The experience was incredibly rewarding, with the countless hours filming and editing resulting in five short films focused on the amazing work of these DC public servants. Their stories are an inspiration and illustrate the amazing things that are done in the municipal government every day.
For me, one of the coolest aspects of the project was photographing their portraits for the award ceremony materials and website. With their work places differing so much, it gave me a (sometimes challenging) opportunity to do something interesting with them in their workplace. Below is a small sample of the shots that I took. They really range depending on the environment. Mixing off-camera flash with ambient light led to some dramatic shots (José at the bottom is a good example of this).
I’ll post the videos of interviews once they play at the ceremony tonight, but for now enjoy the portraits.
Happy Memorial Day, especially to those who have served to protect our nation’s freedoms. Yesterday was the Rolling Thunder 25th Anniversary “Ride for Freedom.” Hundreds of thousands of bikers/veterans gathered at 7am at the Pentagon parking lots and revved up their engines at 12 noon, riding to the Vietnam War/Korean War Memorial area to pay tribute to the fallen or missing in action, and to connect with comrades old and new.
The hogs were loud and the sun was blaring, that that didn’t stop the masses from gathering along Washington Blvd, the Memorial Bridge, and the National Mall to welcome the seemingly endless procession of motorcyclists/veterans.
Speaking to a number of biker-veterans as well as observing from a distance, this was clearly a very emotional day for many, but still a day of joy and celebration as the organization is a close knit brotherhood. I struck a conversation with two biker-veterans (both in their 50’s or 60’s) that were walking together and asked them how long they had known each other, given that one was from North Carolina and the other was from Arizona. They responded that they had just met that day, and that it was common for folks to meet for the first time at a Rolling Thunder gathering and feel a strong bond, just as if they had known each other their whole lives.
This camaraderie truly came across as everyone was friendly as could be—Especially as I asked them if I could photograph their bikes, cuts (the vests they wear), or just them.
Learn more about Rolling Thunder and their commitment to raise awareness around prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action.
It was great weather this past weekend so Lina and I decided to head down to Old Town Alexandria to check out the scenery and take some shots. By the time we got there it was overcast so we played with lighting and shied away from the typical Old Town scenery for photos.
I really like how they turned out, and it helps to have a fantastic model :-). Here’s a couple of the shots:
Last week I teamed up with creative director Joel Castillo to shoot a series of promotional fashion photos.
The shoot took place outdoors at Brookside Botanical Gardens in Wheaton, MD and was a ton of fun! The models were absolutely stunning (this set features Amanda Jackson, Briy Gilgeous, Kaleigh Cohen, and Kate Salerno) and were great to work with! We got a lot of amazing shots that will be used in advertisement and program materials—for now here’s a quick teaser of some of the photos the day.