Wedding Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey
When we first started looking for a photographer, we couldn't believe the number in the pool from which we could choose. It was overwhelming. Instead of calling each one of them or checking the website out for each of them, I browsed through the real photos on WeddingChannel to see which ones of the pictures really popped out. Since my husband and I love taking pictures ourselves and know a little more than the average about taking pictures, we were picky but not when we saw the pictures taken by Rodney and his crew!
Rodney was very responsive and professional. We met with him briefly and we decided to go with Gary Guevara. The process was easy. Gary and his assistant showed up on the wedding day and created the most beautiful memory for us. Of course, we had to do some formal shots with our family. However, the crew took a lot of candid pictures of us and our guests. We highly recommend Gary!
Here is the link to a slideshow of the wedding highlights:
Rodney Bailey was a recommendation from my hair stylist Giselle. She had worked with Gary before and said that he was absolutely wonderful. When we met with Rodney and Gary we felt the same way. They were responsive and helpful and on the day Gary and his assistant were everywhere you needed them and completely out of the way. Even though it rained Gary was extremely flexible when it came to photos and was able to get as much as he could. We haven't received the photos yet but I don't doubt for a fact that they are absolutely beautiful
I knew I wanted Rodney Bailey & Associates to do my wedding photography before we had even finalized our venue selection (and they were very flexible in waiting for me to finalize my venue). For me, photography was the most important investment of the wedding because that is the only thing (other than the marriage) from that day that we can have forever. After browsing a variety of photographers online, I stumbled across Rodney’s wedding venue page and fell in love with the style of all of the photographers. They hit just the right balance for me between photojournalistic (documenting the real emotion of the day) and flexibility to do what the couple wanted in terms of formal shots etc. I called on a whim one day, almost positive I wouldn’t be able to afford even their most basic package. I was amazed at the affordability and their willingness to work with me. Remember, I did say this was an investment, but I didn’t say I could bankrupt myself either.
We ended up getting a package that included an engagement shoot, an engagement album which we used as a guest book, 8 hours of coverage on the wedding day, two photographers, and a wedding album at the end. For everything we got, I felt the price was fair. Gary was the associate we chose to work with and couldn’t have been happier with our choice! Even after Gary had a family emergency, the office was great at getting our engagement shoot rescheduled and Gary was a true artist with our photos. I was glad that we were early enough that we had a choice in our photographer- Gary fit our personalities just perfectly and was able to make my husband and I very comfortable in front of the camera. I haven’t seen the final work from the wedding day, but I am sure the photos are going to be stunning (Gary let me sneak a peek on his camera before the ceremony).
Cannot say enough good things about working with Gary from Rodney Bailey. Gary put us at ease from the moment we began and we know our wedding photos will be absolutely beautiful. We also feel SO lucky to have worked with Sayed as well - two lead photographers!!
The most amazing thing about working with Rodney Bailey and Associates is how discrete these amazing photographers are throughout your wedding day. We had the time of our lives at our wedding, and never even noticed all the snapshots going on around us.
Our guests LOVED the photobooth and we cannot wait for the photos to come back!
We are so grateful to have been lucky enough to work with this amazing team, thank you so much Rodney, Gary and...
We used Tabitha for our wedding and she was awesome!
Rodney Bailey Photojournalism was outstanding on all levels. Rodney is very professional, helpful, and friendly. He is very responsive and got back to me very quickly any time I contacted him. Mark Bettinger was our photographer for both engagement photos and for our wedding photos. The images were AMAZING, and we were thrilled with how they looked. Somehow Mark managed to blend in with our guests, and still capture every moment. He coordinated the posed photos and expedited them quickly and painlessly, and most importantly made us feel comfortable and at ease which shows in the pictures. I would highly recommend anyone getting married in the DC/MD/VA area to use Rodney Bailey. They are more than worth the cost!
We just received our wedding album earlier this week and are so happy with the end result. Gary was our photographer and we felt comfortable with him from our first meeting. All of our photos--engagement and wedding photos--turned our beautifully and we love their photojournalism approach. You can't go wrong selecting their services.
It was a pleasure working with my photographer's Naomi and Syed. They were definitely trained well under Rodney's tutelage. I rarely noticed them when they were grabbing candid shots of the group and boy did they get some fun shots. I loved my formal photos. They definitely were able to get my good side. I felt like a celebrity. ha!
