Testimonials

We’re very proud to have been awarded our 4th consecutive Wedding Wire Couples Choice award for 2017! We met and worked with some amazing couples in 2016, making friends along the way and while pursuing our passion for photography.
We’re excited and ready to meet all the newlyweds in 2017!


Gray Area Photography and Video did such a great job at our wedding. They were easy to work with from start to finish. Their artistic talent and vision really shined. We could tell they have a lot of passion for their craft and they poured it into every picture. I couldn’t recommend them higher. Thanks Donnie!
Melinda & Mike
The Bride & Groom

Donnie did a great job with our wedding pictures and video. He really took the time to make sure the pictures came out great and that we got exactly what we wanted. The video was way more than what we were expecting. We both were very pleased with the results of both. We would recommend gray area photography to any one that asks.
Joe & Ashley
The Bride & Groom

Finding the perfect photographer for our small, intimate wedding was so important to my wife and I as we planned our big day. When we saw Donnie’s work online, we knew we had the perfect person for the job. He did not let us down. The final photographs are beautiful, capturing so many moments that we want to remember forever. He made everything so easy, from communicating prior to the day, to sending us our galleries of photos afterwards. We have not stopped talking about him and his work, nor have our guests! He is a one in a million. Thank you Donnie!
Kelly & Vicki
The Happy Couple

Donnie and his lovely wife did a fantastic job photographing our anniversary party. They made sure I had all of the different family groups photographed during the evening. The quality of the pictures was exceptional.
Betsy & Steve
The Bride & Groom

Donnie and his wife were truly wonderful to us. They were extremely friendly and easy people to be around (which is a nice trait given that most people have the jitters on their wedding day!), and we felt that they genuinely cared about how our photos and video turned out. They were very personable and took the time to get to know us, and we strongly feel that this came through in our wedding photos. They were extremely creative as well (we didn’t really know what we wanted when we first contacted them), and both our engagement photos and wedding photos turned out lovely.
The video they put together was truly special to us as well, and the quality of their photography is of the highest professional caliber. Both on a photography level and personal level we have nothing but good things to say about them. They are just great people in general and you will not be disappointed if you choose them! Highly recommended.
Elizabeth & Justin
The Bride & Groom

I found Donnie on the internet searching for a wedding videographer. Off the bat my fiancé and I loved his style. We liked that he didn’t just do a ‘highlight’ video, rather one that really captured the feel and look of the wedding day. His videos are real, beautiful, and artistic. I know that is the direction some wedding videos are going in is highlights and more artsy. But we wanted his style.
We loved the different wedding packages he offered, he had a good variety to choose from that could work with our budget. His prices and packages are straightforward and listed on his website, so your not left guessing. Once we contacted him, he really took the time to listen to what we wanted and discuss his services so that we were all on the same page. Donnie was wonderful to work with, he’s a really nice guy that knows what he’s doing.
Vanessa & Dennis
The Bride & Groom

Donnie was a superb photographer! We feel very lucky to have been able to book him. He and his wife Dawn worked our wedding and reception and did a fantastic job. Both were extremely professional and friendly. And the pictures were amazing.
What I loved most was Donnie had a knack for capturing personal moments without us even knowing. The entire process was smooth and easy. I’d hire him again in a microsecond.
Kym & Frank
The Bride & Groom

 


Thank you guys so much for capturing our special day! We love your pictures and video. Donnie was very responsive and helpful to everything I needed, and I can tell that he does his absolute best to make sure he gets every little detail of the day. Thank you!
Urim & Nathan
The Bride & Groom

Donnie and Dawn did a fantastic job at our wedding. Always quick to respond, calm and nerves we had, and solve any issues that arose. My wife and I couldn’t have picked a better duo to photograph our wedding.
Daniela & Chris
The Bride & Groom

 


I would highly recommend Donnie as a wedding videographer. He did an amazing job and was so easy to work with. Our video turned out wonderful and we are so excited to have it to look back on for years to come. He exceeded all expectations!
Amanda & Ryan
The Bride & Groom

