Washington DC Professional Photographer Neil Colton » Professional Portrait , Lifestyle & Travel Photography by Neil Colton


For more than a decade, I have been photographing subjects ranging from award winning buildings to beautiful babies. 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 subject types, styles and locations  and usually do. 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 city, capturing images that tell the story of the people and neighborhoods they live in, creating content for an ad agency hired by an international travel and vacation rental company. 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. As I said, no complaints at all.

But 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 compelling images of people.  Portraits have been a part of many of my assignments, but rarely the focus of that work. At heart, it turns out, I am a portrait photographer who has had the good fortune to create a few portraits, while creating a few thousand images of everything else. That changes, now.

This summer, I will be joining a new commercial photography studio, fully equipped with great lighting gear, hair and makeup facilities, changing rooms, visitors areas and 3 separate studios, each with a different look.  Located in Alexandria,  just a few minutes south of Washington, with easy access and plenty of free parking, the studio will be convenient to clients in  the Washington, DC metropolitan area. For clients from out of the DC area , the studio is only a few minutes drive from Regan National Airport.

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

Out of the studio, portrait services will include:

  • Outdoor portraits
  • Location portraits (home and business)
  • Environmental portraits
  • Lifestyle portraits

Soon, I will be launching a new website devoted exclusively to portraits and headshots, with a completely new a new portfolio of portraits and headshots. To build this new portfolio, I am offering aggressive promotional pricing on all headshot and portrait sessions If you need a new or updated headshot, a new portrait or a new portfolio, contact me and we will work together to create great portraits!

My new portfolio will feature new images, with a focus on the best studio and location lighting techniques. A sample of portraits from my current portfolio is here.


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Join us this summer for this exciting new workshop and photography tour, Travel Photography Workshop: Washington, DC Icons & Museums Tour, set in the in the beautiful city of Washington, DC!  The capital city of Washington, DC is one of the most photographer friendly and photogenic cities in the world. With broad, well-lit streets, a low skyline and classic monumental architecture, Washington, DC is often compared to a European city. For travelers, and photographers of all levels, Washington is a wonderland of photographic opportunities, waiting to be captured!

Spend the day with award winning photographer Neil Colton capturing images of some of the most iconic architecture, museums and historic sights in the world. Whether you are a veteran photographer, a visitor with a camera or a traveler preparing for a trip, this photography walking tour is a perfect choice for capturing memorable images of this photogenic city.

Building on the format of the popular Icons of Washington, DC  workshop, the Icons & Museums workshop extends the day to include the iconic sites and museums of the eastern area of the National Mall, located between 14th Street, NW and the US Capitol Building. Along the way, we will visit the National Museums of American History, Natural History, Air and Space and the American Indian Museum. I.M. Pei’s award winning East Wing of the National Gallery of Art and the stunning Smithsonian Castle are also on the tour, plus a visit to the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Gallery, a ‘must-see’ destination for any Washington visitor.

Neil Colton is a Washington, DC  based professional photographer. He began his photography career as an architectural photographer, working with some of Washington’s top architecture and design firms.  Neil’s background in photojournalism helps him understands the power, and the craft, of visual story telling. His travel and documentary photography has been featured and published in The Washington Post, Elan’ Magazine and Professional Photographer, among others. Working with Neil, you will not only learn about the city and the sites you will visit, you will also learn 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 collection of wonderful images of the Icons & Museums 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 On The Tour

  • The White House
  • The Executive Office Building (one of the most distinctive and under appreciated works of monumental architecture in Washington, DC)
  • The Vietnam War Memorial
  • The Lincoln Memorial
  • The Korean War Memorial
  • The WW II Memorial
  • The Martin Luther King Memorial
  • The FDR Memorial
  • The Jefferson Memorial
  • The National Museums of American History, Natural History and the American Indian
  • The National Air & Space Museum
  • The National Gallery of Art & The East Wing
  • The Smithsonian Castle
  • The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture ( Just added. The newest museum and one of the most exciting works of architecture on the National Mall!)

