Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Before and After - The Power of Photoshop

Recently, there has been a number of un-retouched photographs of celebrities released on the web which clearly show how the fashion industry has attempted to 'fool' the average consumer. Where would the industry be without skilled Photoshop artists that can take an average looking celebrity and turn them into something spectacular. The short film below made by Dove, shows just what is possible with a little makeup and some computer time.

Click here to view Dove Commercial


National Lawyers Convention 2016

This past November we photographed the annual National Lawyers Convention at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. The three day conference featured many speakers including supreme court justices Alito and Thomas along with the newly nominated US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was the key note speaker on Friday.


Supreme Court Justice Alito
Supreme Court Justice Thomas
South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, newly appointed US ambassador to the United Nations.
Texas senator Ted Cruz
Texas senator Ted Cruz

Nebraska senator Ben Sasse

Friday, December 2, 2016

Portrait of Kensington Conservator

Working Men Portrait Series

Joe Grenon - Awesome Metals, Kensington, Maryland


This portrait of Joe Grenon, is part of our 'Working Men' series and was taken at Awesome Metals located on Howard Avenue, Kensington, Maryland. Joe has been the owner of Awesome Metals since August of 2003.

From an early age Joe was interested in antiques. His daily work involves the repair, restoration and conservation of metal objects that need help. When asked if he had ever done any other kind of work he replied " I've been involved in restoration for 35 years, I don't remember much before that"

Joe was a wonderful subject to work with. He too has a background in photography and understood the process of creating the images. We recently spent just 20 minutes creating a series of images in his studio in Kensington.

The images we capture in the Working Man series are of individuals that primarily work with their hands. We are not necessarily looking for happy smiling images but instead are hoping to catch that off guarded moment when a subject grants us access to their inner self. Here is my favorite from our session:

Joe Grenon - Awesome Metals, Kensington, Maryland



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Friday, September 23, 2016

2015 Winning Images - International Print Competition

2015 IPC Winning Images

2015 marked Michael's return to International Print Competition. The annual competition, which was held in Atlanta, attracted more than 5000 entries from across the globe. Michael entered four images, three of which received a merit from the judging panel. Each merited print is then judged a second time by a separate panel of judges for inclusion in the prestigious Loan Collection. Two of Michael's images were selected for the Loan Collection and have since been printed in the 2015 Loan Collection Book.

The winning images and their titles are shown below.

'Wisdom Comes With Age'
'Southwestern Belle'

'Don't Take Your Love To Town'




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Friday, September 16, 2016

New Contest for the Fall

Fall Photo Contest

 This season's contest is a test of your photographic skill. We want you to take a photograph of nature - any subject, flora or fauna using your phone or camera. The only requirement is that there must be no evidence of mankind in the image - no walls, fences, roads or houses. Only three entries per person allowed. Images will be judged on October 21st and the winner will be notified by October 26th. Winning image will be posted to our Facebook page and included in our next newsletter.

Please post your image on either our Facebook page or, email it directly to us at this address

The prize for this contest is an 8x10 art print from our nature collection valued at $95.

Don't delay, get shooting straight away!

Fall scene



Fall Portraits in Metro DC area

It's that time of year again. We have a limited number of times available for Fall Portraits next month. The first weekend of October has 2 times left, and the rest of October will fill fast! Call Michael at 301-946-4656 for details.

Fall, Portrait, family, Wheaton Regional Park, Wheaton, MD, Silver Spring portrait photographer
Fall portrait at Wheaton Regional park

Fall, Portrait, family, Wheaton Regional Park, Wheaton, MD, Silver Spring portrait photographer
Fall portrait at Wheaton Regional park

Fall, Portrait, family, Wheaton Regional Park, Wheaton, MD, Silver Spring portrait photographer
Fall portrait at Wheaton Regional park

Fall portrait in Fairfax County VA, family portrait, Fairfax County, VA, Fairfax County portrait photographer
Fall portrait in Fairfax County VA
Call the studio at 301-946-4656 for details and to schedule a portrait time.
Avonlee Photography - Silver Spring, Maryland

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Portrait of Kensington business man

Working Men Portrait Series

Imre Varhidy - Kensington Simca Service, Kensington Maryland

This man's story began in Hungary before the advent of World War II. Imre Varhidy came from a family where running your own business was part of life. With the Hungarian uprising in 1956 followed quickly by the Soviet invasion later that year, Imre's life was turned upside down. All businesses, homes and property that his family owned were seized by the regime and they were left to live in a house that faced a large factory that they once owned and managed.

In 1957, after the uprising had been suppressed, he took a motor bike ride to the Austrian border to see what conditions were like there. As he approached the border, an armed security guard advised him that he should 'go west' (the guard then commandeered his motor bike). Imre left his life and girlfriend behind him in Hungary and with nothing but the clothes on his back, crossed into Austria. He eventually managed to get his girlfriend, now wife, out of occupied Hungary and secured a passage for them to the United States of America. Landing in New Jersey with no English and no money, fortune came their way and they were greeted at the bottom of the airplane steps by an African American who spoke perfect Hungarian - a language he had picked during his childhood from Hungarian immigrant kids living in his neighborhood. Life turned around for the Varhidy family once in America. Through hard work and determination, Imre and his wife eventually moved from Cleveland to Washington DC with their son, Emery, in 1962. Imre initially worked for Royal Motors for a number of years before opening Kensington Simca Service in 1969.

In the image of Imre, you see hands that have worked many hard physical jobs. But you will also see a gentleness through his eyes. On a quiet October evening in 2015, I photographed him in the garage that he established in 1969. The session was a peaceful one with very little spoken between us. He was content to follow my direction and seemed to enjoy the novelty and fuss of a photo session. I am grateful for his time and patience and for sharing his life story with me.

Imre Varhidy - Founder of Kensington Simca Service
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Tel: 301-946-4656

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Avonlee Photography, 3902 Adams Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20902