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Michael Simon Photography

Richmond , VA
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Richmond, VA 23227 US (map)

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646-354-3798

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After graduating from The Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in Fine Arts (Photography) in 1999, I moved to New York City to be a photojournalist. Since then I have worked... Read more
After graduating from The Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in Fine Arts (Photography) in 1999, I moved to New York City to be a photojournalist. Since then I have worked for The Newark Star Ledger, The Baltimore Sun, and The New York Times, among others. I photographed my first wedding in 2003. In 2014 my wife and I moved our family to Richmond, Va.

Wedding photography allows me to document and be a part of one amazing day in the life of two people. It allows me to work directly with the clients and experience their excitement. I would love to speak with you about photographing your wedding.

My photography style is natural and organic. There will be no awkward posing or table shots. I will not instruct the couple to kiss each other again "and this time with more fire!" I want to work with you to achieve a photo document that will let you relive your wedding day every time you look at it, from the carefully chosen details to the overwhelming emotions to the presence and support of friends and family.

This is your day, and these are your photos. When you receive your photos on flash drive, they are yours to share online or reprint in any quantity or size forever.

I am available to photograph weddings in Virginia, New York, and worldwide. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
2nd Shooter, Add'l Hours, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, Multi. Locations
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Negatives, Prints, Proofs

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Jackie
Wedding:
9/9/2016
5.0/5.0
Our entire wedding day, my groom and I kept saying Michael was worth every penny. We met with several photographers and knew from the moment we met him that he just got us. He has a calm demeanor, which was important knowing we were going to spend the entire wedding day together. We wanted someone that didn’t just take portrait/posey pictures but had a photojournalistic style.

He had never shot at our venue before and met with us the week before to scope out the church/reception space. He also helped review our timeline to make sure we were allowing enough time to ensure he captured what we wanted.

The day of he was on time and prepared. His assistant was also fantastic and so nice. He was the perfect blend of the calm demeanor we wanted on a hectic day, but also assertive enough to direct a large group of people and keep the family photos moving.

A week after the wedding we received a sneak peak of about 15 pictures. We then received the rest of the shots exactly 6 weeks after the wedding. hey were incredible. He captured some really great moments with a really artistic style.

I couldn't be happier and would book him all over again if I had the choice!
Our entire wedding day, my groom and I kept saying Michael was worth every penny. We met with several photographers and Read more...
Our entire wedding day, my groom and I kept saying Michael was worth every penny. We met with several photographers and knew from the moment we met him that he just got us. He has a calm demeanor, which was important knowing we were going to spend the entire wedding day together. We wanted someone that didn’t just take portrait/posey pictures but had a photojournalistic style.

He had never shot at our venue before and met with us the week before to scope out the church/reception space. He also helped review our timeline to make sure we were allowing enough time to ensure he captured what we wanted.

The day of he was on time and prepared. His assistant was also fantastic and so nice. He was the perfect blend of the calm demeanor we wanted on a hectic day, but also assertive enough to direct a large group of people and keep the family photos moving.

A week after the wedding we received a sneak peak of about 15 pictures. We then received the rest of the shots exactly 6 weeks after the wedding. hey were incredible. He captured some really great moments with a really artistic style.

