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Saturday
May262012

Washington DC Engagement Photography | Washington, DC Engagement Photographer

Binita and Prashant will be married next year in India, but wanted to get their engagement photographs taken around the Washington, DC National Mall area.  We walked around to the Jefferson Memorial and then back around the Tidal Basin by the Washington Monument and the WW II Memorial.  The skies were overcast after it had been raining all night, but that kept the tourists away and we were able to get some shots at the Jefferson Memorial with no tourists in site, so you take the good with the bad.

They are a wonderful couple and we had a great morning walking around our nation's Capitol.  

Washington DC Engagement Photographer

Washington DC Engagement Photographer

Washington DC Engagement Photographer

Washington DC Engagement Photographer

Washington DC Engagement Photographer

Washington DC Engagement Photographer

Washington DC Engagement Photographer

Washington DC Engagement Photographer

Washington DC Engagement Photographer

Washington DC Engagement Photographer

Washington DC Engagement Photographer

Posted by Washington DC Photographer - Len Spoden

Wednesday
May232012

Natural Light Executive Portraits | Washington, DC Portrait Photographer

My client's HQ is based out of London and wanted to get photographs of all of their employees across the world. Rather than hire a photographer and fly him/her around the world, they set out to get different photographers and ask them to take environmental photographs (take the photos in their office) using only natural light.  The executives were to be photographed in landscape mode and the employees would have a square format.  

My group was based out of Washington, DC and their were nine employees and one executive.  The challenge with this kind of shoot was that I wouldn't know what kind of natural light I would have to take "good" photographs and I didn't know what the environment I would have to use for my backgrounds.  I arrived about 45 minutes early to scout the area for the best light and locations.  I decided to use an office that had a couple of nice windows, a hallway that had good light at the one end, and lastly a conference room that also had some nice window light.  And one last thing, I had to photograph each person in 10 minutes or less.  

The clients were great and we go some great environmental portraits.  

washington dc executive photographer

 

washington dc photographer

 

Thursday
May172012

New York Waldorf Astoria Conference / Event | Washington, DC Event Photographer

New York's Waldorf Astoria is a great environment for a business conference.   My client asked me to photograph the event and try to capture all the dynamics of the conference.  These conferences are more than just a transfer of information from the speakers to the attendees, but it is a dynamic give and take of ideas between attendees and subject matter experts.  Contacts get made, new ideas get shared, and everyone leaves with new ideas to take back to their companies and hopefully do things in better and more creative ways.  

I always learn some fascinating things when I photograph these events.  One thing that stood out was the idea of reverse mentoring.  The speed of change is so rapid that it is hard for older executives to keep up with the new technologies and behavior patterns of younger customers.  So they get mentored by younger staff members who have grown up in this new age. The other thing was how major change use to occur over a generation, now major change is occurring every six years.  

Washington DC Event Photographer

Washington DC Event Photographer


Washington DC Event Photographer


Washington DC Event Photographer


Washington DC Event Photographer


Washington DC Event Photographer


Washington DC Event Photographer


Washington DC Event Photographer


Washington DC Event Photographer


Washington DC Event Photographer
Washington DC Event Photographer


Washington DC Event Photographer
Washington DC Event Photographer


Washington DC Event Photographer

 Posted by Event Photographer - Len Spoden

Thursday
May032012

Having Fun in the Studio | Northern VA Portrait Photographer

Living in the Washington, DC area I get a lot of opportunities to photograph local television, radio, and news personalities.  Most of these "celebrities" have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, newspaper/blog websites, and their own personal website and blog.  So they want a lot of different images to use throughout theses various channels.  They are looking for some serious images, some fun images, some casual images, and some business images. 

So when Alicia asked me to give her a new portfolio of images we decided to go out to my studio and just have fun.  She brought a few outfits and we used some studio lighting, some window lighting, we pulled out a few props, and we even had the fan going.  After about 90 minutes we had some great photographs.

