For our 3rd installment of Earth Day Week – I am focusing on eco-friendly photographers in the DC area. It goes without saying that I highly recommend my brother and his wife from Documentary Associates. Their weddings have been featured in the Washingtonian‘s Bride and Groom Magazine, The Knot, Essence.com for their work on the Green Wedding Consortium’s Earth Day Wedding Last Year at Decatur House, Eco-Beautiful Weddings, in the Eco Issue of Bride and Bloom Magazine, Flower Magazine and more! Their commitment to the environment includes being carbon neutral with Carbonfund, doing various non-profit organization photography, driving a hybrid, donating to various eco causes and more. We work with them often and they are located right in the office with us in Bethesda! (Yes that is a photo of me on my wedding day in the Dominican Republic!)
Another eco-friendly favorite photography firm of ours is The Observatory. Owner Andrea Jacobson uses public transportation and Zipcar when she needs a car! Growing up on the west coast, she grew up with reusing and recycling since she was a baby! She took an enormous amount of photography for our first few issues of Eco-Beautiful Weddings – including our 1st issue’s cover shoot! Their weddings have been featured in the Washingtonian Bride and Groom, Brides Magazine, The Knot and countless blogs. You can see more about the above wedding photo at the Meridian House by clicking through to this link on United With Love.
One of the most talented photographers in the DC area is Nicole Wolf of Sota Dzine. She is also really (what I call) a part-time missionary + full time photographer! She has taken several trips (and will be going back) to Haiti to help build homes for those affected by the terrible earthquake last year. Her heart is so big that she has raised over $15,000 to build homes on facebook alone (CLICK HERE TO DONATE)! I am helping her with a fundraiser for her Up From Under Project in November of this year (stay tuned). I don’t know if I could even list where Sota Dzine has been featured here – it would make this post too long. The photo from above is from a shoot we did together for Photo District News. Her weddings and photography have been featured literally all over the world and locally in magazines like the Washingtonian, DC Magazine, The Knot along with international ad campaigns and commercial photography (they even photographed Lisa Loeb’s wedding)! Their whole team is talented and they have big hearts!
Friend and fantastic photographerJennifer Hughes is sweet as she can be and talented beyond compare. Heralded in both the greater Washington, DC and Baltimore areas – Jennifer is simply one of the best photographers around. She has earned her reputation through fantastic wedding and commercial photography. The above wedding photo (and wedding) was featured in the most recent issue of Baltimore Bride. Click here to see more! Jennifer also took the photos from our cover editorial from the Winter 2011 Issue of Eco-Beautiful Weddings as well!
a little bit of whimsy photography is another fave of ours that photographed the cover editorial from our Spring 2010 issue of Eco-Beautiful Weddings here locally. She captures emotions so well at weddings and just has such an eye for detail. She gives back to the community in so many ways and has recently become a vegetarian.
Balance Photography – One of the founders of the local green wedding showcase + Green America Member and so much more! This husband and wife team also does some amazing boudoir work!
I have recently fallen in love with photographer Marta Locklear! She recently did the amazing new cover editorial shoot for the Spring 2011 Issue of Eco-Beautfiul Weddings and she is a genius at using natural light. She is an eco-gal! She has her own vegetable garden and wants to start raising her own chickens too!!
Holland Photo Arts loves the environment and gives 5% of their total revenue to various organizations that help make the world a better place! This husband and wife team is based on Charlottesville – so they are perfect for weddings in the Northern and Southern VA regions.
K Thompson Photography is another one of our favorite local green photographers. She is a member of the Green Wedding Consortium and supports many eco-related organizations.
Kristi Odom won my heart as a bride that got married in Africa with very few guests and even took her own wedding photography! She encourages people to see the world and experience new cultures. She is also a member of the green wedding consortium and donates a portion of her proceeds to various organizations. Her weddings have been featured in Eco-Beautiful Weddings, United With Love, Wedding Vow, Newnan Coweta, Wedding Event Style and more.
There are more photographers out there doing amazing things – just be sure to ask them when you meet with them.
Green Idea of the Day and Contests for today – Already been married and need to sell your dress? – List your Gown on BravoBride.com this week and they will plant a tree with the Nature Conservancy!
Still Looking for your Dress? Find one, pre-owned and become a Princess for a Day at the same time! Smartbride has gotten together with an amazing bunch of wedding gurus and companies to give a bunch of wedding stuff away now until the royal wedding day next week! All from eco-friendly vendors. Great to shop for your gown too!