Business In Focus selects ERP International, LLC
I was happy to provide the photography for ERP International, LLC‘s feature article in the May issue of Business In Focus magazine. ERP is a nationally respected provider of health, science, and technology solutions for government agencies and for commercial organizations. Their comprehensive enterprise strategic sourcing and management solutions are used by the Department of Defense and by civilian agencies such as NIH, Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice.
ERP’s Managing Partner, Melvin Petty, was selected by the US Small Business Administration as the 2012 Maryland Minority Enterprise Development Week’s Minority Small Business Person of the Year. I have also had the pleasure of making the senior class pictures for Mr. Petty’s daughters over the past several years. His daughter Erika is now an HR and Communication analyst for ERP.
Headquartered in Laurel, Maryland, ERP is ranked in the top 5% of all companies by Dunn and Bradstreet. They have project sites in approximately 28 states, and maintain satellite offices in Ohio, Texas, Colorado, and Alabama.
Link to the Business In Focus article: ERP International: Increasing Organizational Success
ERP’s Managing Partner, Melvin Petty, was selected by the US Small Business Administration as the 2012 Maryland Minority Enterprise Development Week’s Minority Small Business Person of the Year.
For the past few days I have been providing photography for Sen. Brian Frosh, who will likely be Maryland’s next Attorney General. Brian is a current state senator from Montgomery County, and is known as one of the nicest people in Maryland politics.
The job of Attorney General is a very important one. The AG is the state’s chief legal officer, and is essentially the people’s lawyer. The AG job can be a powerful one as well, as only three people have held the position over the past 35 years. Well-known and highly-respected Joe Curran held the job for twenty of those years, and has endorsed Brian. Curran’s immediate predecessor, Stephen Sachs, has also given the nod to Brian. (The current AG is Doug Gansler who is running for Governor.)
Based on what I’ve seen during the time I’ve spent with Brian, he is very well liked by people who know him. As a testament to that likeability – and certainly to his capabilities as well – Brian has received far more endorsements than any other candidate. The two largest newspapers in the region, The Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun, have both given him their thumbs up. The Post said, “ON THE merits, the three-way race in the Democratic primary for attorney general in Maryland is a slam-dunk” when they published their endorsement. Other endorsements include several Fraternal Order of Police lodges, Firefighter organizations, the Maryland Association of Realtors, and the Maryland State Education Association. A super-majority of Frosh’s fellow senators also endorse him, and scores of other elected officials are backing him as well.
Maryland’s Primary Election is coming up in less than two weeks (June 24th), yet a poll taken just this week shows that 40% of voters are still undecided as to who will get their vote for Attorney General. Mostly, that seems to be because few people know much about the candidates. I invite you to learn more about Brian by taking a look at his website.
In Bethesda, Frosh meets with supporters Scott Sokol and Susan Lobas from Baltimore County (top left); event planner Marty Bindeman (top right); Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin (bottom right); and Derrick and Leena Parks from Springdale (bottom left).
Supporters include Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Sheriff Darren Popkin (top left), and Del. Susan Lee (blue dress in top right).
Brian Frosh attends BowieFest with Mayor Fred Robinson and Del. Joe Vallario
Beautiful Evening at Chesapeake Beach
The wheels on the bus went round and round, round and round … all through the town. The bus in this case was a brand-spankin’ new 44-seater provided by Towne Transport, and the town was the beautiful bay side town of Chesapeake Beach. Last evening I was lucky enough to tag along on this champagne-filled ride to the Chesapeake Beach Resort for a networking event called “Businesses Rock the Dock”. Veronica Tovey, Publisher and President of What’s Up Magazine, was our gracious host, and helped to fill the bus with lively conversation and laughter.
Camera phone views from the dock at Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa.
Once we arrived at the Resort, owner Gerald Donovan was on hand to make sure we enjoyed the complimentary hors d’oeuvres, which included tasty crab balls, shrimp, fruits trays, and much more. The weather was absolutely perfect, and the band was excellent.
All proceeds from the event went to the Maryland Theater for the Performing Arts and the American Cancer Society.
It was great to meet some new people, and I was surprised to run into a couple of people I hadn’t seen in several years. All-in-all, it was a great evening!
