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From the archives, by request.


Recently, I was talking to a friend about the music scene in DC.

For a time, my friend was a top executive at a Washington, DC radio station. Her husband was a VP at Columbia Records for years. These people know the music industry very well. Being if a certain age, we were lamenting the demise of the local DC band scene and the sea change that has transformed the music industry over the past few years…and not all in a good way.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that you could spend a leisurely Saturday night taking in some very good live music at a local club in DC.  Some of the best bands in the history of rock and roll got their start at small clubs in places like DC (remeber the Mamas and Pappas), LA and New York. But those days are gone. The Internet, iTunes and self-publishing has changed that forever.  Finding a good cover band today is like finding a teenager who doesn’t text.  So, it never occurred to me that I would find one of the best cover bands I have heard in years at a wedding, a wedding where I was the lead photographer.

But that is exactly what happened at Sam and Tyler’s wedding.  The story is that Sam and Tyler, the bride and groom,  fell in love with a  band they heard when they were visiting Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. When it came time to plan for the wedding day, The Deas Guyz Band was their first and the only choice for music.  I speak for my entire photography team when I say that we are so glad they were.  Sam and Tyler’s wedding reception would have been great to cover without Reggie Deas and his rockin’ band. But with them, this is one reception I would have covered for nothing.

After the wedding, I posted a few images of the band on my blog.  A week later I got an email from Jeff Vrable. the Editor-in-Chief of The Hilton Head Monthly. He was doing a feature piece in July on the Deas Guyz Band and wanted to use one my images for the article. I sent it along to Jeff and the magazine is, as they say, on the news stands now. It’s also online. The band looks great!

If you are ever in Hilton Head, SC or find the Deas Guyz Band playing near you, don’t wait for an invitation to see this band play!

Now, to the band.


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Lifestyle portait of Sarah and Joe at McKenna Farm

Just a brief trip north of Washington, DC lies the historic City of Frederick, MD.

From the City of Frederic website:


Here, museums meet martini bars, scenic landscapes provide thrill seekers with adventure, and cutting edge cuisine is served up in Civil War-era buildings alongside unique specialty shops, galleries, museums, and theaters.

Located less than one hour from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Gettysburg, the city of Frederick, Maryland is surrounded by mountain views, wineries, orchards and vibrant Main Street communities. Visitors can hike on the Appalachian Trail, visit Maryland’s largest brewery, and tour a battlefield all in one day.

This is Frederick County, where hip meets historic every day.

It is there, in the beautiful rolling hills and lush countryside of Frederic County, MD that you will find McKenna Farm, the country home and rural retreat of Joe Mckenna and Sarah Brennan. I spent the day there, recently, creating lifestyle and portrait photography content for the new McKenna Farms website.

About Sarah, Joe and McKenna Farms, in their own words:

Our Journey

In every city dweller, there are dreams of an escape to the country. But what happens when a city couple from D.C. purchase a 220 year-old farm house to try and live out their “Downton Abbey” dreams?

Well……that’s where our story begins and we can assure you that the execution of that dream has been far more difficult than anticipated; and our confidence often outshines our abilities and resources at every turn. But we find opportunity in every crisis and we are slowly mastering our new domain. We hope you’ll settle in and follow our journey from the Capitol to the Country.

The beginning. Like most city couples, we wanted to be part of the farm-to-table movement, eat locally, support smart farming, reduce our impact on the earth, etc. However, our participation stopped at our local farmer’s market because we didn’t have the time or the know-how to bring the country into our city lives.

We toyed with the idea of buying a little country house for years and when we finally did it, we imagined great weekend escapes with afternoons of skeet shooting and evenings of dressing-for-dinner. To our surprise, we quickly replaced those activities with eight-hour days in the garden and enough manual labor to make even the biggest outdoor lovers shutter. Somehow, and to our great surprise, we both became slightly addicted to a simpler lifestyle and all of the amazing things we were learning.

We had no idea just how happy we would be playing in the dirt, learning to grow our own food, raising animals, and bringing an old house back to life.  This is our journey from Capitol to Country.

Joe & Sarah


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The capital city of Washington, DC is one of the most photographer friendly and photogenic cities in the world. With its broad well-lit streets, low skyline and classic monumental architecture, it is often compared to a European city. For photographers and travelers alike, Washington is a wonderland of photographic opportunities!

Spend the day with award winning photographer Neil Colton capturing images of some of the most iconic architecture and historic sights in the world. Whether you are a veteran photographer, in search of new content, a visitor to Washington interested in capturing images of city and it’s historic sites or a traveler preparing for a trip, looking for tips on creating great travel photographs, this walking tour and photography workshop is a perfect choice for you!

Neil Colton is a Washington, DC  based professional photographer, who began his photography career as an architectural photographer. He has worked for several of Washington’s leading design firms, photographing award winning architecture.  He has also worked as a photojournalist, a travel photographer and a documentary photographer. Neil’s travel and documentary photography has been published and featured in publications such as The Washington Post, Elan’ Magazine and Professional Photographer. He understands the power, and the craft,  of visual story telling. Working with Neil, you will not only learn about the city and the sites you will visit, but also how to create a photographic story, with compelling images of some of the world’s most iconic and historic buildings and monuments.

 At the end of the day, you will have a new portfolio of wonderful images of the Icons of Washington, DC and the city that is home to them.

