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Our talented group of photographers are the finest in the industry.
They hail from a range of disciplines: photojournalism, fine art, and commercial photography. Their work has appeared in The New York Times, Town and Country Magazine, The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Politico, People Magazine and other national and local publications.
If life is comprised of successive moments of now
all the photographers share the same passion as Neal and Carla Freed, which is to isolate the truly memorable moment, to pull out of the ordinary, what Henri Cartier Bresson, called “the decisive moment.” To artistically capture in a photograph, the image that tells a story so that when you look at that image years from now, you’ll recall every thought and feeling as though you were in the middle of that moment, now.
Thank you for considering our services.
We know that you are looking for the best value, but we also know that it’s often hard going on price alone, to figure that out. Though our pricing is very fair and a great value, we are not always the least expensive. As the saying goes, there’s best quality, best service, and lowest price; you can have any two. We choose quality and service.
Our full day (8 hour) coverage starts at $4,000 and includes two photographers
copyrights to all of the magnificent wedding day images we create, a website gallery, and a 6?x9? custom album. Beyond that, there’s a myriad of additional items from larger albums to photo booth and video coverage that we’ll be happy to discuss with you.
We welcome you to visit our studio.
Our studio is in downtown Bethesda and is located just a few blocks from the Bethesda Metro stop. Our studio hours are Monday-Thursday from 9am-6pm and on Fridays from 9am-4pm. We also meet with clients on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings by appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!
Album Design Services
Step 1: We start by reviewing your album options.
Maybe, you have in mind traditional leather bound album with each photo individually mounted on a matt. Or, you might prefer the contemporary coffee table style album with multiple images on a page. Perhaps, you have in mind dramatic large photos, each image on its own page. There are many cover options available, such as leather, Japanese book cloth, a metallic cover or a photo cover, and more.
Step 2: Once you have selected a book style we can assist you in selecting your photos.
We will advise you on a meaningful selection of images so that you tell the story of your day. Ultimately you decide which photos will be in your album, although a little advice and guidance will simplify this task.
Step 3: The album layout is created.
We design the book and e-mail you pages for review. At this point you have the opportunity to examine the design and make changes if desired. Our goal is for you to have a book that is perfect.
Step 4: Production of the album begins.
After you finalize the album design, we start our work. If there is retouching it is completed at this point, the prints are ordered and the book is bound. If you are interested in additional products, we can provide other items such as duplicate albums and individual photographs.
Our work speaks for itself. Voted Best in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine the past 8 years running. Winner of the Best Photography Award by the International Special Events Society for the past 6 years. Recommended by more venues and industry professionals than anyone else in the area. Our Team. Our people are the difference. We start with world class photography but we don’t stop there. Designing a beautiful album is not as easy as some people would have you believe. Nor does a cookie cutter, template approach to design get you the album of your dreams. Our designers work with you every step of the way. If there is anything as good as our photography, it’s our service.
How do I choose my photographer?
There are two basic approaches. Some people want to pick their specific photographer in advance and some people just want to know they have a “Freed” photographer. If you want to select your photographer, you can call us at 301-652-5452 for an appointment to come in to our studio and meet with us in person, or we can email you slide shows of our photographers who are available on your date. If you don’t have a specific preference, and you like the work of all of our photographers, we can give you a better price by giving us flexibility in who your photographer would be.
Will I get to meet my photographer?
Of course, we understand how important the personal relationship between the bride and photographer is and we want you to be as comfortable with your photographer as you are with their photography. Four to six weeks before your event, your photographer will contact you to schedule a planning meeting.
What’s your style? I’m worried about a photographer bothering me all night.
We work in an extremely unobtrusive manner. Besides a few traditional portraits taken early on, everything is photographed in a very photojournalistic style. Most of the time you have no idea of the photographs we have taken until you see them after the wedding. Some of the most common comments we hear afterwards are; “I had no idea that happened at my event”, or “I didn’t know you photographed that, I never even saw you”.
Do I have input into my album design?
Every album design starts as a blank canvas and is a collaborative effort between you and our designers. Unlike many photographers that give you one design and charge for revisions (feel free to ask us why), we have our own designers and we work with you until you are happy.
How long after the wedding until I get my album?
We have the fastest turn around times in the industry. Everyone knows someone who took months to receive their pictures. Not at Freed. The first step is to get you the “proofs” of the event. This takes 3-4 weeks. Once you have the proofs we find the longest delay is typically how long it takes you to come back in to start working on your album. Once your album design is complete and approved, it takes 8 – 12 weeks for us to create your finished album.
Do you bring back up equipment?
We bring back up equipment to our backup equipment. We have a full time archivist who makes sure that not only are your images backed up in our studio, but we have a set stored off site in case of a catastrophe.
Do you use digital or film?
We shoot digitally for one very simple reason. Our ability to make you look your best is much greater digitally than with film.
Do I get my negatives?
Yes, our packages include the negatives.
I’ve heard that you are more expensive than some other photographers, is this true?
When we look at what other photographers charge, we are always amazed at how they price their packages to give the illusion of being less than they actually are. Too few hours, set up fees, break-down fees, location fees, travel fees, retouching fees, design revision fees, etc. We don’t play those games. We price our services based on what we know it will take for us to do the job right. If on your wedding day you want to go from your house, to the ceremony, to a park, to a monument, to the reception, we think that’s great, we’ll get amazing photographs. We don’t charge extra. If you’re nervous and you wake up with a blemish on your big day, you’ll never see it in a finished print you order from us and there won’t be an extra charge. While everyone has a budget for their event, when it comes to the only tangible heirloom left from the day, we like to remember the words of John Ruskin: “There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.”
I’m sold what’s next?
Call or email us as soon as you decide. We’ll put you on our calendar.