I couldn't be happier and would book him all over again if I had the choice! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend Michael - we're fortunate to have been able to work with him for our January wedding. Our first phone conversation put us at ease immediately (and involved Indiana Jones jokes right alongside nitty-gritty conversations about his artistic approach). He was the first vendor we booked, and was unfailingly responsive, good humored, organized, professional, and flexible. He accommodated our requests and was proactive in finding solutions, planning ahead with incredible foresight to be in the right place at the right time to get the shots that we didn't even know that we wanted. He hadn't shot in our particular venue before, so took the time to visit, scout out the place, and understand the physical flow of the day. We had a preview of our photos within two weeks, a full gallery within two months, and a printed album just a few weeks later. The photos show so much pure joy, and capture incredible (and incredibly accurate) personality. We laughed through each page of the album. I'm immensely grateful, and wish you the same wonderful experience we had.
I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend Michael - we're fortunate to have been able to work with him for our Read more...
I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend Michael - we're fortunate to have been able to work with him for our January wedding. Our first phone conversation put us at ease immediately (and involved Indiana Jones jokes right alongside nitty-gritty conversations about his artistic approach). He was the first vendor we booked, and was unfailingly responsive, good humored, organized, professional, and flexible. He accommodated our requests and was proactive in finding solutions, planning ahead with incredible foresight to be in the right place at the right time to get the shots that we didn't even know that we wanted. He hadn't shot in our particular venue before, so took the time to visit, scout out the place, and understand the physical flow of the day. We had a preview of our photos within two weeks, a full gallery within two months, and a printed album just a few weeks later. The photos show so much pure joy, and capture incredible (and incredibly accurate) personality. We laughed through each page of the album. I'm immensely grateful, and wish you the same wonderful experience we had. Read less
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Meredith
Wedding:
11/14/2015
5.0/5.0
When we were planning our wedding, my husband and I were incredibly fortunate to enlist Michael Simon's services. I spent time looking through various websites that displayed examples and immediately loved the artful and yet personal beauty of Michael's work. I contacted him immediately and I have been thankful in each stage of the process since then that I did! He put my husband and I at ease immediately and was absolutely fantastic to work with. He was clear, thorough, professional and precise; we always knew exactly what he needed from us as clients and what we could expect in terms of his services previous to, the day of, and in follow-up. At the same time, he managed to be open and flexible and understood (even gave us valuable pointers on) how wedding days actually go. He is very friendly and personable; two traits the helpfulness of which cannot be overestimated, as your photographer will have to work with the myriad of personalities and situational factors present on your wedding day. Everyone in attendance at our wedding responded to this and many commented on it afterward. Of all our vendors, he was hands-down the most responsive and had an optimistic and can-do attitude. His creativity, experience and planning ability facilitated some gorgeous photo opportunities. This brings me to the actual product of all this- the pictures. They are truly gorgeous and will be treasured by our families forever. They are timelessly beautiful and every time I look at them I am able to revisit all the best details of the day. They hold all the visuals in fantastic style, but the thing that is really special about them is that they show what one can't see with the naked eye; the connections between people, the atmosphere of the day, and of course the sweetness and love present in a special way on that particular occasion. If he is available, you would be immensley fortunate to work with Michael- we certainly were, and would wish this for anyone!
When we were planning our wedding, my husband and I were incredibly fortunate to enlist Michael Simon's services. I spent Read more...
When we were planning our wedding, my husband and I were incredibly fortunate to enlist Michael Simon's services. I spent time looking through various websites that displayed examples and immediately loved the artful and yet personal beauty of Michael's work. I contacted him immediately and I have been thankful in each stage of the process since then that I did! He put my husband and I at ease immediately and was absolutely fantastic to work with. He was clear, thorough, professional and precise; we always knew exactly what he needed from us as clients and what we could expect in terms of his services previous to, the day of, and in follow-up. At the same time, he managed to be open and flexible and understood (even gave us valuable pointers on) how wedding days actually go. He is very friendly and personable; two traits the helpfulness of which cannot be overestimated, as your photographer will have to work with the myriad of personalities and situational factors present on your wedding day. Everyone in attendance at our wedding responded to this and many commented on it afterward. Of all our vendors, he was hands-down the most responsive and had an optimistic and can-do attitude. His creativity, experience and planning ability facilitated some gorgeous photo opportunities. This brings me to the actual product of all this- the pictures. They are truly gorgeous and will be treasured by our families forever. They are timelessly beautiful and every time I look at them I am able to revisit all the best details of the day. They hold all the visuals in fantastic style, but the thing that is really special about them is that they show what one can't see with the naked eye; the connections between people, the atmosphere of the day, and of course the sweetness and love present in a special way on that particular occasion. If he is available, you would be immensley fortunate to work with Michael- we certainly were, and would wish this for anyone! Read less
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Lindsey
Wedding:
11/7/2015
5.0/5.0
From the first time Michael and I sat down to talk about my wedding, I felt like he really understood what I was looking for. He made me feel not crazy, which sounds so simple, but I'm sure all brides can appreciate why that's important. He was open to discussing all of my fragmented thoughts and ideas, and always responded with reassurance and professionalism.

Michael's technical skills were evident in the way he expertly navigated the challenges of our events. His photos are beautifully composed, take full advantage of their setting, and are executed flawlessly. Michael is really willing to get into the weeds, both literally and figuratively. As a professional, Michael is open and enthusiastic while maintaining a refreshing level of calm and organization. He gives the impression that he'd be a good man to have around in an emergency. He rolls with the punches and doesn't appear to be surprised by much. In the context of a hectic wedding day, these personality traits were a relief.

