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Washington, DC Photography Tours

Join me for a private photography tour of the historic city of Washington, DC.

Whether you are a visiting tourist, looking for the best sites and scenes of the city, or a Washington area resident interested in creating images of the iconic monuments and memorials, I will show you where and how to capture compelling images of this beautiful Capital City.

With its broad, well lit streets, low skyline and classic iconic architecture, Washington, DC is one of the most photogenic and photographer-friendly cities in the world. My goal is to provide you with an enjoyable and memorable experience as we tour the iconic sites and monumental architecture of this historic city.

As a resident of the city for more than two decades, I have developed a unique personal relationship with Washington. As a photographer, I love the incredible range of subjects  and sights in this beautiful city.  As a student of history and architecture, I never tire of the classic iconic architecture and the historic monuments, just waiting to be experienced and photographed. The exciting new modern architecture, slowly spreading through Washington, adds a wonderful energy and an engaging contrast to the traditional classical style of this historic city.

I began my professional photography career here in Washington, photographing projects for architects and design firms. Now, after years of working as a photojournalist and commercial photographer, creating content for publications, media companies and advertising agencies, I am eager to share my knowledge and love of photography. and this beautiful city, with others.

During my private tours of Washington, DC, I work alongside you, sharing my technical and creative knowledge of photography and composition. This hands-on approach is the most effective way to teach you the aspects of photography that cannot be learned online or in books. Tours are kept small in size to allow me to give you personal instruction and work with you directly, throughout the day.

My most popular tours focus on the historic and iconic sights of Washington, but I also offer tours of Georgetown, Adams Morgan, DuPont Circle and Capitol Hill.

All tours are customized especially for you or your small group of up to four photographers. Please contact me for current rates and availablity. I look forwrad to meeting and sharing this beautiful with you!

 

From a recent tour client:

It was truly a great experience having you personally taking me around the city of Washington and teaching me excellent photography tips and insights from your considerable personal experience.”

Dr. Ian L.

Santa Monica, CA

 

To arrange a custom photography tour or personal workshop:

Email: neil@coltonphotography.com

Phone/Text: 703-965-9417

 

About Neil

Neil’s professional photography experience includes architectural photography, photojournalism, travel photography, commercial lifestyle photography, editorial photography and portraiture. Neil has created content for clients such as AirBnb, 500px and Source Media and for agencies representing American Express, AT&T and Anheiser Busch. He has photographed award winning architecture for several of Washington, DC’s leading architecture and design firms. Neil has also worked for international non-profit organizations, NGOs, newspapers and magazines, honing his skill of visual story telling. Today, Neil’s focus is on teaching photography and creating fine art images for exhibition and sale. Neil is a former Professional Member of the American Photographic Artists (APA) and The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

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Washington DC Photography Workshops & Tours

Award winning photographer Neil Colton leads private photography tours and workshops in the beautiful Capital City of Washington, DC. Neil’s private tours and workshops are designed specifically for individual photographers and groups of up to four. This commitment to small groups allows Neil to work directly with you and share his considerable experience. Photography tours and workshops focus on architectural photography, travel photography, street photography and photojournalism with one of the most photogenic cities in the world as the setting. Often compared to a European city with its broad, well lit streets, low skyline and easy access to iconic monuments and memorials, Washington, DC is one of the most photographed and photographer-friendly cities in the world.

Photography workshops and tours are 4 hours long and include:

  • The Iconic Sites of Washington, including the White House, The Lincoln Memorial, The Jefferson Memorial and other historic sites on The National Mall
  • Capitol Hill
  • DuPont Circle
  • Georgetown
  • Adams Morgan

Recently, the Washington Navy Yard was chosen by Forbes Magazine as ‘One of the 12 Coolest Neighborhoods in the World’. Over the past 10 years, this area of the city has ben transformed into a must-see destination for residents and visitors alike. Neil will guide you through this exciting new neighborhood on a specially designed private tour.

