Austin Party Band

One of the things I love about being a photographer is the ability to get some awesome shots for friends. I recently traveled to Austin, Texas, to meet up with a couple of friends from the Marine Corps. One of my buddies now plays in the Austin Party Band. If you’re ever in Austin, you should check them out. They are very talented and a lot of fun!

Corporate Headshots

Quality corporate headshots are a great way to convey your professionalism. I recently had the pleasure of photographing the team at Graves-Light Private Wealth Management. Getting to know your subjects helps you, as the photographer, to capture their personality. Some people are laid back. Some are more serious. I do my best to reveal a bit of my subject’s personality in their headshot.

Trip to Louisville

We took a family trip to Louisville, Ky. It’s so nice to see how much the city has improved over the years. Louisville is a wonderful city and has a lot to offer. Some of my favorite spots are:

  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

  • Churchill Downs

  • The Bourbon Trail

  • Big Four Pedestrian Bridge

  • Fourth Street Live!

  • Louisville Zoo

  • Belle of Louisville

There really is something for everyone.

Where we love is home — home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes

Cherry Blossoms

Photographing the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin is usually a case of hit-and-miss with some luck thrown in. The place is swarming with photographers. And this year, we had some strong wind gusts that made capturing the blossoms’ beauty more difficult. Still, I enjoy the challenge of searching for interesting perspectives.

Early Morning in D.C.

I love photographing Washington, D.C., in the early morning. I challenge myself to find different perspectives each time I go. The cherry blossoms have not peaked yet, but it was good to go to the Tidal Basin for some intelligence gathering. I just hope I can get a good spot next week.

You NEED a Professional Headshot

Whether you are the CEO or not, you are the face of your company. Okay, maybe not THE face, but A face. People will judge you and your company based on how you look. We don’t like to admit it, but it’s human nature to judge a book by its cover. We do it all the time.

A series of experiments by Princeton psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov reveal that all it takes is a tenth of a second to form an impression of a stranger from their face, and that longer exposures don’t significantly alter those impressions (although they might boost your confidence in your judgments).
— Association for Psychological Science

But more importantly than being the face of your company, you are the face of YOU! Your headshot represents who you are and what you value. Regardless of whether you use your headshot on your company website, social media, or even on your business card, you are always representing your business.

There are several reasons you need a professional-looking headshot:

  1. It conveys your professionalism.

  2. It shows people your personality and approachability.

  3. It's a visual reminder of who you are and what you look like.

  4. A current headshot is authentic.

  5. A high quality image of yourself boosts your self confidence.

Get your new headshot today!

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March Madness

I shot and edited an internal communications video for Splunk’s NCAA March Madness Bracket Challenge. Splunk is a great company that focuses on taking care of its employees. Their workspace in McLean is open and casual. I bet the employees there really enjoy their jobs. Splunk has been named on the Forbes Digital 100 list as one of the top companies shaping the world’s digital economy.

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Alaska

One year ago, I was preparing for my photo trip to the Arctic Circle. I found a great workshop leader and photo guide in David Shaw (david-w-shaw.com). I flew to Fairbanks, then we drove several hours north to Wiseman. It’s a small village of about 13 people. It was so nice to get away from the D.C. area and enjoy some quiet time. While we were walking around the village, I would stop and listen to the silence. No traffic. No people. No wind. Dead silence. Relaxing! I saw lots of birds and a couple of snowshoe hares. On the way back to Fairbanks, I finally saw some moose. One was in the middle of the road looking for an escape route back into the woods. The trip was such a great experience. I hope to return to Alaska someday.

Family Headshots

I love headshots. Who says headshots are only for executives, LinkedIn profiles, or social media? Headshots are a great way to capture your loved ones every year. I hope my boys will cherish their headshots when they’re older as much as I do now.