We have been creating beautiful school portraits since 2000 and have loved every minute of it. Our job is to bring out the real personality of your school aged child and our goal is to take amazing portraits while having fun!
Whether it’s outside or inside, we have a fun relaxed atmosphere. Picture day should not be stressful! Our photographers strive to have fun and in the process take great pictures. No need to prepay and hope you’ll get a “good one”; our easy proof system lets the parents pick the best smile.
With lots of choices, Great American Photo lets the parents pick their own package, whether it’s a la carte, a digital product or a traditional package. Our easy to read packages won’t confuse or trick you.
We have an extensive line of “fun” products such as key chains, mugs, canvases and our all popular fridge magnets!
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Groups (Large or Small)
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Conferences & Events
Competitive, affordable pricing
Professional, highly qualified photographers
Personnel arrive early, dressed professionally
Photographers use high quality professional digital equipment
Friendly customer service
Member of Professional Photographers of America
Fast turn around times
Locally serving DC, Maryland and Virginia
Nationwide coverage available
Full day, half day and hourly rates available
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Social & Portraits
Great American Photo has a talented group of photographers to match the needs and budget of any of our social clients. Whether you are looking for a photographer for weddings, Bar or Bat Mitzvah’s, Family Portraits, or other celebration, feel free to contact us and we will match you with one of our talented friendly staff.
Great American Photo is proud to partner with local sports leagues to provide team and individual photography. We send highly qualified photographers as well as support staff to every shoot to help facilitate and answer any questions parents may have about the ordering process. Our photographers have years of experience, and have all undergone background checks. We promise our picture day will be well organized and will run smoothly. We work one on one with each league to set up a commission structure to give back a percentage of sales to the league. Great American photo is committed to friendly customer service and expert technical support for all clients. Our customer service department is available by phone or email to answer any questions parents may have after picture day.
We’re the photographer. You’re the superstar.
We’ve been taking portraits since 2001 and love every minute of it. Our job is to bring out the artist, so you can share it with everyone else. We offer pre-payment or online proofing. Each studio will receive a “best of” DVD for you to put on your website or for advertising purposes. We offer generous commissions to your studio.
We want to get to know you. Really know you. And then get that on camera.
Our style is capturing your style. Creating an experience with you that is uniquely yours. What makes you the person you are? What do you love? What do you want to do? How do you express it?
Each dance session aims to answer these questions while making you look fabulous. Many of the young adults we work with enjoy multiple outfit changes to represent the different facets of their life and interests.
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Who Are We
Great American Photo strives to make photographic experiences Fun, Friendly, and successful for our clients. Our clients do not feel like a number with us, rather, it is our goal to be your partner in all things photographic. We work one on one with all of our clients to ensure they get the attention and care they deserve. Our clients can always count on outstanding service provided by friendly people.
Great American Photo is proud to only hire certified trained photographers who have undergone background checks. Our rigorous training programs ensure that not only will your photo day run smoothly, but also guarantees the highest quality final product with pictures that everyone loves for years to come.
Great American photo is committed to friendly customer service and expert technical support for all clients.
Photography sessions will be unique and enjoyable–that is our promise!
The pictures of my Churchill kids and the Paint Branch Poms are just magnificent. They are so vibrant. Thank you for my team’s picture.
Dr. Joan Benz, Principal , Churchill High School
Ian and his talented group of photographers at Great American Photo have consistently managed to make my studio’s picture week a fun and pleasurable experience for the instructors, dancers and parents…thank you! Their experience and ability to work with all ages and levels of dancers in a variety of circumstances has always allowed for our photographs to accurately and beautifully capture my studio and all of it’s dancers with an eye for movement and love of dance. Great American Photo is highly professional, remarkably talented with a keen eye and exceptional sensitivity for dance, and we are never disappointed by the fantastic photographs that result! I highly recommend Great American Photo to anyone seeking a stress-free experience and top-quality photographs!
Katie Carpenter-King, Owner/Artistic Director, Studio 180 Dance, Inc.
We had a wonderful experience with Great American Photo at our school (Grace Episcopal Day School). They provided skilled and friendly photographers, and beautiful student photos. Our parents were extremely pleased, and we found the entire company very responsive and easy to work with. Highly recommended for student and staff portraits!
Karen O., Grace Episcopal Day School
LOVE the book with the candid photos. A great way to begin to organize without having the inspect every photo!
[Thank you] for capturing our school spirit. [Ian] is the best candid photographer we have ever had. Many people are photographers and it is people like Ian who capture the spirit of the ‘event’. He did just that!
Dianne Thorington, Special Education, Oak View Elementary School
I can’t thank you enough for opening this (gallery) back up for me……. You have a very kind business. And your pictures are stunning.
A: We accept every payment option in our office – cash, check, major credit cards. We accept credit card payments over the phone. We accept checks in the mail. We accept all major credit cards online through our secure third party payment processor.
PLEASE REMEMBER IF YOU ORDER ONLINE THAT THE CHARGE WILL SHOW UP AS “PHOTO CHECK OUT,” NOT GREAT AMERICAN PHOTO.
A: If you order through the school, the order will be sent back to the school. Most people like ordering online because photos orders are finished more quickly and are sent directly to your home or anywhere you choose (eg. a relative’s home or a work address). Orders placed through the school are competed in a batch and are sent back once all of the photos and special products are complete from the entire school’s orders. While it is our goal to complete everything as quickly as possible, Quality is at the top of our list, and every order is hand made, inspected, and packaged.
A: Yes, we normally do add family images to the same CD if ordered at the same time. Please understand that we still charge per child. You will still need to order a CD and pay for each child if you would like the digital files of each one.
A: Yes, this is exactly the same as the answer above. Just add your images to the cart, then click on “Change Gallery” and select or search for another one. Continue to add items to the cart and they will be added up at the end with the shipping included only one time.
A: Yes, you can place multiple orders and pay shipping once. Just add your images to the cart, then click on “Change Gallery” and select the same gallery or choose another one. Continue to add items to the cart and they will be added up at the end with the shipping included only one time.
A: Depending on the school, some offerings will include the name “Multi Image” in the title. If you see this offering, you can add multiple poses to a package for an additional fee per additional pose. If you do not see this offering, you will need to order a-la-carte. If you would like to order a large number of photos, please email us your request and we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.
A: You can search for any part of the school’s name in the web gallery section. PLEASE make sure that you click on the correct location if your school name is listed more than once. For example, if your school has a location in Olney and Bethesda, your child’s images will only be in the gallery that includes the location where your child attends.
A: This is a more difficult situation but we are here to help. If you know a class name, a teacher’s name, a song name, a coach’s name or anything pertinent to the photo session, we can normally assist. Either email this info to us or call our office.
A: There are many reasons why group photos are not sold in a digital format including to discourage the sharing of group photos. While we believe that photos should be shared, we also need to cover our costs and make a living. To keep things fair, we only sell group/class images as hard copies.
A: It has been requested by most of our schools, leagues, organizations, companies, and the parents of children that participate to not include class photos in the web gallery for security purposes. If we have received permission to post group or class photos, they will be in a separate gallery where orders can be combined so shipping is only paid once. Even though you cannot see the class/group photo, there will still be an option to purchase by including your child’s individual photo on the order page. We match that individual photo to the group to ensure you receive the correct group.
A: Our plan is to keep images forever but “things can happen” so while we do make every effort to store images indefinitely, please understand that any job over 3 years old may take some time to retrieve and orders may incur an additional charge.