E. David Luria is the founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari™.
E. David Luria is a DC-based professional commercial photographer specializing in architecture, landmarks, restaurant and event photography. Trained in Paris at the Parsons School of Design by a protégé of Henri Cartier Bresson, he is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the Association of Independent Architectural Photographers, and the Society of Photographic Educators. His images of Washington DC have appeared on 30 magazine covers, on 80 postcards and in over 100 publications, including 24 photographs in the coffee-table book Washington DC Visions.
Mr. Luria is the official portrait photographer for the United States Marine Band and also serves as Contributing Photographer to WHERE-Washington Magazine, the Entertainment Book, and the Washington Post’s Apartment Showcase Magazine, for whom he has photographed over 2,500 apartment properties since 1997.
His Washington Photo Safaris, training over 28,500 amateur photographers since 1999 in the basic techniques of travel, landmark, portrait, museum, nighttime, and other photographic specialties, have received a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor and a 99% customer satisfaction rating from clients. Voting with their feet, over 8,000 Washington Photo Safari clients have been on two or more of the 150 safari itineraries offered by his program, with 500 clients participating in an average of 8 safaris apiece.
In addition to serving as the prime instructor for Washington Photo Safari, Mr. Luria also does photography instruction for the Capital Photography Center, Embassy-Photocraft Camera, the National Cherry Blossoms Festival, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Kreeger Museum, Things to Do DC, Professionals in the City, and many local camera clubs. Mr. Luria has appeared as photographic expert on WAMU.FM's Kojo Nmandi Show, an NPR affiliate, and also as a luncheon speaker at the National Press Club.
An honors graduate of Amherst College, Mr.Luria is a US Army veteran fluent in Spanish, French and German. Prior to becoming a professional photographer, Mr. Luria spent a long career as a senior executive with several international non-profit organizations, such as CARE, Partners of the Americas, and World Learning. Since 1996 he has also served weekly as a volunteer information specialist with the Travelers Aid Society at Reagan Washington National Airport.
Robert N. 'Bob' Blanken, CPP, Cr. Photog. is a Faculty member of both the Washington Photo Safari and the Panasonic Digital Photography Academy. He also leads local classes for the Professional Photographers of America. Bob is past president of The Professional Photographers Society of Greater Washington and the Maryland Professional Photographers Association. He is the 2006 and 2002 (ISES) Capital Award Winner for Best Social Photographer, and the 2003 ISES Capital Award Winner for Best Corporate Photographer. Bob has been nominated 19 times as Best Photographer by the Greater Washington Chapter of the International Special Events Society and three times by the International Society.
David has photographed projects for Sears, Color Me Beautiful, JCPenney, Bath & Body Works, Foot Action, Kaybee Toys, Littman Jewelers, Seagrams Americas, Holiday Inn, Wyndham Hotels, Days Inn, Hilton Hotels, The White House, Black Market, Water Water Everywhere, etc. David has also been hired to photograph such celebrities as President George W. Bush, Christina Aguilera, Jimmy Buffett, Steely Dan, Moody Blues, Beyonce and Destiny’s Child, Celine Dion, Gene Simmons and KISS, and numerous others.
David currently shoots for magazines, clothiers, fashion designers, and numerous other print and commercial accounts, as well as for models, actors, and their agencies. He has been published hundreds of times, and his specialties include, but is not limited to; child and adult models, architectural, food, fashion, swimwear, location and studio work, products, headshots, etc. David continues to plan exotic training events in the Caribbean and Bahamas aboard luxury cruise liners with on-board and location shooting and training, and is an advocate of helping artists grow and protect their business and careers world-wide.
David Heckman is a professional working photographer who specializes in events, travel, architectural and portrait photography. He has studied at the Washington School of Photography and is a “GRADUATE” of the Washington Photo Safari. Mr. Heckman’s current focus is on family and pet portraiture for private clients as well fine-art studio work.
James Duvall has been the lead photographer for MTH Electric Trains for over a decade, shooting over 20,000 items for the company. His work has been seen in trade magazines, catalogs, and sales promotions all over the world, and with the recent MTH partnership with Lionel Trains, James’ work is becoming familiar to another generation of hobbyists.
Safari instructor Marketa Jirouskova is a freelance photojournalist named “Photographer of the Year” by the International Photographic Society at the World Bank/IMF in Washington DC. A native of the Czech Republic, Ms. Jirouskova received her Masters Degree in Film from the Prague Film School, has photographed and filmed in 70+ countries and is the recipient of 40+ photographic awards. She has been published in six European magazines including the Readers Digest and her work has been shown in over 20+ exhibitions around the world. As photographer and filmmaker, she was the first Czech person who reached two farthest points on our planet reachable by a vessel: Bay of Whales in Antarctica (on February 2, 2006) and the Geographic North Pole (on two occasions: July 2 and July 14, 2007).
