- Connor McLaren Photography

Connor McLaren Photography

Welcome! I'm Connor - an event photographer in Washington DC. After investing countless hours crafting an unforgettable event, it's time to make those memories last. Let's capture every detail, from candid moments to keynote speeches, ensuring that your event becomes a timeless experience, ready to be revisited for years to come.

To get in touch, fill out my contact form or email me. Stay connected on social media for photo highlights from recent events.

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Why Pick Me as Your DC Event Photographer?

Professional event photographers in DC are a dime a dozen. So why pick me? 

1. Growing up with a hearing loss, out of necessity, I learned to perceive and interpret the world in ways others might overlook. In every photograph I take, I aim to convey not only what meets the eye but also the emotions, stories, and nuances that lie beneath the surface. 

2. I am pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology; my background in this field has enabled me to easily build rapport with a wide variety of individuals. This translates into helping people feel comfortable in front of the camera. 

3. I'm a DC local, born and raised. I know this city like the back of my hand! From cool spots to landmarks to all the cultural happenings, I've got the inside scoop. That means I can hook you up with personalized photography that fits your event vibe and location just right.

4. I recognize the importance of quick turnaround. Expect your edited photos in as little as 24 hours, varying with the complexity of the project. I even provide same-day and live editing options with immediate file delivery. 

5. Portraits were my first love in photography, which to this day helps me capture genuine, heartfelt moments at events that really tell a story. 

What Does My Event Photography in DC Include?

The Space

Conveying the spatial layout and magnitude of an event is a must. Why forgo an opportunity to showcase your prestigious venue? These shots are ideal for archival purposes and can be captured from various angles (e.g., views from different corners of a banquet hall, exterior shots of the venue, or aerial perspectives of convention center floors). 

Close-Up Candids

Capturing the emotional highlights of events through close-up candid photography is my specialty. Using a telephoto lens and employing a shallow depth of field, I focus on individuals, eliminating distractions and enabling viewers to immerse themselves in the moment. These images often resonate most with viewers. 


Detail shots encompass a range of elements, including venue features, event signage, and culinary offerings. I understand the meticulous planning and effort invested by organizers. With a keen eye for detail, I capture images tailored to your specific needs and intended use. ensuring every aspect of your event is beautifully documented.

Group Portraits

As a roaming event photographer, whenever I spot a small group engaged in conversation, I ask, "Would you mind if I capture a shot of your group?" These portraits ensure I include VIPs in the images and enable me to photograph as many attendees as possible. Often, these are the photos guests love to share from events.

Excellent Communication

 You’ll get fast replies! I promise clear coordination with your team leading up to the event.

Deadline Delivery

I send a few same-day, edited selects to be used for pubic relations purposes. 


Within 3 days! They are sent via Pic-Time, a platform that beautifully presents your photos and lets you download and share them.

My photography estimates are based on the size of the event; the number of locations; how many images are required; the extent of post-production work needed; the intended use of the photos; and travel time required.

I subcontract videographers. I've found that best results come with individuals specializing in each craft. This allows me to concentrate solely on photography. 

By credit card or ACH bank transfer. Half of the total cost is due up front as a non-refundable retainer. The remaining balance is paid the day of the shoot. 

Photography is an art. You should choose someone whose work you admire. Many self-proclaimed "professional photographers" lack the experience and equipment to provide the quality you deserve. 

Absolutely! Read my five-star reviews here. Feel free to contact me as well, and I'll gladly connect you with a satisfied previous client. I also offer free video consultation calls

Annamaria S.

"Connor is fantastic to work with! He has worked with our nonprofit organization twice now. He was consistently attentive, keen to detail and truly a professional! Can't recommend him enough!"

Joe D.

"We are thoroughly impressed with Connor's skills as a photographer, and the entire process involving him - from the early planning stages to the final event event - was seamless. The photos turned out beautiful and we are looking forward to working with him again!"

Sophia B.

"Connor is incredible! He was easy to communicate with, friendly (as always), and incredibly professional. Connor is timely, well-mannered, and has a great eye. We were so happy to have him photograph our Wedding Welcome! We would book again!"

Based in Navy Yard, Washington DC
(240) 515-1626connor_mclaren@mac.com

A photo of a group of men at a Lambda Legal event at the former Newseum in Washington DC.
 - Connor McLaren Photography
A photo of a group of men at a Lambda Legal event at the former Newseum in Washington DC.