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Tara Staton’s DC Workshop | DC, Virginia, and Maryland Portrait Photographer

So last September I hosted a workshop for Tara Staton, an incredible photographer, instructor, mentor, and friend.  It was one of the most phenomenal experiences I’ve ever had!  To organize and prepare for Tara’s workshop, I canvassed this great city of ours with ardent fervor and a powerful determination to leave no stone unturned regarding locations, permits, lodging, facilities, transportation, and entertainment!  I also have the fortune of knowing lots of wonderful and gorgeous locals who I (and with the help of attendee Stacey Bahr – thank you, Stacey! And friend, Jennifer Burns – thank you, Jennifer!) recruited as willing and enthusiastic models, and all of the workshop attendees were truly thrilled to have them as their subjects.  We had the opportunity to work with families, children, couples, and high school seniors.  This was my first time shooting seniors, and I had a BLAST!  I can’t wait to photograph more of them!  And aahhh…the attendees!  What a fabulous group of gals!  It was such a blessing to meet these ladies and learn with them.  We got to know each other very well and forged great friendships that will last, for sure.  I also spent lots of time talking with the National Park Service as well as the super-nice folks at the Capitol Police Headquarters to learn all I would need to know for shooting in the city, and who had jurisdiction over which sections of DC — I had to make sure that we were following all the rules, obeying all the laws, and that we were obtaining all the necessary permits for our locations.  For nearly four days we gathered at the vacation rental I lined up in the city for lodging and class time, and then we traveled with Dave Hinton from DTT Transportation (definitely look him up next time you travel to and within the city — Dave is fantastic!) to various and diverse locations for hands-on shooting practice with our models.  Not only did I learn more about photography and how to create spectacular images, but I also learned so much about myself and what I am capable of accomplishing.  I also discovered more amazing things about Washington DC…and I feel like I know that city (almost) like the back of my hand.  What a triumph for me – personally and professionally!  I want to thank Tara for her kindness and for sharing her experiences, knowledge, and skill with me and all the attendees.  And to the attendees – I am so fortunate to have met you, and I look forward to staying in touch!  It was a workshop that I will always look back on fondly.  Here are some of my favorite images from those four days — have a look at these shots of our exquisite models!

June 13, 2011 - 6:50 pm Carrie M. - These are PHENOMENAL, Kerry! Of course, I know you don't need me to tell you that!! My very favorite is the action-shot of the little girl in the black boots! Reminds me of Carter & Peyton, always on the go! And I love the fact that you can capture "on the go" so beautifully! Love it!!! :)

December 16, 2011 - 8:55 pm Kim - Brings back memories :) What a great workshop! Thanks for organizing it!

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