Recommended by 99%
Amanda · Married on 10/06/2018
Highly Recommend Jud!
Our wedding was the best day of our lives, and thanks to Jud we have amazing photographs that completely capture the love and joy we felt on that day. I can't recommend him enough. My husband and I were looking for something very specific - real photos that captured the real feelings and real moments of our wedding day. Sure we wanted some posed pictures and portraits but the pictures we wanted most (and the ones that Jud delivered that blew us away) were the candids. We interviewed half a dozen photographers and none of them put us at ease the way that Jud did - I realized as soon as I talked with him that he was the only person I completely trusted to capture our most important day.Sent on 11/12/2018
Now back to our actual wedding day (and the days leading up to it). Jud was super responsive and professional in all of his communications leading up to the wedding. About a week or 2 before the big day I sent Jud a detailed schedule for the day, as well as our Must Have photo list. On our wedding day Jud arrived at our venue early to get the lay of the land and than started taking our getting ready pictures right on schedule. It was clear that he had spent time studying our must have photos list because he wasn't flipping through the list at all in the moment but remembered exactly what I wanted for the getting ready, first look, and family photos that we did before the ceremony. During the more posed portrait-style shots Jud gave suggestions based on lighting/background and was also very open to on the spot requests from us. My husband was kind of dreading this part of the wedding day because he hates standing and taking photos but it literally flew by and Jud made it so incredibly easy. Once the ceremony started I honestly don't even remember seeing Jud for the rest of the day (except for one brief post-ceremony photo shoot we had planned in advance!) - he was completely in the background just taking the most incredible pictures you could imagine :)
There is one memory that stands out from the day that I think captures Jud's style. We originally planned to sneak off after dinner to do a quick sunset photo. However our wedding day was super cloudy, so alas, no sunset. Jud came up to us at the end of dinner to remind us that this photo request had been on my must have list and since the sun wasn't cooperating he had another idea for a silohuette photo in a little red barn that was on the property. We thought it sounded cool and asked if we could wait until right after dessert. Jud said no problem. Well dessert came and went and then my husband and I forgot all about it and finally sat down to have some us time. We were taking it all in, talking and laughing, and before I knew it, it was time for the father/daughter dance. Jud read the room and didn't pull us away to go take a picture that probably would have been cool, but wasn't going to make or break our wedding day. Now that our big day has come and gone, I can't tell you enough how valuable that is...the day goes by even faster than everyone says it does, so I'm so grateful that Jud let us enjoy being married and captured the real moments of our day instead of pulling us away to stage "cool pictures."
We received all of our digital photos as soon as we returned from our honeymoon a little over two weeks later...and they were even better than we even imagined they could be. Amazing pictures that tell the story of our wedding day. If you are looking for a photojournalistic style, look no further - Jud is 100% your guy!
Lauren · Married on 06/25/2016
My husband Ryan and I live in Washington State but decided to have a June wedding in Warrenton, Virginia, the town where we met and Ryan grew up. While we were familiar with Warrenton, neither of us had lived there in nearly a decade and we had no connections with people in the wedding industry.Sent on 01/08/2017
From our home in Washington, Ryan and I scoured the Internet for wedding photographers throughout the Northern Virginia area. We looked everywhere. If we found photography that we loved, the price was outside our budget. If we found something within our budget, we often didn’t like the style or quality. Finally, we stumbled on Jud’s website. I was immediately struck by his photojournalist style. His work looks real and full of emotion. Rather than everyone posed in awkwardly forced stances, you could easily imagine the moment. I also liked that he wasn’t just a wedding photographer. Of all the photography websites we looked at, Ryan and I both agreed that Jud’s was our favorite.
That afternoon we contacted Jud to learn of his price and availability. We promptly heard back via email, and we were thrilled to learn that his rate was affordable and that he’d be free on our wedding date. A couple days later, Ryan spoke to Jud on the phone and reported back that he was friendly and easy-going. We arranged to do an engagement shoot on New Years Eve 2016. The engagement session went well and we loved the pictures. Most importantly, we enjoyed his company.
On our wedding day, Jud arrived early and with an ease of presence. When I look back on our wedding photos now, I’m just amazed at some of the shoots he was able to get. There were times when I didn’t realize my photo was being taken, but other times when I clearly remember something like Jud making a funny joke. He was there but his presence was comfortable and not at all overbearing.
With all sincerity, I would recommend Jud to anyone. He is kind, reasonable, reliable, and a talented photographer.
