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The Next DC Shoot Off Lecture Series

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The Next DC Shoot Off Lecture Series


The DC Shoot Off

Posted in Concerning Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2012 by A Photographer's Life

Join us for the upcoming 7th annual DC Shoot Off Photography Workshop happening 15-18 March 2012 in Arlington, Va.

Register here

Photo by Kurt Lengfield

Starts at 6pm Thursday evening for a social meet & greet at the Hilton Garden Inn bar lounge, to be followed by portfolio reviews and one-on-one career counseling.  Friday will be an all-star packed open presentation panel with keynote speaker and three-time Pulitzer Prize photojournalist Michael Williamson.  Shooters continue  on with edit and mentoring sessions during Friday night into Saturday to continue their evening with three more presenters.  Once all images are turned in from their theme assignment we go into Sunday morning from 9am – noon for judging and a small awards ceremony by 12:30.

Don’t miss out and if you can’t physically make it to DC compete online with SHOOT OFF INTERNATIONAL an online competition running parallel with the on site event but judged in its own category.

Also our speakers presentations are open to those reading this post.  Come join us and enjoy the work of some of our most creative and talented photographers of our time.

The Faculty

The Schedule

The Sponsors

Submission Guidelines

For additional information contact Johnny Bivera at or call 202-251-8094

Shoot Off Visual Media Workshops is a not for profit program for military, civil service photographers and invited guests.  The best speakers, mentors, editors and judges throughout the country volunteer for this prestigious event that aligns our service members with the national press corps, industry leaders and veteran military photographers. These workshops are for all levels and provide professional development in helping to fill training gaps for our service dedicated photographers throughout the year.

Concerts Kick Off 4th of July Celebrations – by Johnny Bivera

Posted in Concerning Photography with tags , , , on July 4, 2011 by A Photographer's Life

At Yards Park between the baseball stadium and Navy Yard, concerts hailing over 40 bands play for the 4th of July celebrations.  It was a very hot afternoon that may have kept foot traffic from leaving AC dwellings to maybe watching the Nats play the Pirates before joining us for some live music.  It was still early and by 3:30 a breeze from Suitland and across the river came in steadily, providing some much-needed relief just before the possibility of heat stroke.

The 4th will most likely bring in quite a crowd, the kind I was hoping to see today, but I did get to see a few groups give it their all despite the heat.  I thoroughly enjoyed The Fuzz, a modern rock and pop cover band from Arlington, Va.  With their new frontman singer, keyboardist and performer Mandi Meros made for a great addition alongside

singer Mike Leverone.  Drummer Mike Lumer or the “Animal” was great to watch despite the heat and sweat building up behind the stars and stripes and also with the occasional rift from guitarist Matthew Berry… this is a tight and exciting sound that I would very much enjoy watching again.

The festival boasts a number of food and drink vendors as well, giving the Yard a boardwalk feel next to the water.  I find the area that I’m experiencing for the first time pretty cool and look forward to future events in the days to come.

I did manage to capture some of the dancers.  The best part was that it wasn’t crowded, so there was a lot of room to play with a little drag shutter I hadn’t done in awhile.

I stayed long enough to make it through a glass of lemonade and the $2 refill and left for a dinner party where a nice cold glass of Corona was waiting.  I also made it out just in time before the thunderstorm… I hope the rest of the evening portion of the concert went well for everyone…  Happy 4th of July!

The Passing of Joey Moran – by Johnny Bivera

Posted in Concerning Photography, Family with tags , , , , , , on March 23, 2011 by A Photographer's Life

The Sicilian crew with Mt. Etna in the background. Joey Moran with the long flowing hair in the middle just above me and Jonathan Blosser.

