This year I began learning the ins & outs of broadcast equipment under the guidance of award-winning videographer Bethany Swain. Bethany is tough, experienced and willing to embrace the creativity of her students, which has ultimately led me to fall in love with video more than I though I ever thought I could.
This video on local artist Rachel Pfeffer was shot in a few hours, edited in half a day and posted by me and my two classmates for our first video package project. I always want to make sure that I connect my classwork to the "real" world and real work-- thus attracting me to the idea of recording the artists of Monroe Street Market where my studio is located.
While artist Marcella Kriebel is currently in Cuba, we managed to get together for an hour to start working on a video of her as well.
While I find video much more challenging and time consuming, I look forward to continuing to broaden my skill set and find new ways to tell stories.
Heather moved with such calm and grace that I found myself at ease while taking photos. Doing some yoga of my own, I spent a good part of the shoot laying on the ground with her as I tried to capture the feel that she had specified during our talks.
It was a pleasure working with Heather, and I look forward to seeing where her business and military travels take her next.
Last month I photographed The Jefferson's fine-dining restaurant, Plume.
A beautiful space with an exquisite food and wine menu (1776 Food & Wine Experience, anyone?) as well as a warm and witty staff, it was a pleasure working with the company.
My studio, Wild Hand Workspace, in Brookland is just a few easy steps away from Hälsa- I end up stopping by about once a week to grab a welcome healthy bite. So you might be able to imagine my delight when they mentioned to me that they needed a photographer to take some photos of their food & products.
Hälsa (meaning "health" in Swedish!) carries a range of local products & merchandise, healthy and organic market plates, and other smaller dishes that act as a wonderful alternative to other fast-food options that are in Brookland.
Aside from healthy food, Hälsa also offers a beautiful setting where you can sit down with your laptop, soak up some sun (not mention their free wifi!) and stretch out across their industrial-style communal table while being surrounded by subtle greenery. A large wall filled with merchandise acts as a welcome distraction when you're been staring at a computer screen for hours.
It was such a pleasure taking photos for the restaurant. With the change of season I can't wait to see what they end up putting on their menu next.
Before I left for Japan I was faced with a whirlwind of freelance projects that kept me working right up until a few hours before I stepped on the plane. I count myself as lucky for having such a schedule.
The product one of these said projects was my latest piece for the Washington Post Express.
Delving into the history and modern day life of daiquiris was not only a tasty, tasty assignment to complete- it was a fun derivation from my usual food pieces.
Much to the woes of my inner travel-bug, I am back home in D.C. I couldn't be more excited to get a jump on the stories and ideas that have been brewing in my brain these last few weeks.
As always, a huge thank you to my editor, Holley Simmons. My life & faith in myself wouldn't be the same without her patience, guidance and care.
There are countless photoshoots that I have done & will never be able to see again due to my young and foolish years of not backing-ups my work... and losing laptops on international flights.
While walking through DC this past weekend I stumbled upon one the scene of one of said shoots and happily remembered the photos were still online and thus not forever lost in the digital abyss of the internet.
Since this shoot I've been incredibly fortunate to team-up with Morgan and other members of this shoot for countless projects throughout the years. DC's creative community is only growing stronger- I couldn't be more flattered to be included in it.
One of the greatest pleasures of my job is getting to photograph people do what they love. Recently I had the pleasure of photographing artist Marcella Kriebel's latest work for her website and other social media needs. Marcella makes the most beautiful cards, paintings and illustrations that you can often find at a local farmer's market or trade show around town.
Marcella also has a book coming out this month, titled Mi Comida Latina. I couldn't be more excited for her and all that she has planned for this year. If you see her at a local market stop by to say hello and take a peek at her gorgeous drawings.
"Victoria Milko says she felt the need to assemble a collective in D.C. that is a 'constructive place where a bunch of us can get together, take photos, and critique each other’s work with no pretense of being competitive.' In the art community, she says, 'there are two sides to the spectrum: you can share your information and learn from each other or, you can be really competitive and not talk about what you’re doing.'"