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Rick Bern Photography

Needham , MA

LOCATION

19 Andrea Circle
Needham, MA US 02494 (map)
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ABOUT US

Rick Bern Photography is comprised of an elite team of New England's top wedding and event photographers. The studio has been published repeatedly and recognized by the prestigious... Read more
Rick Bern Photography is comprised of an elite team of New England's top wedding and event photographers. The studio has been published repeatedly and recognized by the prestigious Bride's Choice Award on WeddingWire, placing it within the top 5% of all photography studios in the country. We were also mentioned in the Top 5 of Boston.com's coveted "A-List" in the wedding category.

Our team members are well-trained, versitile and excited to be photographers. We deliver only the highest quality experience regardless of venue or event, and do so with utmost professionalism.

In addition to being an event photographer, Rick Bern also maintains a private studio in Needham MA for Executive Headshots, family and pet portraiture. For more information please visit our website at www.rickbernphotography.com. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
We use all the latest Photoshop techniques available and are certainly open to requests.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Absolutely. Being able to see, understand and create light is the essence of photography.
Is your media preference film or digital?
digital
How many photographers do you work with?
Depending on the size of the event, generally 2 photographers and approximately 2500 images.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Whether you are guaranteed Rick Bern as your photographer or one of our associates would be specified in your contract when the package was created. That guarantee is taken very seriously.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Most certainly. I have a passion for photography and I love what I do. There were a number of weekends this past year I had a wedding on Friday, Saturday and Sunday - it was a blast!
 
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
To date, never happened. We have a team of professional photographers and any one of them could substitute in an emergency.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Each photographer carries their own equipment, either Nikon or Canon. Rick Bern's camera of choice is the Nikon D3 with an full bag of Nikon lenses.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Absolutely. Every photographer has 2 cameras and multiple lenses.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Both.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Our tendency is to come early and stay late. We're more focussed on getting the job done than staring at our watches. Having said that, longer packages with additional hours can be added at any time.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Only short breaks to keep hydrated, but it's not unusual to go 8 hours without anything. We eat on the run - our priority is capturing your event.
Do you charge for travel?
I probably should, but haven't yet. I drive a Hybrid so gas isn't an issue.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
On average, one month. At the height of the season, closer to 2 months. The images need to "bake" for a while and the creative process cannot be rushed or the pictures will suffer.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Online gallery.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
1 year, but if you need an extension there is no charge.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes, but rights for personal use is available.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes, but clients will normally sign release prior to publishing.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes this is available.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes.
What kind of albums do you offer?
A range of choices driven by cost. We prefer to use genuine hand crafted leather albums from the best vendors, but understand budgetary constraints and will work with the client to best fit their needs.
When will the client get the final album?
The longest part of the process is when the client selects favorites. Once this is done a design is created, approved and sent to print. The process can easily take 2-3 months, but as they say, the best things in life are worth waiting for!

