A Wedding Photoshoot at the National Building Museum | Washington D.C. Wedding Photographer

For the final project in our Weddings Module taught by Moshe Zusman at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts, we photographed a bride and groom (Paul and Kim) in their wedding attire and got a little extra help from … Continue reading

Washington D.C. Engagement Session with Molly and Brandon | Washington D.C. Wedding Photographer

If I didn’t tell you that these images were from the first day that Molly and Brandon ever met, you probably would have never guessed. But, it’s true. This was a mock engagement session that was done as part of the Professional Photography Program at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts (D.C. Campus) with Moshe Zusman as the instructor. Molly and Brandon were our incredible models who did an amazing job pretending to be a happily engaged couple. Some of my favorites are below. See some of the behind the scenes with my classmates here.

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Washington, D.C. Engagement Session – Behind the Scenes

Just a few behind the scenes photographs from the most recent engagement photo session that was done as part of a class assignment for the Professional Photography program at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts. Molly and Brandon were our models for the day and did a great job pretending to be in love and happily engaged! Photos from their session will be posted soon!

Washington, D.C. Engagement Shoot Jessica Veltri Photography

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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!

Beauty Retouching in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Last night finished up the Working with Models II module at BU CDIA. It was heavily focused on photoshop and high end beauty retouching, honing in on every little detail so images can be usable for advertisements and magazine printing and the likes. Our instructor, Chris Alvanas, walked us through skin softening, eye enhacements, hair and makeup tips, and overall shaping using only Photoshop CS5. Plugins and additional software do make it easier, especially for skin softening, but it’s good to know there are other ways around it. Chris has a series of tutorials posted on youtube that are very helpful for retouching and other photoshop tricks, and are definitely worth checking out. Click here for the link.

Below are the before and after images of the photo I worked on for this class. One of the most signifcant changes I made was the tilt in her head. You can see if the after image that her head is a little more straight on. I really liked the pose and her expression, so I made it work by tilting just the section that I needed. I removed the freckles from the skin and softened up some of the lines, not completely removing them though because I didn’t want it to look unnatural. You can see in the before photo that her eyes are a little cloudy. This is mostly due to the fact that Allison had a fan blowing in her face for a good twenty minutes and her eyes were getting very red and irritated (who can blame her!) Whitening up her eyes and enhacing the color just a smidge was enough to really bring this photo to life. The final touches included adding a little contrast to her hair and very minor reshaping on the nose and shoulders. Allison is naturally pretty as it is, so all that’s needed with a photo like this are a few refinements to make it look its best. Allison is an actress in the DC area and you can see some of her work on her website by clicking here.

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