We just had our wedding June 2022 in the Tavern Ball Room at Chesapeake Bay Beach club. To be honest, she is absolutely the best. She made us feel extremely comfortable from the start of our initial call. I immediately wanted her over any other photographer when she said she does natural photos and she wants them to look timeless. Not have all these filtered photos, and 30 years from now regret anything. Christa made the process so easy, that I had absolutely no concerns going into our wedding day. Her planning skills are beyond helpful. She has a timeline down to minutes! (Very impressive) The day of our wedding, it felt like Christa was our friend taking photos with us. Christa knows our venue so well. She knew all of the secret spots to go and have photos at, I didn’t even know some of the places existed at my own venue! My husband and I had no idea what to do when it comes to posing for the photos. Christa made it all so smooth and gave directions perfectly. She wanted to make sure we had a million different photos for our memories but knew we wanted to get back to the party. She was fast, conscious. Two days after the wedding Christa gave us a sneak peek of our photos and they were absolutely stunning!! We are so excited to see the rest. I personally can contest that you should pick her as your photographer! Don’t hesitate at all. You will not regret it.
My now-husband and I met with Christa around the time we got engaged in 2019, and I immediately knew by her personality, professionalism and portfolio that we wanted her to photograph our wedding! I was so impressed with her work and so excited to have her capture our big day. To me, her style is classic, and something that will be as beautiful in 50 years as it is today. What I couldn't have anticipated was that she blew our expectations completely out of the water! Not only was she so easy to work with through all the woes of the pandemic and postponing our 2020 wedding (and engagement shoot!), she was a true professional when it came to all of the other wedding procedures with discussing family dynamics, and making our wedding day dreams become reality. When our much anticipated wedding day came around, Christa arrived to the beach club suite with a smile on her face and was ready to get to work! The rest of the day was a blur (much like other married couples warn) but Christa kept everything perfectly on schedule and made sure she captured everything we had hoped and then some. She was such a warm and friendly presence and made my husband and I totally at ease. While I knew we were taking a lot of pictures at the time, I could not have imagined the beautiful and detailed wedding gallery she delivered to us a mere month and a half after our day. The amount of detail and perfection she put into her work made my husband and I (and my family) feel like we were living the day all over again. I will cherish these images for years to come. I truly cannot imagine if I hadn't had Christa photograph our wedding. She was my favorite vendor, utterly talented and truly a blessing to work with! I hope we get to work again for future life events!
I cannot say enough amazing things about Christa. She was so amazing to work with. From engagement photos to the wedding day, she was so fun, kind, and professional. Christa made every part of the day great. Between the first look and the ceremony, I truly felt it was just my husband and I in those special moments. She allowed us to have those moments without being in our face, but I know she got some amazing pictures. She was great with little kids, and with big kids too. She was so easy to talk too, answering any and all questions. I loved working with Christa and I highly recommend her to anyone!
Christa was wonderful! She was so flexible in setting up our engagement shoot and then continued to be flexible and give reassurance as we postponed because of COVID. The wedding day she was punctual and had the best temperament all day as things were so chaotic. When our timeline got behind she was so calm and made sure we got all the shots we had discussed. Her second shooter was also fantastic and patient with the groomsmen. Even though I know Christa was so busy she still got us sneak peek pics the next day and our photos before the 6 week mark! She was one of our best vendors!! She followed through on every single promise and communicated all evening to make sure we were on the same page. Highly recommend!
I knew that the photography was going to be very important to me when I first started planning for our wedding and booking Christa truly exceeded my high expectations for beautiful images. Christa did photos for our engagement as well as for our wedding and she was truly exceptional. Not only are the images she shot remarkably beautiful but she was a BREEZE to work with. When other vendors would take days to call or email back when I asked a question, Christa would respond in minutes. She was professional and clearly very organized which made the wedding day photos run smoothly for all the many people involved. She had an impeccable attention to detail while also being personable and laid back with my bridal party. I know we will cherish these images from our engagement session and our wedding for the rest of our lives. I truly can't recommend her highly enough. From start to finish, hiring Christa was one of the best decisions we made when planning our wedding.
