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Steve Barrett, Photographer

PHOTOGRAPHY

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 other 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, Stanford, 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.”

View Steve’s photo portfolio www.stevebarrettphotography.com and here: www.alumnimagazinegroup.com.

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re stumped, because sometimes you really can’t be expected to handle everything alone.”

– Martha Beck

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

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