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PhotoArt by Lu

Romantic, Elegant, Candid
MD
703-395-8615
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4.9
86 Reviews

PhotoArt by Lu is a photography company located in McLean, Virginia that services the Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland and Virginia areas. Lu, an award-winning photographer, draws upon her years of experience in fashion photography and her artistic, contemporary style to produce flattering portraits you'll want to cling to forever. Past clients were relieved to find that Lu is incredibly flexible, accommodating and easy to get along with. Services Offered PhotoArt by Lu’s most popular wedding package includes final deliverables like high-resolution digital files, albums, flush mount, proofs and a slideshow so couples have everything they need to display and share their photos. Couples also receive a second shooter, additional hours and multiple locations for the most comprehensive wedding day coverage possible. Additional items and services include: One event per day Engagement shoot Trash the dress shoot Toning Custom graphics Boudoir shoot Liability insurance Save the date Thank you cards Canvas Prints

Nicole
7/7/18
Categories: Photography
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Our engagement session was amazing!!! we had so much fun!! I can't wait to have them shoot for our wedding :) The photos are amazing as well as the quality! Lu and Zan are awesome!! They made sure we did all the kinds of photos we wanted! Their personalities are the best too!!! Thank you both so much! Brian and I can't wait for July 7, 2018 to have you guys shoot our wedding!
Annielle
10/20/17
Categories: Photography
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We met Lu and Zan at a wedding expo in Baltimore. The second we saw their work we knew we wanted them to be our photographers. They met us at a coffee shop for our initial meeting. That meeting lasted over an hour, because once you start taking to Lu and Zan it's like talking to old friends. The connection was instant and I loved them! They did our engagement photos and our wedding. Lu is an AMAZING photographer. Her skills are unmatched. But more than her skills was her personality. She is the sweetest kindest person I've ever met. She makes you laugh and put you at ease when taking photos. On my wedding day she was more than a photographer, she was my everything. From relaxing me when things got stressful, to even making sure I had food and a drink. She also sent us our wedding photos less than a month after the wedding. I cannot say enough amazing things about Lu and Zan.
Jessica
9/30/17
Categories: Photography
3.7
Quality of Service: 4.0
Responsiveness: 3.0
Professionalism: 4.5
Value: 2.5
Flexibility: 4.5
I immediately fell in love with Lu’s photography as soon as I laid eyes on her portfolio. Clearly, this woman is talented! Maybe the portfolio gave me too high of expectations, but here is why I’m not giving a 5 start review: Some of our photos were not edited to the quality that I was expecting (ex. not centered, glares, etc.) This however does not bother me as much as the fact that no creative poses were suggested during our shoot; it was just standard smiling aside from a handful of photos, and most of those were done not under their direction. My MOH had to read off the list of poses we had requested from Lu’s phone which made them seem unprepared. A few positive notes: Lu has a bubbly, amazing personality and Zan was extremely friendly. They were accommodating on the actual wedding day and a lot of fun to work with, I guess I was just expecting more for the money that we spent.
Alexandra
9/16/17
Categories: Photography
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Lu & Zan are the absolute best! We chose to use Lee’s Photography/Photoart by Lu for our engagement photos and wedding photos based on their online portfolio. Once we actually started working with Lu and Zan, we knew we had made the right decision. After spending an evening with them taking our engagement photos they made us feel so comfortable with their professional and friendly attitude, that by the time the wedding came around it felt like our friends were there to take our pictures. Lu and Zan really work hard to provide you with the best service possible, and the result is gorgeous photos. They did not just make my husband and I feel comfortable, I actually had wedding guests coming up to me and commenting on how wonderful our photographer was based on personality alone. It was truly a pleasure to work with them, and I recommend them 100%.
Star
3/11/17
Categories: Photography
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Photography was one of the priority choices for us as we both wanted good photos to remember not only the ceremony but all the people we had gathered together. So we shopped many photographers at wedding shows and online. We walked by the Photo Art by Lu booth and caught our eye, looked over the samples and walked away - at the end of the day the one booth we both agreed we had to go back to was PhotoArt by Lu and talk to Zan. We looked into others that were less expensive but none fit our style. What we loved ahead of time - the lack of 'photo effects' we wanted good quality photos capturing people and their expressions not a bunch of rays of light or lens flare, and we wanted great candid shots - Most professional photographers can do good staged shots of the put bride her groom here wedding party here - but the capture us on the dance floor with that so in love look, or me laughing when he got me with an inside joke in the vows, or my bridesmaids face after toasting with champagne (She hates the taste). Those are the priceless images we will cherish forever - and we have the full set on USB drive. We will be going back for family photos and other events we want to capture.
Lisa
10/14/16
Categories: Photography
