We’re pleased to announce our third 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.
Join us on Sunday, Feb. 12th from 11am-5pm for an in-depth exploration of the many different looks you can accomplish with just one strobe head.
Please bring any equipment you would like to experiment with. This event is intended to go beyond the demo though, onsite demonstrations will kick off the event.
HOIST is a boutique studio in Fairfax VA that caters to creative professionals who appreciate high production capability and great value.
Carlton Wolfe is a DC-based editorial and commercial photographer who loves to experiment with (and talk about) the process and technique of creating interesting and expressive visuals in-camera. Check out some of his experiments on Instagram (@carltonwolfe) and search #apadc_sos_feb2017 for examples of images made in-camera with only one strobe and no other natural or ambient light.
Come join us for an in-depth look at Capture One, the raw converter and image editing software developed by Phase One. The software has quickly become an industry standard for commercial photography. Through three 90-minute sections, two Capture One veterans– Tyler Darden and Cameron Davidson — will look at the ins and outs of the software including tethered capture, image processing and image organization and workflow. We will also have two licenses for Capture One software to give away.
When: Saturday, January 28, 2017; 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Where: Renée Comet’s Studio, 2141 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite I, Washington, DC 20007
Pricing: $99 for Leaders/Professional APA members; $125 for other APA members; $150 for the general public
Registration: Begins December 16 for Leaders/Professional APA members; January 2 for all APA members; January 9 for general public. Only 15 spaces available so register early to get a spot
Tyler Darden is a commercial photographer and art director based in Richmond, Va. After spending first part of his fifteen year career as a magazine art director, he decided to pursue commercial photography full time in 2010. He has worked for clients such as Ritz Crackers, Lidl, Garden & Gun magazine, Self magazine, Men’s Health magazine, Prosciutto di Parma, Duke’s mayonnaise and Colonial Williamsburg. Tyler has been using Capture One for a year after switching from Adobe Lightroom and teaches courses at Virginia Commonwealth University on the software. His work has been recognized by publications such as the Art Director’s Club of New York Annual, the Communications Arts Design Annual and Photo District News.
Cameron Davidson is a commercial photographer based in Washington, D.C. He specialized in photographing aerials, landscapes and people for a mix of advertising, corporate and editorial clients. Cameron has been using Capture One to process his work for 10 years and has worked for clients such as Discovery Communications, Dominion, General Motors, Jeep-Chrysler, Virginia Tourism, Air & Space, Audubon, Forbes, Smithsonian and Vanity Fair.
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.
Join us at 2:30 PM on Wednesday 12/7 for a Coffee Break over at the newly reopened Smithsonian National Gallery of Art’s East Wing Gallery. We will meet in the Terrace Cafe and have an informal discussion on looking forward to 2017. Afterwards we will visit the Photography Reinvented show. This event is FREE and open to EVERYONE.
Join us on 11/10 at Brixton, conveniently located at 9th and U St. NW. Celebrate with Matthew Rakola as he ends his term as Chairman of APA|DC. Matthew is passing the torch to Jason Hornick, effective immediately. So, let’s toast to Matthew, Welcome Jason, and KICK OFF FOTODC WEEK in style!
Dear APA|DC members, and the larger DC photo community as a whole,
It has been a great pleasure to hold the title of chair and to work with the board of the DC Chapter of the American Photographic Artists for the past 4 years. I’ve really enjoyed meeting many of you and (hopefully) doing just a little bit to help in your careers.
On October 25th I stepped down from this position in order to dedicate more time to a growing family. Child #2 (not his legal name) is due at the end of November, and if Alex is any indication, I won’t have much mental energy to spare.
Over the course of this tenure my overarching goal has remained the same: to better the working conditions for ALL photographers in the area. I firmly believe that the tighter knit we are as a community, the more informed, capable and successful we will be as working professionals. In the six years that I’ve lived in DC, I’ve only seen the creative talent here grow. This community, regardless of professional affiliation (or not) can compete, shooter for shooter, with any region in the country.