My husband and I had our marriage ceremony on my grandparents farm in West Virginia. It was very, very important to us to find a photographer that could capture all of the special moments…we didn’t want to miss a thing! It seemed like we had to search forever to find a photographer that we liked. We actually found out about Gray Area Photography by a friend who also had them shoot their wedding. All it took was one glance over their website and we were sold!
We chose the 7 hour wedding package, which also came with an engagement photo shoot….which we HIGHLY recommend by the way! The engagement shoot gave us an opportunity to meet Donnie and his wife, which made the wedding photo shoot more comfortable and quite frankly made them seem like family :)
Donnie was extremely easy to work with. He is professional and friendly. After talking with him for a few minutes, it was like we had known him for years. We were surprised how fast we received our wedding photos. Friends of ours that used other photographers for their wedding complained about how long it took to get their photos.. not us! He uses online galleries to preview pictures and then sends a CD which can be used to order prints. OUR WEDDING PHOTOS WERE BREATHTAKING! We enjoyed looking through them so much, and often caught ourselves saying, ” wowwww how did he get some of these shots, he’s so good!”.
For us, as the bride and groom, the wedding day flew by so fast, but he captured every important detail about our day. We have shared many of the photos with our families and received such positive feedback about the quality of his work. I can’t emphasize enough how much we recommend this photographer….we are so pleased that we chose Gray Area Photography as our wedding photographer!
Kate & Dave
The Bride & Groom

 


My husband and I were thrilled with the service we received from Donnie Gray. While searching for a photographer, my husband, with an art school background, was extremely picky about the quality of the images on websites. We narrowed it down to 3 photographers and picked Donnie due to his knowledge of photography and his easy-going personality.
Donnie and his wife Dawn were punctual for every meeting. Donnie has great ideas of where to shoot pictures based upon our vineyard wedding location. Donnie took the time to check his camera after each shot to ensure that all eyes were open and smiles were on faces. This took awhile during our family shots but this ensured that all pictures turned out beautifully. Dawn was a great help too, ensuring that I looked my best!.
We are very happy with our pictures – many of posed shots looked like they could be out of the pages of Brides magazine. With so many good pictures to print from, it was very difficult picking which images to print. I would highly recommend Gray Area Photography to anyone looking for a quality photographer for their upcoming event – you will not be disappointed!
Beth & Eric
The Bride & Groom

My Husband and I cannot say enough great things about Donnie and his photography! He was there every step of the way to answer any questions we had. He was very accommodating with our request to do First Look photos as well as Bridal Party photos before the ceremony. We loved getting the galleries sent to us as Donnie finished them up, and were so excited to share them with our friends and family!!
Lindey & Zach
The Bride & Groom

 


Donnie and his wife were amazing. Outside wedding and rain was probably not the best circumstances but the pictures turned out great. Thr Bride and groom are very happy with them. Donnie even worked within our budget once I told him what it was. Would definitely refer him to anyone needing photography services.
Lisa Armour
Mother of The Brid

I’m so glad I found Donnie to do my wedding photos. I wanted a classy elegant wedding on a budget. When I was researching photographers, they were all above what I wanted to pay. Any photographers that I found that were reasonably priced had awful pictures on their website, or no pictures at all.
When I came across Donnie’s website I thought it had to be to good to be true. His prices were very affordable, and the pictures were beautiful. After our consultation I immediately booked him for my wedding.
During the wedding he was extremely professional, took all the shots I wanted, and he even stayed a little pass his time to get pictures of the cake cutting at no additional charge. I would highly recommend Donnie to anyone getting married. He is an excellent photographer and his prices can’t be beat.
Krystal & Jeremy
The Bride & Groom

 


I cannot say enough wonderful things about Donnie and his lovely bride, Dawn, who served as his assistant. Donnie is responsive and professional and he took excellent care with our photos both in the moments he captured and the effects he applied to our gallery. Our family loves that they can view the gallery online and order directly through his website and we love that the proofs are ours to own as part of the pricing structure. We have scheduled a family session with Donnie this fall and are very excited at the thought of capturing more special moments with our children. I would not hesitate to work with Donnie again and highly recommend him to brides-to-be.
Andrea & Kevin
The Bride & Groom