I can’t recommend Christa enough!! Christa came highly recommended by our venue, The Tidewater Inn, and it is so clear why! Firstly, Christa is professional and responsive. She responded to our initial inquiry quickly, as she did with all other correspondence throughout the wedding planning process. From our first phone meeting, it was clear that Christa had a heart of gold and truly wanted to get to know us and make our wedding special! Our engagement session was lovely and allowed us to get to know her further! Day of the wedding, Christa was early to our meeting spot and ready to roll! Throughout the day, Christa guided us through different poses and locations, leaving us with an extensive wedding collection that we will treasure forever! Her photography style is so beautiful, natural, and classic, I know these pictures will stand the test of time. Thank you, Christa, for the most amazing experience!
We were so lucky to have Christa as our wedding photographer! She is so talented and perfectly captured ALL of the moments and details of our wedding day in an amazing collection of photos that we will seriously cherish forever. She is also incredibly fun and easy to work with and made us feel so comfortable being photographed. If you are lucky enough to book her before her schedule fills up, DO IT!!! Thank you for everything, Christa!!
Christa was one of the first vendors we booked and we could not have been happier with our decision. She was very responsive and helpful during our planning process and for the day of our wedding at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. She was fantastic during our engagement session that we did in Downtown Annapolis and was very patient with having our two dogs join in the photo shoot. She is a true professional and it is amazing to watch her in action . She is very passionate about what she does and I do not know how she does it all so gracefully. We had a super hot August day and both she and the second photographer took it all in stride and always with a smile. They were able to get so many amazing shots during getting ready, our first look, the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. We had many people in our wedding party and other guests commenting on how awesome she was - she remembered everyone's names and captured all of our favorite parts of the night. Her attention to detail is impeccable and she was very helpful with keeping our day on track - even making sure we got some special photos of just me and my Husband before the sunset. She also was able to provide a sneak peek the day after our wedding so we could see some photos before we left for our Honeymoon. Now that we have our full wedding album back, I am obsessed with all of the photos. The hardest part will be picking out our favorites to print! I am enjoying looking at every single one and seeing the ceremony and reception details, formals, family portraits and all of the candid action to relive our most favorite day! She made us all feel really comfortable with this whole process and I highly recommend hiring Christa. I sincerely hope that we can work together again for any other photography needs in the future.
Christa is an amazing person and photographer! It is evident she loves what she does. From the start she was very easy to communicate with and continued to be whenever a question popped up. She created such a comfortable environment with engagement photos! On the wedding day she was nothing shy of amazing. She adapted well to the (100 degree) weather and stayed so positive for us. She was super open and accommodating to special requests. We worked with a second shooter who was also incredible. They were both so fun to work with, but also extremely skilled and professional. Our guest have commented the most on how amazing our photographers were. They were so involved and captured so many special moments! We couldn't be happier will the photos we received!
To add, we did get married at the Naval Academy and Christa was extremely familiar with all the rules and restrictions. We felt so confident having her. I would highly recommend!
She was so amazing to work with -- kind, caring and professional. From our engagement shoot to the wedding day, she was integral in helping to make sure our day went off without a hitch. We had a LOT of family and friends to capture in our photos but Christa handled it all so seamlessly - something we look back on our big day and smile about. Every single one of our photos came out absolutely beautiful. We cannot imagine our day without Christa and her talents! Can't wait to shoot with her again one day :)
Thank you Christa!!!
Christa was a joy to work with for our wedding! She went above and beyond and was always so quick to respond to any questions/emails we had. On the day of our wedding,, she was amazing! She kept us on our timeline day of our wedding but we never felt rushed. She photographed our wedding by herself and she worked so well with our videographer. We received our wedding album.. and honestly I don't know how she captured all of the moments so perfectly! We were watching the video footage from our wedding and we realized how quickly Christa had to react in some moments to get the best picture... and she did just that! My husband and I are so impressed with the fact that Christa was there for every moment and the pictures really captured our personalities. It was a pleasure working with her and we are so very grateful for all of her hard work!! The photos are amazing and it is so nice being able to relive the day by looking at the pictures. I would recommend her to everyone and anyone in the area!
