Monday, July 20, 2015

Beautiful Leather Wedding Albums

We just received two beautiful wedding albums from our album supplier in New York. One is a large 12x12 bride's album and the other an 8x10 parent album. Both set in premium white leather, one with gold page gilding and the other with silver text and page gilding.

wedding album, parent album, white leather, Silver Spring, wedding photographer
8x10 White Leather Parent Album

wedding album, parent album, white leather, Silver Spring, wedding photographer
12x12 White Leather Bride's Album

wedding album, white leather, Silver Spring, wedding photographer
Gold page gilding and text on bride's album

Friday, July 10, 2015

iPhone vs Professional Portrait

With the advent of better and better cameras in today's smart phones, many people are now choosing to record their own business portraits. The results can be somewhat less than flattering - many posing, lighting and skin flaws are exposed by simply doing it yourself. The example below is of local business entrepreneur, Dan Diggs, who owns and operates Window Genie of Bethesda, a window cleaning service that covers both home and commercial clients in Potomac, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville and Silver Spring in Montgomery County, MD.

Dan approached me looking for commercial images for use on his website, social media pages and LinkedIn page. We spent time capturing images detailing the various aspects of his work. The first image we captured was a headshot. Up until this point Dan was using the image on the left ('Before') as his social media headshot - it was taken using a smart phone. We captured the image on the right during our photo session. With the image on the right, please note the turn of the body away from the camera, the lighting on Dan's face (which reduces shadows under the eyes and also narrows the face), the out of focus (non distracting) background and the kicker light on his left side which just lights his shoulder, neck and hair, helping separate him from the background. All these elements produce a pleasing, friendly result that will transfer well across all media, from print to digital.

Silver Spring Professional photographer, business head shot, before and after, smart phone selfie
iPhone image on left - professionally retouched portrait on the right.

     
Additional shots of Dan included the following:

Silver Spring Professional photographer, business head shot

Potomac MD Professional photographer, business head shot, commercial photographer

Potomac MD Professional photographer, business head shot, commercial photographer

Silver Spring MD Professional photographer, business head shot, commercial photographer

If you are ever in need of window cleaning, window tinting or pressure washing services, please give Dan a call at 301-933-0433 - you will be supporting a local small business that employs Montgomery County residents. Visit his website at: bethesda.windowgenie.com

Thursday, April 23, 2015

10 Year Membership of PPA

A nice little surprise arrived in the mail today - my 10 year membership pin from the Professional Photographers of America.

10 year membership pin from PPA
10 Year membership pin from PPA

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Thank You For Your Referrals

Mary and I would like to thank you so very much for the many referrals we have received from you, our past clients. We appreciate the trust you place in us by referring a family member or friend to Avonlee Photography. We promise to take the very best of care of those you refer to us, providing them with the most memorable and fun experience possible as we capture their images.

Washington DC photographer, Silver Spring Wedding Photographer

Thursday, February 19, 2015

National Lawyers Convention at the Mayflower Hotel

This past November 13-15, we were honored to photograph the annual Lawyers Convention hosted by the Federalist Society at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. This yearly event consists of a series of panels, debates and receptions with the highlight being a sold out black tie dinner held at the Washington Marriott Marquis on Thursday evening. The keynote speaker at the reception was Supreme Court Justice, Samuel Alito. Here are some images from the convention.

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Supreme Court Justice Scalia speaking at the opening of the 2014 National Lawyers Convention
held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC.

dc event photographer, mayflower Hotel, Washington DC, Justice Scalia, National Lawyers Convention
Supreme Court Justice Thomas speaking with attendees at the
National Lawyers Convention in Washington DC - Nov 13-15 2014

Supreme Court Justices, Thomas, Scalia, and Alita, Federalist Society, Washington DC, Event Photographer
Federalist Society's Executive Vice President Leonard Leo (left), and President, Eugene B. Meyer (right) with Supreme Court Justices, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samual Alita

Federalist Society, Washington DC, Event Photographer
Supreme Court Justice Alito, guest speaker at the 2014 National Lawyers Convention.

Senator Orrin Hatch, National Lawyers Convention, 2014, Federalist Society, Washington DC Event Photographer
Senator Orrin Hatch addressing the 2014 National Lawyers Convention.

Senator Orrin Hatch, National Lawyers Convention, 2014, Federalist Society, Washington DC Event Photographer
Senator Orrin Hatch addressing the 2014 National Lawyers Convention.

US Attorney General Michael Mukasey, 2014, National Lawyers Convention, Washington DC, Event Photographer
Former US Attorney General Michael Mukasey addressing the 2014 National Lawyers Convention


Monday, November 24, 2014

Food Drive Photo Sessions

 


 
This is our third year running this very worthy promotion to help the needy in our community.  Last year's food drive brought in over 80 pounds of food. 
 
In 2013, my daughter Katie and her friend Paige helped deliver over 80lbs
of food to the MANNA food bank in Gaithersburg
 
This year, we are offering 20-minute express family portrait sittings at our studio. Please bring a bag (or two) of non-perishable food (such as canned soup, canned vegetables, cereal, rice, pasta, pasta sause etc).
  • Sitting fee is only $65 (total including sales tax and shipping is $74.85)
  • Price Includes:
    • 20 minute sitting
    • a free 5x7 print
    • free digital file for use on your own holiday card 
 
This year we encourage you to come dressed in festive attire.  
 
Family fun from a previous Manna food drive session.
 
 
Please call 301-946-4656 immediately to schedule your session - limited number of times slots available. Look forward to hearing from you soon.
 
Best wishes,
 
Michael & Mary Dunphy
Avonlee Photography
 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ashley and Thomas' Wedding Photographs at Norbeck Country Club

Ashley and Thomas are a wonderful young couple who were married in October at St Patrick's Catholic Church in Rockville. Their reception followed at the lovely Norbeck Country Club, also in Rockville.  The following images are some of the highlights of the day that capture the fun and excitement felt by all.













We were honored to be chosen to photograph their big day and we are most grateful to fellow Silver Spring photographer, George Singleton, for his kind referral.