IDEA Personal Trainer Institute - Bethesda, MD

I believe this is the seventh year that I have photographed the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute that is held every year in the Washington, DC area. 

Personal trainers, fitness professionals, owners and managers: learn what it takes to truly take their business and training skills to new heights. IDEA Personal Trainer Institute is where industry leaders show how they secure client and business success. From fitness assessment and program design to social media marketing and staff management.

This year it was held at the Marriott Conference Center in Bethesda, MD.  It was nice to photograph the event in a new facility.  

We setup a small studio in one of the hotel conference rooms every year to produce images that we hope will end up on the cover of next year's brochure and also to to be used for other marketing purposes.  Most of the time during the two days that I am photographing the event I am in live sessions capturing the action as it happens. 

Portraits, Headshots, Environmental Portraits ....

The majority of my business is portraiture.  I love the fact that I get to meet people from all walks of life, in different settings and all of them with their unique personality  

My challenge and greatest enjoyment is to get to know each individual and get a glimpse into their personality and hopefully capture it in an image that reflects who they are. 

Below are samples of a few of the people I have photographed over the last few months.  The are aspiring actresses and models, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, high powered lawyers, and even the Penn State Nittany Lion. 

Westwood Country Club Golf Course Photographs

I am a member of Westwood Country Club and they asked me to take some photographs of the newly renovated golf course.  A major course renovation was completed a few years ago, but the club decided that the bunkers needed further updating.  I waited for the Fall Colors to appear and at the crack of dawn I went out and took some beautiful photographs of the course.

GRAND OPENING - Henry's Sweet Retreat - Bethesda, MD.

Henry's Sweet Retreat is a candy market and dessert bar in Bethesda, MD.  Henry's is a modern version of a traditional candy store, plus much more. 

They had their Grand Opening on November 4, 2016.  The owners, Patty and Tom Craver, asked me to come by and photograph the store, the colorful candy, the baked goods, and the festivities. 

NAFSA Paul Simon Awards 2016


The 2016 Simon Award winners were recognized at a November 2016 ceremony in Washington, DC. This is the fifth year that I have the privilege of photographing the event. 

The Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization recognizes colleges and universities that are making significant, well-planned, well-executed, and well-documented progress toward comprehensive internationalization—especially those using innovative and creative approaches.



New York City Street Photography

I was in New York last weekend to visit my daughter.  I got there early on Friday before she got home from work so I decided to walk around New York and go into Street Photographer mode and capture some of the people and architecture that make NYC so unique.

IDEA WORLD Personal Trainer Conference

Another great year at the 2016 IDEA World Personal Trainer Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center.   This was my sixth IDEA World conference to photograph.  Next year will be their 35th anniversary and they will be holding the conference in Las Vegas.  That should be exciting to photograph.

This years conference included presentations / workouts from Todd Durkin, Jack Canfield, Cassey Ho, and Jillian Michaels.

Photographing this event is more like covering a sporting event like track and field, football, or basketball. You always have to anticipate where the action is going to occur and take the photograph a split second before it happens.

You can view all the photos I took at the conference by going here: .

Jack Welch Management Institute Commencement Ceremony

Strayer University's Jack Welch Management Institute celebrated their first commencement ceremony at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on Constitution Ave NW, in Washington, DC.  

Jack & Suzy Welch, Washington Redskins quarterback, Kirk Cousins, and Bloomberg Television news anchor, Betty Liu, all spoke at the ceremony. 




Arlington Cemetery Funeral Service

The father of a very good friend passed away last September. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1940. Upon graduation from Officer Candidate School in 1942, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in various assignments including the Pentagon and Allied Forces Central Europe Headquarters in Fontainebleau, France. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1965, as a Lieutenant Colonel.  

His funeral was held at Arlington Cemetery in June.  I was honored to be asked to photograph the service.  It was a beautiful day and a wonderful service. 

NAFSA 2016 Conference in Denver, CO

I just completed a five day photography shoot for NAFSA in Denver, CO at the Colorado Convention.  This was my first visit to Denver.  The weather was great, the people were very welcoming and the downtown area was very fun, entertaining, and clean.  

The was my fourth NAFSA conference and I get to see some old friends from prior years.  The current President of NAFSA, Fanta Aw, PhD, is stepping down from her position at NAFSA at the end of this year.  I have included a photo of the two of us below.  She and I have enjoyed a lot of laughs and good conversation over the last four years.  It won't be the same without her next year.  

The Plenary speakers were excellent this year,  David Brooks, Bryan Stevenson, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, and Noble Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi all gave inspiring speeches.  

And as I posted before, Aloe Blacc kicked off the event on Tuesday evening with a great performance.

Next year we are headed to Los Angeles at the LA Convention Center.  I have photographed a number of events there in the past.  A matter of fact, I will be there next month for the IDEA Personal Trainer Conference.