One of the easiest decisions that we made regarding our wedding plans was to choose Christa as the photographer for our wedding! We were terribly impressed with the photographs in her portfolio but her background in photographing and capturing such incredible moments at concerts and live music performances convinced us that she was the perfect shooter for our special day. We had a terrific initial meeting with her and told her that we wanted her to photograph our wedding before it was over. In addition to how easy she made the whole process of planning our shoot, she was also enormously helpful in planning several other aspects of our wedding, even recommending some other vendors that we ended up using. On the day of our wedding, we did a first look and Christa created some gorgeous shots of us at the Maryland State House, on Francis Street, Main Street and at the City Dock. She did a wonderful job of making the process easy and fun! Once we were at the venue, she faded into the background to capture some wonderful moments during our ceremony and then did a fantastic job of corralling family and friends for some beautiful portraits just outside our venue, the Powerhouse Building on West Street. Once the Reception began, she was capturing the more significant highlights of the evening while also discovering a lot of smaller, more intimate moments between us and our closest family and friends. We were very impressed when we saw the preview shots that she sent us the week after our ceremony. This couldn't begin to prepare us for how astounded we were with the quality of the pictures we saw once she had completed her editing process! We have already looked through the album multiple times and it has been like reliving our wedding day all over again! We were beyond pleased with the spectacular job that she did in documenting the most important day of our lives and have already discussed working with her again!!
If you’re in search for a photographer look no further! Christa Rae is the complete package! My husband and I were stationed in San Diego for most of the planning but from the beginning she made us feel at ease and confident that no matter how the day turned out she would deliever truly fantastic and beautiful photos. The moment she arrived, her professionalism and positive energy created such a natural and at ease environment for not only my husband and I but also the entire bridal party! Christa took all of our ideas and made every one of the happen (even if it meant walking around Downtown Annapolis on a beautiful crisp Saturday=a lot of tourist). Her turn around was unbelievably quick and the quality of the photos were superb! A 100% you will enjoy every photo!
She is organized, so prompt with communication, and dedicated to capturing the best photos! I never once saw her sit down at our wedding. In fact, at one point she stood on a chair just to get the best shot. Christa is the sweetest and so easy to connect with. She did the photography at my sister's wedding and we absolutely loved her that we booked her right away for ours. Her photos are very natural which I love. She has a photography timeline which helps keep the day running smoothly and on time. I emailed her a few sample pictures of shots that I really wanted, and she was very accepting of that and made those shots happen on our wedding day. She posted a sneak peek photo the very next day which is awesome! Since our wedding was on my in-law's property, I knew it was a venue she had never seen before, even though she is from the area. So she came over for a site visit before the wedding just to walk around the property with me and figure out where the best place for photos were so we weren't scrambling to figure it out the day of the wedding. She even drove us about 3 minutes down the road to take more photos during our cocktail hour of where my husband and I met. She really just wants to best for you and will do anything you want. I am so happy we picked Christa for our wedding photographer!
Christa has out-done herself, our photos are incredible! I love the colours incorporated in each photo, no one looked too white-washed. Instead, the background and our guests look natural, she did such a great job capturing everyone at their best. Christa was so easy to work with and professional. My husband and I immediately felt comfortable with her, and she made sure to give us helpful pointers on instructions and the best places for photos. 10/10 would recommend to anyone planning their special day.