I’m very proud of the work that our local chapter board has put into helping to make this a reality: We’ve held social events that promote open communication and goodwill between photographers; professional training on all aspects of our industry; presentations and partnerships with the local creative community; and events like our ‘Featured Member’ series, portfolio review, and in-person referrals.
Jason Hornick, longtime board member has already taken the reins as chair of the chapter. Those of you who were at the portfolio reviews saw first hand the many talents that Jason has already brought to the chapter. I’ve heard some of his (and the board’s) ideas for 2017 and I gotta be honest.–it’s going to be a spectacular year and I very much look forward to attending them as a chapter member.
In closing, I’m not going away, just stepping back. Please feel free to reach me at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org to say hi or offer to buy me coffee. (Just saying– with two young children I’ll need it.)
It’s a very exciting time to be a photographer in this area, and I can’t wait to see how this chapter helps to shape it.
Join us on Saturday September 17th 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 First Annual APA|DC Portfolio Review on October 5th.
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.
APA|DC First Annual Mid-Atlantic Portfolio Reviews
This is an acceptance only portfolio review for professional commercial and editorial photographers inside of Union Station, in the heart of Washington, DC. Literally steps from the train platforms and METRO station, as well as blocks from the US Capitol, this is a once-a-year opportunity to share new work and meet with creatives from around the mid-Atlantic, one-on-one. Afterwards, follow us next door (but still inside the Station) for a social hour with the reviewers.
Each participant will have (3) 15 minute reviews with some of the top creatives in the region from organizations and companies including AARP, Discovery Communications, Ogilvy, Smithsonian and more. There is a possibility that additional review slots will become available, a la carte.
WHEN October 5th – 6:30 – 9:00. First reviews begin promptly at 7 pm.
WHERE The Columbus Club inside Union Station, Washington, D.C.
PRICING $75 for Professional/Leader level APA members; $95 for other APA members: $125 for the general public. (Refunds may be given on a case by case basis.)
There are several steps in the process, so please read and follow each step completely. Questions? Email Erika Nizborski at email@example.com or Matthew Rakola at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Submit your website to: email@example.com 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 9/13.) There are a limited number of attendee slots available.
• Professional & Leader level APA members – Tuesday, 9/13 and later;
• Other APA membership levels – Tuesday, 9/20 and later;
• General Public – Tuesday, 9/27 and later.
*** Please note, PRO and LDR members will not get priority booking after 9/20. There will be no preferential booking after 9/27. Sign up as soon as possible!***
Step 3) Choose your Reviewers.
After registering, choose your top 5 preferred reviewers by emailing your choices to firstname.lastname@example.org.Use the subject line “[Your Last name]: Reviewer Selections – confirmation number” (i.e. Eventbrite’s 9 digit Order #.)
If additional reviewers become available, Leader and Pro levels will be notified, in the order in which they registered, and given the opportunity to add that reviewer. Registration ends at midnight on September 30th. Final schedules will sent to attendees by Monday October 3th. We will do everything we can to accommodate participant’s selections but we cannot guarantee specific reviewers.
It is possible that reviewers will be booked after the end of the first and second period dates.
Step 4) Preparation
We will share tips and strategies for portfolio reviews to everyone in attendance. In the meantime, we will be offering a peer reviewed event on Saturday, September 17th for anyone interested. This will be an opportunity to show your book to veteran photographers who can offer insight and advice on your presentation in a low pressure environment. This is free for APA members and $20 for non-members. Light food and beverage will be provided. More info here.
Step 5) Attendance
The reviews will begin promptly at 7 pm. The Station has a garage, as well as easy access to METRO, Amtrak, and the MARC trains. Please give yourself time to come in and get settled before the event begins. The venue is literally steps from the Union Station food court and dozens of restaurants. We’ll also have a healthy amount of mints on hand!