J. Yi Photography – VA DC MD Photographer Portrait Headshot Wedding Videography Commercial Food Senior LGBTQ Friendly http://www.jyiphoto.com Professional Photographer in Virginia, Maryland, DC, Nationally, and Internationally. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:45:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 86786009 Covering Scena Theatre: Press Photos for the Production of ‘The Night Alive’ http://www.jyiphoto.com/2017/covering-scena-theatre-press-photos-for-the-production-of-the-night-alive Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:45:43 +0000 http://jyiphoto.com/?p=4873

Scena Theater (website/Facebook) is one of my favorite clients. Their productions are always incredibly well done and the people who are in and help run the shows are all really cool human beings. I’ve been blessed to work with them for their past seven productions (The Norwegians, Shining City, Handbag, Molly, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and The Importance of Being Earnest, and Antigone Now). Their current production, The Night Alive, is currently running atAtlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC and has amassed a large number of very well-deserved reviews (including Broadway World, DC Theatre Scene, and On Tap Magazine).

Barry McEvoy and Molly Goff in Scena Theatre’s Production of ‘The Night Alive’.

The Night Alive is a play by Conor McPherson, Ireland’s most highly acclaimed modern playwright, and is the sixth production of a play written by him (previous productions being Dublin Carol, The Weir, Shining City, This Lime Tree Bower and The Seafarer). It is directed by Robert McNamara and features Irish actors Barry McEvoy and Brian Mallon as Tommy and Doc, Ron Litman as Maurice, Robert Sheire as Kenneth, and Molly Goff as Aimee. The crew, who did an amazing job giving life to the set, include Michael C. Stepowany (Set Designer), Alisa Mandel (Costume Designer), Marianne Meadows (Lighting Designer), Denise Rose (Sound Designer), Anne Nottage (Assistant Director & Literary Manager), Jenna Lawrence (Stage Manager), Gabriele Jakobi (Dramaturg), and Joey Aubry (Property Master).

All shots were taken with a Canon 5DIII and a Canon 24-70 f/2.8L II or 70-200 f/2.8LII lens. Stage/theatre photography can be tough – incredibly dynamic movements, limited mobility by the photographer, quick changes of expression, and lighting changes. As a photographer, anticipation and the developed ability to track movement are incredibly helpful here. Luckily, Scena has always been amazing to coordinate and work with, making my job that much easier.

Barry McEvoy and Molly Goff in Scena Theatre’s Production of ‘The Night Alive’.

Brian Mallon, Molly Goff, and Barry McEvoy in Scena Theatre’s Production of ‘The Night Alive’.

Brian Mallon and Robert Sheire in Scena Theatre’s Production of ‘The Night Alive’.

Ron Litman in Scena Theatre’s Production of ‘The Night Alive’.

Brian Mallon and Robert Sheire in Scena Theatre’s Production of ‘The Night Alive’.

Robert Sheire and Molly Goff in Scena Theatre’s Production of ‘The Night Alive’.

Robert Sheire and Molly Goff in Scena Theatre’s Production of ‘The Night Alive’.

Ron Litman and Barry McEvoy in Scena Theatre’s Production of ‘The Night Alive’.

Barry McEvoy and Molly Goff in Scena Theatre’s Production of ‘The Night Alive’.

Barry McEvoy and Robert Sheire in Scena Theatre’s Production of ‘The Night Alive’.

The show will be running at ATLAS Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, 2020 Shannon Pl SE, Washington, DC 20002) until April 9th. Tickets are available at www.scenatheatre.org. The reviews are in and very good. I loved everything. especially the ending, which really hit me hard. GO SEE IT!

Cast and crew of Scena Theatre’s Production of ‘The Night Alive’.

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Amman + Meriam’s Proposal Photoshoot – Georgetown Waterfront, Washington, DC http://www.jyiphoto.com/2017/amman-meriams-proposal-photoshoot-georgetown-waterfront-washington-dc Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:30:49 +0000 http://jyiphoto.com/?p=4847

Love is in the air!

Amman contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would help plan and photograph a proposal to his girlfriend Meriam. All he knew was that his plan to bring Meriam out was to buy movie tickets to a show at Loew’s in Georgetown. His first idea involved the National Arboretum but we agreed that it would be too crowded to propose and shoot in, plus the travel wouldn’t make sense and would raise some red flags. I suggested keeping things simple and found a secluded, well lit spot on the Georgetown Waterfront that would be a two minute walk from their movie theater.

If you ever wondered what a planning e-mail might look like, here you go!

