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Thursday
Jan092014

Washington, DC Skyline Executive Portraits

I photographed an executive at one of the many associations that have headquarters in Washington, DC.  We were only a few blocks from the US Capitol building so we thought it would be nice to photograph the executive on the rooftop with the Capitol in the background.  One of the building managers let me on the roof to look around and while I was there I snapped a few photos of the Capitol.  While I was doing this we got notice that building management did not want us doing the shoot from the rooftop.  

The executive had a balcony off of his office that overlooked a side street.  We set up there and did the shoot and then afterwards I combined one of the balcony images with the image that I took of the US Capitol  from the rooftop.  One  thing I always learned, if you have a camera in hand and you have an opportunity to take a photograph .... take it.  You never know if/when that opportunity will come again.

 

 

Washington DC US Capitol Photographer

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Wednesday
Jan082014

Magazine Cover Photo Shoot in Washington, DC

Scholar Magazine, Strayer's Alumni Magazine was doing a feature story on Kathryn Medina, she is the executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C..  I was asked to photograph her in and around her office in Washington, DC. 

First of all, Kathryn and her staff were a pleasure to work with.  We arrived around 10AM and her staff greeted us and showed us around the facility so that we could get a feel for some of the areas that we could use for backgrounds and settings.  We needed a cover shot as well as a number of shots that were going to be used inside the magazine.  It was a nice day, so my assistant and I walked around the Office of Personnel Management building in Washington, DC looking for some nice backdrops.  The cover shot you see below was our first choice. The building in the background had that "Washington Government" look to it with the concrete columns.  We picked a nice area across the street that was heavily shaded by trees that we thought would be the best place for Kathryn to stand to get the angle that we wanted.  

For the inside shots we wanted a photograph of her interacting with her staff, and one of her walking through the lobby.   They suggested what we do a photograph in one of their conference rooms.  Before seeing it I was thinking, oh no, a room with four blank walls, how exciting?  When we were shown the executive conference room, we were blown away.  The image from that room became one of my favorites.  

Washington DC Magazine Cover Photographer

Washington DC Magazine Cover Photographer

PHOTOGRAPHER INFORMATION: Every image was shot with my Nikon D4.  I use the Nikon WT-5 Wireless Transmitter to transmit the images in real time to my Apple IPad that the Strayer Magazine Editor uses to review the photos while I am shooting.  This is a huge help to me because I get instant feedback from my client while I am shooting.  The cover photograph was shot with my Nikon 70-200MM F2.8 lens and she was lit with my Paul C. Buff Einstein strobes with a 64" PLM umbrella using the Vagabond Mini power supply.  The inside photographs were shot using my Nikon 24-70MM F2.8 and lit with my Nikon SB900 gelled to match the ambient light shot through an umbrella. 

Monday
Jan062014

Washington, DC / Georgetown Executive Environmental Portraits

I was contacted by a new company that works with developing countries' leaders to strengthen the cultures of their societies so that their political units adapt better to threats.  They needed a photographer to take environmental photographs in an urban setting.  Living in Washington, DC provides a lot of options.  The one executive takes a lot of walks around Washington, DC and was struck by one neighborhood that he felt was the perfect backdrop.  We met at around sunrise and walked the neighborhood.  Every block presented us with new and interesting backdrops and lighting.  We wanted the images to be very earthy with little or no retouching or fancy lighting.  We wanted the executive to be approachable, but still somewhat serious.  So getting just the right expression was key to a successful shoot.

The second executive was from Colorado and we scheduled his shoot one morning the Georgetown area of Washington, DC.  We stayed primarily around the C & O Canal area which provides the urban brick look we were looking for.  Here again, simple lighting, approachable expression, and somewhat raw.  

PHOTOGRAPHER INFORMATION: Both photo shoots were shot primarily with my Nikon D4 with my Nikon 24-70MM F2.8 lens.  Most images were shot with natural light and/or a little fill flash.  I used my Fuji X100S camera a few times just to see if it gave me a different look from my Nikon at about the 35mm focal length. 

 I used my Olympus OMD E-5 with the my Olympus 75MM F1.8 lens for a few of my tighther head shots like the first shot below.  The Olympus 75MM lens is one of the sharpest lenses I have ever used.  The depth of field and bokeh on this lens makes your subject seem almost three dimensional.  



 

Washington DC Georgetown Environmental Portrait Photographer

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Friday
Dec202013

Lincoln Memorial / National Mall Portrait Session

I received a call from Regis College asking if I could take a series of photographs of one of their alumna, Fran Murphy, around the National Mall, and preferably around the Lincoln Memorial.  Fran has won an Emmy award for her documentary called "The Dream Began Here."  The Dream was a special about the contributions African Americans made to our Nation’s Capital. The special, which was produced by Fran and was aired on the Tribune television affiliate in DC, highlights the impact Blacks had on Washington, DC. 

The editor was very specific in that they didn't just want a photographer to take a photograph of Fran standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial.  The wanted a photographer to give them something different and dynamic.  The pressure was on.  Because of schedule conflicts Fran and I were not able to meet until September 29th.  We initially scheduled the shoot for mid-September. It was a gorgeous Sunday morning.  We met right at sunrise to beat the crowds and to take advantage of the morning sun.  If we had waited two more days the Lincoln Memorial would have been fenced off as a result of the government shutdown on October 1st. 

The photo that I am most fond of is the one with Fran standing next to where Martin Luther King stood when he gave the I Have a Dream speech on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C..   We were done with the shoot and we were leaving when I saw the inscription.  I asked Fran to stand there I went down to the ground and took a few frames.  I have learned to never stop looking for another photograph because sometimes the best one can be the last one when you least expect it.

