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Medical marijuana business owner Martin Nickerson for Northwest Leaf

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For the March issue of Northwest Leaf I got the opportunity to photograph Martin Nickerson, the owner of Northern Cross Collective, Bellingham, Washington’s longest-running medical marijuana dispensary — open since 2011. I’ve photographed him a bunch over the years for various stories. This time around, it’s because the Washington state Department of Revenue contends that Nickerson owes more than $50,000 in unpaid taxes related to the sale of marijuana. “This is medicine, you can’t tax medicine,” Nickerson told Northwest Leaf in February, during a tour of one of several marijuana grows under his control.

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Before working on the inside grow room portraits, I was drawn to the stormy weather and open fields surrounding Martin’s property. The wind was whipping and cold, but the light and color of the sky was so striking. I quickly threw a light on a stand and convinced Wes, the editor, to hold on.
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Accountant Todd Harkley for Northwest Leaf | Seattle editorial photographer

Accountant Todd Harkley has found a new niche: helping legal and medical marijuana businesses keep track of their dollars — that way, Harkley said, the owners can focus on taking care of patients and running their organizations.

“I know accounting may sound boring,” Harkley said, “But a business can’t operate and serve patients unless it’s making money to pay the operating bills… I realized that I could use my accounting skills to help these businesses succeed. If they succeed here in Washington, then it’s a model for the rest of the country and it’s also another “chink in the armor” of the drug war. I think that’s what has got me really excited, because I can do what I love and at the same time I can actually help some really interesting entrepreneurs. You can’t serve patients or recreational customers efficiently unless you’re following all the guidelines, so give me all your boring stuff and I’ll do it so you can focus on more important things.”

Attorney Adam Ballout for Northwest Leaf | Seattle editorial photographer

Attorney Adam Ballout for Northwest Leaf | Seattle editorial photographer

Attorney Adam Ballout of the ABC Law Group in Everett has worked to protect parental rights for medical Cannabis patients in Washington since 2011. “Family law recognizes environment above all,” Ballout said.

“Do not make it easy for them. Keep your medicine out of reach of children, and make sure that you respect it, and that it isn’t affecting parenting. Mentally you should always be prepared to think ‘What if I had to give a walk-through today?’ There shouldn’t be a bong in the living room, or plants growing and smelling in a way that affects children in the house.”

Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert & City of Seattle Director of Electronic Communications Sabra Schneider for Cityvision Magazine | Seattle editorial photographer

I had the pleasure last month of shooting a couple assignments for Cityvision Magazine’s Feb. 2014 issue. The theme is how local governments are putting more data online in a move towards more openness and community building.

The first shoot took place at Arlington Municipal Airport to help convey how Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert is an amateur pilot (fun fact: that’s her plane and she flew herself in for the shoot after having lunch on Whidbey Island with friends). My friend and fellow shooter Chris Wilson gave me a hand setting up a few lights on the tarmac, which I got to drive onto! Felt a little bit like North by Northwest as I drove in between planes…I guess I can check that one off the bucket list. We also shot back at City Hall for a few more options for the editors.
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Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert has implemented social media into her administration, creating Twitter and Facebook accounts that enhance community connectedness. Tolbert is an amateur pilot and the executive director of the Arlington Fly-In, an annual event that attracts thousands of pilots to the Snohomish County town. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert has implemented social media into her administration, creating Twitter and Facebook accounts that enhance community connectedness. Tolbert is an amateur pilot and the executive director of the Arlington Fly-In, an annual event that attracts thousands of pilots to the Snohomish County town. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert has implemented social media into her administration, creating Twitter and Facebook accounts that enhance community connectedness. Tolbert is an amateur pilot and the executive director of the Arlington Fly-In, an annual event that attracts thousands of pilots to the Snohomish County town. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert has implemented social media into her administration, creating Twitter and Facebook accounts that enhance community connectedness. Tolbert is an amateur pilot and the executive director of the Arlington Fly-In, an annual event that attracts thousands of pilots to the Snohomish County town. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

The next week, another assignment for the same issue came through and I photographed City of Seattle Director of Electronic Communications Sabra Schneider at her offices overlooking downtown Seattle. Sabra and her team are working to find more ways to put more data online, so that city residents can access the data that is publicly available to them. It’s an interesting new time for the city and I think it’s great that they are embracing new mediums to keep transparency on the up and up.