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Kaitlyn
Wedding:
6/21/2013
5.0/5.0
We hired Rick to travel to Long Island for our wedding and it was worth every penny! Rick's images speak for themselves. He is a genius behind the camera--our wedding photos look they are straight from a bridal magazine. Rick and his staff are very professional and unobstrusive the day of the wedding and got all of the important shots without make us feel like we were posing for pictures all day. You can also tell that Rick really cares about his brides and capturing each moment... he began shooting around 11 AM and did not leave until the end of our afterparty at 1:30 AM the next morning. I highly recommend Rick to anyone and everyone!
We hired Rick to travel to Long Island for our wedding and it was worth every penny! Rick's images speak for themselves. Read more...
We hired Rick to travel to Long Island for our wedding and it was worth every penny! Rick's images speak for themselves. He is a genius behind the camera--our wedding photos look they are straight from a bridal magazine. Rick and his staff are very professional and unobstrusive the day of the wedding and got all of the important shots without make us feel like we were posing for pictures all day. You can also tell that Rick really cares about his brides and capturing each moment... he began shooting around 11 AM and did not leave until the end of our afterparty at 1:30 AM the next morning. I highly recommend Rick to anyone and everyone! Read less
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Marta
Wedding:
12/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Rick, you and Angela were spectacular yesterday! Marta and I could not be more happy with the work that you did to capture the moment at our wedding. You caught the shot as it happened, and in the down time, you had an amazing eye to see something in your mind, quickly assemble the bridal party and get the image. I never liked having my photo taken before, but it was really fun to work with you. The number one comment last night was that the bride was beautiful. Number two might have been that the photographer was amazing. Best decision we made to have you shoot our wedding! Thank you!
Rick, you and Angela were spectacular yesterday! Marta and I could not be more happy with the work that you did to capture Read more...
Rick, you and Angela were spectacular yesterday! Marta and I could not be more happy with the work that you did to capture the moment at our wedding. You caught the shot as it happened, and in the down time, you had an amazing eye to see something in your mind, quickly assemble the bridal party and get the image. I never liked having my photo taken before, but it was really fun to work with you. The number one comment last night was that the bride was beautiful. Number two might have been that the photographer was amazing. Best decision we made to have you shoot our wedding! Thank you! Read less
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Doug
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Choosing Rick Bern as our wedding photographer was a great decision, and his images and service were of the highest level. Because I work in the photography industry, I see a wide range of styles and competency levels, and I was extremely particular in choosing a wedding photographer. The image quality and ability to capture the moments were my highest priority, and Rick delivered. And the ease and fun of working with him made the experience all the better. He unobtrusively captured all the shots during the church ceremony, was efficient at getting the family groups together and photographed, and helped us relax and enjoy the formal shots. My bride was extremely thankful at how Rick's demeanor helped to calm her nerves and put her more at ease leading up to the ceremony. And the final images and slideshow were wonderful. Highly recommended.
Choosing Rick Bern as our wedding photographer was a great decision, and his images and service were of the highest level. Read more...
Choosing Rick Bern as our wedding photographer was a great decision, and his images and service were of the highest level. Because I work in the photography industry, I see a wide range of styles and competency levels, and I was extremely particular in choosing a wedding photographer. The image quality and ability to capture the moments were my highest priority, and Rick delivered. And the ease and fun of working with him made the experience all the better. He unobtrusively captured all the shots during the church ceremony, was efficient at getting the family groups together and photographed, and helped us relax and enjoy the formal shots. My bride was extremely thankful at how Rick's demeanor helped to calm her nerves and put her more at ease leading up to the ceremony. And the final images and slideshow were wonderful. Highly recommended. Read less
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Luc
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
We hired Rick to shoot our wedding in Middletown this summer. He was immediately really pleasant to interact with via email. After seeing the photos from his website we were sold, we were not disappointed. Rick's photos are incredible. He is a star. We have been over them three times now and each time we discover something new and marvelous. It's quite something how well he managed to capture people's essence, you have to see it to believe it. He absolutely *got* our friends and family the way we know them to be. Everyone was also impressed by the formal collection, especially the large groups (where everyone in the photo looks good!!?) and those where we were being lifted up by our friends are just brilliant. I loved the images he took around the house before the ceremony, the dress shots, and those of our guests as we made an entrance. My wife was absolutely stunning in her dress. It was a special day to remember, and thanks to Rick we will have these images to relive the moments forever. We are grateful for all his hard work and for making us look so good! We live in Monaco but I know we will work with Rick again sometime soon. Highly recommend!!!
