Sunset in Maryland | Washington D.C. Travel Photographer

Two weeks ago I spent some much needed quality time with friends from photography school, Caitlin and Amy. Amy lives in beautiful Southern Maryland and after a delicious home cooked meal we went out to catch the last few moments of light….Here are some of my favorite images.

Newlywed Couples needed for Market Research in the Wedding Photography Industry

Hi friends! I am a student in Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts and I am conducting a survey for market research purposes. The purpose of the survey is to evaluate the wedding photography industry from recent brides. If you or someone you know has been married within the past three years, I need your help! This survey is comprised of 17 questions and should take you less than 15 minutes to complete. All you have to do is cut and paste the below questionnaire into your email and send it directly to me at Even if you aren’t a new bride, you can still help out by forwarding this to a friend or family member who is!

All answers are confidential; your personal information will not be shared.

As an added bonus and a thank you for your time, if I receive 20 responses by Saturday, November 24, 2012, I will hold a drawing for your choice of an 8X12 matted print from my Travel Collection (A $55 dollar value). You can still participate in the drawing even if you’re not a newlywed! Forward this survey and then email me with the name of the friend that you referred. Once your friend completes the survey, both of your names will be added to the drawing! Thank you so much for your help and good luck!

Market Research Questionnaire

1. What is your combined household income? ____________ (If you do not feel comfortable providing actual numbers, please place an X next to the appropriate amount)

Less than $30,000 ____

$30,000 to $40,000 ____

$40,000 to $50,000 ____

$60,000 to $70,000 ____

$70,000 to $80,000 ____

$80,000 to $90,000 ____

$90,000 to $100,000 ____

$100,000 to $150,000 ____

$150,000 to $200,000 ____

Over $200,000 ____

2. What was your total wedding budget range?              (If you do not feel comfortable providing actual numbers, please place an X next to the appropriate amount)

Less than $10,000 ____

$10,000 to $20,000 ____

Over $20,000 ____

Over $30,000 ____

Over $40,000 ____

Over $50,000 ____

3. How much of your total wedding budget did you allocate for photography?

4. How much did you actually spend on your photography?         (If you do not feel comfortable providing actual numbers, please place an X next to the appropriate amount)

$500 to $1000 ____

$1000 to $2000 ____

$2000 to $3000 ____

$3000 to $4000 ____

$4000 to $5000 ____

Over $5000 ____

5. How did you research for wedding photographers?

6. How many photographers did you meet with?

7. What factors led to you choosing your wedding photographer?

8. Did you attend any bridal shows? If so, which ones? Did any of the photography booths stand out to you and why?

9. What was the most important factor when deciding on your wedding photographer?

10. Was there anything your photographer did or didn’t do that upset you?

11. What was the best part of your photography experience?

12. Is there anything your photographer could have done to improve the experience?

13. Did you purchase an album? Why or why not? If so, were you satisfied with it?

14. List any wedding blogs or websites that you followed or relied on for advice:

15. List any local or national wedding magazines that you purchased:

16. Where and when were you married? Include venue.

17. Who was your wedding photographer?

Please add any additional information that you believe might be helpful in this market research.

Thank you for participating in this survey! The information obtained from this survey is intended for market research only. Your personal information will not be shared.

Veteran’s Day Walkabout | Washington D.C. Travel Photographer

Yesterday, Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts at the Washington, D.C. campus held a Veteran’s Day Walkabout led by Paul Simkin, the Director of Photography. We were blessed with beautiful weather and a great group of people. The walkabout started at the Iwo Jima Memorial and continued on to the Arlington National Cemetery. From there we made our way to the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials where we soaked up the last bit of light from the day.

I saw this woman walk by the memorial dressed in the nation’s colors with her proud dog beside her and just had to get her photo. She walked by so fast, I had to run to catch up with her. It worked out well though because by the time I caught up to her the memorial was perfectly positioned in the background. Thank you Caroline for being such a proud supporter of our Veterans and for allowing me to take your photograph!

