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1. Pro Photo Inc.

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101 reviews
Pro Photo Inc.
Location
5
Prices
5
Product Quality
5
Establishment
5
Customer service
5

Address: 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 223-1292

Guy: Photo lab


Review: "This is my go to camera store in DC."

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Yahya Aliyu: Recently got into photography and this was the closest pro camera shop to me, conveniently being on campus! I must admit, I've now visited multiple times and received arguably amongst the greatest levels of customer service from any establishment. All staff are incredibly affable, and the passion for photography in the atmosphere is almost tangible. Whether you're looking to buy something, get service, or just talk photography, this is the place!

Jenny Dopkins: The people here are very friendly and nice however I still didn’t have the best experience. I came in aiming to get rid of a specific spot on my camera and was told a sensor cleaning would probably get rid of it. I was later told when I came to pick the camera up that the spot was underneath the sensor and could not be removed with a regular cleaning. This is totally fine and understandable; however, I do not think I still should have been charged around 130 dollars for the sensor cleaning. I wish I would have gotten a call about how the specific spot could not be removed in which case I would have asked them not to go through with the cleaning. I understand how business works and that they may have started cleaning until they noticed the issue. However, to me it felt like a lot of money wasted. And as a student, I was not very happy having to save up to afford this and then spend the money with my problem still present. They are very nice though in terms of customer service although I didn’t complain about this in person so I’m not sure what they would have said.
Response: Hello Jenny, I am sorry to hear you feel as though we have let you down. Without going too far into the details, I am sure that the technician did a thorough job cleaning the camera however without performing that service we would never be able to tell that there is something behind the filter. Some cameras are designed with better sealing than other and some can be more prone to the dust particles penetrating beyond the reach of normal cleaning. It was a necessary service to get to the point of telling you what he did and it is quite likely that he said that in an effort to be informative. I can assure you that when you use your camera its most likely that you will not see the particles in your photo as you had before but we can go over the details with you in depth if you would like to call and discuss it or stop by. We can show you the process for checking your camera so you can always know when your camera needs to be cleaned and some preventative measures to take so it has to happen less often. You can call and talk to Sally. Happy shooting!

Gianina Lash: 100% recommend! came to them with a time-sensitive need for a battery charger for an older DSLR camera that we needed to use for an event 8 hours later. they helped us find a store that had the right type of charger in stock and charged the battery for us in the meantime. So impressed with their service and help when we were in a pinch!

Michael Sanchez: Brought in my Canon AE-1 Program to repair a jam, which they were able to do, albeit expensively (they were very transparent with costs throughout the process). The repair seems to have worked great, however the mirror is now extremely dirty, which is why I’m docking one star. Overall happy with the repair but definitely make sure to check everything before accepting your camera.

Elliott O'donovan: This is my go to camera store in DC. As a professional photographer, I always appreciate the hospitable customer service as well as the great selection of products that are competitively priced when compared to online retailers like Amazon or B&H. I would suggest supporting your local community and buying from ProPhoto!

Joe Nicol: I've been getting my disposable film developed here for a while now, way more reliable than CVS and great knowledgeable staff
Response: Thanks Joe! Glad you are happy with the service!

Philp Williams: I just can't write enough positive things about this shop. I dropped my Nikon FM2 and they did an outstanding job repairing for a very reasonable price. Everyone in that shop, all of them are very capable and customer focused. They really do good work. Philip Williams Newport News VA

First Class: I know they've been around for awhile, in fact I used them quite often as a BlackStar photojournalist during the 80's when down in DC on assignment, but I just got off the phone with them.. the agent said she never heard of "Studio Lighting", "Power Heads & Packs, Sales & Services, etc"... and yet they have the audacity to call themselves a Pro-Photo store? .... lol... more like a Wannabe-Pro-Photo store for local small format digital shooters and hobbyists. What happened guys?
Response: Hello. I am sorry for the misunderstanding or mis communication. Please let us make it up to you by calling and speaking with a senior staff member who will be able to assist you. It is likely that you may have spoken with staff who are still learning the ropes. At Pro Photo we are happy to have employees who are passionate and willing to learn from our more experienced members and knowledgeable customers. I am sure this would be a great learning opportunity.

Deltoria Gallant: I came for passport pictures for my infant and it was an excellent experience. very perfessional they knew exactly how to capture the perfect picture of my baby boy.

Benjamin Swanson: Great experience. Everything went smoothly and the staff was super nice! I definitely recommend these guys for camera needs!

2. District Camera and Imaging

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District Camera and Imaging
Location
5
Prices
5
Product Quality
5
Establishment
5
Customer service
5

Address: 1225 I St NW #110, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 483-0090

Guy: Photo shop


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jamdonaldson: I am so grateful to Larry at District Camera, he was amazing. I had an important and sentimental project that required scanning many types of old photos. He was so pleasant and efficient. He made what was a very difficult project for me, so much better. I am grateful and I would highly recommend. Larry was awesome. We just don't have many business and employees like this anymore. Thanks District Camera.
Response: Thank you for your review. Everyone at District Camera tries hard to help our customers the best we can. This is our goal. I'm so glad you are happy with Larry's work. I'll pass your comments to him. Saed T.

Adriana Nateal Hammond: What I like about DC is how willing the staff is to explain anything technical you might want to know about using film. The only thing I'm not excited about is pricing and the lack of a detailed oriented approach to film development. For example, I had film developed and they didn't digitally convert all of my images. I was comparing the negatives to my digitals and some were missing. They were nice about it and asked me to come back in but I live NW so it's a bit of a trek. For how much you pay, it would be nice if they just did it right the first time.
Response: Hi Adriana, We usually scan all scannable negatives. Sometimes the scanner is not able to see the underexposed or overexposed negatives. Please let us know if you would like us to look at your negatives. Saed T.

Suzy Fitzgerald: I love District Camera! When I was living in DC this was the only place that I would get my film developed. Syed is the best, he is so friendly and answers all my camera and film questions! The scanning and development process is timely and the quality is very good. Would definitely recommend if you’re looking for somewhere to get film developed!

Demna Devdariani: Today, I went to the store to look for a battery for my flashlight. Ken, who was sitting beside the computer, helped me find out which exact battery I needed. He was very kind, professional, and genuinely cared about finding the item even though the store did not carry that particular battery. He spent around 15-20 minutes looking for the item online for me. He was the most genuine and helpful store associate I have interacted with in recent years.
Response: Hi Demna, Thank you for your nice review and happy to be able to help. I'll make sure Ken will be aware of your review. Regards, Saed T.

Laura McQuade: Cannot recommend this place enough! I was visiting from the UK and needed film developing before my flight back. These guys developed and scanned 7 rolls over a week and each time, I got the scans emailed to me within two days. Such a lovely experience and Marvin is the absolute best. I've always struggled loading film into my manual camera and Marvin helped me do this with my new one. Most people just do it for you and don't talk you through the process, but he did and even took the time to watch me do it a few times just to make sure I was confident. Can't recommend this place enough and excited to visit again when I'm across the pond!
Response: Hi Laura, Many thanks for your nice review and also your business. I'll pass this to Marvin. He will be very pleased. We hope to see you again next time you are in DC. Stay safe. Saed T.