User6018822 · 2+ years ago
My husband and I were looking for a photo journalist style photographer and happened to come across Jud McCrehin Photography.Sent on 12/03/2015
We could not be more pleased with hiring him for our wedding. Jud was quick to respond to emails and questions and extremely fast with the turnaround time for providing us with the photographs!
What made him stand out from other photographers from us (aside from his talent) is that he provided us with discounted prints and had a traveling photo booth which was a standing camera with a control for guests to take their own photos during our reception which made for a lot of fun!
The photographs turned out better than we could have ever imagined! Along with Jud's talent as a photographer he's also very down to earth, easy to work with, pleasant, and professional!
Mary · Married on 10/17/2015
Jud photographed our wedding this past October. He was awesome! He was very nice and professional. All of our pictures turned out beautifully and the photo booth was great! We will definitely recommend him to friends :)Sent on 11/30/2015
ReNata · Married on 05/30/2015
As a wedding planner, I've worked with many photographers. Jud was a delight both in his professionalism and talent. He truly understood the bride and groom's vision and captured unique moments of their wedding.Sent on 01/06/2016
Katherine · Married on 05/02/2015
Jud photographed my wedding this past May. My husband and I received numerous compliments on our wedding photos. There were so many wonderful moments that Jud captured and he did so in a way that did not intrude on the celebration of the day. Jud's talents go beyond taking the photos you hope for, he captures the images you could not even dream of. He was not only a professional photographer he was also very kind, patient, and had a positive outlook the entire time. Even though Jud is a one man show, the images he captured were of various prospective and angles, you would have thought there was an entire production team working for our wedding. I would highly recommend him to capture the most important moments of your life and I hope to work with him again in the near future.Sent on 06/25/2015
User3865442 · 2+ years ago
Jud was very professional and reasonably priced compared to other wedding photographers in the DC area.They came out great and as expected. We especially like the candid shots that weren't posed. If you're looking for a different style of wedding pictures that aren't the normal posed and "forced" shots, give Jud a call!Sent on 03/24/2015
Thanks so much!
Holly · Married on 10/13/2013
Outstanding photographer and a pleasure to work with! When my husband-to-be told me what he was looking for in a wedding photographer, I didn't think we would ever find someone capable of meeting his specifications at our price point... And then we met Jud. What an incredibly talented, creative, kind and engaging photographer! Jud impressed my hubby with his technical savvy, clearly superior credentialing and proactive planning (which ensured that we got every shot we wanted under a very constrained timeline). On the day of our event, he was punctual and personable - and not the least intimidated by our wonderfully eclectic venue at the Mansion on O Street (i.e., shooting a session in a room fantastically lined with mirrors and making sure that the only thing reflected was our love). Not only did Jud succeed in putting us at ease and getting so many *perfect* shots, he was also extremely flexible with this terms and even stayed beyond the contracted end time to get the one last shot we needed. Jud's work ethic, artistry, and upbeat attitude were everything we could hope for in our wedding photographer. He kept us smiling and found great new angles in the Mansion's beautifully odd spaces. We'd absolutely work with him again- maybe for our 1st Anniversary party!Sent on 11/11/2013
Molly · Married on 09/22/2013
Thanks for shooting our wedding, Jud! It was such a fun day and knowing that our memories would be in such capable hands through your photographs gave us one less thing to worry about! The pictures came out beautifully and we appreciate your work!Sent on 11/10/2013
Maria · Married on 09/14/2013
We are so glad that we found Jud as our photographer. He is very friendly and unobtrusive. We met with him to decide that his photography style (photojournalism) was right for us. Prior to the wedding, I emailed him a list of posed family and bridal party photos that we wanted him to take. All of the pictures turned out gorgeous!Sent on 10/31/2013
m · Married on 09/14/2013
We are so glad that we found Jud as our photographer. He is very friendly and unobtrusive. We met with him to decide that his photography style (photojournalism) was right for us. Prior to the wedding, I emailed him a list of posed family and bridal party photos that we wanted him to take. All of the pictures turned out gorgeous!Sent on 12/23/2013
Lydia · Married on 06/01/2013
