S.D. Ayres Photography is based out of Reston, VA and services clients in the Washington, DC area. His corporate headshots and portraits are designed to fit brand messaging about an individual or company.
I am a photographer and photography instructor based in Northern Virginia. While I make my living teaching graduate school online, I also complete many editorial, corporate and commercial assignments here in the Washington, D.C. region.
Imagine a world where photography performs the same role as poetry or even great literature -- helping us live more intensely, orienting us to our place within the world, revealing an underlying pattern to life and giving us a sense that life has meaning and value.
Right now, that world exists for me and tens of thousands of other people. But I want it to be mainstream. I want hundreds of millions of people to engage in it. That's why I teach. I want more photographers - more hobbyist photographers - to make work driven by their own unique histories and life experiences.
I currently teach full-time for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. There, I've authored courses for both the BFA and MFA programs on the following topics:
Before that, I was a popular photography instructor at the Smithsonian Resident Associates in Washington, D.C. I've also taught several week-long courses at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine.