Last week, the Tysons Partnership formally opened an Open Streets project on Tysons Blvd. Being that this was my first commercial assignment since the lock down restrictions have started to lift, I was eager to get out there! Similarly, the annual report release for the Partnership was the last event I photographed before quarantine. On this occasion, everyone was practicing their social distancing, and wearing masks.
Since we are still social distancing, the groups that worked on this project had a vision of ‘active’ or ‘open’ streets. Blocking off the north bound lane of Tysons Blvd. to motor traffic allows for more space for biking, walking, and exercise. Despite many different agencies and other stake holders that need to be involved in this kind of project, it was quite a win for those involved! It was a great example of the kind of work the Tysons Partnership does to bring improvements to Tysons. Stop by the next time you are in the area, and enjoy the open street!
Earlier this month the Tysons Partnership released their 2020 Annual Report. Being that this is the first event of the 3rd year working with them, I was proud to be included. Not only in this event, but seeing that many of my images were used throughout their report. In case you get a chance to download the report, please give me some feedback on the images in there.
Commercial photography has such a different audience compared to personal projects for clients. At the venue alone, there was a diverse group that was taking home printed examples of my work. As a result, there is a much better chance that I can refer to the report as an example of my previous experience. Thus it is another way for me to market my own skills while providing a needed service for my client. It really works both ways!
These photos were from the 2019 Giving Back event, the last one covered for the Tysons Partnership this year. Compared to their large holiday reception, this was a smaller gathering at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. It was not, however, smaller in enthusiasm as their crowd was full of holiday spirit. Christmas sweaters were encouraged and unsurprisingly many took advantage!
Thanks again for the Tysons Partnership for having me cover events for them this year! Now that the year is over, I am reviewing the photos from the blog. Overall, I think I delivered on what they were expecting from me, and I hope the Partnership finds the images useful. However, I am very grateful to have had access to their panels, forums, and being in the rooms where Tysons is taking shape. Whenever you stand on top looking down from a new tower, or drive through a newly developed neighborhood, it makes me appreciate the effort to get there. Meghan, Ellen, Ronit, Drew, and Sol, thanks for your support! I hope you have a great holiday season, and I’ll see you for more projects in 2020.