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Washington DC Portrait Photography: Portrait Of An Artist


Washington DC Portrait Photography: Portrait of An Artist

Olga Bauer is a talented Washington, DC mixed media artist, specializing in abstract art. She is also a friend and a wonderful subject for portrait photography. Olga and I met a few years ago, when I photographed her family on a warm sunny day in May. She enjoyed that session so much that she asked to meet again in the fall and create a series of portraits of Olga, alone.

For this session, I chose a location along the Potomac River, just north and west of the city. Bordered by a broad walking trail cut through a deep dense forest, the location was perfect for the day. We met there on a bright cool morning in November. The fall colors were stunning and so was Olga, as we spent the next few hours searching for the best locations to create a series of portraits for Olga’s personal portfolio.

Olga is not only a very talented artist, but she is also a wonderful model, with qualities of elegance, poise, beauty and patience that are genuinely admired and appreciated by this photographer. Shooting in the studio allows control of every aspect of a portrait session. From the ambient temperature in the room to the color and quality of the light, the photographer is in complete charge. No guesswork there.

Move outdoors and all of that changes, dramatically.

Everything becomes a challenge. From choosing the best locations for light and background, to managing pink cheeks from the crisp fall air, creating portraits on location requires a patient, and adventurous, model. On this day, Olga brought the patience and adventurous spirit and I brought the camera. In the end, we had combined for some for some fine shots of Olga.

Many thanks to Olga for a being a good friend, a wonderful model and for helping me create this Portrait of An Artist. 

To see Olga’s artwork, please visit

To see more of my work, visit my site here.

Washington DC Portrait Photography: Portrait Of An Artist



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