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Entries in washington dc photographer (10)

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

 

 

 

 

Friday
Feb152013

Seeing Washington, DC for the First Time with a Washington, DC Photographer

I received an email from a member of the US Army who was visiting Washington, DC for the first time.  He was a photography buff and wanted someone to photograph him as he/we walked around the National Mall.  We started out at the White House and then walked around to the Washington Monument, The US Capitol, and then by the Tidal Basin where we could see the Jefferson Memorial.  Then we crossed over to the WW II Memorial, and walked down alongside the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial, and lastly over to the Vietnam Memorial. 

It took about two hours, and I gave him my best shot also being a tour guide in addition to being a photographer. He was a pleasure to spend the morning with, and I was honored to be able to spend a few hours with him on his first visit to our nation's Capitol.

 


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Tuesday
Jan292013

Rebecca Shambaugh's Book Launch Event at the Kennedy Center | Washington, DC Photographer

Rebecca Shambaugh launched her 3rd book, Make Room for Her: Why Companies Need an Integrated Leadership Model to Achieve Extraordinary Results at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington DC on January 29, 2013.

I had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca when I took her portrait for her book cover.  She asked me to photograph her book launch event at the Kennedy Center.  Rebecca makes the point that women bring different perspectives, feelings, and experiences that are unique to women and that add value to almost any business discussion.  Corporations that do not take advantage of these unique traits are doing themselves a disfavour.  Given that I have worked with women my entire career, and I live with four women, I couldn't agree more. 

Rebecca spoke on the Integrated Leadership Model and why it's essential for today's organizations and their leaders. She maintains that while current leadership models aren't necessarily "broken," they won't drive success in today's challenging and competitive global marketplace.

The event included a musical performance by the National Symphony Orchestra's Youth Fellows as well as the following distinguished guest speakers:

  • Kathleen MatthewsExecutive Vice President of Global Communications and Public Affairs, Marriott International
  • Bill RichardsonExecutive Vice President of Global Business Development, PPD
  • Dottie BrienzaChief Diversity Officer and Head of Talent Development, Merck
  • Anne AltmanGeneral Manager, Global Public Sector, IBM
  • Dr. Christine DingivanChief Medical Officer, PPD

 

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Thursday
Nov082012

The White House | Washington, DC Photographer

I was walking back to the Metro after a shoot in Washington, DC and I decided to grab a cup of coffee and sit down in Lafayette Park and just watch people as they came by the White House.  Sometimes you need to take a moment and, as they say, smell the flowers.  

A photograph of The White House in Washington, DC

Tuesday
Oct302012

Holiday / Christmas Card Photographs on the Mall | Washington, DC Photographer

I have received a lot of inquiries this year for couples and families to have their picture taken around the National Mall area for their annual Christmas / Holiday Card.  It makes for a fun and unique card and shows off our beautiful city of Washington, DC.

This couple is from Michigan, and moved here just recently.  They wanted to show everyone themselves in their new home.

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

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

Thursday
Mar152012

Sister - Sister Family Photography in Georgetown | Washington DC Photographer

Two twin sisters who go to college in the Washington, DC area thought it would be fun to have their photographs taken in and around the Georgetown area.  We spent about 90 minutes walking around Georgetown.  The sisters were a lot of fun and we got some great photos. 

Wednesday
Oct122011

One Year Anniversary Photographs in Georgetown - Washington, DC Photographer

Chris and Josh were married last year on a tropical island.  Their wedding photographer did an okay job, but they wanted some really nice photos of the two of them.  They live out of town currently, but are from the Washington, DC area and they were in town for a few days and wanted the photographs to have a DC theme to them.  We discussed a few ideas and decided on Georgetown as our backdrop.  Even though I have been a photographer in the Washington, DC area for a number of years, I haven't done a lot of photography in Georgetown.

We walked around Georgetown for about 90 minutes and just stopping at places that had interesting light or overall character that we thought would make for a nice portrait.  Chis and Josh are a wonderful couple, they were a pleasure to spend some time with, and Georgetown provided a wonderful environment for our pictures.

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

 

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

 

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

 

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

Washington DC Georgetown Engagement Anniversary Photographer

 

Posted by Washington, DC Photographer Len Spoden

Friday
Apr222011

South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool | Washington DC Photographer

I had the pleasure to meet and photograph the South African Ambassador to the United States, Ebrahim Rasool, earlier this week.  The photograph was for a story that the Mail & Guardian newspaper out of South Africa was running on Wednesday.  I photographed him at the South African Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, DC.

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