I'm here at the studio tying up loose ends, and I wanted to share these two headshots before flying out to Indiana early tomorrow morning to spend the holidays with my family. The first is of Glenn, of City of Seattle's Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs (whose staff paid me a visit this afternoon), and the second is of my girlfriend Erika, who was kind enough to test model sans makeup. I'm proud of how both portraits turned out (as well as the rest, to be edited after getting back to Seattle on January 1st). Anyway, it's about time I became much more adept at working with studio lighting, and so in the new year I'm eager to take on lots of headshot gigs. Happy Holidays, everyone!
It was mighty cold out, but we were able to pretty quickly bang out some new headshots :)
Louise Chernin, CEO of Greater Seattle Business Association, called and needed last-minute headshots for her and Martha Davis, Chair of the Board, for the annual reports. I was happy to swing by the office and help!
I also want to give props to Yongnuo's 50mm F/1.8 prime lens I got new for $56 a couple months ago- best lens deal out there.
My friend and financial advisor Greg came by for a new headshot the other day. Pretty sure he's going to have the best one at the office now :)
Who else thinks this man should model for more than my camera? Right!?
Just a couple fun selects and outtakes I should've shared by now! Many more to come but I'm going to sit on them a bit longer until they've been incorporated into the HVTU's campaign materials and website. Thanks to the two dozen individuals who modeled and participated!
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!
I've gotten behind on posting everything that's been going on lately, but will gradually be catching up this blog (as well as the "4 years ago today" blog). So many images I can't wait to share, but have to, because: three shoots later today (and a meeting with my CPA, too!), one Friday and another Saturday, and then two more next week to round out the month. This season's been so much busier than I'd counted on, and much much much steadier than one year ago. I'm in a good place; just really busy, which - I shouldn't have to remind myself but I do when I'm needing a break - is a good thing.
Because "who wouldn't want to make sure a cougar was part of their holiday photo?"
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 !
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!
Shot these headshots about 15 days ago for my friend Judah Travis. He used to book me on behalf of Perkins Coie law firm, but he recently decided to move on and is currently enjoying a summer off. I think that's one of the best things we can do for ourselves sometimes - switch things up. I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't left my newspaper desk job in Indiana and taken a chance on Seattle almost five years ago. Many people were critical of my decision to leave the stability of a good job during the recession. I was good at what I did and even enjoyed it sometimes, but wasn't happy working nights and weekends. My supervisors wouldn't throw me a bone once in a while and I felt very isolated and cut off from everyone. One day I ran into my favorite college professor, and he asked how the job was going. I told him I'd resigned and was headed to Seattle at the end of the summer and he says," Good for you. Switching things up is the best thing I've done for myself over the years. Good for you. That's brave, and will get you to where you want to go." Lots of people settle into jobs and never do what they want to do or are never in the situation to do it, and I'm glad Judah has that figured out.
This past Monday and Tuesday I was given the opportunity to meet and photograph eight of nine Seattle City Council members. It was one of those times that has me wondering, "How did this happen? How did I trick so many important people?!" But I'll run with it while I can! On Friday, five council members' portraits we made accompanied their guest columns in the Seattle Gay News. Here are all eight.
The press release finally went out today! Congrats to Michael! And thanks to Aaron Smith for assistance with this shoot.