Donnie was fantastic. He did a wonderful job with our pictures and we are so happy we were able to book him for our wedding! His prices are fair and he really is talented! We enjoyed not only having him and his wife photographing our wedding – but having them there was fun. Great people! Great pictures! We highly recommend him!
Betty & Doug
The Bride & Groom

 


Donnie, Thank you so much for beautifully capturing and preserving our wedding ceremony! We love our wedding video and are so glad we have it! Thanks for being a pleasure to work with!
Nicole & Tony
The Bride & Groom

Working with Gray Area Photography for our wedding video was the best decision my wife and I could have made. Donnie knows the technology inside and out. He listened to our needs and exceeded all of them – from our initial meeting right up until the big day, he was flawless. Excellent execution on the day of the event and the audio and video were crisp, clear and of very professional quality. He was also very reasonably priced and offered a lot of value for the money. Consider Gray Area Photography for your next wedding or big event. He is the absolute best!
Meghan & Jeff
The Bride & Groom

 


Gray Area Photography did an amazing job with our wedding photos. The price was absolutely wonderful and the pictures were stunning! The turn around time for the pictures was extremely quick and the end result was nothing short of beautiful artwork. Gray Area Photography’s attention to detail was impeccable and ideas were extremely creative. I would highly recommend Gray Area Photography for all photography needs!
Angelica & Keith
The Bride & Groom

Donnie was excellent to work with. My company had a last minute opportunity to capture photos of our executive team and we scrambled to find a photographer on short notice. Donnie was available, flexible to work with, and very timely. He was early, helped our staff feel comfortable in front of the camera and delivered materials back to me in no time at all. Better yet, the executive team has been happy with the results. He was also very competitive on pricing, which is always helpful. I highly recommend working with Donnie.
Mariana Florit
Epals – Headshots

 


Donnie is very professional and easy to work with and I have no hesitation in recommending him. He arrived early to ensure he was set up and everything went extremely smoothly. He recorded the Capstone presentations for our Executive MBA students. We’ll certainly hire him again next year.
Lynda Carmichael
Program Mgr – GMU EMBA

Donnie did an amazing job as our wedding photographer! He captured every detail and the entire vibe and feel of our big day perfectly! My husband and I definitely recommend Gray Area Photography!!
Erin & Jason
The Bride & Groom

 


Donnie did an excellent job and our engagement and wedding pictures looked beautiful. He was always prompt and professional in everything he did for us. I highly recommend him as a photographer.
Tina & Scott
The Bride & Groom

We Couldn’t have asked for better coverage of our party by Donnie! He really captured the fun of the event and took so many great shots! And he got us pics very fast! Such a pleasure to work with…super easy and fast with communication. All around an A+!
Amy Kane
Sister of the Newlywed

 


Donnie created a wonderful keepsake video of the musical production of Anne of Green Gables. The clarify of the sound and clear video exceeded our expectations. The editing was high quality too. Donnie was easy to work with, professional and his prices are good. I highly recommend Gray Area Photography and Video!
Jean Cain
Mother of an Actress

As mother of the bride I was tasked with researching a wedding photographer that fit my daughter’s budget for quality photos and a video. I’m so happy that we chose Donnie. He was professional, responsive to our needs, and we have such beautiful photos.
We’ve been raving about the video. The outtakes were a surprise, how clever and for some reason SO moving-made me cry. I was so impressed with the quality of the sound and the way you wove the music into the beginning and end.
I was looking at pics from a wedding I attended and I can tell you the quality of your photos were sharper and more artistic. I really am so happy with your work. I appreciate how hard you worked at the wedding, others told me how
evident it was that you were so conscientious.
If I could give a bride a bit of advice, I would say go for the video. As much as we have enjoyed watching the video quite a few times already, I can’t imagine what a treasure it will be years from now. Thanks so much, Donnie!
Barbara Lam
Mother of the Bride

 