Sabra Schneider is the Director of Electronic Communications for the City of Seattle, where she has helped lead efforts to put more public data online, which proponents say promotes transparency and empowers citizens. Photographed Jan. 21 at Seattle Municipal Tower and Seattle City Hall by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Sabra Schneider is the Director of Electronic Communications for the City of Seattle, where she has helped lead efforts to put more public data online, which proponents say promotes transparency and empowers citizens. Photographed Jan. 21 at Seattle Municipal Tower and Seattle City Hall by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Tip of the hat to my friend Kai-Huei Yau who shot a story in Walla Walla as part of the same issue on page 16.

Thanks for looking,

Daniel

PDN selects Seahawks fans series for Pictures of the Day Post | Seattle editorial photographer

PDN Photo Editor Amy Wolff reached out to me earlier this week about possibly featuring my Seahawks fans portrait series for their Pictures of the Day post leading up to Super Bowl Sunday. They have posted the gallery and I am thrilled to be in the fine company of so many talented people. Go spend some time looking through the posts, there is a really diverse selection of imagery.

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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.

The Year in Pot – Marijuana legalization photos in Washington state | Seattle editorial photographer

Washington’s legalization of marijuana under Initiative 502 has dominated my assignment requests this year.
I am so grateful for wonderful clients like Northwest Leaf, The Daily Telegraph of London, Barcroft Media, The UK Sun, and Seattle Weekly, that have commissioned or licensed marijuana work this year! A whole lot of dramatic changes are still to come, like the new recreational pot stores opening, new big businesses popping up, and the impact of all this on the community and the alike. Washington, alongside Colorado, are going to be the battlegrounds for a radical paradigm shift, and I hope to have an opportunity to document it as much as I did this incredible year.

A marijuana strain called Mexican Sunrise is seen at a medical marijuana patient's home in Snohomish County, Wash February 7, 2013. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A marijuana strain called Mexican Sunrise is seen at a medical marijuana patient’s home in Snohomish County, Wash February 7, 2013. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

Ryan Barker of Modus Vivendi works to weigh out some Maui Wowi strain marijuana for a patient during the grand opening of the Rainier Beach location of the NW Cannabis Market Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 in Seattle. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Ryan Barker of Modus Vivendi works to weigh out some Maui Wowi strain marijuana for a patient during the grand opening of the Rainier Beach location of the NW Cannabis Market Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 in Seattle. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

A worker at a Spokane, Wash. medical marijuana access point February 15, 2013. Ten access points have sprouted up across downtown Spokane in the past year after Drug Enforcement Administration officials shuttered more than three dozen collectives a few years ago — citing proximity to schools and parks. Today, the collectives share a friendly but competitive spirit, and patients can avoid the dire alternative: returning to the unsafe streets to acquire their medicine on the black market. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A worker at a Spokane, Wash. medical marijuana access point February 15, 2013. Ten access points have sprouted up across downtown Spokane in the past year after Drug Enforcement Administration officials shuttered more than three dozen collectives a few years ago — citing proximity to schools and parks. Today, the collectives share a friendly but competitive spirit, and patients can avoid the dire alternative: returning to the unsafe streets to acquire their medicine on the black market. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

Northwest Patient Resource Center co-owner Jake Dimmock walks through one of the on-site marijuana gardens which provide medicine for their patients, May 9, 2013. NWPRC hopes to be one of the brand name dispensaries to enter the recreational market, and they have purchased multiple locations suitable under the new laws. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Northwest Patient Resource Center co-owner Jake Dimmock walks through one of the on-site marijuana gardens which provide medicine for their patients, May 9, 2013. NWPRC hopes to be one of the brand name dispensaries to enter the recreational market, and they have purchased multiple locations suitable under the new laws. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

