Luke Bryan Wins Again

April 20th, 2015

Luke Bryan

Congratulations to Luke Bryan who was voted entertainer of the year at The Academy of Country Music Awards last night, his second entertainer of the year award. The singer says he’s not jaded about winning. “I don’t think it’s a time for me to be smooth. I don’t think it’s a time for me to be suave. I think it’s a time for me to jump up and down and celebrate. These are the days,” Bryan said backstage. “When I’m an old guy rocking in a rock chair, I’m going to go, ‘You had a doggone good time.’ And that’s my approach.”

Bryan first won the honor in 2013. He won the entertainer of the year award at the Country Music Association Awards in November. Bryan was a double winner Sunday night: He also picked up the ACM for vocal event of the year for “This How We Roll” with Florida Georgia Line. The country star performed and hosted the show, for a third year, with Blake Shelton.

In 2011, I took some pictures of  Luke Bryan for a photo essay for Yahoo. He was passing through Seattle on tour after a gig at the Gorge and stopped off to go fly fishing on Puget Sound at Seahurst Park in Burien. Here a couple of the pictures from that day.

Luke Bryan

Polar Bear Plunge

January 2nd, 2015

seattle_photographer_polar_plunge_3

At this time of year when the weather is around freezing, some people feel the desire to plunge into freezing waters. Jana is one of those folks who get this notion so I drove her down to Golden Gardens and documented her plunge into the frigid water of Puget Sound. Afterwards she said that “the best part is that the stupid water doesn’t even feel that cold compared to the air. and how you feel afterwards”.

seattle_photographer_polar_plunge_1

seattle_photographer_polar_plunge_2

seattle_photographer_polar_plunge_3

seattle_photographer_polar_plunge_4

seattle_photographer_polar_plunge_5

seattle_photographer_polar_plunge_6

seattle_photographer_polar_plunge_7

seattle_photographer_polar_plunge_8

downbeat_brian_blade
My second Downbeat cover of the year was of Brian Blade and his Fellowship band. They played and Earshot jazz concert at the Seattle Art Museum and I had them in the studio for a portrait session the day before. They were wonderful to photograph and I loved hearing their music.
Brian is an exceptional musician Here are a couple of pictures from the concert.
BrianBlade_032_FellowshipBand

BrianBlade_002_FellowshipBand

Jazz photography from the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.

The 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival launched on Tuesday Oct 1 with two shows. At BENAROYA HALL, 2,000+ fans watched Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette. At TULA’S in Belltown was Industrial Revelation with D’Vonne Lewis, widely regarded as the best drummer in Seattle,  bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, Rhodes pianist Josh Rawlings and trumpeter Aham Oluo. They put on a through epic, improvised jam. They were both formidable performances. Here are pictures from Industrial Revelation since Keith Jarrett is camera shy.

The Earshot Jazz Festival is in its 25th year and started October 1 and continues through November 17, 2013, with more than 60 distinctive concert events in venues all around the city. The Earshot Jazz organization is Seattle’s major ambassador of jazz music – presenting jazz masters and important new artists, supporting the local scene, and educating young and old about the joys of jazz. October 1 and continues through November 17, 2013, with more than 60 distinctive concert events in venues all around the city.

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

 

Jazz photography from the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.

Jazz photography from the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.

Jazz photography from the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.

Jazz photography from the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.

 

Known for “adventurous, spot-on programming” (JazzTimes) and praised as “one of the best festivals in America” (Seattle Times), the Earshot Jazz Festival brings jazz greats from around the world into creative collaboration with area musicians and audiences. Earshot also celebrates Seattle’s place in the world of jazz, with concerts by our award-winning high-school jazz programs and our own renowned resident artists.

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

 

 

Jazz photography of Evan Flory-Barnes

 

Opening for Kendrick Scott at the Bellevue Jazz Festival at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center last month was bassist and composer Evan Flory-Barnes  with a wonderful group of artists and played some beautiful  new compositions.  Evan Flory-Barnes played on Bass, Dawn Clement on Piano, Craig Flory on Winds, Art Brown on Winds, Ahamefule J. Oluo on Trumpet, Josiah Boothby on French Horn, Nathan Vetter on Trombone, Jon Hansen on Tuba, Jeremy Jones on Drums

 

Jazz photography of bassist and composer Evan Flory-Barnes Jazz photography of bassist and composer Evan Flory-Barnes Jazz photography of bassist and composer Evan Flory-Barnes

First Communion at St. Anne Parish, Seattle, Washington

It was a lovely day for a first communion on the last Sunday of April at St. Anne Parish, on Queen Ann and I enjoyed photography the group of boys and girls.

First Communion at St. Anne Parish, Seattle, Washington

Portrait of high school lacrosse player Cooper Woolston at Nathan Hale HS
Last month. Lacrosse Magazine, assigned me to make some photographs for an upcoming profile of a local student athlete. It was an inspiring story of high school lacrosse attackman Cooper Woolston, who plays with a prosthetic leg for Seattle’s Division II Nathan Hale High School

Cooper is a junior at University Prep and has been playing at the highest level for years despite having to play with a prosthetic leg. He was wonderful to photograph and has committed to play NCAA Div. III lacrosse at Swarthmore College. I wish him the best of luck in his college career on the field and in the classroom.
Portrait of high school lacrosse player Cooper Woolston at Nathan Hale HS

Portrait of high school lacrosse player Cooper Woolston at Nathan Hale HS


As a working freelance photojournalist supporting a family, I shoot a variety of photo assignments. Magazine and newspapers call with assignments as well as local corporations and non-profits. Four years ago I photographed the wedding of Kelly and Shaun. Shaun is an officer in the US Army with the 3rd Stryker Brigade out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. In the last 36 months Shaun served his 3rd and 4th deployment in Afghanistan and was scheduled to return home last Thursday night around midnight. Kelly called me and asked if I would go to Seatac Airport to photograph him coming home for hopefully the last time. It was an request I could not refuse. We got through security with some delay and Kelly started running barefoot through the terminal to the gate Shaun’s plane was arriving at. After a brief delay he came through the door and as I began to photograph them their emotions started to overwhelm me. Tears were in my eyes as I followed them through the hallways to the baggage carousel. As they waited for his pack, a young man approached Shaun and thanked him for his service to our country. I walked with them to their car and made a few final images of them before I said goodnight.




 

 

Bellevue Jazz Festival

June 14th, 2012

Hubert Laws Quintet

Hubert Laws Quintet

I want to present some of the highlights from the recent 5th Annual Bellevue Jazz Festival. This was the 4th year I have photographed the festival for one of my favorite clients and there were some really great performances again. It is great to be able to do the work you love and get to see and listen to some of the best musicians in the world.

Hubert Laws Quintet

Hubert Laws Quintet

Booker T. Jones

Booker T. Jones

Below is a slideshow with some more highlights of the day.