The latest from 2nd shoot with the talented songwriter, singer and model, Veronica King.
I met Dr. Tu back in March when I first began working with the not-for-profit hospital corporation, United Medical Center (UMC) for new materials for web, marketing, public relations and advertising. You never know what to expect when meeting a new subject for the first time, especially someone as accomplished and respected as Dr. Tu, internationally recognized as a leader in his field. So often a photographer has fewer than 5 minutes for a session with persons as busy as Dr. Tu. In many cases, the last thing they want is to take time out of their calendar because marketing wants them to. Too often the subject is anxious to get to meeting, a conference call, email--basically do anything but deal with a photographer. After all, "why can't we just use the same photo that we have been using all these years?"
Dr. Tu could not be more fun to work with. He is ready and eager and comes with a great sense of humor. He is one of the funniest people I have met in a very long time. He is a very serious person and yet he doesn't take himself too seriously. The warmth and positive energy of his personality fills the room. We have shot 3 times now and in each session we laugh so much that I have to remind him we must refocus because he has to get back to running his department and I have a full schedule of other physicians, administrators and departments that need to be shot.
Here are a few frames from our last shoot. Dr. Tu, the happiest and funniest radiologist in the world!
Kate. Fitness model, Washington, DC
Mechanic, Finksburg, Maryland
Art and Soul, Capitol Liaison Hotel, Washington, DC
Outtake from an upcoming feature story for Lodging Magazine.
54 years old. Released a few weeks ago after serving 12 years in prison on a Federal drug conspiracy conviction.
Bartendar. Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, Tennessee. Also featured in Three Six Mafia's "No Good Deed" music video.
Candy Crowley delivers keynote address at National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) 2015 Annual Meeting, July 20, 2015 Nashville, Tennessee (Rodney Choice/www.choicephotography.com)
Bus Driver. Nashville, Tennessee
Musician. Nashville, Tennessee
Freedom to Marry
Cid Wilson, President and CEO of Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) responds to recent comments made by Donald Trump about immigrants, July 1, 2015, Washington, DC (Rodney Choice/www.choicephotography.com)
Residents enjoying the early hot summer sun at an apartment complex in Columbia Heights neighborhood
For many years the default scheme for professional portraits is a basic solid colored backdrop with subject looking very serious. While that look is still important and necessary, there is still plenty of room for creativity and whenever possible I suggest to clients to do something in addition to that traditional look that will make headshots stand out just a bit more on the company website, press releases, publications and social media. Here is an example.
Mr. Maurice Lyles. My neighbor, friend and respected elder passed away 2 days ago at age 88. Almost immediately he became a mentor of mine and I could always call or knock on his door and I could talk with him about anything, whether out front, out back or in his living room. I would take an annual portrait of him every year around his birthday, June 12. Unfortunately, I didn't get to take his portrait this year. This photo is by far my favorite of him. He was 82 at the time. A Washington, DC native and long ago retired, Maurice was a prolific jazz drummer, still playing gigs regularly up until about 2 years until his health declined. Every year, faithfully, the stars and stripes would hang proudly in front of his house and in a flower pot on Independence and Memorial Days. He was married twice and both wives passed on years ago. Always keen of mind and spirit, there was very little small talk. He would always jump right into a very serious and relevant conversation about some of the most important topics of our time whether that be national and local DC politics, race relations, healthy eating, the economy, gentrification. You name the subject, Maurice had a strong view. Mr. Lyles was a voracious reader, with books literally all over his three story Bloomingdale townhome. On occasion, he would would insist on lending me books from his vast library to share some of the insight and wisdom he acquired. Our one friendly point of contention was sports and NFL football in particular. I am a Giants fan. He was 100% Washington. My heart and prayers go out his family and loved ones. He is a part of a passing generation that we must never forget. Rest in Peace, Mr. Lyles. I will miss you...
JoJo is a native of Cameroon who has been taklng his art directly to the people on the streets of Washington, DC. for over a decade now. I just happened to catch him setting up and unloading his van along 14th Street.