We have history, we have cameras, we have a height difference. We think two heads are better than one, four eyes are better than two.
You are probably here because you are excited about your photography. You are looking for pictures that will recall moments and memories. Maybe even something a little offbeat. You aren't scared by a little dust on your dress hem, and you’re looking for photographers who value originality. And that's us.
The best way we can describe our work is artistic journalism. Authentic meets creative. We are a married photo duo who both began our careers as news photographers. Our approach is to get out of the way, and capture what unfolds. Observing people, telling their stories, and anticipating moments is in our muscle memory. Combined, we have more than three decades of experience as photojournalists, shooting and picture editing for publications and non-profits small and large.
So now what? You're planning a wedding, and we realize this is but one stop on that completely crazy journey. This is the fun part. We hope you’ll take a peek around some our favorites, there's much to see!
Recommended by 100% of couples
Jackie · Married on 05/23/2015
When it comes to wedding photography (and photography in general), I can't recommend Joe and Katye enough. Their work is beautiful, timeless, and they are both delightful to work with. We were pretty overwhelmed with the sheer number of choices and styles to choose from. As a journalist and photographer myself, I was relatively picky.. We wanted someone who could take an amazing picture in the camera and wouldn't rely on post-processing to create whatever style is "in" right now, and also someone who could beautifully photograph the planned portraits and key moments of the day, as well as the amazing moments throughout the day that may otherwise be missed. I stumbled upon The Happy Couple on a DC Wedding Blog and several of their photos moved me to tears! They are both trained in photojournalism and it shows in their ability to see small, sweet moments and capture them beautifully. They are also so much fun to be around! After my fiancé and I met with Joe, we canceled our other photography interviews because we had so much fun talking to him, we knew he was the type of person we would want to be around on our wedding day! He also made the process incredibly easy and even let us add a few extra hours to our contract just weeks before the wedding when we realized our timeline was getting too tight. Even when things got a bit crazy right before we had to head down for photos, Katye was incredibly calm and got so many amazing photos. My fiancé and his groomsmen loved having Joe around as they got ready. We were ecstatic when we got our photos back, both from the engagement session and the wedding day. Turnaround was fast (about 3 weeks for engagement, 4 weeks for wedding) and the photos are GORGEOUS. Katye and Joe are two of the best wedding photographers in DC and know how to capture the emotion and beauty of the day. You will not be disappointed- hiring The Happy Couple was the best decision we made for our wedding!Sent on 08/03/2015
Kaily Belanger · Married on 06/22/2019
The Happy Couple are so amazing at what they do! They are wonderful to work with, easy going and knowledgeable but professional! Such incredible candid photos of such a monumental day! They are able to give direction when needed but all the best simple moments are where they shine!Sent on 07/29/2019
Jessica · Married on 01/12/2019
This husband and wife team capture the most beautiful moments and truly know what they're doing.Sent on 12/06/2018