I like to stretch my creative muscles from time to time, experimenting with new subjects and techniques. My favorite way to do this over the past few years has been through my backyard portrait series, where I photograph random characters who walk down the alley behind my house in Baltimore city (more on that project here on the Petapixel blog: https://bit.ly/2H6iM47.

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Last year I photographed Marielena Hincapié for a regular client of mine, Northeastern Law School. Hincapié, is director of the National Immigration Law Center, which represents the interests of low-income immigrants in the US.

My portrait of her in front of the Supreme Court was used in Northeastern's law school magazine, and then published again recently in a "People en Español" issue with profiles of the 25 most powerful latina women.

During the shoot I learned that Marielena is originally from one of my favorite places on the planet, Medellín, Colombia. So as I snapped away, we talked about Juanes, ...

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A few years ago, I found myself sitting on a park bench in Parque Bolivar, a large town square in Medellin, Colombia. As I sipped scorching hot coffee from a thin plastic cup, an endless parade of fascinating characters passed by me. Businessmen clutched their briefcases, priests and nuns headed towards the cathedral, musicians serenaded couples, street kids picked through the trash, prostitutes eyed potential clients and young families ate ice cream. It was the good, the bad and the ugly of Medellin concentrated into a square block with free seating and ample snacks.

The show was fascinating and inspired ...

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If you need a new passport or visa photo for you (or your dog!), we can easily work that into any individual studio session. We can do standard US passport images, as well as meet the unique requirements of any foreign country or embassy. Just let me know the details before the shoot, and we'll get a passport photo that will earn the envy of your fellow travelers and bring a smile to the face of the grumpiest TSA agent! There is no extra charge for this.

After your session when we're retouching your best portraits, we will also ...

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Working at a company where the mission is to make everyone's house a safe and healthy place must make people happy. I recently had a location headshot session at the Green and Healthy Housing Initiative in Baltimore and they were an extremely smiley bunch. This was a very good thing, because I had to photograph 40 people in the space of two hours. There was no time to turn on the Drenner charm if someone was having a bad day!

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