Steve Barrett, photographer
In the 20 years that Washington, DC photographer Steve Barrett has been taking pictures, the likes of Michael Jordan, Margaret Thatcher, Hosni Mubarak, Spike Lee and Boris Yeltsin have found their way to the end of his lens. He has photographed George Clooney, James Earl Jones and Bill and Hillary Clinton and Sen. John McCain.
His photos have been featured in Vanity Fair, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, USA Today and Washingtonian, among others business and general interest publications. Alumni magazines have always been some of his favorite clients and he has taken cover and inside feature shots for Harvard Auburn Stanfrond, the Career College Association and Vanderbilt.
“Since I live so close to Washington, DC, dozens of alumni magazines call on me regularly to photograph their DC-based alumni, and also hire me to photograph the politicians and DC insiders that they may be writing about,” he says. “I work hard to be as effective as possible for my clients. I know they are the boss, and I feel lucky to have the opportunity to do what I do.”
Speaking of living his dream, Steve plays bass in the rock band, Longtooth, and mandolin in the acoustic Americana band, The Parklawn Ramblers. Both groups regularly perform in ale houses, parks, pools, and other venues around the Washington, DC area.
View Steve’s photo portfolio www.stevebarrettphotography.com.
Photo by Steve Barrett Photography
Bio by Hope Katz Gibbs
Before the City of Fairfax became an independent city, it was a town in Fairfax County and the schools were part of the Fairfax County (FCPS) system. When the town moved to city status in 1961, state law required that a local school board be organized to govern the schools.
A School Services Agreement was entered into with FCPS to continue to manage and operate the schools; the City School Board and Superintendent oversee this Agreement and are responsible for the management of the school buildings owned by the City. Key Elements of the Schools Services Agreement can be found here: City-County Connection.
Today, the City of Fairfax School Board consists of five elected officials who help guide the City Schools in legislative and other school business. Pictured here they include (from left): Chairman Janice Miller, Vice Chairman Jon Buttram, Toby Sorensen, Julie Knight, and Elisa Lueck. Each year, a senior from Fairfax High is chosen to be the Student Representative. This year that is Jonathan Earley.
Photo by Steve Barrett
Barbara Mitchell (left) and Sharon Armstrong are the co-authors of The Essential HR Handbook, a quick and handy resource for any manager or HR professional. Before launching their website to promote their book, the authors hired Steve Barrett to take their pics.
“Steve was a joy to work with,” says Barbara. “He made us feel so comfortable.” Sharon notes: “We laughed the whole time he was with us. It was a pleasure to work with him.”
Michael Gibbs has been a freelance illustrator and designer since attending Pratt Institute as a photography and illustration major in the mid-70s. His award-winning artwork has appeared in Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Worth Magazine, Consumer Reports, Harvard Business Review, and publications for United Airlines, Verizon, IBM, Sears, American Airlines, CitiGroup and Oracle. He has also illustrated the covers and features of dozens of alumni magazines including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, the University of Chicago and American University.
His illustrations have been recognized by prestigious art publications such as Communication Arts, 3×3 Magazine, Print, and Spectrum. His work has also been exhibited at a variety of museums and galleries including the Society of Illustrator’s Museum of American Illustration in New York City, the Billy Shire Fine Arts Gallery in Los Angeles, and in Washington area at the Corcoran Museum of Art, the Sumner School Museum, Montgomery College Gallery and the University of Maryland Gallery.
View Michael’s portfolio at www.michaelgibbs.com
Discover his award-winning alter ego M Glenwood at www.mglenwood.com.
Photo by Steve Barrett
Photojournalism is Steve Barrett’s passion, and when he has the opportunity to put his subjects in their natural environment he always jumps at the change. Such was the case when he photographed chefs Kim and Edgar Alvarez in their shop, the Delaware Market House.
“We were just about to start preparing the food for a Hillary Clinton fundraiser, and we were a little crazed,” admits Kim, who felt immediately calm when Steve came into the store with is camera and lights. “He let us go about our business, yet managed to capture great shots amidst the chaos. I absolutely love what he came up with.”
Photo by Steve Barrett
Alice Waagen decided in the Spring of 2008 that the time had come for a make-over of her corporate image for her 11-year-old leadership development company, Workforce Learning. So the entrepreneur called Inkandescent PR. Before we sent out her first newsletter, she had Steve Barrett take new portraits — photos that ultimately became the basis of her new website.
“I absolutely love how Steve captured my image on film,” says Alice. “Now, when a client asks for my picture for a brochure or flyer, I am proud to send it along.”
by Hope Katz Gibbs
Editor / City School Close-Up
Photos by Steve Barrett
Design by Michael Gibbs
Cover Story, November-December 2006
INSIGHTS INTO EDUCATION: K-12—THE FOUNDATION YEARS
What students need to know by the end of kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade
Since 2002, writer Hope Gibbs, designer Michael Gibbs, and photographer Steve Barrett have been creating the City Schools Close-Up newsletter, a publication that circulates to 14,000 residents and business owners in the City of Fairfax, Virginia.
The information in Close-Up helped pass a $86 million bond to rebuild Lanier Middle School and Fairfax High, and also has won six awards to date from the National School Public Relations Association.
For more, visit www.fairfaxva.gov/school/CloseUp.asp