Fran and I must have done a decent job because what was suppose to be an inside story became the cover story for Fall 2013 Regis Today alumni magazine.  You can read the entire article by clicking HERE:

 

National Mall Lincoln Memorial Washington DC Portrait Photographer

National Mall Lincoln Memorial Washington DC Portrait Photographer

 

 

 

 

Monday
Dec092013

Northern VA Senior Portrait Sessions

Senior portrait sessions are really enjoyable for a portrait photographer.  The seniors are usually very enthusiastic and excited about the photo shoot.  We discuss the shoot ahead of time and agree on a location and time of day.   Once the shoot begins I keep the pace fast and fun. I try to keep an open mind on all my photo shoots.  Hopefully every senior's photo session will be different than the next.  Every personality is different, every location is different and I want the photographs to reflect that. 

PHOTOGRAPHER INFORMATION:  Most of the images were shot with my Nikon D4 with the Nikon 85MM F1.4.  The wide angle shots were done with my Fuji X100S.  I had with me a Nikon SB900 on a light stand that I used on some of the photos to give them a little pop. 


Reston Vienna VA High School Senior Portrait Photographer

 

 

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Tuesday
Nov122013

Restaurant Architectural Photography

The owner of a new office building in Alexandria, VA asked me to photograph some of the tenants in his building. One of the tenants was a new restaurant.  The restaurant had done an excellent job of incorporating the curved shape of the building into the design of the restaurant.  So when I photographed their restaurant I was very cognizant of the shapes and tried my best to incorporate that into my images.  

PHOTOGRAPHER INFORAMTION: 

All the images were shot with my Nikon D4 with one of three lenses, the Nkon 24-70MM F2.8, the Nikon 14-24MM F2.8 or the Nikon PC-E 24MM F/3.5D.  Flash was used on a few images to fill in some shadows, but for the most part the shots were done using available light.  The owner asked that I photograph the restaurant at night because it would show off the architectural features and the lighting better ... she was right.

Alexandria VA Restaurant Architectural Photographer

Alexandria VA Restaurant Architectural Photographer

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Wednesday
Oct302013

Custom Stock Photography for Corporate Marketing

Many of my clients would prefer to create photographs using their staff and office environment for their marketing collateral, rather than buying stock photography using some generic office building and models.  This allows my client to deliver a more customised and unique message to their customers.

PHOTOGRAPHER INFORMATION:

Both photographs below were shot with available light.  The first shot was done with my Fuji X100S on a tripod.  When I tried to take this shot with any of my Nikon cameras I got a lot of moiré patterns from the screen.  The unique X-Trans sensor on the Fuji X100s is not as susceptible to moiré as are the Bayer sensors found is almost every digital camera on the market. 

 Below are a couple examples.

Thursday
Oct102013

Book Signing Event Photography at the National Press Club

I was asked to photograph the book launch of 'Abuse of Discretion' by Clarke D. Forsythe at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on October 2, 2013.  I had a brief chance to talk to Clarke, he seemed to be a very bright lawyer and very passionate about the topic of his book which looks at the behind-the-scenes deliberations that went into the Supreme Court’s abortion decisions from 1971 to 1973.

PHOTOGRAPHER INFORATION:

The room that the event was held was packed and they were videotaping the event.  Whenever I photograph an event that is being videotaped I try not to use flash because it screws up the video cameras.  Fortunately, the video company had brought plenty of lighting so that wasn't a problem.  As with most events I photograph, I used two cameras, my Nikon D4 and my Nikon D3S.  The D4 had my Nikon 70-200MM F2.8 and the Nikon D3S had either my Nikon 24-70MM F2.8 or my Nikon 14-24MM F2.8 lens.  Between the packed room and trying to make sure I wasn't in the video, it made walking around the room a little tricky.  I try to move around a venue like this to get as many interesting angles as I can.

Event Photographer National Press Club Washington DC

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Sunday
Sep222013

IDEA World Fitness Convention - Los Angeles - August 2013

Attendance at IDEA’s annual World Fitness Convention™ has grown from the original 600 to over 5,000.  This year it was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  From a photographer's perspective, it is the highlight of my year.  It is three and a half days of energy, motion, and inspiration and my job is to capture it through images. 

There are so many great sessions going on that the biggest challenge is to try to cover the right sessions and stay long enough to capture the high energy and inspirational moments.   The days fly by.  

One of the most fun sessions was in the Showcase Room with Shaun T (creator of the very popular INSANITY DVD workout), Tony Horton, and Chalene Johnson.  They each came out individually and did an amazing workout with over 1000 people in the room.  My daughter has Shaun T's DVD set and was extremely envious that I saw him LIVE. 

DC and VA Event Photographer

 

DC and VA Event Photographer

 

DC and VA Event Photographer

 

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Tuesday
Sep172013

Airport Design - Reagan National Airport Photo Shoot

Scholar Magazine, Strayer's Alumni Magazine was doing a feature story on Timothy Schneiter and asked if we could do an editorial photo shoot of him using Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC as our backdrop. If you have ever been to National Airport you know that it is one of the nicest airports in the country.  

Timothy graduated in 2009 from Strayer University and earned a Bachelor of Science in International Business (BSIB) degree from The D’Amore-McKim School of Business. Schneiter was working as a department manager of airport planning for an Orlando-based company that closed its doors in 2003. Schneiter turned a bad situation into a new career when he found an opportunity with one of the company’s clients, the Puerto Rico Ports Authority. Within less than a week, Schneiter traveled to Puerto Rico to meet with his first client as a new business owner and was on his way to establishing aviatDesign, providing state-of-the-art airport planning design solutions. 

From a photographers perspective, National Airport provided a great backdrop for this photo shoot. You can read the entire article by clicking here.  

  Washington DC Editorial Environmental Portrait Photographer

Washington DC Editorial Environmental Portrait Photographer

 

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