DC Photographer Chased by 'Marine One' Presidential Helicopter

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Noted Photographer Jake McGuire Finds Refuge––in of All Places––Cyberspace Just in Time for Father's Day

“This is a fantastic photo!” says Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director of the American Helicopter Society International. “The VH-3D Presidential Helicopter has never been captured like this before.”

What sounds like a tabloid headline, is actually a story of––in the language of aviation––evasive action and countermeasures.

Each year, in the two weeks before Father’s Day, the rocketing demand for Washington, DC photographer Jake McGuire's “Hottest Selling Photo of All Time,” an eye-popping head-on photo of Marine One, has the well-known photographer employing evasive action and countermeasures.

“I was getting overwhelmed with Father's Day gift orders from staffers at the White House, Secret Service agents, Members of Congress and their staff, Marines, aviation buffs, pilots, and with people from all over the country who just love an ultra dynamic photograph," says McGuire, "so I've had to use my own version of electronic warfare and flee to the cover of the internet."

The image features––literally––a sizzling head-on shot of the VH-3D Marine Corps helicopter, flying down the National Mall with the heat from the twin turbine engines distorting much of the Capitol dome into wavy ripples with the mirage effect.

McGuire started getting overwhelmed with orders because he didn’t have the facility to print photos in quantity so just a few days ago, he raced ahead of the whirling blades––in time for this Father's Day––into cyberspace by signing up with a major on-line photo service which can print and ship his photos quickly.

His images can now be viewed and ordered on-line, and are shipped within one or two days. The photos come in a variety of standard, easily framed, sizes like 8x10 and 11x14, and even larger for wall decor. Also available are many of McGuire's highly sought-after images of the US Capitol, The White House and other top DC scenes, like the Jefferson Memorial. For details, visit: http://www.shutterfly.com/pro/006077446491/JakeMcGuiresPhotos

His on-line photo lab also features a nifty gift service where his iconic images, like this Sikorsky VH-3D Marine One helicopter, can be made into high quality jigsaw puzzles (that come in a classic tin storage box). They make perfect gifts for dads, grads, helicopter pilots, seniors, kids, and for bringing on summer vacations. The tin box, with the photo on the lid, is a conversation piece in its own right. By sitting on someone's desk, the recipient can honestly text, e-mail, Twitter, and push the 'like it' button to tell everyone, "Marine One has landed on my desk."

McGuire's photo lab also provides other photo gift items like mouse pads, refrigerator magnets and coffee mugs so everyone of every budget can afford his Marine One shot or other classic image all year long.

And, in an unexpected twist, McGuire has discovered a new market for his photo jigsaw puzzles with brides, weddings, luncheons, rehearsal dinners, and even with board meetings and upscale conferences. Since many DC area brides get their bended-knee proposal at stately sites like the Jefferson or Lincoln Memorial––and McGuire has the requisite beautiful pictures––its a match made in Heaven.

And, since his jigsaw puzzles come in the decorative tin box, the gift-giving work is done so all the elegant box needs is a ribbon and a bow to make it a unique, talked-about gift with a cleverly appropriate theme. And, of course it makes the perfect take-home memento for out-of-town guests.

McGuire is currently pitching the jigsaw puzzle gift box to embassies and other international organizations who frequently host visitors from abroad, and need a nice DC-themed gift.

For details, visit http://www.shutterfly.com/pro/006077446491/JakeMcGuiresPhotos to put in your order. Dad, grads, brides, visitors and conference attendees will be delighted you did!

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