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Behind The Scenes: Greg & Lauren – Washington DC Headshot & Engagement Session

Howdy, howdy, y’all!

Now earlier this month I posted my shoot with Greg & Lauren. It was supposed to be a typical Washington DC headshot session. I do a lot of these. However, in actuality the shoot was simply a vehicle for Greg to propose to Lauren on camera. While I posted a few images here, I’m now happy to release the video of this event. To protect Greg’s privacy I’ve muted out his actual proposal but the emotion that comes from Lauren is what makes the video. After she got her ring and the couple hugged it out there was NO way to get her to stop smiling. The result was an engagement session where I didn’t have to try too hard to get the couple to be happy. They were truly happy.

This is actually one of my favorite shoots, simply because of the deception and the true human emotion. Lauren had been suspecting Greg would pop the question but her guard was down because this was supposed to simply be a headshot session, which they both needed. It was incredible that at the time of the proposal there was a group of cyclists who all stopped and stared and congratulated the couple. I, of course, was smiling ear to ear because I’m a big ole softie.

Now, while I’m very happy with how the video and the photos turned out — it was honestly one of the hardest shoots I’ve done simply because I had to pose the couple for the engagement session, shoot the video, shoot the photos and also be hilarious. I pulled it off though, because I’m a professional and that’s how I roll. Enjoy the video!

Venue: DC War Memorial- Washington DC
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon D5200
Lenses: Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D,Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
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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