A few years ago, I did the official holiday portrait for Vice President Joe Biden and family. I first met the uber-charming Dr. Jill Biden and her staff while photographing an event at the VP's residence for the Red Cross. Two years later, they thought of me when they were looking for a portrait photographer to do some family photos for their annual holiday card.
(Below you can see an awkward photo of me, Dr. Jill and Santa Claus from that day.)
I started 2020 with a massive location shoot at the DC Bar. We photographed almost 100 people, had a team of makeup artists and photo assistants, and (of course) snacks flown in from an array of Michelin three star restaurants.
Despite the frenetic pace, I had a great time with the friendly staff and learned a lot about their good works. In addition to organizing pro bono work, the bar also does things like provide therapists (legal work can be very stressful) and provide ongoing legal training.
I photographed everyone against a classic grey background and …
Earlier this year (before the current zombie apocalypse!) I had a great shoot with the team at Knowledge to Practice. They do the important work of helping our doctors stay up-to-date on the latest training and information. They were a fun bunch of folks to work with, and photograph very nicely too!
After doing everyone's headshots, we did some shots of the K2P team in action to give them some additional images for their website.
Last year (yes I'm behind on my blogging!) I had the pleasure of photographing a new crop of McLarty Scholars down at the Capitol.
Photographs at the Capitol are bread and butter work for any DC photographer, and I've shot enough of them to pay my Netflix subscription for a few decades. Still, the shots can be tricky to pull off, especially if you bring portable lighting. Set up in the wrong spot and you're likely to be run off by the Capitol Police or trampled by a horde of tourists from Omaha.
Earlier this year I went on the road for the American Red Cross. My assignment was to photograph people who had been helped by Red Cross blood transfusions. They would later use my images in fundraising emails and advertisements.
One of my favorite subjects was Hannah, a vibrant 15-year-old from Wichita who has beaten leukemia with the help of over fifty (fifty!) transfusions. She and her family were incredibly generous with their time, and I got to spend a day following her around, photographing everything from family cookouts to shopping trips.