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This month’s OFFICE HOURS will be a bit of a free-for-all (yes, the museum is still free, but you still gotta pay for coffee) but let’s talk about you. Please pop in between 12pm and 2 pm if you can to talk about what we, as a chapter, can do for you. We have tons of ideas for events in the new year but in order to really have perfect vision in 2020 (get it?) we need to hear from you! This is your chapter and you get the most out of it when you participate!

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You’ve worked so hard all year, now it’s time to party. Please join us on December 10th at a Top Secret Location (to be announced shortly) for our annual holiday get together. This year we’ll be sticking antlers on APA National Executive Directior, Juliette Wolf-Robbin, who will be in D.C. meeting with law makers and other industry-types to advocate for us! Let’s show her why the D.C. Chapter is growing and getting better every year!

This is a members only (plus one) event so if you haven’t officially joined APA yet, now’s the perfect time!

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Coffee Break - September 19 - National Gallery of Art
11:30 AM11:30

Coffee Break - September 19 - National Gallery of Art

  • National Gallery of Art, lower level cafe (map)
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If you haven't been to one of our Coffee Breaks you don't know what you're missing!

Okay, well, here's what you're missing, just so you'll know: a particularly good looking group of talented photographers chatting and sharing ideas and insights about the industry– often inspiring; sometimes cathartic; never dull. And, COFFEE!

This month we’ll start wrapping our heads around the ideas of showing our work to others, particularly portfolio reviews. Find out what works for others, and share some of your own.

After we wrap up the discussion, we’ll dust the croissant crumbs from our shirts and go check out "By the Light of the Silvery Moon", an exhibit of 100+ years of lunar photography. Do you know a lot about lunar photography? I sure don't, but let's learn more together! Email Erika Nizborski or Matthew Rakola for more information

Thursday, September 19th : 11:30 am – 1 pm ish.

National Gallery of Art, lower level cafe


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Welcome to the first of our monthly Office Hours at the Kogod Gallery


APA|DC Open Office Hours

8/14, 12-2 pm, Kogod Courtyard next to the National Portrait Gallery. No theme this month, just stop by to talk about the industry, photography in general, or whatever comes up!

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A Beginners Guide to Photography Assisting & Second Shooting Part II Workshop
1:00 PM13:00

A Beginners Guide to Photography Assisting & Second Shooting Part II Workshop


APA’s mission is to help educate the next generation of visual communicators. In that effort, APA DC is hosting Part II: A hands-on workshop on assisting with mock shoot demonstrations.

The workshop will have a talented panel of Professional Photographers who will discuss what they look for in an assistant and cover a basic introduction to assisting: Roles/responsibilities, set etiquette, attire, second shooting, digital tech, introduction to gear, best business practices and much more. This is sure to be a great opportunity for aspiring photographers who want to learn what working Pros are looking for in an assistant in the current market.

Light refreshments and Lunch will be provided.

Topics that will be covered

  • Studio Etiquette

  • Camera & Lighting Review

  • Non-Camera gear/grip Review

  • How commercial sets operate

  • How to work with equipment rental studios

  • Working with Stylists and Makeup Artists

  • APA Pros Tips and Hacks

  • Mock Shoot Demonstrations

Workshop: Friday, July 13th 1 pm -6 pm Where: Hoist Studio 2807 Merrilee Dr, Suite E, Fairfax, VA 22031

Registration: APA Members: $15.00, General Public: $20

Register Here

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A Beginners Guide to Photography Assisting & Second Shooting
6:00 PM18:00

A Beginners Guide to Photography Assisting & Second Shooting


APA’s mission is to help educate the next generation of visual communicators. In that effort, APA DC is hosting 2 sessions: Presentation & Panel and a hands-on workshop with mock shoot demonstrations.

The Presentation & Panel will begin with a talented panel of Professional Photographers who will discuss what they look for in an assistant and cover a basic introduction to assisting: Roles/responsibilities, set etiquette, rates, attire, second shooting, digital tech, introduction to gear, best business practices and much more. There will also be a Q&A after the presentation. This is sure to be a great opportunity for aspiring photographers who want to learn what working Pro’s are looking for in an assistant in the current market. Light refreshments will be provided.

Questions and topics the panel will cover:

  • How an aspiring assistant should approach a photographer

  • How to get your first assistant job

  • How do I find photographers to work for?

  • What rate an assistant should charge

  • What is the difference between a tech and an assistant?

  • How long should I wait to get paid?

  • What do you look for in a photographer you work for?

  • What questions should an assistant ask when called for a job?

  • What do you say if asked if you are a photographer too?

  • What do you do if you have to make a call? Cell phones on set?