Neil will lead you to the best spots in Washington to capture compelling pictures of this Capital City and it’s historic sites. He will guide you to the most popular spots for photography and to lesser known spots, where tourists are few, but compelling images are not.  As a former lead instructor for Washington’s most popular photography tour company, Neil knows the best places for photography in this beautiful city.

Throughout the day, Neil works alongside you to make sure you come away with wonderful new images of the city of Washington, DC.

Rates

  • For solo photographers, the rate is $250.
  • For 2 photographers, the rate is $225 per photographer.
  • For groups of 3- 4 photographers, the tour rate is $200 per photographer.

To schedule a private photography workshop or tour, or for more information, contact Neil by email here.

From a recent tour client:

“It was truly a great experience having you personally taking me around the city of Washington and teaching me excellent photography tips and insights from your considerable personal experience.”

Dr. Ian L.

Santa Monica, CA

 

 

About Neil

After a career in building and design, Neil began his photography career as an architectural photographer, working for architects, developers and design firms. He has photographed many award winning projects for some of Washington’s leading design firms. He has also worked as a photojournalist, a commercial lifestyle photographer and a travel photographer. His clients have included non-profits, NGOs, media companies and ad agencies, including Food For the Poor, Source Media, 500px, Airbnb, and agencies representing AT&T, Anheiser Busch and American Express. His work has appeared in publications including The Washington Post, Professional Photographer Magazine, Elan’ Magazine and Hilton Head Magazine. Neil is a former Professional Member of The American Society of Media Photographers and American Photographic Artists.

Today, Neil focuses on teaching photography, traveling, creating fine art images and playing golf as often as he possibly can .

 

 

 

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TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY: ARCADIA BLUFFS GOLF CLUB

Another offering in an occasional series about lifestyle, travel and golf. This post features Arcadia Bluffs, one of the premier public links-style golf courses in the United States, rated the #3 course in the state of Michigan, #13 public course in the United States and ranked #68 of all courses, public and private, in the US.

Fine Art Prints from this series are available from the Arcadia Bluffs Collection here.

Portrait of a golfer at sunset putting as the sunsets on Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course in Arcadia MI.

 

 

Every photographer experiences a time of struggle, when the creative mojo disappears.

When my mojo went south, I went north. To recharge my creative batteries in beautiful northern Michigan.  Spending some quality time with friends and family was long overdue. After intense periods of work, with relentless deadlines and demanding clients, time away from the camera and clients was a well deserved and sorely needed. But how to get those creative juices flowing again?  Unlikely as it may seem, or perhaps to be expected, I got my creative mojo back during a round of golf on one of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses I have ever set foot upon.

A place called Arcadia Bluffs.

From Wikipedia:

Golf Digest selected Arcadia Bluffs as one of the 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the United States in 2005. The course was ranked #10 in America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses list and #56 in the 100 Greatest Golf Courses list. In addition to the Golf Digest ranking, Golfweek magazine ranked Arcadia Bluffs at #24 in their listing of  The 100 Best Courses in United States.”

I am convinced that in the heart of every amateur golfer lies a belief, however fantastic, that one day, in one place, all those hours, days and weeks spent in toil on the fairways will coalesce into a near perfect round.

On this day, in this place, for a few brief moments, that happened to me, at a place called Arcadia Bluffs.

Arcadia Bluffs is a links course, in the style of the early, and legendary, Irish and Scottish courses.  Carved into the bluffs on the shores of Lake Michigan, it is at once awe inspiring and intimidating.  At its highest point, the links are more than one hundred feet above Lake Michigan. The views from the elevated tee boxes are simply stunning. To simply play this course well is a true challenge for the average golfer. But add the pull of amazing vistas and a layout second to none and this becomes much more than a simple round of golf.

But I digress. On to the images of Arcadia Bluffs and that sublime late summer day once uopn a time.

 

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About the water color. Lake Michigan is blue like no blue I have ever seen.

