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Thomas Graves

Washington , DC
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Document your wedding in grand style with an experienced photojournalist in the Washington area.
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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, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
I custom-tone every image so that it's perfect, just the way I wanted it to look when I shot it. But I'm not doing any hand-coloring of prints or cheesy tricks like giving you a B&W photo with your bouquet in color.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
I can shoot in any situation, and I can light anything.
Is your media preference film or digital?
I'm digital only.
How many photographers do you work with?
I do all the shooting, and my wife works with me to help with lighting. She will sometimes shoot a little bit, but mostly it's just me.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Never. I want to give my full attention to my clients, and won't take the chance that I could get held up shooting something else when I'm supposed to be at your celebration.
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 require a meal, but it's darned nice if you feed me and that way I won't faint during the reception. Generally the only time I'm not shooting is when your guests are eating, so that's a good time to feed me & my assistant.
Do you charge for travel?
Yes, for faraway places. In the DC-Baltimore area most travel is covered.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes.

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JFM
Wedding:
9/6/2014
4.8/5.0
Thomas was awesome and so easy to work with. We clicked with him from the first time we met. He is very funny and easy going and puts you at ease so that you look natural in the pictures. Originally we weren't going to do an engagement photo and then the month before the wedding we decided we wanted to and he totally fit us in on short notice and we were able to get an engagement photo framed to display at the wedding. Doing the engagement shoot was a great opportunity to work with him and get an idea of his work. He shot us for 3 hours in a few different locations and the engagement pictures were fantastic. The other nice thing was he made it a point to come to our rehearsal and check out the church and find out any rules or issues with photographing us during the ceremony so on the day of the wedding there wouldn't be any issues. He also went over to our reception site and checked it all out and came up with a list of places where we could get photos after the ceremony. On the day of the wedding he was fantastic, and to be honest we didn't even know he was there most of the time. We did ask for a few formal shots and he accommodated those no problem. He definitely is on the pricier side but you get what you pay and he was worth every penny - we absolutely love our pictures and he truly captured the emotion of the day. I would very highly recommend Thomas Graves to anyone who is looking for that photojournalism style of photography and considers photography as being one of the top priorities for the wedding.
Thomas was awesome and so easy to work with. We clicked with him from the first time we met. He is very funny and easy Read more...
Thomas was awesome and so easy to work with. We clicked with him from the first time we met. He is very funny and easy going and puts you at ease so that you look natural in the pictures. Originally we weren't going to do an engagement photo and then the month before the wedding we decided we wanted to and he totally fit us in on short notice and we were able to get an engagement photo framed to display at the wedding. Doing the engagement shoot was a great opportunity to work with him and get an idea of his work. He shot us for 3 hours in a few different locations and the engagement pictures were fantastic. The other nice thing was he made it a point to come to our rehearsal and check out the church and find out any rules or issues with photographing us during the ceremony so on the day of the wedding there wouldn't be any issues. He also went over to our reception site and checked it all out and came up with a list of places where we could get photos after the ceremony. On the day of the wedding he was fantastic, and to be honest we didn't even know he was there most of the time. We did ask for a few formal shots and he accommodated those no problem. He definitely is on the pricier side but you get what you pay and he was worth every penny - we absolutely love our pictures and he truly captured the emotion of the day. I would very highly recommend Thomas Graves to anyone who is looking for that photojournalism style of photography and considers photography as being one of the top priorities for the wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We strongly recommend hiring Thomas Graves to photograph your wedding. We believe that venue and photographer selection are two of the most important wedding planning decisions. A friend recommended Thomas to us and we were very comfortable with him from our first meeting in his kitchen. We met with a few other photographers and time and time again Thomas’ combination of style, personality, perceived ease to work with and cost made it ever clearer to us that Thomas was the best photographer for us to hire. We couldn’t be happier with the results. Thomas is extremely easy to work with. His professionalism and ability to coral our wedding party and various family members was calming on what could have been a stressful day. Most importantly, he took amazing photographs and offers some great wedding album options. It is without reservation that we recommend Thomas Graves as your wedding photographer.
