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I’m not into politics, but I do think politicians are definitely interesting folks to photograph. They are all characters of some sort. I photographed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a visit to the Microsoft campus last fall while I was still in a staff photographer position for a newspaper group. After taking the obligatory images I knew the editors wanted, I made a visual character study that I believed would have a longer shelf life than the local visit that day. As we enter the final throes of an election year, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites… and yes, those are sheep on his tie.

 


When most people think of hip hop and rappers, Seattle is not the first city to come to mind. And even if you do think of Seattle’s hip hop scene, I’d bet a few pennies that the city’s Eastside suburbs that house companies the likes of Microsoft, would not be in the conversation. Seattle-grown hip hop artists currently making a buzz include Macklemore and Blue Scholars, and I’d be remiss not to remind you of Sir Mix-A-Lot. I recently photographed three rappers in various stages of their careers that are breaking through this affluent suburb stereotype. Above, rapper Neema performs a live show in Everett, WA. Portraits after the jump…

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It’s that time where we have an onslaught of “best of” lists and trips down memory lane. It’s a given that I’m going to click through just about an gallery that involves photography and thought I’d round them up here on the blog so I could have a spot to find them again, and so you could check them out too. I’ll give an update note when I add more picture links to the list. Enjoy the feast!

UPDATED: 9:43 pm on Dec. 15, 2010, added Life, Golf Digest and The Big Picture (Part 2).

LIFE – Pictures of the Year

GOLF DIGEST – 2010 Pictures of the Year

TIME Magazine – Portraits of the Year

TIME Magazine – Pictures of the Year

REUTERS – Pictures of the Year

NASA – Photographs of 2010 via The New Yorker

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Photo Contest 2010 via The Big Picture

LOS ANGELES TIMES – The Year in Pictures

THE BIG PICTURE – 2010 in Photos, series of three: Part 1, Part 2

Grammy-award winning singer John Legend recently made an appearance for Hopelink, a Seattle-area charity serving homeless and low-income families, during their annual fundraising luncheon. I was assigned to photograph the noted recording artist during a brief media interview time prior to the lunch appearance.

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Skillet Street Food founder Josh Henderson dished his tips for the tailgate grill in the November issue of Seattle Met. I got the assignment call right before a recent trip to Kauai and was stoked for a fun portrait session before hopping on the plane. Photographed on location in the Montlake parking lot outside Husky Stadium at the University of Washington in Seattle, it was just a small crew of Dawg fans firing up the BBQ wishing it was actually a college football Saturday! -Continue reading photo post…>

Continuing a string of recent editorial photo assignments that required some serious safety gear and liability waivers to be signed, I found myself getting a glimpse of the storied circus act — the flying trapeze — at Emerald City Trapeze Arts in Seattle. I followed a couple newbies through ‘ground school’ and their first attempts to fly and a couple regulars working to progress.

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Fresh off the press in the July issue of Seattle Met is a piece I photographed on tree climbing. Now I’ve climbed many trees growing up as a free-range child in Eastern Washington and even spent my fair share of time tied to a rope on a rock wall, but this was my first time on a rope ascending into a tree.

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I shoot people. With a camera. I love meeting people and the variety that photographing them brings to my work. New places, new faces, new stories… These are qualities of my job that make it rewarding and fresh every time I head out on assignment. Above, tattoo artist Keahi Hooe is the owner of Easy Choppers & Tattoos. More portraits and people after the jump…

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to photograph comedian, game show host and actor Drew Carey during a visit to Seattle. Carey was making an appearance at a Friends of Youth charity luncheon and then rooting on the Seattle Sounders FC – a MLS soccer franchise where he is a co-owner.

Not knowing how much time I’d have for the portrait session I made a decision to keep it simple — a single stobe over head in a small softbox and a black sheet of foamcoar for a backdrop. I racked two camera bodies one with a 50mm f/1.8 and a 17-35mm f/2.8 to give me a chance at different looks in a short time without fumbling around switching lenses wasting valuable time. By the end of the session, unafraid to hold a Nikon, Drew had one of my cameras pointed back at me.  Below you can see the simple backdrop and our location. At right, is an iPhone snap of Carey taping a t.v. interview as I wait my turn. He really presents as a genuine guy and I enjoyed my time — however short — photographing Drew.

Over the weekend a few people I have had the pleasure of photographing did some cool stuff… First on Saturday New York Knicks Boston Celtics guard (and former Washington Husky) Nate Robinson became the first person to become 3-time NBA Dunk Contest Champion. You can check out the video over at ESPN.com. Below is a portrait of Nate Robinson at his agent’s office in Post Alley in downtown Seattle.

And then on Sunday night, curling and Winter Olympic fever hit The Simpsons. U.S. national champion curlers Brady and Cristin Clark were technical advisors for the episode, and were part of an editorial assignment I shot for Seattle Metropolitan magazine.

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