care) about my husband and I as clients and people. We have formed a great friendship with them. I would recommend them to ANYONE! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Serena and Chad were amazing to work with! They were extremely organized and Serena was very detail oriented when discussing our wedding prior to the big day. It's obvious from working with her that she is very professional and always very prepared. Serena was also easy to get a hold of, always responding to phone calls and e-mails within the same day.

Serena puts a lot of thought into her photos, and it definitely shows. She picked some amazing locations for our formal, posed shots, and they looked incredible once I saw the final product. I also love that she goes out of her way to take photos that aren't posed, catching people in action. It makes the photos much more meaningful and memorable. She took lots of pictures of all the little DIY details we worked really hard on, and I'm so glad I will have those photos to look back at someday and remember everything about our special day.

Serena and Chad are very fun and easy to work with, and we were very excited to work with them! After anxiously awaiting the arrival of our photos, I was so happy with how they came out! All of our photos are amazing, and I would definitely recommend Serena to anyone!
Serena and Chad were amazing to work with! They were extremely organized and Serena was very detail oriented when Read more...
Serena and Chad were amazing to work with! They were extremely organized and Serena was very detail oriented when discussing our wedding prior to the big day. It's obvious from working with her that she is very professional and always very prepared. Serena was also easy to get a hold of, always responding to phone calls and e-mails within the same day.

Serena puts a lot of thought into her photos, and it definitely shows. She picked some amazing locations for our formal, posed shots, and they looked incredible once I saw the final product. I also love that she goes out of her way to take photos that aren't posed, catching people in action. It makes the photos much more meaningful and memorable. She took lots of pictures of all the little DIY details we worked really hard on, and I'm so glad I will have those photos to look back at someday and remember everything about our special day.

Serena and Chad are very fun and easy to work with, and we were very excited to work with them! After anxiously awaiting the arrival of our photos, I was so happy with how they came out! All of our photos are amazing, and I would definitely recommend Serena to anyone! Read less
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