Emma K Alexandra: I’ve purchased many items from District Camera including a camera and lens. The quality of the products new and used has been fantastic. However, when I rented a lens for the weekend my experience was absolutely horrible. District camera has two account systems. One for their shop and one for rentals. Rentals require an ID, which is reasonable. This is tricky for me since I am transgender and my legal name does not match the name I use. When purchasing items I use my account with my preferred name on it. When I signed up to rent I used my legal name, so it matched my ID. I didn’t want any issues. I was able to rent the lens. But when I returned it I started to have issues. The person I returned the lens to asked if they could change the name on both of my accounts. I said no. I’d like to have my preferred name used on my store account. The person then said he was confused and it would be easier if they changed the name on both accounts and did it anyway. Despite me asking them not to. Now, I’m faced with having to use my legal name when I purchase anything from District Camera. This is awkward and embarrassing. It makes me never want to purchase from District Camera again. This experience shows that District Camera is not a trans friendly business and does not respect even the basic dignity of trans people. I tried my best to make this experience quick and simple and I came out of my rental never wanting to purchase from District Camera again. Very disappointing behavior. If District Camera wants to improve their respect for trans customers they need to allow the use of trans people’s preferred names and only require the usage of a legal name where absolutely necessary, like matching an ID. Their employees need to understand that not everyone wants their legal name used all of the time. And they certainly need to stop changing the names of trans people’s account to their legal name when specifically asked not to. Update 5/2/22: I understand that District Camera must accept an ID. That is not my issue. My issue is that my name was changed *in another account* for no apparent reason, even when I asked the person not to. I had to explain to the person I was working with my gender in front of many other customers
Response: Hi Emma, I'm sorry about this issue. Please rest assured that, District Camera and its employees DO NOT discriminate any type of customers. Our customers are our assets. Unfortunately, due to banking requirements we have no choice but to check IDs at the time of the transactions. I hope you understand our dilemmas and pleeeeease do not get upset with us. Saed T. Emma, I'm here to help solve this in a proper way. Please email me at: saed@districtcamera.com

Cynthia Loaiza-Shipp: I have only positive things to say of District Camera and Imaging! I've been going to this location for over a year now to get my camera cleaned and they are always so professional and punctual with their work. Today I needed a small accessory to turn my tripod into a sort of light stand so I went into the store. The service I received was above and beyond and I honestly cannot remember the last time I was served so well by any business! Even thought the part I was looking for was relatively inexpensive (about $10) Ken went out of his way to help me find the accessory. While Ken was helping me find what I was looking for Marvin and Syed asked me more questions about the lighting set up I was trying to work. Through a series of question, they helped me realize the amount of weight I was trying to put on a tripod would probably not work as the setup would be unstable and possibly unsafe. They helped me figure out that what I was actually looking for was a travel light stand. Unfortunately, they were sold out of the travel light stand that I needed, however this did not stop them from continuing to help me. They contacted another local camera store and after finding out they were sold out as well went as far as to contact a local camera store in San Jose, CA which is where I will be traveling to for my shoot. This entire team went above and beyond just as they always do and it made me realize it was about time I came and left them a review. Thank you Ken, Marvin and Syed! I am so thankful to have District Camera in DC and to be able to count on you all.

J F: I visited the shop today and I was greeted by the nicest employee, Ken! I was a little nervous to go in because I am quite a novice when it comes to photography. Luckily, Ken sensed my hesitation and kindly and patiently walked me through the entire process. I mean the entire process — film, shooting, and setting up my cameras. Also, Ken made sure to let me know what cameras were worth investing. I wish I could give this place 10 stars just because of Ken! I definitely will come back again !
Response: Hi JF, On behalf of Ken and the rest of the staff I would like to thank you for your heart warming review. Saed T.

Jon Bauer: In Washington for for a conference and found myself in immediate need of a card reader. Not the easiest thing to find. But when I googled nearby photography stores they came up. Only a couple blocks away. Not only that, I was met with most knowledgeable & friendly staff I could imagine. The store is stocked with new & used equipment. A small downtown oasis!
Response: Hi Jon, Very nice of you to spend some time a leave us your nice review. Thank you so much. Saed

Alex Baughman: I am a regular customer at this location, but not one to write too many reviews. However, during my latest visit, the staff provided service that made it necessary to write a review. I was almost two months late to pick up my developed photos; against all odds, Ken and Deon found them for me after looking for about 20 minutes. To be clear: they didn’t need to do this; they simply went above and beyond. I’ll look forward to always being a returning customer, especially at a place with such knowledgeable, friendly, and committed staff.
Response: Hi Alex, On behalf of our staff I would like to thank you for your business, your support and your 5 star review. May you have a healthy and happy New Year. Saed T.

3. Leica Store Washington DC

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72 reviews
Leica Store Washington DC
Location
4.3
Prices
4.4
Product Quality
4.3
Establishment
4.9
Customer service
4.1

Address: 977 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 787-5900

Guy: Photo shop


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Haresh Mehta: The store without a doubt lives up to the Leica standard. No rush rush sales pressure, no up-selling, just a fantastic educated opinion from Leica Ambassadors. I met with Christopher, he helped me trade in my visoflex and get the new one, completed the paperwork for the service of my m10R, while I enjoyed browsing through their gallery and books. Happy to buy from here and revisit.

C Davidson: Excellent shows and small gallery. Knowledgeable sales rep and they understand the Leica mystique. Helped a friend buy an M10 here with a 50 Summicron and used 28 Elmarit. The Elmarit looked brand new.

Gary Mintz: I bough a Q2M from this store - paying a premium price in the assumption that they would provide premium customer support. Wrong. Even though I was advised to call in with any questions, two days ago I was blown off by the individual who answered the phone. Not only was he "not knowledgeable," but he did not even take the time to understand my question and the advice he gave was counter productive. Hugely disappointing to say the least. Next time I will buy from Amazon or BandH and use online forums for help when needed. In fact, I got better advice from the FACEBOOK Q2M use group. Paying list price at the Leica store in DC was a waste of money.
Response: Hello Mr. Mintz, I apologize if you were not helped adequately. We strive to give the best customer service. If we do not know the answer to your question, we reach out to our product specialists or our tech advisors in our Corporate facility. Please feel to let us know if you have any questions about the camera and we will find out the answer for you.

jamari jay: came in to get some 35mm film. they had a good selection of film at reasonable prices (2 rolls of Portra 160 for ~$21) and they had a great selection of new and used cameras that i couldn't afford even if i dreamed about it the people working there are awesome as they're super duper helpful and friendly. they even invited to demo some of their cameras and their insane bincoulars! would recommend

Prakash Narayan: I have been savoring the joys of this store for many years now. Werner Paul and his team are superb -- extremely solicitous, considerate and informative, and professionals through and through. Any matter concerning my precious Leica camera or lens was considered and addressed swiftly and thoroughly -- to my complete satisfaction. A photographer could not ask for more, and I remain grateful.

Richard Burg: A great store with great products and a superb staff. Each member of the staff is an accomplished photographer who willingly shares knowledge and technique. Particularly recommended is the individual photography classes offered by David Bickley.

Joe Wehry: If Leica DC were a lens, they'd be a Noctilux. Stellar customer service.

Francisco Lovko: The staff was amazing, their customer service was impeccable and they were great ambassadors for the brand! They were very knowledgeable about their products and photography in general. We had a great conversation about digital and analog photography.

Jim Reed: Both in terms of the ambience of the store and the expertise and courteousness of the staff, the Leica Store DC fits the Leica "brand." Top notch in every respect. Whether or not you're in the market for a Leica, if you're interested in photography at its finest, it's worth stopping in here.

