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Board of Directors Portrait Photography

August 30th, 2017 No comments

When a BOD has their annual meeting, it’s a great time to schedule photography.  Many leaders of the companies we work with only get together once a year.  This project for an international consulting firm included people people from offices in LA, London and India.  We worked to coordinate the headshot and portrait photography in all the locations.  We frequently hire and train photographers in other parts of the world.  Their photography need to precisely match the headshots and portraits we make for the offices in Northern Virginia and DC.

When you have 10min with a bunch of people that won’t be together again for a year, you better bring your A team photographer.

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

May 7th, 2016 Comments off

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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.

The Haiti Project

May 16th, 2014 Comments off

    Recently, we volunteered our services to a non-profit organization bringing education opportunities to underprivileged children in Haiti. 140516_StewartImage_Photos

  La Vallee Alliance is restoring libraries, schools and services for children that were damaged in the earthquake. A client ask us to help his daughter with visuals for a fundraiser and we jumped at the opportunity to use our marketing and advertising skills to make a difference in these children’s lives.

We took the groups archive of images and selected the best for posters and a slideshow to be used for fundraising.  We used our  skills to make the amateur images look their best.  The images added the needed illustration of their work that opened minds and wallets to the cause.  Hopefully our effort makes a difference in the lives of the children who were hit hard by the earthquake.

“Michael … These look great!!! Thanks so very much!!!”

                                               – Ann K. Bazzarone

“Michael: Ann’s Haiti event was a huge success. Photo display a top hit. She said, ‘Michael made my photos look like National Geographic.’ Many thanks.”

                                            -Tom

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StewartImage does several pro bono jobs every year for causes we believe in, so don’t be afraid to ask if you need photography services for a charity or fundraiser.

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Green Screen Portraits

April 13th, 2014 Comments off

We often shoot background images for our archive while on location for photography assignments.  We frequently use green  screen (chroma key) techniques to make a portraits and drop them onto images from our background archive. We have thousands of backgrounds & elements: buildings, skies, grass, bushes, etc. in our archive.  Many of the bushes and other elements have been isolated from their surroundings over the years for various projects.  You could say, the grass is always greener on the other side of Photoshop.  Placing portrait subjects onto random backgrounds does require finesse  to look natural, but we find this to be a compelling way to make interesting and flexible portraits.  See below green screen portraits of structural engineers:

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Timelapse Headshot Photography

September 12th, 2012 Comments off

We made “Motion Lapse” portraits for Salsa Labs’ Senior Management Team.  See the the way we used motion to bring the portraits to life:

Visit the website to see the motion:

Salsa Labs Management Team Page