Monday, July 30, 2012

Seattle Mariners Vs. Toronto Blue Jays


Anthony Gose, center left, of the Toronto Blue Jays, slides into second base after being tagged out by Mariner Dustin Ackley, center right, during a game Monday, July 30, 2012, at Safeco Field in Seattle, Wash.














































Jeff Mathis, foreground, tags out the Mariners' Carlos Peguero, background, after a glancing hit from Peguero's bat drove the ball into the ground just above home plate during a game Monday, July 30, 2012, at Safeco Field in Seattle, Wash.


A field official pulls himself up after being bowled over in a player's second base dash during a game Monday, July 30, 2012, at Safeco Field in Seattle, Wash.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

LPGA | The Legends Tour


Kirkland native JoAnne Carner, foreground, motions to the crowd after clearing her ball from a sandtrap at the 18th hole of the LPGA Swing for the Cure event Sunday, July 29. 2012, at the Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Wash. Contestants and onlookers enjoyed a sunny afternoon of 18 holes worth of fundraising golf.














































Patty Sheehan throws herself to the green after missing the last shot that had the potential to tie her up to first place with Nancy Scranton, not pictured, at the LPGA Swing for the Cure event Sunday, July 29. 2012, at the Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Wash.


Val Skinner swipes her ball from the sandtrap near the putting green at the 18th hole of the LPGA Swing for the Cure event Sunday, July 29. 2012, at the Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Wash.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Seafair Torchlight Parade 2012


From left, Selena Nguyen, Lan Tran and Juliet Dang relax outside of McCaw Hall before boarding the Little Saigon float for the annual Seafair Torchlight Parade Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Seattle, Wash. The parade begins at the Seattle Center and moves down Fourth Avenue for over two hours of colorful floats, fun costumes and cool summer evening temperatures.


Phillip Bates, right, and his sister, Clara Bates, center right, enjoy the amenities of their home away from home - a setup that their father has been constructing for 28 years - on the street before the annual Seafair Torchlight Parade Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Seattle, Wash.


In the shadow of the Space Needle, riders from the Ixtapa Mexican restaurant wait for the annual Seafair Torchlight Parade to begin Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Seattle, Wash. The parade begins at the Seattle Center and moves down Fourth Avenue for over two hours of colorful floats, fun costumes and cool summer evening temperatures.


Staff sergeant Joshua Simkins hoists the flag during his march in the annual Seafair Torchlight Parade Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Seattle, Wash.


Dancers flit about Fourth Avenue in the final light of the evening during the annual Seafair Torchlight Parade Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Seattle, Wash.


Dancers utilizing webs of string and colorful balls perform for the audience during the annual Seafair Torchlight Parade Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Seattle, Wash.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dear Mr. President... | Fundraiser dinner, Seattle, Wash.

Photographing the arrival of the POTUS always sounds exciting, but rarely lives up to the hype. The first time the Prez made it in front of my lens was in 2011 for a private talk inside of the Paramount Theatre. This time, a swanky fundraiser dinner with a number of the richest elite drew him to Hunts Point. As per usual, many hours of camping out and waiting unfolded, but I'm happier with my images from this visit much more than last year's madhouse. Enjoy!


President Barack Obama's motorcade pulls onto Hunts Point Road on the way to a private fundraiser dinner at the home of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Hunts Point, Wash. The residential road - blocked off by police in the hours before the motorcade's arrival - was lightly populated with homeowners, supporters and protesters.


Jacqueline Niles, 11, left, and her friend Grace Dillon, 11, center left, leave a neighborhood local swimming pool to head home while Teri McClain, center, and Mary Beth Brotski, right, wait with signs for President Barack Obama's motorcade to leave Hunts Point Road following a private fundraiser Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Hunts Point, Wash. "We didn't know that Obama was coming," Niles said. "We came out and thought there was like a murder or something."


Show in a long exposure, President Barack Obama's motorcade leaves Hunts Point Road following a private fundraiser dinner at the home of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Hunts Point, Wash.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mediterranean Fantasy Festival | West Seattle


Deanna "Tamzine" Metz, a pharmacy tech, swirls through her veiling performance on the second day of the 25th Annual Mediterranean Fantasy Festival Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the Hiawatha Playfield and Community Center in West Seattle, Washington. "This is where I get to see all of my friends and just chill," Metz said. Metz has been a dancer for 10 years. The two-day event is the largest belly dancing festival in the Pacific Northwest.