  • Networking and social media?

  • How should you dress/appear?

  • Travel, Overtime, Cancellations?

  • Assistants as employees/freelancers?

  • How and should an assistant be picking up gear and equipment before & after the shoot

  • Interns? Are they paid?

Presentation & Panel: Friday, June 14th 6 pm -9 pm

Where: Studiowerks 415B Walker Ct SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

APA Member: $15 Non-Member: $20

Get your tickets here

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Traveling with Photography Gear
6:30 PM18:30

Traveling with Photography Gear


Traveling for your next assignment? Do you need to get yourself as well as your gear to a job seven states away?

Join us as photographer Ramon Purcell outlines how to pack your gear and survive air travel all while making your job deadlines.  Find out which airlines are friendliest to photographers, how to obtain reduced baggage fees, how to avoid travel restrictions and how to fit all you need into protective cases.

Ramon has over 20 years of experience in the photography business, focusing on industry, architectural, food and hospitality sectors. He has worked for clients such as Hilton, Marriott, Whole Foods, Nestle, Ford and Google.

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Where: StudioWerksDC, 415B Walker Court SE, Washington, DC 20003

Time: Doors at 6:30 p.m. Event begins at 7 p.m.

Cost: $15 APA Leader/Professional Members; $25 APA Associate/Supporter/Contributor Members; $20 Students (with valid ID); $45 General Public



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Creative Space: Pricing and Negotiating
6:30 PM18:30

Creative Space: Pricing and Negotiating


Photographers: Once you get that request for an estimate, what’s next? How do you turn that potential client request into paying work? How do you calculate the value of your work? What are the best negotiating tactics for landing the job?

Join us as Craig Oppenheimer, an executive producer at Wonderful Machine, presents insights into estimating photography jobs as well as negotiation principals for dealing with clients. Craig works on hundreds of estimates each year, collaborating with photographers around the world and working with some of the most prominent agencies and brands. In addition to working for Wonderful Machine, a production company with a network of over 700 photographers, his write-ups have been featured on the popular professional photography resource blog,

When: Thursday, March 7, 2019

Where: StudioWerksDC, 415B Walker Court SE, Washington, DC 20003

Time: Doors at 6:30 p.m. Event begins at 7 p.m.


$15 APA Leader/Professional Members; $25 APA Associate/Supporter/Contributor Members; $20 Students (with valid ID); $45 General Public

Register on Eventbrite HERE

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Creative Industry Happy Hour
6:30 PM18:30

Creative Industry Happy Hour


Announcing our fifth annual creative industry happy hour specifically where members of APA|DC and ASMP|DC will host members of AAF DC (American Advertising Federation), AIGA DC (American Institute of Graphic Arts), AMA DC (American Marketing Association) and other specially invited art directors, photo editors, and creatives.

This is not a job interview or the time to show your portfolio, but rather a chance to get to know our counterparts in the agency, publishing, and communications world in a relaxing environment. So, leave your books at home and get ready to meet some really interesting image creators and users.

When: Tuesday, February 19,  6:30–9pm

Where: Local 16 (1602 U Street, Washington, DC)

Cost: $15, advance registration only. This includes one drink and light food.


Register Here for the Event


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Coffee Break
11:30 AM11:30

Coffee Break


Join us at 11:30 AM on Friday 2/15 for a Coffee Break at the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art to view Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Works 1940 - 1950. It's a chance to stretch your legs, look at some fantastic work, and talk about a topics relevant to what we do as photographers. We will meet in in the West Building, Ground Floor, Outer Tier  informal discussion on looking forward to 2017.

This event is free. You can RSVP on Eventbrite here.

WHEN: Friday 2/15/19 @ 11:30 AM

WHERE: Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, West Building, Ground Floor, Outer Tier

CLOSEST METRO: Green/ Yellow Line Navy Memorial/ Archives stop

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2018 Members-Only Holiday Party
6:00 PM18:00

2018 Members-Only Holiday Party

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Join us on 12/19 for our Annual Members-Only Holiday Party at the MadHatter. APA|DC member can bring a +1 and will receive 2 drink tickets. Light fare will also be available.


StudioWerksDC has donated 2x 3-hour bookings at its Capitol Hill studio space that will be raffled off during the evening.

We encourage all members to send us your top 5 photos from 2018 for us to loop on a slideshow during the party.
Email your images to Jen Cubas:

Where: The MadHatter  - 1319 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036
When: 6:00 PM - ??
Closest Metro: Red Line Dupont Circle or Red Line Farragut North

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Third Annual APA|DC Portfolio Review
6:30 PM18:30

Third Annual APA|DC Portfolio Review


This is an acceptance only portfolio review for professional commercial and editorial photographers at Busboys and Poets, 450 K Street NW. This is a once-a-year opportunity to share new work and meet with creatives from around the Washington, DC area, one-on-one. Afterwards, stay to hang out for a social hour with the reviewers.