Steph & James
We strongly recommend hiring Thomas Graves to photograph your wedding. We believe that venue and photographer selection Read more...
We strongly recommend hiring Thomas Graves to photograph your wedding. We believe that venue and photographer selection are two of the most important wedding planning decisions. A friend recommended Thomas to us and we were very comfortable with him from our first meeting in his kitchen. We met with a few other photographers and time and time again Thomas’ combination of style, personality, perceived ease to work with and cost made it ever clearer to us that Thomas was the best photographer for us to hire. We couldn’t be happier with the results. Thomas is extremely easy to work with. His professionalism and ability to coral our wedding party and various family members was calming on what could have been a stressful day. Most importantly, he took amazing photographs and offers some great wedding album options. It is without reservation that we recommend Thomas Graves as your wedding photographer.
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B'MoreBride15
Wedding:
10/9/2011
5.0/5.0
The one thing you will actually have in your hands, literally on the walls of your home, for years to come will be your wedding photos. The pressure to find the right photographer can be immense, but selecting Thomas was actually one of the easiest decisions of my wedding planning. He had been the photographer for my brother-in-law's wedding, so we had seen his work and knew how spectacular it was. It really depends on what you are looking for, but for me he was a perfect choice because I wanted a more of a photojournalist style, with photos that captured candid moments, the emotion of the people there that day. That is what Thomas excels at. Of course you need some posed pictures with the wedding party, but beyond that there were not many photos of the "stand together and smile" variety, which is exactly what we wanted. He is great at finding those small moments that showcase a person, emotion, event. An example is a fun photo he took of me and my now-husband, with the groom making a cute expression. When we saw this moment on the wedding video, we realized that the whole scene took place in about 2 seconds, yet Thomas captured the perfect moment for the photo. He has a great eye for light, expressions, and composition, I just couldn’t be happier with how they came out. He is also a joy to work with, very flexible and with a great sense of humor. The only problem we now face is selecting which pictures to put in an album, there are just so many great ones to choose from!
The one thing you will actually have in your hands, literally on the walls of your home, for years to come will be your Read more...
The one thing you will actually have in your hands, literally on the walls of your home, for years to come will be your wedding photos. The pressure to find the right photographer can be immense, but selecting Thomas was actually one of the easiest decisions of my wedding planning. He had been the photographer for my brother-in-law's wedding, so we had seen his work and knew how spectacular it was. It really depends on what you are looking for, but for me he was a perfect choice because I wanted a more of a photojournalist style, with photos that captured candid moments, the emotion of the people there that day. That is what Thomas excels at. Of course you need some posed pictures with the wedding party, but beyond that there were not many photos of the "stand together and smile" variety, which is exactly what we wanted. He is great at finding those small moments that showcase a person, emotion, event. An example is a fun photo he took of me and my now-husband, with the groom making a cute expression. When we saw this moment on the wedding video, we realized that the whole scene took place in about 2 seconds, yet Thomas captured the perfect moment for the photo. He has a great eye for light, expressions, and composition, I just couldn’t be happier with how they came out. He is also a joy to work with, very flexible and with a great sense of humor. The only problem we now face is selecting which pictures to put in an album, there are just so many great ones to choose from! Read less
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jmr
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
If you can get Thomas Graves, do it.
If you can get Thomas Graves, do it.
If you can get Thomas Graves, do it. Read less
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AG
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Thomas is a consummate professional. He is a perfectionist and a detail-oriented organizer when it comes to the administrative aspects of his work, which makes him very easy with whom to work. His photography is top-notch, an expert at capturing the actual moments of our wedding day rather than lots of posed photos, which was exactly what we wanted.

