Archive for category: inspriation

November 5, 2015
05 Nov 2015

Understanding and communicating a story is everything

1 subject, 6 stories, 6 photographers, and 6 completely different photographs.

This has been making the rounds on social media. Check it out. Every portrait was successful and told a completely different story. This informs us of two great truths. 1. We all have a perspective or bias 2. Story is everything.

As a photographer & video producer, story informs every aspect of my images and productions. Understanding and powerfully communicating visual stories about people, brands, and messages is what separates the wheat from the chaff in the visual world.

March 25, 2015
25 Mar 2015

Non-Profit Video Production Stories for Generosity Feeds | DC Video Production

Projects and productions like this remind me of the power of visual story and why I do what I do. Last year my wife and I made a commitment to do more to serve our own community. We’ve been volunteering a little bit with Generosity Feeds for the past 3 years but we decided to get more involved. We love their heart and mission to help kids break the cycle of poverty by partnering with local schools to provide healthy meals. Studies have shown that 1 in 5 children in America struggle with hunger and this goes on to have lasting effects on their lives.

One way I helped was by consulting with the President of Generosity Feeds. I listened to some of his goals, analyzed his existing marketing and video assets and I suggested that we would be able to better communicate the Generosity Feeds story by showing who is affected by these meals. I knew this would better communicate to their existing supporters as well as and bring on new supporters.

Generosity Feeds: Reaching families in your community from Garrett Hubbard on Vimeo.

This project was shot on our new Sony FS7 4K video camera in Slog3 and graded with ColorFinale.

July 11, 2014
11 Jul 2014

Orange daylily | In light of Friday

The daylilies from our yard continue to bloom. Recently, the orange variety made their appearance. Before that, the yellow dayliliesorange day lily

June 27, 2014
27 Jun 2014

Yellow Daylilies | In light of Friday

I moved last year and it has made my Spring & Summer exciting. Here’s why. The people who we bought the home from had a green thumb and a gift for landscaping. Every week it seems like we are discovering new types of plants and flowers as they return after our historically cold winter. Here is one one of my favorites, the of a yellow daylily

April 17, 2013
17 Apr 2013

Fighting human trafficking on Capitol Hill with International Justice Mission

I had the opportunity to work with one of my favorite not-for-profit organizations, International Justice Mission.

February 8, 2013
08 Feb 2013

Moonwalking in Yosemite. The $25,000 shot.

This is awesome. Beautiful photography, incredible feat of skill. Many thanks to my friend Jason for sharing this with me

There was lots of planning that went into it as well and I imagine that the director of photography cringed when the moon didn’t rise up perfectly between the two peaks. They shot it from over a mile away. So maybe they would need to be 200 yards to their left for it to be centered. It was filmed at Cathedral Peak in Yosemite, CA with a canon 800mm lens (pictured below). It was actually a little bigger than the image below because they also used a 2x teleconverter with it. When you look at that image you are looking at serious amounts of “compression”. Meaning, the distance between the layers of the objects in the picture look closer than they actually are. Or to put it another way, the distance is compressed. When was the last time you took a photo of someone with the moon in the background and your subject was actually smaller than the moon? Yeah, it’s never happened to me either.

This Canon 800mm f/5.6 lens retails for a mere $13,000. This is the type of lens “birders” (that’s photo slang for bird photographers) use. This is much longer than the lenses you’ll see on the sidelines at a typical NFL game. Those sports shooters usually use a 400 or 600mm lens which cost over $7,000 each. Photo by The Digital Picture

November 9, 2012
09 Nov 2012

I heart NY: How beautiful it is when your community loves.

On Monday about 150 people from my community came together to help people in Coney Island, NY struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy by preparing 10,000 ready-made meals. This all started Wednesday when I made a phone call to Chris who is the senior graphic designer at Alliant Studios. After we had chatted about the soft launch of my new website he told me that the president of the studio, Kevin Frank, who wanted to talk to me about something. Kevin gets on the phone and goes on to tell me about his morning and how his basement was now dry after Hurricane Sandy, the sun was shining, and he was drinking his morning coffee less than 48 hours after the storm blew through the DC area. He shared with me that he just “didn’t feel right” that so many people in NY and NJ were struggling and here in DC life was back to normal. He then went on to tell me that he was going to do something about it and work with some of his clients to make it happen. Story continued below.

