Saskia Paulussen Photography


Serving VA, MD and DC, VA

About this Vendor

Excellence in artistic photojournalism

Saskia's photography preserves your day's magic. Through her unobtrusive lens, she tells your wedding story with elegance. Her artistry and photojournalistic style translates into timeless photographs brimming with emotion. From photographing the essence of embraces to the shimmer of smiles she'll capture your joy.


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Serving VA, MD and DC, VA

Amazing and quick

10/26/2013 Lauren R

Saskia was amazing the day of, then we received proofs before we got home from the honeymoon and they were amazing. Everyone looked great and the candids were fabulous.

amazing photos, great to work with

9/14/2013 Jessica P

Saskia is absolutely amazing. My wedding photos are stunning - she got so many great shots, not just of my wedding party, but great candid shots of all of our guests. Her photos really set the scene and will help us remember the day for years to come. Her photos and layouts are unique and gorgeous - her pictures do NOT feel cookie cutter, and she is not just another wedding photographer. Even better, Saskia is a joy to work with. You'll feel like she really gets to know you and cares about capturing all the special aspects of your big day. She's just a pleasure. And she managed to wrangle our wedding party, family members, and guests efficiently and tactfully, and got all the shots we wanted! I can't recommend Saskia enough. She really is fantastic. Look no further for your wedding or special occasion!

I'm Never Using Another Photographer!

5/24/2013 Jacqueline J

Saskia was the best decision we could have made for a photographer at our wedding! She is full of energy and most importantly wants to ensure that the bride and groom get everything they ask for. She even did our engagement session and though we are not the best with photos, she made us feel so comfortable. We will be using her for our family photography in the future for sure!

First Anniversary Shoot

5/19/2012 Blake H

We were very fortunate to have Saskia photograph us on our first anniversary. The idea came to me only days before we were planning to get away for the weekend to celebrate. When I came across Saskia’s website and wonderful reviews, I was immediately drawn to her photojournalistic style, and the warm energy and creativity of her photos. To our delight, she quickly responded to my last minute inquiry that she could fit us in for a shoot. When we met Saskia in person, it was immediately obvious that she is a warm, genuine, enthusiastic, and engaging person. Even though our wedding had already come and gone, and that by comparison this was just a small job, Saskia never made us feel that way. She was very generous with her time and really made the effort to get to know us. And as a person who is extremely camera-shy, I found myself instantly at ease in her presence. Even my husband was amazed at how calm I was during our shoot! As the photos on her website suggest, Saskia is extremely creative. I brought some items that had meaning from our wedding in case they might be helpful in getting to know us quickly and for use in the photographs. Saskia immediately had all sorts of great ideas about ways we could use them during our shoot. At the same time, however, we never felt overly posed. Saskia was there to offer suggestions, but many of our photos developed organically and captured us “in the moment.” We love the result! Our photos are beautiful, natural, and really capture the joy of celebrating our first anniversary together! In fact, we originally did not intend to purchase the package with the DVD of all of our photos. But after seeing the proofs, we decided that we had to have them all! Saskia is everything her website and reviews purport her to be. She is the consummate professional, responsive, creative, and so much fun to work with. The results are beautiful photos that you will enjoy for a lifetime! We recommend her wholeheartedly!


4/27/2013 Heather M

Saskia was SUCH a wonderful part of our wedding. She had a special way of allowing us to be ourselves, capturing beautiful moments, and interacting with our wedding party and guests. We had many, many compliments on her great work! Highly recommend!

Worth Every Penny!!!

10/20/2012 Ashley G

When I was on my hunt to find that perfect photographer, knowing that these pictures were going to be my take away from the most beautiful day of my life, I wasn't willing to pay any less. Saskia was recommended by my vendor and we booked an appointment right away. From our first meeting I knew she was the one. She gave us a complimentary engagement shoot which allowed us to get to know her and her style. My husband, who is not much of a photo person, felt so comfortable around her and was ready for the big day. When wedding day hit, Saskia was at our venue early and was ready to go. She helped keep the wedding moving, help with minor wedding emergencies which she didn't have to, and taught my husband and I everything we needed to know to get through the big day. She was very timely when sending out pictures back and communicated with me the entire process. The pictures were stunning and I couldn't have asked for more. I highly recommend Saskia for any bride looking for those perfect pictures. She is easy to get a long with and is willing to do whatever you like. I hope to use Saskia again later on in my life when all those life changes start happening. THANKS AGAIN SASKIA!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!

