I have a love/hate relationship for shots that depend so heavily on the right conditions. They are great when they work well, but they are also about timing. This shot was taken in Alexandria VA right outside of our apartment. My wife picked me up from a meeting on a weekday night, which ended at about 9:30 pm. On my block coming home on a weekday that late, meant you would have a harder time finding parking. It was also a particularly foggy night, which I did not notice until we slowed down to look for an open space. That is when I noticed a man dragging his suitcase across the street in front of the street light. The combination of the fog and his silhouette looked amazing. I promptly told my wife to head inside while I parked the car and expect to take our dog Delilah for a late evening walk. This photo was the result of that request.
Most of my shoots take place during the weekends and evenings. This one took place during an early weekday morning, but I was somewhat excited about it. If you look at the image above, you can probably tell why. The periodontists in the photo were great subjects to work with. Not only were they quite pleasing to the eyes, they were also quite passionate about their work. That made this a pleasure to shoot, but also somewhat of a challenge given that these two had to get the shoot done quickly to make it in time back to the office for their patients. The other great part of this shoot was the lighting. There was just enough overcast to create some of the softest natural light a shooter can ever ask for. One flash and a reflector did quite the trick for this shoot, and we got it done right before the foot traffic got heavy. If you need some work done on those pearly whites, drop a line at Dr. Abrons office.
If you have ever had a goal to lose weight, love hip-hop music and enjoy busting a move on the dance floor then the Down South Bounce workout party hosted by Helix Social was definitely for you. Playing some classic and fresh hip-hop tracks while performing some awesome dance moves was definitely a pleasure to shoot. There was not a dry face in the room as dozens of people broke a serious sweat in this high-intensity workout at the Howard Theater in DC.
Although I was clearly not part of the workout party, I did have to move around quite a bit to get some good shots. In addition, I had to take a couple of short videos as well. I was fortunate as this was one of those shoots where the client allowed me to go anywhere I wanted. Whether I was on the stage behind the instructor or right in front of the workout crew, the room belonged to me and my lens. A full frame camera was definitely crucial in the room. Although the lights were quite disco like, it took special equipment to capture every object and individual in the room.
Lucky for me, people likely did not notice the guy with the camera scouting the room like a ninja as they were trying very hard to keep up with the instructor. Like many of my shoots, this one was a lot of fun. Hope to do a few more of these in the future.
Hundreds of people hurled fake snowballs at others who were tasked with catching them before aiming their pitch at Darth Vader in a church. Let's pause to recognize the awesomeness of that last statement..................yes, that did happen. It sounds like a one of those odd dreams complete with symbolism and subconscious thoughts that only a seasoned psychologist could understand... or make up. But it was just another Sunday at Grace Community Church with a Pastor that has a knack for thinking of interesting ways to make a point. His point was team work today, and I really can't say much more than that (forgive me Lord). I was somewhat distracted from the sermon as I was attempting to figure out a good spot to take shots, while anticipating what the audience had not a clue what was coming. Pastor John Slye split the attendees up into two groups (split down the middle of the church, with those in the back rows tasked with throwing fake snow balls at the front row so they could then attempt to knock down their assigned Sith lord. Yes, each side was given their own Darth Vador Cardboard cut out target. Imagine a pastor asking his assistant to make that order with no context.
Getting this particular shot was not an easy task, given that the activity lasted just over 2 minutes, as the attendees showed Vader no mercy. I did have enough time to try and get fancy with a shot in the center of the auditorium. The fact that I did not use that shot here should probably tell you enough about my success with that mission. It would be the attendees on the left side of the room that would be victorious, although I did get hit by a few strays during their assault. The champions were given twinkies- correction they were shot with twinkies propelled from a T-shirt cannon. Let's pause to recognize the awesomeness of that last statement...................... Yes, that did happen.
It is not every day you get to run into Rey from one of the best Star Wars films made in years, along with Batman, Harley Quinn and other famous comic book and video game characters. But if you ever did, you could probably bet you are actually surrounded by some really great cosplayers. That is what made being at this cosplay photoshoot in DC such a pleasure to be a part of. This was organized by DC cosplay meetup group and it was a great opportunity to get some of the most classic images.
Most photographers might prefer taking images of these characters in some of the locations at the DC Kennedy Center in which the photoshoot took place. It was my first time being there so I did not have much time to check out the area, meet the cosplayers to understand their characters before finally matching them with a backdrop that reflected the nature of who they were portraying. Some photographers may not have care about all that and just focused on creating a great image. Nothing is wrong with that, but I am somewhat of a geek myself and could not pass up the opportunity to make these characters come to life. Clearly, you would never know I took these at the Kennedy center. But I was happy to put these images together for some fantastic and creative people.
Events with Ashleigh is an events planning service owned by Ashleigh Washington and is based in New York. She plans bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties and even planned my wedding proposal. From personal experience I can say she is great to work with. That is one of the many things that made photographing her photoshoot so much fun. My wife and I worked with Ashleigh to create a great photoshoot with the birthday client and her fashionable friends. It took place in the DC metro area, yes Ash does not mind the travel. It was amazing what a couple of hours, lighting, great make-up, and awesome wardrobe can produce. Looking forward to working with Ash again sometime in the near future.
Over a thousand volunteers gathers to package and send 100,000 meals for starving children around the world. This was an ambitious and noble undertaking by Grace Community Church and Stop hunger Now, an international crisis relief organization. The effort was based on millions of people that die starving every year and the millions more that go hungry before engaging in desperate measures to survive. For children in particular, the ability to gain an education is compromised by the lack of food and clean water available in impoverished nations. Between 9am and 12pm on December 6th, volunteers packaged hundreds of boxes. It was a pleasure taking stills of the event. And I was not alone. News organizations, including NBC, made it a point to spread the word on this noble effort.
TTG playing in their flag football team has been quite resilient throughout the season. They have had their good days and bad days, but today was a great day. They managed to remain victorious game after game with uncompromising determination in this week's flag football tournament. Although they did not win the tournament, they should be proud of a game well played. Despite the cold, I was able to take some pretty decent shots. It was a pleasure to be a part of such an epic game day.
I was glad to take photos for Gify to use for her blog www.stylegyft.com. She has been into fashion for most of her life and has made creativity a priority in her work. The combination of colors she put together fit perfectly with the surrounding greenery. We had a lot of fun taking these pictures and I am looking forward to future shoots.
I had the pleasure of shooting photographs of LawShawndra, who is a visionary professional with a heart of goal. She aims to use her years of experience to help amputees. She was motivated to engage in this work after a close relative was forced to undergo a procedure which removed much of her right arm. We had fun taking these images at a running path in Alexandria VA. LaShawndra clearly did not need much assistance looking gorgeous for her shots, but the fall colors definitely add a lot to the images. These pics were made for her website at www.limby.org