Gene Essel of Fotosbygene shoots everything at a high resolution for images sharp in focus and color. The high resolution develops crystal-clear details, and his training allows him to draw out his clients’ personalities and capture their best angles. He achieves that during portrait sessions for families and individuals, active events such as skateboarding, and special events such as weddings.
Boasting a client base that includes Larry King and Maria Sharapova, Clay Blackmore and Co.’s seasoned shutterbugs afford subjects celebrity-style treatment in each studio session. Kinsfolk gather for an in-studio shoot during which a versatile photographer will foster natural poses and candid smiles. Once tender moments have been sentenced to a two-dimensional prison for eternity, clients select a winning image to be artfully printed onto 100 custom holiday cards and disseminated across the globe in included envelopes or plastered on teenagers' lockers.
Appointments for the executive or student headshot or the family or engagement sessions are available Tuesday–Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. based upon availability.
Alfredo Flores first became interested in music as a kid, when he studied piano. Nowadays, the award-winning photographer studies musicians instead, snapping shots of artists such as Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, and Marc Anthony. His images have been featured in media outlets from the New York Times to Elle magazine as well as in family photo albums throughout DC. When Flores isn’t chronicling A-list events, he uses his photojournalistic style to capture weddings’ romantic moments, such as the newlyweds kissing at the altar or the cutting of the cake to reveal the cupcake inside. Flores’s far-reaching talents also help him compose artful portraits, corporate headshots, and editorial spreads for clients.
Maybe it was Bob Cullen's experience taking photographs in Moscow during the Cold War that gives his pictures so much empathy and a strong sense of style. Maybe it’s his knack for narrative as a former reporter for Newsweek. Whatever the case, subjects always seem to look happy and comfortable in front of Cullen’s camera—and he's happy when they're satisfied with the images. He uses this talent to capture people in their own environments, ultimately yielding portraits where subjects of all ages and walks of life say the same thing: “I am me.”
A team of professors, photojournalists, and professional photographers are the driving force of Ambiance Digital Photography School, teaching the fundamentals of DSLR photography via step-by-step instructional videos. Besides the online database of videos, the pros put together downloadable and printable tutorials to accompany photo examples. Any member of the school gets lifetime access to the school’s library, which includes an in-depth course on Photoshop. Some of the continually updated video classes focus on topics such as black-and-white photography, taking group or self portraits, and mastering different sources of light rather than always carrying around the same lava lamp.