Christa was one of the first vendors we booked for our October wedding and we are so happy we did! From the very beginning, Christa was extremely responsive and professional. She would answer all of questions within minutes and made us feel so comfortable throughout the entire planning process. Before the wedding day, Christa called us to go over the logistics of our day to make sure everything would run smoothly. On the wedding day, she was organized, energetic, and knew how to get things done with a tight timeline. One of the best things about Christa is that she seemed like more than a photographer to us! Not only did she take flawless pictures, but she made sure that our day ran as smooth as possible and that we were able to take in all of the special moments. Christa is absolutely amazing and we would recommend her to any engaged couple!!
Christa made my husband and I feel so comfortable from the very beginning. She traveled to D.C. to shoot our engagement session, which was included as part of the wedding package. Christa was always very responsive and most importantly, incredibly flexible when we had to change our wedding plans due to COVID. On our wedding day, she stayed past her end time to shoot our surprise late night pizza food truck and sparkler exit. Her partner, who shot most of the groomsmen photos earlier in the day, made an immediate connection with the guys and made them feel super comfortable during the photo shoot. I'd recommend Christa to anybody for any special occasion. She was wonderful and we will always have amazing memories from our wedding because of her!
After multiple postponements due to COVID, Christa was the only vendor who we wanted to secure time after time. We felt very comfortable working with her from the start. Christa was reliable, relatable, and professional. Our engagement and wedding photos turned out beautifully and captured the love we had for one another. My husband and I keep reliving our day through the photographs taken and would recommend Christa to anyone! Book Christa!
She has a clear passion for her work and has a calm and friendly demeanor that was perfect on the day of the wedding. She was never aggressive or demanding, always asked if we were ready for certain pictures, but still kept us on our photo schedule. I also appreciated how proud and excited she seemed about her own work as she would happily show me a preview of a couple of shots she got on her camera screen as we went along. This made me feel more confident that things were going well and I think the carefree bride and groom feelings came across in the pictures we received. I thought taking the pictures would feel like a bit of a chore on the wedding day but we honestly had so much fun doing it. A positive attitude and environment can change everything! We also worked with Christa for an engagement shoot which I would highly recommend doing. The engagement shoot gave us some practice with posing and what to expect for the day of. On the wedding day (even though it was almost a year after our first shoot with her!) we felt like pros and were very comfortable. This is saying a lot, especially for my new husband who has always been very camera shy - you would not know it from looking at the pictures we received! She understood how to work with us, she was attune to our theme and the poses we liked best, I honestly could go on and on about how happy we are that we chose Christa to be our wedding photographer. The only question I'm left with is how many wedding pictures can you hang up in your own home before people think you are nuts? We could not be happier.
I found Christa by a random Google image search when I originally thought I wanted to do our engagement photos at Cylburn Arboretum. Further exploration through her portfolio and our first meeting sealed the deal! Christa's attention to detail and experience running her own business shines not only from each photo taken but from Christa's presence behind the camera as well. At our initial meeting, she worked with me to find the best package for what we had budgeted for photography. Throughout the engagement, whenever I had a question, Christa responded very promptly and with extremely helpful suggestions. We had some unique ideas for our engagement session involving two locations that were not super close to each other, and Christa welcomed these with open arms and made our vision a reality. It was no different for the wedding day. We met about a week beforehand and had the opportunity to walk through our venue space together, which cleared up any last minute questions I had and made me feel calm, cool, and collected about our timeline/day-of game plan. Christa and her 2nd shooter met us at the hotel for getting-ready photos, and were very patient when the bridesmaids and I got behind schedule to make it to the first look location. Once we got there, there were 3-4 other wedding parties at the same spot taking photos! Christa, unfazed, knew exactly where to place us and you'd think we had Federal Hill all to ourselves! We had so many wonderful areas to take photos at our venue, and Christa made the most of them so that we have a variety to choose from! We even sprung a last minute getaway car exit on her, and she stepped right up and made all of those photos look perfect, as well. If you're looking for a professional photographer who is easy to work with, knows the Baltimore/Annapolis area well, takes beautiful photographs, and can organize large groups of people quickly and smoothly (we requested a group photo of ALL our attendees), look no further! Thanks Christa!