High-tech planning. 🙂

Everything was set after that e-mail – date, location, time, and even which direction each person would be standing. When I arrived to the location (thirty minutes before scheduled time, as usual) I noticed a few things: the wind was unbearable, some of the streetlights were out, and there was much more foot traffic than expected. I canvassed the area and found a much better spot less than 200 feet away and messaged Amman the update with photos of the new spot.

A very important quality that a proposal photographer must possess is the ability to think quickly on his or her feet. Seeing that the original spot would not do for the photos, let alone the proposal, meant finding a suitable replacement as quickly as possible and communicating as clearly as possible where that and THE new spot would be. It is also important to find a photographer who is capable of shooting under many different conditions – shooting subjects dressed in dark clothing at night is difficult and is a skill that develops with much practice.

From that point, everything went super smoothly. Amman found the spot, brought Meriam to it, got on a knee, and she said yes! All  photos were taken with a Canon 5DIII and a Canon 70-200 f/2.8LII lens.

Congratulations, Amman + Meriam!

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Sixth Annual Skate for Catherine! http://www.jyiphoto.com/2017/sixth-annual-skate-for-catherine Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:22:49 +0000 http://jyiphoto.com/?p=4837

Year SIX! Six years in a row!

The Catherine Elizabeth Blair Memorial Fund is a local non-profit that is near and dear to my heart. Their mission is dedicated to raising funds for developing treatments for the childhood cancer neuroblastoma. Catherine was a patient at the pediatric cancer clinic where I worked – she was a great kid and her family is amazing.

The foundation held its first “Skate for Catherine!” event on March 1st, 2012 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia (blog entry here) and I have been honored to cover their event and offer a session package for their raffle, pro bono, every March.

This year’s event raised over $19,000! The foundation has donated over $140K in research grants so far and this will help keep that very important research going. Even though this year’s event has passed, you can still donate to the foundation by clicking here.

Images were captured with my Canon 5D III  paired with either a 24-70 f/2.8LII or a 70-200 f/2.8LII.

This was the 6th Annual Skate for Catherine! event held by The Catherine Elizabeth Blair Memorial Foundation. We raised…

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Izlem & Alejandro’s Civil Ceremony http://www.jyiphoto.com/2017/izlem-alejandros-civil-ceremony Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:59:45 +0000 http://jyiphoto.com/?p=4793

Izlem and Alejandro contacted me to ask if I would be willing to be the photographer for their civil wedding. I was more than happy to accept – I have had a number of friends who, for their own (completely valid) reasons, skipped the big wedding ceremony and reception for the equally romantic civil wedding.

Having shot civil weddings has shown me that the love between these couples is just as big as any other. The excitement is also still there – everyone present was buzzing with happiness and joy.


The main difficulty in photographing a civil ceremony is movement. Since these weddings are usually held in a law office or dedicated courtroom, it can get a little tight – sometimes I am literally not able to move because of how crowded the rooms is! The key is to communicate potential limitations to the couple and to work with the wedding witnesses. If you plan well, then you can photograph the ceremony without interrupting or inconveniencing anyone.

After the ceremony, we went right outside to get some photos of Izlem, Alejandro, and their guests. Since it was still very bright out, I did have to do some quick scouting to find an area with nice, soft lighting.

All ceremony photos were taken with a Canon 5DIII and a Canon 24-70 f/2.8LII lens. The outdoor photos were taken with the same Canon 5DIII and a Canon 70-200 f/2.8LII lens.

Congratulations, Izlem and Alejandro!

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Women’s March 2017, Washington, D.C. http://www.jyiphoto.com/2017/womens-march-2017-washington-d-c Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:00:36 +0000 http://jyiphoto.com/?p=4700 Equality, Politics, Washington DC, Women's March

Regardless of your politics, you can’t deny the power of the worldwide marches held on January 21, 2017. Estimated attendance figures are over 2.9 million people, the largest in U.S. history, and I was lucky enough to have been able to join them. More incredible than the turnout was the mood of the march – one of positivity, unity, and peace. That’s democracy and free speech in action.

These photos were shot with a Canon 5DIII and a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8LII lens. Whenever you’re expecting to shoot in a crowd, ditch the second body – it’s much easier to get around.

Linked below is a Facebook gallery with 146 photos of the women and men who came out to support the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Please contact me if you would like a higher resolution copy of your photo.

