Category Archives: Photography

Photography related topics and experiences

Memorial Day Remembrance

A few days ago, I received a photograph of a single mother and her three beautiful daughters. I don't know any of them, but I am touched by the reason it came to me. Section 59, 4103 As many of you know, for the past three years I have participated in Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery. Originally,…
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Photography When You Least Expect It

Over the last few years, I've probably photographed close to 400 events, a thousand different teams and countless athletes. I've been fortunate to have access to some great games and to witness exciting and memorable performances. Many of the photos I take are ordinary, and I never even show or post most of them. Sometimes the…
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Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

As mentioned in a previous post, for the past few years I have participated in Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), where my father is buried. The project honors our veterans buried in cemeteries throughout our country during the holiday season. On a December Saturday each year wreaths are placed on each headstone except…
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Wreaths Across America and Me

On December 17, 2016, thousands of volunteers will fan out across Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), as well as locations in all fifty states and overseas, to position wreaths at the foot of headstones that mark the resting place of American veterans and their spouses. It's a vast tradition that began in a small way when the Worcester…
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It’s All About Location… Or Not

I have in mind a series of posts on great locations for individual and group portraits. And I'm going to do that, really. But perhaps not for the original reasons I envisioned. Nico and Maria in the park At first, I thought that the location makes a great portrait, but I was wrong. The people…
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10 Things I Know About Sports Photography: Football

This is the first in a series of posts about things I've learned over the past five years of photographing high school sports. The availability and relatively lower cost of good quality gear has seen the number of sideline photographers increase. I often give people--especially yearbook and school paper photographers--tips to help them get the…
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A Banner Day

About a month ago, I had a photo session with the Rock Ridge High School volleyball team in Ashburn, VA. The plan was to create individual banners and a large team banner to be hung in their school gymnasium during their season. I was excited about the opportunity because it combined my interests in sports…
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A Wedding Photographed – Introduction

My niece, Maddie, has honored me by asking me to photograph her wedding ceremony and marriage to Tony on July 1, 2017. My first reaction was reluctance, but my second one immediately followed and it was an absolute yes. Maddie and her wedding planner, Lynn, at Silverbrook Farm This is a girl that I held in my…
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Never Stop Learning

I still remember the moment I successfully produced identifiable images using a pinhole camera made for my photography merit badge in Boy Scouts. While not understanding completely what I was doing, it was kind of incredible to actually make it work and the feeling was akin to how I felt when I spent some time in the darkroom…
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Three Days I Will Never Forget

Almost two months ago now, I attended Peter Hurley's Headshot Intensive two-day workshop in New York City. Game to learn even more, I stayed for the Intensified third day, too. As a photographer, the chance to work with a leader in any part of the industry is priceless especially as a part of a small group. What I…
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Honoring the Highest Scouting Awards

Beginning September 1, 2016, if you have recently earned the highest rank in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts--and you live in Loudoun County, VA--Sumser Photography would consider it an honor and privilege to symbolize your achievement with a free portrait in uniform. The cost of the session itself as well as one 8x10 print are our gifts to…
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