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Spring 2010 Newsletter from Irene Abdou Photography

From: Irene A.
Sent on: Sunday, June 20, 2010 2:45 PM
Irene Abdou Photography Image Archive & Fine Art
Painting Peace at the Vietnam Memorial
In This Issue
New Site Launched
Featured Photo
New Releases
Lessons & Workshops
Connect With Me
Portraits, Events, Weddings
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Dear Montgomery County Photography,  

As we transition from spring to summer, I find myself feeling lucky, really lucky.  Everyone in my family is healthy and happy.  We even have two new members at our monthly family dinners, as my cousin and his wife have just moved to the area from Taiwan.  This is the first time that my husband and I have met them - they're super nice and a welcome addition to our family gatherings!  My niece and nephew grow bigger and cuter (is that even possible?), and I continue to be super busy.  As we've moved into spring and summer, it's become family portrait season, so I've been doing a lot of portrait sessions among the spring flowers, and this quarter is even busier for me with more weddings.  Plus, I find myself doing more and more teaching, in terms of both private one-on-one photography lessons, as well as group workshops.  Read more about all of it below!
Over the past few months, I've been slaving away on a new image archive-stock photography and fine art photography site (which will eventually replace the fine art site that you're all familiar with at  I'm pleased to say that the new image archive-fine art site is now launched with more than 2,100 images posted as of today!  I'm still working on posting the remainder of my existing collections - it's a lot of work!  It's worth it, though, as with this new site, clients can now license stock photography entirely online with immediate download of hi-res files upon payment.  In addition, fine art photography buyers can also browse the entire fine art collection and now place their entire orders online as well.
So in honor of the launch of my new site, I'm offering any fine art photograph at a 10% discount for the next 30 days, through July 19, 2010!!!  Fine art photography starts at $145 for an 8x10 print matted to 11x14.  Check out the new site at http://archive.ireneabdouphotography.comView the fine art photography collection here.  Use the discount code, "10FINEART," at checkout to receive your 10% discount off your fine art photography purchase total!
 And finally, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the new site.  Any ideas for improvement?  Please send me your thoughts!
This quarter's feature photo (above) is called, "Painting Peace at the Vietnam Memorial."  Wondering how I made this image? Read about it here.
An 8x12 print of "Painting Peace at the Vietnam Memorial" matted to 12x16 starts at just $165.75 after the discount, with print sizes going up to 40x60!  Buy "Painting Peace" and get 15% off your ENTIRE ORDER.  Use discount code "PAINTINGPEACE" at checkout in the next 30 days through July 19, 2010.
You know, I've been so busy this quarter with commercial shoots, teaching, and launching my new image archive & fine art photography site that I haven't had a whole lot of time to create new fine art photography or stock photography.  But I did get off a few images of the Washington National Cathedral, Franciscan Monastery, and Memorial Day at the Arlington National Cemetery.  Check out the new releases here.
Washington National Cathedral
This year has been a big year for teaching for me, as I find myself doing more and more of it!  In May, I did my first full-day group workshop through VisArts in Rockville, called Art of Architecture: Photographing the Franciscan MonasteryIn fact, check out some awesome student images from this workshop on my blog here. 
The workshop got rave reviews, which has led me to launch a series of group workshops, including my upcoming July 5th 1/2-day workshop on Photographing the DC Memorials from Evening to Night.  I'm super-excited about this DC Memorials workshop.  We'll start out at the Lincoln Memorial and end at the World War II Memorial, hitting the FDR and Jefferson Memorials, as we make our way around the Tidal Basin.  Our objective?  To explore the infite possibilities of artistic vision through two global projects.
In the first global project, each student will self-assign him/herself one of the following projects - wide angle vs. telephoto, depth of field, movement, or composition - completing all four projects by the end of the workshop.  In the second global project, each student will select from: time lapse, painting with light, high dynamic range, or panorama.  So students can gather images for the second global project either from a single memorial or from all the memorials.  
As of now, I still have two spots open for this intermediate/advanced level workshop.  You can get more details and register for Photographing the DC Memorials from Evening to Night here.
If you can't make this date, but are interested in my workshop series, send me an e-mail so that I can start getting an idea of your experience level and what you're interested in.  Based on this kind of information, I match students together and make sure to find a date that works for everyone who has pre-expressed interest.  Those people get first dibs at registration; only if there is space after that do I open up the workshop for general registration.  So do let me know if you're interested!  I also plan to offer a series of beginning level workshops, where I can set aside time to go through the fundamentals.  And of course, I also teach private photography lessons, which is a great way to get the fundamentals down through one-on-one instruction before jumping into the workshop track.
And finally, I bet some of you might be thinking that you don't even have a digital SLR camera and aren't sure what to buy.  I get this question a lot, and I finally took some time to write up my thoughts in a blog post.  Check it out: Just getting started in digital SLR photography? Check out these gear recommendations...  And for other budding photographers, here are some other blog posts you might find helpful:
 And, I can't resist but to point out one final, but particularly notable post: My new Black Rapid Double Camera Strap and Me.  Since I'm usually the one behind the camera, I have to admit that I don't have very many photos of myself.  So I'm awfully pleased with my modeling session with my new camera strap.  Kudos to my husband for the great photos!  
I Still Have a Dream
On My Blog
I've already summarized a lot of my blog posts in this newsletter, so I'll just encourage you to sign up for RSS feeds or subscribe by e-mail to my blog posts at
I love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to leave me comments on the blog! I also promise to do my best to answer any questions that you post!!!
Family/baby portrait at the Washington National Cathedral
Now that we've moved into spring and early summer, I've been busy with outdoor portrait sessions at the many gorgeous gardens in our area, as well as several weddings coming up.  I've posted a selection of my favorites on my blog, so click on the photos to check'em out! 

