Thursday, April 27, 2017

How to Pin a No VA Wedding Boutonniere

How to Pin a No VA Wedding Boutonniere featuring K Aubrey Flowers, Alexandria, VA
Video produced by Tracey Attlee, Attlee Weddings and Portraits

In 30 years of photographing weddings Attlee Weddings and Portraits has seen much hesitation when its time to pin on the groom and groomsmen's boutonniere...and many a faltering boutonniere when the dancing gets hot, may we add. 
Of course we always help when we can but this new video we shot shows upcoming brides and grooms in Northern VA, DC, NJ and elsewhere in the mid Atlantic how to get it right the first time.
Kevin at K Aubrey Flowers on King Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA demonstrates, once and for all, the proper way to pin on a boutonniere.  
If you'll pay particular attention to his pinning technique for adding extra stability to the boutonniere you can dance the night away or step up to a microphone at your wedding with the confidence you look polished and together!
Tracey Attlee is a greatly experienced wedding and portrait photographer in Alexandria, VA who works at Congressional Country Club, The Sulgrave Club, Chevy Chase Club, The Metropolitan Club, Army Navy Country Club, The Army and Navy Club, Ft. Belvoir and Ft. Myer Officer's Clubs and in her home state of New Jersey at Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club, The Breakers Hotel on the Ocean, Clark's Landing Yacht Club, Spring Lake Golf Club and Bay Head Yacht Club. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Five Tips for a Great DC Location Business Portrait by Tracey Attlee

John Marvin Jones II, Senior Vice President, Lincoln Property Company photographed by Tracey Attlee

You deserve to look your best in a new business portrait.  Wondering how to make that happen?  Here are five tips from a working professional:

First, take time to prepare and groom in advance.  Clean, neat hair and a crisply pressed, well fitted shirt and suit jacket are key.  Not sure which tie or which shirt?  Bring a selection so your photographer can see the options and help choose the best for you.

Next, be sure you are clear on how to sit or stand while being photographed.  Expect not to feel quite comfortable; successful portraiture is all about how to place your hands, feet, body and face in relation to the lens.  Your photographer will guide you and you'll quickly see how the tiniest tilt of your head or shoulders makes a huge difference in how you look.  Subtle changes make all the difference in portrait photography!  You'll likely end up with some tired muscles and a new respect for professional models.

Allow enough time:  it takes a bit to warm up and get going on a photo shoot.  Give yourself at least 20 minutes for the session.  Give your photographer an hour or so in advance to place equipment and test lighting so all is ready when you step on the set.

Offer a calm, private environment for yourself and your photo team.  Its distracting to be photographed when your colleagues are watching; have them wait outside for their turn.  Let someone else answer the phone.  If you're at home, put the dog and the kids in another room with supervision and snacks.

Get a good night's sleep beforehand.  Everything works and looks better when you are rested.

Follow these simple tips with an experienced photographer you trust and you'll get a great new business portrait for yourself in no time!

Tracey Attlee is a popular DC location business portrait photographer in Alexandria, VA with blue chip corporate and prior White House experience.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

DC and NoVA Business Portraits by Top Location Photographer Tracey Attlee

Rely on an expert for DC and NoVA business portraits: top corporate location photographer Tracey Attlee

If you're in DC or NoVA, how about an attractive, new location business portrait of yourself taken by top former White House photographer Tracey Attlee with corporate and VIP clients throughout the Washington DC region? Tracey Attlee personalizes your location session with customized lighting, expert tips on best poses for your face and body and an immediate onsite review of the session photographs to help you choose the right ones that she will retouch, finish and email to you in a week!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Tip for the Bride: Pin your Veil Securely, Then Enjoy!

