Upcoming Events

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.)

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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

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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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

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

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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!

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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

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Join us on Saturday September 17th for a Peer Portfolio Review at HOIST STUDIO in Fairfax, VA.  

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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.

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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. 

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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

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP IN ADVANCE

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!

 

 

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

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

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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.

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Many thanks to COVE K STREET for providing the space.

Magic Hour Happy Hour 2.2.16 // Groundhog Day

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Punxatawney Phil, everyone’s favorite rodent meteorologist, will be doing his annual prognosticating next Tuesday, February 2nd. Will he see his shadow, get freaked out, and jump back into his hole? (Which will bring six more weeks of winter.) Or, will he do the right thing and hang out for awhile, chat up the locals, and bring us an early spring?

Regardless of the outcome, we’ll be gathering at James Hoban’s in Dupont Circle to compare survival tales from the recent storm and knock down a few pints to ease our aching muscles. (And feel free to embellish your stories, that’s kinda the point.)

As an added bonus, if Phil DOES see his shadow, and we are doomed to 6 more weeks of this yuck, than we’ll buy a round for all current APA members!

When       February 2nd, 6-8pm

 

James Hoban’s

1 Dupont Cir NW, Washington, DC 20036

Closest Metro Stop: Dupont on the Red Line | Farragut North on the Blue/Orange.

Members Only Holiday Party – 12/17, Dupont Circle

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Whadda year! 2015 was a very newsworthy one and in general it has left us all on the edge of our seats for the past 337+ days. Let’s take a moment to celebrate all of our successes, and those of our friends and peers, while willfully ignoring the failures, before we close our books on another year.

We’ll be congregating (not the most festive of words) at the MadHatter on December 17th for our umpteenth annual Members Only (+1!) holiday party. We provide for the food and a pair of drink tickets, you bring the conversation and cheer.

(Ugly sweaters optional.)

We’ll be sharing your best work of 2015 on the TV, so please send your favorite images from the year, sized at >2000 px on the long end to Erika (director@apadc.com). Feel like bragging? Include some tear sheets!

 


 

When

Thursday, December 17th, 6-9pm

Where

MadHatter1319 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC

nearest METRO – Dupont Circle on the Red line and Farragut West on the orange/blue/silver lines

Who

This is an APA members-only event (+1 guest).

(Did we mention that an annual membership makes a great end-of-year tax write-off?)

 

 


 

November Coffee Break: 11/18, with Colin Winterbottom

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With cold weather inevitably comes cabin fever.  Fight back those cold dreary days with another installment in our Coffee Break series at The National Building Museum on Wednesday, November 18th.  Our guest will be architectural fine art photographer Colin Winterbottom, who currently has a show, Scaling Washington,  up at the Museum.

We will meet in the café area at 11:30AM for an informal conversation with Colin Winterbottom.

This Event is Free, however if you choose to view the exhibit there is an entrance fee of $10. We have a limited number of guest passes at our disposal, so email Matthew Rakola if you’re interested. There’s only four, so it’s first come, first served.

 

Here are a few of Colin Winterbottom’s featured photographs-