Category: Washington DC
Corporate Headshots for the Staff at National Geographic

Today we created new and updated business portraits for 55 of the AWESOME staff members at National Geographic.

I’ll admit it…if we ranked our clients (we would never do that publicly) but if we did…NatGeo would be TOPS on the list. They are the BEST!!! We’ve been working with them for 3+ years and have photographed over 450 people in Washington DC and it never gets old.

After coaching each and every client we sit with them and help them select their favorite image. Trust me when I tell you this is the hard part…but with our guidance and tips plus feedback from the individual we have created a process that works 100% of the time. GUARANTEED.



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Business Portraits for National Geographic

Corporate Headshots for Deloitte Consulting

We recently had the opportunity to create corporate headshots for a group of professionals at Deloitte Consulting. An internal conference is the PERFECT time to update the image for your busy professionals.

At DC Corporate Headshots we have developed a technique that allows us to photograph ~50-60 people per hour. During the time we are with each client we establish a rapport with the subject, coach them toward their strength, build their confidence and make them look GREAT in their portrait.

FYI…none of the individuals on our website are professional models nor were they photographed at a workshop, these are actual PAYING CLIENTS.

No weddings. No Babies. No Fashion. No Food.


On Assignment with Tom Daschle of The Daschle Group and Baker Donelson

This is from a few weeks ago…an updated portrait for Tom Daschle (former U.S. Senate Majority Leader). He needed the update portrait as he recently formed The Daschle Group, a Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson, large law firm and lobbying group in Washington DC.

Studio portraits for Tom Daschle . Photo by Delane Rouse/DC Corporate Headshots.

We currently have studios in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Dallas, Denver, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.

We provide our services in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle and Washington DC (our headquarters).

The Life of a Portrait Photographer

It’s the second week of December and we’re pushing towards the end of what has been a VERY busy year for our portrait studio. In April-June, we worked with a New York based client to create business portraits for 2000 3000 medical professionals. We spent 10 weeks in and out of 48 different offices throughout Manhattan, Staten Island, Long Island and Brooklyn. Honestly, it was a lot of fun.

The work didn’t let up as we did MAJOR assignments for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Philips, Zurich, Wells Fargo, Comcast, Bank of America, and Baker Donelson (to name a few).

We completed portrait assignments in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, and Washington DC.

This week we’ll spend 2 days creating environmental portraits for a large trade association in Washington DC, work with a client in our Baltimore studio, create some collateral marketing imagery for one of our law firm clients that is moving into a new office, and create 14 new portraits and a 6 minute video for one of our long-time Boston based clients.

Friday we’ll unpack, recharge batteries, clean gear and repack to fire back up next week when were back in Baltimore to work with an award winning real-estate client on Monday as well as working with our group of medical professionals in NYC. It’s going to be a long, but productive day.

Tuesday (week of 12/15) we start the final week of shooting for one of our new law-firm clients, which will lead us right up to December 24th. We’ll take a few days off for the Christmas Holiday but jump right back in on 12/29 with our medical professionals.

This is the way our entire 2014 has gone. We’re not complaining…in fact, we’re looking forward to an even busier 2015!


Price Quote

A few months ago we received an inquiry from one of the largest multi-specialty physician practices in the New York metropolitan region. After a brisk dialogue we established an agreement where we will provided business portrait services to 48 of their locations throughout all 5 Burroughs of New York City. It’s our pleasure to work with an innovative health care leader that provides “best-in-class” care.

May and June will be especially busy months for us. We will be creating business portraits in:

  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Denver
  • Dallas
  • Montreal
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • San Diego
  • Washington, DC

If you are looking for an fantastic business portrait photographer in any of these cities (or ANY city) please contact us at 888-984-4777 for more information.

professional headshots for medical professionals


Corporate Headshots for Media Advisors and Digital Strategist

 “Delane made the whole headshot experience painless–even enjoyable. He is a true professional, and I highly recommend him to any individual, firm, or company in need of corporate headshots! Give him a call; you won’t be disappointed.”

We frequently create corporate headshots for media advisors, digital strategists, and communications managers in the Washington DC area. Our studio is located on Capitol Hill and you won’t find anyone else in the area that ONLY creates corporate headshots and business portraits.

We like working with individuals in the communications and media field because we feel like we’re on the same page when it comes to assisting in creating or updating your brand.

What sets us apart? Our PROFESSIONALISM. Our approach to COACHING you throughout your session and finally…our COMMITMENT to staying the best in the business through consistently honing our craft and expertise.

Business Portrait for Corporate Communications Executives in Washington DC

Business Portrait for Corporate Communications Executives in Washington DC


Where is Your Photography Studio Located

Our studio is conveniently located on Capitol Hill at 528 F Street Terrace S.E. Washington DC 20003. We’re only 2 blocks from the Eastern Market Metro.

Our building is located in the INTERIOR of the block bounded by E Street (North), G Street (South), 6th Street (West) and 7th Street (East). Most clients drive down F Street Terrace S.E. then find a parking spot on one of the streets listed above. If you’re LUCKY there will be a street RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR DOOR but that’s rare unless you’re the FIRST or LAST session.





Headshot Photographer Washington DC

Headshot Photographer Washington DC

Business people are frequently looking for a Washington DC corporate headshot photographer. That’s were our studio, DC Corporate Headshots, steps in. Creating a portrait that shows the client as confident and approachable is easier said than done but our 15+ years of experience and the fact that we ONLY shoot portraits is a major plus. Clients realize that they need to put out images that “look like business” and that it’s not good enough to have a “selfie” as your LinkedIn profile photo.

