Shots From The Maryland Terrapins VS. Wisconsin Badgers NCAA Men’s Basketball Game

Tuesday night, the 14th, ranked the University of Maryland Terrapins took on the 5th ranked University of Wisconsin Badgers in Maryland’s biggest game of the season since joining the Big 10. The Badgers entered the game with a chance to clinch a share of the Big 10 title with a victory.

Friday afternoon, I was contacted by a friend and fellow photographer about shooting the game for Wisconsin.  He was unavailable that day and, as I had been trying to break in to college basketball, I jumped at the chance to shoot.  After working things out with the communications director for Wisconsin I headed up 95 for the game.

Unfortunately, with this being such an important game, traffic getting to the area was beyond what I had expected.  Two hours after leaving for the game I had my credentials in hand and made it inside the Xfinity Center with a few moments to spare before tip-off.

I was seated on the far end of the court, across from the Wisconsin bench, which was perfect as I knew at some point in the game Coach Ryan would get fired up and give me some great shots. True to form, towards the end of the game a call went Maryland’s way and after spending much of the game fairly reserved he broke out and become as animated as I’ve ever seen a coach.

I was also fortunate enough to be a few feet away from former Maryland Coach, Gary Williams, who came out to enjoy the game.

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Client Packaging: New Custom USB Drives!

At the start of last year, I introduced new custom USB drives and boxes that would be the preferred way to deliver your wedding photos.

This year, I’m excited to show off my brand new option for delivering your images; custom wood 8gb USB drives!

Available in two options—contemporary wood or classic wood—these drives are simply stunning, and are a gorgeous way to show off your wedding.  The drives can be printed with an image of your choice, or text, if you prefer.

The classic wood comes with a removable, magnetic, top.  The drive is less than an inch thick and is small enough to fit in your pocket without getting in the way.  The contemporary wood drive is roughly the size of a credit card with one end flipping out to reveal the drive.

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Courtney + Aaron’s Old Town Engagement Session At Indigo Landing

Courtney and Aaron are one of those couples that when you first meet in person you just know it’s going to be a ridiculously awesome time.  That’s exactly how I felt when Melissa and I met in Old Town Alexandria for their engagement session over the summer.  I was already looking forward to their wedding at Lansdowne in July, but after finishing up our session the date couldn’t get here fast enough.

We started out at the Indigo Landing Restaurant, which is where Aaron proposed to Courtney.  You could tell right away with these two that it was going to be a great session.  Between the faces they kept making at each other, a failed attempt at the ‘Dirty Dancing’ jump move and putting ice cream on Courtney, I’m not sure how we managed to find time and be serious enough for some photos, but when it was time to shoot it was hard to ask for a better couple to shoot with (and these two could do some serious dips!)

The four of us had a blast at the session, we got amazing photos and we ended up with one of my favorite weddings of the year.   View full post »

Marc Broussard: Sessions At Willow Grove

A few weeks ago, I was invited back down to The Inn at Willow Grove for the final ‘Sessions at Willow Grove‘ of the year.  As always. I jump at the chance to take a trip back down to Orange, VA and hang out with the amazing people at the Inn and the awesome crew that works to put on every ‘Sessions’ episode.

This time out ‘bayou soul’ singer, Marc Broussard took the stage to the delight of everyone in attendance.  Broussard, best known for the song ‘Home,’ had the crowd rocking along from the second he hit the stage until the last note of ‘This Christmas.’

A snap by DC photographer Rich Kessler from a shoot with Marc Broussard at Willow Grove.

I fully admit I didn’t know a lot of his songs, other than ‘Home,’ but I left the Inn as a huge fan of Marc Broussard.  I couldn’t have asked for a better show to shoot for my final 2014 gig, and can’t wait to see what artists are on tap for future Sessions performances.  Again, many thanks to everyone at the Inn, everyone involved in the ‘Sessions’ show and the artists who come out to put on these performances. View full post »

Photos From The Lt. Col. Wallace Air Force Promotion Ceremony

Last month, a fellow photographer put a call out for some help covering a promotion ceremony that he was unable to do.  I was lucky enough to be around when the post came on Facebook and, after a quick back and forth, arrangements were made for me to head down to the Air Force Memorial for Lt. Col Wallace’s ceremony.

On a gorgeous, if only slightly windy, Friday afternoon in November we all gathered in the center of the memorial for the ceremony.

After a wonderful introduction from General Been, it was time for Lt. Col. Wallace to receive his new pins from his wife and parents.  With the pin-on ceremony complete, and Lt. Col. Wallace having thanked everyone for coming all those in attendance were ready to sing along with the Air Force Song.

Unfortunately, there were issues with the music but that didn’t seem to be a problem as the entire crowd sang a cappella.  That was truly an awesome sight to witness.  It was an honor to be part of such a special event.  The Wallace family could not have been more amazing, and I am extremely thankful that they allowed me to come down and shoot for them.

For some reason, after all this time I had never actually gone to visit the memorial instead I would admire it from 395 as I headed in to DC for a Nats game.  You can’t appreciate the sheer size and beauty of this piece until you’re sitting in the middle of the circle staring up into the sky at the tips of the memorial. View full post »