Monica Vidal

 Signature photographer Monica Vidal is one of our finest.

Mentored by her partner and husband Jack HartzmanMonica clearly stands on her own merits, style, poise and technique. She is a true leader at Washington Talent and is sought after for events both locally and abroad. Having won 5 International Special Events Society Gala Awards in the past 8 years for Individual Commercial and Social Photography as well as Best Team Event Photographer, her artistry, dedication, attention to detail and logistics puts your event in the spotlight of PERFECTION! There is something special about a female photographer’s way of seeing things.  Brides rave about Monica’s way of knowing just when and where she is needed. Supported by the incredible talent pool at Washington Photo, no event is too large or small for Monica.

Born in Lima, Peru, Monica also lived in Rio and Buenos Aires before her family settled in Maryland. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.  She does a pretty good job with French and Italian, too. Monica loves people and making their dreams reality. Monica is involved with several significant trade organizations such as ISES (International Special Events Society), NACE (National Association of Catering Executives), The Board of Trade and Destination DC where she has been recognized and awarded for her photographic talents.

In her own words, “For more than 20 years, I have worked with some of the finest photographers and event professionals in the country. I have a passion for theatre, fashion, music, good food and friends… I’m not about photography, I’m about creating magic with my camera and capturing images of what is important to you.”

  –  Monica


Catherine and Rob – Tribeca Rooftop, NYC

See a samples of Monica’s finished albums here:

Stephanie and Grant – Oheb Shalom, Baltimore, MD

Entertainment: High Society – Shot with Jack Hartzman – Catering: Alan Weiss

Carol and Nathan – Potomac, Maryland – June, 2010

Monica Vidal Hartzman was our photographer and Larmar/Larry Bridge was our videographer. They were both amazing as well. They both made sure to capture all of our special moments, starting at our pre-ceremony photographs to the ceremony, to the reception and even afterwards. While I haven’t seen the final photos or video yet, they were both really wonderful to work with. They both worked well with the band, coordinating the photos/video we requested with the flow of the party.

I just wanted to tell you that everything was perfect for our wedding! Monica and Larry were wonderful (but we already knew that) and Prime Time was amazing!!! So many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed Prime Time. They worked the crowd, had great energy, and made the party flow beautifully!

Just wanted to thank you for helping me get the best possible band/photog/videog!

Hope all is well!
– Devora

Hi Monica,

So great to hear from you! Seth and I are doing well and are really enjoying married life. Our honeymoon to St Lucia was so relaxing and beautiful. We still can’t believe our special day came and went! It was unbelievable and everything that we could have wanted! I’m not sure how to put into words just how grateful I am for you and your team. We have received non stop compliments about how fabulous the photographers were and how you all just fit in like part of the family! Thank you for spending the day with us and capturing our wedding, you were just amazing! I’ll be giving everyone your name for their weddings!

Thank you and I can’t wait to see the proof book.

– Elyssa and Seth 

Hi Monica!

I just wanted to send a quick thank you for everything on Saturday.  I am so anxious and excited to see the pictures, I know they’ll be amazing.

Apologies again for rushing during the cocktail hour.  We were so overwhelmed and anxious to get to see everyone.  The night went SO fast I can’t even believe it.

Thank you for your patience with us.  We had a wonderful night and can’t wait to see everything you captured.  Hope you had fun as well!
-Stacey and Jeremy

Hey Monica,

Now that I feel like I can relax, I wanted to thank you and Jack again for helping to make Erica and Aaron’s wedding the wonderful day that it was.  You guys were amazing!! You made us feel like you had everything under control and you were so much fun to work with.  I must admit that Monday evening, after all the company and family left, that I was a bit depressed! 🙁  It was like what do I do now?  It was somewhat of a sad feeling to realize it was over which I guess is better than thinking thank goodness it’s over.  I can’t wait to see the video and the  pictures to re-live it all over again.  Again, thanks to both you and Jack.  Who knows, I might have to call you back again someday although I must admit I hope it isn’t for awhile yet.  Take care! 🙂

– Sue

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