We hired Rick to shoot our wedding in Middletown this summer. He was immediately really pleasant to interact with via Read more...
We hired Rick to shoot our wedding in Middletown this summer. He was immediately really pleasant to interact with via email. After seeing the photos from his website we were sold, we were not disappointed. Rick's photos are incredible. He is a star. We have been over them three times now and each time we discover something new and marvelous. It's quite something how well he managed to capture people's essence, you have to see it to believe it. He absolutely *got* our friends and family the way we know them to be. Everyone was also impressed by the formal collection, especially the large groups (where everyone in the photo looks good!!?) and those where we were being lifted up by our friends are just brilliant. I loved the images he took around the house before the ceremony, the dress shots, and those of our guests as we made an entrance. My wife was absolutely stunning in her dress. It was a special day to remember, and thanks to Rick we will have these images to relive the moments forever. We are grateful for all his hard work and for making us look so good! We live in Monaco but I know we will work with Rick again sometime soon. Highly recommend!!! Read less
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Jessie
Wedding:
7/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Rick was the single best decision we made about our wedding, he was supportive, inclusive and most of all put the both of us completely at ease the entire night. One of our favorite aspects of his work during our wedding night was the instant display of pictures on a slideshow located outside the ballroom. We were able to immediately see how we made the right choice with Rick, and other guests were so struck by the beauty of his pictures that they asked our parents for his information! Rick was able to capture us in a way that only a true professional can and we could not be happier!
Rick was the single best decision we made about our wedding, he was supportive, inclusive and most of all put the both of Read more...
Rick was the single best decision we made about our wedding, he was supportive, inclusive and most of all put the both of us completely at ease the entire night. One of our favorite aspects of his work during our wedding night was the instant display of pictures on a slideshow located outside the ballroom. We were able to immediately see how we made the right choice with Rick, and other guests were so struck by the beauty of his pictures that they asked our parents for his information! Rick was able to capture us in a way that only a true professional can and we could not be happier! Read less
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D
Wedding:
5/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Rick and his team were amazing! They captured every moment of our wedding day from start to finish where I felt I didn't miss any part if it. Very professional, very flexible and a great value, with wonderful results. You truly will not be disappointed here.
Rick and his team were amazing! They captured every moment of our wedding day from start to finish where I felt I didn't Read more...
Rick and his team were amazing! They captured every moment of our wedding day from start to finish where I felt I didn't miss any part if it. Very professional, very flexible and a great value, with wonderful results. You truly will not be disappointed here. Read less
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EBWinthrop
Wedding:
11/6/2011
5.0/5.0
I happened to find Rick by chance in a wedding magazine, and we certainly lucked out. Rick was a pleasure to work with leading up to and on our wedding day. We had an initial meet and greet with at his home over bagels and photos. This is when we knew we must go with Rick. Rick makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera and has the amazing ability to capture the moment. From our engagement shoot around Beacon Hill to the first look on the waterfront to taking the pedicab to the State Room to my husband rocking out with the band, Rick captured each moment of our special day. As we have shared the photos with our friends and family, everyone continues to comment on the amazing day and pictures. You cannot go wrong with Rick and his team.
I happened to find Rick by chance in a wedding magazine, and we certainly lucked out. Rick was a pleasure to work with Read more...
I happened to find Rick by chance in a wedding magazine, and we certainly lucked out. Rick was a pleasure to work with leading up to and on our wedding day. We had an initial meet and greet with at his home over bagels and photos. This is when we knew we must go with Rick. Rick makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera and has the amazing ability to capture the moment. From our engagement shoot around Beacon Hill to the first look on the waterfront to taking the pedicab to the State Room to my husband rocking out with the band, Rick captured each moment of our special day. As we have shared the photos with our friends and family, everyone continues to comment on the amazing day and pictures. You cannot go wrong with Rick and his team. Read less
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paulreed
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Rick is a pleasure to work. Throughout the process from the initial "getting to know you" meeting, to the engagement shoot, on to the Big Day, and then to the the delivery of the final product. He's attentive to what you need, creative where it matters, and open to doing things a little differently.