A Spring Lake, NJ bride and groom enjoying the Jersey shore summer wind in Divine Park on their wedding day, photo by Tracey Attlee

Brides:  Wind in your wedding veil is magic in pictures!  Your best bet is to have your hairdresser pin in your veil.  Then, when a puff of wind comes by all you'll do is laugh and enjoy it!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Add DC Wedding Photo Romance with Sepia by Tracey Attlee

A beautiful sepia silhouette by Tracey Attlee added romance to this couple's best DC weddings photography memories all because they gave her a few minutes of their reception time to create a romantic closing shot of the wedding day.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Ballroom Advertising Photography by Tracey Attlee

Need your DC metro area ballroom or meeting space professionally photographed for a new advertising or print campaign?  Tracey Attlee Weddings and Portraits has the combined talents of over 25 years of high end wedding photography and professional architectural photography.  Call us, we operate out of Alexandria, VA and will be happy to come take a look and let you know what we can do for you!  Tracey Attlee owner of Attlee Weddings and Portraits is a former White House photographer who loves to shoot still life for her clients including professional architectural photography of decorated ballrooms and corporate meeting spaces.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Custom DC Location Business Portraits by Tracey Attlee

How about a fresh, new business portrait of yourself taken in the comfort of your Washington DC metro area home or office? Former White House photographer Tracey Attlee of Alexandria, VA will schedule your portrait session at a shoot location that accommodates your schedule and includes an immediate onsite review of the session photographs together with Tracey to be sure you select just the right one!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Boost Your Wedding Memories with Still Lifes!

Another reason we love to photograph weddings is the opportunity they provide to make beautiful still lifes!
Tracey Attlee is always with the Bride when she is getting ready.  This is a great time for still life photography so arrange to have your special jewelry and wedding bouquet at hand during this special time.  You might also like to incorporate your wedding invitation into the still life photos.  If so, bring along a fresh, clean copy!
Tracey Attlee is a former White House cleared photographer who specializes in weddings and portraits from her base in Alexandria, Virginia through Washington, D.C. and up to her original home town of Spring Lake, New Jersey and to New York City.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Contemporary Location Glamour Portrait Session for Two

In honor of this season of gratitude and giving we are donating all raffle proceeds to So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.) at the Share the Bounty reception tonight hosted by the Women Attorneys of Perkins Coie, Washington, D.C. S.O.M.E. is a D.C.-based charity with over 40 years of experience providing the poor and homeless of our nation's capital with access to food, clothing, housing, medical assistance, dental assistance, mental health programs and job training.
Tracey Attlee of Attlee Weddings and Portraits, Alexandria, VA is a former White House photographer and the private photographer of the Rockefellers. Kim Giammaria of Beauty Mark is a social and corporate hair and makeup artist.

Monday, October 31, 2016

October Surprise DC Engagement Proposal at Mount Vernon

When Quinn McCord invited his girlfriend Alison to lunch and an autumn walk on the grounds of George Washington's historic Mount Vernon estate Saturday she had no idea what he really was planning.

Oh the intrigue.

Quinn and I exchanged many emails, phone calls and texts planning the logistics and strategy necessary to keep Alison unawares.  "She's a smart girl," he said, "so we cannot make her suspicious."  Accordingly, we developed secret signals, code words, places to hide, plan A and plan B courses of action in advance.  These will remain a secret to protect the innocent and all additional persons who call and ask Attlee Weddings and Portraits to hatch a surprise engagement photo plot!

Quinn also sent me a picture of himself and Alison so as to be sure we could recognize them from a distance. When I heard the magic word uttered by my trusty fellow professional photographer and husband Todd, who spotted them first, I quickly hid behind a bush and listened for their footsteps.  As they say the rest is history and it all worked perfectly: Alison was shocked, Quinn was thrilled and total strangers cheered when we all heard Alison cry "Yes, I will!"

An October surprise engagement proposal at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate photographed by Tracey Attlee.

Tracey Attlee is a former White House photographer whose business Attlee Weddings and Portraits in Alexandria, VA has covered DC location family portraits, surprise engagements and DC weddings for over 20 years and is recommended by Washington's finest private clubs including Congressional, Sulgrave, Cosmos, Metropolitan, Kenwood, Army Navy Country Club and Chevy Chase Club.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

"A Fitting Tribute to an American Airman Col. William Lloyd Richards USAF, decorated Vietnam Veteran and True Patriot!" is a fine art slide show featuring the Colonel's Life Celebration at the US Air Force Memorial, Arlington, VA and later that day his Military Full Honors Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery photographed and produced by Tracey Attlee, Alexandria, VA and Todd A. Smith, USMC ret. 

When Col. Richards' family commissioned this slide show from Tracey Attlee, they requested it be narrated by pure audio recorded on the day of the Ceremonies, which we always do, but to the point that any sound bites heard in the finished slide show were exclusively from the Ceremonies.  In other words, they did not wish to hear (tasteful) royalty free instrumental music running in the background of their slide show.  Col. Richards' family only wanted to hear the live sounds we captured.

