My neighbor Tina and her twin brother celebrated their 50th at her art walk reception in Pioneer Square last month. We had a wonderful time.
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.
This weekend I learned I'll shell out $200 to get the shots of a presidential candidate none of the other photojournalists are getting because the 200-person event is closed to the media. Would've done the same for Hillary when she came out this way, but $2,700 was way out of my league. But, hell, I bet I'd donate $200 to some of the GOP presidential campaigns if it meant being able to stand right there taking photos of them and their supporters. Right up my alley. I'd reached out to The Comet's owner David Meinert (whom I've been connected with for a couple years now on Facebook) about photographing on the venue's behalf, but he never responded. Anyway, here are a few shots from The Comet, just a couple blocks from where I live.
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.
And, holy moly, to the left is John Roderick, folks! Former lead singer of The Long Winters- one of my favoritest bands back in the day. Who would've thought I'd be hobnobbing in the same circles with rock stars.
Part of my #Hillary2016 project found here: http://www.nategowdy.com/hillary2016! Thanks again to the campaign for including me and my camera, as well as Tina Podlodowski for hosting and Jason Collins, the NBA's first out player, for being a great guy to chat with!
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.
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.
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!
Congrats to Jinkx, Alex, Basil, Michael, Jacob, and everyone involved - such a wonderful, inspiring, well done film.