Marcos Rego: I went in just to window shop. The two working behind the desk there were beyond helpful with my questions, so much so that I ended up buying a strap for my M3 that I had just bought (that they also generously checked out for me). It was an absolute pleasure.

4. Dodge-Chrome, Inc.

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33 reviews
Dodge-Chrome, Inc.
Location
4.5
Prices
4.4
Product Quality
4.4
Establishment
4.6
Customer service
4.1

Address: 4885 MacArthur Blvd NW #1, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 333-3270

Guy: Digital printing service


Review: "Still my favorite photography store in DC for decades now."

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Jon W.: We went to Dodge Chrome to have holiday cards produced. A family member went in to the store to look at and approve printed drafts. The store gave us multiple different drafts, some of which had radically different and unsatisfactory white balance. We reviewed the results as a family within the next hour or so and immediately called back to ask for clarification. We were just told that the cards were already "printed" and that no changes could even be discussed. Keep in mind that this was on a $1,300 order, and the request for clarification was made two hours after of the visit to the store.
Response: Jon - As you stated, your family member did work with our technician for over an hour on Saturday making adjustments to supplied iphone files - pictures of pictures on a wall to be used on your cards. Photo quality was an issue. Before leaving our store, the cards were approved and paid for in full. As the card files were already at the print station, the technician printed the order to help expedite it - as the majority of our clients appreciate at this time of the year. There was never any discussion of holding off on printing for further evaluation by your family. If the cards had not been printed, we would have been happy to make further adjustments. We appreciate you choosing Dodge Chrome for you holiday cards and we did make every effort to provide the best service possible.

Christopher M: Great local shop, fantastic for all printing services but a bit pricy for film developing / scanning, but that's just how it goes in DC. I only had one scanning mishap, which is why I gave 4 stars, but they did offer to rescan which was nice

Ally Aretz: This is the first time I thought it would ever be necessary to write a review. If you are getting (specifically) film developed DO NOT GO HERE. I paid $40 for two rolls which was somewhat steep, and then got to the store a week later only to pay another $20! They also said that they would call when the film was ready. I ended up calling a week and one day later to ask how it was going and they said it was ready. Anyways, I go to look at the 72 photos I thought would be developed. For some reason, 24 photos were missing. Definitely will not be going back here.
Response: Like most retail stores these days, we require deposits (if not full payment) on all orders. This payment in advance motivates clients to return and get their orders. Your $40.00 deposit payment covered the cost of processing two rolls of C41 35mm at $9.75 per roll for a total of $19.50 and part of the cost of the proof prints and cd that you ordered. As we can’t anticipate how many frames were exposed, we do not ask for full payment on proof prints in advance. Your two 36 exposure rolls of C41 yielded 60 prints. At .49 cents per print and $6.00 for the CD, your total order with tax came to $58.19, leaving a balance due upon pick up of $18.19. I apologize that you were not contacted with a phone call when your order was ready for pick up. It is a busy retail environment and we do our best to notify clients but focus on clients in the store and current production. We appreciate your patronage and would love for you to give us another try.

Burk Finley: I’ve had random good results in the past, but recently has a horrible print delivered that cost just shy of $200. They don’t have a calibrated profesional monitor in the shop and printing is done at the silver spring location. Silver spring has the properly calibrated monitors, so I was told after the fact. The photo came out super crushed and orange - as though the blue channel was almost eliminated. Pretty awful. After follow up questions regarding recourse they said there is none since I didn’t pay $60 to have a test print done ahead of time. I would highly recommend going to another shop that has a calibrated monitor on premise so you see what you’ll get ahead of time. At least not something radically different than what you may be looking at - as was my case. There are at least 2 such shops in DC. Not professional. Won’t be going back. Update: Within about a week of posting the above review I received a call from the owner, who in fact had looked into what happened before reaching out to me. She confirmed that the orange + red channels had been overly saturated during the printing, and offered to reprint the image. She sent a smaller test print (hard copy) to my house that matched her calibrated monitor, which looked better than what I had. It was great to hear from an owner who called out of concern that my experience did not represent her business, whether I continued to do business with them or not. She cares about accurate photo production and vowed to educate her staff on the newly calibrated monitor in the MacArthur Blvd. shop.

Rachel Minich: Very nice and well informed staff. My experience thus far with having my artwork scanned digitally has been a great learning experience for me. From now on, if I have anything to frame, even if it's a 5 by 7 photo, I will take it here to have "cleaned up". Well worth it! (I took an Inked paw print on a piece of white paper in to have it scanned and photoshopped: once it was scanned in, I saw how yellow the paper was that I used and all of its flaws, and when I got the edited version I couldn't have been happier. The manager is great, as is Dave.

Tierney Brown: Like many who still use film, I have some trust issues handing it over for someone else to process, but Dodge Chrome always does a great job. The staff are knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, and don't mind when I spend way too long gazing at film I just got back on their light tables. Also they cut film into 6's instead of the crappy 5 sheets that are a personal pet peeve. I actually enjoy trekking out to the Palisades to go visit them. I've also used their photo mounting service for a corporate project, and they were so easy to work with an accomodating of our schedule and requirements! The one time I brought them an especially unusual project they kindly looked into it for me before referring me to someone more suitable for the project, rather than doing a less than perfect job, and I really appreciate that as well. These guys are awesome!
Response: Thank you for your review.

Faisal Mohsin: I have had the unfortunate experience of losing a full C6 black and white roll of film which was destroyed during development. I was told this was because the roll became detached from the processing rack while in the developer bath and was not discovered till the end of the processing run, after which the roll could not be salvaged. This was obviously bitterly disappointing. Staff have expressed regret and unrecoverable errors are an unfortunate fact of manual film development. Still, I have not lost a roll of film in many years of shooting on traditional formats. Skilled tradespeople and reliable equipment are becoming harder to find as film has become an enthusiasts hobby. I would recommend going to a specialist who may charge higher prices for this work but who could carry it out with painstaking care than risk immeasurable and unrecoverable loss.
Response: We take great pride in our quality and professionalism. We understand your frustration and are very sorry for this unfortunate situation. Dodge-Chrome has processed film for professional photographers and notable publications, including National Geographic, for over 30 years using this same dip and dunk process and equipment. Dip and Dunk processing is the preferred method for commercial professional film processing. The equipment and chemistry are closely monitored by a highly trained technician who has more than 30 years of experience. Our technician monitors the transports between chemical baths, but because of the nature of the process it is not always apparent that there has been an issue until the processing has been completed and the film rack is transported to the dryer. Unfortunately, like anything else in life, nothing is without possible risk or potential for issue. We are proud to say that we have an excellent track record and that it is extremely rare for us to experience a situation like this.

Alexander Darvishian: Went in to get a few rolls of color 120 film developed and scanned. Ended up being fairly expensive but I was expecting the scans to be good given the reviews. I came back to pick up the film and was given a CD which was an annoyance since it’s such an outdated medium and good, cheap cloud sharing services exist in 2018. Once I finally tracked down a computer with a cd drive I opened the files to find either a booger or a seed or something on one of the scans... Paying about $20/roll for subpar jpegs with “things” in them is completely not worth it. For being the only game in town I would expect better. Looks like I’ll have to ship my rolls up to a lab in philly or nyc to get the job done right. Really a shame.
Response: We do offer the option of file transfer services in lieu of CDs. Without the chance to review, it is impossible to determine the origination of the "things" on "one of the scans". We willing accept the opportunity to correct issues for customers if given the opportunity. Thanks for your feedback.

nikki: This place is great! I just went here for the first time, and I'll be sure to give them my business in the future. They are really nice and easy to deal with, and they went out of their way to help me. I came in for a high quality scan, and that's what I got, along with wonderful service.
Response: Thank you for reviewing us.

