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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.


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 andĀ 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

I wanted to thank take a moment and thank all the veterans we have served our country. I’ve spent part of today thinking about and remembering my grandfather who served in World War II. Above, is a veteran, Hu Riley, that I have had the honor to photograph more than once who is the subject in late photographer Robert Capa’s D-Day image of a soldier in the surf. Again, my appreciation to all who have served.

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 hisĀ 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…>

I definitely enjoy a DIY project whether remodeling my house or creating a new light modifier for the kit. Recently I decided to create a beauty dish and ran across a nice design from photographer Todd Owyoung. The portraits above of Olympic track cyclist Jennie Reed, at left, and the prep baseball player were lit only with the beauty dish I made. MORE PHOTOS AND HOW-TO INFO AFTER THE JUMP…

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Kenechi Udeze was a first-round draft pick of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings coming out of the University of Southern California, but four seasons into his professional career it was all cut short. Udeze was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Kenechi is now an assistant coach with the University of Washington football program and involved in several charities including the Livestrong Foundation. I recently had a quick portrait session with Kenechi and wanted to share a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

The football Kenechi brought as a prop for our shoot was borrowed directly out of Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian’s office, as even for an assistant college football coach it is hard to find a pigskin laying around in the offseason!

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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