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Lu is amazing, just absolutely amazing. You can tell from the second you meet her that she loves what she does and when you see her work it's apparent that she is excellent. She was very responsive and goes out of her way to understand the couple's personality, the feel and tone of the wedding, and the type of photos the couple wants. The day of she just showed up and started snapping away, you never felt like she was there - yet the whole time she was capturing every moment. And she was super fun for the couple only shots - I actually was dreading getting pictures of myself taken and she made it so easy and fun. We had our proofs about 2 weeks after the wedding and the thumb drive a week after that. Her work just blew me away. Our photos were seriously amazing and she captured everything. She also has a way of capturing the perfect candid shots. Lu was amazing - I would highly highly recommend her!!!!!!
Jenny
10/9/16
Categories: Photography
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Lu and Zan are truly amazing to work with!! They are such a great team and are the nicest people! Lu always keeps in mind your vision of beautiful photos to capture your special day.....even when you're supposed to be getting married on the beach during a hurricane!! Lu and Zan work together to use their talented and creative eyes to take the most gorgeous photos. They worked so hard to make our day so special!! Their work is better than you would ever have imagined or expected your photos to turn out! We loved using Lu and Zan, cannot express how much we are thankful to the two of them! <3
Rona
7/3/16
Categories: Photography
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Photo Art by Lu was chosen by son and daughter-in-law as the photographer for their wedding that took place in July 2016. They were both professional and accommodating, taking all photos that were requested even when there was a delay in the original day's schedule. There were so many wonderful photographs taken, it was difficult choosing the ones to be included in the album, but once that was finally completed, Lu did a wonderful job with the layout and sent it back for approval very quickly. I'm thrilled with the finished product, which arrive much sooner than expected. Lu was a pleasure to work with.
Alyssa
6/10/16
Categories: Photography
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Lu from PhotoArt by Lu is absolutely wonderful! We used her for our engagement photos, wedding photos, and maternity pictures and we were not disappointed! She is very attentive, takes the time to get the best quality photos, is very responsive to your emails, and works unbelievably well with your other vendors to make your special day perfect. Her online wedding questionnaire and timeline makes organizing your wedding day easy and stress free so you make sure you get all of the pictures you want. I would recommend booking her for your wedding photos or for portraits! Lu has such an amazing talent at capturing the perfect "moments" on your special day and she does it seamlessly. She makes you laugh and feel comfortable in front of the camera and I could not have asked for a better photographer!
Lauren
4/9/16
Categories: Photography
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Lu & Zan are the absolute best! My husband is a bit camera shy, but he felt immediately comfortable around Lu & Zan and that shined through in the pictures. They were beyond helpful and responsive from the first e-mail all the way to ordering our wedding books. The pictures came out better than we could have imagined and I am just so grateful they were able to be part of our special day because they made the day! Could not recommend them enough.
t
4/2/16
Categories: Photography
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Lu and her husband did my wedding in April of 2016 and it was AMZING! Like, talking to her was so personal, she really took her time with you and makes you feel like you are the only person she is dealing with. She is beyond flexible and an amazing person to work with (She was also on time every meeting we had, and for the wedding). I had a lot of back and forth and unnecessary drama (unfortunately) on my day, but Lu literally brushed everything off and was concerned with me and me only (and my husband...lol). She did not let anything outside of her job effect her work. True professional. I got so many compliments on on my wedding album, and even how Lu and her husband conducted themselves at he wedding! I can not believe my pictures looked so good; seriously like in a magazine. I will say they are pricey, but I look at my pictures at least once a month (once a week for about 4 months when I first got them) and can not find anything I would change. (I also did a payment plan and started paying for the pictures a little over 1 year before the wedding..it was barely $150.00 a month...USE THE PAYMENT PLAN! It does not seem nearly as expensive when its broken up). I used them for my pregnancy shoot as well. Seriously, the best photographers you will ever come across. I know I said a lot, but truly amazing is this couple.
Fatima
3/20/16
Categories: Photography
1.0
Quality of Service: 1.0
Responsiveness: 1.0
Professionalism: 1.0
Value: 1.0
Flexibility: 1.0
Lu absolutely ruined my wedding photography. Before our event I showed Lu what I wanted, made a pin board, shared images on fb etc but Lu did whatever she wanted not what I asked for. I was the bride & looking at the photos I look like the least important person. I didn't get a single photograph printed or framed because none of the pictures are nice. Anyone could have done this awful job for free, I didn't have to pay $3000 for ruining my wedding pictures. Will never recommend her to my worst enemy. You don't ever ruin someone's most important memories
PhotoArt by Lu responded with the following comments:
I’d like to apologize for your experience with our company at your wedding. I’m very sorry you didn’t have a positive experience. We have been in business for many years, and we haven’t had feedback of that nature before. I appreciate your comments, and will be in touch with you to see how we might be able to address your concerns in person.
Photography
What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Traditional
What photography services do you offer?
2nd Shooter, Add'l Hours, Boudoir Shoot, Custom Graphics, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, Multi. Locations, One Event/Day, Slideshow/Montage, Toning, Trash The Dress
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Canvas, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Prints, Proofs, Save the Date, Thank You Cards
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