Ryan McArdle: Went here for an international passport photo - they made sure it met the standards perfectly and it was quick and easy. Definitely recommend.

5. MotoPhoto Bethesda

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MotoPhoto Bethesda
Location
4.6
Prices
4.7
Product Quality
4.9
Establishment
4.4
Customer service
4.5

Address: 5249 River Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 656-4433

Guy: Photo lab


Review: "One of the best studio for good quality photo."

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Nicolas Raymond: Very happy customer on my first visit to MotoPhoto. Over the years I've been using another photo lab in Bethesda, yet on this occasion I noticed some defects like horizontal bands of uniform color in areas of an image for example like the sky with less texture variation. Minor defects at first glance, I had to look at the print real close to notice, and which might have done the job just fine for casual presentation... but I had a customer who was paying hundreds of dollars for signed Limited Edition prints. Needless to say I didn't want my customer to complain, so I reached out to MotoPhoto hoping they could deliver better print quality. That they did! For the last minute pressure of shipping these 2 images out, I was also delighted they could handle my order within 24 hours. Very friendly staff too :-)
Response: Thank you for supporting your local photo store. We hope to see you again!!!

Sarah Stover: Positive: Professionalism, ResponsivenessGreat service! I messed up an order and they were able to quickly reprint my photos for me very quickly. Very kind and professional.

Khoi Nguyen: Best place in the area for all your photo needs including passport. Expect great timely service

NAWAZ RESEARCH: Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, ValueAmazing photo development. Its an owner run operation and they are very patient w kids. Great passport development of photos. The mall area has some construction but there is lots of parking. Come early or late .

Rob Glancy: Excellent, professional, same day service for passport and visa photos. Beware: Not all passport and visa photos are the same. Many counties have specialized dimensions and the folks at MotoPhoto know their stuff and will take good care of you.

nawaz hack: Tk and Eric are fast and really know passport photos. They were courteous and super pleasant and so gentle and patient with the kids and Baby. The price is worth the product you get. You really get what you pay for. They are highly recommended. TK is the manager and Eric is the assistant manager. They work well together and can process your pic in 15 mins. Went to get some more photos. Erick was great and super patient. As usual amazing passport photos and they got it done in 15 minutes. There are lots of little stores in this area that are good to wait for your photos and kids stores to eat too. Eric is very good. Just used them this weekend. The quality of pictures is excellent!!! Great for international passport photos!!! They are very knowledgeable which saves redoing the passport packages! They continue to be great. Has spacing in the store to stand and everyone keeps 6 feet distancing. Photos remains amazing with the same owners. There is some construction so come early or later in the evening

Elie F: Overall a good experience. As advertised. I needed passport photos for a Canadian passport, they were a bit pricey but they knew what they were doing. I had gone to CVS prior, had the photos taken, mailed my application for renewal to Canada and received a call that my photos were not up to standard requirements. Thus went to Motophoto to have it done correctly.

Soraya H: I come here to develop film, it’s a little pricy but that’s to be expected. They scan your film and email pics, which you can choose to print. Also have the option to keep the negatives. Staff is always friendly and helpful.

Glorianna Tillemann-Dick: Really appreciated the care and sensitivity with which the MotoPhoto team handled my order. I called in the afternoon with a large order (about 700 photos) for my sister's memorial service the next day -- no one else I had contacted was going to be able to fulfill the order in time, but the guys at MotoPhoto were gungho. They stayed late, and I could tell that they had checked each picture to make sure that the print was as lovely as possible. It made a difference during a really hard time, and I'm grateful for their kindness and dedication. Thanks guys.

John Sennett: This is the best photo studio in the tri-state area. I've been to a couple of others in the area but nobody comes close to the level of quality that this place has to offer. They are extremely fast and their print quality is insanely good. I've had the pleasure of working with several people here most notably Jazz and Eric (hopefully spelled their names right) who have unparalleled customer service skills. They're extremely knowledgeable about photography and have great insight on film. I cannot see myself going to any other place to develope my photos. If you're looking for a place you can trust to print your photos professionally and quickly, this is the place for you.

6. Capitol Hill Frame & Photo

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32 reviews
Capitol Hill Frame & Photo
Location
4.2
Prices
4.4
Product Quality
4.6
Establishment
4.6
Customer service
4.1

Address: 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 547-2100

Guy: Picture frame shop


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Ian Realo: I brought in an old family portrait for Stuart to frame and he really did it justice! I'm so happy with how well he treated the piece and how nicely it was all put together. I highly recommend this shop for any framing you have. Andy is great too, he always helps me get things from my car when they're too big. Ian
Response: Ian, it was an honor to help you get that old family portrait framed up nicely! Glad to hear you're pleased with our work. Thank you very much for all your kind words. We'll be here for any future framing needs you have. -Capitol Hill Frame and Photo

Central Photo Company: Capitol Hill Frame & Photo is a trusted partner for our company and we know that all orders are received and turned around with care and efficiency. From framing historic documents and photographs to large print orders, Stuart and is staff have always given us candid and fair pricing and advice with a knowledge base and expertise to back it up. We have worked with Stuart and his staff for over 20 years and it is my pleasure to give 5 stars to his business which I know counts for something in this review based economy. It is a testament to Stuart's customer service that he has been on the Hill for 20 plus years and in a small community his reputation has ensured his success.
Response: Central Photo Company, it is truly our pleasure to provide our supportive community with our framing and printing services. We're so glad to have assisted your company many times over the past 20 years. Thanks so much for the support -- we'll be here for whatever else you need! -Capitol Hill Frame and Photo

Maggie Boys: Capitol Hill Frame and Photo did an excellent job for me. I needed 20" x 30" signs printed and mounted on foam core and I had a very tight turn around time. They worked really well with my designer and everything turned out perfectly for my event.
Response: Maggie, thank you for trusting our dedicated team to get the job completed in time for your event. We're happy to hear that everything turned out perfectly. Hoping to lend a hand in the future. -Capitol Hill Frame and Photo

Alex Johnson: Unfortunately, I had a encounter where I was deeply disrespected by one of the gentlemen working here. I stopped in to pick up a custom framed gift and was treated as if I didn’t exist. I immediately approached the register to pick up the item and waited for the employees to return to the register. After returning to the register, the employee called for a customer from another area of the store who was behind me to process his transaction first and asked me to step out of the way. I don’t know if it was the fact that I was dressed casually in a raincoat and sweatpants for the bad weather or if it was a matter of his perception of my racial identity, either way, someone waiting at the register should have been helped before someone approaching the line from behind me. I give the other employee from the back of the store credit for recognizing my dismay at the treatment and asking if I was okay. This was, however, not enough to allay the micro-aggression I had experienced. I highly discourage friends and colleagues in Congress and beyond from using the services of this store. If you believe in justice, equity, and fairness, I implore you to find an alternative.
Response: Alex, thank you for taking a moment to provide us this feedback of your recent experience. I have been in business on the Hill for over twenty years and we take pride in serving all of our customers fairly. I apologize for this misunderstanding that occurred and do not want to discredit your feelings by any means. Our goal is to be welcoming to all of our customers and I can assure you this was simply a matter of miscommunication. I am sincerely sorry that you had a negative experience with us, and hope to gain the opportunity to provide our custom framing services for you in the future. Sincerely, Stuart Capitol Hill Frame and Photo

