Upcoming Events

Beginners Guide to Photography Assisting & Second Shooting: Part I

   The best way to become a Pro is to learn from a Pro.

APA’s mission is to help educate the next generation of visual communicators. In that effort, APA DC is hosting 2 sessions: Presentation & Panel and a hands-on workshop with mock shoot demonstrations.

The Presentation & Panel will begin with a talented panel of Professional Photographers who will discuss what they look for in an assistant and cover a basic introduction to assisting: Roles/responsibilities, set etiquette, rates, attire, second shooting, digital tech, introduction to gear, best business practices and much more. There will also be a Q&A after the presentation. This is sure to be a great opportunity for aspiring photographers who want to learn what working Pro’s are looking for in an assistant in the current market. Light refreshments will be provided.

Questions and topics the panel will cover:

  •    How an aspiring assistant should approach a photographer
  •     How to get your first assistant job
  •     How do I find photographers to work for?
  •     What rate an assistant should charge
  •     What is the difference between a tech and an assistant?
  •     How long should I wait to get paid?
  •     What do you look for in a photographer you work for?
  •     What questions should an assistant ask when called for a job?
  •     What do you say if asked if you are a photographer too?
  •     What do you do if you have to make a call? Cell phones on set?
  •     Networking and social media?
  •     How should you dress/appear?
  •     Travel, Overtime, Cancellations?
  •     Assistants as employees/freelancers?
  •     How and should an assistant be picking up gear and equipment before & after the shoot
  •     Interns? Are they paid?

Presentation & Panel: Friday, June 14th 6 pm -9 pm

Where: Studiowerks 415B Walker Ct SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

APA Member: $15 Non-Member: $20

Get your tickets here

March Happy Hour

Please join us for March Happy Hour! 

“Bring a Fellow Photographer”


When: Wednesday, March 21st, at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Crimson DC ~ Whiskey Bar (Lower Level)  627 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

We encourage all of our Members to bring a fellow photographer friend/colleague with you!

This event is an opportunity to introduce your friend to the APA|DC Family. Come enjoy a good time, and show them why APA|DC is a great organization to be a part of.

We will be there at 5:30 p.m. to start, come earlier or later depending on your availability. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

We hope to see you there!


Capture One Pro Version 11 Workshop

Capture One Event

Come join us for a in-depth training of Capture One Pro Version 11, the raw converter and image editing software developed from Phase One. Capture One continues to lead the way in RAW file image editing. The software is the  industry standard for commercial photography.

Capture One 11 introduces an updated processing engine, market-leading performance, and powerful new features. The highly responsive tools give you the power to create stunning images from your camera’s RAW files, in a time-saving workflow that can be customized to fit your needs. Capture One 11 is made by Phase One, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end digital camera systems, in collaboration with the world’s leading professional photographers.

Through the first all day session, Capture One Integration instructors will teach the ins and outs of the software including tethered capture, image processing and image organization and workflow.

The second session will be a one-on-one mentoring day with examples and further instruction from APA DC Members, Cameron Davidson and Carlton Wolfe. (Second session is contingent upon attending the first session.)



Saturday, January 20, 2018;  9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Saturday, January 27th, 2018;  9 a.m. until 3 p.m.


January 20th:

Renee Comet’s Studio, 2141 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC 20007

January 27th:

HOIST Studio, 2807 Merrilee Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031

Pricing: $99 for Leaders/Professional APA members; $125 for other APA members; $150 for the general public

Registration: Begins December 11th for Leaders/Professional APA members; January 2nd for all APA members; January 8th for general public. Only 20 spaces available so register early to get a spot.

Eventbrite Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capture-one-pro-11-training-tickets-41191560065


Capture Integration is the source for high-end digital photographic consultation, sales, training, support and rental in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, and New England. Capture Integration offers the industry’s most exclusive brands including Phase One, Mamiya Leaf, Hasselblad, Cambo, ALPA, Sinar, Profoto, Broncolor, Leica, Canon, Eizo and Arca Swiss. They have developed a software with the ambition of enabling you to achieve your creative vision through a smooth, efficient workflow; making it the professional’s choice in imaging software.


Steve Hendrix With 16 years experience at Imacon, SinarBron, Phase One, and now at Capture Integration (since 2009), Steve has built an international reputation as a straight shooting expert on high end photographic solutions and workflows. As an industry analyst and hands-on user, Steve understands the possibilities and limitations of photographic equipment in real world terms, rather than marketing data sheet claims. Most importantly, Steve’s core belief is that high end equipment should always be married to high end service. “Capture Integration is a perfect environment for me, a company that top to bottom embraces the very best technology solutions, but critically, combines that with the hardest working, most knowledgeable, honest, and service-oriented people in our industry”.

Personally, Steve loves photography, and renovating…well, pretty much anything. Steve somehow lucked into being married to the #1 partner and wife in the known universe, and has an amazing daughter, who has her own family, including a devoted husband and 3 energetic sons. Throw in a goofy dog and 3 cats, (who have their own homemade external 12’ x 12’ cat enclosure), and Steve is kept busy, entertained, and fulfilled.

Brad Kaye started shooting with a SLR when he was twelve in the northern suburbs of Detroit and was doing in-camera-masked 4×5 composite images when he was seventeen. At that time he started to shoot commercially and assist architectural photographers, years before the viability of digital capture and personal computer based retouching, prepping him for the inevitable full transition to the digital workflow as a product and architectural photographer, digital asset manager of 120 Terabytes of images, retoucher and Adobe beta contributor for Photoshop and Lightroom. Completed a B.A. in Advertising from Michigan State while assisting, shooting and rebuilding car engines then 6/8th’s of the program at Portfolio Center in Atlanta, learning from the expertise of various established local photographers as part of his curriculum.

