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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.

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

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

– Thomas Edison

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

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

– Madam C.J. Walker

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

– William Shakespeare

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

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

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

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

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

– John Quincy Adams

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

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

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– Avenida Margarita

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

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

– A wisdomism

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

– Arthur Rubinstein

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

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

– General Omar Bradley

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

    Articles by Steve Barrett