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A selection of new work from a couple recent projects commissioned by Seattle Pacific University. Photographs by Chad Coleman – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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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.

A quick tearsheet post to start 2010… As the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver draw near, I was assigned an editorial photo shoot about curling by Seattle Metropolitan magazine which recently hit the news stand in the January issue. The shoot took place at Granite Curling Club in Seattle, the only dedicated ice for curling in the Western U.S.

 

 

Cranking through a fresh edit for my new portfolio website that is in the works, I came across this recent shot of Bellevue developer Kemper Freeman. Standing over a model of his projects in the downtown business district that include Bellevue Square among others, I found him to be an engaging subject and a photo-phile himself, shooting since his early teen years. More to come as the project progresses…

Had an opportunity to go for a wakesurfing session this past week… definitely will be trying to get some more time on the board soon, but will probably have to wait a few as we are in a family holding pattern for our son to be born any day now. Until I get another chance I’ll have a these snaps from Lake Sammamish, WA. Enjoy!

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