January 2014

Magic Hour|Happy Hour – February 12, James Hoban’s in Dupont Circle




Well you’ve asked for it, and we’re bringing it back! Coming February 12th to a bar near you (if you happen to live in Dupont Circle)– the return of the Magic Hour | Happy Hour! Yes, that special time of day when the last golden rays of the sun rake long shadows across the landscape, we’ll be spending indoors with a beer in our hands. This is the time recap some harrowing holiday happenings, catch up with friends, and maybe even meet that special someone a mere 48 hours before Valentine’s Day.


The When

Wednesday, February 12th, from 6pm to whenever we decide to leave

The Where

James Hoban’s
1 Dupont Circle
Washington, DC 20036

The Why

It takes a village to raise a photographer.

Members-Only Mullet Holiday Party


Please join us on Monday, January 27, at the Argonaut on H Street for the marriage of both business and pleasure. At this free members-only (+ guest) event, we’ll be taking the opportunity to both celebrate the accomplishments of 2013 and chart the course for your local chapter in 2014 and beyond.

Of course, being a mullet party*, it’s all business up front. We’ll begin with an informal chapter meeting so members can meet the board and discuss ideas for upcoming events and opportunities, air bah-humbugs from the past year, and work out how best to move the chapter forward in 2014. This is your chance to volunteer (or be coerced) to be on a committee or the board, suggest an event, or share any other ideas that will help us help you be the most successful photographer you can be. This is your chance to make this the chapter you deserve.

After that we let our hair down and it’s party party party. We’ll have free drink tickets, free food and a few giveaways. Catch up with old friends and let loose at a more traditional (albeit late) holiday party. The event is scheduled until 8:30 but we expect it to continue on into the night.


Monday, January 27th, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. (meeting starts at 7 pm.)


The Argonaut
1433 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

There is ample parking on the side streets and meters shut off after 6:30.


Make this the chapter you deserve.

RSVP via email to info@apadc.com


* This is NOT a costume party, however, anyone showing up with a mullet automatically becomes the new chapter chair.

January 2014 Featured Member, Renée Comet

It’s a brand new year and APA|DC’s Featured Member Profile turns one year old this January! In the past twelve months we’ve met old-timers, newbies, people who shoot things, shooters who snap people, snappers with big cameras, and camera-toters with iPhones. As we continue to grow we look forward to introducing you to even more of your peers.




If you’ve been around APA|DC for any amount of time, odds are you’ve run into Renée Comet. Known for her beautiful food photography featuring strong compositions and luscious lighting, Renée has worked with national and international clients for the last twenty years. These clients have included the American Diabetes Association, Australian Lamb, Marriott International, Ritz-Carlton, and the US Postal Service. She has photographed over fifty cookbooks including The Founding Fathers Cookbook, Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper, and Dining with the Washingtons. 

December Featured member Tim Coburn recently headed over to Renée’s Glover Park studio with a fantastic sense of humor and a complete disregard for the chinaware. This happened:


 Photos and Interview by Tim Coburn

First the obvious; what got you interested in photography? And why food?   

For me photography is a way of communicating without words.  Food shooting fits my personality. I like collaborating with a group.


Do you ever get to eat the food after shooting it? 

Yes, only after we got the shot.  You definitely don’t want to pop that cream puff in your mouth when we might need a replacement on set.


What’s the most frustrating thing about working with inanimate objects?

Ha, this from a fashion shooter. Well it was alive at one time and it is aging, drooping or melting as I shoot so you have to shoot fast.  Really the hardest thing is making the food look alive, the environment someplace you want to be.


Being a food photographer, I imagine that you cook a lot. Is this true? 

That is not really true, I am surrounded by people who love to cook and I like to eat.  I do cook but very simple dishes and don’t like using a recipe.


Forgive my ignorance but I wouldn’t expect to find a full-time food photographer in D.C. Are most of your clients local?

I have a mix of out of town clients and local. DC is a city that likes food.


What is the weirdest food-resembling-prop you have used in a food shoot?

Pouring motor oil on a salad.  It made a lovely pour but ick.


 When you walk into a shoot, what is your biggest fear? 

That the team I am working with will not connect or work as a team to reach the same goal… to make a beautiful shot that you want to eat.


 What would be your dream gig? The pinnacle of your career ?

The pinnacle has not happened yet.  I would like to produce something tangible.  Food gives us life and is an integral part of life.  I would like to create something  that gives back to the community.

Can I hang out with you on a shoot and nibble all day long?

Yes, and you will still remain skinny.




You can discover more of Renée’s work at www.cometphoto.com


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