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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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SJL Collection New York Fashion Week Lookbook – Washington DC

Recently I had the awesome pleasure of working with a Washington DC based fashion designer, Jabari Lake, on his new collection. SJL collection was chosen to be presented at New York Fashion Week and as a requirement a lookbook was neccesary for all participants. These images were shot on a white seamless at my Washington DC photo studio and lit with two lights. We shot 10 outfits total and I’m happy to show off of a few my favorite images.
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Behind The Scenes: Lisa – Washington DC Corporate Headshot Session

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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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Kaylynn – Washington DC Actor Headshots & Portraits

Kaylynn is a lovely young model and actress from the San Francisco bay area. You’d never know that she was still a fresh face to the industry and still looking for her big break, because she acted like a total professional. I started off with a beauty shot of her, got a couple LA style actor headshots and moved on to a few black and white portraits.

I’m happy to have taken these images at my studio with an amazing makeup artist, Doris Elias. I look forward to working with her again in the future on upcoming projects.

Location: My Studio, Washington DC
Camera: Nikon D300
Lenses: Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D, Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
Makeup Artist: Doris Elias

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Angela – Washington DC Headshot Session

Angela is a medical professional who had just moved from Upstate New York and was looking for new headshots. This shoot actually came along easily enough, that’s the thing I love about DC for headshot sessions, it’s just an easy place to find gorgeous backdrops. This was one of two headshot sessions I shot at Meridian Hill Park and it’s easily becoming one of my favorite places to shoot. There’s a lot of foliage and neutral colored backgrounds. Sure, there are also a couple bums to contend with but for a headshot session the backgrounds just make it a dream, especially with a nice long lens. They just blow out into a bokeh-licious blob of color. Yeah, I think that’s a technical term.

I really love how Angela’s session went and I think we got some great headshots and portraits in the 40 minutes we were together. I couldn’t be happier and she was nice enough to leave me a lovely testimonial.

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Dave – Musician Headshots & Portraits

Dave is a musician here in the Washington DC area, and he contacted me to get some headshots for personal use. He also expressed some interest in pursuing modeling so I was happy to help him out with both. This was my second headshot session for the day at my studio in Takoma and I had a ton of fun.

Believe it or not, Dave never did tell me what kind of musician he was. We had a long conversation about camera gear when he was in my studio and I guess it slipped my mind. We shot about 100 photos in the 45 minutes we shot together but I think we got some nice moody images for promotional purposes and for modeling purposes as well.

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