In particular, I was impressed by a conversation we had a couple of days before our wedding, where we talked about a few tweaks we wanted to make to the portrait phase of our wedding photos based on some things we didn't love about our engagement photos. Specifically, we felt that we made awkward subjects in our engagement photos, and so we asked for more direction from him. Michael was receptive to our feedback and knew exactly what to do with it.

One of the best parts of working with Michael was the surprise of receiving a preview of our wedding photos just two days after our wedding. His turnaround on our engagement photos was prompt (less than two weeks!), but I wasn't even remotely expecting such a quick turnaround on wedding photos. I was brought to tears by the beautiful preview, and couldn't have been more pleased with the final product. We highly recommend Michael's work, and we won't hesitate to work with him again in the future.
From the first time Michael and I sat down to talk about my wedding, I felt like he really understood what I was looking Read more...
From the first time Michael and I sat down to talk about my wedding, I felt like he really understood what I was looking for. He made me feel not crazy, which sounds so simple, but I'm sure all brides can appreciate why that's important. He was open to discussing all of my fragmented thoughts and ideas, and always responded with reassurance and professionalism.

Michael's technical skills were evident in the way he expertly navigated the challenges of our events. His photos are beautifully composed, take full advantage of their setting, and are executed flawlessly. Michael is really willing to get into the weeds, both literally and figuratively. As a professional, Michael is open and enthusiastic while maintaining a refreshing level of calm and organization. He gives the impression that he'd be a good man to have around in an emergency. He rolls with the punches and doesn't appear to be surprised by much. In the context of a hectic wedding day, these personality traits were a relief.

In particular, I was impressed by a conversation we had a couple of days before our wedding, where we talked about a few tweaks we wanted to make to the portrait phase of our wedding photos based on some things we didn't love about our engagement photos. Specifically, we felt that we made awkward subjects in our engagement photos, and so we asked for more direction from him. Michael was receptive to our feedback and knew exactly what to do with it.

One of the best parts of working with Michael was the surprise of receiving a preview of our wedding photos just two days after our wedding. His turnaround on our engagement photos was prompt (less than two weeks!), but I wasn't even remotely expecting such a quick turnaround on wedding photos. I was brought to tears by the beautiful preview, and couldn't have been more pleased with the final product. We highly recommend Michael's work, and we won't hesitate to work with him again in the future. Read less
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Caitlin
Wedding:
9/12/2015
5.0/5.0
We love Michael Simon! In researching potential photographers, we were a little disheartened by how expensive they all were. A great photographer was not at the top of our list of "must-haves" as we were trying to save money and knew photography would break the bank! Lucky for us, we found Michael and got a top photographer at a very reasonable price! He fit our personalities perfectly and we clicked instantly when we met. He also helped give us some advice for how the day should flow, timeline, etc. His suggestions were always spot on. All the photos turned out beautifully! Michael's eye is great for capturing candids and the whole feeling of a wedding. We were not that into portraits or a bunch of hokey posed shots, and Michael went right along with our preferences (not that I think he would ever take a hokey photo - that's not his style!) ;) Overall, Michael was one of the favorite aspects of our wedding and he helped us capture memories from the day which we will cherish forever!
We love Michael Simon! In researching potential photographers, we were a little disheartened by how expensive they all Read more...
We love Michael Simon! In researching potential photographers, we were a little disheartened by how expensive they all were. A great photographer was not at the top of our list of "must-haves" as we were trying to save money and knew photography would break the bank! Lucky for us, we found Michael and got a top photographer at a very reasonable price! He fit our personalities perfectly and we clicked instantly when we met. He also helped give us some advice for how the day should flow, timeline, etc. His suggestions were always spot on. All the photos turned out beautifully! Michael's eye is great for capturing candids and the whole feeling of a wedding. We were not that into portraits or a bunch of hokey posed shots, and Michael went right along with our preferences (not that I think he would ever take a hokey photo - that's not his style!) ;) Overall, Michael was one of the favorite aspects of our wedding and he helped us capture memories from the day which we will cherish forever! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
To say that Michael's photos exceeded expectations is a huge understatement…He seems to have captured our personalities and the tone of the event in every shot. I want to print them all!

Michael travelled up to CT, engaged with our friends and family, and gave us something to make these memories last much longer!

