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Corporate Headshots at Affinity Lab – U Street Corridor

I had the fortunate pleasure of photographing a bunch of super cool people recently at Affinity Labs, a co-working space in DC located in the U Street Corridor, not too far from the DC landmark restaurant Ben’s Chili Bowl. I got to meet several great people and get to know a little more about them while taking their headshots.

Location: Affinity Labs, U St, Washington DC

Camera: Nikon D300

Lenses: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8, Nikon 105mm f/2.8
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Morgan – Portraits in Book Hill Park, Georgetown

I met Morgan early one day in Dupont Circle. She caught me off guard while I was listening to music and singing to myself in public. She walked up behind me and tapped my shoulder. “Marvin?” she asked. I pulled my headphones off and quickly responded, “You must be Morgan. Nice to meet you. You caught me at an awkward moment.” I was quite embarrassed. She caught me while my guard was down, but little did know that we would both let our guard down as the day went on.

Locations: Whitehaven Community Garden, Glover Park, Book Hill Park, Georgetown, Washington DC

Camera: Nikon D300

Lenses: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8, Nikon 105mm f/2.8
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Amy – Chinatown Musician Headshots & Portraits

Amy is a University of Maryland student and singer who reached out to me online for some new headshots. She had just cut her hair shorter and needed something that showed it off. After a few simple headshots we decided to try some different photos. We were lucky to be at an awesome venue that had a variety of different sets we could shoot at. I highly recommend it to anyone in the DC area. It’s right off the Gallery Place/Chinatown stop and across the street from the Verizon center.

Venue: The Loft at 600 F St, NW Washington DC

Camera: Nikon D300

Lenses: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8, Nikon 105mm f/2.8

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George – Navy Yard Park Musician Promo Pics

George reached out to me online. He’s a musician in the Washington DC area who does electronic music and needed some awesome promotional pics. I had no idea what I was going to do but I do think we got some great images. These are a few of my favorites rendered in black and white.

Location: Navy Yard Park, Washington DC
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Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits

Gregory Heisler is quickly becoming one of my favorite photographers. I’ve been chomping at the bit to get an idea of how this man works or thinks and I believe the above video features the latter. Watch Heisler talk about his 50 greatest portraits and his thinking behind them, as well as some awesome stories. He covers both technical and mental processes and even adds in some personal stories about his start in the industry. Totally worth the 2 hour watch.

Also remember to check out the accompanying book: Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits: Stories and Techniques from a Photographer’s Photographer

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Happy New Year! – 2014

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m writing this at 12:38am on January 1st, 2014 and thinking back to the past year and all the ups and downs.

As we all know, it’s about this time that people start proclaiming their New Year’s Resolutions and trying to better their lives. I’m usually not a resolution person but I do have one this year and it’s simply to stay positive. I told someone this and they said it was a bit of a cop out because there’s no way to measure staying positive and to track your progress at it. That’s mostly true but I can stay positive on social media and I can stay positive at my photo shoots, and this will carry on to the people around me.

As for staying positive in my personal life, I think I’ve been able to do that recently. I think it’s a good idea to try and look at something negative and try and make it positive. It’s about thinking differently. When I moved back to DC I was very upset about the whole situation but I decided that instead of sitting at home and being miserable that I’d just go out and meet people and photograph strangers. The connections I made with these people were totally worthwhile. This was a positive thing to do with my free time and changed my experience immediately. I think that’s pretty powerful.

I’ll close with a quote I recently found that’s been attributed to Abraham Lincoln that’s about changing the negatives of a situation to a positive.

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.

-Abraham Lincoln