Archive for category: life as it happens

January 28, 2014
28 Jan 2014

Mountain biking in the snow because you are a bit…


I am crazy about mountain biking. I have some crazy friends. Said crazy friends ride bikes of the mountain variety. The aforementioned crazy friends invited me ride in the snow. I said yes and I had a great time mountain biking in the snow. Correction, I had a great time mountain biking in a snowstorm. My big takeaways are that snow provides a lot more traction than you might think and snow is slow and therefore tiring. Not to mention how exhausting it is for your body to keep you alive in the elements. Thanks Matt for helping me be a little crazy!

March 10, 2013
10 Mar 2013

Baby perspectives: The baby photo booth reveals why babies really laugh and cry

Click on any baby photo booth image above to view full-screen and full-frame

Our dear friends threw us a co-ed baby shower and it was a ton of fun. I wanted to make a visual guest book for our daughter so she could someday see all the people who showered us with baby gifts galore and lots of love. I thought a baby photo booth was a great way to do that. In the weeks leading up to this shower my wife bought a playful background we could hang on the wall. But on the morning of the shower the creativity I had sought out to make this photo booth special landed right in my lap. A photo booth from a baby’s perspective. Yes! Leave it to the photojournalist to get the inspiration on deadline. After looking at these I now know why babies laugh and cry when they look up at us.

March 6, 2013
06 Mar 2013

Snowquester – Lunch recess. Winter fights back.

Late morning Snowquester update:

It looks like the weather forecasters called in some favors after being mocked in the morning. The snow is falling quite steadily now yet the purple crocus will not have its limelight stolen by a little Snowquestration.

DC Photography | A purple crocus.


DC Photography | Snowquester_ 04_O6A6427
Striving towards Spring.

DC Photography | Snowquester_ 02_O6A6415  DC Photography | Snowquester_ 01_O6A6413



November 13, 2012
13 Nov 2012

Mountain biking. Bridges to nowhere always lead you somewhere

In this case these bridges lead you down off a 10-foot drop. Thank you Evan for inviting me to the top-secret lines and for getting me back out on my DH bike. Such a bummer that I blew out the damping circuit on my fork on a much bigger bridge drop with the name of “Wookie Jr.”  I’d hate to meet the Sr! Unfortunately we weren’t filming for that one. I’m guessing it was around 11-15 foot drop to a transition (downhill slope) that wasn’t quite steep enough for a smooth landing on such a big drop. Hence the fork failure. 

Mountain Biking: Bridges to nowhere from Garrett Hubbard on Vimeo.

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.
November 8, 2012
08 Nov 2012

GH Studios halloween Photo Booth version 12

Welcome to my neighborhood. It’s a crazy-scary-awesome hood and my neighbors are the coolest. Just to prove it I set up a photo booth of sorts in my front yard and invited our trick-or-treaters to take a photo. Here are some of my favorites. (If you are my neighbor and you are reading this drop by to pick up your free prints!)

DC Photography | Photo Booth
Apparently my neighborhood will be the epicenter of the zombie apocalypse
DC Photography | Photo Booth
Polluted drinking water could exonerate this group, right?
DC Photography | Photo Booth
Killer costumes with the news hook! Disney acquired Lucas Films and rights to the Star Wars franchise the day before Halloween. Bonus points from this journalist!
DC Photography | Photo Booth
Where the Wild Things Are, a fairy, and a busted up CEO of a bank that was too big to fail.
DC Photography | Photo Booth
My neighbor the smiling witch and me, the organic farmer–non GMO of course!
DC Photography | Photo Booth
Me and my crazy neighbors.
DC Photography | Photo Booth
Best family costume award
DC Photography | Photo Booth
Best “Photographer gets photographed”
DC Photography | Photo Booth
The King and his Kat. ‘Nuff said.

Until next year neighbors.

September 13, 2012
13 Sep 2012

Seeing is everything

Now that I can see the story developing nothing will ever be the same. Seeing changes everything.
Seeing changes everything from Garrett Hubbard on Vimeo. This story took place on September 11, 2012. For my wife and me, 9/11 is being redeemed. It is now a day of seeing hope. Music: Robbie Seay Band 

August 4, 2011
04 Aug 2011

Happy Birthday my love

Today is my bride’s birthday. I did a few special things to serve her including breakfast in bed. Oh, and a fun gift!

