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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.

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.

Portrait at Reston Town Center

May 23rd, 2011 Comments off


This is a portrait of Justin Troupe done at Reston Town Center. Justin is a life coach and motivational guru. He studies people behavior and techniques to modify those behaviors to be more productive.

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My Family Portrait

February 14th, 2010 Comments off

Nothing Fancy; that’s us on the way out to dinner.  Lynne, Michael, Carson (7), Barrett (9).

I took the picture, on a timer….lighting was set for one dude.

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