Absolutely Amazing!

3/31/2012 Leslie B

I knew I wanted Saskia to do the wedding photos for my wedding just based on her website alone. I was deployed and living overseas while planning my wedding so all of my planning and arranging had to be done via e-mail. Saskia was amazing at responding to my e-mails while understanding that somedays I wasn't able to respond right away to hers. Once we worked things out and the wedding day came I don't think the day would have been nearly as smooth without Saskia. Not only was she so sweet and kind her professionalism and knowledge of weddings and photography was spectacular. The men in the wedding party didn't love her as much as all the women because she kept them in line, but all the women were raving about how helpful she was. I really felt like I was having a close friend do the pictures even though I only met her on my wedding day. Saskia was punctual (actually early) and warm-hearted, if you choose her you will not be sorry. Her pictures speak for themselves but beyond that her assistance on the wedding day was fabulous. I am sure you can find a photographer cheaper who's pictures might be almost as good as hers but definitely not someone as friendly or helpful. I am so glad to have chosen her, it's been nearly a year since my wedding and I still enjoy looking at the pictures she took!

Absolutely wonderful photographer

11/24/2012 Caitlin C

Saskia did an amazing job capturing our special day! Despite the freezing cold temperatures and brisk wind, she never let it interfere with her work and was extremely professional. When we were an hour behind schedule, Saskia gracefully guided us through the reception, capturing all of our requested "Pinterest-esque" photos, which all came out perfectly! We could not be happier with our photos and cannot wait to make some large canvas prints from them. We could not have asked for a better photographer! We will be in touch one day again I'm sure for future photos! Thanks Saskia! XOXO-Caitlin and Chris

Absolutely the BEST!

9/22/2012 Melissa N

In just one word 'EXCELLENT"!!!!!. We can't thank Saskia enough for the wonderful job she did with our wedding pictures. She was always very responsive, willing to work with us since our first contact, never took more than 24 hrs to get back to us, she's great! She took the most amazing pictures, great memories for both of us and our families... We highly recommend her! If you get a chance to work with her, you will love her work, she's truly the best!

Helpful, energetic, professional. . .PERFECT!

10/28/2012 Heather G

My husband and I booked Saskia for our wedding this past October. We knew she was the one for us after our first meeting which lasted over 2 hours. She was fun, energetic, authentic, professional, AND her photographs were beautiful! We loved her style immediately. The day of, I have to say, Saskia kept me so calm. It was "Super Storm Sandy" weekend and my outdoor wedding could have been a mess and I, myself, could have been a disaster. She was the person I would go to with questions and without ever making me feel like she wasn't the one to be asking, she would either know the answer immediately and take care of it, or go figure it out and take care of it. She was my day-of-coordinator when she didn't have to be; she helped so much I can't explain. We just got our photo link from her which is just the icing on the cake. They are beautiful with posed photos (to please the family) intermixed with perfect candid shots (to please my husband). Saskia was everything a great photographer should be and more. I would without a doubt recommend her to ANYONE looking for a great photographer.

Saskia's Photos are Magic

10/06/2012 Dan B

THE BRIDE: My husband and I were fortunate enough to have Saskia be our photographer at our wedding on October 6, 2012. She was amazing. She was the exact right person for our wedding. Saskia kept us on time and moving through the entire day so that we could get all of the photo shots we had asked her for. I loved that she could tell us what to do in an extremely pleasant way and would let us know if we needed to stand up straight or face a different direction. This was our first and only wedding and had no idea what we were supposed to do. Saskia has so much experience and guided us through the entire process. When we received our photos, only one word came to mind and it was "magic." She capture every precious moment of the day and looking through the photos just brought the entire day back to memory. There was so much color that I never noticed and she captured it all. We are extremely grateful to have had Saskia at our wedding. We look forward to having her photograph other monumental events in our life. THE GROOM: Saskia was a wonderful choice for our wedding. In addition to being a top-notch photographer (and we reviewed many of the best in the DC/Baltimore/VA region), she brought so many other things to the table. She knew the Middleburg area vendors very well and was able to make recommendations for our cake, our DJ, etc. that were excellent (we used almost every recommendation). She also had a great personality and established a chemistry with my now wife, which eased the stress of the day and also showed in the photos. When we received the photos and shared them with family and friends, everybody raved about them and we heard several times that they looked like they were straight out of a bridal magazine. We were also very pleased with her flexibility on album options and willingness to look into things for us. Overall, she was a vital part of our wedding and went well beyond the role of photographer and we couldn't imagine having gone with anybody else. 10/10 from Dan and Rachel.

