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Nomad Yard Collectiv – Magazine Editorial – N.Y Ave. Washington DC

I’m a really lucky guy to be able to do the things I love. Sure, while most of my work in DC centers around headshot photography my first love has always been portraits. Even as a traditional artist, portraits were(and still are) the bulk of my artwork. There’s just something about being able to distill and capture someones personality through a single image that has always appealed to me. So when a good friend put me in touch with his connection at a small magazine, I jumped at the chance to shoot an editorial for them. Unfortunately, these images never made it to print, but these images are still amongst my favorite.

The subject was a young woman named Desiree, the owner of Nomad Yard Collectiv, a vintage clothing store in Washington DC’s NoMA neighborhood. As you’ll notice from her images, she’s a bit of a fashionista with a unique style. She did an incredible job of mixing and matching pieces to create one of a kind outfits for her photos. Her actual shop was also nothing short of amazing and featured a lot of decorative tchotchkes. While the 3600sq foot store looked like it had been there forever, forgotten by time, it’s a recent addition to N.Y. Ave.

My purpose for this shoot was to capture images of the space as well as Desiree. I shot as much as I could in natural light but because the interior of the store turned out to be pretty dark I did resort to some strobist photography for half of the portrait images. Overall, I think I was able to keep a consistent look and feel despite the different lighting conditions.

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Grooming By Em – Contest Entry

This past week I had the distinct pleasure of helping a local business create a video that showcases the work they do at their business as well as the community, in order to enter a contest aimed at small businesses. I’m hoping they do well and that they win because this whole thing is a little personal for me. As you can see in the featured image and video, the owner shares my last name and is indeed my sister. While our stories are different they do converge at points. I am proud of my brother and sister and the small business they own. I’m also happy with the work I did at their shop. This video was a great collaboration between my siblings and I and I’m glad I got to take part in it before moving to Burlington, VT. It’s a long way from home but this video is a great way to remember where I came from.

Location: Grooming By Em, North Brentwood, MD

Camera: Nikon D610

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

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Throwback Thursday: Sid & Aaliyah Headshots & Portraits – Brooklyn, NY

Half of these pictures have not seen the light of day until today, they were taken a year into my photography career in Brooklyn, NY. I met Sid on a casting call and we met up pretty much randomly at the last minute one day to get some headshots, portraits and other random shots.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Camera: Nikon D300
Lenses: Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Sigma 17-35mm f/2.8-4.0

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Moving back to Washington DC

I haven’t really been great about blogging but I think I need something like this now more than ever. I think it’s important to write about these events for the sake of posterity but to also be truthful and honest in doing so.

I’m moving back home (Washington DC) and I’m kind of upset about the whole situation.

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