January 2013

January Featured Member: Cameron Davidson

Aerial and Portrait Photographer Cameron Davidson. Photo by Matthew Rakola

Interview and Portrait by Matthew Rakola

An Interview with Cameron Davidson

Cameron Davidson lives in Northern Virginia and shoots for clients all over the world. Cameron photographed, from the air, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed for twenty years. Chesapeake is one of six books of his collected work. While we at APA are especially fond of Cameron’s landscape and aerial photography, he produces stellar portraits as well. Visit our Facebook page as we feature Cameron’s work throughout the month of January.

How many years have you been in photography?

Quite a while now. I started shooting when I was 14 and never really looked back. I assisted (indentured servant?) to three photographers in the DC region, David Sharpe, Ross Chapple and a name I have wiped from my memory. I started shooting commercially in 84 after I had a couple of years of editorial under my belt. I started out pretty young and am grateful that I was given the opportunities and trust by a few important editors and art directors.

Who are your photographic or artistic influences?

I read a great deal and this helps give me with a sense of balance and influence. Particularly now, since we all seem to be bombarded with photography, technique and way too much non-important information.

My early photographic influences were Bruce Davidson, Jay Maisel, Eric Meola, Pete Turner, Arnold Newman, Ernst Haas and William Garnett. Nowadays, friends of mine surprise me with their incredible imagery. They are: Julian Calverley, who is arguably the best landscape photographer in the UK who shoots with Alpa and an 80 megapixel Phase back. And Mark Tucker, a portrait shooter in Nashville who is pushing his own envelope with 8×10 and large format homemade cameras. Both of these guys have a distinct vision that is firmly rooted in a meticulous approach to craft. Read more

Magic Hour|Happy Hour – January 16th



What better way to spend the magic hour, the brief time before sunset

when the lighting is postcard-perfect, than inside a bar?!


Join us on January 16th in celebrating the new year with the  first of many monthly happy hours. We’ll be gathering at P. Brennan’s Irish Pub in Arlington, playing pool, and maybe throwing some darts. Fill out a short survey, telling us what you’d like to see from us in 2013 and earn a free drink.


6pm – whenever pm.


P.Brennan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
2910 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA, 22204

(There is free parking in the garage under the building. Enter on S. Walter Reed Drive.)


Free, of course.


See you then!


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