Must see video of the new Museum of African American History and Culture: http://nmaahc.si.edu/Building

Join us for this exciting day photographing the iconic sites, monumental architecture and award winning museums of Washington, DC!

Place: Washington, DC

Date: Saturday, June 25. 2016

Time: 9AM-5PM

Cost: $225.00

Register here: http://www.dcphotographyworkshops.com/workshop/travel-photography-washington-dc-icons-museums-tour/



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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Washington DC Travel Photography-The Marriott Ranch


Another offering in an occasional series about travel and travel photography.


The History

From Wikipedia:

At the age of 19 and as a devout Mormon, J. Willard Marriott, Sr. undertook the obligatory missionary work of the church for two years, assigned to New England. On his way home after completing his mission, he passed through Washington D.C. during the sweltering summer months of 1921. While there:

“… [H]e walked from Capitol Hill to the Washington Monument, toiled up the steps to the top, walked back down again, and strolled over to the Lincoln Memorial. Everywhere he went tourists and pedestrians sweltered and sweated in the sultry, humid air. On the way back to his hotel, he just stood there in the street watching the crowds, he couldn’t get over it: a push cart peddler would come along the street selling lemonade and soda pop and ice cream, and in minutes he would be cleaned out and on his way to stock up with another cartload”.

Marriott was a brother of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at the University of Utah and of Alpha Kappa Psi. After graduating from Weber College in June 1923 and later, the University of Utah in June 1926,Marriott remembered his experience in Washington, D.C. and decided to look into a venture there.

From the Marriott Ranch website:

In 1951, the founder of Marriott International, J. Willard Marriott Sr., discovered a beautiful piece of the Blue Ridge foothills that reminded him of his boyhood days on the family farm in Utah. After buying the property, he meticulously began to restore the primary historic buildings, their surrounding grounds and continued to purchase contiguous parcels of land including Fiery Run Ranch, creating the 4200+/- acre Marriott Ranch.

Over the following years, J. Willard would bring the farm always known as “Fairfield” back to life with a modest herd of registered Hereford cattle, a large group of black-faced sheep and through the breeding of quarter horses. J. Willard, an avid horseback rider and outdoorsman, would spend as much time as he could at his Fauquier County property and wrote in his diary, “A beautiful place, hard to leave…”

The Inn at Fairfield Farm is a historic  Virginia Bed & Breakfast located near the center of the Marriott Ranch’s 4,200 acres. Guests staying at the Inn at Fairfield Farm are welcomed with a complimentary tray of delicious cheeses (4 – 6 P.M.) along with an assortment of refreshing beverages. In the morning, a memorable  hearty country breakfast is served, generally between 8 – 10 A.M.

The seven comfortable guest rooms located in two unique buildings along with scenic views help our guests relax and enjoy what the Marriott Ranch has to offer.

The Story

We arrived at the Inn at Fairfield late on a Saturday afternoon, as ominous deep blue-black clouds of a gathering storm swirled around the ranch as far as the eye could see. The 60 mile trip from our home in Old Towne Alexandria had taken more than 2 hours.   Although our destination, Hume, VA was new to us, the trip through Fauquier County, VA was not. We had lived near Warrenton, a sleepy southern city (once the seat of The Confederacy) on the road to Hume, for nearly 7 years, before returning to civilization in Alexandria.

It was familiar territory.

Once voted ‘One of The 10 Best Rural Counties to Live In in America’, Fauquier County has experienced considerable growth and development since then, particularly in the northern regions, nearer the suburban counties bordering Washington, DC. That development has yet to reach the rest of Fauquier County, though, which retains it’s simple, primitive beauty, born of rolling hills, horse farms and unobstructed views of the Blueridge Mountains.

The 4,200 acre Marriott Ranch lies at the foot of that mountain range, only 18 miles from scenic Skyline Drive.

Once inside the Inn, we were greeted by Caroline,  a pleasant young woman dressed in jeans,  a blue denim shirt and work boots. She checked her laptop, checked us in, showed us to our room and gave us the 10 minute tour.  She then left the building and us alone. Literally. This was the Friday before Christmas. Clearly not a peak time for visitors. We were there as a gift. As odd as the timing may seem. it was perfect for us.