I would HIGHLY recommend Jud as a photographer, whatever your event may be. He was incredibly professional and flexible over the course of our – rather hectic – wedding day June 2013. Of course, throughout the day, you get caught up in the events and the guests, the ceremony and the dancing; half the time, we forgot Jud was there, which means he was able to be a ‘fly on the wall’ and catch the little moments that most would miss in the hustle and bustle. The photo booth he set up in the corner of our reception was a huge hit, and we ended up with many great shots. Jud was quick with the ‘formal’ family portraits, so the grandparents were able to get inside, out of the heat. He was easy to work with, and helped calm the jitters or awkwardness that can happen in posed photos. Jud works to make sure that your photos are both beautiful and honest, which is important – he was able to capture the emotions and the true spirit of our family and guests. I can vouch that all of his photos turn out beautifully; the photos on his website are not ‘cherry picked’, they are true representation of how YOUR photos will turn out. If you want heirloom-quality photographs of your special day, book Jud before someone else does.Sent on 01/20/2014
Rachel · Married on 05/18/2013
Jud is our go-to photographer for all of our major life events. We decided to hire Jud because we wanted great photographs that did not need to be altered and enhanced or that appear processed. Jud delivered - he is an excellent photographer. Jud provides hundreds of images from a variety of perspectives, so there are plenty to choose from. He is also professional and great to work with. He responds promptly to emails and calls, is always on time, and is ready to capture the best images. Hire Jud if you want genuine, real, and absolutely amazing photographs of your life events.Sent on 11/17/2013
Shannon · Married on 04/13/2013
I am so grateful to Jud McCrehin for absolutely beautiful wedding photos! I was married this past April, and Jud seemed to be everywhere all at once. We have thousands of photos - that's really incredible for just one man in a short window of time! His technique is top-notch - he grabs all the unscripted moments, and I hardly even noticed he was around everywhere we were!Sent on 12/31/2013
People say that your wedding flies by - and it does - but I have absolutely beautiful photojournalistic, real moments from the day captured with Jud's many lenses. We hired him for 8 hours - from the first look to leaving our reception hall through a parade of sparklers. There was such a variety of shots from Jud - extreme (& pretty!) close ups to stunning wide shots.
He hit the ground running: keeping everyone laughing during portraits. He got some truly awesome photos of my entire bridal party while he stood on a ladder, cracking jokes. He was flexible, yet had a firm plan of where to go and what shots to get with not a ton of direction from me. I would say - "Oh, let's do this!" and he'd always be game. That was wonderful!
He made sure to get what I really cared about: the people, the detail shots of things we made for the wedding, and the stunning setting, with a particular focus on flowering trees since they were in full bloom on my wedding day. He scouted around quickly and found some areas of the property that make for a big, gorgeous scene with the two of us in the middle!
If your budget won't allow for two photographers, Jud is an awesome choice because he seems to be everywhere all at once. His energy is unmatched. He seemed to never stop taking photos. He is a journalist, so he knows the importance of a great photo to tell a story, and he understands well working in a short time window while moments are flying by. Jud is a stellar choice to photograph your wedding!
Kristi · Married on 09/29/2012
Jud did a fantastic job at our wedding! He really captured the wonderful feeling of the day and all the best moments. I will treasure the photos forever. Jud is also a great guy and fun to be with. When you have someone right there with you all day during your wedding it makes it much more enjoyable if they are fun and have a good sense of humor. Thanks Jud you are the best :) Kristi WrobelSent on 04/23/2013
User2815370 · 2+ years ago
Jud was fantastic. We were very precise in what we were looking for, and he gave us exactly what we wanted. Very responsive both before and after the wedding. He was a consummate professional, and his images are top notch at a great price. Highly recommend.Sent on 11/29/2012
Meredith · Married on 08/26/2012
Jud photographed my wedding at the Barns at Wolf Trap on August 26, 2012. He was great to work with, and I would absolutely recommend him to any bride without hesitation. My husband really wanted a photographer who was comfortable with a photojournalistic style, and Jud was very familiar with this approach to wedding photography. With Jud’s versatile background, he was able to accommodate all of the different types of posed pictures, detail shots, and candids that we asked for. He doesn’t hesitate to get right down in the action to get the perfect shot, but he manages to remain unobtrusive at the same time. And he is very nice and personable. I highly recommend him.Sent on 09/23/2012
Angelica · Married on 08/18/2012
I am so happy we chose Jud to be our photographer. I was a nervous wreck that day, especially before the ceremony. Jud was really calm and friendly with my whole family. Everyone really liked him. He helped me feel at ease with everything. He did a great job, the pictures turned out beautiful! He is a very patient photographer and my husband was really happy too. :) Also, I loved the fact that while my hubby and I were refreshing after family pictures, Jud took pictures of the guests transitioning from the ceremony to the reception area. I was not expecting that, I dont know how he did it, haha he is really fast! Also the photo booth was hilarious!!! Yes, I would 100 percent recommend him.Sent on 03/13/2013