Each participant will have (3) 17 minute reviews with some of the top creatives in the region from organizations and companies including AARP, Ogilvy, Capital One, Subject Matter, The Washington Post, Under Armor and more. There is a possibility that additional review slots will become available, a la carte, in October.

WHEN        October 18th – 6:30 – 9:00. First reviews begin promptly at 7 pm.

WHERE     Busboys and Poets, 450 K Street, NW. 

PRICING    APA Professionals/Leaders: $75; APA Associate/Supporter/Contributor: $95; General Public: $125 


The Reviewers (alphabetical by company):

1. Michael Witchita - AARP

2. Tina Caye – Capital One

3. Ambica Prakash - Eighty2degrees

4. Cory Lawrence –Freelance

5.  Jamin Hoyle – Freelance

6. Richard Bloom - Huge Inc

7. Jeff Kibler - Imagination

8. Chris Just - Marriner Marketing

9. Jen Smith - MCI Group

10. Molly Roberts - National Geographic

11.  Jill Foley – National Geographic Books

12. Kevin Richards + Jason Free – Subject Matter

13. Xang Mimi Ho - Under Armor

14. Gretchen Carswell – Van Metre Homes

15. Jennifer Beeson-Gregory - The Washington Post

16. Clark Fairfield - Yes&

See the Reviewer Bios here ....


There are several steps in the process, so please read and follow each step completely. Questions? Email Jen Cubas at or Jason Hornick at

Step 1) Submit your Website for Consideration.

In order to keep these reviews as competitive as possible, all participants are required to submit their websites for acceptance into the reviews. Website reviews will be conducted by an affiliated APA chapter representative and participants will be notified within 24 hours of submitting whether or not they have been accepted. If you were accepted to the review last year, no need for this, go straight to Step 2. 

What we are looking for: Criteria for entry includes a working website that properly showcases a tightly edited body of work. The work should demonstrate a clear visual signature that shows what you would like to do as a photographer.

Submit your website to: at any time for review. There is no application fee.

Step 2) Register.

Upon acceptance, register as soon as your membership allows (i.e. Pro and Leader levels on 9/7.) There are a limited number of attendee slots available.


Registration Period Dates:

•  Professional & Leader level APA members – Friday, 9/7 and later;

• Other APA membership levels – Monday, 9/24 and later;

• General Public – Monday, 10/1 and later.

Step 3) Choose your Reviewers.

After registering, we will contact you to choose your top 5 preferred reviewers the week before the event (we are still confirming reviewers). You will be awarded three, 17-minute time slots. We will do everything we can to accommodate participant’s selections but we cannot guarantee specific reviewers. Choices will be awarded in the order you register.

Registration ends at midnight on October 17th. Final schedules will be sent to attendees by Monday October 15th at the latest.

Step 4) Preparation

We will share tips and strategies leading up to the portfolio reviews as well as updates to our list of reviewers via our social media. Please follow us!

Step 5) Attendance

The reviews will begin promptly at 7 pm. Busboys and Poets, 450 K Street, NW,  is located in the NOMA neighborhood. There is garage parking nearby, as well as four blocks from METRO’s Mount Vernon Square-7th Street-Convention Center stop. Please give yourself time to come in and get settled before the event begins. Drinks and food will be available for purchase from Busboys and Poets. 

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Industry Happy Hour
6:00 PM18:00

Industry Happy Hour

  • James Hoban's Irish Restaurant (map)
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Come join APA|DC along with ASMP, WPOW and WHNPA for a join Happy hour on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 at James Hoban's in Dupont Circle. Come grab some drinks, catch up, recount, scheme and maybe find your next job.

Thursday, Sept. 27, 6–9 (and beyond)

James Hoban's Irish Restaurant and Bar,

1 Dupont Circle, Washington, DC

(closest METROS: Dupont and Farragut West)

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Peer Portfolio Review
7:00 PM19:00

Peer Portfolio Review

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Join us on Saturday August 22 for a Peer Portfolio Review at HOIST STUDIO in Fairfax, VA.  


Show your work to other photographers including veteran photographers working in all genres. This review is a great opportunity to get honest feedback on your work or build your portfolio in preparation for the Third Annual APA|DC Portfolio Review on October 17th.

Share your thoughts on your peers' work. We can all use a fresh set of eyes on our images and can benefit from hearing constructive feedback from different points of view.