Except for the permanent staff (2) and a caretaker, we were alone at The Fairfield Inn. The only guests on this weekend before Christmas 2013.

We settled in, refreshed ourselves and confirmed our reservations for what we anticipated would be the highlight of the weekend; dinner for two at The Inn at Little Washington. Once an average dining experience at a quaint country inn, a meal at the Inn at Little Washington is now the stuff of legend. The Inn’s culinary curriculum is the province of Patrick O’Connell, a true artiste’ with an avocado, or any perishable fit to eat. And if not fit to eat, fit to photograph. O’Connell approaches food preparation much like David Lynch approaches film making, creating things that are unique, strange and exciting all at once. At $450 a couple, to start, the experience could easily disappoint. It does not. Even for an ascetic  non-dairy eating,  vegetarian, tree hugging type like me, this was an event to remember. It made my wife proud.

The 20 minute trip from Little Washington back to the Marriott Ranch was uneventful. But the gathering storm was getting serious. High winds, heavy rain and dropping temperatures meant we were in for an eventful night at The Inn at Fairfield Farm. Fortunately, we were exhausted enough to sleep through the night and miss the excitement of falling trees, flying shingles and power outages.

We fully expected to be alone at breakfast, but a family from Bakersfield, CA arrived during the night. They had come to visit Elizabeth, the resident horse trainer and keeper of the hounds. Fox hounds. Over a traditional Southern style breakfast of bacon, eggs, sausage, biscuits, coffee and orange juice, they filled the time with stories of Fox chases,  runaway horses and driven Hound Masters (or is it Hunt Masters…) reveling in the thrill of the hunt. So that’s why people flocked to the ranch during the hunting season. Fox hunts in the tradition of landed gentry. ‘Full  Cry’ and all that. If Fox Hunts are your passion, this is your place.

Breakfast done, with time to spare before checkout, we packed our gear and set out to have a look around.

Experienced travelers will know that a stay at a Marriott today is a rather spartan experience. It all started here. Clean, simple, utilitarian. Add WiFi and a soft pillow and that’s the Marriott of 2014. Not too far removed, in style, from the Inn at Fairfield Farm. All you need, but little more. The single concession to modernity at Inn is the Common Room, where you’ll find a few board games, magazines (notably ‘Wine’ and ‘Virginia Horseman’ ) and a flat screen. Except for updates on appliances, much is like it may have been when J. Willard bought the place.

We stopped on our personal tour to chat with the ‘housekeeper’. She shared that J. Willard loved to spend time at the ranch, but he never stayed in the Inn. He kept a trailer on the grounds, where he would camp on his visits. Even when Ronald Reagan visited, J. Willard camped in his trailer. Clean, simple, utilitarian. It all started here.

J. Willard was clearly an admirer of photography. Family photography. Framed black and white images of Marriott, alone and with his considerable family, adorn the walls of the Inn. Little else does. The first floor Library is an historical gallery of photographs taken over a stretch of may years. Reagan on horseback, Marriott on horseback, everyone on horseback. The family portraits are actually done quite well. Traditional poses, as you might expect, but composed, lit and captured in a timeless fashion.

Time, and light, was fading. If I was going to capture any images of this place and this visit, it would have to be now. I had my backup camera with me (Nikon D3) and a couple of lenses. Realizing that travel photography can often be a victim of circumstance, I decided to turn this shoot into an exercise. A teachable moment in travel photography. I would shoot like the average traveler might. One lens. One setting. Usually Auto, right. This could be a challenge. The skies had gone Gothic, as had the look of the day. Rain, wind, grey skies. Go for it.

Twenty minutes later I was done.

