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Peer Portfolio Reviews – September 17th



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. 


Saturday, September 17th, 11:00 am – 3:00 PM

 HOIST Rental Studio

2807 Merrilee Drive Suite E, Fairfax VA 22031

Closest Metro:  Orange Line / Dunn Loring-Merrifield


  • FREE for APA Members
  • $10 for Students and Sister Organizations (ASMP, WPOW, WHNP, ASPP, PPA)
  • $20 for non-members


First Annual Portfolio Reviews



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.)

The Reviewers (alphabetical by company):

  1. Jill Foley – AARP
  2. Caitlin Peters – AARP
  3. Mike Kline – AOPA Magazine
  4. Susan Wetherby – Discovery
  5. Drew Mitchell – Fathom Creative
  6. Ivana Wong – Fathom Creative
  7. Jamin Hoyle – Freelance
  8. Frank Meo – Found
  9. Johnny Vitorovich – Grafik
  10. Rachna Patel – Ketchum
  11. Claudia Barac-Roth – Marriner Marketing
  12. Gretchen Carswell – MDB Communications
  13. Dennis Dimmick – Formerly National Geographic Society
  14. Molly Roberts – National Geographic
  15. Kai Fang – Ogilvy PR
  16. Bill Cutter – Smith Gifford
  17. Christy Steele – SCIENCE Magazine
  18. Kevin Richards – Subject Matter
  19. Donald Bullach – TMP Worldwide
  20. David Baratz – USA Weekend/USA Today
  21. Jennifer Beeson Gregory – Washington Post
  22. Wallace Boss – WHITE64
  23. Stacy Swiderski – Wonderful Machine
  24. Louise Salas – Wunderman


There are several steps in the process, so please read and follow each step completely. Questions? Email Erika Nizborski at or Matthew Rakola 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. 

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 9/13.) There are a limited number of attendee slots available.


Registration Period Dates:

•  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 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!

General Information and Tips

  • The venue is steps from Amtrak, MARC, and METRO:
    • Amtrak: The last train to NYC leaves at 10:10pm.  Find routes Here.
    • MARC: The last train to Baltimore on the PENN line leaves at 10:30. Schedule Here.
    • Union Station is on the RED line on METRO. Full map here.
  • Union Station also has a parking garage and street parking is available in the neighborhood with a little effort.
  • We will have some reviewers who can review short video pieces. Please bring Your own OVER THE EAR headphones. We will provide cleaning wipes.
  • iPads are nice but don’t underestimate the printed book!
  • Reviewers are donating their time. Please respect that by making the transition between reviews as quick as possible.
  • We will be raffling off (2) full copies of CaptureOne, courtesy of Capture Integration!



A big Thank you to our sponsors!









SOS | Sunday, August 28 2016

Sunday Open Studio is an opportunity for you to explore, experiment, collaborate, and mingle with like-minded photographers in a casual but capable atmosphere. We provide the studio, interesting equipment, supporting resources, and some active projects to participate in… but you are encouraged to use this opportunity to do what YOU want to do! Try something new, work something out, kick off a self-assignment, or just come and mingle. Bring your camera and your creativity!

In this iteration, we’ll have a few set-ups going, including a lighting test where we will explore the creative side of gels! Our most exciting event of the day will be a demonstration and educational informative session with the RAIN MACHINE at HOIST!




And… we’ll have another section where we are assigning tables for anyone who would like to participate in a gear swap. Do you have gear collecting dust? It might be time to take inventory. Your junk might just be what another photographer is looking for! Entry to this event includes a table for you to participate in the gear swap. To keep things easy we are asking that people pay for gear swap items with cash or check.


This is an event for everyone from veteran shooter to aspiring assistant to learn something new, network with assistants and other photographers, and have a good time.

APA|DC will provide a delicious brunch station for all to enjoy!

Want to bring your own lights to test? Cool with us, just check let us know! (

When     Sunday, August 28th from 11 am – 5 pm.

Where   HOIST Studio – 2807 Merrilee Drive Suite E,Fairfax, VA

Cost       $10 (APA members) ; $20 (ASMP, WPOW, NPPA) ; $30 general public.

Please note that all prices will be +$10 at the door.

Buy Tickets HERE

APA|DC Members Only cookout and Movie Night!



