The Shutdown Stories Project

The federal shutdown affects the entire region Washington, DC region, hurting our neighbors, friends, and families. Without our federal workforce, local services suffer, national air travel becomes difficult, and our Smithsonian museums and national parks close.

Federal workers have become unwilling pawns. Perhaps most dehumanizing the media and certain politicians relegate these great individuals as a blind number, “800,000 federal workers.” Teaming together, DC photographer Kirth Bobb and me are taking studio portraits of affected federal employees, whether they are furloughed or worse being made to work without pay.

We want to tell their story! Federal workers are real people trying to make ends meet and serve our country.

These studio portraits will surpass the standard evenly exposed shot featured on the average corporate website, and help show the world who these amazing people are. Photos will be shot at the Creative Hands Studio in Washington, DC, which is supporting this initiative with free studio time.

Photographed federal employees can use the high-end professional portraits however they like, whether it be to update their LinkedIn profiles or for personal use. Portraits will be photographed on Wednesday, January 16.

Interested parties who want their portrait taken on Wednesday should fill out this form (now closed).

Sample Portraits and Sign Up Details

We are currently not accepting applications. However, you can see the first 21 portraits on the Shutdown Stories Project website!

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    […] So we put out a call to affected federal workers in our areas to schedule a photoshoot on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 16 at the Creative Hands Studio in Washington, DC. All parties involved — including the two of us, the studio, and several other photographers and PAs — donated their time and resources to make this happen. […]

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