This spurred our creative imagination as to how to best display Attlee USAF Full Honors Photos at Arlington National Cemetery with sound bites that would complement the photographic transitions from sequence to sequence.  To say we edited, repositioned and remade this fine art slide show 50 times would be an understatement, but then, we are perfectionists!  And after all this time and all these views the finished piece moves us.  

Here is our tribute to Col. Richards and all veterans, with thanks to the Richards and Ficke families for allowing us to share this slide show with the public.  Thank you also to Holly Holeman, on Facebook as "Holly AtArlington" for creating yet another fresh, lovely wreath and florals to grace Col. Richards' Life Celebration and Full Honors Ceremonies.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

New Fine Art Slide Shows by Tracey Attlee for Military Honors Ceremonies at Arlington Cemetery

Former White House photographer Tracey Attlee produces fine art slide shows that are rapidly becoming a popular new alternative to video for Army, Navy, USMC and USAF Full Honors Ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery.  

Far less expensive than video, Attlee Photography fine art slide shows feature their hand retouched photographs with their own freshly recorded audio from each particular military Honors Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery they cover.  

Here is a You Tube sample of Attlee Photography's new fine art slide show made from military Honors ceremonies in all four seasons, in snow and rain, with all four branches of service: 

When Attlee Photography makes a fine art slide show for a client, the photographs and audio are exclusively theirs, made from one complete military Honors Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery at a time. 

Artistic, economical, high quality fine art slide shows made from the unique sights and sounds of each particular Honors Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery, produced and delivered just three weeks after the Ceremony with pride and thanks from Tracey Attlee of Attlee Photography, Alexandria, VA.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DC Location Family Portraits by Tracey Attlee

Photographing this brother and sister on location in a historic Maryland park was a delightful spring afternoon adventure for Attlee Weddings and Portraits.  Willing, well dressed models Anna and David made this session great because they came prepared with creative ideas, a good selection of wardrobe and a fun sense of humor to match.

Since David was to leave in a few days for his next chapter in life, Navy Boot Camp, their mother wanted a nice memory of the children together.

We thought it would be extra meaningful for Mom if we recorded her children's voices and incorporated them into this surprise sneak peek 
Happy early Mother's Day to you Karen!
DC location family portrait of Anna and David Cucurullo by Tracey Attlee
Anna and David Cucurullo by Tracey Attlee
Tracey Attlee is a former White House photographer whose business Attlee Weddings and Portraits in Alexandria, VA has covered DC location family portraits and weddings for over 20 years and is recommended by Washington's finest private clubs including Congressional, Sulgrave, Cosmos, Metropolitan, Kenwood, Army Navy Country Club and Chevy Chase Club.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

DC, No VA Newborn Baby Portrait Tips for Moms by Tracey Attlee

Good DC and No VA newborn portraits start with a sleepy baby.  Photo by Tracey Attlee

What could make a nicer family memory than good quality photographs celebrating the arrival of your new baby?  

No VA newborn baby photographer Tracey Attlee knows its common for newborns to behave differently each day and offers these suggestions for how to get the best set of portraits of your newborn on shoot day:

1.  Feed your newborn 45 minutes before photography to allow time for 20 minutes of digestion to follow the feeding.  This keeps baby happy and sleepy on set and less prone to "accidents."

2.  Keep the baby warm.  Newborn skin is so sensitive baby will alert when it feels temperature changes.  Our wonderful nurse advisor Lynn Kuba suggested we bring hand warmers to pre-warm the the blankets and furs we use for photography on a newborn set.  This works well and is so much easier than worrying about trip hazards from cords or finding a nearby electrical outlet for the heating pad.

3.  Know how to calm your newborn.  Newborns love the warm comfort of Mom and Dad's hands around them.  Be ready to lend your hands to the baby photography effort!

4.  Limit the jostling.  It is fun to dress or swaddle the baby in family heirlooms, christening outfits or grandma's hand knitted blankets but keep the changes down to two or three so baby will be less prone to waking up or crying.

5.  Hire a professional photographer willing to come to your home to photograph your newborn such as Tracey Attlee of Alexandria, VA.  Skip the stress of trying to travel with your newborn because you and your baby will be happier and most relaxed at home!