Ladarius Freeman, 23, from Atlanta, does a French inhale  while smoking a marijuana blunt during the Cannabis Freedom March Saturday May 11, 2013 in Seattle. "I like it here, it's so out in the open — I can be myself," Freeman said. "And the weed is good and cheap, I'm used to $20 a gram." Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Ladarius Freeman, 23, from Atlanta, does a French inhale while smoking a marijuana blunt during the Cannabis Freedom March Saturday May 11, 2013 in Seattle. “I like it here, it’s so out in the open — I can be myself,” Freeman said. “And the weed is good and cheap, I’m used to $20 a gram.” Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox showed his support for Diego Pellicer CEO Jamen Shively, center, at a news conference announcing the company's plans for dozens of branded legal marijuana stores across Washington state and Colorado Thursday May 30, 2013 in Seattle. Said Shively, "Our group will be investing in the hundreds of millions of dollars in this industry." Diego Pellicer, Inc. has acquired local dispensary Northwest Patient Resource Center, co-founder John Davis said at the conference. Shively stated the company would become the world leader in adult-use and medical marijuana. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox showed his support for Diego Pellicer CEO Jamen Shively, center, at a news conference announcing the company’s plans for dozens of branded legal marijuana stores across Washington state and Colorado Thursday May 30, 2013 in Seattle. Said Shively, “Our group will be investing in the hundreds of millions of dollars in this industry.” Diego Pellicer, Inc. has acquired local dispensary Northwest Patient Resource Center, co-founder John Davis said at the conference. Shively stated the company would become the world leader in adult-use and medical marijuana. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

A medical marijuana patient offers up a hit of a joint at a marijuana farmers market called MMJ Universe in Black Diamond, Wash., a little less than an hour southeast of Seattle, June 2, 2013. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A medical marijuana patient offers up a hit of a joint at a marijuana farmers market called MMJ Universe in Black Diamond, Wash., a little less than an hour southeast of Seattle, June 2, 2013. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

State troopers stand guard as marijuana users and medical marijuana patients protest at the Washington state capitol June 19, 2013 against proposed changes to the medical laws under Initiative 502 that they say would harm their access and ability to use the medicine that works for them. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

State troopers stand guard as marijuana users and medical marijuana patients protest at the Washington state capitol June 19, 2013 against proposed changes to the medical laws under Initiative 502 that they say would harm their access and ability to use the medicine that works for them. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

One of three 36-foot-long marijuana grow tents maintained by Joe Parker of Port Angeles, Wash, on the state's Northwest peninsula August 2, 2013. He grows the marijuana for medical patients currently and said he wants to focus on their needs first. Parker said the area's wetness and humidity help his plants grow strong and developed. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

One of three 36-foot-long marijuana grow tents maintained by Joe Parker of Port Angeles, Wash, on the state’s Northwest peninsula August 2, 2013. He grows the marijuana for medical patients currently and said he wants to focus on their needs first. Parker said the area’s wetness and humidity help his plants grow strong and developed. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

Joe Parker inspects marijuana hanging to dry in his home garage in Port Angeles, Wash, on the state's Northwest peninsula August 2, 2013. He grows the marijuana for medical patients currently and said he wants to focus on their needs first. Parker said the area's wetness and humidity help his plants grow strong and developed. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Joe Parker inspects marijuana hanging to dry in his home garage in Port Angeles, Wash, on the state’s Northwest peninsula August 2, 2013. He grows the marijuana for medical patients currently and said he wants to focus on their needs first. Parker said the area’s wetness and humidity help his plants grow strong and developed. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

Yanni, Kevin, Mike, Montana and Jeremy Moberg work to trim marijuana ready for harvesting at a site owned by grower Moberg in Okanogan County, Wash. not far from the Canadian border, Sept. 18, 2013. Temperatures often rise to 90 degrees in the sunny domain of Eastern Washington. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Yanni, Kevin, Mike, Montana and Jeremy Moberg work to trim marijuana ready for harvesting at a site owned by grower Moberg in Okanogan County, Wash. not far from the Canadian border, Sept. 18, 2013. Temperatures often rise to 90 degrees in the sunny domain of Eastern Washington. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

“It’s heaven to wake up out here,” said Keif Shrefler, 30, a marijuana grower in Vancouver, Wash. who lives in a tent under the same canopy as the plants he tends at the home of grower Tom Lauerman. A former law student, Shrefler said smoking each morning “first thing,” leaves him with a clear energy that inspires getting right back to work alongside a handful of other dedicated volunteers on the 5-acre farm. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

“It’s heaven to wake up out here,” said Keif Shrefler, 30, a marijuana grower in Vancouver, Wash. who lives in a tent under the same canopy as the plants he tends at the home of grower Tom Lauerman. A former law student, Shrefler said smoking each morning “first thing,” leaves him with a clear energy that inspires getting right back to work alongside a handful of other dedicated volunteers on the 5-acre farm. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

