Archive for category: Washington DC

April 2, 2013
02 Apr 2013

MLK Jr’s legacy and a 3 camera shoot with Lee Saunders AFSCME’s president for USA TODAY

Commercial Photography | Portrait of AFL CIO President Lee Saunders

Portrait of AFSCME President Lee Saunders

Late last week I was hired by USA TODAY to produce a 3 camera shoot for their weekly series called Capital Download. This Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page interviewed Lee Saunders AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) President at their office on K Street. I also did a 2 minute portrait afterwards which is a little longer than normal for someone of his stature. Many thanks to Chris, the Assistant Director of Media and Field Communications for making the shoot run so smoothly. Also a big thank you to USA TODAY video editor extraordinaire for helping produce the shoot and for assisting me with the lighting on this portrait. Here is a link to the story and video.

March 30, 2013
30 Mar 2013

Dragons rule the National Cherry Blossom Kite Festival

I had a picnic with my wife in the sunshine on the National Mall. It felt like vacation and it was wonderful. In a way that is exactly what it was, a vacation from the chilly grasp of winter which may last for another 7 months. Now that’s my kind of vacation! I don’t know of anywhere else you can go and catch 200 kites in flight. The National Cherry Blossom Kite Festival is a must do activity for any Washingtonian.

DC Photography| Kite Festival

More information about the Cherry Blossom Festival here.

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.

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November 13, 2012
13 Nov 2012

Teaching at Nikon’s Photo Day at The Newseum

Teaching always reminds me why I love telling stories. This Saturday November 17 I’ll be lecturing about visual storytelling at The Newseum.  My lecture will last 45 minutes but the event lasts all day and includes multiple lectures, a photo scavenger hunt, a hands-on demo of all of Nikon’s latest gear, and more. More information about the photo day schedule here.  
You will have access to the whole museum. Go check out White House News Photographers Association’s Eyes of History exhibit. Some of my work is on display there and it includes a video interview with me for my “video editor of the year” award. I’ve been so busy I haven’t even had time to see the exhibit. This will change on Saturday. Below is a teaser of the video on display.

November 6, 2012
06 Nov 2012

Premiere of National Geographic’s Seal Team 6

I went to the premiere of feature film “Seal Team 6: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden” at the Newseum a few days ago. I walked in and they asked me “are you press” and I paused and finally answered “no.” This was one of the first times since I left USA TODAY that I haven’t gone to an event where I wasn’t there to work. I think it’s going to take a while to retrain my brain and to respond as a “normal” civilian human and not as part of the press. It sure was nice to relax and enjoy the film and fantastic heavy h’orderves. Think lobster corndog! I did manage to take a picture while I was there.

Premiere of Seal Team Six from the National Geographic Society at The Newseum on Thursday evening. © Garrett Hubbard 2012
Check out the trailer for the feature film.
October 29, 2011
29 Oct 2011

Let it snow before the tricks and treats

Rain, sleet, and then snow. Oh my!

DC Photography | Snow Snow among the fall colors. A rare sight for the D.C. area.

DC Photography | SnowA male Cardinal defends his grub from a voracious but oh-so-sweet Titmouse.

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

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

Politics and clicks: Photographing The Hill

Anxious testimony, indignant recoils, and false bravado could only mean one thing–politics on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This is a peak into the life of what it’s like being a photographer on “The Hill.” I don’t go there a lot, but Every time I do, it is a little like this. Lots of waiting, lots of time spent on my knees, and lots of great photographers like Chip Somodevilla and Melina Mara to admire and learn from.

The Well: Covering Capitol Hill from Chris Gregory on Vimeo.

April 23, 2010
23 Apr 2010

Surprise on The Hill

It was so gorgeous outside for my shoot today for World Vision & Genesis Photos on Capitol Hill.
DC Photography | On the HillA seemingly normal day until you-know-who showed up : )

DC Photography | Surprise On the HillDC Photography | On the HillSimmons jumped on the chance to sing to the oldies–‘America the Beautiful’–when he saw this choir group on the steps of the Capitol.

DC Photography | On the HillIn all seriousness, Simmons had such a great attitude and so much charisma–contageous actually. He helped support the Fit Kids Act which just passed yesterday and was up here to celebrate and continue to raise awareness about the importance of exercise and healthy living.

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