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. 

 

 

 

Holiday Party at the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center

One of my clients held a fantastic holiday party at the The Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.  I didn't realize that the The Udvar-Hazy Center hosted parties until I was asked to photograph this event.  We used the Discovery Space Shuttle as a backdrop for family portraits,   And the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird served as the background for dinner and dancing.  


IDEA World Conference Event Photography in LosAngeles, CA

I made my annual trip to the west coast to photograph the IDEA World Conference in LA.  This year featured Jillian Michaels, Beto Perez (creator of Zumba), and Todd Durkin.

The IDEA World Conference attracts over 12,000 personal trainers, group fitness instructors, mind-body professionals, owners and managers, and world renowned experts from every corner of the globe coming together for the most powerful event in the industry.

Jenna Wolfe, from the NBC Today Show, was presented with the Jack LaLanne Award.  


Kickoff Meeting Photography and Linkedin Portraits

Westfields Marriot Chantilly VA Event Meeting Photographer Linkedin Portrait
Linkedin Portrait Headshot Reston VA

One of my clients was having their annual kickoff meeting at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, VA.  The meeting was unique in that they had about a half dozen of their younger consultants give five minute presentations and their sideshow had to be 20 slides with each slide showing on the screen for 15 seconds.  This ensured that every presentation was sharp, focused, and to the point.  It really seemed to work well, the audience was very attentive and seemed to enjoy the format.

Since we had most of the employees of the consulting firm at the meeting, the marketing director had a great idea, setup a studio outside the meeting room in the lobby of the Westfields Marriott and allow people to get new headshots done for their Linkedin profile and for other internal uses.  Many of the "selfies" that employees use for their Linkedin profile tend to be a bit crude and not that professional looking.  I photographed 90 employees in less than 60 minutes while everyone was enjoying food and refreshments after the meeting. 

Westfields Marriot Chantilly VA Event Meeting Photographer Linkedin Portrait
Linkedin Portrait Headshot Reston VA
Westfields Marriot Chantilly VA Event Meeting Photographer Linkedin Portrait
Westfields Marriot Chantilly VA Event Meeting Photographer Linkedin Portrait
Westfields Marriot Chantilly VA Event Meeting Photographer Linkedin Portrait

North American Gas Forum Event in Washington, DC

The North American Gas Forum 2013 had almost 200 industry leaders in Washington DC for unique dialogue and two days of first-hand insights, information and knowledge exchange about the natural gas industry.  I was asked the photograph the two day event last October.  

When I photograph these events you have to ask yourself as a photographer is how is the client going to use the images, and what do they want their clients to get from this event.  So in the case of this event the client was going to use the photos to promote the same event for 2014.  The client wants prospective clients to see that they have industry leading speakers, the event is very interactive, there is a lot of networking among attendees, and that their is plenty of downtime time to informally chat with other attendees.  

I also realize that clients want some abstract photos for their websites and marketing materials.  The first photo below of a closeup of the microphone.  This photo is now being used by Energy Dialagues, the company the produces the event, on their home page.   

Washington DC Event conference photographer

Washington DC Event conference photographer

 

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IDEA World Fitness Convention - Los Angeles - August 2013

Attendance at IDEA’s annual World Fitness Convention™ has grown from the original 600 to over 5,000.  This year it was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  From a photographer's perspective, it is the highlight of my year.  It is three and a half days of energy, motion, and inspiration and my job is to capture it through images. 

There are so many great sessions going on that the biggest challenge is to try to cover the right sessions and stay long enough to capture the high energy and inspirational moments.   The days fly by.  

One of the most fun sessions was in the Showcase Room with Shaun T (creator of the very popular INSANITY DVD workout), Tony Horton, and Chalene Johnson.  They each came out individually and did an amazing workout with over 1000 people in the room.  My daughter has Shaun T's DVD set and was extremely envious that I saw him LIVE. 

DC and VA Event Photographer

 

DC and VA Event Photographer

 

DC and VA Event Photographer

 

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Reston Hyatt Hotel Holiday Party Event Photography | VA Photographer

One of my clients decided to hold their Holiday Party in January to avoid all the conflicts and cost of trying to put on the same event in December when everyone else is trying to hold their party.  I photographed the event which was at the Hyatt Hotel in Reston, VA.  

They did a great job organizing the event.  The food was great, they gave away great prizes, the DJ kept the dance floor going, and to top it off they had a casino night which was a big hit.  

Reston VA Event Photographer

Reston VA Event Photographer

Reston VA Event Photographer

Reston VA Event Photographer

Reston VA Event Photographer

Reston VA Event Photographer

Reston VA Event Photographer

Reston VA Event Photographer

Reston VA Event Photographer

Reston VA Event Photographer

Reston VA Event Photographer

Reston VA Event Photographer

Reston VA Event Photographer

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McLean VA Hilton Hotel Holiday Party | VA Photographer

ASCE held their annual holiday party at the McLean VA Hilton Hotel.  Over 200 employees and their guests enjoyed a great evening of good food, good drinks, good dancing, good friends and most of all good cheer.  Awards were given out for years of service, and a raffle was held with the grand prize being an Apple Ipad II!

McLean VA Event Photographer Hilton Hotel

McLean VA Event Photographer Hilton Hotel

 

McLean VA Event Photographer Hilton Hotel

McLean VA Event Photographer Hilton Hotel

McLean VA Event Photographer Hilton Hotel

McLean VA Event Photographer Hilton Hotel

McLean VA Event Photographer Hilton Hotel

McLean VA Event Photographer Hilton Hotel