Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Alcohol Experiment for The New York Times

I got a call the other day to photograph a local Starbucks in Seattle that recently started offering beer and wine along with their regular coffee items. When I got there and met the PR guy, there was no one drinking wine or beer, so I had to resort to other ideas to illustrate the story until someone came in and ordered an alcoholic beverage. In the meantime, it was nice to be creative with a coffee cup and a glass of wine.
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Sustain Project Part III

I began working with local farmers on Vashon Island, Washington several months ago when I had spare time. At first I was just curious as to some of the inner-workings of small farms. So far I have been focusing more on the farm aspect of things, photographing both a chicken and a pig slaughter, a local cheesemaker, and a local butcher. The project is evolving into something more intimate, possibly exploring the farm to table concept, and touching on the relationship and dependency that humans have with animals and the food we eat.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Stuart Wilber for The New York Times

I recently photographed Stuart Wilber for the New York Times. It was a quick portrait shoot so I wanted to get a variety of shots. Since most of my work these days is using natural light I decided to utilize a strobe and a grid for several of the shots. Here is what I came up with.
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Grunge for The New York Times

The assignment was to explore the remnants of Seattle grunge. It was an interesting exploration in parts of Seattle I have never explored, including an underground club in Eastlake, the Nirvana exhibit at the EMP Museum, Kurt Cobain's former residence, and The Sound Garden.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Jigsaw Puzzles for The New York Times

I had the opportunity to work with the New York Times again last week on a cute assignment on the jigsaw puzzles that are left out on the ferry boats that leave Anacortes, Wash. to take people out to the San Juan Islands. The ferry ride takes about an hour and over the days and weeks, the puzzles somehow get finished. It was fun to photograph the people who were into the puzzles throughout the journey and attempt to make an interesting image.
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Vows for The New York Times

It's not everyday you get a phone call for an assignment to spend a couple days in the San Juan Islands to photograph a wedding. It's definitely work, but it's sort of like a vacation as well. The wedding was of Catherina Willard and Joseph Whinney, who is the founder of Theo Chocolate, based out of Seattle, Washington. I was tasked with photographing the wedding in a purely documentary style, which was a breath of fresh air compared to all of the portraiture work that is involved with normally shooting weddings throughout the summer. The wedding took place in Roche Harbor on San Juan Island overlooking the water where floatplanes, sailboats, and yachts come and go throughout the day. The wedding was simple, yet elegant, with lots of interesting details and of course some excellent chocolate thrown into the mix.
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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Summer Adventures

Between visitors, assignments, and working on personal projects I have had time to adventure into the mountains with my beautiful girlfriend and good friends here in Seattle. After months of below average weather, summer is finally making an appearance in Seattle. Tomatoes are turning red, the snow in the mountains is melting, and there isn't any rain in the forecast. Here are some pics from some recent adventures.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Longterm Unemployment for The Wall Street Journal

I recently had the pleasure of spending the morning with Greg Shields at his home in Bellevue, Washington, who like many American's has found himself looking for a job. I was tasked with creating some interesting images of Greg while he was spending some time with his 3 year old daughter. What struck me most about the brief amount of time I spent with Greg was his overwhelming positivity. He is working hard to keep his skills up to date and become more marketable, even though the searching through the job market is still a tough place to be.
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