More camera phone views at Chesapeake Beach.
Lytro Redefines the Camera
In some of our Annapolis Photo School classes we have talked about new types of cameras that offer interesting and exciting possibilities for photography in the future. We have mentioned mirror-less DSLR cameras that have the potential to replace the traditional SLR style camera, but the most innovative system we discussed is the Lytro – a “light field” camera that you don’t need to focus because you can actually set the focus point AFTER you take the picture. Many of us have ruined what could have been a great image simply because our focus was off a bit. With the Lytro, not only can you change what is in focus afterwards, you can also change depth-of-field after. Those who have taken our DSLR class will know what I mean by “depth-of-field”, but for those who may not, it essentially means controlling what is in focus in your image – foreground, background, or both. With a traditional camera, the photographer has to decide all of that before taking the picture and must set the camera appropriately. But with this new technology, you can decide all of that later. Interesting, huh?
The original Lytro was introduced two years ago and is basically a rectangle box that fits into your hand (see picture). Although you can change shutter speed and ISO settings, it is very much a “point and shoot”, with a lens on one end and an LCD screen on the other. Although very innovative technology, it has many limitations and produces relatively low resolution images. The LCD screen is also low-rez which sometimes makes it difficult to adequately see your image. I considered this first model to be just an introduction for better things to come, and it seems I was right.
Lytro has now made a gigantic leap in design and just introduced a completely new camera with significant improvements over that first step into this new technology. Besides adding a larger sensor with higher resolution, they changed the look and feel to more closely resemble a traditional camera – albeit with a sleek, modern take on the design. The camera includes a 30-250mm equivalent zoom lens, wi-fi, and even compatibility with an Android app. They also added a hot shoe to allow flash units for even more versatility.
New Lytro Illum “Light Field” Camera
The Lytro Illum will be available for purchase in July for $1599, and can be pre-ordered now for $1499. If you have a couple of hundred dollars lying around and want to experiment, the original model can now be picked up for as little as $199 and Lytro will rebate that amount on the new model.
If you’re interested in learning more about this system, you can start by reading a summary on DPReview, or by visiting the Lytro website.
Although still pretty much in its infancy, this could be the one that really changes the course of camera history.
Thanks to all who helped with Operation Smile Fundraiser
Our “Celebration of Smiles” fundraiser for Operation Smile ended yesterday and was a big success! As of this writing, we’re just $24 short of raising enough money to cover the cost of 5 surgeries! 100% of your session fees from this event have been donated to Operation Smile through PPA Charities, a 501(c)(3) division of the Professional Photographers of America.
David Anderson Photography donated over $4300 in products and services for this event (based on the regular price of our business portrait sessions, supplies, and the taxes and credit card fees we covered).
Thanks to all the individuals who signed up for the mini-sessions, and a very special thanks to the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland for bringing their entire staff in.
Of course, we would not have been as successful without the contributions of Brinster Dental and Mairead M. O’Reilly Orthodontics. A special thanks also to these dental professionals for all of their help!
Last Chance to Make a Donation!
Today is the last day to donate! Your entire contribution will go to Operation Smile through PPA Charities. (As of this writing, we need just $24 more to completely cover the cost of 5 surgeries!)
Click Here to Donate
Celebration of Smiles…
…is a great little fundraiser for Operation Smile through PPA Charities, the charitable arm of the Professional Photographers of America. I was on hand in Phoenix this past January as we presented a check for $100,000 from last year’s proceeds. To date, PPA Charities member studios have contributed over $600,000 to Operation Smile, which has changed the lives of over 2400 children and their families. We have about 7 mini-sessions scheduled today, and maybe as many as 20 for Tuesday!
Learn more at www.daphoto.com/smiles.
Celebration of Smiles at David Anderson Photography
For every 10 smiles that we photograph…one precious smile will be saved.
How you can support this fundraiser for Operation Smile
Every three minutes a child somewhere in the world is born with a cleft lip or similar facial deformity. One in ten will not survive to see their first birthday. Those who do survive often live in isolation and pain.
That’s why David Anderson Photography has teamed up with Brinster Dental of Bowie and Mairead M. O’Reilly Orthodontics in Annapolis to host “Celebration of Smiles Day” at our studio on Saturday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 29, 2014 to support a nationwide fundraiser for Operation Smile.