Learn from those who have been around the block a time or two. (Or three or four). Pick up tips on showing work to a creative (hint: breath mints!) and see what kinds of portfolio presentations other photographers are using.


This is an informal portfolio review event for all photography levels. Bring your portfolio in any format, on any medium. This is an opportunity to get honest feedback on your work before you show it to potential clients. We'll have tables set up and experienced APA members will begin reviewing work right away. There's plenty of time for conversation and learning to develop organically, so be prepared to look, listen and learn. 


Wednesday, August 22, 7 pm – 9 PM

 HOIST Rental Studio

2807 Merrilee Drive Suite E, Fairfax VA 22031

Closest Metro:  Orange Line / Dunn Loring-Merrifield


  • FREE to attend. RSVP Required. 


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Working with a Retoucher - How to Shoot for Post Production
6:30 PM18:30

Working with a Retoucher - How to Shoot for Post Production


Working with a Retoucher - How to Shoot for Post Production

Join retoucher and digital artist Jeff Glotzl for an insightful presentation how to best approach a photo shoot when working with a retoucher. Jeff will help unlock the process from budgeting for post production, to best practices while shooting, to workflow with a retoucher from start to finish.


Time: Doors at 6:30 p.m. Presentation at 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, May 16 - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Hoist Studios, 2807 Merrilee Drive, Suite E, Fairfax, VA 22031

Price: $10 APA Members / $25 General Public

For tickets, click here.


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Creative Industry Happy Hour
6:30 PM18:30

Creative Industry Happy Hour

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Local 16
1602 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Program: 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM

APA Member $15.00
At the door:
APA Member $15.00

The fourth annual DC Creative Happy Hour... "Let's buy them a Drink!"

A members only event hosted by APA DC and ASMP DC. You must be an current member in order to attend this event. 

The DC chapters of APA and ASMP have invited AAF DC, AIGA, AMA DC, and other movers and shakers in the industry for drinks, light conversation, and general good cheer. Meet and connect with designers, art directors, photo editors, photographers and other members of DC's growing visual creative industry.

Your registration fee entitles you to one drink and also buys a drink for one of our "gatekeeper" guests! Lite fare will also be provided.


Please no portfolios, this is a good cheer networking event. Let's keep it friendly. If you wish to have a photo projected during the event please email a medium sized jpg (1200px) to Subject: Creative HH Photo.

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Capture One Workshop
9:00 AM09:00

Capture One Workshop

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Capture One Workshop

Come join us for a in-depth training of Capture One Pro Version 11, the raw converter and image editing software developed from Phase One. Capture One continues to lead the way in RAW file image editing. The software is the  industry standard for commercial photography.

Capture One 11 introduces an updated processing engine, market-leading performance, and powerful new features. The highly responsive tools give you the power to create stunning images from your camera’s RAW files, in a time-saving workflow that can be customized to fit your needs. Capture One 11 is made by Phase One, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end digital camera systems, in collaboration with the world’s leading professional photographers.

Through the first all day session, Capture One Integration instructors will teach the ins and outs of the software including tethered capture, image processing and image organization and workflow.

The second session will be a one-on-one mentoring day with examples and further instruction from APA DC Members, Cameron Davidson and Carlton Wolfe. (Second session is contingent upon attending the first session.)



Saturday, January 20, 2018;  9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Saturday, January 27th, 2018;  9 a.m. until 3 p.m.


January 20th:

Renee Comet’s Studio, 2141 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC 20007

January 27th:

HOIST Studio, 2807 Merrilee Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031

Pricing: $99 for Leaders/Professional APA members; $125 for other APA members; $150 for the general public

Registration: Begins December 11th for Leaders/Professional APA members; January 2nd for all APA members; January 8th for general public. Only 20 spaces available so register early to get a spot.

Eventbrite Link:


Capture Integration is the source for high-end digital photographic consultation, sales, training, support and rental in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, and New England. Capture Integration offers the industry’s most exclusive brands including Phase One, Mamiya Leaf, Hasselblad, Cambo, ALPA, Sinar, Profoto, Broncolor, Leica, Canon, Eizo and Arca Swiss. They have developed a software with the ambition of enabling you to achieve your creative vision through a smooth, efficient workflow; making it the professional’s choice in imaging software.

Steve Hendrix With 16 years experience at Imacon, SinarBron, Phase One, and now at Capture Integration (since 2009), Steve has built an international reputation as a straight shooting expert on high end photographic solutions and workflows. As an industry analyst and hands-on user, Steve understands the possibilities and limitations of photographic equipment in real world terms, rather than marketing data sheet claims. Most importantly, Steve’s core belief is that high end equipment should always be married to high end service. “Capture Integration is a perfect environment for me, a company that top to bottom embraces the very best technology solutions, but critically, combines that with the hardest working, most knowledgeable, honest, and service-oriented people in our industry”.