Absolutely Amazing!! Would use her again in a heartbeat!

12/08/2012 Michelle G

My husband and I used Saskia for our December 8th, 2012 wedding and she was absolutely amazing! We met with her before for our engagement photo shoot and she really got to know us and our styles and tastes. During the wedding, she took charge and helped us figure out pictures and settings for our stunning pictures. She really listened to what pictures we wanted and the results are absolutely amazing. She is an amazing photographer and I would highly recommend her to anyone! You will not be disappointed! -Michelle

Created the wedding story!!!

11/18/2012 Paulette myrna H

My daughter got married in Sept. 2012 and we were lucky enough to pick Saskia Paulussen as our photograpther. Saskia is truly wonderful to deal with...before the wedding,engagement pictures and so reasonable in her rates.The day of the wedding,Saskia was there without being intrusive.Her manner is lovely and helpful.She made the picture taking great fun.And,the 1200 proofs we recently received were spectacular!!!It told the story of the day in an exquisite way.So superb My older daughter got married 7 years ago and we flew in photographers from California and there is no comparison .Saskia's work is far superior. Run quickly and will be thrilled Paulette ,Chevy Chase,Md

Wedding Photographer

9/29/2012 Annie H

Saskia is amazing! She was like having a friend with us all day... letting us know where to go and when to smile. We were so sad when she left at the end of the night. We got the pictures back and they are spectacular! My husband and I don't feel that we are photogenic, but she made us look great! She is so professional and we would recommend her highly.


9/09/2012 Shayna H

Saskia, from the moment i met her i knew she was going to be perfect for our relaxed outdoor country theme wedding! She wanted my wedding to be everything i dreamed of in every detail! She was the first photographer i met and booked right away and i am so thankful i didn't look around! She knew the venue i was working with and knew all the places to take wonderful photos. Even if she hadn't ever been to the venue before, TRUST of the wedding she was judging where to take pictures depending on way the sun was, shade, etc. She is a really great photographer! Unfortunately we were unable to get together for engagement photos due to short engagement/other schedule conflicts but WILL be calling Saskia with ALL future photo needs!! She was amazing, snap snap snap all day long 9 hours straight at our wedding. She has an eye for details for sure! We just received the pictures and there are too many good ones to choose from!! Everyone in the family was impressed with Saskia! So personable, relaxed, snapped pictures with a SMILE on her face all day long...3rd wedding in 1 weekend! Id be exhausted but she kept going!! Truly a WONDERFUL photographer!! Expensive, especially for only one photographer, but well WORTH IT! All you need is SASKIA!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!


9/23/2012 Emily C

Saskia was wonderful to work with and the photos she took came out AMAZING! My husband and I tend to take terrible pictures together but somehow she was able to make us look amazing anyway and we had a blast while working with her! One of my bridesmaids recently got engaged and practically stopped the whole shoot so she could get her information to use her at her wedding next summer, too! I cannot recommend her enough, she is amazing at what she does!

Best Photographer!

6/16/2012 Laura S

Saskia was absolutely wonderful! Both our engagement and wedding pictures are fantastic! She really helped us capture the magic and joy of our wedding day and was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. Since my husband and I are from out of town, we communicated with Saskia through numerous e-mails. She was always quick to respond to my many questions and was very flexible with scheduling our engagement pictures around our hectic schedule. Her creative eye and unobtrusive approach made for so many great shots! We could not be more thrilled with our pictures and are so happy she was a part of our special day. We would highly recommend Saskia to any bride - she truly is the best! Thank you Saskia for being a part of our special day!

