Turning Everyone Into Little School Girls…

Celebrities always create a buzz on Capitol Hill – there is always a big influx of photographers who come out of the woodwork when a celebrity is involved. So yesterday when George Clooney came to town, I fully expected it to be a challenging – push and shove photographer bash. Luckily all the photographers kept their cool – but there was certainly a noticeable buzz among the ladies on the hill. The abnormal amount of women standing in line to get into the hearing was the first thing I noticed.  Then I got a kick out of the excessive smiling and silent mouthing of a scream when i noticed some ladies set their eyes on Mr. Clooney’s name plate in the hearing room.

Following the hearing, I noticed a few ladies step up to the table where Mr. Clooney testified, to take photos of his seat / name plate, etc. — I was just waiting for one of them to pick up his left-over glass of water and finish it off!

Capitol Hill is usually full of smart, strong, independent, confident women who work there — but yesterday George Clooney managed to turn all of these women into giddy little school girls.

Here were some of my photos — try not to let them make you weak in the knees.

Actor GEORGE CLOONEY testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on "Sudan and South Sudan: Independence and Insecurity." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Actor GEORGE CLOONEY testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on "Sudan and South Sudan: Independence and Insecurity." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

(L-R) JONATHAN TEMIN, director of the United States Institute of Peace's Sudan Program and JOHN PRENDERGAST, Co-Founder of the Satellite Sentinel Project listen to actor GEORGE CLOONEY testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on "Sudan and South Sudan: Independence and Insecurity." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Actor GEORGE CLOONEY testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on "Sudan and South Sudan: Independence and Insecurity." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Actor GEORGE CLOONEY testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on "Sudan and South Sudan: Independence and Insecurity." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wait, Just Photos Of The Model? No Product?

I very rarely shoot models for the model themselves — usually I’m shooting a product, a shoe, or something the model is simply promoting and selling — my client is usually the company, not the model.  So the focus is not on the model, but is on the item.  However, every once in a while, for clients who are persistent and understanding about my schedule while trying to schedule their shoot (which can be extremely hard given my wedding, corporate event, product and news schedule),  I am happy to do a shoot just for the model’s portfolio.

Now, to be honest, the whole modeling industry is a bit odd to me –  there are about a billion people out there on the internet calling themselves photographers who frequent amateur modeling websites in search for models to shoot with…  many tend to be creepily too anxious to take photos of a pretty girl…  so much so that they of course do it for free, or even pay an non experienced model to come and shoot with them.  I tend to think that this path can quickly get into the weird, creepy, scary, and dangerous realm – so most girls I meet that are interested in modeling, I try to guide away from the creeper path.  Now,  that is not to say there are not some really talented photographers out there who come up with some really great photos when working for free… but I tend to be more interested in running a sustainable and profitable business than the opportunity to take photos of a pretty girl.

The way it tends to work in the real modeling world is that girls (and guys) in addition to having some very simple snapshots of themselves, they invest in photos of themselves (not always), approach agencies (not always), sign with agencies (not always), invests in more photos with photographers the agency recommends (not always), and then the agent markets them to their clients (not always).  Client’s end up picking talent, not agencies —  although agencies only show who they want to show to the clients.

But I digress — If you’d like more of my thoughts on that whole industry, I’m obviously very opinionated on it, so feel free to just shoot me an e-mail and you are likely to get a 4 page response back!

This recent shoot with Kelly was her first shoot – as she is just beginning to build a portfolio and then approach agencies.  I was very impressed with her for her first shoot – she was fun, energetic, and very excited about shooting.  — here are a handful of the results.

 

“Another recent model shoot… “

From Kelly, posted by on 3/05/2012 (7 items)

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Gold is where it’s at…?

Today I covered Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Capitol Hill.  Republican Presidential hopeful Ron Paul served on the committee that Bernanke was testifying in front of as well.  I know Paul has a strong and loyal following, but I was unaware of all of his thoughts on all things — so I was shocked to learn Paul is a supporter of precious metal investing.  I’m an avid listener to Dave Ramsey, a personal finance radio talk show host – who has made a pretty clear-cut statement about gold.  It seems pretty clear to me that the current high price of precious metals has just been inflated by fear –  So it took me by surprise when I heard Ron Paul start talking in the hearing about his thoughts on gold and silver!

Republican Presidential Candidate RON PAUL questions Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke during a hearing on on "Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Federal Reserve Chairman BEN BERNANKE testifies before the House Financial Services Committee hearing on on "Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON testifies before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget for the State Department. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON testifies before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget for the State Department. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Congressman BARNEY FRANK and Congressman EDWARD MARKEY speak to the media about high gas prices. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Clinton’s Ring

Sitting about 5 feet in front of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today shooting a budget hearing, I thought that with all the brides that I shoot….  some of them might be interested in seeing the huge ring she has on her hand!  —  so I snapped a few…

Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON testifies before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget for the State Department. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON testifies before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget for the State Department. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON testifies before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget for the State Department. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

We Could Have Spent A Lot More…

I always enjoy covering Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood –  Although on first impression, he has what could be considered a very intimidating personality.  But LaHood has always been friendly and outgoing with the photogaphers.

Arriving early that day, I was able to observe LaHood chatting with a reporter before hand, and making a phone call.  He seemed in a good mood, so I was pretty shocked when the hearing started to hear the senators voice their concern for LaHood’s son who has recently been barred by the Egyptian Government from leaving Egypt after Egyptian government forces raided the offices of Washington-backed groups monitoring recent parliamentary elections there.  Read the full story about this situation at http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71981.html#ixzz1mz4qQbkR.  Of course I should have been aware of the situation prior to shooting, but I was not well prepared this day.

Once the hearing progressed into the questioning, I particularly got a kick out of Secretary LaHood’s response to questioning by Senator Kent Conrad in regards to recent DOT spending of 48 billion.  Conrad asked LaHood how much money he could have spent effectively, to which LaHood responded “a whole lot more.”  —  Really – no surprise that a government official would have no problem spending “a whole lot more” of tax-payers money.

Secretary of Transportation RAY LAHOOD prior to testifying before the Senate Budget Committee on President Obama's proposed 2013 budget (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Secretary of Transportation RAY LAHOOD testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on President Obama's proposed 2013 budget (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Secretary of Transportation RAY LAHOOD testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on President Obama's proposed 2013 budget (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)