Brooke Bready Photography
Brooke is awesome to work wit,h and I am so glad that we found her! We searched high and low for a photographer that had the style we wanted, as well as packages that worked with what we were looking for and with our budget. We completely lucked out that even though it was a bit of a hike, our wedding venue fell within her travel radius : )
Brooke took all of my requests and tons of pinterest inspired wishes and made them happen! It snowed the day before our outdoor engagement session and she was such a trooper trekking all over Annapolis with us to make sure we got the shots we wanted. The result was some great pictures and a beautiful album that we used as our guest book at the wedding!
The day of the wedding she was great! She has a very laid back personality, which is definitely a plus with all the craziness surrounding a wedding and large groups of people. She had our requested shot list and made sure that we got everything we asked for and more! There wasn't a time at the wedding that I ever thought "oh I want a picture of this!" that she wasn't already right there to take it!
We don't have all of our pictures back yet, but we do have some teaser shots and I am completely obsessed with them! They look so amazing that I cannot wait to see the...
Brooke was easy to work with. She made us feel comfortable and directed things well. The pictures are great as is the slide show.
We were very unhappy with our wedding photo experience. The nightmare began with our engagement photos. This was our first time taking engagement photos and so we thought our professional photographer would be able to tell us how to pose for natural looking pictures. We did not receive guidance from Brooke on how to pose and for the most part, our pictures looked like "deer caught in headlights." Furthermore, the photo shoot was only about 30-40 minutes long when I was under the impression it would be an hour long photo shoot. When we received the pictures, there really weren't that many different poses or backdrops either. We expressed our disappointment and she came out a second time to take our photos. However, we had to literally go find poses we like and imitate each one exactly. This is absurd considering she is the expert -- we essentially did the work for her! And we weren't expecting to look like celebrities; we just wanted natural looking candid pictures.
With that in mind, we gave Brooke SPECIFIC instructions to take our wedding pictures, with an emphasis on taking candid and group photos of our immediate family. We had emailed her the list several times and mentioned it again in person. When we received our pictures, there were hardly any candid photos of our family. There were hardly any photos of them, period! Even though we specifically asked her to take pictures of these very important people. They were on our MUST HAVE list. We paid for a service, and yet, she did not deliver. Especially when we had provided specific instructions on who to take pictures of!! To make matters worse, it took 6 weeks before we could even see any of the photos. I do not recommend Brooke Bready Photography to anyone.
Vendor response to review
During an engagement session I focus on capturing the emotion and passion that each couple naturally has. I personally believe it is best to allow the couple’s personality to be spotlighted within the image rather than over pose them. This has been one of my signature traits and why so many couples book their wedding with my studio.
With websites like “Pintrest,” “Facebook” and “Wedding Wire” (name the site your on) I make a point to inquire with the client to see if there is images they either like of do not like. During my first session with Viv I was able to produce over 80 images with various backdrops and poses.
When Viv first mentioned she was not happy with the engagement photos, I must admit that I was surprised. I immediately spoke with her to inquire about how I could try to exceed her expectations. I agreed to rebook another session with her where I was able to create a completely new set of images.
At the wedding, when I saw the 36x20 canvas print, and various framed photos from the engagement session I sincerely thought Viv was more then satisfied with my services. In addition to that, Viv had hand selected images from both engagement sessions to have me custom design a coffee table book.
During the wedding Viv wanted to have the photographs emulate a “formal and candid” style for certain family members. Unfortunately, many of the traditional moments were not spotlighted at Viv’s wedding like the Mom-Son Dance, Father-Daughter Dance, Bridesmaid and Parent speeches and the Garter Toss. The groom and grooms family were also occupied tending to an ill guest and were absent for the majority of the reception which made getting many of these moments impossible. Even given these unusual circumstances, I was still able to submit in excess of 700 images from her wedding while fulfilling her list.
I was so impressed with the wedding images that I even put them up on my blog. http://brookebready.blogspot.com/2012/09/vivian-peters-wedding.html
As it clearly states in all my contract, it takes 4weeks or longer during peak times to edit images. There is a lot of work that is involved, such as retouching each photo for imperfections, having proofs made, creating slideshows, and setting up online galleries for family and friends to view.
It deeply saddens me that I have a client that is upset over photographs from her wedding day. I am very passionate about my job; and understand that I am in a profession where I have a more innate awareness of the importance of a wedding day. So I take great care and effort to capture the essence of a very special, one-time occasion. I know I did everything possible to exceed her expectations. This is my first bad review out of hundreds of clients.
Brooke was such an awesome photographer. As soon as she arrived she started snapping away! She is so friendly and easy to be around. Everyone at our wedding could not stop saying good things about her. She was so good about getting the shots that were most important to you. She also did our engagement photos so I know our wedding photos will turn out beautiful. I recommend Brooke Bready Photography to any Bride!
Some good friends recommended that we use Brooke, who had photographed both their engagement and their wedding. Brooke did an outstanding job -- she has a great eye, and her photos were stunning. She was even willing to travel from the DC area to the Philadelphia area, where the wedding took place. She was always cheerful and upbeat, despite bad weather, and she was a great pleasure to work with. In particular, even with travel costs, her services were a great value! In short, we would highly recommend Brooke for weddings or any special occasion!
I hired Brooke for my wedding after seeing her Web site. Brooke takes great photos, that can't be disputed. She is down to earth and easy to work with. Her pricing for our wedding was very reasonable and I secured the reprint rights, which IMO are the holy grail.
I was mostly pleased with the photos of my wedding, with one big exception: I felt that some important shots were missed. Notably, photos of my mother (and my mother and I together) were virtually non existent. This was heartbreaking to my mother and to me. This was also true for my MOH sister, not many candid photos together of us. Also, there were no photos of our ring bearers walking down the aisle. I contacted Brooke after receiving the photos to make her aware of this and see if she had anything else that didn't make the editing cut that she could send to fill this hole, but Brooke never responded to my email.