I would definitely recommend the photographers and RB to anybody who wishes for quality Photography company in the D.C. area. A little expensive but worth the price.
Rodney Bailey photography captured every detail of my May 7, 2011 wedding. My photographer was Gary Guevarra and he was excellent! I would recommend him to every bride getting married. He also took care of us during our Engagement session at the Tidal Basin. He immediately made us feel comfortable and just took such great pictures! He made us look good! He has such artistic skills and the shots he took of us are just breath-taking. Asst photographer Syed was great too! You will not go wrong by choosing Rodney Bailey - they will take great care of you. They are professional, unobstrusive, efficient and will document your wedding with perfection.
Incredible. My wedding guests gushed about the event but to have the attendees mention how great the photographers were even before seeing the pictures was unexpected. 2 and a half weeks after the wedding we received the proofs and are absolutely floored. I can't believe how great they are.
Rodney Bailey Photographers listened carefully to my requests and delivered artistic, gorgeous photos that exceeded my expectations. I recommend them to everyone who wants natural, candid, and unique photos that are gallery worthy.
The website slideshow they provided is a perfect way for my Facebook friends to view pics and they provided a link to the more substantial shots for me to send to family members so they can place orders.
I am incredibly impressed with the service, performance and deliverables provided by these truly gifted artists.
Would highly recommend Rodney Bailey. Service, attention to detail, responsiveness, and quality exceeded our expectations.
We had Rodney do our engagement session, rehearsal dinner, and wedding. We could not have asked for anything better! Neither my husband nor I consider oursevles particularly photogenic people, but Rodney manages to bring out the best. You'd never guess he's one of the top rate photographers in the area. He's so modest, incredibly personable, and always makes time for you. The best part is that he never fails to catch those subtle moments, but never seems to intrude on the action. What a treat! He's a fantastic talent and a true pleasure to work with!
I didn't have to spend a lot of time considering my answers, the service was stellar. My wedding album is more than enough proof of the quality of service. As for responsiveness and flexibility, each of my meetings with Rodney was scheduled to accommodate me and he was well prepared each time. The multiple photographers he brought with him blended well into the crowd and were not invasive- yet they somehow captured EVERYTHING. That's true professionalism. I'm the type of person that highly values having photos from an event, which would normally lead to less care about the cost, however Rodney was appropriately priced for his talent and product - leaving me with the feeling that our contract was very satisfactory. This promoted a very positive relationship.
One thing to point out is that my screening of photographers was thorough and a main concern of mine was whether the people I hired would put my guests at ease. Another concern of mine was the ability for them to physically cover a wide area. To be blunt, Rodney is both physically appealing and agile, enabling him to assuage my concerns on each topic.
As an aside, I've never seen my relatives and friends look as good as they do in Rodney's photos. They are going to be thrilled to receive wedding photos as gifts for the holidays!
We could not have been happier with Rodney Bailey and his team. Our pictures our AMAZING...the only issue we have is there are so many that are so incredible it is hard to pick which ones to include in the album and to frame! There were some unexpected extra charges with our album that we did not plan for but other than that he was worth every penny! I would HIGHLY recommend Rodney Bailey to any bride!!
Working with Rodney and Mark was a true pleasure! So professional and easy to work with. Their pictures are AMAZING - you will not be disappointed! Rodney also designs your album for you which is so helpful!! You can make adjustments (we made very few) to tweak it to your liking. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a wonderful photographer - for weddings or any occasion!
Tabatha and Gary took soooo many beautiful pictures, and Rodney designed a beautiful album. There are lots of great photographers in the DC area, but if you want to make sure your album doesn't look like it was designed by an amateur, Rodney Bailey is it. He had the most beautiful wedding albums of the vendors I interviewed. I made the right choice.
Gary was my wedding photogragher and he was great! I loved working with him for my engagement photos and on my wedding day. I am able to relive that day via his pictures. Tabitha was the second photographer and she had great ideas too. I would recommend either one.
Rodney's team was amazing - Gary and Syed were everywhere during the rehearsal and wedding day. The photos and albums were incredible and I received lots of compliments.
