Tom had been the photographer for a coworker's wedding, and she insisted that we talk to him when we were looking for a photographer. I'm so glad we did. He's easygoing, funny, and does gorgeous work. Our photos came out beautiful, and Tom was so unobtrusive through the whole day that I don't even remember some of them being taken. I can't recommend Tom and Documentary Associates highly enough.

Shannon, Wedding Date: 10/11/2015


Documentary Associates


Thank you for visiting! Documentary Associates is the husband and wife wedding photography team of Thomas Van Veen and Ashlee Wilcox. We're full-time photographers serving the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, though we've traveled to photograph weddings in Ireland, the Caribbean, New York, Pennsylvania...oh, and Milwaukee! (Milwaukee is awesome.) We are Washingtonian Magazine and Wedding Wire preferred vendors. Rooted in documentary photography since 2002, we offer a modern style for today’s couple -- candid moments, beautiful details, amazing editorial portraits. We love what we do, and it shows - you'll love your photos, but you also enjoy having us around on your wedding day. 
Thomas & Ashlee are available as a team, individually, and with second shooters. 

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Photography - Frequently Asked Questions
What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What photography services do you offer?
2nd Shooter, Add'l Hours, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, Multi. Locations, One Event/Day, Slideshow/Montage, Toning
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Canvas, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Negatives, Prints, Proofs, Thank You Cards
Business Info
What types of events do you service?
Anniversaries, Baby Showers, Bar / Bat Mitzvahs, Birthdays, Bridal Showers, Christenings, Corporate Events, Debutante Balls, Eco-Friendly / Green Weddings, Engagement Parties, Graduations, Holiday Parties, LGBTQ Weddings / Ceremonies, Memorials, Proms, Quinceaneras, Sweet 16s

77 Reviews

kati, Wedding Date: 09/16/2016
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

Tom was great at the wedding, we barely noticed he was there and we got great photos.

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Jessica, Wedding Date: 06/26/2016
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

Tom was AMAZING. He took all of the pictures we asked for and was not in the way at all. I can't wait to see how they come out!

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Laura, Wedding Date: 05/27/2016
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 4.5 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

We weren't sure we wanted to spend much money on photography for our wedding. We're so glad we came to our senses and hired Documentary Associates, and for an incredibly competitive price! They could be charging significantly more for the quality and service they provide. Tom's description at our first meting of their approach to photographing the wedding, and making it more about the spirit and life in the day and less about stodgy set-ups (he said it better!), was what sold us that we wanted them to capture our day. We just received our photographs, a couple of weeks before we were even expecting them, and simply put they are stunning. Family and friends who have seen them have been unanimous in their reaction that the photos are even better than they imagined they would be. In addition, Tom and second shooter Eileen were just really fun to spend the day with. They had great senses of humor, were easy to be around, and were eager to cover all angles, so to speak. We didn't realize how much down time the two of us would have with just the photographers throughout the day, and ultimately the entirety of our day was made better by the fact that we genuinely enjoyed that time with them. We can't recommend Documentary Associates highly enough!

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User4627126, Wedding Date: 2+ years ago
Quality of Service: 4.5 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

The pictures came out great! We had our wedding in February and Tom and Ashlee gave us a great deal. My husband and I know that we're terrible at posing for pictures and we wanted someone who could capture the candid moments at our wedding. My only, very minor, complaint was that the posed pictures with our families didn't go so well. Everyone seemed a bit disorganized and we didn't quite get all the pictures I would've liked. The pictures we did get, though, were so great that it doesn't really bother me. The photo booth was great too. Fantastic quality pictures all around.

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