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We are a group of Northern Virginia photographers working out of a Herndon, Va studio we call Studio 76. We provide services including photography, video, web development & graphic design. We do commercial photography assignments on location, in the Virginia Studio and in Washington DC photography studios. We provide photographers in Northern Virginia, and DC for a variety of clients needs including headshots, product photography, industrial photography and architectural assignments. We also travel the country and the world photographing wonderful people and glorious places. Please feel free to contact us for more information or to hire a photographer for your visual marketing needs in the Virginia and DC Metro area.

Photography Portfolios

Virginia headshot photographer
Headshot Photography

virginia real estate photographer
Real Estate Photography

virginia portrait photographer
Portrait Photography

virginia food photographer
Studio Photography

virginia industrial photographer
Industrial Photography

virginia architectural photographer
Architectural Photography

Virginia product photographer
Product Photography

virginia video procution studio
Fine Art Photography

Virginia graphic designer
Abstract Photography


Below you will find stories and news about Michael's commercial photography business. You may also want to visit Michael's other photography sites: DC Photographers Resource and

Personal Work –

July 18th, 2017 Comments off

I’ve always been a photographer who works on personal projects. I started at age 11 with an editorial series on the birth and early life of 10 doberman puppies. That series was shot on Polaroid SX70, my first camera. I then went on to a series of bugs pictures. My mother was horrified that I was refrigerating the bugs so they would hold still for my pictures; the bugs weren’t too happy about it either. My first assignments were for the school paper and yearbook in 7th grade. These were black and white portraits that made me very popular with the subjects, who were mostly 12 year old girls.

My passion for photography has inspired many personal projects over the past three decades. There is sometimes crossover between personal work and professional photography, like my mountain bike work that was published in many bike magazines and my food, beer and food photography which has landed me many restaurant jobs. The point of personal work is never to get assignments, it’s just something I do because I love photography and I’m happiest when I’m being creative.

Recently, I’ve been shooting macro abstract art photography. I’ve amassed a collection of over 10,000 images and I’m feeling ready to show the work. I’d describe the work as “bending light through a lens to create pleasing shapes, textures and colors”. I feel that abstract photography has the advantage over other forms of abstract art. Abstract Photography is a manipulation of reality, not something entirely made by an artist. It’s intriguing to see how far I can bend reality using my cameras lens, light, science and magic.

I’m working on showing more of my personal work and have started building a website called Here a few samples of my personal work:


Lansdowne Va Architectural Photography

June 21st, 2016 Comments off

I usually hate it when people walk through my architectural shots but this time the third person who walked through looked great.  I was pleasantly surprised to see the touch of red come through on an otherwise drab shot.  I was shooting long exposures on a tripod but was able to change my settings quick enough to freeze the action at precisely the right moment.  We had to ask her for a model release after and I’m sure she would have walked out again if we asked nicely.


Stewart Image and Nations Photo Lab Honor Fallen Hero Charlie Keating IV

May 7th, 2016 Comments off





This week, a Navy SEAL was killed in Iraq, during an ISIS attack on a small Christian village near Mosul. A handful of American advisers were in the village at the time of the attack, and they were surrounded and cutoff by nearly 200 ISIS fighters. Charlie Keating IV led the SEAL Rapid Response counterattack to rescue the trapped Americans. The small SEAL-led assault team inflicted massive casualties among the ISIS terrorists, effectively destroying the attacking force. Tragically, during the violent 12-hour firefight Charlie Keating IV was killed in action.

Stewart Image was contacted by a friend of Charlie’s family to create a photographic tribute to be displayed at the Memorial Services and funeral of Mr. Keating. Stewart Image was provided a very small (480 KB) file, taken by a cell phone, as the desired image. Michael Stewart implemented extensive upsampling, noise reduction and several creative sharpening techniques to that original image. His extensive technical expertise generated an image suitable for a 16X24 inch canvas print. Stewart Image contacted our friends at Nations Photo Lab in MD to produce a rush print.

Mr. Rob Grant, their Accounts Manager and a fellow photographer, eagerly embraced the challenge of producing, mounting, framing and shipping to CA a 20X30 inch framed canvas print in less than 24 hours. They produced a superb canvas print with an extremely compressed delivery schedule. They then refused to charge us for their outstanding effort. Stewart Image wants to profusely thank both Rob and all those at NPL who worked so hard to meet this challenge for their thoughtfulness and generosity.

CNN has written an article on the incident and you can read it here.

Trustworthy Pharmacist Headshot

February 19th, 2015 Comments off

What looks like a simple headshot was actually very tricky.  The white coat and shinny badge gave me trouble at first but I’m trained for such lighting issues.  Angle of incidence equals angle of reflection, the inverse square law,….etc.  I like the portrait because of the nice contrast in lighting and the “trustworthy” look.  It was done on location at a Wegman’s in Virginia.  We shoot for them regularly, matching their requirements for background and crop.

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Lansdowne VA Portrait Photography

February 8th, 2015 Comments off

We recently did four sessions of portraits in Lansdowne Va, within the Lansdowne Resort. We’ve done 23 of these portraits for SSP Ameraica at this point. It’s tough to get everyone together in a big company like this, so we have to reproduce the look time after time. We do like to have some variation in the backgrounds and poses we use, so they look nice when all displayed together.