DC Photography | Fairfax Community Church
Fairfax Community Church donated the space complete with tons of windows for natural light–hallelujah! God kicked in some sunshine and fall colors.


DC Photography | Hurricane Sandy Relief
DC Photography | Hurricane Sandy Relief
Some of the generous folks who made this happen. From left: Cat Blakley of Pie Sisters, John Natolly, Owner/operator of the Chick-fil-A at Fairfax Circle, Kevin Frank, President of Alliant Studios, and Alli Blakley of Pie Sisters.

There’s something you should know about Kevin at this point in the story. First, he likes to dream. Second, he has a strong grasp of the big picture. Lastly, he likes his client relationships to go beyond the project. These are just a few of the reasons I hired Alliant to do my website and branding. You’ll notice my new logo watermarked in these photos.

Kevin and the team at Alliant reached out to some of their clients and found a way to make this happen. It is very cool how he partnered with all of his clients to make it happen. Check it out:
1. Kevin calls Ron at Generosity Feeds, an organization that mobilizes volunteers to make ready-made meals for children in need. Ron tells Kevin that each meal will cost about $1 and that it will take 150 volunteers about 2 hours to prepare 10,000 meals. Great organization, get involved!
2. Next, Kevin calls John who is Owner and Operator at the Chick-fil-A at Fairfax Circle. John agrees to provide snacks before and then feed all the volunteers afterward. 
3. Kevin then calls the sisters in Georgetown. No, not the Nuns–but that would have been cool–but Alli, Bear, and Cat Blakely who started Pie Sisters a few years ago. They offered to bring amazing “cuppie” pies (individual size) for everyone.
4. Later, Kevin calls the Pope. But I don’t know where that conversation went. Yes, I am kidding.

Somewhere between Wednesday and Monday about 150 people connected to all of these companies and organizations singed up to volunteer 2 hours of their day and donate 2000 bottles of water, propane stoves, and propane tanks. What did I do in all of this you ask? Take some photos and video and pitch the story to my colleagues at some of the largest news outlets in the country. They didn’t bite but WUSA Channel 9 did show up after the festivities and I was able to hand off my footage to them. I have posted a few of my favorite photos from the event below and the WUSA video is embedded below. This event appears after the 2:30 mark in the video.

DC Photography | Hurricane Sandy Relief

Cute kids with a shirt that matches the message are bound to be photographed.
DC Photography | Hurricane Sandy Relief
Ron Klabunde, CEO of Generosity Feeds preps the volunteers.
DC Photography | Hurricane Sandy Relief
Many little hands contributed as Fairfax County Schools were out for the day. These girls were killing it!
DC Photography | Hurricane Sandy Relief


DC Photography | Hurricane Sandy Relief
DC Photography | Hurricane Sandy Relief
These are the crazy awesome folks at Alliant Studios in front of the 10,000 ready-made meals. They took most of the day out of the office to make this event happen.
January 6, 2012
06 Jan 2012

Video Inspiration from Nikon’s new flagship

Nikon announced their new flagship camera at midnight last night. The Nikon D4, available in February for a mere $6000. Here is an inspiring video by the super talented sports photographer Cory Rich. Photographer who learned video and learned it well. Welcome to the future.

Check out some of the images from the new camera from the talented and affable Joe McNally.

August 19, 2011
19 Aug 2011

Yosemite through Nat Geo’s lens

Just a little visual inspiration for those of you trapped inside today. The visuals here are epic. The team that did this video does amazing work. Enjoy!

On Assignment from Camp 4 Collective on Vimeo.

July 13, 2011
13 Jul 2011

Courage to admire: Medal of Honor

DC Photography | Medal of HonorPresident Obama awards Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. The ceremony was held in the White House. Garrett Hubbard/USA TODAY

Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry’s story of courage and selflessness is awesome. It involves picking up a live grenade to save the lives of two of his fellow soldiers. I encourage you to check out more of the story here.

DC Photography | Medal of HonorThe ceremony was opened and closed in prayer. Garrett Hubbard/USA TODAY

DC Photography | Medal of HonorSergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry claps in recognition of the sacrifice made by his fellow Army Rangers during the battle in 2008 that cost him his right hand. The hand he used to throw back the live grenade was destroyed in the explosion and has been replaced by a prosthetic with the names of his fallen brothers engraved on it. Garrett Hubbard/USA TODAY

DC Photography | Medal of Honor

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