Edward Barnes of Keep Calm And Medicate Shirts, arrived in town just one day prior to the start of Seattle Hempfest, after moving from Detroit. "These three days are going to be a marathon," Barnes said, noting he has vended the shirt line at the two-day Denver and San Francisco Cannabis Cups previously. Photo by Daniel Berman/bermanphotos.com

Edward Barnes of Keep Calm And Medicate Shirts, arrived in town just one day prior to the start of Seattle Hempfest, after moving from Detroit. “These three days are going to be a marathon,” Barnes said, noting he has vended the shirt line at the two-day Denver and San Francisco Cannabis Cups previously. Photo by Daniel Berman/bermanphotos.com

 

Seattle Police Department Spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb helps hand out bags of Doritos along with information on marijuana legalization measure Initiative 502 to attendees on day two of Seattle Hempfest Saturday August 17, 2013 in Myrtle Edwards Park. The recreational use of marijuana for those over 21 was legalized by Initiative 502 in December 2012. Public consumption of marijuana remains illegal under I-502. Seattle Hempfest is hailed as the world's largest marijuana "protestival" and organizers expect to attract more than 300,000 visitors to the park during the three-day weekend. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Seattle Police Department Spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb helps hand out bags of Doritos along with information on marijuana legalization measure Initiative 502 to attendees on day two of Seattle Hempfest Saturday August 17, 2013 in Myrtle Edwards Park. The recreational use of marijuana for those over 21 was legalized by Initiative 502 in December 2012. Public consumption of marijuana remains illegal under I-502. Seattle Hempfest is hailed as the world’s largest marijuana “protestival” and organizers expect to attract more than 300,000 visitors to the park during the three-day weekend. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

"They're setting back years of traction in proving marijuana has medicinal uses by designating it as an intoxicants," said Michael Dare, a patient of five years, during a protest at Seattle City Hall before a public comment hearing Tuesday Oct. 8, 2013 by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, which will take over regulating medical marijuana in the state. "I'm concerned that the marijuana that only really helps those in pain, the stuff high in CBD, will not be available," Dare said of the state's plans for new legal, recreational marijuana stores. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

“They’re setting back years of traction in proving marijuana has medicinal uses by designating it as an intoxicants,” said Michael Dare, a patient of five years, during a protest at Seattle City Hall before a public comment hearing Tuesday Oct. 8, 2013 by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, which will take over regulating medical marijuana in the state. “I’m concerned that the marijuana that only really helps those in pain, the stuff high in CBD, will not be available,” Dare said of the state’s plans for new legal, recreational marijuana stores. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

Attendees at the $650-per-ticket 2nd Annual National Marijuana Conference and Expo Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013 at Emerald Downs in Auburn. The three-day event attracted marijuana investors and business entrepreneurs from across the country to a area horse track hosting the conference. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Attendees at the $650-per-ticket 2nd Annual National Marijuana Conference and Expo Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013 at Emerald Downs in Auburn. The three-day event attracted marijuana investors and business entrepreneurs from across the country to a area horse track hosting the conference. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

Washington state Liquor Control Board member Chris Marr indicates that time is running out for a patient's testimony during a hearing for public comment on proposed changes to medical marijuana law under Initiative 502, Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013 at Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Wash. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Washington state Liquor Control Board member Chris Marr indicates that time is running out for a patient’s testimony during a hearing for public comment on proposed changes to medical marijuana law under Initiative 502, Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013 at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

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A large communal joint was passed around during a Legalization Day celebration marking the first anniversary of marijuana legalization under Initiative 502 at Seattle Center Friday Dec. 6, 2013. Adults over the age of 21 may now possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and stores to purchase the recreational pot are expected to open Spring 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

Chris Padron,22, of Seattle, smokes from his pipe during a Legalization Day celebration marking the first anniversary of marijuana legalization under Initiative 502 at Seattle Center Friday Dec. 6, 2013. Adults over the age of 21 may now possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and stores to purchase the recreational pot are expected to open Spring 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Chris Padron,22, of Seattle, smokes from his pipe during a Legalization Day celebration marking the first anniversary of marijuana legalization under Initiative 502 at Seattle Center Friday Dec. 6, 2013. Adults over the age of 21 may now possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and stores to purchase the recreational pot are expected to open Spring 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

Thanks to all my friends and colleagues for their continuing support of my work on this story.

Onward and upward in 2014!

Daniel

Jamen Shively for Seattle Weekly | Seattle editorial photographer

Jamen Shively for Seattle Weekly | Seattle editorial photographer

I am happy to see my work in a publication that I grew up with for so long! 