Garrett Arwa: Came here to get a backlog of items framed. There was no wait time, and a few of the items I brought fit into ready-made frames which the they assembled for me on site. This option is recommended as it’s about half as cheap to do a pre-made frame as it is to do a custom with the cheapest frame/glass. But the ready-made frames come with a solid gram and glass, not cheap plastic. The custom jobs are not cheap, but probably about the same price as using Framebridge. Also used the wait time to get a passport photo.
Response: Garrett, finding the right framing options for your items is what we love to do! You're absolutely right that our ready-made frames are a cheaper option, so we're glad we could help you find the right ones to display your pieces. Thanks so much for the kind words about your visit here. If you need help with anything else, just let us know! -Capitol Hill Frame and Photo

Sam Rosenbaum: Such a great experience getting an original art piece framed here. I reached out to ~15 local vendors for pricing and got the best deal here for a very large piece. Stuart was super friendly and helpful, and the turnaround time was much quicker than I expected. So pleased with the end result!
Response: A beautiful piece of art needs a great frame to match it, Sam! We're excited we had just what you were looking for. It was a pleasure working with you. Anytime you need us, don't hesitate to get in touch. -Stuart

Ber.adette Pilliod: these guys are amazing. there is nothing they cannot do!!! the card selection is fantastic, always thoughtful or funny from sympathy to birthday. but the framing and photos have no peer. excellent suggestions on displaying favorite photos. also, many of my relatives are seniors to whom i send hard copy photos, this shop is very accommodating to everyone's needs. they helped me assemble a high school graduation collage also. i value their input, enjoy their rapport, and they will always be my first resource, hooray to them.
Response: Like we said on Yelp, Bonnie, no matter the project, you can count on our team to deliver exactly what you need! We're glad to know our photo printing services especially have been helpful when you need to send some pictures to your loved ones. Thanks so much for the support -- we'll be here for whatever else you need! -Capitol Hill Frame and Photo

Wendy W: This is by far and excellent place to get high quality photo prints. There’s also a large selection of reasonably priced cards and printing supplies.
Response: Wendy, thanks for your wonderful review! We're delighted to hear you're happy with your prints. If there's ever anything else we can do for you in the future, we'll be here for you. -Capitol Hill Frame and Photo

bryan coxwell: I took a 50 year old newspaper here to get the front page framed. The paper was brittle and looked like it could have fallen apart under the slightest provocation, but they did an excellent job preserving it and the finished product looks great. Will definitely be going back next time I need something framed.
Response: Bryan, happy we could preserve and frame a snapshot from the past! We're so thrilled you're pleased with the outcome. Looking forward to helping you again in the future. -Capitol Hill Frame and Photo

Holly Robertson: Waited 8 years to get my graduate school diploma framed. Worth the wait!!
Response: The years of hard work you put in deserve the recognition, Holly! Glad we could help you select the perfect frame for your diploma. Don't hesitate to reach out if we can do anything else for you. -Capitol Hill Frame and Photo

7. Dominion Camera

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Dominion Camera
Location
4.7
Prices
4
Product Quality
4.5
Establishment
4.9
Customer service
4

Address: 112 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 532-6700

Guy: Photo shop


Review: "My favorite camera shop :)"

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jingwatube: I believed those good reviews and went to the shop. I was there at least 3 times, most of them were bad experiences. Yesterday I was there to print pictures, 15 minutes job took me 45 minutes. Till the last minute the "technician" still don't know what's the problem and how to fix it. It was I - a client - suggested to him to use an extra usb flash to resolve the issue. I explained to him that I wanted passport like photos, even specifically showed to him what's the size of head in the picture that I wanted. Today I went to get the printouts and found those pictures were totally unacceptable. Not only the size of the heads were not what I wanted, but the heads are not even whole. They refund me the money of course with no problem, but they tared those pictures in front of me in pieces like those pictures meant nothing to me. Seem to me very unprofessional. I'm sure some of their works worth the 5 star those reviewers gave to them. But I got only 1 star services. May be they have double or even multiple standards for their shop policy. This shop always give me an impression that they don't care to have my business. Whatever I cannot do by myself, they cannot do neither or they can only do it in a ridiculous high price - or I better don't bother the shop. I regret that I donated some of my used and brand new camera related items to this shop. Most likely I won't bother this shop any more. It never happened as in their reply that "you would have seen the on the Kiosk before they were ordered/printed". If I had seen the output on their machine I'd never put the order at first place.
Response: I am sorry you feel that way, we try hard to help all of our customer with the utmost professionalism and go out of our way to be courteous and go the extra mile.. First, as a store policy, we we always destroy returned customer pictures before throwing them away to protect the privacy of our customers and the subjects of the pictures. We tried to explain to you that the pictures that you got, you would have seen the on the Kiosk before they were ordered/printed and that is what we delivered. If you did not like the option, you could have told us at the time and we could have made a passport like picture or custom picture for about 10 times the cost you originally paid. These options were discussed with you today, and It was clear from the conversation that you were not interested in any of them, and that is why we refunded your money without any questions. We try to help ALL of our customers.. that is our passion and our purpose and again, we sorry you are not happy with what you received from Dominion Camera

Sherry Garay: I am an amateur photographer and I used to drive out to Burke to another local camera shop. I decided to give Dominion a try, and I am so glad I did! This is a locally owned “mom and pop” business and it feels good to support a small local business, instead of putting more money in the pocket of a man who wants to play around in outer space. The staff at the store are super knowledgeable. One of them used to work for Canon and can tell you everything you need to know about Canon gear. They helped me make my decision on moving to a new mirrorless camera. I believe they are the only local shop that does their film developing on site. They also do black and white developing by hand. My prints look better than they have in years! They also sell an array of cool films to play around with. I picked up a roll of Dracula film from Romania. They also take passport photos and guarantee them as acceptable by the State Department. I also just found out their classes have started back up and they have a studio space upstairs they rent out. Seriously, if you are a pro photographer or just an amateur like me, then support this local business. This is a great camera shop, with just about anything you could possibly need, including a used gear bargain shelf!

Jessica Border: Who ever said the customer service was good is delusional. I went in to get my film developed. He asked me if I wanted prints or digital and I said both. He told me that he can’t do both and if I wanted it, I need to do prints first, then when I come to pick up, I can order the digital copies. He was so rude to me. I won’t ever come hear again, I was literally about to walk out from the horribleness if this experience, which is a real shame.
Response: Hello. I am sorry you feel that way. We can definably do prints and digital files to USB or CD but we no longer are able to combine internet uploads and prints. You see, we used to offer upload and prints, but then people never came in to pick up the pictures. When we called customers to ask them to pick up their prints, they would tell us that after after they saw the digital images they did not want the prints and told us to throw them away. since the prints were not paid for we lost money on the prints In order to keep our costs under control, We had to make the difficult decision to stop that combination. The good thing is that once you get your digital files you can go to our website dominioncamera.com and order the prints you want. Again, I am sorry if my staff did not explain this well to you but we are committed to help our customers at all costs. If you would like to share your thoughts directly please call the store and ask for Gary Thanks!

