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Entries in washington Monument (6)

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:

 

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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
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.

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

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Wednesday
Aug102011

Washington DC Enagement and Couple Photography | Washington DC Photographer

It has been a busy couple of months and the Washington, DC National Mall area continues to be a popular location for couples who want engagement photographs and portraits taken.  The weather in DC has been very hot this summer with over 25 days over 90 degrees and very humid.  I try to get my couples to start bright and early to beat the heat and to best the tourist crowds.  It doesn't hurt that the best light of the day is in the early morning and late evening. 

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

Monday
Mar282011

Washington DC Engagement Photography | Washington DC Photographer

The last few weeks have been very busy for engagement photography around the National Mall in Washington, DC.  With the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial as backdrops, couples from all over the country come to Washington, DC to have their engagement photos taken. 

The weather this time of year is pot luck.  I had a nice sunny day for one engagement shoot, I had cold and wind for another, and SNOW for the third during the Cherry Blossom Festival.  The one couple that was from Houston, TX wanted their photos taken during the Cherry Blossom Festival.  I explained to them that we would have to start bright and early to beat the crowds.  So the day of the shoot it was snowing.  Because they were only in town for the day, there was no chance to reschedule.  You can probably tell by some of the photos below which couple it was.  You can see snow in her hair which actually looked quite nice.  As the morning rolled on the sun did come out and the cherry blossoms were in full bloom.

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