Tag-teamed taking photos at R Place with Jen two weeks ago. She did most of the work Wednesday night, but I did get this classic before hanging it up: a stare from Robbie after a very long night. It will cut you!
Seattle Met magazine published my portrait of Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant in its August issue. I'd assumed it would be used as is, perhaps cropped, but never underestimate the graphic designer! The article by Josh Feit, pages 63 to 74, is called: "What Do We Want? $15! When Do We Want It? IN A LITTLE WHILE! - The Secret History of Seattle's Minimum Wage Law". Check it out!
He put it in front of 1.25 million followers, but the watermark was cropped off. Dangit!
At least Mama, who's living up this gone-viral stuff and at this point has tallied 1,661,715 million views on YouTube, likes another shot enough for it to be her profile pic on Twitter. If only the focus wasn't soft!
Just came across this piece from Seattle Met dated July 7th, which includes an image of mine from 2012's annual Fashion First runway show and benefit for Inspire Youth Project. I missed last year's event due to being crazy over-extended at the time. A little dismayed that the watermark in the upper right hand corner was cloned out and no credit line was included, but it is always interesting whenever years old photos pop up in the media. Come September 11th, I hope to make it to this year's show - it's always fun mixing things up and photographing attractive women (and men) for a cause! Maybe I'll get a chance to preview this year's event by digging up some faves from 2012...
Was picking up my afternoon bubble tea smoothie at Gossip and thought I'd flip through the latest Northwest Asian Weekly to look for a photo I'd contributed of Gender Justice League marching at Pride. Made the bottom fold!
It's always cool news when Sen. Patty Murray's staff wants digital copies of your images and they're thinking of making one of them a poster for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's office. Asked Aaron to make them print-ready in Photoshop this afternoon, but first I made the mistake of forgetting to turn the added grain off in Lightroom again. Aw well- still really happy with how they've turned out. Shot in March, these were the first formal group portraits I've lit with off-camera flash on location. Pictured are nine U.S. Senators and three Democratic Senate candidates. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., was also present but missed these first three takes. In the images below are hosts Sonya Campion and her husband Tom, the founder of Zumiez, who was proposing to Sen. Barbara Mikulsk (D-Md.). Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., remarked that it was the smoothest step-and-repeat she's participated in. Woo!
NPR's local affiliate KUOW licensed an image I took of keynote speaker CeCe McDonald for a feature where you can listen to all of the speakers from Trans* Pride Seattle 2014.
Saturday morning, after George Takei remarked how beautiful Aleksa Manila was, I asked him if he's ever done drag. At first he said no, but then he owned up to dressing in drag once with two friends in high school. George and his husband Brad were both very genuine and giving of their time all weekend, and it was just a really great opportunity to be able to meet them. Still, I'll always be left wondering what could have been had they shared one of my images with George's 7M+ fans on facebook...
This is one of my favorite portraits from Pride this year. I think mostly because it was close to the end of the parade and my memory cards were full, and so I had just one shot left. But, with the symmetry of the sky and Waxie's outfit, that one snap came out damn near perfect.
Joined by supporting troops and allies, It was good to see Seattle’s 98th Rainier troop lead the Seattle Pride Parade as the Official Color Guard for the second straight year. I finally got to meet Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath, who's been in national news since he received notice April 1st that the Boy Scouts of America had revoked his membership for being openly gay, as well as Troop 98's charter two weeks later. Now the troop is with Baden-Powell Service Association, which is fully inclusive and coeducational. McGrath told Seattle Pride: "Were BSA to change, I’d love to [return]. But we have girls in our unit and wouldn’t leave them by the side of the road to return to BSA. It is the fully-inclusive future that all of us want, and it’s possible to live that scouting life now.”