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Friday
Jan172014

Dynamic Washington, DC K Street Photography

A firm in Washington, DC asked me to take environmental photographs of three of their executives.  We met in their lobby which was located on K Street in Washington, DC.  We took some very nice portraits of them in the lobby that were just want they asked for.  Before we finished I asked them if they had a few minutes to take some fun photos outside their building.  If these didn't turn out, no problem, we already took the photos that they wanted.  If they did turn out, they had something different and dynamic photographs.

The first image below is the photo we took outside.  I had the three executives walk towards me while I was on the ground.  This took maybe five minutes.  We all had a lot of fun doing it and we got a great photograph from it, well worth the five minute investment.

The Best Washington DC Photogrpher

Award Winning executive photographer

Friday
Jan102014

North American Gas Forum Event in Washington, DC

The North American Gas Forum 2013 had almost 200 industry leaders in Washington DC for unique dialogue and two days of first-hand insights, information and knowledge exchange about the natural gas industry.  I was asked the photograph the two day event last October.  

When I photograph these events you have to ask yourself as a photographer is how is the client going to use the images, and what do they want their clients to get from this event.  So in the case of this event the client was going to use the photos to promote the same event for 2014.  The client wants prospective clients to see that they have industry leading speakers, the event is very interactive, there is a lot of networking among attendees, and that their is plenty of downtime time to informally chat with other attendees.  

I also realize that clients want some abstract photos for their websites and marketing materials.  The first photo below of a closeup of the microphone.  This photo is now being used by Energy Dialagues, the company the produces the event, on their home page.   

Washington DC Event conference photographer

Washington DC Event conference photographer

 

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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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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.

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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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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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Friday
Jan182013

Giving Back | Washington, DC Portrait Photographer

One of the great aspects of being a photographer is that you get to meet some exceptional individuals.  A few months ago I was doing a photo shoot for Scholar Magazine for Strayer University.  I had the pleasure to meet Alex Galeano who is currently the vice president and controller for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).  

Alex came to the United States from Nicaragua when he was 11, but he never forgot his roots.  In addition to his job at NAB, he runs a nonprofit that gives back to the community he left back in Nicaragua.  We spent about a half day talking photos of him in his office in Washington, DC and outside around DuPont Circle.  

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Friday
Nov252011

Washington DC Engagement Photographs at Georgetown Cupcake, Union Station and the Jefferson Memorial | Washington DC Photographer

Manda and Amar got engaged at the world famous Georgetown Cupcake last spring.  Amar called ahead and had the chef at Georgetown Cupcake prepare a special set of cupcakes that popped THE (will you marry me) question to Manda.  They live in Dallas, TX and were visiting some relatives in the area, so they wanted their engagement photographs taken in the DC area, specifically at Union Station, the Jefferson Memorial, and Georgetown Cupcake.

The weather couldn't have been better.  It was the day after Thanksgiving and we had 70 degrees and sunny  weather.  They were such a beautiful couple that we were stopped a number of times and asked if  we were doing a magazine shoot with models.  We ended the busy day with about a dozen cupcakes to go ... they were VERY good. 

Washington DC Engagement Photographer at Georgetown Cupcake the Jefferson Memorial and Union Station

Washington DC Engagement Photographer at Georgetown Cupcake the Jefferson Memorial and Union Station

Washington DC Engagement Photographer at Georgetown Cupcake the Jefferson Memorial and Union Station

Washington DC Engagement Photographer at Georgetown Cupcake the Jefferson Memorial and Union Station

Washington DC Engagement Photographer at Georgetown Cupcake the Jefferson Memorial and Union Station

Washington DC Engagement Photographer at Georgetown Cupcake the Jefferson Memorial and Union Station

Washington DC Engagement Photographer at Georgetown Cupcake the Jefferson Memorial and Union Station

Washington DC Engagement Photographer at Georgetown Cupcake the Jefferson Memorial and Union Station

Washington DC Engagement Photographer at Georgetown Cupcake the Jefferson Memorial and Union Station

Washington DC Engagement Photographer at Georgetown Cupcake the Jefferson Memorial and Union Station

Washington DC Engagement Photographer at Georgetown Cupcake the Jefferson Memorial and Union Station

Washington DC Engagement Photographer at Georgetown Cupcake the Jefferson Memorial and Union Station

Washington DC Engagement Photographer at Georgetown Cupcake the Jefferson Memorial and Union Station

Washington DC Engagement Photographer at Georgetown Cupcake the Jefferson Memorial and Union Station

Washington DC Engagement Photographer at Georgetown Cupcake the Jefferson Memorial and Union Station

Washington DC Engagement Photographer at Georgetown Cupcake the Jefferson Memorial and Union Station

Friday
Nov182011

Georgetown Engagement Photography | Washington DC Photographer

One of my new, favorite spots for photography lately has been in Georgetown in Washington, DC.  I have done about four photography session with four different couples over the last couple of months.  Three of the four couples lived out of town and were just visiting friends and family in the area. 

Emily and Matthew are both from Texas (and will be getting married in Texas on 3/17/2012 as you can see by the bottom of their shoes), but they currently live in the DC area.  We spent the entire time along the C&O Canal in Georgetown.  It is such a beautiful area to do engagement photographs.  You would never know by looking at the pictures that the hustle and bustle of Georgetown is a few hundred feet away.  

Georgetown Engagement Photographer in Washington DC

Georgetown Engagement Photographer in Washington DC

Georgetown Engagement Photographer in Washington DC

Georgetown Engagement Photographer in Washington DC

Georgetown Engagement Photographer in Washington DC

Georgetown Engagement Photographer in Washington DC

Georgetown Engagement Photographer in Washington DC

Georgetown Engagement Photographer in Washington DC

Georgetown Engagement Photographer in Washington DC

Georgetown Engagement Photographer in Washington DC

Georgetown Engagement Photographer in Washington DC

Georgetown Engagement Photographer in Washington DC

Posted by Washington, DC Photographer Len Spoden