DC Photography | BreakfastPecan french toast with chicken sausage and strawberries by chef G.

DC Photography | Good MorningA fashionable gift for my wife. She loved them. The best part is that someone else in the world in need of shoes will also get a pair. Tom’s Shoes 1 for 1 program is a business model that blesses others. Love it!

April 11, 2011
11 Apr 2011

Meeting the President with a high five

Obama had bigger hands than I had expected.

Last Monday I had the privilege of making a visit the Oval Office to meet President Obama. I was invited because I won first place in the 2011 Eyes of History contest through the White House News Photographers Association ( About 25 photojournalists, video journalists, and video editors were honored for their first-place finishes in their perspective categories. My award was for how I see & capture light—seriously. We as photographers take light really seriously. Remember my previous post which included my confession of being a light snob? In these types of photography competitions they reward light-snobbery with visits to shake hands with The President. Check out my winning entry

This was my first time in the Oval Office and definitely my first time shaking hands with The President. Some of us were cool and collected going in as this was commonplace for them, and others were nervous which included an admonition of sweaty hands. I got to see my friends from NPR, The Washington Post, as well as make a new friend at The Baltimore Sun.

Meeting President Obama with a high-five from Garett Hubbard on Vimeo.

Here is a breakdown of my video of in the White House
Scene 1: Our fearless WHNPA leaders organized us in alphabetical order in the White House briefing room
Scene 2: Waiting in the halls outside of the Oval Office
Scene 3: Walking in to shake Obama’s hand
Scene 4: After our group photo we presented Obama with a gift (Referent:
Shirtless Obama photo)
Scene 5: Exit stage right to the White House rose garden and back into the White House briefing room

But back to shaking Obama’s hand. They were the kind of hands you would associate with a generous man or a man who is very gentle and much taller. On my way out of the Oval Office Obama said “I’ll never forget our time together” and we all laughed. I then tried to move closer to The President so I could ask him something. Once I got close enough I asked “Mr. President, do you give high fives?” Without hesitation he put his hand up and said “yeah” and I high fived the President of The United States. A few others next to me did the same and President Obama said “and fist-bumps too!”

What a fun experience! Coolest first-prize award ever.

March 29, 2011
29 Mar 2011

Courtside at March Madness: Man behind the mascot

I’ve had a blast covering some of March Madness and spending a few days with Mike Nuzzo, the man behind the mask of Roc, the Pittsburgh Panther’s team mascot. The photo below got some nice play on the cover of the Sports section when the Erik Brady’s masterfully written story ran on March 22. Sorry for the delay!

Event Photography | March MadnessCatheryn makes some adjustments to Roc’s costume during game two of the NCAA playoffs at the Verizon Center March 19, 2011. Butler beat Pittsburgh in the last moments of the game after a series of controversial calls by the referees. Garrett Hubbard/USA TODAY

I had so much fun telling this story and getting to know Mike, his mother who is the cheer coach, and some of the cheer team. Really a great group of people so dedicated to cheer, their team, and their school. Mike is a great guy, huge Pitt sports fan, dedicated, and a smart dude too. He’s in the nursing program at Pitt. This guy is going places.

Did I mention that I was court-side for both games? As in kneeling on the floor. Ouch! That wood is hard on the knees for what it’s worth. I need to do take a cue from my colleague at Jack Gruber at USA TODAY and bring a padded chair and earplugs. I’d be happy to share more about the how’s of this story if anyone is interested. Check out my video story “Man behind the mascot” which I edited on last Monday.

The most maddening thing about this NCAA tourney has been the continuous Butler upsets and, well, of course my attempt to park anywhere near the Verizon center during the first round. I had to tip a guy $15 just to get in a garage three blocks away! But back to Butler. Who would have thought they would be in the final four?

Event Photography | March MadnessMatt Howard, (54) after he scores the winning basket against Old Dominion with one-tenth of a second left on the clock in round one of the NCAA playoffs at the Verizon Center March 17, 2011. Garrett Hubbard/USA TODAY

Event Photography | March MadnessOld Dominion in round one against Butler. Garrett Hubbard/USA TODAY

Event Photography | March MadnessThe team bands make the games so much more fun! A Uconn band member waiting for their team to play in round 2 of the NCAA playoffs. Garrett Hubbard/USA TODAY

Any predictions for a national champion? Will Butler go all the way?

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