Personally, Steve loves photography, and renovating…well, pretty much anything. Steve somehow lucked into being married to the #1 partner and wife in the known universe, and has an amazing daughter, who has her own family, including a devoted husband and 3 energetic sons. Throw in a goofy dog and 3 cats, (who have their own homemade external 12’ x 12’ cat enclosure), and Steve is kept busy, entertained, and fulfilled.

Brad Kaye started shooting with a SLR when he was twelve in the northern suburbs of Detroit and was doing in-camera-masked 4×5 composite images when he was seventeen. At that time he started to shoot commercially and assist architectural photographers, years before the viability of digital capture and personal computer based retouching, prepping him for the inevitable full transition to the digital workflow as a product and architectural photographer, digital asset manager of 120 Terabytes of images, retoucher and Adobe beta contributor for Photoshop and Lightroom. Completed a B.A. in Advertising from Michigan State while assisting, shooting and rebuilding car engines then 6/8th’s of the program at Portfolio Center in Atlanta, learning from the expertise of various established local photographers as part of his curriculum.

Passionate about educating his three children, inventing, problem-solving, collaborating, studying esoteric sciences, yoga and driving high (and excessively low) horsepower automobiles, Brad has returned to Atlanta after the conclusion of a three year ‘northern experiment’ of relocating his Savannah-native wife to the solid weeks of negative double digit winter temperatures in Michigan. Will miss hand chopping cords of wood for the fireplace, just a little bit… still has the axe, just in case.

Cameron Davidson is a co-founder of the APA DC chapter. Known for his aerial and location imagery, Cameron has shot around the world for a healthy mix of corporate, editorial and advertising clients.  He has published six books and his images were recently selected, for the forth time, to appear in the Lurzer’s 200 Best Advertising Photographers Worldwide. His work has also been published in Photo, Communications Arts and American Photo annuals. In 2012, the U.S. Postal Service published his aerial of Blackwater Refuge  in the Earthscapes series of forever stamps. He has shot on assignment for Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Nature Conservancy, Wired, Audubon among others.

Carlton Wolfe is a board member of APA DC and has been behind one camera or another for 21 years and is currently based out of Washington DC. He is the creator of HOIST studio and the founder of the Aesthete Equipment Company. In a related industry, Carlton is also the creator of ImageMIST, which is a sales, distribution, and management tool for intellectual property.

Renée Comet is a noted advertising photographer specializing in food photography. Whatever the subject, her visual treatment can best be described as uncomplicated, fluid, and elegant. Her distinctive work has appeared in advertising, packaging, cookbooks and digital content. Some of her clients include: PopCorners, FoodNetwork, Glutino, Australian Lamb, Marriott International, USDA, Ritz-Carlton, US Postal Service and American Diabetes.

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Landing The Job with Blinkbid's Lou Lesko
7:30 PM19:30

Landing The Job with Blinkbid's Lou Lesko


Join us on Tuesday, November 7th at Dupont Underground for an evening with Lou Lesko from Blink Bid. Add a business related event to your FotoWeek schedule!


Dupont Underground (Entrance next to the Starbucks on the north side of the circle)


Doors open at 7, presentation starts at 7:30


Tickets for APA Members: $10.00, Tickets for Non-Members: $15.00

You can purchase your tickets HERE.


About the event:


The photo industry is going through radical changes. Getting a commercial photography job requires more savvy than ever. You need to know how to write treatments, produce library shoots, and understand the future of usage licenses.

BlinkBid founder, Lou Lesko will be presenting a hardcore, no-holds-barred practical seminar on the expectations for landing a job in the current market. He will present a real world brief from art producer Suzee Barrabee, formerly of Goodby, as well as the treatment and the three versions of the bid it took to win the job.

After the event, the entire presentation will be available to everyone to use as reference for your own jobs. If ever there was an opportunity to get a true view of the industry, this is it.

About Lou:

Lou Lesko is an American entrepreneur who began as a photographer and writer. He started by shooting pictures in the fashion industry and then expanded his métier to include photojournalism so he could travel to splendid places on someone else's dime. His work has been published worldwide and has been recognized as "pretty gosh darn good" by a few award bestowing associations.

He is a graduate of the University of Southern California's writing program, a Lowell Thomas Award winner for photojournalism, and a former editor at National Geographic Assignment. His latest project is BlinkBid, the world's best bidding and production software for creatives.

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