The 9 Best Engagement Photographers in Washington, DC

On the lookout for the most gifted Washington DC engagement photographers? Well then, you’ve come to the right place, since that’s exactly what we at Peerspace have for you ahead. As the largest online marketplace for hourly creative venue rentals, we work with photographers daily to help them secure unique creative spaces for their projects. Perhaps needless to say. we’ve seen a lot of engagement shoots! We hope to share our favorite DC engagement photographers with you to help you in your search while amplifying their creative voices.

There’s a lot that goes on in Washington, DC. For instance, so many people are living their love stories in the District of Columbia, with their positive energetic impact raising the lovin’ vibes of the city. DC is home to a swath of hugely talented photographers who devote themselves to capturing that phenomenon on camera. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite Washington, DC, engagement photographers here for you today. Hopefully, you’re as moved by their work as we are!

1. Bakerture Photo & Video

Bakerture is a labor of love collectively owned and operated by eight professionals. In fact, their work exists in the realms of photography, videography, digital marketing, and event coordination. In business since 2013 and having been featured by about 20 major publications, Bakerture operates like a well-oiled machine. Except that instead of a machine, it’s a group of wildly artistic, talented, insightful creatives devoted to capturing one of the biggest days in their clients’ lives. Because there are so many individuals contributing to the overall style of the company, the style of each individual photo, session, or couple can vary.

However, they manage to do everything with a sense of cohesion based upon authenticity, hope for the future, and preservation of fleeting moments of perfect happiness. And trust us, they have worked with plenty of perfectly happy couples! Here is just one of their many glowing reviews: “We love Bakerture! We used them for our engagement & wedding photos and both experiences were A+. Especially for us (we can tend to clam up in front of a camera) but Rita gave us lots of simple, helpful direction to make us feel comfortable, while always letting the real “us” shine through. Thank you, Bakerture!”

2. Danielle Real

Danielle Real is an established name among the best Washington DC engagement photographers. She’s been working professionally since 2010 and boasts an impressive hundreds of wedding and engagement shoots! Danielle’s use of natural lighting, instinct for space and balance, and eye for the perfect occasion for specific editing techniques have more than impressed us. Just look at the featured photo and try to tell us it doesn’t look straight out of a fairytale!

And be sure to also check out her client testimonials, which can tell you so much about working with her from the couples’ perspective. Here is one example: “I am so grateful to have chosen her as my wedding photographer (and my engagement photographer). Danielle brings a new meaning to photography with her shots that are brought to life! I truly cherish my wedding photos as they allow me to relive that magical day for the rest of my lifetime!”

3. Ren Crespo Photography

Renata Crespo, AKA Ren, describes her approach as “photojournalistic and natural,” with an emphasis on “capturing raw and candid moments”. Not only does she shoot stunning engagement photos, but she’s also a birth photographer dedicated to capturing the pure miracle that is bringing a child into the world. Ren can be there to document the creation, growth, and progression of your family from its very beginnings, placing total emphasis on capturing the raw, deep emotions that these life-changing events can stir up in her clients. Look through her engagements portfolio, and you will see couples truly enjoying the moment, looking natural and naturally in love.

4. Michelle Harris of M Harris Studios

If we had to choose one word to describe Michelle Harris’s aesthetic, we’d have to go with “glamorous”. Michelle’s work is grand, poised, and fierce, with high contrasts and blush tones. She has a special talent for finding interesting uses of space and perspectives. In fact, her clients look like literal royalty in every single photo she takes. If we could choose a second word, it would be “regal”. After all, she seeks to create “genuinely artistic photography” rather than posed, plain pictures, and her clients especially appreciate that about her. That’s one of the reasons the Client for Life service she offers is such a big hit!

So what can you expect from an engagement shoot with Michelle and her team? Let’s let them describe the process: “Our first photo session is magic. We get to pick out your favorite local spots, outfit color scheme, and time of year … Our couples love their engagement sessions because they feel like it’s a practice run for the big day, leaving them more comfortable and confident than before.”

5. Kir Tuben

We’re not joking when we say that Kir Tuben’s website is a work of art in and of itself. If that’s any indication of how much energy, time, and care she’ll put into capturing some of your most precious moments, then you’re in excellent hands. Her efforts have been recognized by more than a few names, Martha Stewart Weddings, Bride, and The Knot, among others. What we love about her style is that it’s so sweet and delicate, we can almost smell the bouquet flowers and champagne. The red dress in this featured photo just pops! while hinting at the slightest, babiest-baby-pink tint overlaying the entire image. It’s modern yet timeless, enviable yet within reach.

6. Sam Hurd Photography

Sam Hurd is the globetrotting photographer based in Washington DC whose incredibly stunning couples’ photography has earned him accolades everywhere. His engagement photography is both vibrant and artistic, with his style providing crisp editorial and freshly candid shots. You can see from his work that Sam is a true artist adept at storytelling. In fact, his creativity seems inspired by the unexpected. If you’re looking to work with an artist who will turn your engagament story into conceptual art, contact him asap!

7. Chris Ferenzi Photography

Chris Ferenzi is a nationally recognized Washington DC engagament photographer who specializes in LGBTQ+ weddings. In Chris’s own words, his style is “bold + modern + authentic”, words we completely agree with! He is also the master of capturing surprise proposals in DC, so if that’s what you’re planning, contact Chris. He will asbolutely ensure to capture the best moments in the most stealth way, while also helping you celebrate each cherished moment.

8. Geneva Washington of Images by Geneva

Geneva (aka – Gee) is a standout DC engagement and wedding photographer who loves to get to know her clients. This familiarity with her couples helps her create images that leaves viewers feeling like they know them! We also adore Geneva’s very light touch with editing techniques and the vintage quality of the frames. Overwhelmed by the idea of a professional engagement shoot? No worries, Gee has your back! When you book her, she sends you an engagement session prep guide that includes potential locations and a style guide. It’s her photography talents and genuine care for her clients that has won our hearts.

In Geneva’s own words: “Upon booking with me, I’ll send over an Engagement Session Questionnaire. This questionnaire will help me learn more about you guys as a couple, which in turn will help me provide you with the best customer service. I’ll be able to assist you with planning your engagement session since now I know your vision and what you’re looking for!!”

9. Mantas Kubilinskas Photography

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. Mantas Kubilinskas’s life story has been shaped and changed by the pictures he takes and the places they take him. His styles vary in their use of contrast, shadow, symmetry, and lines, each variation as masterful and evocative as the other. This featured photo even has a fuzzy, moving softness to it. You can literally see these two running towards the next chapter of their lives together, as well as feel the motion of it. He’s one of our favorite Washington DC engagement photographers and may even become yours very soon.

Bonus: Kate Grace

We simply could not wrap up this list of the top Washington DC engagement photographers without including Katie Yoon of Kate Grace Photography. Her engagement photos are crisp, vibrant, and steeped in a romantic aura. She may be your perfect match if you’re looking for elegant, luxury photos that capture you and your partner beautifully. In fact, hers are the type of engagement photos you’ll want to frame and hang for sure. Glance through her portfolio and you will feel swept away by the charming images within.

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We hope this list of the top Washington DC engagament photographers has delighted you as much as it has us. If you’re in the DC area and doing your part to bring some more love and goodness to the political center of the country, please keep doing what you’re doing. And while you’re at it, consider hiring one of these immensely talented Washington, DC, engagement photographers to document the day.

Once you have chosen your pro, come back over to Peerspace and book a dream engagement shoot venue! We have hundreds of hidden gem spaces in the Washington DC metro area and beyond. All spaces are stylish, pristine, and available to book by the hour. Check us out!

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