About Jud McCrehin
I’m Jud, an award-winning professional photojournalist who lives and works in Northern Virginia just outside Washington D.C. I started working as a photojournalist in 1992 at a little newspaper in Livingston, Montana. I was the only photographer and was responsible for shooting every single image in the newspaper each day. Today, I work as a photo/visuals editor for USA TODAY, the nation’s newspaper, and am responsible for images in the newspaper and website. I started Jud McCrehin Photography in 2007, when a friend asked me to photograph her wedding.
My father gave me my first camera, a Canon AE-1, when I was 12. I’ve known exactly what I wanted to do with my life ever since. I graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in photojournalism and have been working as a photojournalist since 1992. I’ve covered everything from local parades to traveling across the world covering the United States military training and fighting in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
When I’m not filling my hard drives full of images I enjoy spending time with my family and watching and photographing my 12-year-old and 16-year-old daughters play sports and grow up.
How long have you been a photographer?
I have been a professional photojournalist for over 28 years, working for 5 different newspaper companies covering stories all over the world and throughout the U.S. I currently work as a photo/visuals editor for USA TODAY in McLean, Va. since 2004.
What makes you different from other photographers?
My experience as a photojournalist makes me stand out from other photographers. I have worked in some of the most severe and dangerous conditions on the planet, all the while producing quality storytelling images for publication. Please check out my work on this site and the web to see for yourself.
What is wedding photojournalism?
I define wedding photojournalism as documenting weddings using photography creatively and unobtrusively, telling a couple’s story without interfering in the day. My approach to wedding photography uses what I’ve learned as a newspaper photographer: never being part of the story, but sensing and anticipating the moments that capture the essence of the day.
Do you take posed photos?
A wedding photography collection would not be complete without family photos. For these creative portraits, I look for interesting light, angles and backgrounds to turn these portraits into works of art that you will want to hang on your walls.
How far do you travel?
My base camp is in Warrenton, Va. which is just outside of Washington D.C. in Northern Virginia. Typically, I shoot most weddings and events in the Mid-Atlantic region, but do wander further away when needed. Let me know what you have in mind.
I love your work, now what?
Because I only shoot 15-20 weddings/events per year I tend to book up quickly, so please contact me as soon as possible so we can see if we are a good fit.
Will you (personally) be the photographer at my wedding?
Yes, I’m the only photographer at Jud McCrehin Photography LLC. I do, however, use my photojournalist friends as second shooters, if needed.
How long should we set aside for wedding day photos?
The amount of time needed depends on the events during the day you want captured. I recommend no fewer than 8 hours to ensure that photos are not rushed. Here are some recommendations:
- Preparation shots – (2-3 hours) preferably split between the bride/attendants and groom/groomsmen.
- Couples session – (1 hour) I can do this during a “first look” or wait until after you say “I do.” I recommend using a combination of both. I feel after you say “I do” the pressure is off and the images really show it.
- Ceremony – .5 to an hour
- Family portraits – (.5 hour to 1 hour) I usually shoot these right after the ceremony when everybody is easy to roundup.
- Wedding party – (.5 hour to 1 hour) This is where I take the wedding party out for some fun shots.
- Reception – (2 hours +) depending on what you want covered during the party, first dance, cake cutting, grand exit etc.
What's up with the photo booth?
The photo booth is not an actual booth like you see in the lobby of a movie theater. I set up a camera on a tripod, with a light firing into an umbrella. I provide a remote so you and your guests can take your own photos throughout the night. This is a great way to ensure you get pictures of everyone at your party…kind of like a visual guest book. The images are available to you and your guests via the online gallery I provide.
How many images do you take?
I don’t set a limit. You will have access to all useable images from the shoot(s). Typically you will recieve well over 1,000 images from your wedding.
Do you have backup gear?
I shoot with two high-end professional cameras around my neck and a variety of lenses. I do bring backup gear, including extra cameras, lenses and flashes so if something breaks you will never know about it and the images will not suffer.
How can I see the images after you shoot them?
I provide my clients with an online gallery for 6+ months with several options for making prints. The images are generally ready for viewing 14 business days after the event. I do not give out a DVD with the images, but depending on the package, I do allow you to download them.
Do you shoot engagement photos?
I love to shoot engagement sessions. It is a fantastic way for us to get used to working together. That familiarity really pays off on the wedding day.
Do you also shoot portraits and headshots?
Yes I do. I shoot portraits (family, senior, maternity, baby, pet, etc) and headshots, as well as freelance assignments for publications and corporations.