That blue is real. I kid you not. I captured all images using the Neutral setting on my Nikon DSLRs, as I do for all images I capture. For you Nikon shooters that’s a setting below standard. By below, I mean less saturated than the standard settings. Nikon’s Standard setting ramps up the colors far too much for my liking. The colors in the Standard setting seem unnatural and over saturated to me, with too much pop. Almost cartoon like. So, I choose the Neutral setting and add color and saturation as needed, in post productiion. I actually had to ramp down (decrease) the colors in many of these shots, because they were so starong and powerful they seemed supernatural.

At one point, a local resident started to explain why the lake was so blue, but he lost me at kelp.

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DC PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS: ICONIC SIGHTS OF WASHINGTON, DC

Join me for a private photography tour of the beautiful capital 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 European cities. For travelers and photographers of all levels, Washington is a wonderland of photographic opportunities just waiting to be captured!

Spend the day capturing images of some of the most iconic architecture and historic sights in the world with photographer Neil Colton. Whether you are a veteran photographer, a visitor or a traveler preparing for a trip,Neil’s photography tours are a perfect choice!

The day starts at The White House, before heading to the National Mall, where we will tour some of the most historic monuments and memorials in the world, inlcuding The Lincoln Memorial, The Jefferson Memorial, The World War II Memorial, The Vietnam War Memorial, The FDR Memorial and the new Martin Luther King Memorial.

Neil will work with you throughout the tour to make sure you end the day with a stunning new portfolio of images of this beautiful capital city and its iconic sights!

About Neil

Neil Colton is an award winning professional photographer. He began his photography career photographing award winning projects for some of Washington’s top architecture and design firms.  Neil has also worked as a photojouranlist, a commercial photographer and an event photographer.  His background in photojournalism gives him a unique understanding of the power and the craft of visual story telling. His travel and documentary photography has appeared  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 of the day, 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 Iconic Sights 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
  • Creating a visual story of your travels
  • Creating a ‘sense of place’ in your work
  • Photographing people on your travels

Sights 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
  • And more, depending on time

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Details of the Old Executive Office Building

Photography workshops and tours are 4 hours long and include

Recently, the Washington Navy Yard was chosen by Forbes Magazine as ‘One of the 12 Coolest Neighborhoods in the World’. Over the past 10 years, this area of the city has ben transformed into a must-see destination for residents and visitors alike. Neil will guide you through this exciting new neighborhood on a specially designed private tour.

Neil will lead you to the best spots in Washington to capture compelling pictures of this Capital City and it’s historic sites. He will guide you to the most popular spots for photography and to lesser known spots, where tourists are few, but compelling images are not.  As a former lead instructor for Washington’s most popular photography tour company, Neil knows the best places for photography in this beautiful city.

Throughout the day, Neil works alongside you to make sure you come away with wonderful new images of the city of Washington, DC.

 

Private photograph tours are 4 hours long.

Rates

  • For solo photographers, the cost is $295.
  • For 2 photographers, the rate is $245 per photographer.
  • For groups of 3- 4 photographers, the tour rate is $215 per photographer.

To schedule a private photography tour, or for more information, contact Neil by email here.

 

Testimonial

“It was truly a great experience having you personally taking me around the city and teaching me excellent photography tips and insights from your considerable personal experience.”

Ian L.

Santa Monica, CA

 

 

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Washington, DC Lifestyle Photography: McKenna Farms

Lifestyle portait of Sarah and Joe at McKenna Farm

Just a short drive north of Washington, DC lies the historic City of Frederick, MD.

From the City of Frederic website:

HIP & HISTORIC

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 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. My assignment was to create lifestyle and portrait photography content for the new McKenna Farms website.

After a full day of shooting on a gorgeous late summer day, with the very photogenic Sarah and Joe, using the farm as our setting and backdrop, we had created a series of portraits and lifestyle images that would help connect visitors to their site with them and their vision of McKenna Farms.

 

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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