Passionate about educating his three children, inventing, problem-solving, collaborating, studying esoteric sciences, yoga and driving high (and excessively low) horsepower automobiles, Brad has returned to Atlanta after the conclusion of a three year ‘northern experiment’ of relocating his Savannah-native wife to the solid weeks of negative double digit winter temperatures in Michigan. Will miss hand chopping cords of wood for the fireplace, just a little bit… still has the axe, just in case.

Cameron Davidson is a co-founder of the APA DC chapter. Known for his aerial and location imagery, Cameron has shot around the world for a healthy mix of corporate, editorial and advertising clients.  He has published six books and his images were recently selected, for the forth time, to appear in the Lurzer’s 200 Best Advertising Photographers Worldwide. His work has also been published in Photo, Communications Arts and American Photo annuals. In 2012, the U.S. Postal Service published his aerial of Blackwater Refuge  in the Earthscapes series of forever stamps. He has shot on assignment for Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Nature Conservancy, Wired, Audubon among others.


Carlton Wolfe is a board member of APA DC and has been behind one camera or another for 21 years and is currently based out of Washington DC. He is the creator of HOIST studio and the founder of the Aesthete Equipment Company. In a related industry, Carlton is also the creator of ImageMIST, which is a sales, distribution, and management tool for intellectual property.


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.


Second Annual Portfolio Review

APA|DC Second Annual Mid-Atlantic Portfolio Reviews

This is an acceptance only portfolio review for professional commercial and editorial photographers at Dupont Underground in the heart of Washington, DC. This is a once-a-year opportunity to share new work and meet with creatives from around the mid-Atlantic, one-on-one. Afterwards, stay to hang out in the Underground for a social hour with the reviewers.

Each participant will have (3) 17 minute reviews with some of the top creatives in the region from organizations and companies including AARP, Discovery, Ogilvy, Capital One, Washingtonian Magazine, Smithsonian and more. There is a possibility that additional review slots will become available, a la carte, in October.

WHEN        October 18th – 6:30 – 9:00. First reviews begin promptly at 7 pm.

WHERE     Dupont Underground, 19 Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC. Entrance down the red staircase next to Starbucks.

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. Caroline Sheen – Air and Space Magazine

3. David Sanchez – APCO Worldwide

4. Tina Caye – Capital One

5. Cory Lawrence – Discovery

6. Kat Scott – Fathom Creative

7. Jamin Hoyle – Freelance

8. Louise Salas – Freelance

9. Stacy Swiderski – Freelance

10. Campbell Kawka – ISL

11. Claudia Barac-Roth – Marriner Marketing

12. Gretchen Carswell – MDB Communications

13. Nicole Cantarella – Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation

14. Julie Hau – National Geographic

15. Kai Fang – Ogilvy Washington

16. Shawn Huddleston – Rosetta Stone

17. Bill Cutter – Smith Gifford

18. Kevin Richards + Jason Free – Subject Matter

19. Jeff Campagna – Smithsonian Magazine

20. Anna Marina Savvidis – Washingtonian Magazine

See Reviewer Biographies


There are several steps in the process, so please read and follow each step completely. Questions? Email Erika Nizborski at director@apadc.com or Jason Hornick at jason@apadc.com

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. If you were accepted to the review last year, no need for this, go straight to Step 2. 

Submit your website to: events@apadc.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 9/25.) There are a limited number of attendee slots available.


Registration Period Dates:

•  Professional & Leader level APA members – Monday, 10/2 and later;

• Other APA membership levels – Wednesday, 10/4 and later;

• General Public – Monday, 10/9 and later.

Step 3) Choose your Reviewers.

After registering, we will contact you to choose your top 5 preferred reviewers the week before the event (we are still confirming reviewers). Choices will be awarded in the order you register.

Registration ends at midnight on October 13th. Final schedules will be sent to attendees by Monday October 16th at the latest. We will do everything we can to accommodate participant’s selections but we cannot guarantee specific reviewers.

Step 4) Preparation

We will share tips and strategies leading up to the portfolio reviews as well as updates to our list of reviewers via our social media. Please follow us!

Step 5) Attendance

The reviews will begin promptly at 7 pm. Dupont Underground is in the heart of Dupont Circle, located down the stairs to the right of Starbucks. There is garage parking nearby, as well as easy access to METRO’s Dupont Circle Station via the RED line. Please give yourself time to come in and get settled before the event begins. The venue is literally on Dupont Circle with many food options around. Drinks will be available for purchase at the bar in Dupont Underground.

Sunday Open Studio (SOS) // Feb. 12th 2017

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.
You can get your tickets HERE


Capture One Training- Tickets Available 12/16/16!


Capture One Training

Saturday January 28th, 2017


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

Get your tickets HERE

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.



3rd Annual Members Only Holiday Party

Join us on 12/14 for our 3rd Annual Members Only Holiday Party at the MadHatter. We will have a buffet; each member can bring a +1 and will receive 2 drink tickets

We encourage all members to send us your top 5 photos from 2016 for us to loop on a slideshow during the party.

RSVP and email your images to Erika Nizborski: director@apadc.com

Where: The MadHatter

1319 Connecticut Ave. NW

Washington DC 20036

When: 6:00 PM – ??

Closest Metro: Red Line Dupont Circle or Red Line Farragut North

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


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! (Carlton@apadc.com)

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 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.

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