Leaving for Sasquatch in the morning! Last year when Dru Dinero and I went to photograph and review the festival on behalf of Seattle Gay News, I was broke, hadn't booked that many gigs for the upcoming summer, and was feeling pretty sorry for myself. The weekend really helped to turn the year -- and my attitude -- around. Was a much needed break from the office and chance to unwind with a good friend. I've been in a much better place since, and am really looking forward to doing it again.
Had my first portrait session at the new studio this morning! My friend Norman swung by, we tweaked the lighting and took some photos, and then he got to look over my shoulder during the editing process and walked out with the finished product, which will be used in the King County voters' pamphlet and in his promotional materials. I wish his campaign luck!
A white wall, a strobe to my right, and two beautiful models - that's all it takes. So far I've only done one shoot at the new studio so far - for Seattle's HIV Vaccine Trials Unit. The Manilas were two of about two dozen volunteers who modeled for the HVTU's latest campaign. Need to start getting into a rhythm of doing more in-studio work. Performer wanting some glamour shots? For $200, I'll make 10-15 of these for you!
This is the third entry of my newest project. Until November 8th, 2016, I'll be going all out in documenting the 2016 presidential campaign, shooting with my Canon 5D Mark III and Fujifilm X100S and processing in black and white for now. The series will be primarily from the vantage point of the Hillary for Washington camp and as a Democrat myself. I'll incorporate anecdotes and color selects as the series progresses.The project will be published in its entirety here: http://www.nategowdy.com/hillary2016/
Pitched in awhile back to Arthur Allen's Kickstarter campaign to fund his movie "Winning Dad". After three years, he finally got to share the film with his cast, crew, and backers. I thought it was great, and it was wonderful meeting him on his big night. Glad he reached out about photos.
It's super exciting to have my work selected for this for the third time in four years, but what really gets me is the fact that many of the photographers I've looked up to and names I've familiarized myself with since getting a camera also have work in AP31: Christopher Anderson, Chris Buck, Aristide Economopoulos, Lauren Greenfield, Pieter Hugo, Nadav Kander, Annie Leibovitz, Dina Litovsky, Gerd Ludwig, Sandro Miller, John Moore, Joe Pugliese, Martin Schoeller, Art Streiber, Sebastiano Tomada, Stephen Wilkes, and Dan Winters, off the top of my head. Additionally, I need to check out the work of Natalie Keyssar, Lara Joe Regan, and Alec Soth, and noticed three other Seattle-based photogs in the mix - Michael Clinard, Amanda Ringstad, and John Keatley. I'm honored and thankful for the opportunity. Check out the slideshow at http://www.ai-ap.com/slideshow/AP/31/
Ran into my favorite Seattle caterers the other day. From the vodka gimlets to the Cuban pork sandwiches to whatever those walnut fig appetizers were, the best. And they sent me home with a doggie bag! I've been a fan ever since I worked with them a year-and-a-half ago at the Campions' event hosting President Obama.
Not only did I book an underwear shoot featuring pretty women in exchange for a pile of cool t-shirts this afternoon, one of the world's preeminent portrait photographers (click here to see some of his work) reached out on LinkedIn. Time to update my profile!
Marco, if you read this, the add is much appreciated. I highly regard your work and your passion for what you do.
Grace, Jimmy and their band The True Loves will be playing the mainstage on day two of Bumbershoot this summer. They are great. And happy 12 years to your shop, Wazhma!
For the last time (we've been on and off for a couple months), Sveta and I decided to stop dating yesterday. So I'm going to be a little up and down this week, but I'm glad for everything that's been. Sometimes things don't work the way you try and hope they will, and that's okay. It's hard, but it's okay.
And a random snapshot from our walk there!
Congrats to Jinkx, Alex, Basil, Michael, Jacob, and everyone involved - such a wonderful, inspiring, well done film.