I got married on September 4th, 2011 and Mr. Gray was my photographer. He was very laid back and easy to work with. All of my photos are beautiful, the pictures from after our ceremony are my favorite, LOVE THESE!! I should also
mention that the cost was extremely affordable and Mr. Gray was very accommodating. I can never thank you enough for capturing such awesome pictures of the most important day of my life! You were awesome and people should know about it. Two thumbs up!!
Karen & Sage
The Bride & Groom

The DVDs are fantastic! I really appreciate the nice job of integrating all the material, and how you wove together the PowerPoint slides from our speakers, made new title pages, and set up the dvds so you could choose which
presenter you’d like to see. Awesome!
Cathleen A. Lewandowski, Ph.D
College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University

 


My fiancé and had not received an engagement photo package with our photographer. So we searched websites for another photographer to help us out. We found Donnie (Gray Area Photography). He responded quickly to my first email, within an hour. He spoke with us, listened to our ideas and was very accommodating for everything we wanted. The shots were awesome and the fact we have them on DVD and can print them whenever we want…is great.
Michael and Courtney
Get Engaged

Loving our pictures! Thanks so much for everything, there are so many good pictures to choose from, you did a great job! Donnie was very easy to work with and affordable. I love that he gave us disks and the rights to all of our pictures. He spent a lot of time and followed all of my requests. We also had him do the video work which we hadn’t planned on doing, but his prices were so much better than anyone else that it made it affordable to do both.
Dana and Chris
The Bride and Groom

 


Donnie Gray did a superb job with two separate videos he created for my family. Each video entailed working two cameras to capture a stage performance. Donnie did outstanding work, capturing the feel of each of the different productions and providing timely, clear, clean video. His addition of “credits” and his selection of a shot for the home “navigation” page of the DVD were lovely touches. When our second production came around, we did not hesitate to call Donnie to produce the video. We were not disappointed! Donnie clearly cares about the quality of his work, and we would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone seeking a high quality videographer for their special event. We will continue to turn to Gray Area Photography & Video whenever the need arises. Something tells me that they’ll be more shows in our future and your work is amazing. Again, I cannot thank you enough. You did a beautiful job.
Josephine Lebeau
Mother of the Actress

I contacted Donnie to take photographs of my daughter’s marriage. It was a civil ceremony at the officiants home. I wasn’t sure what he would be able to capture of the moments and I did not have any previous experience with his services. He was very professional, catching some sentimental moments during the ceremony and after. All of the photographs are beautiful. I would definitely recommend Donnie as a photographer for your next function.
Cathy Robinson – Mother of the Bride.
Eric & Melissa
The Bride & Groom

 


Donnie was our wedding videographer and did a fantastic job! We received our video in the mail less than a month after the big day. He was fast, very flexible, and the end result is wonderful! We went back and forth on getting a
video done, and we are SO glad we opted to go this route. It really evokes the same emotions from that day and it’s so wonderful to be able to watch the ceremony whenever we want. You truly don’t remember everything that happens, so to have it captured on film is a real treasure. Donnie, thank you so much for the wonderful job you did documenting our special day on video! You captured so many memorable moments, and composed them perfectly. Thank you again for all you have done for us!
Matt & Courtney
The Bride & Groom

Donnie did a great job with our wedding video!! It was great to watch back the things we missed since we were so busy with everyone. Thanks Donnie!
Sarah & Nathan
The Bride & Groom

 


I have had the privilege of working with Donnie on a photo shoot for one of my clients who was thrilled with the final product. Out of the dozens of photographers that I know, he is one of the BEST! Not only is he a creative and
professional photographer, but he also maintains an extremely personable and friendly tone with his clients. He pays attention to detail and has a brilliant eye for photography. I strongly recommend Donnie for all photography clients.
Eddie Fam
IMPACT Marketing

We booked Donnie to video our wedding and we couldn’t be happier. He covered everything we wanted and he was never in the way. I barely noticed when he would follow my husband and I around our reception. He even helped the photographer with lighting for photographs. The DVD came out beautifully, we now have a priceless video of our entire wedding. We couldn’t be more pleased with the excellent and professional service Donnie provided us that day.
Emily & John
The Bride & Groom

 