I chose the 50mm 1.4G. Great all around lens and perfect for low light. Nikon pro bodies, like the D3, don’t have an Auto setting, so I shifted into Program mode, which is professional jargon for Auto. It just sounds better. Shooting in Program mode is like listening to elevator music. All the highs and lows are compressed into an average mid tone that offends no one, but neither does it excite. The camera decides what’s best for the image. Usually f/5.6 and a shutter speed that will render the image with 18% grey as the target tone. Safe, but bland. But I pressed on. I tried to recall the last time I shot in Program mode. I could not. My first choice is Manual mode, then Aperture, then Shutter for action (AV and TV for Canon shooters).

Vacation shots and personal tour done, we packed our gear and headed home, as the winds rose and the rain began to fall, again.

Washington, DC Travel Photography: The Marriott Ranch.


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Neil Colton Photographer


I was set up on our front porch, enjoying a rare quiet moment, sorting through images from a recent portrait photography session in Washington, DC, where I am a portrait and lifestyle photographer. I love porches. I spend as much time on ours as I can.

Looking back, it was likely the reason we built the house.

Spanning nearly the entire width of the facade’ of our Arts + Crafts style home, it’s a simple porch, framed  in crisp white trim boards with a flagstone floor. Defined by white pyramidal columns and a white Shaker style railing and. set against the pale yellow clapboard that wraps the house, it provides a warm and inviting main entry into our home. With wide open views of the 280 acres of protected wetlands that border our land, it offers a quiet retreat. I retreat there as often I can.

Back to the call.

It was Mark Yoo, an architect in Alexandria, a city that borders Washington. He had been referred to me by a fellow architect. Mark liked my portrait photography style, particularly my environmental portraits. He thought I could be the right portrait photographer for his new project. Mark was building a new website and creating a new brand. He needed a new portrait, a new image, a new look: a portrait that would match his vision of him and his work and complement his new brand. He was not a fan of the ‘typical’ portrait experience. He was hoping my approach to portrait photography would be different.  His last portrait session had been “brutal”, according to Mark.

That portrait was ‘professionally’ done in a local studio by a well known photographer. That session checked all the boxes:  studio setting, studio lighting, black backdrop, bathroom to the right, etc. The result was a generic looking headshot: brightly lit, sharp from front to back, great ear to ear awkward smile.  It had all the charm of a marketing promo for a wedding DJ.

For the next 20 minutes, Mark talked about architecture and his work. He spoke of his vision, of his new brand and the look he wanted me to bring to this new portrait of him.

Finally, he asked “Are you interested in this project”
I didn’t hesitate.  “Absolutely. Let’s talk about how to do this.”

Many portrait photographers are wary of working with architects. They occupy a unique place in the portrait universe. Architects are often perfectionists, highly critical, consumed with detail and self absorbed. Traits that may lead them to success in the highly competitive world of architecture, but qualities than can be daunting for a portrait photographer.

I wasn’t concerned.

I spent years working for and with some of the top design firms and architects in the Washington, DC area. My career as a professional photographer began with architectural photography. I enjoyed working with architects, whether it was on a construction site, behind a graphics monitor in an office cubicle or, now, from behind a camera.

We made a plan.

Mark had designed a new dance studio, at an arts center an hour south of the city. It was nearly finished. We would meet there and choose a location for the portrait session. Perfect! A week later we met. For his session, I chose a spacious corner studio, with beautiful northern light falling into the room from the tall windows that lined the outside walls. The exposed brick walls, aged hardwood floors and barrs (ballet rails) added texture and an understated elegance to the setting.

We were set. This would be an environmental portrait, created at one of Mark’s projects.

We agreed on a date and time and to sort out the details (like clothing), soon. Before I left, I scouted the studio and the grounds outside the studio, for alternate locations as a backup.  After years of location photography I have learned, the hard way, to have a Plan B (and a Plan C) ready to go on session day.

On the day of Mark’s portrait session, the outside temperatures were hovering in the upper 90s, with high humidity. No problem.  We would be working in the dance studio, in a beautiful room with soft northern light, right?

Not so fast.