My wife and I found Thomas' reliability invaluable. Many of our other vendors were unresponsive or simply inaccessible when we needed to talk about details; Thomas was always accessible and as our wedding day approached and we lost valuable time tracking down our other vendors, we didn't have to worry about photography.

On our wedding day Thomas captured far more great shots than I could have expected. Of course he got all the big things, but we really like the candid moments between our guests. He's a great guy and working with him was a pleasure at all times. I can't help but smile when looking through our album. We are thrilled with our wedding photos and if we had it to do again we would still choose Thomas.
Thomas is a consummate professional. He is a perfectionist and a detail-oriented organizer when it comes to the Read more...
Thomas is a consummate professional. He is a perfectionist and a detail-oriented organizer when it comes to the administrative aspects of his work, which makes him very easy with whom to work. His photography is top-notch, an expert at capturing the actual moments of our wedding day rather than lots of posed photos, which was exactly what we wanted.

My wife and I found Thomas' reliability invaluable. Many of our other vendors were unresponsive or simply inaccessible when we needed to talk about details; Thomas was always accessible and as our wedding day approached and we lost valuable time tracking down our other vendors, we didn't have to worry about photography.

On our wedding day Thomas captured far more great shots than I could have expected. Of course he got all the big things, but we really like the candid moments between our guests. He's a great guy and working with him was a pleasure at all times. I can't help but smile when looking through our album. We are thrilled with our wedding photos and if we had it to do again we would still choose Thomas. Read less
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SGBWADE
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
I did a LOT of research on wedding photography and local photographers before I settled on Thomas. As an experienced photojournalist he has a talent for capturing moments, not just creating posed ones. He and his assistant (his lovely wife) were more like cousins at our wedding who had the best cameras (and superior talent). They were discreet yet still managed to capture all of the moments that meant so much to me. He really worked with me, with all of the crazy wedding planning, he would give me gentle prompts if needed and gave me plenty of notice if he needed something from me... which was great as I had a lot going on in my life at the time. Everyone has loved the photos and I have recommended Thomas to everyone I know. You will be glad that someone you can trust is taking care of the most important job of the big day.
I did a LOT of research on wedding photography and local photographers before I settled on Thomas. As an experienced Read more...
I did a LOT of research on wedding photography and local photographers before I settled on Thomas. As an experienced photojournalist he has a talent for capturing moments, not just creating posed ones. He and his assistant (his lovely wife) were more like cousins at our wedding who had the best cameras (and superior talent). They were discreet yet still managed to capture all of the moments that meant so much to me. He really worked with me, with all of the crazy wedding planning, he would give me gentle prompts if needed and gave me plenty of notice if he needed something from me... which was great as I had a lot going on in my life at the time. Everyone has loved the photos and I have recommended Thomas to everyone I know. You will be glad that someone you can trust is taking care of the most important job of the big day. Read less
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Kimberly
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Quickly after we met Thomas (and after looking at the photos on his website) we knew he was the right photographer for us and our wedding. He takes gorgeous, expressive photos AND made us feel comfortable both with his easy demeanor and his professionalism. Thomas struck a good balance between really listening to our thoughts about what we wanted for engagement and wedding photos, while also offering his own advice about how to maximize the shots (especially for the engagement photos where we were outside in a public park). On our wedding day, he and Edna were thorough but quick with the formal photos and everyone was amazed at how smoothly it went. The candid shots are outstanding and tell a complete story that allows us relive the day when we flip through them. Thomas also went above and beyond, staying longer than we'd asked for and offering bandaids for my husband's blisters and advil for my sore back. In all, we love our photos, and the experience of working with Thomas was a true pleasure! We'd recommend him highly to friends and family.
Quickly after we met Thomas (and after looking at the photos on his website) we knew he was the right photographer for us Read more...
Quickly after we met Thomas (and after looking at the photos on his website) we knew he was the right photographer for us and our wedding. He takes gorgeous, expressive photos AND made us feel comfortable both with his easy demeanor and his professionalism. Thomas struck a good balance between really listening to our thoughts about what we wanted for engagement and wedding photos, while also offering his own advice about how to maximize the shots (especially for the engagement photos where we were outside in a public park). On our wedding day, he and Edna were thorough but quick with the formal photos and everyone was amazed at how smoothly it went. The candid shots are outstanding and tell a complete story that allows us relive the day when we flip through them. Thomas also went above and beyond, staying longer than we'd asked for and offering bandaids for my husband's blisters and advil for my sore back. In all, we love our photos, and the experience of working with Thomas was a true pleasure! We'd recommend him highly to friends and family. Read less
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avgjoe25
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Thomas is a photographer that can capture the true beauty of a wedding by capturing the emotions of the people you love in an image. When thinking about how he was able to do this so remarkably well, I came up some of the keys to his success:

Thomas Listens - Prior to the wedding, we spoke with Thomas a few times so he could get an idea of what we were looking for him to capture at our wedding. Most photographers gave you the standard form of who the family is, who the bridal party is, and some general likes/dislikes. Thomas does this, but also hones in on what elements of the day are the most important to us - the first dance, special friends, locations that are special. His ability to take our personal feedback to guide his work is phenomenal.

Thomas is Flexible - Thomas is able to adjust at the drop of a dime. A wedding planner may be albe to scehdule your event perfectly. However, things can change. Thomas is able to adjust on the fly and make even little goofy moments that you werent't thinking about into precious moments you will remember forever. I also have to say that this man was everywhere in the wedding. Even the wedding party was suprised at how he was able to capture so many different scenes and emotions, and still get the essential pictures of the Bride and Groom.

Thomas gives you Value - When discussing what was part of the package, it was evident that Thomas understands what the bride and groom really want - the knowledge that the pictures belong to us. Most of the photographers we spoke with would say they would give us access to prints online and we could order the ones we wanted. When I heard that from other photographers, I felt that I should have the same rights of ownership to my personal pictures - Why should I pay someone else for permission to print a picture of me? Thomas hands you the disc of all your pictures and gives you the power to do withyour pictures what you will. Can he make you a photobook, YES! However, being given the flexiblity to use your pictures the way you want is priceless.

