In the whirlwind of the summer, I did a big job for Booking.com. If you book a stay in Seattle on their website they'll send you a Seattle Travel guide comprised of all of my images. I spent 6 days crossing my favorite city, capturing all the different neighborhoods and attractions. It was exhausting, but super fun and it helped that I know this city so well.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Back in May I got a great assignment shooting for Walmart World Magazine. They were doing an employee profile and wanted me to go out and photograph one of their employees who climbs mountains on his days off. So I set off to Granite Mountain to hike to the top with Farzad Ahmadi. I soon realized why this man is so special. Greeting everyone on the trail with a huge grin, Farzad's good nature poured out of him. He offered to carry my gear, fed me a delicious lunch including special cookies from his home country of Iran and patiently followed my slow pace up the 4 mile 3800 foot gain to the granite boulder topped peak. He regaled me with stories of climbing Mt Rainier, Mt Shasta and more and he gladly posed for many photos along the way. After I caught my breath at the top, I had a moment of really realizing how lucky I am to do what I do. Here I was combining my love of the outdoors with photography AND getting paid for it. I get to go to new, beautiful places and meet wonderful people. But enough bragging, here are my favorite shots including the feature photo that went to print.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Last month I was hired to photograph for American Express at the US Open in Tacoma, Washington. It was pretty exciting to be on the course during the game and feel the energy of the event. For four days I received rock star treatment as I was golf carted to the AmEx tent across the course, where I photographed the amenities provided to their members. It was fun to work with the Momentum Worldwide event team and meet everyone that came through. Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to photograph any players, but I did get to meet and photograph The Shark (aka Greg Norman)! Here are some of my favorite shots from the week.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Last weekend we spent a night in Vancouver, a city that I've always liked, but strangely haven't gotten to know very well considering it's so close to Seattle. Three hours away is this beautiful, huge, metropolitan city- in another country! It's almost like we're in Europe with another country just next door (I wish). We stayed in the West End of downtown with a wonderful view of the shiny buildings, the sound and the mountains. The view from our 21st story balcony gave me much photographic inspiration...
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Last Sunday I finally made it to Mamnoon, a new beautiful restaurant on Capitol Hill that serves up modern Middle Eastern cuisine. We lucked out on happy hour and sat outside in the sun. The No 1. sxse cocktail was right up my alley with bourbon, coffee liqueur and cardamon bitters, a cocktail version of turkish coffee. And during happy hour it comes with your choice of a sweet or savory snack plate. We sampled both, the sweet having three beautiful little bites with amazing flavors like pistachio, date, apricot, almond and something floral I couldn't my finger on and the savory was beautifully plated with pickled vegetables, spicy, herbed roasted nuts and a tiny pita filled with thick yogurt and cucumber that reminded me of a better take on an English tea sandwich. We decided to also try the Shamndar bi tahini which is grated beets, yogurt, garlic and tahini. The color was incredible and the taste was refreshing and creamy. I can't wait to go back for dinner.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Last week my friend Claire helped me out with a personal project. More on the project later, but it involved hauling a bed down to Hiawatha Studio and Claire getting cozy. It was great to be a studio that had everything I needed -even a fog machine! We were shooting away and then while in between shots, trying to figure out what was next, I looked down and saw this. Claire hugging herself, looking stunning and real. I just love the mask-free honest feeling it gives me. Not to mention how beautiful she is.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
This week I wanted to shoot a plated dish using contrasty lighting and props to create a very rich image. Jean-Pierre Chery created and styled this delicious dish of herbed pork ribs with red chard and rustic mashed potatoes. I love the specular highlights on the meat and the bright rich colors.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
This week I went to The Walrus & The Carpenter, one of Seattle's long standing best restaurants. I popped in for happy hour, taking advantage of the half off oysters. Beautiful, fresh and all from Washington and BC, the oysters were piled high in wire baskets covered in ice. The clean marble table and beautiful afternoon light made it an easy shoot. I ordered a 1/2 dozen oysters, the 'one night in salem' cocktail and the citrus salad. The herbaceous and sweet flavor of the cocktail went really well with the oysters and the grapefruit and fennel in the salad complemented each other perfectly. If only I could have tried everything on the menu...
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I'm challenging myself to take a new food shot each week. Whether it's in my kitchen, studio, a restaurant or on the street, that's my goal. Here's the first one. I decided on the theme of winter fruits and veggies procured from the Ballard Farmers Market. My old light table gave me the idea for the cross cuts. I love that the chalk dust ended up looking like snow on the dark board.