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Workshop "Splotch-Light" Challenge | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

October 28, 2017 - SPLOTCH-LIGHT / SPOTLIGHT. On Friday, Michael Dunphy and I finished co-teaching our "Fall Environmental Portraits with...
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At Night with a Bloody Knife Portrait | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

October 28, 2017 - SUSAN -- CAUGHT ON CAMERA -- ON THE PLAZA, WITH A KNIFE, AT NIGHT. (It's called abetting when you help set it all up!)...
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Kiss of Flash Portraiture Workshop | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

October 18, 2017 - A "MRS P" WORKSHOP: FALL ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITS WITH A KISS OF FLASH by Roger Hammons, Ph.D., M.Photog., CPP and Mich...
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More Portraiture Workshop Fun | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

October 12, 2017 - WHAT THE ATTENDEES SAID: "Excellent class. Learned a lot in one day." -- Cybil L. "The workshop was wonderful! Both Ro...
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October Portraiture Workshop | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

September 26, 2017 - WHAT A DIFFERENCE A FLASH MAKES! Today Michael and I finished our preparations for a new class on outdoor studio portra...
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Rain Man | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

September 21, 2017 - POUR IT ON. Recently, my friend Philip Brasch invited me to help teach a night-time portraiture class for the Northern...
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DMV Bagpiper | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

September 18, 2017 - THIS MAN SKIRLS! For our "One Light Wonderful" studio portraiture workshop sponsored by Blue World Media, co-instructor...
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DMV Troubadour | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

September 15, 2017 - GUITAR PLAYING MAN. On Thursday, as part of my "One Light Wonderful" studio portraiture workshop (sponsored by Blue Wor...
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Portrait of the Benin Ambassador | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

September 02, 2017 - DISTINGUISHED PRESENCE. It was my great honor to start September with a portrait session for Ambassador Hector Posset,...
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Finding Lovely Environmental Portrait Locations | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

July 30, 2017 - POCKETS OF PERFECTION I love the "doing" of a portrait session, whether in studio or on location. The collaboration bet...
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A Still Life Arrangement Challenge | Northern Virginia Commercial Photographer

June 15, 2017 - CHALLENGING THE RECTANGLE! When I received the "Harry Potter" themed party decor set created by Give ‘Em Props Studios,...
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Teen Model Lydia in Street Clothes | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

June 12, 2017 - QUIET PRESENCE. This is the first portrait I took of 15-year-old Lydia as part of my joint project with Gallery252 and...
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Teen Model Amina in Fur | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

June 06, 2017 - IMPOSING PRINCESS. On Sunday, I photographed two teenage sisters, Lydia and Amina, as part of a joint project with Gall...
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Beautiful Lydia in Hijab | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

June 05, 2017 - A LOVELY PRESENCE. This past Sunday, I photographed two teenage sisters, Lydia and Amina, as part of a joint project wi...
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California Street Photography | Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer

June 03, 2017 - On a recent business trip, I was able to spend time in Santa Monica, my first visit to a favorite place in a very long t...
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New Portrait Lighting Tricks | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

May 30, 2017 - SOMETHING OLD | NEW | BORROWED | BLUE Invention is rare in portraiture. As photographers, we're constantly observing an...
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Serendipitous Portrait Session | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

May 22, 2017 - SWEET SERENDIPITY! While co-instructing an Existing Light Portraiture workshop with my friend Philip, I happened to not...
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Existing Light Portraiture Workshop | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

May 22, 2017 - ANOTHER EXCITING DAY OF TEACHING! My friend Philip and I just completed teaching a fun workshop on existing light portr...
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Emily's Super 1-Day Umbrella Portrait | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

May 10, 2017 - SHE'S GOT YOU COVERED! Wow, what a fabulous "PPA Super 1-Day" workshop my friend Michael and I just taught at my Loudou...
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Ashburn Portrait Photography Workshop | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

April 25, 2017 - KUDOS FROM OUR PRIOR PHOTOGRAPHY SEMINARS "Roger and Michael hit it out of the park as they demonstrated how to take pr...
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Studio Portraiture Workshop | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

April 10, 2017 - HANDS-ON INTRODUCTION TO STUDIO PORTRAITURE. On Tuesday, May 9, my friend Michael and I will be teaching an all-day wor...
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How to Take Better Children's Photos: Tip 3

September 19, 2016 - TIP #3. LET THEM BE Once you've found great light (see Tip 1) and a background that accentuates your subject (see Tip 2...
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How to Take Better Children's Photos: Tip 2

September 12, 2016 - TIP #2. SIMPLIFY THE BACKGROUND It's all about the storytelling. A confusing background competes with the subject for t...
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How to Take Better Children's Photos: Tip 1

September 05, 2016 - TIP #1. LOOK FOR GOOD LIGHT Harsh lighting makes for harsh portraits, which isn't fun for the child, the photographer,...
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Retouching Natural Beauty | Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer

August 04, 2016 - HOW MUCH TO RETOUCH? Today's Washington Post contained an article about Chinese beauty apps that automatically enhance...
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ABC Blocks for Baby Portraits | Northern Virginia Family Photographer

June 02, 2016 - PLAY THE ABC NAME GAME CHALLENGE! For Emilia's 6-month Watch Me Grow! portrait session, I wanted to create some photogr...
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Salute to Spring

April 02, 2016 - My wife wanted Spring photographs for a home decorating project but wasn't happy with the photographs of forsythia she'd...
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Photographing Names

November 14, 2015 - THE TECHNICAL CHALLENGES OF BEING UNOBSTRUSIVE I was recently hired to help photograph a convention and gala dinner in...
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Best Reasons for an Engagement Session

December 30, 2014 - WHY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHS? There are many very good reasons to schedule an engagement session with your wedding photog...
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Wedding Portraits at West Belmont Place | Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer

November 16, 2014 - MARIA & JERRY: WEDDING DAY PORTRAITS DISPLAYED AT WEST BELMONT PLACE For Visit Loudoun's first self-guided wedding tour...
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Jelks Family at the Beach | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

October 29, 2014 - SUMMER BEACH PORTRAITS In August, I had not wanted to let Summer end without posting a beach family portrait session. B...
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Courtney & Andrew Engagement | Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer

August 19, 2014 - GREAT FALLS, VIRGINIA REALLY IS FOR LOVERS! As enthusiastic backpackers, hikers, and kayakers, Courtney and Andrew real...
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Winery Engagement Session | Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer

July 09, 2014 - WINERY AT BULL RUN ENGAGEMENT SESSION Carol and David chose the Winery at Bull Run for their summer-time engagement ses...
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Briana and Shaun Engagement | Ashburn Virginia Wedding Photographer

July 02, 2014 - PERFECT ROMANTIC SPRINGTIME Sweet romance, verdant foliage, and beautiful yellow flowers graced Briana and Shaun's rece...
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Hindu Wedding Decor | Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer

June 10, 2014 - ELEGANT WEDDING DECOR What stunning decor Mehdi and Amina created for Jaynika and Boney's wedding at the Hilton Washing...
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