Saturday, November 18, 2017

Celebrity Team Donates Mother Daughter Portrait Session with Makeup and Hair to SOME

Former White House photographer Tracey Attlee, the private photographer of the Rockefellers and a DC wedding and portraits expert, teamed with celebrity makeup artist Carl Ray, the personal makeup artist of former First Lady Michelle Obama, and famed DC One80 Salon for a charity glamour portrait session for two this week. 

The charity So Others Might Eat (SOME) 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, health care, housing and job training.

The portrait session for two with celebrity makeup and hair was donated by Tracey Attlee, Carl Ray and One80 Salon at this week’s Share the Bounty reception, an annual charity event hosted by the women attorneys of Perkins Coie for their women clients, colleagues and friends in celebration of this season of gratitude and giving.  The evening featured delicious food and wine, a cooking demonstration, great conversation, networking and the charity raffle.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Business Portrait Tip: Let the Lens Guide You

Newly hired DC lawyer's portrait for Brustein Manasevit by Tracey Attlee

If you’re planning an upcoming executive portrait in your DC or VA law firm here is a business head shot tip of reassurance from best No VA corporate head shot photographer Tracey Attlee of Alexandria:  “Since you need to place your hands, feet, body and face in relation to the lens, not in relation to how it feels, it will be a bit strange at first.  But when you look at the proofs you’ll be amazed how subtle changes make such a difference in portrait photography!”
“We photograph interior business portraits with our camera tethered to a laptop.  This gives us instant feedback on how the pose is coming along and how best to tweak our lighting for the face and body shape we are photographing,” says Tracey Attlee.  “Shooting tethered enables us to show our subject their proofs right away.  Then they can see what happens when they make the tiniest tilt of their head or shoulders.  It quickly teaches people to trust our suggestions and then we are on our way to creating an excellent portrait they’ll be proud to display.”
Tracey Attlee is a top location and studio business portrait head shot photographer in Alexandria, VA with over 25 years of experience behind the lens and previous White House clearance.  She hand retouches and finishes business portraits in a week, then delivers the finished work electronically, all ready to use.  (O) 703-751-1778 
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

USMC Chef to Six Commandants Now at Pearmund Cellars

Andy Schneider Photo by Tracey Attlee

Andrew P. Schneider of Bristow, VA, USMC retired and current owner of Elegance to Simplicity Caterers, served as an Enlisted Aide and cooked for six Commandants of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Now he is serving up his famous home made mac 'n cheese, barbecued ribs and chicken thighs, hot and sweet grilled sausages with freshly sauteed peppers and baked beans seasoned by his secret recipe to weekend patrons of Pearmund Cellars, a winery in Broad Run, VA.  See video:  AndySchneiderPearmund
Among the winery's patrons are retired generals and White House staffers, brides-to-be, children, pets, families and couples who enjoy spending their summer weekends in the shade of the spreading branches and canvas sun shades covering the rolling hills of this manicured winery's property.
Pearmund Cellars is located on 6190 Georgetown Road, Broad Run, VA 20137.
Andy Schneider of Elegance to Simplicity Caterers has 40 years of food service experience.  His company caters weddings, corporate events, parties, memorial repasts, military promotions and retirements throughout the Washington DC area.  For more information call Schneider at 703-618-0442.

Video by Tracey Attlee

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Military Video at Arlington Cemetery by Tracey Attlee

Tracey Attlee recently visited Arlington National Cemetery to shoot a behind the scenes video of the Army's Presidential Salute Battery in 100+ degree July temperatures as they honored a fallen Major General.

With thanks to SSG Bebee and his PSB colleagues here is the link for a good look at the precision and dignity of the U.S. Army Presidental Salute Battery on the Tracey Attlee military Full Honors video at Arlington National Cemetery:

Should your family need good high quality video and photos of an upcoming Full Honors Ceremony for an Army, Navy, Marine or Coast Guard military funeral at Arlington National Cemetery former White House photographer Tracey Attlee of Alexandria, VA assisted by her husband Todd A. Smith, retired US Marine and professional architectural photographer, have plenty of video and photography experience at Arlington Cemetery and are waiting to take care of you.

Please call Tracey Attlee on her direct office line: 703-751-1778 to discuss your wishes and your loved one's Honors Ceremony date and time.  Tracey and Todd will be your actual video and photo team; they are a patriotic military family.  Both of their fathers were military.  Tracey's father was Navy combat wounded, WWII and her maternal uncle was KIA, WWII.

For these reasons Tracey Attlee and Todd step outside of their regular professional photo and video assignments to work with other military families in need of peace, pride and closure from a dedicated, local photo video team with vast experience covering military funerals in all four seasons at Arlington National Cemetery.

If you would like to see more information about Tracey Attlee video and photography at Arlington National Cemetery military Full Honors Ceremonies please visit her web site

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New Jersey Beach Wedding

Sunset over Manasquan River viewed from Clarks Landing Yacht Club in Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Photo by Tracey Attlee 

For anyone considering a New Jersey beach wedding, perhaps in Spring Lake or Point Pleasant, here is inspiration from our tasteful couple Tara and Nick whose beautiful Memorial Day weekend wedding was held at St. Catharine's Church in Spring Lake followed by a dinner dance reception at Clarks Landing Yacht Club in Point Pleasant.

Tara and Nick included plenty of water views in their oceanside family group and wedding party photographs and treated their reception guests to dinner and dancing by the breathtaking sunset over Manasquan River at dusk.

Tara and Nick's wedding glowed with the careful preparation and advance planning they undertook for more than a year before their wedding.  It showed in the range of pretty details, embellishments, wardrobe, flowers, invitations, thank you cards and engagement shoot locations.

Here is a sneak peek for Tara, Nick and all who dream of a lovely New Jersey beach wedding:

Tara and Nick's New Jersey beach wedding photographed by Tracey Attlee

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 

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, 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.