Early in the process, when a booking mistake was discovered, Rodney and his staff resolved it quickly and included a bunch of extra services in my package as a make-even. I was definitely the winner on that one. Plus, Gary asked if we would be willing to take photos the morning after the wedding at the neon boneyard for free and some of our best photos come from that outing.
If you want amazing photos, professional and responsive service and friendly photographers, definitely talk to Rodney Bailey. I could not recommend them enough.
Rodney and his team were so much fun! Their personalities made the wedding day less stressful and took all the pictures that we requested. Their approach was definitely 'not in your face'. The only time you would realized they were there was because of the clicking of the cameras. The photos turned about beautifully! We used Rodney for our two engagement photo sessions as well as our two wedding ceremonies. My parents were so happy to have Rodney and his team (and that means a lot because my parents are very hard to please!). Within a blink of any eye I would recommend Rodney Bailey for any occasion!
We used Gary Guevara for our engagement photo session and our wedding and he is AMAZING! His eye for photography is uncanny and I LOVE the way our photos turned out. My husband isn't a fan of having his photo taken but Gary made him feel comfortable and even got him to smile for some of the pictures! We just met with Rodney to go over our album design and I couldn't be more excited to see how it's going to turn out! The photos from the wedding are unbelievable! We also were only supposed to have two photographers but they ended up bringing a third! Between the three of them they captured every moment I saw and countless others that I didn't even know were going on! They are definitely pricey but well worth it! I will treasure these photos and the album for a lifetime!
Rodney and his team of photographers are exceptional and worth every penny! They captured our wedding day so beautifully and were so great to work with. We received so many compliments from our friends and family at the wedding about how great they thought our photographers were. They were amazed how they never got in the way, yet were always around. My husband and I would highly recommend Rodney and his team to any couple looking for a wedding photographer and photojournalist. We look forward to continuing to work with Rodney, for holiday photo shoots, first baby pictures, etc :)
Rodney Bailey is a gifted photographer. He worked well with everyone, and blended seemlessly into the background. He could have been more helpful with the group shot, but it was a minor, minor complaint. I wish I could give him 6 stars!
Rodney did an amazing job. He was very flexible with our busy schedules and stayed on top of everything. The best part was he took great pictures fast, so we could enjoy our wedding!
Due to issues with another vendor, I hired Rodney through a friend less than a week before my destination wedding out of the country. I would never have been able to hire him on my own as he is booked months if not years in advance, but he knew my friend and agreed to rearrange his schedule around my wedding. My fiance and I were so grateful!
In contrast to the other vendor we had been working with, Rodney and his assistant (Naomi) were a total breath of fresh air. Not only were they both low key, completely flexible and thoroughly professional, they took fantastic pictures over the course of the 4 days of events.
Yes, Rodney's services don't come cheap. That said, the expense will be well-worth it once you see your photos. We especially appreciated that Rodney did not nickel and dime us for anything or make outlandish last minute demands (like our other vendor tried to do before being terminated). Though our original vendor also shoots fantastic photos, we had to deal with a lot of drama, greediness, unreasonable last minute demands and the like so instead of reducing our stress level this other vendor shamelessly added to it. Hiring Rodney, my fiance and I immediately noticed a change...a complete 180, actually, which thoroughly reinforced that we had made the right decision to hire him.
We especially liked and very much appreciated how Rodney and Naomi without fuss tailored everything around our specific needs and wants. This was true in the day-of planning session, all our events, the post-wedding album proposal meeting and in the many emails exchanged throughout. Rodney truly goes above and beyond to please his customers, and provides the highest calibre product to boot. He and Naomi are super low-maintenance, too, which is just what the bride and groom need in order to focus on what's most important: their marriage.
I would highly and strongly recommend Rodney Bailey to any bride looking for a fantastic photographer to document her special day. On top of being great at what he does, Rodney and Naomi are just plain nice. Who wouldn't want to hire these guys?
Rodney Bailey was amazing. I really wanted a photographer that would take lots of candid pictures and would let my husband and I just have a good time and enjoy the party. It was really important to us that we not have a photographer in our faces through the whole day. When we got our pictures I was amazed, they captured so many special moments but I don't remember them being there at all. My guests have even commented that they have never seen a photographer be so respectful of the couple and the guests and yet get such great pictures. I would recommend Rodney and his assistant Tabitha to everyone.