While I know it is impossible for one photographer to catch every moment at a wedding, I do think it might be reasonable to rely on their professional instincts to make sure that important shots are prompted, such as mother daughter ones. As a bride, it is hard to know who is being photographed and who isn't and really isn't something that you should have to worry about.
While the individual photos of my wedding are all gorgeous, and there are many that I have proudly displayed in my home, I'm somewhat sad when I sit down to look through my scrapbook and notice that my mother and sister are noticeably absent from the photos.
So, beautiful photos, yes, but some unfortunate oversights. I would recommend for family portraits etc., but based on my experience I just couldn't honestly recommend for...
My husband and I were very satisfied with the service Brooke provided us with! :)
We have recommended her to other friends for weddings, family portraits etc. Everyone that has used her has oly positive things to say about her. I have had friends ask to see our wedding album to show their photographers.
I would recommend Brooke to anyone and KNOW that they would be happy!
Brooke added so much to our special day! She is truly an expert while at the same time taking your wishes into account. The wedding guests have had many positive comments about Brooke since the wedding on both her professionalism and her warm personality. And to top it off we have so many amazing pictures to remember our day with! Thanks Brooke...you're the best!
Brooke is an amazing photographer- organized but laid back enough to put you at ease. Our family summed it up best by saying she was everywhere and nowhere all at once-- she is there to capture every memorable or quirky photo but completely unobtrusive or noticeable as you enjoy the party. Brooke took our engagement photos and our wedding photos and the pictures are priceless! I would definitely recommend her to any bride!
Brooke photographed my bridal shower, engagement shoot, wedding and trash the dress. She's very talented and a great value. She's also flexible, which I really appreciate and which is rare in the wedding business. I never felt uncomfortable, and she's totally approachable.
Brooke was supportive through the process. And during the ceremony, she stayed low key but constantly working and instinctively getting in the best position for unforgettable images. Even our guests could see the professionalism and commented that we were certainly going to have great photos. We also received some unexpected and great surprises such as a video of changing photos - set to music played at the wedding reception. Really great - highly recommended. Did I mention how patient she was?
Brooke is phenomenal; not just as a photographer but as an artist. My husband and I were so fortunate to find her for our engagement photos (where she magically made us both look like models-- not an easy feat especially since I didn't have time to do my makeup and I was sweating in the summer heat!). We were so HAPPY with her results, that we didn't even consider another photographer for our wedding. My family and friends were WOWED with the photos and my Dad kept saying, "Brooke is an artist!" Brooke was professional from beginning to end; showing up early, spending the entire day with us (not a set number of hours like some photographers), and making us feel so comfortable that we didn't even realize she was snapping shots. Brooke even REDID my wedding photos to photo shop out some embarrassing bustier issues... a total godsend. (Thank you Brooke!) If you want magazine quality photos for a fraction of the price, don't hesitate to have Brooke do your portfolio. You will NOT be disappointed and I guarantee you will have beautiful shots to enjoy for a lifetime.
-- Melissa and Ken Lee
Brook was so amazing to work with. She did an beautiful job and the pictures were more beautiful than I could ever have imagined. She has such a creative eye. We were working with a tight budget and she was able to accommodate us. We could not be happier. I highly recommend Brook!
Brooke is a wonderful photographer, she is very friendly and professional. On my wedding day, she came a bit early and captured lots of beautiful details which I even didn't notice. After the wedding, my edited photographs were ready just only in 2 weeks. I'm quite satisfied with the quality of her work and if I ever need a photographer again I'd definitely work with her.
Brooke was amazing. She was easy to get along with and everyone in the bridal party really liked working with her. The bridal party is still talking about how great it was to work with Brooke compared to some of the photographers we had all encountered at other weddings. We got our pictures on CD very quickly (about 2 weeks), and they are beautiful. For the price we paid, she couldn't be beat. We have gorgeous pictures to cherish for the rest of our lives and we didn't have to break the bank to get them! I would definitely recommend Brooke to other brides, and I will definitely be contacting her in the future for other events that require a professional photogrpaher. Thanks Brooke!
Brooke was everything and anything I could have hoped for in a photographer. She made us feel very comfortable, especially for two people who are camera shy! The engagement session was perfect and she used the locale greatly. The pre-wedding, wedding, and reception photos were also SPECTACULAR! She has a gift for capturing the special moments, rather than just taking the boring, posed pictures. She was excellent to work with and I would recommend her to anyone getting married!
Brooke was wonderful! Very professional yet laid back and allowed me to feel very comfortable. She worked around my schedule every step of the way which was great being that I came from out of town! Will use her in the future for other events! Very pleased!
I was delighted when I saw the pictures and all the creative angles from which they were taken.
Brooke did an awesome job capturing our special day. She made sure that she got the shots that we requested in addition to pictures that we didn't think of that I'm glad she did.
Brooke was absolutely wonderful. Her pictures were amazing and there were so many shots.
Awesome job. Extremely talented photographer. Loved her.
Certainly a pleasure to work with (friendly and professional) and we love her vintage style! Looking forward to our future collaborations! ^_^
In 2008, I began my own company "Brooke Bready Photography" which specializes in weddings and portraiture, I enjoy the challenge of each assignment whether it is photographing a bride on her wedding day; capturing a 17 year old personality for their senior portraits;or the sweet expressions of a baby.
My photographic style can best be described as an infusion of traditional portraiture, documentary and fashion techniques. I work closely with my clients to showcase the strengths of their character through every image.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my site. I hope to be part of your special day.