I just got back from a 2 week work trip with very little internet, and can't say what a pleasure it was to finally open the photo website he arranged. I'd recommend him to anyone!!
To say that Michael's photos exceeded expectations is a huge understatement…He seems to have captured our personalities Read more...
To say that Michael's photos exceeded expectations is a huge understatement…He seems to have captured our personalities and the tone of the event in every shot. I want to print them all!

Michael travelled up to CT, engaged with our friends and family, and gave us something to make these memories last much longer!

I just got back from a 2 week work trip with very little internet, and can't say what a pleasure it was to finally open the photo website he arranged. I'd recommend him to anyone!! Read less
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Amy Beth
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Michael is talented, organized, and professional. We feel fortunate he was available for our wedding, and we are thrilled with our photos from the day. Communication was thorough and clear, and it was easy to access and share our beautiful photos with family. We recommend him with no hesitation; he is artful, has integrity, and is a pleasure to work with.
Michael is talented, organized, and professional. We feel fortunate he was available for our wedding, and we are thrilled Read more...
Michael is talented, organized, and professional. We feel fortunate he was available for our wedding, and we are thrilled with our photos from the day. Communication was thorough and clear, and it was easy to access and share our beautiful photos with family. We recommend him with no hesitation; he is artful, has integrity, and is a pleasure to work with. Read less
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Michael
Wedding:
7/5/2014
5.0/5.0
My wife and I do not have single complaint about Michael Simon. As a photographer, he did everything we wanted on our wedding day: he thoroughly documented the preparations for the wedding, the ceremony, and the reception; he captured lots of moments that we would have never known about if he hadn't been there to record them; and he took lots of beautiful, beautiful photographs. Michael's wedding photography is creative without being cheesy or overcooked. And he works very hard, during the event and before and after it. (One example: we ran in to him a couple of days before the wedding when we were doing our final site visit at the park where the ceremony took place--he was there scoping out shooting locations for our wedding.)

Aside from his skill as a photographer, Michael is a nice guy. We found him very easy to work with; he was a much-needed calming presence during the planning process and on the wedding day. He has shot many weddings and knows what he's doing. When it came time for us to cut the cake and we realized we hadn't rehearsed or planned that moment, he was there to tell us exactly what to do.

I am a photographer myself, and I would highly recommend Michael Simon to just about anyone.
My wife and I do not have single complaint about Michael Simon. As a photographer, he did everything we wanted on our Read more...
My wife and I do not have single complaint about Michael Simon. As a photographer, he did everything we wanted on our wedding day: he thoroughly documented the preparations for the wedding, the ceremony, and the reception; he captured lots of moments that we would have never known about if he hadn't been there to record them; and he took lots of beautiful, beautiful photographs. Michael's wedding photography is creative without being cheesy or overcooked. And he works very hard, during the event and before and after it. (One example: we ran in to him a couple of days before the wedding when we were doing our final site visit at the park where the ceremony took place--he was there scoping out shooting locations for our wedding.)

Aside from his skill as a photographer, Michael is a nice guy. We found him very easy to work with; he was a much-needed calming presence during the planning process and on the wedding day. He has shot many weddings and knows what he's doing. When it came time for us to cut the cake and we realized we hadn't rehearsed or planned that moment, he was there to tell us exactly what to do.

I am a photographer myself, and I would highly recommend Michael Simon to just about anyone. Read less
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Bill
Wedding:
8/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Micheal is a consummate professional. Prompt, courteous, informative, and efficient.

And yes, the photos are fantastic!

No regrets whatsoever and we highly recommend Michael.
Micheal is a consummate professional. Prompt, courteous, informative, and efficient.

And yes, the photos are Read more...
Micheal is a consummate professional. Prompt, courteous, informative, and efficient.

And yes, the photos are fantastic!

No regrets whatsoever and we highly recommend Michael. Read less
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Joanna
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Michael Simon is the best. The photos were fantastic, and he was friendly and responsive starting from the first time we contacted him, to months after the wedding when we were putting together an album. He was accommodating to everyone at the wedding, and was generally a really fun guy. Guests commented afterwards about how much they liked the photographer!
Michael Simon is the best. The photos were fantastic, and he was friendly and responsive starting from the first time we Read more...
Michael Simon is the best. The photos were fantastic, and he was friendly and responsive starting from the first time we contacted him, to months after the wedding when we were putting together an album. He was accommodating to everyone at the wedding, and was generally a really fun guy. Guests commented afterwards about how much they liked the photographer! Read less
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