I used Donnie Gray’s service (Gray Area Photography) to capture the pictorial moments of my sister’s surprise birthday celebration. Donnie did an outstanding job and captured all the wonderful moments and cameo shots during the celebration!!!
Donnie is an excellent professional photographer and his work speaks for itself! He is meticulous, timely, professional, friendly and has reasonable service rates. I got my money’s worth plus some! A number of family members and friends viewed the celebration pictures and commented on how great the pictures are.
Thank you Donnie for the outstanding customer service and excellent photographs!
Shirley Smith
Manassas, Va

Donnie, I want to tell you how much we enjoyed the video and DVD you did of my daughters wedding! You really did a great job of capturing the event and I love the extras like captioning and titles. The end movie credits are really
fun and show one of the true family moments while getting the group shots taken. Thanks so much!
Jan Pascoe
Mother of the Bride

 


Donnie Gray of Gray Area Photography has been the official photographer for The Barns of Rose Hill for the past three years. His work has captured the energy and spirit of the many events and programs we’ve brought to residents of the community and the surrounding area. His eye for the special moment, relationship, personality and color is superb, and he has added great value to our organization.
Diana Kincannon
President – The Barns of Rose Hill

Donnie,
Thank you so much for photographing Jennifer and Bobby’s wedding. Your professionalism and enthusiasm to get that perfect shot came through in your photos. They are the perfect time capsule of the memories we shared on their special day. We have received numerous accolades from our guests and they love that the photos are available for purchase on your website. How convenient! We have and will continue to recommend your talents!
Joanne Todd
Mother of the Bride

 


Dear Mr. Gray,
Thank you for the amazing photographs you captured of my children and I in our own backyard! These photographs will be treasured forever. Your ability to set up the shoot; make us feel at ease and deliver professional results reflect your talent and flexibility. This is one family portrait that we can all agree on! We love it!! Thanks again.
Cherie Hickman
Sterling, Va

I hired Donnie to take pictures at a surprise 50th birthday party. I live in Georgia but was throwing the party in Virginia and I contacted several photographers before picking Gray Area Photography. Donnie did a wonderful job. He was very professional and a pleasure to work with before, during and after the party. He was friendly to everyone and did a great job on the pictures – from capturing the look of surprise on the birthday girl’s face when she walked into the house, to candid shots of guests throughout the event, to the final posed pictures of extended family. He arrived in plenty of time and made sure he got all the shots that we wanted. His prices are reasonable and his work excellent.
Kathy Levin
Atlanta, GA

 


Dear Donnie, I just wanted to let you know that the wedding photos were fantastic. My husband and I really appreciate all that you did for us. You made memories for us that will last a life time. There are so many wonderful pictures it is hard to choose which is my favorite. Thank you for making it so easy for us.
Julie & Brian
The Bride and Groom

Donnie, I want to thank you SOOOOOOOO much for shooting our wedding and grabbing some great shots! I LOVED the relaxed personality and creativity to make some of the best shots! Donnie is a wonderful photographer and well… we’ll be using him again!!!!!!!
TraudLinde Lang
Martinsburg, WV

 


Hi Donnie,
Thanks so much for the wonderful pictures!!! You really captured many moments beautifully, from the details of being able to see the people in the front and distance as well as the ornaments of the church, the cross and stained glass visibility. JUST MARVELOUS WORK! We were so happy you could be our wedding photographer. Thank you!!!
Kathleen & Will
Berryville, Va

Gray Area Photography filmed our holiday dance performance and we loved the clarity of the video. We had been concerned since the auditorium had very poor lighting, but the DVD was clear and we were very pleased with it. We ordered 30 copies and the price was reasonable. We also asked to have special items added to the DVD and it was done without hesitation and looked exactly as we had wanted. We plan to use them again for all our future performances and recitals.
Vicky Martin
Amyclae Dance Academy

 


Donnie Gray is my favorite photographer. He gets great shots and inspires you (the subject) to relax and be your natural self. He comes in and does the job very well and he’s a good hang, too :) Pro!
Sean “The Rick” Rickman
The Rick Music