The studio had just opened for business and the afternoon students were rolling in. Really? I thought we had the corner studio! Nope. As these well planned events often go, the studio administrator had never received Mark’s message about our session. They were using the studio we had chosen for the session.  It was booked for the rest of the day! No other suitable space in the entire studio was available. Everything was booked.  Remember Plan B? No problem. We’ll just move outdoors, right?

The locations I had scouted on the grounds were OK, in a pinch, but not great. Shade was a problem. There was none. I had found one spot with a decent background, but the backlight in that scene would be so intense I would have to overpower it with strong light on Mark. I was not in love with that option. I kept looking, as we left the studio.

And there it was.

On the way to the great outdoors, where we would fight heat, high humidity and brutal sun, I spotted a small room, just off the exit hallway. It was cluttered, but it had high ceilings, brick walls painted white, a killer tall window and a view of the buildings outside. The daylight streaming in the windows was good, but fading quickly. And so was our time. The studio was filling up fast and we had one hour, or less, to clean the room ( full of furniture and staff gear), set up and get our shots.

No problem.

Mark was a great subject. It started slow, with Mark quite nervous, until Erin, my assistant, decided that he was a Bradley Cooper look alike. Mark was now relaxed and confident. Once I was able to calm Erin down, things went well.

Less than hour later, we had wrapped up, packed up and were on way to our next adventure.

To learn more about Mark and view his work, click here.

Portrait of Washington, DC Architect Mark Yoo


For Photographers

In a perfect world, a session like this should be a snap, right? No pun intended. But the world of a professional photographer is rarely a perfect one. Even studio sessions can become a nightmare of the expected. Think failing radio triggers, quirky strobes, malfunctioning equipment, and my personal favorite, the studio air conditioning failing on a 104 degree day. That actually happened to me at my first studio session with a professional model. And the makeup did run.

No matter. As the professional on the job, you must get the shot, whatever the circumstances.

Our clients are often busy professionals, with considerable demands on their time and talent. As portrait photographers, our job is not to make the process of their portraits another stressful event in their day, but to create a stress-free Oasis, where you may just be able to create that one moment, that one click that captures the very best of your client on the day. Whether you are shooting in a studio or on location, your preparation, and your experience, can make the difference between a blown shoot or a compelling image.

Mark doesn’t like being photographed.

He was honest about it. He’s not alone. Unless you’re a in the PR business, or you’re a celebrity, a model or a certified narcissist, being photographed is a stressful event. Something to be avoided, unless absolutely necessary. My method of counteracting that stress is to keep it light, at all times. If something does go wrong, unless it’s a national emergency, the client need never know. Be engaging, be positive, be professional, be confident and be in charge. A dash of humility can also be an endearing and disarming trait.

For this session, I carried a light travel kit: (2) Nikon pro bodies, (3) Nikon SB 900s, (1) 24″ Ezybox softbox and several reflectors. I carry 4 lenses most of time: 24-70 f/2.8, 50 f/1.4, 70-200 f/2.8 VRII and an 85 f/1.4. This covers all of my portrait needs. If I’m doing a travel or landscape shoot, I’ll add a 14-24 f/2.8 to the bag. The Ezybox is mounted to a telescoping pole, held by an assistant. I shoot with my camera in manual mode, most of the time, and set the flashes to manual as well. I chose a 50 f/1.4 for this shot. I could have used the 24-70, but I have been known to drift out wide with that lens and the distortion is no fun in small spaces. I chose f/9 for front to back sharpness and to bring in the background through the window. I adjusted the flash exposure to balance with the ambient daylight.

I had 45 minutes to create at least one image of Mark that would be a ‘keeper’. That 45 minutes included cleaning out the room, which was a working conference room, and restoring it to its original condition after the shoot. In 25 minutes of actual photography, I captured 35 images. You can see the final 3 proofs that made the cut, below. In the final image at the top of the post, you can see the adjustments I made to the final proof in post production. Aside from taking the reflection of the softbox out of the window, fine tuning the light on Marks face and cropping, little had to be done to create the final portrait.

Mark was delighted with the session and with his new portraits. Mission accomplished. Another client satisfied.

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