Attlee Photography and anyone who professionally covers full military Honors Ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery will tell you it is among the hardest two hours of work a photographer and videographer can ever have, physically and emotionally. In fair weather, Arlington is a lovely nature preserve with impeccably tended gardens and grounds. But when icy winds howl as rain, hail or snow rage down from the skies Arlington becomes quite another place. For the photographer, it becomes a fight just to work. The first problem becomes keeping your electronic cameras dry. You've got to hold a golf umbrella over your digital cameras while you shoot so they don't short out. Try that in gusting winds when its raining sideways.
Meanwhile, the military escorts, teams and firing parties have their own demons while making a beautiful, lasting tribute of each Honors ceremony. Once Navy personnel arrive in their gleaming whites they must stay on the grounds all day long. Yes, they have a bus, but that is their only refuge. No going back to the barracks to get dry or thaw out. Just stay on the bus and shiver until the next ceremony. And those sharp looking Marines? They have a bus too. And that is where they stay all day long in between ceremonies. Standing up! They even eat their lunch standing up. Yes, Marines are ordered to stand up all day long so their dress slacks and tops do not wrinkle. That's how they stay so sharp looking. Freezing temperatures during the ceremony? Ear muffs might be nice but you'll never see them on a Marine. Impressed with the gleaming tack and shining coats of the horses in the Army Caissons? Army Caisson personnel arise every morning at 4:30 a.m. in order to groom the teams of horses then shine, polish and prepare tack, boots, hooves and uniforms for a day of Honors Ceremonies.
This note is to say Thank You to all military personnel who make each Honors Ceremony so very special, beautiful and unforgettable for grieving families. Your sacrifice and efforts are noticed and appreciated!
Tracey Attlee is a professional No. Virginia corporate, wedding, portrait, military promotions and military retirements photographer and videographer. Tracey Attlee is also a top Army, Navy, USMC, Coast Guard and Air Force military Full Honors funeral Ceremony videographer and photographer at Arlington National Cemetery, Quantico National Cemetery and Columbia Gardens, Arlington, VA. Tracey Attlee Full Honors Ceremony military funeral videography and photography is recommended by Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, Alexandria, VA and Cunningham Turch Funeral Home, Alexandria, VA and Money and King Funeral Home, Vienna, VA and Joseph Gawler's Sons, Inc., Washington, DC and Murphy Funeral Home, Arlington, VA and Columbia Gardens, Arlington, VA and Funeral Choices of Chantilly, VA, and Demaine Funeral Home, Alexandria, VA and Demaine Funeral Home, Springfield, VA for professional Full Military Honors photos and videos at Arlington National Cemetery, Columbia Gardens and Quantico National Cemetery in the Washington, DC region. (Reprinted from the professional blog of Attlee Photography)
Tracey Attlee Full Honors military photography and video at Arlington National Cemetery and at military promotions and retirements in the Washington, DC region receives the most beautiful thank you notes and here are a few:
"Ms. Attlee, would like to tell you the Honors Video is outstanding! The quality is first class. Your editing is exceptional. The content selection is well done. My family and I thank you so!" Yolanda
"Thank you so much Tracey! It was a pleasure working with you. I look forward to getting the video and pictures. I'm sure they are just beautiful. I will send a quick note to make sure you know we received them. Thanks so much again. You have been so wonderful to work with in such a tragic time for our family. Thanks again!!"Tracey Attlee, the photographs of our father's burial at Arlington National Cemetery are simply incredible. My family was blown away how you captured the most important moments as well as shots we would never have thought of. We never knew you were there but the pictures are so up close and personal. You and your husband clearly have a knowledge and respect for this most important military honor. Thanks so much for capturing these memories, being so professional and truly great to work with." John Molli, Director, Wells Fargo Bank
"Tracey Attlee, you and your husband did a wonderful job of photographing my husband's Honors Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. The only time I saw you was at the every end when we were leaving the cemetery. Your photographs captured so much of what I did not see. I find them comforting and very beautiful. I thank you from the bottom of my heart." Sincerely, Marsha
"Thank you Tracey Attlee and your husband so much for the beautiful pictures of Dad's Full Honors at Arlington National Cemetery and the hand delivery of the disc at my front door. Everyone is thrilled with the way you captured the events of the day. The day was something to treasure for sure and you made it possible to keep in our hearts." Thank you so much, Joyce
Former White House photographer Tracey Attlee produces high definition fine art video and slide shows that are a popular new alternative to standard coverage of Army, Navy, USMC and USAF Full Honors Ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery.
Far more creative than standard video, Tracey Attlee fine art video shows feature high definition video clips blended with hand retouched photographs and freshly recorded audio from each particular military Honors Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery she covers.
Below is a fine art slide show sample by Tracey Attlee made as a fitting tribute to American Airman Col. William Lloyd Richards USAF from his Life Celebration at the U.S. Air Force Memorial, Arlington, VA and later that day at his Full Military Honors Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. (Our thanks to the Richards and Ficke families for permitting us to post the show for the benefit of all veterans and their families.)
When Tracey Attlee creates a fine art video show for a client, the video, photographs and audio are arranged to honor and glorify the memory of your loved one and their service to our Nation. While we include clips of the family and friends in attendance, the show focus is centered on the protocols and beautiful details of this once-in-a-lifetime, most privileged military Ceremony.
Artistic, high definition, high quality fine art video and slide shows by Tracey Attlee LLC, Alexandria, VA are made from the unique sights and sounds of each particular Honors Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery in any of the four seasons.
Dear Gold Star Mothers and all those who have lost a loved one: Thank you for visiting this web site. You might like to know it is Tracey Attlee's policy to never contact grieving families with uninvited post cards through the mail or unwelcome telephone calls. Its word of mouth and online recommendations about her professionalism and dedication to producing excellent videos and photography that Tracey hopes will lead you to her. Tracey speaks to you directly and personally hand retouches your photographs and produces your video herself! Wouldn't you like to sign a contract for Arlington Cemetery Honors Ceremony video and photo coverage by local, experienced personnel? With Tracey Attlee you can be assured she and architectural photographer Todd A. Smith, USMC retired, are your actual photo and video team; you will see their names actually written into your contract listing Tracey as your video and photo team lead assisted by Todd (see www.tasphoto.com Todd is Tracey's husband.) We are a patriotic military family waiting to take care of you. Thank you and bless you, Tracey Attlee
The above high quality video by Tracey Attlee is a behind the scenes look at the preparation, precision and dignity exhibited by the U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery (PSB) at a military funeral in Arlington National Cemetery.
Guests at military funerals at Arlington Cemetery of course hear the PSB cannons but generally never see them since the Battery is works out of sight of the guests elsewhere on the grounds of the Cemetery.
This video by Tracey Attlee is a behind the scenes look at the Army's Presidential Salute Battery in 100+ degree July temperatures as they honor a fallen Major General at Arlington National Cemetery.
Special thanks to SSG Bebee and the entire Presidential Salute Battery for their help and for their faithful service to our nation.
Tracey Attlee of Alexandria, VA and her husband, retired US Marine and professional architectural photographer Todd A.Smith www.tasphoto.com, team together to provide fine art videos and high quality photos of Full Honors military funeral ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. Both of their fathers were military veterans; Tracey's father was Navy, combat wounded.