Patricia · Married on 06/18/2011
Jud was a great wedding photographer! From the very beginning when we first met him, we felt very comfortable with him. His attitude at the wedding was very professional, yet he made everyone he was photographing feel very relaxed. He was also unobtrusive, yet took great pictures of all the important moments! After the wedding, it turned out I had somehow miscalculated and overpaid him, and he contacted me right away and let me know so I could write a new check with the appropriate amount-- even though he could have kept the old check, and I never would have realized I'd overpaid! Most importantly, the photos he took are beautiful, and we have a great selection to choose from for our prints and albums.Sent on 07/16/2011
CJ · Married on 05/21/2011
Jud was an amazing photographer. We booked him at the last minute and he performed as though he'd met with us a dozen times. He was extremely flexible with the requirements of the church and our amateur photographer family members getting in the way. We got over 1000 lovely pictures within 2 weeks of our event. Lastly, Jud is just a cool person to have at your wedding. As my husband and I are amateur photographers ourselves we had a real sense of what we wanted from our photographer and Jud was the best choice for us.Sent on 06/07/2011
Mimi · Married on 05/07/2011
5 stars for Jud McCrehin!! After nearly exhausting our search for a photographer who would be able to capture the candid moments and special details of our wedding without completely breaking the bank, we thought we would have to settle either for a photographer with lower quality photos or higher price... and then, just in the nick of time we found Jud!! After our first meeting with Jud we knew he was going to be the one for us. He was unobtrusive during the ceremony but somehow still managed to get awesome shots. He was fun and friendly and always easy to work with. We constantly go back to admire the photos Jud took for both our engagement and wedding.Sent on 08/02/2011
Chris · Married on 03/19/2011
We could not have asked for a better photographer for our wedding. We met Jud when he did our Engagement Photos and loved everything that he did! The wedding photos were equally as amazing. With Jud, not only can you count on amazing pictures (I think everyone from our wedding commented on how good the pictures were), but equally as important, you can count on Jud to be professional, on-time and flexible. Also, Jud is just a great person who is so much fun to work with! He will take the best pictures without anyone even knowing they are being photographed!Sent on 08/15/2011
Marissa · Married on 01/01/2011
Jud was the perfect wedding photographer for our needs- we planned our wedding in 2 months due to an upcoming deployment, and he was very flexible as we were figuring out the details of our day. We didn't have time to meet before the wedding so we basically just told him what we had in mind and he ran with it. During the actual wedding, he had this knack for being right there when we needed him (we wanted lots of candid, photojournalist-style shots and some formal shots). We wanted that sense from the photos of our excitement, the party atmosphee, and his photos make you feel like you are right there in the event. We are putting together our albums now and having a difficult time choosing between all the photos!Sent on 02/05/2011
We wanted festive, glamorous party caught on film and Jud captured it perfectly. We are thrilled with the results and can't recommend him highly enough!
Chris · Married on 04/24/2010
Jud was the perfect photographer for my engagement. I was doing a surprise engagement at the Lincoln Memorial and cannot say enough about how helpful he was setting up, flexible with the changing times, etc due to it being a surprise, and how great the pictures came out! Both of our families now have an amazing look into the proposal so they feel as if they were there. I would recommend anyone to Jud for his great photos and the fact that he is the least intrusive photographer I have ever met. We will be using him for our wedding as well because we were impressed with his skill and professionalism.Sent on 01/08/2011
Erika · Married on 09/05/2009
We used Jud for our 2009 wedding and he was fantastic!! So much so that, two children later, he has become our go-to photographer for all our photography needs.Sent on 10/01/2015
Before our wedding and each subsequent session, Jud has been open to questions, directions and requests, and during our shoots he has done everything we expected and more. Whenever I think of something that might make a good photo, I turn around and he's already there.
His personal approach to photos makes you feel like your event is being captured by a friend. He will find moments you didn't even know happened -- a quiet conversation with a friend or relative; a funny moment between two guests; the vibrant colors of your flowers and decorations. He is a master of his craft, with the ability to capture the personalities, interactions and moments that make your day so personal and so special.