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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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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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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