Friday, May 12, 2017

DC and NoVA Makeover Head Shot Business and Portrait Photos by Tracey Attlee

Tracey Attlee photo by Todd A. Smith
Tracey Attlee is a quality commercial portrait photographer with a spacious studio in Alexandria, VA where she offers makeover head shot business and portrait sessions including hair and makeup by appointment. Attlee's studio is spacious with plenty of parking and it provides her clients with a private hair, makeup and wardrobe area. With finished hair and makeup you’re going to look fabulous so why not bring an extra outfit or two for some casual and formal portraits of yourself after your business portrait? It won’t increase the sitting fee. 

Please call Tracey Attlee at 703-751-1778 for a consultation to discuss the style of portrait you envision, wardrobe and best shoot dates and times for your deadlines. 

Tracey Attlee also offers photography of high level events in Washington, DC, videography and photography of military promotions, retirements, Full Honors ceremonies and weddings. Dynamic, flattering portraits of executives, patriotic videos of military Full Honors funerals at Arlington National Cemetery and beautiful wedding pictures of casual elegance are her trademark. 

Tracey Attlee currently serves corporate clients including The Boeing Company, Toll Brothers and a variety of DC law firms. She has prior White House experience.

Tracey Attlee serves the DC military community with fine art photography and videos of military Full Honors Ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, military promotions at the National Archives, military retirements and weddings at the area's military clubs and bases in Virginia and Maryland.

Tracey Attlee is a private photographer for Senator and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller IV and since 1996 has photographed official portraits and weddings for the Rockefellers, their children and other DC notables including Supreme Court Chief Justice and Mrs. John Roberts, George Will and Mari Maseng, John McLaughlin, Judy Woodruff, former NFL Commissioner and Mrs. Paul Tagliabue. 

Tracey Attlee personally hand retouches her clients' finished work to ensure each client looks their very best.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Jersey Engagement Shoot on the Beach


What a treat for us to photograph Tara and Nick as they celebrate their love and summer engagement on the pristine beaches and boardwalks of Spring Lake, New Jersey.
Tara choose a cheerful color, bright yellow, in her stylish off the shoulder dress that set the mood for an early evening photo session on the sea and sand with Tracey Attlee, Attlee Weddings and Portraits.

Tracey Attlee has photographed DC city, country and Jersey beach weddings and engagements between her home town of Spring Lake, NJ and Washington DC for 25 years.  A former White House photographer who resides in Alexandria, VA, Tracey Attlee photographs location business portraits and weddings with her husband professional architectural photographer Todd A. Smith

Monday, May 1, 2017

Behind the Scenes: Presidential Salute Battery Honors a Fallen Army Chaplain



The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Presidential Salute Battery honors the memory of a fallen Chaplain Major General at his Arlington National Cemetery Full Honors Ceremony April 28, 2017, video by Tracey Attlee www.TraceyAttlee.com 

This video is a behind the scenes look at the preparation, precision and dignity exhibited by the Presidential Salute Battery (PSB) at each military memorial service in which they perform at Arlington National Cemetery.  
Guests at military funerals at Arlington Cemetery of course hear the PSB cannons but generally never see them since the Battery is usually located out of sight of the guests elsewhere on the grounds of the Cemetery.
In this video the PSB honors the memory of Chaplain (Major General) Gaylord T. Gunhus, USA, Retired, 20th Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army at his Full Military Honors Ceremony Friday, April 28, 2017 at Arlington National Cemetery.
Video produced by Tracey Attlee with thanks to SSG Bebee and the entire Presidential Salute Battery for their help and for their faithful service to our nation. 
Tracey Attlee of Alexandria, VA and her husband, retired US Marine and professional architectural photographer Todd A.Smith www.tasphoto.com, team together to provide fine art videos and high quality photos of Full Honors military funeral ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. Both of their fathers were military veterans.

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.