Suzanna Davis, second from top left, cheers on another dancer from her spot in the crowd during the 25th Annual Mediterranean Fantasy Festival Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the Hiawatha Playfield and Community Center in West Seattle, Washington.



Debbie Cram, left, and Barb Smith, right, warm up for their performance during the 25th Annual Mediterranean Fantasy Festival Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the Hiawatha Playfield and Community Center in West Seattle, Washington.


Dancer Hasani Abbott shows off a dress to a customer from her merchandise tent during the 25th Annual Mediterranean Fantasy Festival Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the Hiawatha Playfield and Community Center in West Seattle, Washington. The two-day event is the largest belly dancing festival in the Pacific Northwest.


Dancer Meaghan McKracken watches closely as she carefully applies makeup to a friend during the 25th Annual Mediterranean Fantasy Festival Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the Hiawatha Playfield and Community Center in West Seattle, Washington.


Beth Ann Hinkle, a fifth year performer with Hands of Kali, practices balancing a scimitar sword on her head during the 25th Annual Mediterranean Fantasy Festival Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the Hiawatha Playfield and Community Center in West Seattle, Washington.

Bon Odori


Dozens of participants - some in traditional garb - take part in the Mi Kokoro dance at the 80th annual summer festival of Bon Odori Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the Seattle Buddhist Temple in Seattle, Wash. Also known as Obon, the festival is an official Seafair event intended to honor ancestors who have passed on and to remember and appreciate all they have done. Many festivalgoers dress in Japanese kimono or yukata. The event also features Japanese food booths and refreshment, taiko and martial arts performances, and craft exhibits and demonstrations.


Aiden Baxter, left, faces off against his opponent during a performance by Seattle Kendo Kai at the 80th annual summer festival of Bon Odori Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the Seattle Buddhist Temple in Seattle, Wash.














































Arika Chinn, 7, smiles at her mother during a portrait during at 80th annual summer festival of Bon Odori Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the Seattle Buddhist Temple in Seattle, Wash. Chinn and her mother are lifelong attendees of the celebration.


A woman holds her hands during a chant at the Obon service during the 80th annual summer festival of Bon Odori Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the Seattle Buddhist Temple in Seattle, Wash.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Zach Galifianakis & Will Ferrell | Portrait - Seattle, Wash.

If you have the time, I wrote a blog post for The Seattle Times on my experience photographing this dynamic duo. I could post the saga here, but it's relatively long and best read and viewed on the S.T. website.  The post includes setup images, the story of how I almost blew this portrait and a description of the general feeling of my heart about to explode whilst making pictures of these two jokers. That post can be read here. Enjoy!



Actors Will Ferrell, left, and Zach Galifianakis, right, pose for a portrait during a promotional visit for their new film, "The Campaign", on Thursday, July 19, 2012, in Seattle, Wash.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

DockDogs | Canine longjumping championship


Owners hurled toys of choice from an elevated ramp for their dogs to jump after at the Puget Sound DockDogs BIG AIR DoubleShot dock jumping event Sunday, July 15, 2012, at the Mill Creek Festival Pet Plaza in Mill Creek, Wash. Onlookers crowded the edge of the pool to watch the airborne canine fun. Puget Sound DockDogs, a non-profit organization benefiting various canine charities,  partnered with the Mill Creek Festival to produce the event which featured top ranked dogs jumping great lengths into a pool of water.


Jimmy, a yellow labrador, prepares to sink his teeth into his chewy, green toy at the Puget Sound DockDogs BIG AIR DoubleShot dock jumping event Sunday, July 15, 2012, at the Mill Creek Festival Pet Plaza in Mill Creek, Wash.


Sophie, a chocolate lab, vigorously shakes off after climbing out of a pool at the Puget Sound DockDogs BIG AIR DoubleShot dock jumping event Sunday, July 15, 2012, at the Mill Creek Festival Pet Plaza in Mill Creek, Wash.


While some dogs went straight for their floating toys, others chose to whimper at the water's edge or flounder near the sides of the pool at the Puget Sound DockDogs BIG AIR DoubleShot dock jumping event Sunday, July 15, 2012, at the Mill Creek Festival Pet Plaza in Mill Creek, Wash.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Running of the "Bulls" | Queen Anne, Wash.