 

Washington DC Celebrity Photographer

 

Washington DC Celebrity Photographer

Washington DC Celebrity Photographer

 

 

 

Wednesday
Apr182012

Animal Assisted Therapy for Children | Herndon, VA Photographer

I had the opportunity to meet and photograph Michelle who owns an Animal Assisted Therapy company in Herndon, VA.  She is a graduate of a local university and they wanted to feature her in their alumni magazine. The company's mission is to help people achieve their rehabilitation and therapy goals through the use of animals.  They work with people of all ages, but specialize in working with children who are affected by intellectual, emotional or physical challenges. 

It was a beautiful Spring evening at Frying Pan Park in Herndon, VA.  I photographed Michelle playing with her German Shepard dogs.

Herndon VA Woman and dog photographer

Herndon VA Woman and dog photographer

Wednesday
Apr182012

Executive Portrait / Headshots | Northern VA Photographer

Professional executive portraits / headshots are constantly in demand.  I try to give my clients a lot of different styles to choose from.  I am finding that more of my clients are going are selecting  environmental photographs or studio photographs with some different styling.  Here are a few that I have taken in the last few weeks.

 

 

Reston VA Headshot Executive Portrait photographer

Reston VA Headshot Executive Portrait photographer

Reston VA Headshot Executive Portrait photographer

Reston VA Headshot Executive Portrait photographer

Posted by Vienna, VA Photographer - Len Spoden

Tuesday
Apr102012

New York City - Apple Store - Central Park

I was in New York visiting a client and my daughter and I stopped by the Apple Store across from Central Park by the Plaza Hotel.  I had my little Canon S100 Point and Shoot camera with me and I looked up and saw this magnificient site. 

Tuesday
Mar272012

Photoshop World - Washington, DC | Washington DC Photographer

I attended Photoshop World for the first time this past week.  It was held in Washington, DC for the first time, and so I decided to check it out.  I went mainly for the photography sessions.  It was great listening and watching some of the best photographers in the world such as Dave Black, Cliff Mautner, Jay Maisel, and Joe McNally.  Most attendees were carrying these huge camera bags loaded with their professional DSLR cameras.  I was a bit lazy and only took my Canon S100 point and shoot camera which can fit in my pant pocket.  Here are a few photos from my three days at the conference.

Gymnast Hollie Vise:

Sports Photographer Washington, DC and VA

Photographer Joe McNally

Joe McNally Portrait

Model in Westcott Booth

Model Photographer

Monday
Mar262012

IDEA Trainer Institute - Alexandria, VA | VA Photographer

IDEA Personal Trainer Institute is a diverse and cutting-edge educational program / conference exclusively for personal trainers. They held it this year at the Hilton in Alexandria, VA.  This is the third IDEA conference that I have photographed, and there is never a dull moment. 

There are a number of classroom setting sessions, but the majority of the sessions are very interactive and are lead by some of the top training instructors in the world such as Todd Durkin who trains professional athletes like Aaron Rogers (QB of the Green Bay Packers) and Drew Brees (QB of the New Orleans Saints).  We also setup a little studio onsite and bring in some of the attendees to demonstrate various exercises and routines.

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

photograph portrait of Todd Durkin

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

Saturday
Mar242012

Kirsten Powers - Political Commentator / Columnist | Washington DC Photographer

Kirsten Powers is a columnist for The Daily Beast. She is in the process of updating her website and wanted some new portraits for the website and for other business purposes.  She didn't want a studio shot, so I went to her apartment and we setup a mini studio in her apartment and apartment building lobby area.  It was a cloudy, rainy day so our outside options were limited.  She had a great balcony view but it was off limits because of the rain.  

The fun of being a photographer is having to make great photographs in less than optimal conditions. Fortunately, Kirsten is a very good looking woman, so that was going to make my job much eaiser, but the enviroment was going to be a bit more challenging.  We had a great time, and we produced some great images of Kirsten.

Celebrity Portrait Photographer in Washington DC

Celebrity Portrait Photographer in Washington DC


Celebrity Portrait Photographer in Washington DC

Celebrity Portrait Photographer in Washington DC