Donna T. Jones
Donna T. Jones is a commercial photographer, educator and fine-art photographer. In addition to Washington Photo Safari, Donna teaches at Howard Community College, Glen Echo Photoworks, The Art League School, and The Washington School of Photography. She in a partner in F/STOP STUDIO and photo editor/co-producer of the book Ethiopia from the Heart.
David Muse is a freelance photography, teacher, and writer. His photo assignments and travels have taken him throughout the Baltimore/Washington DC metropolitan area, the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland’s mountains, the Mid-Atlantic Region, the American Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, and Western Europe.
Each year David leads a number of popular photo safaris, photo weekends, and hands-on workshops in and around Baltimore and across the Mid-Atlantic region. He shows people where to find great images and how to capture them. David has taught nature and outdoor photography through Irvine Nature Center (http://www.explorenature.org) near Baltimore. His students say he is an informed and patient instructor whose enthusiasm for photography is contagious.
In addition to the training he provides through his company Baltimore Photo Safari, David is an instructor for Photographers Alliance Workshops, an exciting photography workshop cooperative (http://paworkshops.net), and for Washington Photo Safari.
David is an avid writer whose byline has appeared on a number of print and online articles. Next spring his first book, Photographing Baltimore, Annapolis, and the Chesapeake Bay (Countryman Press), appears in bookstores nationwide. His second book, Washington DC Memories, comes out in May 2012. As the publication dates near, check his blog and Facebook page for details.
David and his wife live in one of the historic neighborhoods surrounding Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. From their rooftop they enjoy a wonderful view of Baltimore’s iconic Domino Sugar sign. Catsby, their cat, graciously allows them to live with her. When he is not photographing, David enjoys reading, walking, hiking, seeking out new restaurants, and watching his granddaughter. A second grandchild is due next year.
Melanie Otto is a professional photographer from Oxon Hill, MD, specializing in event work, portraiture (corporate as well as personal), product photography, as well as architectural and interior work. She is a digital specialist though she still loves film, and is always up for a photo adventure in travel or landscape opportunities. She has had the honor of appearing on more than nine of Kojo Nnamdi’s WAMU 88.5 FM Tech Tuesday Shows discussing digital photography and the industry’s products. Melanie has been individualizing her photo instruction and tutoring for over 15 years, bringing her innovative approach to at least a thousand (& counting!) seeking a better understanding of a wide range of photo topics.
Since he first bought a used Pentax K1000 in 1989 Sean Quintilian has traveled over much of North America in search of outstanding wildlife and nature photographs. His body of work includes images from 14 U.S. National Parks and dozens of National Wildlife Refuges, with over 100 species of mammals, birds, and reptiles recorded. Sean has spent over 600 days on location over the past 17 years including 20 weeks in Yellowstone National Park alone. His work has appeared in publications, exhibits and even a CD jacket. His fine art prints have graced the walls of many offices and homes. During the past three years Sean has started a growing portrait and wedding business. Sean lives in Abingdon Maryland with his wife Jessica and daughter Juliana.
After a 20-year career as a technical translator for the World Bank, Judy turned to photography full-time, switching from writing with words to writing with light. Teaching at the Washington School of Photography brought her joy in sharing her passion for photography with others as well as accolades from her students. She now hosts photo tours in Frederick County and in the Shenandoah Valley for the Washington Photo Safari and does pet and people portraiture and fine-art nature prints for private clients as well as private tutoring. Judy is a very enthusiastic instructor who tries to accommodate the instructional needs of all participants, regardless of where they are in their photographic journey.
Steve Rosenbach is an award-winning photographer and popular photo tour leader. An ex-New Yorker, he has lived in the Annapolis area for 20 years. Steve specializes in finding unusual images at any location and he will share this experience with you by taking you to the best photo locations and showing you the best picture angles during your Safari.
Instructor Joseph Tessmer has been awarded the Master of Photographer, Photographic Craftsman and Associate Fellow of Photography professional degrees. He has completed his term as governor of the Virginia Professional Photographers Association and is actively involved in the Washington metropolitan photographic community. Hundreds of his photographs have been published in national and international magazines. He has taught a variety of photography courses at the amateur and professional level. In recent professional competition one of his images won best of show and two others received Court of Honor ribbons and have been included in the photography international loan collection. Currently his work is on display at Dulles International Airport to welcome visitors to Washington.
John Witschey specializes in stock photography as well as weddings, events and assignments. His stock portfolio is represented by Folio, Inc., in Falls Church, Virginia, and includes images of Washington, D.C. and the Mid-Atlantic as well as images of the natural world from across the United States.