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    Welcome to my Photography Blog. I'm an editorial photographer based in Washington, DC and Raleigh, NC. I shoot primarily for print publication and my clients include USA Today, Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, GuidePosts, CDW Corporation's Tech magazines - Ed Tech, State Tech, Fed Tech and many more. More of my work can be viewed at

  • I began making photos in the mid-1980's in high school. A few years later I graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology cum laude with a degree in photography. Then, based in the Washington, DC, area and traveling extensively while picking up skills, I assisted location and studio photographers all over the country for several years. I got my first big national publication assignment in 1996.

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Self-assignment – making some portraits close to home.

I’ve often heard that a thousand stories exist just outside your own door, if you look close enough. Sometimes they will jump right out at you.  I have noticed several people in my neighborhood who are doing very interesting and positive things.  I got involved in a community supported garden that is just one block over from where I live.  Participants get to share in the experience of caring for the garden and take home some of the herbs and vegetables it produces. It is open to anyone who wants to join.  The garden was founded a few years ago by two women, Lola Bloom and Rebecca Lemos who started the non-profit organization City Blossoms.
Lola and Rebecca run a few gardens in the District which helps the community become active in their neighborhoods by the shared experience of growing food, herbs, and flowers. They also educate children via the hands-on experience of “getting in the dirt” and growing and nurturing things. I’ve been a member of the Marion Street Garden that Lola and Rebecca manage for about two months now, I finally got up the nerve to ask them if I could make their portraits.
I  have more portraits that I’ve made of other people in the neighborhood and will share those soon.
Co-founders of the Washington, DC based non-profit, City Blossoms, Lola Bloom (L) and Rebecca Lemos (R) photographed September 29, 2012 at the Marion Intergenerational Garden in Washington, DC. City Blossoms helps participants become active stewards of their communities through gardening.

Some images I made for Flashes of Hope

Flashes of Hope

Collage of images photographed for Flashes of Hope by Forrest MacCormack

I was contacted a few months ago by the Cleveland, Ohio based non-profit organization Flashes of Hope to become one of their photographers.  I was curious when I received a packet of information from them in the mail and I jumped at the opportunity to give something back to the world via my photography.

Each month our volunteers transform hospital playrooms, waiting areas and even hallways into photography studios. Talented make-up artists help the children and their moms look and feel their best. Then each child is photographed individually and with their closest supporters – siblings, parents and often a favorite nurse.

Each family is presented with framed enlargements, proofs and a CD of all the images so they can make additional prints. Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, all services are provided free of charge.

A Flashes of Hope portrait is much more than a picture on the wall. It’s an indescribable treasure that forever preserves the grace, dignity and beauty of each child. -(from Flashes of Hope website)

Above is a sample of some of the images I made on my first time volunteering with Flashes of Hope.  I made these images in about 3-4 hours at a hospital right up the street from where I live in Washington, DC.  I witnessed some very brave children and parents who are going through a very tough time in their lives. Glad I could give the gift of my photography to these families. Getting photos is often one of the last things on the family’s minds when they are dealing with life threatening illness.

Recent Tear sheet – Wharton Magazine

I recently received this tear sheet in the mail from a photo assignment I did for the quarterly publication Wharton Magazine. Wharton is the alumni magazine of The Wharton School and is the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wharton was the world’s first collegiate business school and the first business school in the United States.

I photographed Marie Williams who is a Wharton alumna earlier this year at her workplace in McLean, Virginia. I added blue back lighting to illuminate a frosted glass window in a conference room behind her and to contrast with her red shirt.  Emily Aldrich of Aldrich Design in Saint Paul, MN did the graphic design and photo editing of the magazine.  Great subject to work with and wonderful use of my photography and layout.

Recent Photo Shoot – Food and Water Watch – Washington, DC

Just wrapped up some photography for the good folks at Food and Water Watch in Washington, DC.  Food & Water Watch is a Washington, D.C.-based non-governmental organization and consumer rights group which focuses on corporate and government accountability relating to food, water, and fishing. I was hired to make portraits of the staff of the organization.  They needed head shots, so instead of the standard and “typical” headshot on a seamless, we went for something a bit more contemporary, relaxed, and “hip”,  photographing outdoors on the roof of their office building.

Food and Water Watch portraits by Forrest MacCormack - December, 2011 - Washington, DC


My photo assistant holds a reflector on a Food and Water Watch staffer.

Group photograph of Food and Water Watch staff in Washington, DC by Forrest MacCormack

New site about Edward D. Andrus – 1950’s Washington, DC photographer.

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I’ve created a new website for the collection of large format (4″x5″) negatives from the 1950’s that I acquired from the estate of Edward D. Andrus.  I have some brief biographical information on Andrus at this time and I’m working on a more complete biography of him.  I purchased a collection of several hundred negatives in 1995 from an antique dealer who bought them at auction from Andrus’s estate.  I’ve sat on this work for 16 years since I acquired his negatives. I feel that it is time that his work gets seen and shared.  I’m embarking on scanning the work and creating an online archive of the images so that historians and archivists can use them as reference.

The site is very new and as time goes on it will grow. Hopefully there will be an appreciative audience of his work especially in the Washington, DC area. There are hundreds of Andrus negatives to pour over and learn from, and discover things. I see it as having hundreds of windows into the past in which the shades are getting pulled up and light put into after nearly sixty years of darkness.

Give the site a look.. It will grow as time goes on..  here is the link: 1950’s DC Photographer – Edward D. Andrus