I had the pleasure of being the first photographer asked back by the team to photograph their annual calendar a second time around. I also shot 2013's pinups-themed calendar. You can see more of the shots by ordering one here: http://www.quakerugby.org/
Senator Maria Cantwell and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell were among the company I got to keep last week. It was my second time working the event - the senator's special guest last year was Vice President Joe Biden. Five years ago when I was an unemployed pre-school teacher who'd never used a DSLR, who would've thought? I'm thankful for how well things have worked out these last couple years.
This was my third year in a row photographing the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington's big year-end gala, and as always it was a pleasure.
Got to meet renowned actor, singer and dancer Ben Vereen this past weekend! Fun facts: He played the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's biological father, appeared in "How I Met Your Mother" as the long lost father of Barney's brother, and is Usher's godfather.
That time when an organization that makes 9 billion a year says they can't pay your low-end quoted rate for use of an image in its annual health and safety report, but then changes its mind after a few days and decides to send me that small check.
Inadvertenty one of the hardest gigs I've ever worked. Early Sunday morning, it coincided with my worst hangover in a long, long time, after going out late after Capitol Hill Block Party with The Stranger's Kelly O as she searched for her weekly "Drunk of the Week" and we became contenders. Slugged it out, had fun, and delivered a batch of 130 images.
So many more runway images to share, but I've got to put the edits on hold so I can finish a couple other batches of edits. In the meantime, all 150 step-and-repeat photos can be viewed at nategowdy.instaproofs.com !
Gay City Health Project and Three Dollar Bill Cinema were proud to host their 10th Annual Academy Awards Party. Thanks to the generosity of friends, guests and supporters, the organizations raised more than $16,000. I was happy to contribute to the night's paparazzi atmosphere.