Regardless of your politics, you can't deny the power of the worldwide marches held on January 21, 2017. Estimated…

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Covering Scena Theatre: Press Photos for the Production of ‘Antigone Now’ http://www.jyiphoto.com/2016/covering-scena-theatre-press-photos-for-the-production-of-antigone-now Wed, 30 Mar 2016 19:39:57 +0000 http://jyiphoto.com/?p=4569

Scena Theater (website/Facebook) is an awesome client and I always look forward to working with them again. Being a stage/theatre photographer can be tough – incredibly dynamic movements, expressions, and lighting changes – but Scena has always been amazing to work with. I’ve had the pleasure of covering their past six productions (The Norwegians, Shining City, Handbag, Molly, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and The Importance of Being Earnestand recently did the photography for their newest production, Antigone Now at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC.

Danielle Davy in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Antigone Now is a play by internationally-acclaimed Slovenian playwright Evald Flisar. It is a modern day adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone, with changes that make the work its own and that highlight issues that most people can relate to today. It is directed by Robert McNamara and features Brian Hemmingsen, Stas Wronka, Bob Sheire, Joe Palka, Danielle Davy, Ron Litman, Matt Dougherty, Kim Curtis, Joseph Carlson, Amanda Forstrom, and Colin Davies. The crew, who did an amazing job, include Lena Salins (Production Manager), Michael Stepowany (Set Design), Dean Leong (Tech Director), Marianne Meadows (Lighting Design), Denise Rose (Sound Design), Anne Nottage (Assistant Director), and Natalie Nichols (Stage Manager).

Scena is doing a short run of this production in the US (March 26th – April 2nd) and will be taking the production to Europe! They will be playing in Slovenia, Italy, and Austria. In Slovenia, they will take part in the Week of Slovenian Drama, an annual theatre festival that began in 1971. Scena will be the first US company to be invited to play in the festival’s 45 year history. Wow.

Colin Davies and Matt Dougherty in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Bob Sheire and Stas Wronka in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Bob Sheire and Stas Wronka in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Joe Palka, Danielle Davy, and Kim Curtis in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Joe Palka, Danielle Davy, and Kim Curtis in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Danielle Davy and Kim Curtis in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Danielle Davy and Kim Curtis in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Amanda Forstrom in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Amanda Forstrom in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Danielle Davy and Joseph Carlson in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Danielle Davy and Joseph Carlson in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Stas Wronka and Bob Sheire in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Stas Wronka and Bob Sheire in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Kim Curtis and Joseph Carlson in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Kim Curtis and Joseph Carlson in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Bob Sheire and Stas Wronka in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Bob Sheire and Stas Wronka in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Danielle Davy and Ron Litman in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Danielle Davy and Ron Litman in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Bob Sheire, Matt Dougherty, and Stas Wronka in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Bob Sheire, Matt Dougherty, and Stas Wronka in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Ron Litman in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Ron Litman in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Danielle Davy and Ron Litman in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

Danielle Davy and Ron Litman in Scena Theatre’s production of ‘Antigone Now.’

All shots were taken with a Canon 5DIII and a Canon 24-70 f/2.8L II or 70-200 f/2.8LII lens.

The show will be running at ATLAS Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, 2020 Shannon Pl SE, Washington, DC 20002) until April 2nd. Tickets are available at www.scenatheatre.org. GO SEE IT!

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Mike + Laura’s Proposal Photoshoot – Tidal Basin, Washington, DC http://www.jyiphoto.com/2016/mike-lauras-proposal-photoshoot-tidal-basin-washington-dc Sun, 20 Mar 2016 19:15:06 +0000 http://jyiphoto.com/?p=4630 Jefferson Memorial,Love,Natural Light,Outdoor,Proposal,Tidal Basin,Washington DC,Washington Memorial

I love being a proposal photographer and I have the best clients ever!

Mike and Laura met in 2013 on a blind date set up via mutual friends. They’re awesome and you can definitely see the love between them. They’re really thoughtful, too – Laura spent months planning a huge event for Mike’s last birthday and he wanted to go just as big for his proposal to her.

Mike contacted me over a month in advance to plan and coordinate his proposal. He had a solid base in mind – he knew he wanted the proposal to be done at the Tidal Basin and that having some memorials in the background and the Cherry Blossoms, if they were in bloom, would fit the look and feel he was going for. He even had a good game plan on how to get Laura there for a sunrise shoot! He told her that his company was throwing a celebratory breakfast for him nearby, giving her a reason to be up early and for them both to be dressed up. Take notes, fellas!

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As Mike and I continued talking over the weeks, we concluded that it would make sense to have a second photographer come with me to capture the moment at a wider angle. I contacted my buddy Sophocles and we were able to work out a fair rate for the shoot. A few weeks before the planned date, Sophocles and I went (under the cover of darkness!) to meet Mike at the Tidal Basin and figure out the exact spot he would propose and where we would be shooting from. We found a spot that would see less foot traffic, had enough space for Mike to pop the question, and gave us good angles to capture the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial in the background.