They have fantastic photo results. I absolutely recommend it.
Wedding Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey was a great vendor to work with. Very professional and responsive, and fun to work with. A little on the pricey end, but I am guessing no more so than other top wedding photojournalists.
We used Rodney's associate, Mark, for our photography, while Rodney designed our photo album. Mark did a wonderful job on our wedding shots - both candid and posed. He was professional and good humored - a pleasure to work with. Rodney is a genius at designing albums that tell the story of your wedding day. I would recommend Rodney and his crew highly.
Tabatha and Jerry at Rodney Bailey photographed my wedding and did an INCREDIBLE job. They were so responsive, enthusiastic, professional and flexible! It seemed like they were really having a lot of fun with what they were doing, and it was so nice to have them at the event! They also shot our engagement photos, which was an equally fantastic experience. Rodney is also an extremely responsive and genuine person who honestly cares about your event and your photos. The entire experience with this vendor was top-notch and I would definitely recommend them!
We worked with Rodney and his associate, Gary Guevara, for our wedding. Gary and an assistant took the photos, while Rodney did album design and all of the coordination. We loved working with all of them. They took over 2000 photos during the 7 hours of coverage. I've been told that they also have emailed pictures to our other vendors. They're not cheap, but they're worth every penny.
Rodney Bailey is the best! Super nice. Didn't even know he was there the entire night. He took some spectacular photos! He's best!
Can't say enough about Rodney so I'll keep it short and to the point: Not only is he super talented, he is also super nice! A great combination !!!!
Rodney Bailey is a PRO... love his work!
I've had the pleasure of working with Rodney and his wonderful staff on several occasions. The quality and caliber of his pictures are unmatched. Every picture is artful and beautiful!
Awesome Wedding Photography!
The trend setters, innovators, visionaries and leaders. They are incredibly passionate, dedicated, professional, personable and driven team of artists. Each and every one in their team is amazing. We have worked with each one of their shooters and designers over the years and we cant say enough about each and every one of them, extraordinary team. Outstanding talent, vision, energy and personality which in a photographer whom which will be interacting with you and be at your side though out your event(s) is so very important. Our experiences working with them over the years have been rewarding in that we effortlessly collaborate and are able to create a real team approach which allows us all to excel and produce our best work. 10s across the board.
Can't say enough about Rodney Bailey and his exceptionally talented team. The photography is top notch. Truly the best!
Rodney is an amazing photographer and gentleman, I love working with him because he is always so relaxed and low key....and he always captures the true beauty of our brides!
Fabulous photos and so much fun to work with! Rodney and his team are always so professional and create amazing images.
One of the most sought-after wedding photographers in Washington DC, Bailey has a loyal following of clients which has taken him into the private dwellings of the Who’s Who and abroad to the tropical isles of Bermuda and the romatic city of Paris. One of Rodney’s most memorable destination wedding entailed the bride and groom receiving a blessing from the Pope at Saint Peters in Rome, Italy.
The talented photojournalist is featured in many of today’s top bridal magazines being noted as an innovator -- turning the photography industry upside-down with his powerful craft of storytelling. "I believe my success stems from the ability to document an event while remaining inconspicuous, carefully following the action, but never leading or controlling it. My love for telling each story in its truest form and always challenging the art."
Voted Top Wedding Photojournalist by Washingtonian Magazine for 10 consecutive years - 1999 through 2008
Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine’s Top Photographer of Washington DC - 2005, 2006 and 2007
Documented Oprah Winfrey’s Live Your Best Life Tour, Washington DC
Voted Best Wedding Photojournalist by Northern Virginia Magazine - 2006 and 2007
Exclusive Photographer for Wedding Planning Text Book, Wedding Planning & Management - published in 2007
Featured Photographer in London-published coffee table book, Beautiful Weddings - published in 2008 (and exclusive photographer in the 2009 book release of Wedding Style)
Featured on ABC Nightline as a leading trend setter in Wedding Photography
Featured in RangeFinder Magazine, March 2008
Platform Speaker, "Style is Everything" at WPPI Las Vegas, March 2008
The Knot Magazine’s Best of Weddings 2008 - " Flawless is how one bride described Rodney Bailey"
Featured on Al-Arabiya TV News during Cherry Blossom 2008, check out the story: