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The Observatory

Reston , VA
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Reston, VA 20190 US (map)

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877-618-3561

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ABOUT US

Weddings for us are about documenting the unscripted moments. Our photographers discreetly capture the real life, real excitement, real joy of one of the most important days in your life... Read more
Weddings for us are about documenting the unscripted moments. Our photographers discreetly capture the real life, real excitement, real joy of one of the most important days in your life—telling the story of your day in pictures as only documentary photographers can.

Voted "Best of" in the Washingtonian Bride and Groom 2004-2014. Read less
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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?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Leann
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
OMG...where do I begin! The documentary style of Andrea's images were so stunning that I had to order ALL 887 photographs! It took me hours and hours to get down to 200 images to put in an album. The funny thing is that I hardly remember them being at the wedding..that's how descrete they were:) AND, they are such nice people. Worth every dollar paid.
OMG...where do I begin! The documentary style of Andrea's images were so stunning that I had to order ALL 887 photographs! Read more...
OMG...where do I begin! The documentary style of Andrea's images were so stunning that I had to order ALL 887 photographs! It took me hours and hours to get down to 200 images to put in an album. The funny thing is that I hardly remember them being at the wedding..that's how descrete they were:) AND, they are such nice people. Worth every dollar paid. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Photography was the vendor we had the hardest time choosing. After all the deliberating, we couldn't have been happier that we worked with Andrea Jacobson of the Observatory. First, Andrea made everything about taking pictures fun (a big plus if you're not comfortable with being in front of the camera for hours!). Our engagement session and portraits after the wedding were a breeze. At the reception, we didn't even know she was there, although she covered EVERYTHING. Second, she's incredibly responsive and helpful--she had great ideas about potential portrait sites and even scouted them in advance. (Note: definitely fill out her questionnaires and do a pre-wedding consultation, as she suggests--they make planning a breeze). Finally, Andrea herself is a joy to work with--we never worried about getting the shots we wanted and were absolutely thrilled with the results. This was our splurge, vendor-wise, and it was worth every penny. I can't recommend the Observatory highly enough!
Photography was the vendor we had the hardest time choosing. After all the deliberating, we couldn't have been happier Read more...
Photography was the vendor we had the hardest time choosing. After all the deliberating, we couldn't have been happier that we worked with Andrea Jacobson of the Observatory. First, Andrea made everything about taking pictures fun (a big plus if you're not comfortable with being in front of the camera for hours!). Our engagement session and portraits after the wedding were a breeze. At the reception, we didn't even know she was there, although she covered EVERYTHING. Second, she's incredibly responsive and helpful--she had great ideas about potential portrait sites and even scouted them in advance. (Note: definitely fill out her questionnaires and do a pre-wedding consultation, as she suggests--they make planning a breeze). Finally, Andrea herself is a joy to work with--we never worried about getting the shots we wanted and were absolutely thrilled with the results. This was our splurge, vendor-wise, and it was worth every penny. I can't recommend the Observatory highly enough! Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
10/9/2011
5.0/5.0
When advised to prioritize my wedding budget based on the items that were most important to me and my husband – photography was number one! I knew the wedding would last only a few hours, but the pictures would be forever. I went on the hunt for a vendor that had worked in my venue space before, so they would be familiar with the lighting, the angles, and best photo opportunities, but once I met with Andrea I knew that no matter where I decided to have my wedding she would be my photographer of choice. Andrea was excellent! Nothing short of the friendly professional every bride needs! We had worked with her for our engagement portraits just to get a feel for how things would work on our wedding day and seeing how those portraits came out, I had no doubt the wedding pictures would be just as beautiful. Andrea has tons of package and photo album options. Her online proofing gallery gave tons of options for settings, coloring, etc. I valued Andrea’s photographer eye, with regards to lighting and color choices. She has an excellent process for capturing the wedding day timeline, the wedding day portraits, or any particular details of our wedding day that we wanted captured. She did this all to make things very seamless on the day of. I loved that on my wedding day she worked so well in the background – there was no obstruction to anything that me and my husband or our guests were doing. Overall – EXCELLENT JOB! If photography is as important to you as it was to us… HIGHLY RECOMMEND! I would say at least schedule a meeting with Andrea and you would quickly see The Observatory difference!
When advised to prioritize my wedding budget based on the items that were most important to me and my husband – Read more...
When advised to prioritize my wedding budget based on the items that were most important to me and my husband – photography was number one! I knew the wedding would last only a few hours, but the pictures would be forever. I went on the hunt for a vendor that had worked in my venue space before, so they would be familiar with the lighting, the angles, and best photo opportunities, but once I met with Andrea I knew that no matter where I decided to have my wedding she would be my photographer of choice. Andrea was excellent! Nothing short of the friendly professional every bride needs! We had worked with her for our engagement portraits just to get a feel for how things would work on our wedding day and seeing how those portraits came out, I had no doubt the wedding pictures would be just as beautiful. Andrea has tons of package and photo album options. Her online proofing gallery gave tons of options for settings, coloring, etc. I valued Andrea’s photographer eye, with regards to lighting and color choices. She has an excellent process for capturing the wedding day timeline, the wedding day portraits, or any particular details of our wedding day that we wanted captured. She did this all to make things very seamless on the day of. I loved that on my wedding day she worked so well in the background – there was no obstruction to anything that me and my husband or our guests were doing. Overall – EXCELLENT JOB! If photography is as important to you as it was to us… HIGHLY RECOMMEND! I would say at least schedule a meeting with Andrea and you would quickly see The Observatory difference! Read less