Mike Tike: Gary is the best. I was looking for ZV-E10 ( sold out everywhere you can check that right now) but I swore it was sold out. He told me hd actually had one and the color I wanted. He looked all over the store and finally found it. That’s customer service you won’t find at Best Buy. I’m so happy with my purchase this is the only place I’m going to for camera equipment and vlogging gear.

W Russell: I found this place by walking around Falls Church. For a photographer or anyone interested in any level of photography, this place has it all! Prices are reasonable and the customer service is 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟!! Gary, the owner, is super friendly and knowledgeable in his products. GREAT PLACE!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! Keep up the great work Dominion!

Michael Ryan: Really good experience over several visits to Dominion Camera. The team, especially Gary, are really knowledgeable and helpful. Some highlights: - Fixed my film camera for free after taking it in - Good film development and quick turnaround - Spent several days and hours going over a new camera to purchase. They were helpful and patient to make sure I got what would fit my needs. Highly recommend.

Daniel Ramirez (NiceWaffles): I've been here a few times, out of all of the camera stores I've been at so far. These have been the nicest people. That may not be shocking but if you visit some camera stores in DC, the staff aren't so nice over there. But these people here at Dominion camera so really kind and helped me select which lenses to purchase for my camera I highly recommend this shop! My favorite camera shop :)

Jim Arnold: I'm not a camera guy, nor am I that much of a tech guy in general. All I know is that I had a giant bag of film that I inherited from my late mother who never got around to developing it. Dominion Camera was the only place I found to help me develop/scan all of it, and their customer service and staff won me over the whole time. As simple as each transaction was, they made me enjoy stopping in and took care of me the whole way through (and made sure I didn't get charged for scans on blank film!). My bag of film is now empty and I wish I had a reason to continue giving this hometown shop my money; I really appreciate them.

sahra ahmad: I’ve been meaning to write this review for a while now. I love supporting small businesses, and this one is one of my favorites. It is right near my office and taking my film to get developed and print is so nice. I appreciate that unlike the big corporations (CVS, Walmart, etc) they only make you pay for the photos that they found, so if a piece of film was bad, they don’t charge you for a print of that. I also enjoy that it is so quickly done! Unlike the big corporations that take up to like 2 weeks, they took only a fraction of that time. The quality of the picture paper was nice too- I always go with a matte finish. Nicest people ever work there, and overall I would highly recommend! I know this sounds like a fake review, but I promise this is 100% legit. I can’t wait to take more of my film to get developed.

Cory Concha: Outstanding film processing, much better than any pharmacy service, and they're capable of same day service if you drop off your film by 10 am on the days they process. Definitely the highest quality prints and scans I've ever gotten and for the same price as the pharmacy locations who take two weeks and never return your negatives. With that said I interacted very sparingly with the staff and have not used any other services/purchased any other equipment from them, so I have no perspective in that regard. But I can safely and highly recommend them for film processing.

8. Merrifield One Hour Photo

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Merrifield One Hour Photo
Location
4
Prices
4.2
Product Quality
4
Establishment
5
Customer service
4.5

Address: 2833 Gallows Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 560-3845

Guy: Photo shop


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Amber Feng: Amazing place for developing film! Scans are high quality and were returned to me in only a few hours. Be sure to call ahead to make sure they develop film that day. Great service and I'll definitely be returning!

Mehmet Esen: John is amazing with scanning photos! I could not believe the high quality reproduction of an old photo. And on the same day! I would highly recommend their service.

Christopher M: Got my roll of film developed overnight, super fast for around here! They did a good job and charged a good rate. It's a very sweet family owned spot and it's a difficult business these days so I'm happy to support them. If anyone is writing negative reviews because it's not "one hour" developing, they're morons, i wish one hour photos were the norm still too, but unless you can find a time machine and go back to 1998, this is the fastest you'll get your rolls developed

Arif MC: One of the only place where you can get picture according to Canadian passport requirements. American passport picture were 10.99. And Canadian 15.99

Ibrahim Imam: Excellent service. I went to get passport photos and was in and out in 10 minutes.

Heidi Yazdani: Came in to get my film developed, they came out great and super fast compared to all the other stores I have been to. Will definitely be returning and I recommend this store to anyone looking for the same thing!

Thai Hung Nguyen: While there are plenty of choices for photo printing service providers you can come to, this one is unique and special. Your photos are always customized and made beautiful to your preferences. John is excellent and experienced at what he is doing. This store has been here for 30 years and they always provide great services and quality products. They are very prompt and accurate as well. What a rare find in this technology era.

Abhilash P: I called to check if they were open. Came here in the evening for passport photo. They saw the photo specifications required. He allowed some time to set the hair. he clicked the photo in his setup and gave the 2 photo copies quickly. In and out within 10 to 15 mins.

Sarah Engel: I had 8 rolls of black and white 35mm I wanted to develop, and this was one of the last few places in the area that still processes film instead of just printing digital photos (though they offer that too, of course). Upshot: the photos turned out great! The shop had the work finished within 24 hours, and I really like the matte finish. Good product, friendly customer service, and while I may recall fondly that it didn't use to be quite this expensive to develop 35mm film, the price here was cheaper than any of the other places I looked at, including online.

Abram Eric Landes: Eh, you should call ahead before expecting one hour photo service. It runs whenever they have 20+ rolls of film, so that might be 3-5 days, not one hour. I understand the status of the industry, but the lady was pretty rude explaining it to me. Wanted to support the mom and pop shops, but not if they're going to make me feel dumb for asking to provide their service.

9. Damon Bowe Photography

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Damon Bowe Photography
Location
5
Prices
5
Product Quality
5
Establishment
5
Customer service
5

Address: 406 L St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 10PM ⋅ Opens 6AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 570-8206

Guy: Photographer


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Lisa L: WOW! Just WOW! Had to schedule a graduation photo shoot from Texas for my daughter in DC. Not only did Damon make every step so easy but after talking with him on the phone and getting to know him a bit I was even more excited to work with him. He is exceptional...Literally, no other way to describe him. His work style, sense of humor, creativity, patience, you name it are all incredible. The pics we received were outstanding too! Keep in mind that we had no easy task for him... juggling a blended family, a morning when bad weather threatened and a senior pup, he juggled it all effortlessly and made for one of the best and most fun photo sessions I have ever been a part of. I had initially chosen Damon based on the ratings on here and boy they did not let me down. If you are looking for someone with imagination, great communication and a fantastic eye for capturing a special moment in your life book Damon now!!! You will NOT regret it! I only regret that he is so far away from us in Texas..... :)

Ashlei Watson: It was great working with Damon! I knew he was the photographer I wanted to work with for my organization when I submitted a quote, and he in return called me and we talked for about 20 minutes about great advocacy looking locations in DC! He then sent over a map with details on possible photo shoot locations, gave suggestions on transportation, etc. He promised he would deliver on the product that I wanted for our organization and he did not fail!! He was patient with us, treated our children nice, and captured a lifetime of memories for our families and organization. You won't go wrong working with Damon!!
Response: Wow, thank you so much! Our original shooting plan was pretty good, but I'm so happy the Capitol Fencing happened to be removed just before your photoshoot because it allowed us a bit more leeway. Thanks again and please let me know if you ever need more photo help! :)

Iris Hinh: My partner and I were looking for a photographer in Washington, D.C. to capture our graduation photos. I initially found Damon's website on Google and loved the variety of photographs that have been shared on the platform. I contacted Damon via email and phone call to ask questions, and he was very responsive and friendly. It rained the evening before the photoshoot, and the cherry blossoms weren't as lively as we had hoped. Damon contacted us to share his thoughts on the best locations near the mall, including proposing the Smithsonian garden. Damon was patient and kept the whole shoot fun. We really enjoyed the whole experience. From the onset, the contract, details, and follow-up were straight forward very professional. This was our first time taking photos with a photographer, and we would highly recommend him for any and all photography needs!

