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Sam by denisedebelius

At fourteen months, Sam already has a profound grasp on the variety of winking smiles that melt a lady’s heart. The velvet smoking jacket doesn’t hurt, either. 

The Lewis family by denisedebelius

The Lewises picked a crisp fall morning and a colorful location for their family photo shoot: Bartholdi Park within the US Botanical Gardens. Lily is that perfect age for capturing expressive moments and the joy within this family is palpable. 

The Bennett family by denisedebelius

Recently, I photographed some family/maternity portraits for my friends, the Bennetts. You wouldn’t have guessed that Alisha had been up all night assisting another friend, who began laboring-and delivered at home-nine days early. Mrs. Bennet still glowed radiantly alongside her beautiful family in a fall-themed photo shoot, complete with pumpkins and baby bumps. Congrats to the Bennets, whose newest member is due to arrive mid-November!

Jonathan’s music video shoot by denisedebelius

Jonathan is shooting a music video for his latest Christian rap single. I shot some behind the scenes video footage and photo portraits while they were on location- in his old southeast neighborhood, here in Washington DC. 

Jonathan has overcome a lot and the video is a revisiting of his old days…days that nearly took his life and days that led to time in prison. (In fact, the t-shirt he is wearing is identical to another that was riddled with bullet holes in a street fight.) I’ll be working on a video documenting his journey in the coming months.

HomicideWatch.org Kickstarter by denisedebelius

Update: David Carr of the New York Times wrote a great article about grassroots journalism like Homicide Watch. It was likely no coincidence that Homicide Watch experienced an influx of donations that boosted it from a deficit of about ten grand to well over its goal of $40,000, with several days to spare.

Two years ago, Chris and Laura Amico launched Homicide Watch. The experiment in community crime reporting has been called one of the most important innovations in civic journalism in recent years, “a brilliant re-imagining of what it means to be a news outlet,” says Clay Shirky.

When Laura was offered a fellowship at Harvard, the Amicos began their attempt to save Homicide Watch by handing it over to a university as a student reporting lab. However, they’ll need to raise $40,000 to do so. I shot* and edited a video detailing their Kickstarter campaign, which has amassed both national media support and (as of August 21) over thirty percent of their needed funds. 

*Special thanks to the Sunlight Foundation, who provided some broll.

Redemption Hill Church pastors and elders by denisedebelius

The pastors and elders at Redemption Hill Church needed some new portraits for their website bio page. We shot these just before sunset in Eastern Market. Washington, DC.

Elliott’s nine-month portraits by denisedebelius

I shot these with Sandra and the babe one morning in their home. It really made for some sweet pictures as a Father’s Day gift.

Elliott and Chloe by denisedebelius

Elliott, 8.5 months and Chloe, one year. Memorial Day in the park.

Levi and Nicole by denisedebelius

Levi and Nicole wanted to send home some cards, so we headed out to Rock Creek Park to shoot some portraits in the late winter sun. It’s a beautiful area within Washington, DC, even in the cold of January.

The Riedels and the Vanderbilts by denisedebelius

Families in the fall! These portraits were taken near Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC.