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!
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!
BUY SELL TRADE!
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! (Carlton@apadc.com)
When Sunday, August 28th from 11 am – 5 pm.
Where HOIST Studio – 2807 Merrilee Drive Suite E,Fairfax, VA
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]apadc.com so we know what we can expect for numbers.
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]apadc.com) 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.