Blue Angels Over Seattle

August 4th, 2011


Well the Blue Angels are back in town so it must be the start of Seafair week. I love watching these precision US Navy jet fliers passing over our city and lakes except for when like today I did not make it across the floating bridge of US 90 on my way back from an appointment in Bellevue. Sitting in traffic when I need to be traveling is not my idea of fun. Still they are a blast to watch. Just have to remember not to ty and get across Lake Washington during the day. Traffic all over the region will be messed up from 10 AM to the start of rush hour as these guys practice their display and then performance over the weekend.


The final launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis marks the end of an era. I remember the first launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1981. I was still in graduate school at Ohio University. Shortly afterwards I got my first newspaper job at The Tampa Tribune. It was while working there that I began to be assigned to cover Space Shuttle launches. I continued to photograph launches when I moved a couple of years later to the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Florida and then even after moving to New York at Newsday I was sent down for a few launches.

I covered the first launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger STS-7, and was scheduled to photographer it again on the day it blew up. I was pulled at the last minute, but then after watching it blow up from the newsroom my AME sent me to catch the first flight down to Florida to cover the aftermath. My old negatives are filed away and I will have to try and find them.

The picture above was made by my old friend AP photographer Dave Martin, who has probably covered as many launches as any photographer. The Boston Globes blog The Big Picture has this and 40 more pictures about this historic event. Check it out to see the rest of the pictures. I only wish I could have been down there to see the last launch.


Bellevue Jazz Festival

June 8th, 2011

Last weekend was the annual 2011 Bellevue Jazz Festival and I was once again asked to photograph the event by the producers. Here are a couple of my favorite images so far in my editing of the pictures. Above is a shot of the amazing bassist Evan Flory-Barnes with his group Threat of Beauty as part of  the 2011 Bellevue Jazz Festival last Thursday. Also in the group is Jason Holt on drums and and Jacques Willis on Vibes. Here are a few images from their performance which I throughly enjoyed.

Preeminent violinist Regina Carter put on a fascinatingly beautiful performance last Weds night as she and her band kicked off the opening performance of the 2011 Bellevue Jazz Festival at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Centre. Almost every performance I covered was a joy to hear.

Portrait of Claire

May 13th, 2011

A portrait of my daughter Claire. this is a couple of years old now but it is one of my favorites.

Special Olympics Washington

April 24th, 2011

Saturday was a beautiful day with sun all day and warm temperatures making it the warmest day of the year so far. It was also the day that the King County Regional Special Olympics Track & Field tournament was held and I was honored to be their photographer. More than 300 Special Olympians and their coaches and families turned out and had a great time. Seattle Seahawk defensive back and special teams captain Roy Lewis made an appearance to help hand out the medals. He was one of a number of local stars that came to help out. It was the first time anyone could remember that it did not rain on the Shoreline Stadium grounds on the day of the tournament. Here are some of my favorite images from the event. If you would like to see all of the photos and order prints go to Photo Bucket by clicking here.

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Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan  does corporate events and portrait photography for national corporations and publications and is a Seattle Wedding Photographer with an artistic photojournalist style.

Sasquash, Luna and Leo

March 23rd, 2011


This was the last picture I took of our border collie Leo. He is the red and white dog in the middle and was about 7 months old at the time. Luna, his littermate to the left, is doing fine as is Sasquash, a friends dog. They were tied up on the sidewalk one fine November day as we stopped in a cafe in Bellingham for a warm drink. They were fine out in the cool fall weather. A few weeks after we were back in Seattle, Leo got out of the yard and had a fatal encounter with a car. We miss him a lot. Share on Facebook

Portrait of Jana Martinez

March 12th, 2011


Here is another in a series of portraits from recent assignments. Jana Martinez works with Whole Life Birth where they conduct Childbirth Preparation Classes. We photographed ooutside on a somewhat rare clear day. I worked with the 8m f1.2 one of my favorite lenses for its ability to through the background out of focus. It has a greatly narrow depth of field. the plane of sharp focus is on her eyes and a bit of the fence to the right. Your eyes go right to her shining eyes right away.

Photography by  Daniel Sheehan creates photography for editorial publications and corporations and available for commercial photography assignments.


Here is another in a series of corporate executive portraits from recent assignments. As always it is a challenge to try and get something different that works and is satisfying as a creative portrait. Charlotte heads a group of five executives in the Real Estate business and I photographed her and all the members of her team in a beautiful home facing Lake Washington. It had wonderful light and great details. She was really great to work with. this was my favorite shot of her.

Photography by Daniel Sheehan creates photography for editorial publications and corporations and available for commercial photography assignments.


I was downtown recently on a typical rainy evening and made this shot of the light traffic on Pike looking west to the Market from the Washington Convention Center.

Photography by  Daniel Sheehan creates photography for editorial publications and corporations and available for commercial photography assignments.