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Toast to Matthew

November 5th, 2016 No comments


Join us on 11/10 at Brixton, conveniently located at 9th and U St. NW.  Celebrate with Matthew Rakola as he ends his term as Chairman of APA|DC.  Matthew is passing the torch to Jason Hornick, effective immediately. So, let’s toast to Matthew, Welcome Jason, and KICK OFF FOTODC WEEK in style!

Where: Brixton 901 U St. NW Washington, DC

When: Thursday, November 10th @ 6pm

Closest Metro: Green/Yellow Line, U Street



A Letter from Matthew:

Dear APA|DC members, and the larger DC photo community as a whole,

It has been a great pleasure to hold the title of chair and to work with the board of the DC Chapter of the American Photographic Artists for the past 4 years. I’ve really enjoyed meeting many of you and (hopefully) doing just a little bit to help in your careers.

On October 25th I stepped down from this position in order to dedicate more time to a growing family. Child #2 (not his legal name) is due at the end of November, and if Alex is any indication, I won’t have much mental energy to spare.

Over the course of this tenure my overarching goal has remained the same: to better the working conditions for ALL photographers in the area. I firmly believe that the tighter knit we are as a community, the more informed, capable and successful we will be as working professionals. In the six years that I’ve lived in DC, I’ve only seen the creative talent here grow. This community, regardless of professional affiliation (or not) can compete, shooter for shooter, with any region in the country.

I’m very proud of the work that our local chapter board has put into helping to make this a reality: We’ve held social events that promote open communication and goodwill between photographers; professional training on all aspects of our industry; presentations and partnerships with the local creative community; and events like our ‘Featured Member’ series, portfolio review, and in-person referrals.

Jason Hornick, longtime board member has already taken the reins as chair of the chapter. Those of you who were at the portfolio reviews saw first hand the many talents that Jason has already brought to the chapter. I’ve heard some of his (and the board’s) ideas for 2017 and I gotta be honest.–it’s going to be a spectacular year and I very much look forward to attending them as a chapter member.

In closing, I’m not going away, just stepping back. Please feel free to reach me at any time at to say hi or offer to buy me coffee. (Just saying– with two young children I’ll need it.)

It’s a very exciting time to be a photographer in this area, and I can’t wait to see how this chapter helps to shape it.



Matthew Rakola


Advertising Week 2016 – October 15-21st

October 10th, 2016 No comments


American Advertising Federation, Washington, DC Presents Advertising Week 2016

APA|DC is thrilled to be a partnering organization for AAF-DC’s Advertising Week 2016. APA|DC members get a 15% discount on ADWKDC registration and additionally will have a presence during the weekend conference.

So, why jump at the chance at being a partner? This yearly event that brings together the best of DC’s advertising agencies, along with notable creatives and thinkers from all over the country. If you’re shooting advertising and commercial work, this is the week to rub elbows with industry professionals and sit in on programs that will kick your creative and business mind into overdrive. Meet agency creatives from Brink, IBM, Merritt Group, Ogilvy, Wunderman and many more. Learn to think like your clients, contribute ideas, and be an active participant in DC’s active and growing advertising and design community.

Just some of the many sessions include:


and of course the Thursday/Friday conference is where you can learn about everything from virtual reality and successful entrepreneurship to creative thinking, overcoming writer’s block, and rebranding yourself.

Full session list HERE.

Invest in your career and your creative community, sessions start at $34.




Email the director, Erika or visit the APA|DC Members Only Facebook group for our 15% discount code.


DC Professional Photographer’s Happy Hour

April 16th, 2016 No comments


ASMP DC is thrilled to be hosting the April “Combined Happy Hour”

ASMP DC is getting together with the best professional photography organizations in the area for a monthly happy hour. This will replace our ever popular “Cheers & Beers” event.

Every month join us, ASMP DC and members of WPOW (#wpowdc), WHNPA, APA DC, DCVC for festive cheer and light conversation. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring guests.

This month it is ASMP DC’s turn to host so please join us upstairs on Local 16’s rooftop bar. They have been gracious to extend $5 Happy Hour prices until 10:00pm.

Tuesday, April 19, 6:30pm

Local 16
1602 U St NW
Washington DC 20009

Street parking opens up at 6:30pm


DC Photographers Creative Happy Hour

February 3rd, 2015 No comments

DC Creative Happy Hour “Let’s buy them a Drink”


A MEMBERS ONLY event hosted by ASMP DC and APA DC.

Tuesday, February 17th at 6:00 in the evening

The DC chapters of ASMP and APA have invited DC Ad Club, AIGA, AWC-DC, and other movers and shakers in the industry for drinks, light conversation, and general good cheer.

Your registration fee entitles you to one drink and also buys a drink for one of our guests! Lite fare will be provided.

Local 16
1602 U St NW, Washington DC

$15.00 – ASMP member

RSVP / Registration

PS: Please no portfolio’s, this is a good cheer networking event. Let’s keep it friendly.


APA’s Afternoon Coffee Break

January 12th, 2015 No comments



Join APA Washington, DC

Please join APA on Tuesday January 13th at The National Portrait Gallery’s Kogod Courtyard.

APA members and friends are invited to this casual conversation about your 2015 photography goals and resolutions


Connect 4 Success

June 5th, 2013 No comments



Join APA|DC on June 12 as they celebrate the photography industry.

Connect 4 Success is APA’s nationwide annual concurrent event that brings the photo community together. Stop by the Biergarthaus on H Street in DC on June 12 and meet photographers, editors, assistants and more.

Learn More:



APA|DC’s Show Off Slide Show

May 29th, 2013 No comments


Please join  APA|DC on May 30th in Silver Spring for their second Show-Off event. They will be projecting the images on the cyc wall at the photo studio of David Sharpe and Welton Doby III.

The Show Off is APA|DC’s version of a good old fashioned slide show where participants can share a new project, ask for advice on editing, or just take the time to practice speaking in front of a group.


The Studio of David Sharpe and Welton Doby

2766 Garfield Avenue

Silver Spring, MD  20910

Time: 7:00 – 9:30 pm

This is a free event and open to the public. The 10-12 min. presenting time slots are on a first come, first serve basis with APA members getting priority.


APA’s Short Video Contest has been extended!

May 22nd, 2013 No comments


Closing Deadline Extended to June 2, 2013

Submit Your Best Motion Work to the APA Second Annual Short Video Contest for a chance at over $20,000 in cash and prizes!

DEADLINE: extended to Sunday June 2, 2013 5:00 PM PDT due to numerous requests for more time. The contest will not be extended  past this absolute final date.


APA’s Benefit Update: Summer 2013

May 20th, 2013 No comments


Complete Benefits Update for all current Members, and for those thinking about joining.