The revelation came in 2007 when I started to see the world through an imaginary rectangular viewfinder. My husband would be driving us down 270, and I would be looking at the scene ahead, tilting my head back and forth as I thought, yes, it looks better THIS way than THAT WAY. My revelation came after many years. It was after I had earned a B.A. in Physics. And it was long after 3 1/2 years in the Peace Corps in West Africa. In fact, it was even after I’d been working in international development & humanitarian aid for another 11 years, including 2 years living in a tent in Southern Sudan. When I quit my job in international development, it was because photography had become the air I breathed. It was… and is… my passion… it had taken over my life. And when I made that step, it was like a wave of relief passing over me. Because I had found my true calling.
No two people see alike, so put a camera in the hands of two photographers, and you’ll get wildly different results.
The most beautiful photographs are beautiful because of how the photographer molds light, both natural and artificial, and
I am also a hopeless romantic. I don’t care if that movie is predictable, as long as true love prevails. So don’t be surprised if you find my photography to be full of emotion and passion, tender touches and romance. I love it when my photography makes my clients cry tears of joy.
My enthusiasm for photography tends to rub off on the people I’m photographing. One of my clients once said that she giggled as she noticed how thrilled I was, and that my happiness was so genuine that it became infectious, helping to create magic in the photographs I created for them.
So if you’d like to experience the percolating effects of my passion for photography, just click here.
Irene began to work professionally as a photographer in 2007, and today, her company is a recipient of the “People Love Us on Yelp” award, Angie’s List Super Service Award, and two-time winner of the Bride’s Choice Awards by WeddingWire. Hundreds of her photographs have been recognized and/or published by magazines, newspapers, books, wedding blogs, and other publishers, including Capitol Romance, EOS Magazine, Maharani Weddings, Photo District News, Shutterbug Magazine, South Asian Bride Magazine, Traveller Magazine, United with Love, United Nations Children’s Fund, Washingtonian Bride & Groom, WeddingStar, and the World Health Organization. Since her first exhibit of a single photograph in the fall of 2007, she has been juried into or invited to exhibit in numerous fine art exhibits at Parish Gallery Georgetown, the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Art Anonymous, Gallery Serengeti, Barry Gallery, the Metropolitan Center of the Visual Arts (VisArts), the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado, the Gaithersburg Arts Barn, and Embracing Our Differences® in Florida, as well as her first solo show in mid-2009 at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center. She is represented by several commercial fine art galleries & art consulting firms.
Irene lives with her husband, Idrissa, who handles lighting for the majority of her indoor and outdoor photography sessions, and their two cats.
Also view Irene’s cultural & humanitarian photography and her fine art photography archive.