Last month I photographed about 350 business professionals attending the 2015 Oracle HCM World Conference at the National Harbor, near Washington, DC. The professional head shots, a benefit for folks attending the conference that needed a new profile photo, were done on-location at the Gaylord National Convention Center.
The headshot experience, or “professional portrait gallery,” was sponsored by Deloitte. Individuals attending the conference first were given the opportunity to have their makeup done by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics before making their way over to me to have their headshot captured.
During the conference, participants provided their contact information via a form on my iPad. Immediately following the conference, I directly emailed each individual their edited headshot. Anyone planning a corporate conference, convention, or meeting should consider doing this. With the rise of LinkedIn and other social media in business, this is a great idea to give something back to your attendees!
Below are a few images of the conference headshot portable setup and final head shots:
As we enter 2015, I want to take the time to thank all my clients, friend, and family who have helped to make this year such a success and have been so instrumental in supporting my dream of running my photography business full-time. When I made the decision to quit my day job at the White House budget office early this year, there was a good amount of uncertainty. While I didn’t make the decision lightly or go forward unprepared, there was no way of knowing what the year ahead would hold.
Looking back, this year exceeded all my expectations. I set a number of business and financial targets, and I’ve exceeded all of those. More importantly though, I set a number of soft goals like enjoying life more and traveling more (for work and fun). I’ve met all those goals too, and it’s time to raise the bar in 2015.
Highlights from this year include:
My continued work with the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership on various projects including the Cafritz Awards for Distinguished DC Government Employees
Photographing the World Bank’s World Reconstruction Conference 2
Traveling to Iceland (twice), photographing the landscape and working with various models
Photographing for a number of publications including DC Magazine and Workforce Magazine
Working with the American Heart Association to photograph their Greater Washington Area Heart Walk
Photographing an ad campaign for the DC Department of Health
Working with the National Disability Institute on various events
And too many other amazing opportunities to list!
In short, thank all of you for your support this year, whether it was choosing to work with me as a client, recommending me to others, or simply cheering me on!
Here’s a preview from a fun and quick shoot I had with Joey and Saphonia. Saphonia and I go way back, and her and Joey are also long time friends. They both made such terrific models! The goal was to get some energetic lifestyle shots in DUMBO with the bridges and city in the background.
This shoot was over a month ago, before Hurricane Sandy. My prayers go out to the victims of Sandy and wish for a continued recovery for all the impacted areas.
Last week I shot some photos of the awesome and photogenic Lauren Sloat in Meridian Hill Park. The shots were taken right before sunset.
One of the challenges was to get a diverse set of photos from one location. In this instance, off-camera lighting made a huge difference in the mood of the photos. Below is a preview of the shoot, with two very different lighting styles resulting in dramatically different results. I have to run but I’ll cover the lighting in my next post!
Last week I was in NYC photographing Alan, a photogenic twenty-something NYU graduate student living in Brooklyn. Alan’s main objective for the shoot was to capture photos with an “urban feel.” With his background in urban planning and given our surroundings, this wasn’t difficult to accomplish.
To be totally honest, the logistics of the shoot came together at the very last-minute. We knew only two things; 1) we wanted a view of Manhattan in the background and 2) we had only one morning to get it done. To shoot from Brooklyn with Manhattan in the background, and to avoid harsh lighting and shadows, we had to be out there at sunrise. The tough thing about photographing at sunrise in the summer is that sunrise is at about 5:20 am! By the time we got to the Brooklyn Promenade (late start) we had only around 10 minutes before the sun would be up so we scrambled to get into position, setup the lighting, and start shooting.
After we finished at the Promenade we knew we could get a few more shots from the awesome morning glow. We ventured to Washington Street and Brooklyn Bridge Park to get some shots with the Manhattan Bridge and city in the background.
All-in-all this was a fantastic, and exhausting, shoot. Once we saw the final result it was clear that the early morning hours and sleep deprivation were well worth it!
When Jessica and Tim approached me a few weeks ago about photographing their wedding and engagement photos I was both honored and excited!
We decided that an outdoor shoot (before summer got its heatwave on) was ideal for the engagement shoot. The engagement shoot took place at Kalorama Park (which has special significance for them) and the Spanish Steps just west of Dupont. There was even an awesome mural that Jess and Tim found near Kalorama Park that really made the photos pop!
These two are such a fun and easy going couple! I think the photos really reflect their personalities and their desire to have relaxed, casual portraits taken. I had a blast photographing them both—they were natural with the camera and provided comic relief the entire time!
My awesome friend Saphonia is in town from NYC and yesterday we took some shots for our portfolios. Lucky for me she’s extremely photogenic—the pictures practically took themselves!
There are plenty of other shots, but for now here’s a sneak peak.
The shots were taken around 6:30pm, which is usually a little too early in the afternoon for this time of year, with the sun still high in the sky. Fortunately it was slightly overcast and the ambient light was perfect (we didn’t have to worry about harsh lighting). Depending on the shot, I used a combination of multiple strobes or just a single stobe through a shoot through umbrella.