My dearest friend Joyce ‘Joey’ Moran passed away in the early morning hours of Monday.  This stuns me to the core so much to now have both Moran parents removed from our world and their young son Dane.  Joey is a retired Navy Photographer’s Mate who worked for the Office of Naval Intelligence like her husband Gerald ‘Jerry’ Moran who was killed on 9/11 at the Pentagon.  The Moran’s treated me like family when I was a young sailor in Sicily.  They had this wonderful home on a cliff just south of Catania overlooking a small private beach they shared with a neighbor where many weekends were spent on the patio for cheese and wine.  They loved each other very much, you could feel it every day you were around them.Jerry was an exceptional chef, who loved to cook Italian for everyone while Joey was the ever-smiling host.  I remember Jerry, Shannon and Dane keep an eye on me while I was out surfing huge waves near SiracusaJoey ran the photo lab at Sigonella while Jerry worked at the base exchange.  They took care of every combat camera detachment that came through their area and any Photomate that needed assistance.   Jerry survived the barracks bombing during the Beirut conflict while working as a combat cameraman, but fate caught up with him at the Pentagon on that dreaded September 11th day.  We’ve lost three of the Moran family, to be survived by daughter Shannon. There was a viewing at Lee Funeral Home in Clinton, MD on Saturday March 26th where family, friends and colleagues paid their last respect.  I arrived at the last minute, I didn’t want to say good-bye, there’s been a lot of that around me lately.  Joey was interned at the columbarium in Arlington National Cemetery on June 1st 2011 at 11 AM.

Joey’s Obituary

Joyce “Joey” Athena Moran, 51, was born in Morrison, Illinois, on September 27, 1959, to her parents, John “Jack” Brearton and his wife, Jo Ann.  Joey graduated from Morrison High School in 1977 where she was a member of the yearbook committee and when she realized her passion for photography.

Joey turned her photographic passion into a career in 1978, when she enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  It was the navy that brought Joey together with the love of her life Jerry Moran.  Joyce and Jerry wed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1984.  Jerry was released from the Navy after completion of his initial five-year contract to travel with Joey to various photo labs and duty stations to include Sicily, Hawaii, Orlando, Norfolk and Little Creek, Va.

She often told stories of their travels throughout Europe, like camping in Germany and time spent on Italian beaches.  Joey organized family cruise trips, weekend ski trips, and often hosted social gatherings at her home for barbecues, Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday parties for colleagues, friends and family.   Her daughter Shannon is a graduate of Towson University while son Dane pursues his love of specialty car maintenance.  Joey was an avid cook and shared that love with Shannon.  Joey surrendered to Jerry’s love of football and learned everything she could about the NFL and eventually became an avid Washington Redskins fan.

In 1998, Joey retired from the Navy as a First Class Photographer’s Mate after a successful 20-year career.  Following her retirement from active duty, Joey worked for the Office of Naval Intelligence as a civilian data collections expert after a brief period of employment with BAE Systems.  Throughout her naval career and her subsequent employment as a civilian with the Department of the Navy, Joey was famous for mentoring and taking Junior Sailors and new employees under her wing.

Joey earned the following commendations during her naval career; the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, three Navy Unit Commendations, three Meritorious Unit Commendations, four Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, NATO Medal, Navy “E” Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, Armed Forces Service Medal and nine Flag Letters of Commendation.  Joey was named Junior Sailor of the Quarter and Sailor of the Quarter several times throughout her career and was named Sailor of the Quarter in the first quarter of 1996 while serving as the leading Petty Officer in the ONI-3 Directorate.  In 2005 she was awarded the Cooper-Moran IT Distinguished Civilian Award, named in part for her husband Jerry, who gave his life in service of his country on September 11, 2001 during the terrorists attack on the Pentagon.

Joey died of natural causes on March 21, 2011 at her home in Brandywine, Md.  She is survived by her mother Jo Ann Brearton and her siblings Judy “Jess” of Wichita, Kansas; Jerry of Brandwine, Md., Janice “Janie” of Morrison, Ill., step sister Cindy of Morrison, Ill., and half brother James “Jimbo” of Charleston, South Carolina.

FotoDC FLASH Opening Party – by Johnny Bivera

Posted in Concerning Photography with tags , , , , , on March 16, 2011 by A Photographer's Life

Please join me this Friday night March 18 between 8 to 11 PM for FLASH, a collaborative photo opening of which I will be exhibiting.  I will have work from my Antarctica series “Whale Song Endeavors, A Mariners Guide to World Travel.   FLASH is a celebration of 55 DC photographers presented by FotoDC.  The location is 2450 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202 between the 12th & 13th floor.  It is on Crystal Drive but just south of 23rd St.  You don’t want to miss this opening!

Whalers Boat, Antarctica

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Far and Away, Antarctica