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Seattle Elvis Invitational 2014 photos | Seattle editorial photographer

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Ever since I first covered the Seattle Elvis Invitational back in 2009 when it was smaller and staged at the (sadly defunct) Club Motor, I have wanted to make portraits of these amateur Elvises — Elvii, if you prefer. The tribute artists come from around the state to perform their best interpretations of Elvis’ greatest hits, from his punky start in the 50s to the slinkier numbers in the 60s, and they look and sound absolutely incredible doing it. They were natural subjects for portraits, and I strived to create pictures that spoke to their personality as much as their performances. I was given approval from the organizers to set up a small photo booth area in between the dressing rooms and the stage, so most of the participants would have to pass by me. I also made some fun shots of the dapper attendees who came dressed in their sweet rockabilly duds. The event takes place at the Experience Music Project in downtown Seattle, the Frank Gehry-designed musical history museum that is well worth a visit. This personal assignment was a great start to 2014 and I cannot wait to unveil some very cool projects lined up for this year!

Vincent "El-Vince" Hill sang "Sweet Caroline" during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Vincent “El-Vince” Hill sang “Sweet Caroline” during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Steph Wichmann took 5th place with her rendition of "One Night"in the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Steph Wichmann took 5th place with her rendition of “One Night”in the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Steph Wichmann took 5th place with her rendition of "One Night"in the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Steph Wichmann took 5th place with her rendition of “One Night”in the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Chris Mathews — Attendee at the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Chris Mathews — Attendee at the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Bret Wiggins won last year's competition and performed at the end of the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Bret Wiggins won last year’s competition and performed at the end of the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Scott Coon of Monroe took 2nd place with his rendition of "Steamroller Blues" before the start of the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Scott Coon of Monroe took 2nd place with his rendition of “Steamroller Blues” before the start of the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Scott Coon of Monroe took 2nd place with his rendition of "Steamroller Blues" before the start of the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Scott Coon of Monroe took 2nd place with his rendition of “Steamroller Blues” before the start of the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Alan Smith of Enumclaw sang "Guitar Man" in the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Alan Smith of Enumclaw sang “Guitar Man” in the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Alan Smith of Enumclaw sang "Guitar Man" in the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Alan Smith of Enumclaw sang “Guitar Man” in the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Marieke Benner of Seattle took ninth place with her rendition of "Jailhouse Rock" during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Marieke Benner of Seattle took ninth place with her rendition of “Jailhouse Rock” during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Jeffrey "Elvi-Lele" Cook took 10th place with his rendition of "Rock-a-Hula" during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Jeffrey “Elvi-Lele” Cook took 10th place with his rendition of “Rock-a-Hula” during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

John Nelson of Woodinville sang "Never Been to Spain" during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

John Nelson of Woodinville sang “Never Been to Spain” during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Nathan Alidina, center, sang "Do the Clam" during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Nathan Alidina, center, sang “Do the Clam” during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Rob Schwertley from Kenmore sang "My Way"  and took 3rd place in the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Rob Schwertley from Kenmore sang “My Way” and took 3rd place in the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Paul Rodriguez of Renton took 7th place with his rendition of "You've lost that loving feeling" during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Paul Rodriguez of Renton took 7th place with his rendition of “You’ve lost that loving feeling” during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Paul Rodriguez of Renton took 7th place with his rendition of "You've lost that loving feeling" during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Paul Rodriguez of Renton took 7th place with his rendition of “You’ve lost that loving feeling” during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Helen Anne Gately took 6th place with her rendition of "Big Hunk of Love" during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Helen Anne Gately took 6th place with her rendition of “Big Hunk of Love” during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Tony Colinares sang "Mystery Train" in the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Tony Colinares sang “Mystery Train” in the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Tony Colinares sang "Mystery Train" in the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Tony Colinares sang “Mystery Train” in the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Mike "Blue Calcutta" Weber of Seattle took first place with his rendition of "American Trilogy" during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Mike “Blue Calcutta” Weber of Seattle took first place with his rendition of “American Trilogy” during the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

"Sick Girl Angie" shows off the tattoo of Elvis on her thigh before the start of the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

“Sick Girl Angie” shows off the tattoo of Elvis on her thigh before the start of the 17th Annual Seattle Elvis Invitationals Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 at the Experience Music Project Sky Church. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Seattle Elvis Invitational portraits appeared in The Stranger Jan. 22, 2014.

A few of my Seattle Elvis Invitational portraits appeared in The Stranger in print and online Jan. 22, 2014.

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