There are many choices of photographer who I'm sure can all capture the events on this special day, but Rick also manages to capture the moments in between which represent the emotion, spirit, and joy of starting a new chapter in your lives together. Every last person who has seen our photographs has said "wow"!
Rick is a pleasure to work. Throughout the process from the initial "getting to know you" meeting, to the engagement Read more...
Rick is a pleasure to work. Throughout the process from the initial "getting to know you" meeting, to the engagement shoot, on to the Big Day, and then to the the delivery of the final product. He's attentive to what you need, creative where it matters, and open to doing things a little differently.

There are many choices of photographer who I'm sure can all capture the events on this special day, but Rick also manages to capture the moments in between which represent the emotion, spirit, and joy of starting a new chapter in your lives together. Every last person who has seen our photographs has said "wow"! Read less
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Chris
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
"It is an honor and pleasure to recommend Rick Bern. Rick photographed our wedding last August. He is an outstanding professional, who is a joy to work with. He is detailed, hard working, flexible, down to earth, humorous, and is open to the needs of all his clients. He was so supportive of our big day, and made things simply wonderful!!! We recommend him with the highest regards, and with much respect and admiration. You simply will enjoy Rick, he is excellent!!"
"It is an honor and pleasure to recommend Rick Bern. Rick photographed our wedding last August. He is an outstanding Read more...
"It is an honor and pleasure to recommend Rick Bern. Rick photographed our wedding last August. He is an outstanding professional, who is a joy to work with. He is detailed, hard working, flexible, down to earth, humorous, and is open to the needs of all his clients. He was so supportive of our big day, and made things simply wonderful!!! We recommend him with the highest regards, and with much respect and admiration. You simply will enjoy Rick, he is excellent!!" Read less
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Eric
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Rick Bern is not only a terrific photographer who did a spectacular job at our wedding, but also he made the process fun. He gave us great ideas on what to expect, he was gentle but firm with staging shots that really worked, and then he delivered a fantastic album!
Rick Bern is not only a terrific photographer who did a spectacular job at our wedding, but also he made the process fun. Read more...
Rick Bern is not only a terrific photographer who did a spectacular job at our wedding, but also he made the process fun. He gave us great ideas on what to expect, he was gentle but firm with staging shots that really worked, and then he delivered a fantastic album! Read less
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Sally
Wedding:
10/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Rick was our photographer for our wedding. We had an engagement session first and took pictures at a nearby nature area. As soon as we started to take pictures I knew we picked the right photographer. He was fun to work with, was able to make my husband smile and had a vision for the shoot of what he wanted to get. I was so surprised when I saw the pictures, they were great! I didn't realize how he was getting the light just right. I honestly didn't think it would be particularly special, but was I wrong. The light, the way he captured us together, the interesting use of the setting, I never would have thought of any of that. Of course, he did the wedding as well. He was professional, patient, non intrusive, got everyone where they needed to be, but also made sure he got the "perfect" shots. He had all the standard shots but he also went for interesting and fun. He was able to capture the fun we had at the wedding. I would highly recommend working with Rick for a wedding or even for some family pictures. He really was the best. 5 stars!!
Rick was our photographer for our wedding. We had an engagement session first and took pictures at a nearby nature area. Read more...
Rick was our photographer for our wedding. We had an engagement session first and took pictures at a nearby nature area. As soon as we started to take pictures I knew we picked the right photographer. He was fun to work with, was able to make my husband smile and had a vision for the shoot of what he wanted to get. I was so surprised when I saw the pictures, they were great! I didn't realize how he was getting the light just right. I honestly didn't think it would be particularly special, but was I wrong. The light, the way he captured us together, the interesting use of the setting, I never would have thought of any of that. Of course, he did the wedding as well. He was professional, patient, non intrusive, got everyone where they needed to be, but also made sure he got the "perfect" shots. He had all the standard shots but he also went for interesting and fun. He was able to capture the fun we had at the wedding. I would highly recommend working with Rick for a wedding or even for some family pictures. He really was the best. 5 stars!! Read less
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pasta823
Wedding:
9/26/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I could not have picked a better photographer. Rick was extremely professional and he is absolutely fantastic at what he does. He made us laugh and feel comfortable in front of the camera. I would highly recommend Rick to anyone looking for a great photographer!
My husband and I could not have picked a better photographer. Rick was extremely professional and he is absolutely Read more...
My husband and I could not have picked a better photographer. Rick was extremely professional and he is absolutely fantastic at what he does. He made us laugh and feel comfortable in front of the camera. I would highly recommend Rick to anyone looking for a great photographer! Read less
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rdwh323
Wedding:
6/12/2010
5.0/5.0
Rick recently photographed my wedding and he was wonderful! He helped manage the insanity and also made sure that my husband and I had some time to step back and appreciate the day. I would wholeheartedly recommend Rick to anyone looking for a photographer!
Rick recently photographed my wedding and he was wonderful! He helped manage the insanity and also made sure that my Read more...
Rick recently photographed my wedding and he was wonderful! He helped manage the insanity and also made sure that my husband and I had some time to step back and appreciate the day. I would wholeheartedly recommend Rick to anyone looking for a photographer! Read less
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Gina
Wedding:
5/8/2010
5.0/5.0
Rick is exceptional at what he does. Not only did he make sure he captured all the special moments of my wedding but he also seemed to care and make sure that every shot was perfect. He is unique in that my husband and I felt him as part of our family and not the photographer.. amazing job!!
Rick is exceptional at what he does. Not only did he make sure he captured all the special moments of my wedding but he Read more...
Rick is exceptional at what he does. Not only did he make sure he captured all the special moments of my wedding but he also seemed to care and make sure that every shot was perfect. He is unique in that my husband and I felt him as part of our family and not the photographer.. amazing job!! Read less
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stevenjh
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
We are so thrilled that we picked Rick to provide our wedding photography! Not only was he extremely professional, but he is so personable and easy to work with. He had a way of capturing the most intimate of moments without being intrusive. The quality and uniqueness of our photographs is unlike anything I've seen with other photographers. We came away with so many really unique shots using different angles, reflections, and other interesting photography tricks. As a bonus, he even played a slide show at the wedding of the photos he had taken. Our guests really loved this feature. There are so many wonderful things about Rick. Without any reservation, we definately recommend him as a top-notch wedding photographer!
We are so thrilled that we picked Rick to provide our wedding photography! Not only was he extremely professional, but he Read more...
We are so thrilled that we picked Rick to provide our wedding photography! Not only was he extremely professional, but he is so personable and easy to work with. He had a way of capturing the most intimate of moments without being intrusive. The quality and uniqueness of our photographs is unlike anything I've seen with other photographers. We came away with so many really unique shots using different angles, reflections, and other interesting photography tricks. As a bonus, he even played a slide show at the wedding of the photos he had taken. Our guests really loved this feature. There are so many wonderful things about Rick. Without any reservation, we definately recommend him as a top-notch wedding photographer! Read less
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jnowlan
Wedding:
8/2/2008
5.0/5.0
Thank you, Rick, for such great wedding pictures! We couldn't have asked for a better photographer. You were great to work with and we will continue recommending you to all of our friends and family!"
Thank you, Rick, for such great wedding pictures! We couldn't have asked for a better photographer. You were great to work Read more...
Thank you, Rick, for such great wedding pictures! We couldn't have asked for a better photographer. You were great to work with and we will continue recommending you to all of our friends and family!" Read less
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