Summer in DC is a mixed bag. On the one hand, the days are long and (usually) sunny, on the other hand it’s H-O-T out there. Summer also means our 3rd Annual summer cookout and movie night!

This summer we’ll be at co-chair Jason Hornick’s swank new place in Silver Spring. His home is a mid-century beauty that looks out over a park and has ample parking.

We haven’t settled on a movie yet, but some of the finalists include Blow Up, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Finding Vivian Maier . What would you add?



10420 Burnt Ember Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20902


Saturday, August 6th from 5:30pm – ???

How Much

This is a free, members only (plus guest) event.


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Location Lighting – May 27 – Baltimore – Members Only

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When you talk, we listen.  A question about battery powered strobes came up recently in the APA|DC Members Only Facebook Page. There is so much going on in that segment, that we thought it deserved its own event.

Tracey Brown, owner of Paper Camera in Baltimore, is graciously hosting a members-only battery-powered strobe shootout in and around her studio. We’ll have Profoto B1’s (and maybe B2’s), Elinchrom’s Quadra, Profoto B7’s, Dynalite Bajas, Q-Flash, and more on hand to test out. We’ll look at what modifiers are available for each and which ones work best in various situations


Due to limited space, this is a free members-only event. Please RSVP to director[at] so we know what we can expect for numbers.

Friday, May 27th, 1 pm – 4 pm


Paper Camera Studio

3500 Parkdale Avenue, Building 1, #13, Baltimore, MD 21211


Park in the lot next to the building.  (The towing signs are to keep people visiting the nearby restaurant from parking, so don’t worry about them.)  Enter through the blue double doors facing Parkdale.

Matthew Rakola (matt[at] will be leaving the Silver Spring area at around 11:30 am and he has room in his car for up to 4 more people. If anyone else wants to carpool from a different part of the area, please let us know and we can help to coordinate.



Coffee Break: Film and the Luminous Landscape – May 31


It’s time for another coffee break! This is a series of informal group discussions on a general topic combined with a trip to see and inspirational photo exhibit.  This time around, we’ll focus on shooting film– what’s available, favorite cameras, where to process/print, how to scan it, anywhere the conversation leads.

Afterwards, we’ll head over to see the current show, Luminous Landscapes by Architect/Photographer Alan Ward. Shot on large format and panoramic cameras, Luminous Landscapes is a B&W show that explores manmade environments.

Tuesday, May 31st at 11:30 am
National Building Museum (in the Great Hall)
401 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Co-Hosted Happy Hour – May 19



For the last few months a number of the local photography trade groups have been co-hosting our monthly happy hours in an attempt to mix things up a bit. We’re please as punch to announce that we’re hosting in the month of May. So, please join us on May 19th at James Hoban’s in Dupont Circle for some drinks, catching up, recounting, scheming, and whatever else comes up.

Thursday, May 19th, 6–8 (and beyond)

James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant and Bar,

1 Dupont Circle, Washington, DC

(closest METROS: Dupont and Farragut West)



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2nd Annual DC Creative Industry Happy Hour – Members-Only

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Second Annual DC Creative Industry Happy Hour

We’re please as punch to announce our second annual creative happy hour specifically for members of APA|DC and ASMP|DC and also members of AAF DC  (formerly DC Ad Club), AIGA, 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.

Wednesday, March 30th, 6–9pm

Local 16 (1602 U Street, Washington, DC)

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





Huge Thanks to Our Sponsor:


APA|DC Speaks: Noah Willman, Cricket in DC



While it’s important for professional photographers to shoot commission work to keep the studio lights on, we often need to reconnect with our passion for photography through self-produced work. APA|DC Speaks is a free new series in which we invite our members to share their personal projects to an audience of not only photographers but the general public as well.


Noah Willman begins this series with a project on the sport of Cricket in DC:

Although unknown by most, cricket’s popularity has boomed throughout the US. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the nation’s capital where over 150 teams made up of primarily Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Carribean players compete. Soon after moving to DC last June, Noah Willman spent 3 months documenting the Washington Cricket League in parks throughout the DC area. 

Please join us  at COVE, 1990 K Street NW, Washington, DC for this FREE event. The doors open at 6 pm, program begins at 6:30pm.


Many thanks to COVE K STREET for providing the space.