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):
- Jill Foley – AARP
- Caitlin Peters – AARP
- Mike Kline – AOPA Magazine
- Susan Wetherby – Discovery
- Drew Mitchell – Fathom Creative
- Ivana Wong – Fathom Creative
- Jamin Hoyle – Freelance
- Frank Meo – Found
- Johnny Vitorovich – Grafik
- Rachna Patel – Ketchum
- Claudia Barac-Roth – Marriner Marketing
- Gretchen Carswell – MDB Communications
- Dennis Dimmick – Formerly National Geographic Society
- Molly Roberts – National Geographic
- Kai Fang – Ogilvy PR
- Bill Cutter – Smith Gifford
- Christy Steele – SCIENCE Magazine
- Kevin Richards – Subject Matter
- Donald Bullach – TMP Worldwide
- David Baratz – USA Weekend/USA Today
- Jennifer Beeson Gregory – Washington Post
- Wallace Boss – WHITE64
- Stacy Swiderski – Wonderful Machine
- Louise Salas – Wunderman
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.
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 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!
General Information and Tips
- The venue is steps from Amtrak, MARC, and METRO:
- 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!
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.
Friday, May 27th, 1 pm – 4 pm
Paper Camera Studio
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.
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
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.
THIS IS A MEMBERS ONLY EVENT
Huge Thanks to Our Sponsor:
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
1 Dupont Cir NW, Washington, DC 20036
Closest Metro Stop: Dupont on the Red Line | Farragut North on the Blue/Orange.
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 with different beauty dishes– pitting Mola, Profoto, and Paul C. Buff versions against each other. We’ll have a continuous light section where you can experiment with Kino Flo, HMIs, and LED panels and others. And, we’ll have another station working with, and thinking about, subtractive lighting. 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.
2 models will be on hand for most of the day, and APA|DC chair Matthew Rakola will be slinging eggs, pancakes, and more for brunch.
Want to bring your own lights to test? Cool with us, just check let us know! (Carlton@apadc.com)
When Sunday, February 28th from 11 am – 5 pm.
Cost $10 (APA members) ; $20 (ASMP, WPOW, NPPA) ; $30 general public.
Please note that all prices will be +$10 at the door.
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It’s been awhile since our last happy hour. We’re changing things up, this time around, and having a members only (plus one guest) happy hour on May 20th at Whitlow’s on Wilson, in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, VA.
Members, enjoy a pair of happy hour drinks on us. Keep ’em both or bring a friend, we don’t care. Either way we’ll also have some food out will likely be hitting the pool table as well.
While this is a free event, please RSVP to Erika (director at apadc dot com) so we know how many people to expect.
Hope to see you all there!When Wednesday, May 20th 6 – 9 pm ish. Where Whitlow’s on Wilson 2854 Wilson Blvd. Arlingon, VA 22201 steps from the Clarendon Metro Station on the Orange Line Why Because you you deserve to relax a little.
Our first coffee break was such a success that we’ve gotten requests for more. So, please stop by the Cascade Cafe on May 5th for an informal conversation about print promotions. We’re gathering as many examples as we can of successful examples so we can talk about the pros and cons of each style. Please bring your own and share your experiences about the process.
Afterwards, we’ll check out the Memory of Time at the National Gallery.
When May 5 at 11:30 am
Where The Cascade Cafe at the National Gallery of Art Constitution Ave, between 3rd and 9th Streets NW Washington, DC
Why Because we all need a little coffee break.