Seattle Photographer Daniel Berman | Bellingham, WA | (206) 387-3767 daniel@bermanphotos.com

New Seattle Seahawks Cheerleaders

Posted in assignment work, Downtown Seattle, editorial work, sports, Washington by bermanphotos on May 6, 2009
Participants during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Participants during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

I photographed the final tryouts for the Sea Gals, the Seattle Seahawks Cheerleading Squad. About 60 women were called back for final tryouts, after two previous elimination rounds.

Ultimately, only 28 women made the squad, and 12 of them were new this season. It was a difficult event to cover because the women trying out were very poised and camera-aware.

Surprisingly, many of those trying out were not local to Seattle. I spoke with one woman who was working on her calculus homework while awaiting the final squad results. She had a test awaiting her back in Denver the next day. Many of those present were returning Sea Gals, some having been there for the past seven seasons or more. This has been their life for a long time, and even though they all had a variety of day jobs, the tryout performances these women put on were intense and neat to photograph.

After lining up by their assigned numbers, the women would first perform the tryout dance routine (selected ahead of time) as a dozen-person group, and then split off into pairs to go head-to-head with the same routine. But before they could perform individually, they had to deliver a short mini-bio by answering one of a few questions, like “where do you see yourself in 20 years?” or “describe something that inspired you.”

Would-be Sea Gals headshots for judge's reference

Would-be Sea Gals headshots for judge's reference

Georgia Schoonover left, and friend Stephanie Amvinen try and relax and stretch during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009.

Georgia Schoonover left, and friend Stephanie Amvinen try and relax and stretch during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009.

Stephanie Amvinen, left, and Georgia Schoonover try and relax during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009.

Stephanie Amvinen, left, and Georgia Schoonover try and relax during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009.

Wendi Fose tries to relax and concentrate before her turn during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Wendi Fose tries to relax and concentrate before her turn during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Participants during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Participants during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Participants during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Participants during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Participants during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Participants during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Clockwise-from-left, judge Bender of KISS106.1, ballot girl Grace Lucarelli, and judges Joe Jimenez and John Curley watch final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Clockwise-from-left, judge Bender of KISS106.1, ballot girl Grace Lucarelli, and judges Joe Jimenez and John Curley watch final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Brittany Wood gets her eye makeup done with a little help from friend Nicole Perry during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Brittany Wood gets her eye makeup done with a little help from friend Nicole Perry during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Chantale Farino delivers her short mini-bio during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Chantale Farino delivers her short mini-bio during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Laurin Baumann stretches her legs and looks around during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Laurin Baumann stretches her legs and looks around during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

A participant celebrates after learning she made the team during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

A participant celebrates after learning she made the team during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

A participant celebrates after learning she made the team during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

A participant celebrates after learning she made the team during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

A participant celebrates after learning she made the team during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

A participant celebrates after learning she made the team during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

A participant receives a pair of pom-poms from ballot girl Grace Lucarelli after learning she made the team during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

A participant receives a pair of pom-poms from ballot girl Grace Lucarelli after learning she made the team during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Shelly Son (2nd from left) cries after she learned she made the team during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

Shelly Son (2nd from left) cries after she learned she made the team during final try-outs for the Seahawks cheerleader team the Sea Gals at Qwest Field Sunday May 3, 2009. 12 of the 28 women selected for the team are new this season.

For more of my photography from this event click here. You can also view my portfolio at http://www.bermanphotos.com

Thanks for looking!

Daniel

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  1. Mark Malijan said, on May 11, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Way to rock this. I feel like alot of the photos of this event in the past didn’t really capture the light very well, but it seems like you didn’t have that problem. Way to take advantage of the light and lines. Hahaha John Curley, so much to say.


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