Seattle Weekly reached out to me about some of my archive images of Jamen Shively, who I covered at a May 30th press conference in the swanky Columbia Tower.

Shively told the gathered media from around the world that he and his partners planned to open up Diego Pellicer, the first global legal marijuana brand, as former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who said he agreed with the need for drug policy changes, stood stoically at his side.

Shively made aggressive, promising statements about the company’s future, as he diplomatically obfuscated from media questions surrounding everything from how the company would grow the pot to distribute it to raise the capital to have this massive infrastructure.
Today, Shively is out as the face of Pellicer, in a very fascinating cover story from Seattle Weekly’s Nina Shapiro — one of my favorites. Thanks for looking!

Jamen Shively, a former Microsoft executive, announces plans for the world's largest legal marijuana company, Diego Pellicer, named for his 19th century hemp growing great grandfather, at a press conference at Columbia Tower in Seattle May 30, 2013. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Jamen Shively, a former Microsoft executive, announces plans for the world’s largest legal marijuana company, Diego Pellicer, named for his 19th century hemp growing great grandfather, at a press conference at Columbia Tower in Seattle May 30, 2013. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

 

Rebecca Howlett for University of Kansas School of Law

Rebecca Howlett for University of Kansas School of Law, Kanji & Katzen intern

I had an assignment in August to photograph Rebecca Howlett, a tribal law intern at the firm Kanji & Katzen, for a recruiting guide published by the University of Kansas School of Law. The piece highlights the great work that KU students do as interns at firms across the country. It just came out and looks great! I was requested to photograph her with a nice Seattle-identifying backdrop, which was easy with the firms’s Pioneer Square offices overlooking Smith Tower (the pencil building). To combat the intense overhead sunlight, I had my assistant, David Ryder, hold a reflector scrim over Rebecca to put her in the shade. Then I brought in a beauty dish for the main light and a softbox for a bit of fill, to give the image a fun, dynamic look. The client was happy with the take and Rebecca told me I was easy to work with — that’s nice of her since it was about 90 degrees on the roof that day! What a trooper!

Thanks for looking,

Daniel

Mykayla Comstock for The Sun | Seattle editorial photographer

Homemade capsules containing a Cannabis oil extract have successfully helped Mykayla Comstock, 7, of Pendleton, OR. USA treat her acute t-cell lymphoblastic leukemia. With her blood cell counts returned to normal, Comstock is not hospitalized like many ca

I got a call last Saturday from the The Sun, a British newspaper, to photograph portraits of Mykayla Comstock and her family out in Pendleton, OR. The client needed the pictures shot Sunday and turned around on a very short deadline by Sunday night, and I had to make the five-hour drive to get there. So I packed up my Escape with my backdrops and portable studio lighting and hit the road. Although I live in Seattle, the paper thought I would be a good choice given my experience in photographing marijuana related stories and subjects.

Homemade capsules containing a Cannabis oil extract have successfully helped Mykayla Comstock, 7, of Pendleton, OR. USA treat her acute t-cell lymphoblastic leukemia. With her blood cell counts returned to normal, Comstock is not hospitalized like many ca

Homemade capsules containing a Cannabis oil extract have successfully helped Mykayla Comstock, 7, of Pendleton, OR. USA treat her acute t-cell lymphoblastic leukemia. With her blood cell counts returned to normal, Comstock is not hospitalized like many ca Homemade capsules containing a Cannabis oil extract have successfully helped Mykayla Comstock, 7, of Pendleton, OR. USA treat her acute t-cell lymphoblastic leukemia. With her blood cell counts returned to normal, Comstock is not hospitalized like many caI was grateful to be able to tell the story of such an inspiring little girl. Twice a day, Mykayla, 8, receives homemade capsules containing a Cannabis oil extract prepared by her mother, Erin Purchase, 25, and her partner, Brandon Krenzler. As a result, the blood cell counts devastated by acute t-cell lymphoblastic leukemia have returned to normal levels — and Mykayla is happily growing stronger and healthier every day. And she isn’t languishing in a hospital. After a year of the Cannabis treatments, Mykayla’s cancer has not returned, and she will be considered in remission in another year. The family received tremendous national scrutiny after their story was first written about in The Oregonian. The debate over whether parents should give their children Cannabis remains fiery, but for this family, nothing else has worked as well.  (more…)

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