Brittany Kademian: I'm so glad we booked a cherry blossoms mini session with Damon! He's super down to earth, is great with young kids since he has some of his own, and even gave us a full hour taking great photos instead of the 20 minutes we expected. There were so many good photos that I had a hard time choosing which pictures to keep, and just ended up buying them all. Damon was so easy to work with, and I hope that he will continue mini photo sessions of our family around DC a couple times a year!
Response: Thanks so much! Sometimes it takes longer to work with kids, I try to be generous with my time if I can, glad it worked out and we got some wonderful photographs!

Margie Dwight: Damon Bowe is an incredibly talented photographer! I arrived for my headshot session and he was friendly, accommodating and explained the whole process to me as this was my first headshot experience. Although admittedly self conscious, Damon talked me through as he was taking photographs. We looked at photos together and decided whether to take more or whether we had winners. He was encouraging and enthusiastic. He captured my image and most of all, captured my essence. I felt really good after the session and felt confident that the photo we decided upon was the best to present to the world. I cannot recommend Damon highly enough. I will definitely call upon his talents in the future. He also couldn’t have been nicer! You are in very capable, experienced and gifted hands with Damon!
Response: Thanks Margie! It was so fun meeting you and doing headshots. Looking forward to a branding session in the future!

Lauren Vorisek: Although I was initially a bit skeptical about getting professional headshots taken as I embarked on a career change, I quickly realized how valuable a good photographer is. Damon was not only friendly and professional, but he has great advice about angles and how to pose. He was able to help me pull off that illusive mix of appearing confident without seeming cocky, and serious yet approachable. Damon has a great eye for detail and he has the patience to help steer you to the perfect look. I couldn’t be happier with the results. The hardest part was picking my favorite look.

Jilane Rodgers Petrie: We recently had a fantastic experience with Damon for our family's holiday card mini-session! Our toddler is a joyous little human, but for some reason gets very camera shy. Damon expertly captured our little guy in peak happiness, and mom and dad (and even dog!) somehow all looked great too. Damon was easy to book, gave clear communications and was super efficient during the shoot. We got a lot of amazing images at an incredibly reasonable rate. Our family will be repeat customers, that's for sure! Thank you, Damon!
Response: Thank you so much, Jilane. It was a pleasure to work/play with you guys, cannot wait to do it again!

Heather Lorenzo: This was our first time taking photos as a family of four and we loved working with Damon! He was very responsive ahead of time, giving us tips about what to bring and where to be and when. During the shoot, he knew just where to take us and gave us quick and simple directions to help get natural looking shots with a beautiful background. He's also quick on his feet -- cold rain started coming down during our shoot and yet Damon was able to get some snaps of the kids smiling under the shield of some trees that we'll cherish for a lifetime. For anyone looking for a photographer on the Hill or in the DC area, we highly recommend him.

Jeff Le: Damon has such attention to detail and a passion to capture the best in you. I found the experience so positive. Unlike other photography experiences, he helped me feel at ease, explained what we were trying to achieve, and did it with both grace and humor. That's hard to come by in DC and I loved my photos. I know you will too.
Response: Thanks so much, Jeff! Always great to see you!

Shermineh Jones: My family had a terrific experience with Damon and are absolutely thrilled with the photographs from our fall photo session. I was nervous about picking the right photographer because I have toddler twins - one who is shy around new people and another who'd rather play tag than sit for a photo (not to mention a camera shy dad). Based on great word of mouth from the other mothers in my neighborhood, I chose Damon and I am so glad I did. He made my kids totally comfortable and he knew exactly where to get the best shots around the Capitol so everyone was engaged and had fun. We spent less than half an hour together and I got lots of terrific photographs to choose from (many more than I expected). I highly recommend Damon and plan on having him take our family photos again next year.

10. Ace Photo

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Ace Photo
Location
4.9
Prices
4.5
Product Quality
4.8
Establishment
4.2
Customer service
4.2

Address: 44710 Cape Ct Suite 122, Ashburn, VA 20147

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 430-3333

Guy: Photo shop


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Laura Inglis: Nice selection and the people who work there are very knowledgeable, which is a great combination if you're not sure what to buy or have questions. Decent selection of cameras and lenses for Canon, Nikon, Fugi and Sony. They also sell used cameras (including film camers) and lenses and can develop film. Good selection accessories for amateur and professional photographers too. If you are looking for a camera bag don't shop on line - they have 2 rooms of all kinds of bags to check out.

Alan Cinsavich: I heard about this place from a colleague and the moment I stepped into the store I think I fell in love and went to heaven at the same time. For professional photography and videography this place has everything! And I mean everything! Camera bodies, lenses, flashes, lighting, backgrounds, bags, filters, accessories, camcorders to Cinema HD cameras and the list can go on. And even more amazing they have film camera and can also develop B&W and Color film! Robert the manager was super nice, had a great sense of humor and very helpful and knowledgeable. They also accept trade-in. I live in Maryland and while this place may be far from home for me I am definitely planning on making special trips to this Mecca of Camera Stores.

Krys M Gatmaitan: My wife is a professional photographer so it was great to know a dedicated camera shop is nearby. Staff are super friendly and knowledgeable, they'll be happy to point you in fhe right direction if you need anything specific. They have everything photography-related she could ask for. 7 foot umbrella? Check. Extra camera batteries with external charger? Check. Tripods and extra lens caps? Check and check. Camera bags, lenses for rent, and cool antique cameras to gaze at for a conversation starter? Check, check, and check. There's honestly a huge selection of cameras and accessories for all brands that would give B&H and Adorama a run for their money. Did I mention that prices are just about the same, if not more competitive, Amazon included? There's an entire room full of umbrellas, diffusers, and various camera bags, I would suggest checking here first before buying online anywhere to avoid the shipping costs and reduce the carbon footprint Their website even lists the available inventory, and if you so choose, some of it can be ordered online and shipped to you. What more could you ask for?

Marc Nowell: Amazing service, friendly staff. They had the vintage part I needed and got it shipped quickly. I bought through Amazon, and when a refund was needed it was processed no questions asked. Their inventory is fantastic, both new and pre-owned. Check 'em out!

Puneet Sikand: Great Equipment selection and reasonable prices, but I was disappointed with the way they handle film negatives - I dropped off a roll of 120 type film for developing, and the person responsible had stuffed the developed negatives into an envelope meant for 35mm film, instead of boxing it as is standard practice with 120 type film. The film is now permanently warped despite keeping it under weighted books overnight to flatten it. I can't get sharp scans out of the film because it is so badly deformed. To add insult to injury, the lab tech evidently unrolled the exposed film outside the darkroom, because the first exposure is partly fully exposed - another very basic mistake. I took photos of my 3-month old baby on film, hoping to preserve a memory of my baby on film - and the best photo is essentially ruined because of poor handling. The attached photo shows the damage, and I think I'll be sending my film elsewhere for development from now on.