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cristina
Wedding:
3/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Absolutely stunning! The pictures turned out wonderfully! Plus, Andrea Jacobson is a pleasure to work with. She made our lives easier with her flexibility, creativity and expertise. Creating the wedding album was easy, and Andrea was also available to help or assist with any questions. Are wedding pictures are incredible!
Absolutely stunning! The pictures turned out wonderfully! Plus, Andrea Jacobson is a pleasure to work with. She made our Read more...
Absolutely stunning! The pictures turned out wonderfully! Plus, Andrea Jacobson is a pleasure to work with. She made our lives easier with her flexibility, creativity and expertise. Creating the wedding album was easy, and Andrea was also available to help or assist with any questions. Are wedding pictures are incredible! Read less
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Ashulman
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Simply said.... AMAZING!!!! We had an uncoventional wedding which spanned over 2 days and 2 different locations. Andrea Jacobson was AMAZING!!!!!! Since we needed a unique package, she worked with us to develop one that worked for us. at one event we needed multiple photographers, and everyone she brought was professional and the photos speak for themselves. I have over 800 and I can't seem to decide ones that I don't like, since they are all so unique. They captured funny moments with the kids, emotional moements of mine and my family. They were everyone and you got to see every angle. She even showed me what the food looked like, since I didn't have time to see that location during the event itself! She also did our engagement photos and made my husband and myself feel comfortable and relaxed, which showed in the pictures. HIGHLY RECOMMNED!!!!
Simply said.... AMAZING!!!! We had an uncoventional wedding which spanned over 2 days and 2 different locations. Andrea Read more...
Simply said.... AMAZING!!!! We had an uncoventional wedding which spanned over 2 days and 2 different locations. Andrea Jacobson was AMAZING!!!!!! Since we needed a unique package, she worked with us to develop one that worked for us. at one event we needed multiple photographers, and everyone she brought was professional and the photos speak for themselves. I have over 800 and I can't seem to decide ones that I don't like, since they are all so unique. They captured funny moments with the kids, emotional moements of mine and my family. They were everyone and you got to see every angle. She even showed me what the food looked like, since I didn't have time to see that location during the event itself! She also did our engagement photos and made my husband and myself feel comfortable and relaxed, which showed in the pictures. HIGHLY RECOMMNED!!!! Read less
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Annie
Wedding:
9/4/2010
4.7/5.0
Andrea Jacobson from The Observatory is fantastic!! She is so nice and helpful! Our pictures are fantastic! We are having a hard time choosing which prints to use in our albums! She was incredibly helpful prior to our wedding, was inobtrusive and present the entire day-of, and just wonderful afterwards. She is a photo-journalist and captures moments as they happen!
Andrea Jacobson from The Observatory is fantastic!! She is so nice and helpful! Our pictures are fantastic! We are having Read more...
Andrea Jacobson from The Observatory is fantastic!! She is so nice and helpful! Our pictures are fantastic! We are having a hard time choosing which prints to use in our albums! She was incredibly helpful prior to our wedding, was inobtrusive and present the entire day-of, and just wonderful afterwards. She is a photo-journalist and captures moments as they happen! Read less
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bmmurray
Wedding:
7/10/2010
5.0/5.0
While I haven't received my photos from Andrea Jacobson yet, I didn't want to wait to write a review! It was an absolute joy to work with her over this past year - and I would highly recommend her to any future bride in the DC area. Her professionalism and personality are both so wonderful, and she was so helpful in guiding us through the photography process. We love The Observatory!!
While I haven't received my photos from Andrea Jacobson yet, I didn't want to wait to write a review! It was an absolute Read more...
While I haven't received my photos from Andrea Jacobson yet, I didn't want to wait to write a review! It was an absolute joy to work with her over this past year - and I would highly recommend her to any future bride in the DC area. Her professionalism and personality are both so wonderful, and she was so helpful in guiding us through the photography process. We love The Observatory!! Read less
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shrtitaliachik
Wedding:
6/5/2010
5.0/5.0
ABSOULTELY AMAZING, STUNNING, BRILLIANT! Must use this photographing company, the pictures turn out perfect. I got so many compliments on our pictures, many people even saying these belong in Time Magazine or wedding magazines...that was how great they looked. Always prompt with emails and flexible to what you are looking for. You can always substitute things in your packages and use your credits however you'd like...such an amazing group of people! It is a bit pricey, but WELL WELL WELL worth it, wouldn't have changed a thing! You definitely get what you pay for, and it's pricey because it's THAT GOOD!
ABSOULTELY AMAZING, STUNNING, BRILLIANT! Must use this photographing company, the pictures turn out perfect. I got so many Read more...
ABSOULTELY AMAZING, STUNNING, BRILLIANT! Must use this photographing company, the pictures turn out perfect. I got so many compliments on our pictures, many people even saying these belong in Time Magazine or wedding magazines...that was how great they looked. Always prompt with emails and flexible to what you are looking for. You can always substitute things in your packages and use your credits however you'd like...such an amazing group of people! It is a bit pricey, but WELL WELL WELL worth it, wouldn't have changed a thing! You definitely get what you pay for, and it's pricey because it's THAT GOOD! Read less
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Hoya
Wedding:
2/21/2009
2.4/5.0
We used Barbara as our photographer and couldn't have been happier with the quality of the photos we received. She was absolutely fabulous. Friendly, flexible, unobtrusive and yet she totally captured the spirit of the day.