We think we are the best photo studio in Washington DC and we love that we get to create professional photos, business photos and great headshots in one of the most comfortable studios in the city. Every day we come to our 5000 square foot Capitol Hill studio and work with some of the areas top business leaders.


DC Corporate Headshots is the premier provider of outstanding corporate headshots and business portraits in the Washington DC area. We help individuals and business project the professional image they desire with minimal impact on the schedule of the busy executive. We service the Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, and Washington DC business markets.

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On Assignment for a Washington DC Law Firm

On Friday we the opportunity to complete a shoot for our Washington DC client that had to be postponed due to the snow storm earlier in the week. We had a great relationship with this client so we understood when the schools was cancelled that our shoot would be delayed. We prepped our gear for the shoot Thursday afternoon and packed the car. Since the shoot was early I met my assistant at the clients office about an hour before the shoot to go over last minute details.

We went up the the clients office suite, unpacked our gear and setup for 2 different scenes using their library and an open office. We do our test shots using our 1st or 2nd assistant to make sure that we don’t waste too much of the attorneys time doing test shots and moving lights. We always try to be efficient and our clients appreciate our effort. Today we also worked with the firms new Director of Marketing. I always like working directly with the person making this decision on the images because we can make sure that we are delivering exactly what the client needs and not necessarily our vision.

Having an extra pair of eyes on the shoot is also as plus. Notice the cord under the cabinets on the upper left image? Many photographers would have left the cord there and attempted to remove it in Photoshop or (even worse) left it for the client to handle. I noticed it so I used 2 pieces of Scotch tape to keep it out of the image. We also added a few more books to the scene to keep it from being so “bare”. We call it adding a little visual interest.


Technical: Mamiya Leaf Credo 40, Schneider Kreuznach 80mm LS lens, Mamiya 645DF+ body, PhaseOne’s CaptureOne Pro software.

Once we were back at the studio we downloaded our images and did an initial edit where we selected ~70 images for the client to review. We uploaded them to our Client Archive for review and the client will make selections over the nest couple of days and get back to us with her choices. Those files will be retouched and we will deliver them as high-resolution files within 2-3 days (often sooner).

If you want to learn how we can provide you with superior image quality, great service, photo management tools with exceptional editing and image processing capability give us a call at202.552.0025. We would love to work with your marketing department to create new and fresh collateral marketing materials for the professionals at your firm.

Technical: Mamiya Leaf Credo 40, Schneider Kreuznach 80mm LS lens, Mamiya 645DF+ body, PhaseOne’s CaptureOne Pro software.

New Website? You Need Headshots!

Washington DC professional studio portraits are photographic portraits shot in indoor studio locations. Many DC lawyers, accountants, educators, doctors, advertising executives, and commercial real estate brokers will have a studio portrait done at some point in their lives. This is especially true since most will need to display the image on a business website or social media site.

Although some believe that outdoor portraits in DC are better aesthetically than studio portraits, there are several advantages to using an indoor studio. With an indoor studio, we can create great images regardless of the time of day, we control the room temperature and we avoid being affected adversely by outdoor conditions. The most important factor is that we also have finite control over the lighting versus working outside.

When you decide to get a studio portrait done, it is important to select a hight quality, reputable photographer. A good studio portrait photographer will produce an exceptional photograph for you by doing the following things:

  • Using a spacious studio. Good photographers who care about their craft will utilize as much studio space as possible. This is because, the less space you have, and the more difficult it is to take a good quality, well light, expressive studio portrait.
  • Professional lighting equipment. A professional lighting set-up does not have to be complicated. Sometimes only two lights are necessary, as long as they are the right type of lights, are used in the right way and are positioned in the right place. For instance, the photographer may place one light on the person being photographed (the subject) and another light on the background. The light for the portrait subject is typically placed on a stand. By modifying the light’s position and output the photographer we create innovative, directional lighting. The background light may be brighter than the subject light, in order to achieve a clean background.
  • Coaching the Subject. We provide every subject with a set of valuable tools that helps the person appear confident and approachable when in front of our camera. Many clients are apprehensive about being photographed but we know EXACTLY what to wear, what to do and say to make the process as easy as possible. We don’t tell stupid jokes but we will dip into our “coaching toolbox” and use whatever is necessary to create an exceptional professional portrait.
  • Appropriate Background Selection. Whatever background is used, it is important that it is clear , clean and uncluttered. As a professional photographer we will make sure this is the case in order to provide the best image service we can. It could be gray, white or blue paper or it might be an environmental background. Whatever we select will compliment the subject.
  • Retouching. After taking a photograph, a good photographer will be willing to retouch the image, in order to improve it. The photographer may retouch the image by using software such as Capture One Pro,  Photoshop, GIMP or Light Room. Retouching the photograph could mean cleaning up the background, getting rid of sensor dust spots and brightening certain aspects of the image. The Photoshop Magic Wand tool is particularly popular with studio photographers.
  • Professional Cameras and Lenses.  While it may be easy to get bogged down in equipment you should expect your  photographer  to use  professional  camera bodies and lenses. This equipment is expensive but it will last a long time and will produce quality images time after time. Professional gear does not need to be  replaced  often as  png  as it is maintained. Our studio uses a Medium Format Digital Back (MFDB) developed by MamiyaLeaf  and  Mamiya/Schneider/Phase One professional lenses. The investment in this type of  equipment  typically  exceeds  what an  amateur  is willing to invest. Our knowledge of the system along with the constant that we receive is what  separates us from the rest.    

Studio portraits can be fun and worthwhile if they are shot by a top quality, professional photographer. It is therefore well worth shopping around for the right photographer for you.