Mike Litters: Friendly staff, very helpful. Great selection of new and used cameras and lenses. A little pricey... But so are cameras and lenses

Liz Evans: It's disappointing I have to leave this review, but here we are. Long story short, I came in to get an XT3 camera on 4/3/22. They had one in the store for $1499, quoted me at 1499, but charged me $1899. Evan was assisting me and seemed uncertain on which price I should be charged because the box he grabbed from the back was 1899. Evan said that was weird and eventually went and got the 1499 box. He scanned it, it showed up as $1499 in the store's system. To confirm, he price-checked on B&H's site by scanning the barcode on each box. $1499 was listed on B&H as $1499, the $1899 box didn't show up at all on their site. Evan was still confused 🙄. Another associate (Jacob) told Evan to charge me the $1499 if that's what the system was saying. Evan tried to get me to come back the next day (Monday) so he could talk to someone named Mo/Moe- but Jacob told Evan that Mo/Moe wouldn't know the price. And I explained I had work on Monday, that he verified the price on B&H, and I'd take the $1499 while I was standing there in the store. When I came back from the bathroom, Evan said it had to be the store's mistake because the other boxes were $1899, it's 1899 on Amazon, so...he was charging me 1899 (which was really $2023 total) and he asked "Is that cool?" I only paid because I was annoyed and wanted a camera, but I came back 30mins later to get a refund because that didn't feel right. Jacob had an attitude and Evan tried to say he had tried to "help me" find a cheaper one (he didn't, he was trying to justify charging more). Jacob said I was charged $1899 because the camera is listed as Out of Stock on B&H at the $1499 price. Okay. I spoke to B&H. If something is listed as Out of Stock, the price doesn't change. Actually it's held at that listed price until the item is back in stock. So what you see on B&H is what it is. The $1499 on B&H could have been honored, especially if that's what it already was in your store. In B&H's words, they wouldn't know or understand why the store wouldn't price match at $1499. Out of Stock doesn't mean charge $400 more because that's what you see on Amazon--- Evan (which he told me), and Jacob. Jacob also said while processing my refund he hoped I could find another $1500 camera. I'm thinking you had- on B&H, and regardless- I did. From the parking lot. I ordered an XT3 kit that came with a tripod and other items for LESS than $1500 total, and it came two days later. It's on my desk right now. I can always find another camera. I hope you find another customer to buy that camera off your shelf. It's just sad because I planned on buying lenses, equipment, maybe another camera just because I had liked the store. It is a nice store, but the people inside of it make a difference. I planned on coming back and building my setup, and I was looking forward to doing these things in person, despite the 1-hour drive. I would have been back. That $400 or $600 would have been easily made up, plus some. But by not honoring what was in the system, looking out for a customer the first time, whatever the reason or policy, you lost the whole sale and I won't be back. I'm happy with the XT3, love it, just sad I went through two different stores in person before ordering online and online was the easiest and smoothest experience- and cheaper.

C Davidson: Super crowded store. Looked around for quite a while to find a couple of items - was never approached by a sales person. They have good stock and prices. I left without buying anything.

Dave Dickhaut: Went in on MLK Day to look for lights and mounts, maybe talk some camera rigging. There seemed to be 3 employees in the store, but not a single one of them acknowledged us. I hovered around the center of the store, giving off the "customer in distress" vibe, but the guy behind the counter wouldn't even pause his conversation with his buddy long enough to make eye contact. After 15 mins I gave up, went home and ordered from B&H photo. I'd so much prefer to give money to a local store than the faceless web, but I'm only half the equation. I can't even comment on fair prices because none of the lights had price tags. All in all an unpleasant experience, which is a shame.

Ann Esther: If you need to get your film processed this is the place!! Everything was done quick and on time and the results had me flabbergasted. This is the place for all things photo.

11. Selfie WRLD NoVa DC

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Selfie WRLD NoVa DC
Location
4.1
Prices
4.8
Product Quality
4.9
Establishment
4.8
Customer service
4.4

Address: 1961 Chain Bridge Rd Tysons Corner, Center, McLean, VA 22102

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (571) 999-7799

Guy: Photography studio


Review: "definitely a great place to take some cute photos."

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A B: Fun, out of the ordinary activity to do with friends. LOTS of different backdrop options, however, compared to some of the pictures online, some of them were pretty bare. But overall, worth the money and can definitely hit them all in the 1 hour allotted time.

Yvonne Marbury: This place was so much fun. I took my daughter here as part of her sweet 16 celebration. This was her element for sure, we took a ridiculous amount of pictures and just had fun being silly as a family. This place is fun for teens and anyone wanting great fun little backdrops.

Colleen Brown: Had my daughters 17th birthday party here and I must say it was such a great time. The girls really enjoyed taking pictures in the many different themed rooms. The staff were all so friendly and helpful, they kept good music playing the entire time and honored request. Will definitely be going back with the family.

Ashley Weiser: Had a great time! Wasn't crowded and the girls giggled the entire time! Definitely worth an hour of your time! Have fun with it an just enjoy the laugh and fun photos you can get. There were so many different background to play around with!

Kay Gee: The selfie museum itself was fun. However, I booked a session with the resident photographer which was cool, but I experienced delays in receiving the edited photos. I was initially told that I would get the watermarked pictures within 24-48 hours, but I received them 4 days later. I was then told after selecting the pictures that I wanted edited and sending my payment($5 per pic after 10 free pics), I would receive the edited ones back in 24 hours. That also did not happen. I did not receive the pictures until a week and 2 days later which happened after I spoke with the manager twice and sent 2 emails. After multiple attempts to get the edits back, the manager, owner, photographer, and myself had a call to resolve this issue.The photographer said she sent me the pictures a week before, and she forwarded me the email that was "sent." If the email was actually sent when the photographer said she sent it, then I would imagine that message would have been relayed during one of my calls with the manager or I would have at least received a response to one of my 2 emails. I don't think I would go back here, and if I did, I would either take my own pictures or bring a photographer.

Prpleink Dixon: This place was an absolute blast! There are tons of rooms and Idk how you can even get it done in an hour. The stage is friendly and very chill and the music is bumping. They have stands and photo clickers so you can do this on your own or take large photos with friends. They even have rooms if you wanted to cha he your outfit. Expect to take more than one photo and even make jokes to get the best photos.

Pradip Hayu: Found this place via TikTok. They provide you a selfie stick stand and a clicker which you will utilize to take pictures. They have so many unique, colorful, well-thought backgrounds. We loved the pictures that came out. They give you an hour to spend there and trust me that hour will fly. We will definitely be back once they bring new backgrounds. A perfect date spot. Check it out guys!

Tamikka Williams: My first time hearing of Selfie WRLD, I'm not going to lie, I perceived it as being so corny and a waste of money. I HAD to experience it for myself. New merchandise for a new wine brand, FiftyLeven (follow us on Instagram @fiftylevenwine) curated and founded by Kindra Dionne, brought us here. We had the time of our lives taking more photos in two hours than we have in a year. This was a very productive and creative space. The music at this particular location helped us out a lot. That playlist tho!!!! Shout out to the team, they were extremely helpful. I enjoyed every bit of it. (Orginally written 18 August 2021)

LaTosha Greene: This is a fun place to come to with family or friends.

Justin Markey: This place is is unique, fun and different than anything else we’ve ever done. Staff is super friendly. There was a tall guy that worked there and he was super helpful. I went here with four kids (6,8,10 & 13) and the kids all had fun. I didn’t know if they would have a Christmas background and they totally did, 3 in fact! I could see this place being great for a date night, something to do for an hour before you hit dinner at one of the restaurants next door or before you catch a movie.