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

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.”

Seahawks Super Bowl Victory Parade | Seattle editorial photographer

Well, about 700,000 of the Seahawk’s closest friends jammed into downtown Seattle and the stadium district to get a glimpse at their favorite players and coaches rolling by in today’s Super Bowl Victory Parade. The weather hovered in the mid-20s for most of the morning, though sunshine was a welcome respite by the time the parade began. The cheering crowds who endured the weather and wait were screaming their hearts out, and it just felt like an amazing moment for everyone in the city to come together and witness this historic day. Go Hawks!

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Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl | Seattle editorial photographer

The streets of Seattle are filled with confetti and shouting tonight as the Seahawks bring home the Vince Lombardi trophy! Their incredible season was capped off by an absurdly effective offensive and defensive plan. What a game. I tried to catch some of the fray in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, where the cheering of Sea….was always met by a resounding HAAAAWKS. What a season and what a night!

Seattle Seahawks fans celebrate after their 43-8 victory in the Super Bowl over the Denver Broncos Sunday Feb. 2, 2014 on Ballard Avenue in Seattle.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Seattle Seahawks fans celebrate after their 43-8 victory in the Super Bowl over the Denver Broncos Sunday Feb. 2, 2014 on Ballard Avenue in Seattle. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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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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Seahawks beat 49ers 23-17 | NFC Championship | Seattle editorial photographer

I had the privilege of assisting David Ryder and Reuters news service on the sidelines of the NFC Championship game! When I wasn’t busy running back and forth to the media room, making laps around the field’s periphery, I was able to make a few of my own pictures. The atmosphere inside Centurylink was electric; even with earplugs firmly in, the noise was intense and unforgettable. When the final few moments of the game ticked away and the Seahawks started celebrating, I rushed the field with everyone else, working my way into a scrum surrounding some of the exiting players. Confetti was shot from cannons and I did my best to make a few pictures in those frenetic moments. The game was an amazing and challenging experience I’ll never forget — now I can’t wait to watch the Super Bowl. From a bar…

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Seahawksbeat49ers-NFCChampionship-Seattle_31Ryan Lewis and Macklemore watch the 4th quarter as the Seattle Seahawks defeat the 49ers 23-17.

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Daniel

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.

Bezos Center for Innovation Launch for Puget Sound Business Journal | Seattle editorial photographer

I had a fun assignment Saturday for the Puget Sound Business Journal to photograph the launch of the Bezos Center for Innovation Friday Oct. 11 at the Museum of History and Industry in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle! I wandered around and grabbed some features before the start of the on-stage interview. MOHAI has been completely revamped in its new location there, and the dedication to detail is impressive. The new exhibits that comprise the Center are fun and interactive — I only wish I could have had more time to really dig through some of them. Maybe next time…

A screen of lights and digital displays frame Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos as he speaks with MOHAI Executive Director Leonard Garfield during the launch of the Bezos Center for Innovation at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in South Lake Union Friday Oct. 11, 2013. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A screen of lights and digital displays frame Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos as he speaks with MOHAI Executive Director Leonard Garfield during the launch of the Bezos Center for Innovation at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in South Lake Union Friday Oct. 11, 2013. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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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

 

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