I was FAR less impressed with Andrea (the owner). Beware that her contract states that prices are subject to change without notice and she definitely did change her prices and terms repeatedly. We met with her about 6 months before our event when she laid out prices and details. However, 2 weeks before the wedding she tried to change the additional hourly rate of our photographer. Luckily we'd met with our photographer, Barbara, the day before who'd quoted us the original price. Andrea agreed to charge us the originally quoted hourly rate but she made up for her lost profits by charging several hundred dollars extra for our album and failing to meet the delivery terms of our contract. In our original meeting she mentioned that a matted album would cost a bit more but we didn't expect a full $350 on top of our total contract price. She also failed to provide the proof of our album within the time-frame guaranteed by our contract. When we called her on it, she claimed that because we'd selected a matted album instead of flush mount before the ceremony, she didn't want to start a layout until we contacted her to confirm our preference. The contract doesn't have a word about different delivery dates for proofs of matted vs flush mount albums and she never told us that she wouldn't even begin working on the layout until we contacted her. When we suggested that her failure to comply with the terms of her own contract warranted a discount on the album, she told us that she thought mailing us our images for free was more than enough compensation for receiving our 1st proof more than 30 days late. I hardly think that something I could have picked up for free from her office was compensation for the 30 day delay. Unfortunately, we're left with no recourse since we've already paid for the album as part of our contract price and I can't bear the thought of asking someone else to put one together for us since that would effectively be paying twice for one album.
We used Barbara as our photographer and couldn't have been happier with the quality of the photos we received. She was Read more...
We used Barbara as our photographer and couldn't have been happier with the quality of the photos we received. She was absolutely fabulous. Friendly, flexible, unobtrusive and yet she totally captured the spirit of the day.

I was FAR less impressed with Andrea (the owner). Beware that her contract states that prices are subject to change without notice and she definitely did change her prices and terms repeatedly. We met with her about 6 months before our event when she laid out prices and details. However, 2 weeks before the wedding she tried to change the additional hourly rate of our photographer. Luckily we'd met with our photographer, Barbara, the day before who'd quoted us the original price. Andrea agreed to charge us the originally quoted hourly rate but she made up for her lost profits by charging several hundred dollars extra for our album and failing to meet the delivery terms of our contract. In our original meeting she mentioned that a matted album would cost a bit more but we didn't expect a full $350 on top of our total contract price. She also failed to provide the proof of our album within the time-frame guaranteed by our contract. When we called her on it, she claimed that because we'd selected a matted album instead of flush mount before the ceremony, she didn't want to start a layout until we contacted her to confirm our preference. The contract doesn't have a word about different delivery dates for proofs of matted vs flush mount albums and she never told us that she wouldn't even begin working on the layout until we contacted her. When we suggested that her failure to comply with the terms of her own contract warranted a discount on the album, she told us that she thought mailing us our images for free was more than enough compensation for receiving our 1st proof more than 30 days late. I hardly think that something I could have picked up for free from her office was compensation for the 30 day delay. Unfortunately, we're left with no recourse since we've already paid for the album as part of our contract price and I can't bear the thought of asking someone else to put one together for us since that would effectively be paying twice for one album. Read less
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fancybride
Wedding:
10/26/2008
5.0/5.0
Andrea and Rachel photographed my wedding. The pictures were absolutely amazing, as is Andrea. She is super nice and was great to work with. The pictures exceeded my expectations and everyone is still talking about them 6 months after the wedding. They covered all of the great moments of my wedding. Andrea was always very responsive to all of my needs/emails and I would highly recommend using Observatory.
Andrea and Rachel photographed my wedding. The pictures were absolutely amazing, as is Andrea. She is super nice and was Read more...
Andrea and Rachel photographed my wedding. The pictures were absolutely amazing, as is Andrea. She is super nice and was great to work with. The pictures exceeded my expectations and everyone is still talking about them 6 months after the wedding. They covered all of the great moments of my wedding. Andrea was always very responsive to all of my needs/emails and I would highly recommend using Observatory. Read less
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