I'm absolutely in love with so many captures from this shoot, that it was really hard to narrow it down to just a few to share here.
Sing Bing and Jeff had a dinner at their place the night before their wedding, and invited my girlfriend Svetlana and I to join them. First we did a photo shoot in the yard, and then got candids during dinner. Such a wonderful group! You always hear that good photographers put you at ease in front of the camera, but I think this was the most at ease behind the camera I've ever been with a new group of people :)
Seth used to be my neighbor at Seattle's former immigration building in Chinatown. The historical building, now called Inscape, is home to numerous non-profits and artist studios. I love spending my days here. Anyway, late at night Seth was often that only other guy hanging around still. Before he moved in March, we fit in a quick 15-minute portrait session. Just two years in, his Neon Zinn sculptural rope jewelry is receiving more and more attention -- for good reason. Check out his work at www.sethdamm.net !
I promised Sveta I'd get work done this weekend, but after being at it all day had to get to at least some vacation pics from the past week!
It got picked up by a blog! Aaand the client wrote back what every photographer always dreams of hearing: "I have to say - the photos really DID change everything. I really didn't appreciate the difference they made." Hopefully someone snaps it up soon -- it really is a beautiful space and very much reminded me of the homes I grew up around in Indiana, built by my Dutch uncles.
What a week it's been: an amazing wedding, fashion show, baby portraits, club gigs, real estate images, studio headshots for a firm, a big political gig booked in October and, come Saturday, my first vacation via plane "just for the hell of it" since EVER with the pretty girl above and her son. And before we take off, we're seeing La Roux at Showbox at the Market with friends Elijah and Samantha. Didn't apply for press creds, but might snap some phone pics. Super stoked.
Oh, and my favorite political journalist, Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone, started following me on Instagram! I'd friended him on Facebook when it was new back around 2005 but we've never corresponded. It's always interesting to me how random long-term connections end up working out. Maybe I'll write him at some point.
Anyway, back to editing!
I feel like I've got the eye for architecture photography and am really enjoying it, but haven't sat down and really figured out how to process multiple exposures in HDR properly yet. So here's to getting the job done with single captures!
My first real-life architecture gig! Single exposures. Looking forward to more opportunities. Thanks again, Team Diva Real Estate!
For the third time in four years, I got to make the trek to Inspire Youth Project's annual summer camp at Lake Wenatchee for a couple days and nights. For the first time, I'm excited to be sharing some images publicly. Every year, Camp Rise n' Shine is one of the things I most look forward to attending. Before getting into photography, I made a living as a preschool teacher, and it's nice being around kids again -- especially these guys, most of whom come from pretty hard home lives and return each year to see their friends from camp. Stay tuned for several more roundups of photos from this year's camp in the next few weeks!