Exceptional Wedding Experience

10/01/2011 Christine L

I cannot completely express in this review how much Saskia made a difference for my wedding, bridal portraits and engagement pictures. She was able to capture every moment perfectly. I know I treasure all my photos taken by Saskia. She was wonderful to work with, flexible and always had great ideas for photos and locations. She was extremely easy to contact and communicate with. The DVDs we have from each event are great and filled with hundreds of pictures. My husband and I often say that picking Saskia as our wedding photographer was the best decision and money we spent during the wedding process. I will always be grateful that she shared one of the most important events in our life and made it special. I am sure we will continue to have her take our pictures in the future. Here are a few specific examples how she made each of our events special. On our wedding day we planned the ceremony outside; however, just prior to the beginning of our ceremony, it started to drizzle. With everyone’s support, we decided to continue. The venue provided umbrellas, Saskia covered the cameras and, even with the weather, Saskia was calm and had no problems. She took the most beautiful pictures of our outdoor ceremony. It was just as I had envisioned it would look like. She was everywhere at the reception and we have many photos of our guest dancing, talking, and interacting with us and she was able to capture the special atmosphere from the wedding. Prior to our wedding day, I had my bridal portraits taken. The location she picked was perfect. We had the best time and took pictures inside, outside, in a field and on a balcony and in a truck. She has the ability to make you feel at ease and relaxed which resulted in wonderful, exciting and natural pictures. I felt like a bride. We started this whole process with Saskia when my fiancé and I took our engagement photos with her. Again, she made us feel comfortable and took us to a location that had various opportunities for pictures. We changed clothes several times, stood on rocks in a creek and set under trees and had a wonderful time. Our engagement photos really captured our personalities and love for each other. All of my photography experiences with Saskia have been a pleasure and produced the most beautiful and exciting pictures.

Wonderful photographer! Great to work with!

6/02/2012 Ann S

When you first meet Saskia and get a glimpse of her photography, you know immediately that she is an artist. She has a keen eye and style. She is also very approachable and a great deal of fun to work with. She was the perfect combination for us, our wedding party and guests: great photographic sensibility, engaging personality, and professionalism. One of the many reasons we would recommend her so highly is because she has a true knack for working with stressed out brides. The morning of our engagement shoot turned out to be one of the most stressful pre-wedding days we had (who knew?), we left the house late, had to go back because "someone" forgot a key item, and the dog (whom we wanted to be part of the pictures) got sick in the car on the way. Saskia met us with wet wipes and her great humor and personality and saved the day, we were smiling (and speaking to each other) again within minutes and our engagement photos were fabulous. Saskia also has a real skill at knowing when to take charge and engage her photo subjects directly and when to stand back and capture the moment as it happens. But with either approach, she was always unobtrusive, which was not only much appreciated, it meant she was able to catch a number of wonderfully special moments, which we only realized after seeing the proofs. We loved working with her, are delighted with our pictures, and could not recommend her more highly!

Beautiful Artistic Photography

8/25/2012 Alice S

Saskia Paulussen is a top notch professional. She is creative and lovely. In search of a photographer for our daughter’s wedding, my family and I browsed and admired her website. Then, my daughter and I met Saskia at her studio. She had samples of her work, both in color and black and white, hanging in her office. They were all artistic in their composition and compelling. She was helpful in her suggestions, and sensitive to our preferences. Saskia met our daughter and her fiancé on a cold morning, this spring. It was the date for their engagement photos. We were overjoyed with the results. The pictures were taken outdoors, in different settings, and with varied poses. They turned out to be wonderful! Before this, the couple had few pictures to enjoy, of themselves. We used the engagement photos, for centerpieces at the rehearsal dinner, and now our family has many framed engagement photos, to enjoy. The wedding day arrived. Saskia was sensitive to all our requests. The pictures ( 946) are amazing! They captured the joy of the occasion, the beauty of the bride, and the fun of having a large bridal party. We have an array of photos – portraits, action shots, single and group pictures. Saskia was there for every important moment of the celebration, and was completely unobtrusive. Saskia understood intuitively, what we were hoping for as we posed – and the pictures are gorgeous reminders of what we will continue to think of as the “perfect” wedding. The hard part is choosing our favorites for the album. We have access to all 946 photos, to print, as we please. Saskia Paulussen is the consummate professional – talented, considerate, experienced and creative. We are grateful to her, for providing us with the ability to hold onto the vision of a beautiful bride and groom, friends and family, for a once in a lifetime (we hope!) milestone event. Alice Spencer