Sophocles and me, very cold, on the way to meet Mike.

Sophocles and me, very cold, on the way to meet Mike.

Fast forward to the day of the proposal! We wanted to shoot right at sunrise, which was slated for about 7:20 that morning. I had to leave the house around 5:30 to pick up Sophocles and get on site about 30 minutes early to prep (and in case Mike and Laura were early). My girlfriend Jessica came with us to provide as lookout and to shoot video of the proposal.

We arrived about 45 minutes before the proposal, set up, enjoyed the weather, and waited with excitement. Here are the pics of Mike and Laura! All of my images were taken with a Canon 5DIII and a Canon 70-200 f/2.8L II. Sophocles shot with a Fuji x100S, and Jess shot video with a Canon 5DII and a Canon 24-70 f/2.8L II.















We took a short stroll over to the Jefferson Memorial for some portraits. Lucky for us, the light was awesome.





All in all, an awesome day!

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Sophocles, Mike, Lauren, Jess, and Jae

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Kavi Workspace 2015 Annual User Group Conference http://www.jyiphoto.com/2015/kavi-workspace-2015-annual-user-group-conference Wed, 09 Dec 2015 15:35:42 +0000 http://jyiphoto.com/?p=4423

I recently had the pleasure of covering the Fourth Annual Kavi Workspace User Group Conference in Alexandria, Virginia. Kavi is a software company based in Portland, Oregon that gives its users a platform for collaborative team work, structured workflows, and secure participation. I was contacted by Mark Ace, president of Kavi, and asked to cover key moments in the meeting while also capturing candid moments from around the room.

Working as an event photographer is always a lot of fun, and working as a conference photographer is no exception. It’s always very cool seeing and hearing about projects that are in the works and learning about other fields. It is important, however, to remain vigilant throughout so moments aren’t missed. With experience comes the ability to “read the room”, allowing one to anticipate what kind of reactions are coming and who to keep an eye on.

Here are some photos from the conference, taken with a Canon 5D III  with a 24-70 f/2.8LII  or a 70-200 f/2.8LII and a Canon 580 EX II speedlite.




















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Maxine + Mycal’s Maternity/Paternity Shoot – Arlington, Virginia http://www.jyiphoto.com/2015/maxine-mycals-maternitypaternity-shoot Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:15:35 +0000 http://jyiphoto.com/?p=4401

Okay, I hope I’m not alone in thinking that expecting dads joining their ladies in joint maternity/paternity shoots is awesome. It’s great seeing how invested these future fathers are, how excited everybody is, and how close these couples are. I’m all about gender equality and mixing up gender roles and this is a definite sign that things are trending towards cool things.


I’ve known Maxine and Mycal for a long time. Maxine and I worked together at a pediatric hematology/oncology clinic together for a number of years. I knew her when they got engaged, went to their wedding, and hung out at their housewarming party. I was elated when they announced their pregnancy and was even happier when they asked me to be their maternity/paternity photographer.




We went to Bon Air Park in Arlington, Virginia for the shoot. I’ve shot there a few times and it never disappoints. It’s got great light, a beautiful rose garden, and lots of space for people to hang out in. We used natural light for the shoot, which I did using a Canon 5D III  with a 24-70 f/2.8LII  or a 70-200 f/2.8LII.




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DJ Nicar http://www.jyiphoto.com/2015/dj-nicar Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:00:25 +0000 http://jyiphoto.com/?p=4309 nicar-3

DJ Nicar is a DJ and music producer who works and lives in the DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia metro region) and puts out amazing work. Nicar is currently the co-executive producer of the #DMVRising project by DJ Chris Styles of WPGC 95.5 FM and 94.7 Fresh FM. Not only is he a cool dude and a great talent, he’s fluent in American Sign Language – not something you’d expect with a DJ!

Nicar contacted me and let me know that he needed a photographer to do some promo photos with. We discussed the look and feel that we wanted and came up with a game plan. We opted out of club-style photography for this shoot as I will be covering him at Shamrockfest 2016 and a number of other events. The first set would be more neutral and professional, with a second set done on location with his at-home studio equipment. These would be more laid-back pieces that focused more on his personality and professionalism that would fit well in different press outlets.

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You can check out some of Nicar’s work at his website, www.DJNICAR.com, or here, at his Facebook page.

These photos were captured with my Canon 5D III  and either a 24-70 f/2.8LII or a 70-200 f/2.8LII and Alienbees strobes or a speedlight.

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