Powerhouse Gym Hanover, Maryland

I love the gym. Plain and simple. I love it as much as I do photography so it is really something I am passionate about. When I have the opportunity to hit a new gym I never been to it is really an awesome feeling. I am sure it may sound stupid to some but to me it is really an unexplainable feeling. When I walked into Powerhouse Gym located in Hanover, Maryland I felt this great ora. The feeling made me want to drop my bags, grab some weights, and start lifting. The gym has this warehouse feel with super high ceilings and truck dock style doors. It is extremely clean and has just the right amount of equipment to get it in. The best part about Powerhouse is it has old school dumbbells along with out of the ordinary things to pick up and put down. Huge tires filled up the corners of the gym along with heavy sledge hammers. There is plenty of room to get creative and really challenge yourself. And if you aren't into weights no worries because there are plenty of cardio machines that will help burn that extra fat off before summer. Below are a few photos I took while I was out there. I suggest if you are in the area you head over and tell them I sent you. You won't be disappointed. You might even run into IFBB Pro Duane Brickhouse and National Qualified NPC Competitor Jay Rawlings. Check out some of the photos below and make sure to check out the full album on my Facebook Page at Bobby Bandz Photography. I would love to hear your feedback and comments. 

Rashad's VIP Birthday Bash At Opera Lounge D.C

I had a good time at this event. The location was Opera Lounge in D.C and my boy Rashad was celebrating his birthday in VIP (obviously). Rashad and his crew always do it big whenever they are in town, so I told Rashad I would look out for him on his birthday and shoot some photos. When I walked in it was already slammed with people but luckily their VIP table was in the perfect location. Clean leather couches, tables with bottles of the best liquor, and beautiful people everywhere. I couldn't wait to go to work. I was equipped with only my Nikon D3200 and external flash so it was easy to navigate through the crowd with no body guards needed. A few bottles came in from the cocktail waitresses and at that point everyone started to really enjoy themselves. Within 90 minutes I was already about 150 photos in which surprised me. Time flies when your having fun  Here are a few of the finished photos of the event. You can catch the rest of the album on my Facebook page and don't forget to tag yourself. 

Welcome To The New and Improved

Whats up world?

I just wanted to formally introduce myself and welcome you to my new site! My name is Bobby and I created this portfolio and blog to simply show the world my photos as well as share as much insight about my life and journey in the industry. I really hope you enjoy it.

Let me first tell you a little bit about myself. I am currently based in Northern Virginia but I am originally from Connecticut. Growing up I played a lot of sports. When I say A LOT I mean A LOT. I played a different sport every season, every year, until high school. Once I graduated high school, I decided to pack up my things and pursue my dream of becoming a professional (well educated) baseball player at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Va. I had a lot of fun, but after a few years of long baseball games and practices I decided to hang up the cleats and focus solely on my career. It hurt at the time but I made the best decision for my future. Over the next couple years I ended up moving out of college, met a lot of great people, graduated with a business degree, worked on a clothing company, bought a house, worked some cool jobs and currently I am trying to turn my dreams to a reality and be one the most successful photographers in the world.

I have been working hard on my career in the business field but it wasn't that long ago that I really found out about my passion for photography. Picking up my first DSLR was like a dream come true. I had that warm fuzzy feeling like I was in love for the first time all over again. Since I stopped playing sports I haven't really had that passionate feeling about a hobby in a while so It started to make me think. That same day I got my camera is the day I decided to take on photography as a profession. Just like that. No questions asked. I made a promise to myself that this would be the year I make some changes and start to make more time for the things that make me happy and make me feel good. Why should I waste my time doing anything but that. No I didn't quite my jobs. Of course I have to work to make money to support myself and pay the bills but I changed my schedule around a lot. I leanred throughout the years If you want to do something bad enough you must make the necessary sacrifices to accomplish it and that is exactly what I did.

So this is where I am at today after less than a year from deciding I wanted to take this seriously. I turned my basement into a complete home photo studio with lights and equipment. I upgraded my lenses, software, and added some new goodies to my arsenal including a GoPro Hero 3. After working doubles for the past couple years I have decided to make changes to my schedule freeing up more time for me to shoot daily and book shoots during the week and weekend. I have created this cool portfolio website compliments of squarespace and Jared Polin. And Before I forget,  I have to send a big thank you to Jared aka Fro Knows Photos, who I am a big fan of his work and blog, for posting about squarespace and making an eye catching website. I've been booking as many shoots as I could but since I finally finished this site I will be making more time to network and expand so be ready!

Since I started, I have set some short and long term goals. My goals have been slowly growing and developing. I've accomplished a few already. This website and blog post are 2 small goals I made just this week.  I will be getting more into detail with my future plans and goals through this blog but to sum it up I am trying to take all my work to the next level by shooting as much as possible and learning as much as possible in the process. You know what they say, "knowledge is power". Over the next year I want to book new clients, do different events, and really shoot some cool projects. You will also see me posting more to document my life behind the lens to give you a realistic point of view. My social media outlets will be another way for me to communicate and express to you my daily thoughts and actions so please check them out and follow me if you're not already.

I also will be sharing any tips, tricks, reviews, new gadgets, and basically any knowledge I can share on this page to help others. Networking is key in my opinion so I am hoping that this can be a catalyst and allow people to ask me questions, share tips, and just share overall experiences in the industry with me so don't be afraid to hit me up. Just click the contact section of the page to get all my info. 

Lastly, I want to thank everyone who has helped me get to this point in time and I want to thank all of you who have checked out my page, I look forward to the future and what it is going to bring. Stay tuned.