What You Will Learn

We will discuss both the technical and the creative aspects of travel photography, including:

  • Best gear choices for travel photography
  • How to photograph architecture on your travels
  • How to compose your images for impact
  • How to create extraordinary images from ordinary scenes
  • How to create compelling portraits of people on your travels
  • Creating a visual story of your travels
  • Quick and simple post production options
  • Creating a ‘sense of place’ in your work
  • Photographing people on your travels

Sites You Will Photograph

  • The White House
  • The Vietnam War Memorial
  • The Lincoln Memorial
  • The Korean War Memorial
  • The WW II Memorial
  • The Jefferson Memorial
  • The FDR Memorial
  • The Martin Luther King Memorial

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016

Time: 9am-2:30pm

Cost: $150

Who Should Attend: This workshop is for photographers and travelers interested in travel photography and general photography. Technical instruction is  aimed at DSLR and mirrorless camera owners with interchangeable lenses.

Questions?: Contact Neil Colton using the Contact Form.

Register here: DC Photography Workshops

To see more of Neil’s work click here and go to the Travel Portfolio. Neil’s  Facebook page is here.





Neil Colton Launches DC Photography Workshops

After working as a professional in Washington, DC for over a decade, I am excited to welcome you to DC Photography Workshops, offering comprehensive and unique photography workshops, seminars and tours set in the beautiful historic city of Washington, DC. My goal is to provide the most informative, educational, inspirational and enjoyable photographic learning experience available in the Washington, DC area today.

To that end, I work along side you throughout the day, sharing my technical and creative knowledge and experience. I believe this hands-on approach is the most effective way to connect with my clients and teach the aspects of photography that cannot be learned online or in books. My workshops, seminars and tours are small and intimate, to allow me to work with each workshop client individually.

Photography tours and workshops focus on the historic sights of Washington, as well as the less traveled urban scenes. The Icons of Washington workshop is the perfect way to capture images of some the most storied sights in the city. Coming in 2017, I will be adding new workshops featuring tours of Georgetown, Adams Morgan, DuPont Circle, Capital Hill and the exciting new Southwest Waterfront!

For those looking for a truly unique photography learning experience, I offer  Custom Workshops and Private Tours, for individuals and small groups. You select the destinations and I write the itinerary.  This is the perfect solution for individuals or small groups interested in more intensive personalized instruction.

As DC Photography Workshops continues to grow, I will be adding new workshops, seminars and tours based on my research and your feedback. I invite you to join the email list for announcements of future workshops and special offers only available to email subscribers.

I look forward to meeting you at a DC Photography Workshop soon!

Neil Colton, Photographer

Lead Instructor: DC Photography Workshops

For the latest lineup of workshops, click here.


DC Photography Workshops was founded by Washington, DC based photographer Neil Colton. Neil’s professional photography experience includes architectural photography, photojournalism, travel photography, event photography, commercial lifestyle photography, editorial photography and portrait photography. Neil is a Professional Member of the American Photographic Artists (APA).



Washington DC Portrait Photography -The Next Step-Studio Portrait




Washington DC Portrait Photography -The Next Step- Fine Art Maternity Portrait


For more than a decade, I have photographed subjects ranging from award winning architecture to beautiful babies and brides.  No complaints here.

I love using my photography skills to create content for a broad and diverse range of clients. As a freelance photographer in the modern marketplace you take whatever assignments come your way. But freelance assignments can take you through an alphabet of subjects, styles and locations.  One week it’s photographing a young couple on a farm, creating content for their new website  promoting organic products and a healthy, alternative lifestyle. Another week finds you deep in the heart of the city, capturing images that tell the story of the people and neighborhoods they live in, creating content for an ad agency. It’s like being a utility player on a soccer team- one week you’re an attacking  midfielder, the next you’re starting at right back. Still, no complaints.

Through the years, there is one subject that has consistently drawn me in and captivated my interest more than any other- the portrait.  I never tire of creating images of people.  Though portraits have been a part of many assignments, rarely have they been the focus.  As it turns out, I am a portrait photographer at heart.  I have had the good fortune to work with some wonderful clients to create a few memorable portraits, while creating thousands of images of everything else. I have decide it’s time that changes

I have joined a new commercial photography studio, fully equipped with great lighting gear, hair and makeup artists,  changing rooms, visitors areas and 3 separate studios, each with a different look. Located in Alexandria, VA,  just outside of Washington and minutes from Reagan National Airport, the studio will be convenient to local and out of town clients alike.

Studio portrait services will include:

  • Professional headshots of actors, entertainers, musicians, artists and professionals
  • Professional portraits and portfolio sessions
  • Executive portraits and headshots
  • Fine Art portraits
  • Maternity portraits
  • Black and white portraits

I will still continue to provide location portrait location portrait services, including:

  • Outdoor portraits
  • Home or business location portraits
  • Environmental portraits
  • Lifestyle portraits

If you are in the market for a headshot, a new portrait or a new portfolio, contact me for rates and availability. Introductory rates are in effect through the month of October.

A sample of portraits from my current portrait portfolio is here:


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Washington DC Portrait Photography- The Next Step - Female HeadhotWashington DC Portrait Photography -The Next Step- Location PortraitWashington DC Portrait Photography -The Next Step- Portrait of a ModelWashington DC Portrait Photography -The Next Step- Maternity Portrait of a CoupleWashington DC Portrait Photography -The Next Step- Fine Art Maternity PortraitWashington DC Portrait Photography-The Next Step- Location Portrait of a ChildWashington DC Portrait Photography-The Next Step-Lifetsyle Portrait-McKenna Farm III


  • Jacklin Kido - The next step, Id love to see what we can do