A pair of Running of the Bulls event attendees wrestle while wearing the decapitated papier-mâché bull heads Saturday, July 14, 2012, on Queen Anne in Seattle, Wash. Decked out in red and white, participants showed up for the mock event of the popular Spanish tradition. The bulls were shopping carts with homemade papier-mâché heads fixed to the front.


Hundreds of attendees bolted into action at the sound of the starting horn during the annual Running of the Bulls event Saturday, July 14, 2012, on Queen Anne in Seattle, Wash.


Collapsed on the grass while wearing a bull head, Eric Soder, center, unwillingly accepts a friendly pour of Churchkey beer from a friend after the annual Running of the Bulls event Saturday, July 14, 2012, on Queen Anne in Seattle, Wash.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Lavender Sale


Gardener and volunteer Leah Helms examines a patch of lavender lane Sunday, July 8, 2012, at the Interbay P-Patch in Seattle, Wash. Fifteen varieties of purple sprigs were available for picking, intended for purposes ranging from cosmetic usage to fragrance to baking. The plot - open since the late 1990s - is one of over 75 community gardens in the Seattle area.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Lucha Libre | Mexican Wrestling in the streets of South Park, Wash.

Rule #58674635: If something comes up after your shift and you feel too pooped to get yourself there, you should go. Naturally, it will turn out to be the best thing you photographed all day (or all month, for that matter). An impromptu Mexican wrestling event - complete with a legit ring in the center of an intersection - was my most recent reminder of this. Enjoy the glistening, shaven flesh.


Wrestler El Fenix, in red, is choked out by X Men, in yellow, in the final round of a fight during a Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling event Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Wash. In the dying evening light, teams of dressed up fighters duked it out with dreams of a golden title belt.


Mary Jane Payne cries out in pain as her head is forced over the edge of the ring by wrestler Christopher Ryseck's hands during a Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling event Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Wash.


Christopher Ryseck triumphantly stands over Mary Jane Payne after bodyslamming her during a Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling event Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Wash.


Beads of sweat and fake diamonds glint on the chest of Christopher Ryseck during a Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling event Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Wash.


Henry Geltz, 8, right, joins the cacophony of screams created by other attendees during a Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling event Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Wash.


Mike "El Sonico" Jacinto bares his teeth for a portrait during a Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling event Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Wash.


Wrestler El Fenix shows for the audience after winning a round against an opponent during a Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling event Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Wash. In the dying evening light, teams of dressed up fighters duked it out with dreams of a golden title belt.


Nick "Devil" Whitten packs up his car to head back to Tacoma after watching a Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling event Saturday, July 7, 2012, in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Wash.

Seafair | The Pirates


Under a cloudless summer sky, thousands of onlookers clustered along the beach to watch a swath of Seafair Pirates exit their boat to charge the masses Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Alki Point in Seattle, Wash. While on course toward the shore, the marauders' boat ran aground on an unforeseen sandbar several feet below the surface of the water. The glitch was quickly forgotten after the boat's captain reset the vessel's course and the rusty gate dropped, letting loose the pack of pirates.


Margarita Martinez, in blue and orange stripes, takes a moment to pull back her fake eyepatch to look up the beach while waiting for the Seafair Pirates to arrive on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Alki Point in Seattle, Wash. 


Wearing the same pirate costume that he attended a pub crawl in this past weekend, Paul Twibell, of Alki, shows off some of his jewelry Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Alki Point in Seattle, Wash. 


Marius Devine, 3, right, and grandmother Suzanne Broback, left, wait for Devine's father - a Seafair Pirate - to show up in the infamous boat Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Alki Point in Seattle, Wash. Under a cloudless summer sky, thousands clustered along the beach to watch the swath of bearded marauders exit their boats.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Apologies + New Beginnings

Long story short: time has passed. I back in my hometown of Seattle, Washington, and after a number of years of blood, sweat, tears and endless applications, I'm closing out my internship "career" with my original goal: The Seattle Times.

I apologize for the lack of blog updates in the past month. The road back from Utah, a last-minute international assignment and the all consuming nature of the beginning of an internship has had me wrapped up. Sorry for the delay - now back to the main events. As always, thank you for taking time out of your life to look at moments from mine.