Happy New Year 2019 - Ben Droz Photography

Best Wishes for '19 to Fellow Travelers

I wanted to be sure to send best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019!  Thank you for being part of 2018, and please forgive me for not being better in touch.

So much has happened in 2018 that I am not sure where to begin... 


I'll start with an invitation to receive a special handwritten New Year's DROZcard.


2018 was an amazing year - I continued photographing DC's best events for Washington Life Magazine and great causes and clients (scroll for links).

I was contributing editor, writer, and photographer for HEMP Magazine  (available at WholeFoods).


Very importantly, after 10 years of lobbying,

Hemp is finally federally legal in the United States.

In a Hempfield

Real Eagle at WHCD Party

Travels were at the top of the highlight list in 2018 - From Austin, TX to my hometown of Pittsburgh, from snowy Fort Collins, Colorado to vibrant Nashville, TN, from farmlands of Kentucky to the beaches of Miami, from the Mayan ruins of Mexico to the warm waters of Hot Springs; From SXSW, my Dad's solo art exhibition opening, emcee at two Hemp conferences, photographing hemp fields in full bloom, to being immersed and inspired by Art, to learning about Bitcoin at a Crypto-Conference, and finally to relax.  Respectively; not chronologically.



Chichen Itza for Supermoon Eclipse, January 31, 2018

Photographing WHCD Weekend

Art Basel Miami, with my photograph on the Cover of this Art Book

Emcee at Southern Hemp Expo in Nashville, TN

After 10 years in DC I finally became an official resident.

I joined a new office space downtown with  EcoFy.

I moved into an art studio, and became Uncle Ben again! 

2018 was full of growth, bringing many new opportunities for 2019.


My work was published widely, in Washington, DC and around the country.


My writings and photographs for HEMP Magazine were published for newstands nationwide:


"Banking on Barr" - Published Fall 2018

"8 Historic Days in Washington DC" - Published August 2018

"The State of Hemp" - Published January 2018




I photographed over 36 events for Washington Life Magazine (chronologically from most recent) 



Washington Business Hall of Fame Jamaican Prime Minister Reception

Transformer Art Auction

"She Sings" Performance

Tiny Jewel Box, Harry Kotlar Anniversary

Capitol Senior Housing Anniversary

Washington International Horse Show

Hope For Henry Extravaganza

Meridian Ball Dinner

Washington Life Magazine Fall Launch

National Archives Foundation Honors Laura Bush

National Portrait Gallery with Supermodel Patti Hansen

Economic Club Dinner with Jeff Bezos

50th Annual Meridian Ball Leadership Reception

Dinner to Honor  Japanese Ambassador

Tech Day in Shaw

Decatur House 200 Year Anniversary and Book Launch

Sean Spicer Book Launch 

Washington Life Summer Kickoff

36th Annual RAMMY Awards

Robert F. Kennedy Memorial 

Harvard Business School Leadership Gala

National Theatre Young Patrons Reception

DC Arts Center Cuisine des Artes

Washington Life 'Young and the Guest List' Issue Party

White House Correspondents, Thomson-Reuters Brunch

White House Correspondents, Politico Powerlist, Women to Watch

Inventors Hall of Fame Induction

Hirshhorn Spring Gala honoring Jeff Koons

Public Citizen Gala

Nowruz Reception on Capitol Hill

Nowruz Reception at Carnegie Institution for Science

International Womens Day Reception with the French Ambassador

W Hotel Art Opening

Transformer Heartbreakers Ball

Standing Ovation for DC Public Schools


Paris Hilton at Private Party at Art Basel Miami

Paris Hilton at Art Basel Miami Beach with Avant Mine owner James Zigras, attends event to honor artist Alex Grey. December 8, 2018, Photo by Ben Droz.

Jeff Bezos Speaks at the Economic Club of Washington DC

Hemp Bus Party, Nashville

Hemp Harvest at George Washington's Mount Vernon

Hemp Harvest at George Washington's Mount Vernon.  With Bestselling Author Doug Fine and Horticulture Director Dean Norton.  August, 2018.  Photo by Ben Droz.

So many photos throughout 2018!!  


Too many to decide which ones to highlight....



Make sure to pick up copies of Washington Life Magazine and HEMP Magazine to see them In Real Life!  



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