When we arrived at Arlington Cemetery, we went straight to Section 60, where Veterans of the Global War on Terrorism are laid to rest. We were greeted immediately by a swarm of Secret Service members who wanded us for weapons before we were allowed in. Rightfully so, as the President himself along with the First Lady and the Vice President were visiting at that very time.

After the President moved on to his next location, Vice President Joe Biden stuck around for a little, greeting anyone who wanted to say hi. My first glimpse of him was this image below….he was hugging and consoling a grieving loved one. I’m not sure if she lost her son or her husband, but it was very touching to see him holding her so tightly and telling her how very sorry he was for her loss.

He didn’t turn anyone down and stayed around long enough to say hi to everyone. This little boy went bravely right up to him and asked for his autograph.

The photo below wouldn’t mean much unless you heard the story behind it. A young man was talking to the Vice President and explained that his father was a Veteran. Vice President Biden handed his personal cell phone to the man and asked him to dial his father so he could thank him himself. His father answered and the young man said, “Dad, I’m calling you from Vice President Joe Biden’s cell phone. He wanted to say thank you.” At that point he handed the phone to Vice President Biden, who said, “Sir, your son tells me you are a Veteran and I wanted to call to personally thank you for your service and sacrifice.”

And then came the highlight of the day….I had been standing around watching and photographing the Vice President for a good 15 minutes by this point and had no intention of saying hi. I just wanted to get some good photographs. Well, as he started walking away he started walking towards me and said hello to me first. He shook my hand and asked my name and then asked me to tell him something about myself. So I figured the most appropriate thing to tell him was that I was a CW2 on Active Duty in the Army. At that point he smiled, put his arm around me, and started walking with me! I had my arm around his back and he was telling me about his son and other family members in the military. Honestly I don’t even remember exactly what he was saying, I think I was still in shock about what was going on. ;) Thanks to my new friends Matt and Kristyn for the three photos below!

After our encounter with the Vice President, we moved along to the Vietnam Wall…

While at the Vietnam War Memorial, the buglers played Taps for the retiring of the colors. All of the Veteran’s in the crowd proudly stood up and rendered their salute.

My last images of the day were of this cutie. I came across him at the Lincoln Memorial right as I was heading back to the car. He was just enjoying the day and eating his popsicle. Too cute for words!

Photographs from Bogota, Colombia | Washington D.C. Travel Photographer

One of the reasons I joined the Army was for the opportunity to travel. Of course one expects to travel to to such places as Iraq and Afghanistan in today’s Army, but every now and then some unique assignments present themselves and I just so happened to be in the right place and the right time for this one. My latest travel adventure brought me to Bogota, Colombia; my very first trip to South America! While I only had about half a day of free time, I tried my best to make the most of it. Here are some of my favorites from the trip.

This was the view from my hotel, the Andino Royal, located in a desirable area in Bogota near shopping districts, restaurants, and bars.

One of my favorites from the trip. Maybe not technically correct, but for me this one was about the moment. This little girl had just come home from school and was enjoying the last few minutes of daylight by playing with her paper airplane.

One of the many friendly street vendors who was more than happy to let me take his photo…

The next few are from the Monserrate, a definite must see if you visit Bogota. With an elevation of 10,341 feet, the Monserrate is a mountain with a small white church atop that overlooks the entire city of Bogota. A small fee grants you access to a shaky yet scenic cable car ride to the top where the view is absolutely breathtaking. It is chilly up top, so if you do visit, be sure to bring a light jacket. There are also plenty of shops with souvenirs and restaurants.

These last images are from the Bolivar Square and La Candelaria in the historic district of Bogota, Colombia, a busy little section of town that is beautiful to see and full of color. The streets were crowded with people from all walks of life: businessmen, beggars, military officials, and large groups of uniformed children on educational tours. Go there and enjoy, but travel safely and be on guard because crime in this area is high.

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