A Brief Visit to Paradise…

Had some fun creating this short video of photographs and video clips from the beautiful islands of Tortola and Marina Cay in the British Virgin Islands.  HINT:  If you are reading this you are probably planning a honeymoon as well as a wedding.  It doesn’t get much better than the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean!  Click to the link…



New Wedding Albums, The Sundance Film Festival


A week-long trip and plenty to see!  First a visit to the annual Professional Photographers of America convention in Atlanta to see the latest in wedding albums, equipment and new ideas for our clients.  After a brief tour of CNN to see that from the inside, it was a few days of skiing in Utah which happened to coincide with the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

Sundance was created by Robert Redford to provide new and independent filmmakers a forum for showcasing their films to distributors and the public with the hope a distributor will purchase the film for general release.  Films are first reviewed by the Sundance organization and this year they selected 119 for the festival, showing them in various locations in and  around Park City and the Salt Lake area.  Dozens of distributors will review them such as Sony Pictures and CBS, as well as many smaller companies. If selected, a film may be purchased for general release to a theater near you.

This is a  great opportunity for any young filmmaker looking to break into the business.  And “festival” certainly describes the atmosphere of the place, with occasional celebrity sightings.   PS…. The weather wasn’t great, but the skiing in Utah always is!

To see some of the latest in wedding albums, set up a no-obligation appointment to visit our studio.  Call us at 703-790-1020 or email phil@philipkent.com.


The American Society of Photographers (ASP)

The American Society of Photographers (ASP) is a trade group of Master Photographers of which I am privileged to be a member.  A sub-group within the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), they have attained the highest honor in the profession by attaining the status of Master Photographer with years of training, education, awards and accomplishments.

Here is a new  5-minute video release from the ASP long showing some of the great photographs submitted this year by some of our members!



New Adventures in Video

We have offered optional Wedding Video for many years and in upgrading to a highly advanced editing software that can handle HD, I decided to do a “practice” run with a short music video on wakeboarding.  This is a screenshot, not a photograph, from the video.  Quite a dramatic angle, wouldn’t you say?  Wait until you see the actual footage and effects!

Now, if I can only “find the time”.   Our 2013 weddings should be a lot of fun!

Scene from “Wakeboard Revolution” by Philip Kent
(click to enlarge)



HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? (Hillarious–written by kids)

“You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff.  Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.”

-Alan, age 10

“No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry.  God decides it all way before , and you get to find out later on who you’re stuck with.”

-Kristen, age 10


“Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.”

-Camille, age 10

“No age is good to get married at.  You got to be a fool to get married.”

Freddie, age 6


“You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.”

Derrick, age 8


“Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other.  Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.”

Lynnette, age 8

“On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go on a second date.”

Martin, age 10

–Forwarded by a friend who had it forward from someone else.

Save-The-Date Cards–UPDATE (This is really neat)

In a recent post about engagement portraits and Save-The-Date cards you may have noticed some recent portraits we’ve done for one of our couples, Jon and Kelsey.  Well, what a GREAT idea they had.  They provided me with a sample of their card, a refrigerator magnet!

No excuse for forgetting the wedding date to all you family members and friends who are attending.  Just raid the fridge!

Click to enlarge…

Imagine Northern Virginia BEFORE the beltway…

Here is an old map of Northern Virginia from the 1950s BEFORE the beltway existed, before I-95 or Rt. 66 or the Dulles Toll Road–before Dulles for that matter.  Imagine getting around then on all these secondary roads.  Probably was easier than today because it was also before all this traffic!  Click on the map to enlarge.

A Video Just For Fun.

Needed to update our video software for our weddings and provide HD quality work.  The new software required a newer, more powerful computer so we have that too!  I also needed to verify everything was working properly and that I understood it before utilizing it for our clients videos, so I collected some video clips of our two sons wakeboarding this summer while they were home from school.

Next I selected some upbeat, fast-paced music to go with the video clips just for fun.  All the while, I’m learning some new video editing procedures with the new software and having a grand time.  To see the experimental, short 5-6 minute video of  “Wakeboard Celebration” go to this YouTube link…


Tysons Corner Earthquake Damage…at the Philip Kent Studio!

Yes, you read that right!  The office building where our studio is located in Centennial Plaza on Old Courthouse Rd. near Tysons Corner sustained major damage from the Aug. 23rd earthquake.  What was it like?  I don’t know.  We were on our boat at the time taking a nice afternoon off with our son before he left for college.  Didn’t see any tsunamis either.  Heard about it on our son’s cell phone after receiving text messages a couple of hours later.  Arriving at the studio at 7pm, CNN and other TV satellite trucks were on the scene.

Fortunately, no one was hurt but a few cars were destroyed by falling masonry from the top of our 2-story office building.  Quite a scene and possibly the worst damage anywhere on the east coast considering all the news media showing up.  The building was closed to the public but as one of the owners I was able to get to  into the studio and check on things.  A few things strewn about and off the shelves and a TV monitor hanging by some wires.  I turn it on to see if it is still working and the NBC Nightly News has just begun.  They’re showing photos and video of the damage to our building that I just looked at 5 minutes earlier!   Bizarre and surreal!

Even though the building was closed for 2 days we were leaving town anyway on a 6-day trip so studio appointments were not affected.  See some photos of the mess here, before they patched it up for the imminent hurricane!

Launch of the Last Space Shuttle, Atlantis!


I always thought it would be really neat to see and photograph the launch of a space shuttle at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  Our son attends college in the area so we know the area well.  With only one more opportunity to see a launch, my wife Karen and I flew to Orlando the day before the launch stayed in Melbourne overnight and drove to KSC in the pre-dawn darkness.  Poor weather the day before and still in the area made the launch very uncertain.

Scoping out a location beforehand, we chose the new Max Brewer Causeway Bridge overlooking the water near the space center, the closest location for the general public.  Thousands were already there at 6am for the 11:24am launch but we still found a great spot.  A great time was had all morning with some of the others who made the trek and we all witnessed a great moment in space history, as a space ship of flames rose straight up into the sky and through the clouds.  Some photos of the scene below…

For information on our Professional Photography services, see the wedding-related posts in this blog or our website at philipkent.com.  Enjoy!

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