Because thousands of medical and dental professionals donate their services, Operation Smile can perform surgeries to save these children for as little as $240.
For only a $24 donation, you will receive a mini-session of yourself or a loved one, plus a desk-size finished portrait (or a digital web-sized image). This head-and-shoulders style session is the perfect way to get a new business portrait, a great LinkedIn profile photo, or a fun photo of your child or pet … all while helping a great cause!
Along with other participating members of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), we have pledged to donate 100% of each $24 donation to PPA Charities, which has chosen Operation Smile as its charitable partner.
Recording the smiles of children and their families is our greatest pleasure. That’s why we believe so strongly in the work of Operation Smile. We hope you will join with us in helping to make this vital work possible. As always . . . we look forward to creating some truly wonderful portraits of you or your family members.
Celebration of Smiles 2013 video
Click Here to schedule your session or to just make a donation!
Rick Harrison, of the hit TV show Pawn Stars, joined other celebrities and personalities at today’s National Walk for Epilepsy that took place at the Washington Monument in Washington, DC. Also appearing on stage and walking with Harrison was Jerry Kill, head football coach at the University of Minnesota.
Most Pawn Star fans don’t know that Harrison suffered from epileptic seizures as a child, which in a roundabout way made him the star he is today. Because of seizures that sometimes kept him confined to bed, he developed a love for reading. He especially liked books about history and physics, which helped to give him the knowledge he shares in his pawn shop, and on TV.
Coach Kill made headlines around the country this season after he suffered a series of epileptic seizures, including one on the sidelines during a televised game. He also was later diagnosed with kidney cancer, which is now in remission. He has since spoken out about epilepsy, and has also started a cancer foundation to assist low-income patients.
Other celebrities spotted at today’s event included NFL free agent Geoff Pope, basketball entertainer “Mighty Mike” Simmel, and NBC4’s Dianna Russini, who MC’d the event.
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- Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars TV show.
Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill.
Epilepsy Foundation CEO Phil Gattone with Pawn Stars Rick Harrison.
Lots of furry friends attended today’s walk.
One of the younger walkers at today’s event.
Whew, it’s getting busy! I had to take a break just to jot down some of the things I’ve got coming up, and make sure I have everything on my to do list! Not much was happening for a few weeks, and I was a bit worried. It must have been the weather, and even though it’s freezing cold again today, spring must be in the air because the phone is ringing and the emails are flying!
Many of you probably don’t know what all I do, but here’s an idea of what I’ve got booked just over the next few weeks:
- forensic photography for law firms
- magazine shoot at the corporate offices for a government contractor
- portraits of bank officers and board members
- 2 1/2 day shoot for a national conference
- exterior photos of several banks
- portrait sessions at the USNA
- location shoot for a financial advisory firm
- lots of copy and restoration of old photos, books, and other articles
- Studio business portrait sessions
- 2 location shoots for dental offices
- Celebration of Smiles Day (a fundraiser for Operation Smile on April 26th and 29th – more about that later)
Then, I have my regular production work such as designing and printing books, retouching and sending portraits to the lab, and all the other daily tasks and sessions that come up. And, all of that is on top of the classes we have scheduled for the Annapolis Photo School. It’s a good thing I love what I do! (But, don’t you think it’s a good idea for my wife to let me get that Harley now … you know – to help relieve some of that stress?!)
Learning to Use a DSLR
As of this writing, we still have 4 openings for this Saturday’s “Learning to Use a DSLR” class. You can read more about current classes and sign up on our website.
Also, please note that we are still offering a $30 off Introductory Special!
Past Students: Remember, you get $50 off the regular price of any future class! If you’re interested, just send me an email and let me know the class you want. I’ll then send an electronic invoice out to you right away.
Can’t attend Saturday’s class? Another one is scheduled for April 27th, and there are currently 7 openings available for that date!
Intermediate DSLR Class Next Month
Our first “Intermediate DSLR” class is scheduled for April 6 and 13. As of this writing, we still have 6 openings for that class, but we expect it to fill up as the date gets closer, so don’t wait!
WE KEEP CLASS SIZES SMALL, SO THERE IS LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE!