From time to time, we have clients who have expressed their appreciation for the work we do for them. Sometimes, it is a suggestion for placement of a podium for a public relations event, appreciation of the extent of coverage from a news event, or the creativity of a portrait session for publication. Here are some of their thoughts and praise, revealed here in an effort to convey to future clients the degree to which we meet and exceed client’s needs.
The assignment was to cover the Tibetan Freedom Concert’s two-day performances at RFK Stadium. “John had the instinct to shoot an event related to the Tibetan Freedom Concert that I hadn’t even commissioned him to shoot. It was out of this day that we got a great opener to our Faces & Places section.”
“John Harrington is the only photographer I recommend in Washington, D.C.
“In my opinion, John is an artist who understands the public relations process and the deliverables our clients expect from a top ten agency like Golin/Harris. John has worked on two of our top brands, McDonald’s and Chrysler, as well as many of our smaller clients such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Points of Light Foundation and even Playboy Television. Obviously, our client base is diverse and needs to be addressed in a manner that is both effective and creative. John delivers on both fronts. In fact, some of the local assignments John has done for our clients have later been used in national outlets, including a routine PR shot that was featured in Playboy Magazine.
“Even more impressive to me, however, is John’s ability to interact with our clients in a manner that makes them feel comfortable and energetic - from Miss America Kate Shindle to a local 10th grader who just won a $1,000 McDonald’s scholarship. In short, John always gets the shot…and then he gives you one more you never thought about.
“When the proofs come back from John, it’s not a question is there one we can use - it’s which one of four or five great shots do we send to the client. I don’t take 15 minutes of my (billable!) time unless I believe in somebody or something. I believe in John Harrington and his work. “
“Capturing compelling images of the sport of Golf is not an easy task. The game is enormously mental and paced slower than most sports. But John is able to do it! He has been with us since out inception, and has shot over seven of our covers. His images are not just technically professional, but intensely portray the game of golf — and are often stylistically appealing. John is easy to work with, dependable and professional. He directed our team of photographers covering the Kemper Open with digital cameras and laptops, transmitting the images back to our offices for our daily special issues. He has been a key component in the high quality images the magazine has come to be known for.”
The Washington Golf Monthly
“Over the past several years, John is the only photographer I’ve used — covering no less than a dozen high-level events for me. He’s been at the Supreme Court with me, at the House of Representatives, and covering the First Lady. Every time, John is there early, ready to go, scouting the event. And every time, he manages to get the shot my client wants.
“Beyond his photography, John is a pleasure to work with. I rely on him to help frame the shots I’ll need, brief my client and spokespeople on how to get the most out of his pictures. He understands the need for quick turnaround, accurate estimates ... everything that a PR manager needs in a photographer. John is part of my event team.
“On one occasion, I asked John to be prepared to shoot a large explosion from 700-plus yards away. John provided the perfect photography, including several frames before, during and after the explosion. He captured the image — in this case the performance of safety glass for my client Solutia — better than I had hoped.
“I recommend John every chance I get.”
Shandwick Public Affairs
“We have sent John on literally hundreds of assignments. His images have always exceeded our expectations no matter what the subject nor how tight the deadline. He has traveled extensively for us, logging more than 100,000 miles in the U.S. and abroad, working under short time frames and tight budgets. His ability to capture the essence of a country he has never visited before - - and in only a few days - - is extraordinary. He is an asset to the magazine.”
Director of Photography,
The World & I,
a publication of The Washington Times Corporation
“Throughout my years of working in Washington, the only photographer I have used is John Harrington. From shooting high-profile celebrities to influential political events, the high quality, quick response, sincere and professional style I’ve consistently received from John has made me trust him completely with my most important events. He has a keen eye and a true understanding of my business and what “sells” with the news media, which has made it so much easier for me to deliver results to my clients.
“John is the ONLY photographer I would recommend to friends, colleagues and clients!”
Hill and Knowlton Public Relations.
“In his work for Ketchum’s client, the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company, John created eye-catching photographs out of mundane subjects. His ability to see beyond the obvious and execute that vision artistically resulted in continued requests by the client for his work.”
Vice President/Group Manager - DC Corporate Team,
Ketchum Public Relations
“I’ve worked with John on a variety of important client initiatives. From press briefings with celebrity spokespeople such as Florence Griffith-Joyner, Amy Van Dyken to Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala. John has even photographed one of our most important clients for a piece in Advertising Age. “I’m glad I’ve found John because I’m confident in his ability and professionalism. That’s important because I can concentrate on the millions of other details of these events and let him run with the job.”
Bozell Public Relations