Chanel Turner of Fou-Dré Vodka by Mark Soriano

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I had the opportunity do a photoshoot with Chanel Turner, founder of Fou-Dré Vodka. Back in 2009, Chanel became the first and only African-American Woman to own a line of vodka. Last year she put together the first annual Black Owned Wine and Spirits Festival in Washington D.C. Tickets are on sale now for this year's event taking place this Saturday September 30th at The Showroom in D.C. You can find out more information and purchase tickets here.

Sherryn and Stephen's Engagement by Mark Soriano

I had an awesome opportunity this summer to travel to New York City for an engagement shoot at the Bronx Zoo. Even though NYC is only 3 1/2 hours away from D.C. I haven't been back to the Big Apple since 2013 so I was very excited for this gig.

This was my first surprise engagement shoot, and it was a lot fun! After I photographed the proposal we walked around the zoo and continued to get awesome shots while enjoying the animals! Sherryn and Stephen are so much fun and so in love, I really wanted that to come through in the photos.

 

Still Life by Mark Soriano

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I intend to post up a blog at least every other week but it just hasn't been the case. I've been busy with photo gigs as being swamped with my other job. You may have noticed that I've added a new page to my portfolio, Still Life if not please check it out!

I never anticipated that I'd be hired for still life photography but it is something that I've been doing more regularly, mostly at local bars around Washington D.C. shooting their cocktails and food menu items.

I remember when I first got into photography almost 10 years ago I would always shoot objects whether it be a drink, my food, a flower, or anything really. 

As I started to develop my photography skills, for whatever reason I stopped taking photos of inanimate objects and focused more on people. I felt there was more emotion felt through photos of people because we can see the emotion on their face, we can read their body language, and we can relate better to people. I guess I didn't think that way about still life, but I was wrong.

When done right, still life photography will evoke true emotion.  Photos of food and drinks will make you hungry or thirsty. #foodporn

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