Saskia for June Wedding - Highly Recommended

6/23/2012 Cynthia E

I met Saskia at a bridal expo in VA and from the moment I met her I just knew that I wanted to have her as my photographer for our wedding day. She was very nice and had such a bubbly personality. Her work that was displayed at the expo was just AMAZING!! We ended up choosing Saskia as our photographer. We are so happy we did, she did such a wonderful job. Our pictures turned out BEAUTIFUL!!! So many of our guests complimented us on our photographer the day of and were blown away when they saw the actual pictures (which by the way didnt take long at all) :) I highly recommend Saskia, she is very easy to work with and she is so great at what she does. She is very creative!!! Thank you Saskia for being part of our wedding and doing such an amazing job!!!

Above and beyond expectations!

5/27/2012 Sarah D

We used Saskia for both our engagement and wedding pictures, and we could not have been happier with how everything turned out! She truly goes above and beyond expectations. Saskia is incredibly fun and easy to deal with, all of the time we spent with her was like hanging out with a good friend. She puts everyone at ease - we received so many compliments from our guests about her. Most importantly, all of our pictures were amazing! Not only does she take wonderful pictures, but she showed up super early to the wedding 100% prepared and also helped keep the entire wedding on schedule. Saskia was truly an invaluable asset to our wedding, and I would highly recommend her to any bride!


5/05/2012 Caitlin M

I just got married last month, on May 5th and we had Saskia as our photographer and it was honestly the best decision about our whole wedding! She was so amazing to work with not only on the wedding day but leading up to the wedding. I am very type A and she was so fast at responding to my emails and helped us with more than just taking pictures the day of the wedding. She was so great about coordinating family and friend pictures. The best part was that she put one of my bridesmaids in charge of helping her coordinate group pictures so my husband and I didn't have to do that - they would just come grab us when the picture was about to be taken so we didn't have to stand around waiting for people to get organized. Saskia also did WONDERFUL engagement photos for us at no cost. She said that she likes to do that for all of her brides so she gets to know them and see how they will work together on the day of the wedding. I sent my bridesmaids the link to the pictures and these were exact quotes from them back: 1. " She did such a great job. WOW!" 2. "Is it sad that I already looked through them all...all 1,000ish of them?!??! I AM IN LOVE!! Those pictures are beautiful. She did a great job of capturing the day..the love, the fun and the emotions (happy ones obvi) on your wedding day. They make me feel like I am reliving May 5 and just so happy for you!!!!!" 3. "OMG I AM OBSESSED!!!!!! They are soooo good everyone is SO photogenic! Awesome photographer too!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" 4. "I have looked through every single picture!!!!!!!! SAskia RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" So that's exactly how my girls felt about the pictures! She was such an amazing photographer- It's honestly hard for us to put into words how great she made our wedding! She was amazing and I would recommend her to anyone!!!

Best wedding photographer!!!

5/26/2012 Lindsey J

Saskia was incredible! She made the photography part run so smoothly. She was in 9 places at once it seemed taking pictures and was so lovely and kind throughout the entire process from engagement pictures to the wedding. I would recommend her to anyone! She's Fabulous!

A perfect experience

10/31/2009 ALYSON F

Saskia was fantastic. I had not been sure if I wanted to hire a professional photographer because, at others' weddings, I found them distracting and intrusive. I am so grateful that I decided to have Saskia photograph my wedding. From our initial meeting I knew she was the right one -- she is an excellent listener and made it clear that my desires and interests were paramount. She was very professional, a clear and timely communicator, and charged a very reasonable price (particularly given the excellence of her work). At the wedding, she was a gem -- she instinctively knew how to interact with my family -- a varied and sometimes prickly group -- and how to move seamlessly among the guests. More than one guest remarked on how nice she was. She has a true talent for capturing moments -- and for working with small children as well. And the pictures. are. perfect. There were over 900 of them and I just love them. I am so happy with them and her. I cannot recommend her highly enough.


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