I could go on and on about other factors, but if you take a moment to see his work and talk with him personally, you will have a hard time choosing someone else. Thomas is a consumate professional and a true pleasure to work with. My wife and I said that the most important investment in our wedding was the pictures, and with Thomas, it was an investment that will last a lifetime.
Thomas is a photographer that can capture the true beauty of a wedding by capturing the emotions of the people you love in Read more...
Thomas is a photographer that can capture the true beauty of a wedding by capturing the emotions of the people you love in an image. When thinking about how he was able to do this so remarkably well, I came up some of the keys to his success:

Thomas Listens - Prior to the wedding, we spoke with Thomas a few times so he could get an idea of what we were looking for him to capture at our wedding. Most photographers gave you the standard form of who the family is, who the bridal party is, and some general likes/dislikes. Thomas does this, but also hones in on what elements of the day are the most important to us - the first dance, special friends, locations that are special. His ability to take our personal feedback to guide his work is phenomenal.

Thomas is Flexible - Thomas is able to adjust at the drop of a dime. A wedding planner may be albe to scehdule your event perfectly. However, things can change. Thomas is able to adjust on the fly and make even little goofy moments that you werent't thinking about into precious moments you will remember forever. I also have to say that this man was everywhere in the wedding. Even the wedding party was suprised at how he was able to capture so many different scenes and emotions, and still get the essential pictures of the Bride and Groom.

Thomas gives you Value - When discussing what was part of the package, it was evident that Thomas understands what the bride and groom really want - the knowledge that the pictures belong to us. Most of the photographers we spoke with would say they would give us access to prints online and we could order the ones we wanted. When I heard that from other photographers, I felt that I should have the same rights of ownership to my personal pictures - Why should I pay someone else for permission to print a picture of me? Thomas hands you the disc of all your pictures and gives you the power to do withyour pictures what you will. Can he make you a photobook, YES! However, being given the flexiblity to use your pictures the way you want is priceless.

I could go on and on about other factors, but if you take a moment to see his work and talk with him personally, you will have a hard time choosing someone else. Thomas is a consumate professional and a true pleasure to work with. My wife and I said that the most important investment in our wedding was the pictures, and with Thomas, it was an investment that will last a lifetime. Read less
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ktgaff
Wedding:
9/18/2010
5.0/5.0
It was a wonderful experience working with Thomas. He makes you feel quite at ease while getting the pictures done. The pictures themselves are breathtaking! Everyone who has looked at them said they are the best wedding pictures they have every seen! He really knows how to capture the moment
It was a wonderful experience working with Thomas. He makes you feel quite at ease while getting the pictures done. The Read more...
It was a wonderful experience working with Thomas. He makes you feel quite at ease while getting the pictures done. The pictures themselves are breathtaking! Everyone who has looked at them said they are the best wedding pictures they have every seen! He really knows how to capture the moment Read less
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maizey23
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough good things about Thomas Graves. He was the first vendor we hired for our wedding, and he was invaluable from the beginning as he expertly (and patiently!) fielded questions about venues and other vendors. He was also amazingly flexible when some of the details of our event unexpectedly changed. Thomas always responded promptly to questions, and he took care to get a clear sense of our personal style and our vision for the event. On the day of the wedding, Thomas was a pleasure. He kept a very low profile during the event yet somehow managed to be in exactly the right place to get amazing pictures. (And when my bustle broke, he appeared with a safety pin -- exactly what was needed to fix the problem.) Throughout our time working together, I felt that Thomas was genuinely interested in doing what he could to ensure that we had a wonderful experience at our wedding. And he is clearly committed to producing a great product -- our photos are truly stunning. I was also amazed at how quickly he returned the photos to us. Friends of mine have reported waiting a year or more to get their wedding photos, and we received ours in only a couple of months. I would highly recommend Thomas to anyone.
I can't say enough good things about Thomas Graves. He was the first vendor we hired for our wedding, and he was Read more...
I can't say enough good things about Thomas Graves. He was the first vendor we hired for our wedding, and he was invaluable from the beginning as he expertly (and patiently!) fielded questions about venues and other vendors. He was also amazingly flexible when some of the details of our event unexpectedly changed. Thomas always responded promptly to questions, and he took care to get a clear sense of our personal style and our vision for the event. On the day of the wedding, Thomas was a pleasure. He kept a very low profile during the event yet somehow managed to be in exactly the right place to get amazing pictures. (And when my bustle broke, he appeared with a safety pin -- exactly what was needed to fix the problem.) Throughout our time working together, I felt that Thomas was genuinely interested in doing what he could to ensure that we had a wonderful experience at our wedding. And he is clearly committed to producing a great product -- our photos are truly stunning. I was also amazed at how quickly he returned the photos to us. Friends of mine have reported waiting a year or more to get their wedding photos, and we received ours in only a couple of months. I would highly recommend Thomas to anyone. Read less
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