Children's portrait photography at Brookside Gardens in Silver Spring, MD
You might also be interested in a new mounting option that I now have available for portrait, wedding, and event photography prints: mounting on bamboo panels.  Click here for a photo and more details about bamboo panel mounting.
And finally, have I already taken your portraits or photographed your wedding or event?  If so, I've recently launched a referral program for past/new clients!  If you have purchased portrait/wedding/event photography services from me, and you refer a friend, colleague, or other acquaintance, who also purchases portrait, wedding, or event photography services, you'll receive a 5% to 50% discount on your next purchase, whether it be fine art photography, portraits-weddings-events, or even a photography lesson or workshop.  Just be sure to tell your friend to let me know that he/she's been referred by you!
Many, manymany thanks to all of you, my supporters and customers, for your support - your positive e-mails and attendance at my exhibits have really meant a lot to me.  And to those of you for whom I've photographed portrait sessions, events, and weddings, it's been an honor to have had the opportunity to witness and take part in such special moments of your lives.  Thank you!
I hope you enjoyed this update!  I look forward to meeting you or seeing you again soon at my next exhibit, workshop, or through my portrait, wedding, and event photography work!  Please feel free to contact me, and to forward this e-mail on to friends and family who may be interested!  And if you aren't already subscribed to these quarterly newsletters, art exhibit invitations, and other announcements, you can do so here.
Save up to 15%
Photo of the 2009 Henry Arthur Callis BeautillionPurchase ANY fine art photograph in the next 30 days through July 19, 2010, and receive a 10% discount.  Use discount code 10FINEART at checkout.  Browse my fine art photography collections here.  Prices start at just $130.50 after the 10% discount for an 8x10 fine art print matted to 11x14.  Want a larger size?  Print sizes of up to 40x60 are available!
Purchase "Painting Peace at the Vietnam Memorial," and receive a 15% discount off your entire order!  Use discount code PAINTINGPEACE at checkout.  View "Painting Peace at the Vietnam Memorial" here. 
Offer Expires: July 19, 2010
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