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

Bill Gates for La Stampa Italy

Microsoft Corporation founder, technology advisor and board member Bill Gates is photographed during a wide-ranging interview with La Stampa Editor-In-Chief Mario Calabresi May 24, 2014 at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com for La Stampa.

Microsoft Corporation founder, technology advisor and board member Bill Gates is photographed during a wide-ranging interview with La Stampa Editor-In-Chief Mario Calabresi May 24, 2014 at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com for La Stampa.

This spring has kept me hopping and shooting a lot of new editorial and commercial assignments. I can’t share them all yet, but one came in late last month (for the first time ever via LinkedIn) to photograph Bill Gates being interviewed for a large Italian newspaper called La Stampa. The paper is launching a new series about global issues and the wide-ranging interview covered a lot of ground. I was allowed to shoot the first and last five minutes of the interview, for which La Stampa Editor-in-Chief Mario Calabresi flew in from Turin. It was a little surreal to be inside Bill’s office at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and hear him speaking about everything from who his heroes are to what lies ahead for the newspaper industry. I did my best to be low-key and inconspicuous as I moved around and tried out different angles. Bill never acknowledged me, but I suspect he is very used to this kind of thing. At one point I was trying to line up a shot from his profile side and almost sat down in his chair — I caught myself and thought better of it. It was one of those crazy days planned for a week and all over in a matter of minutes, I am just happy to see it ran in print today.

Microsoft Corporation founder, technology advisor and board member Bill Gates is photographed during a wide-ranging interview with La Stampa Editor-In-Chief Mario Calabresi May 24, 2014 at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com for La Stampa.

Microsoft Corporation founder, technology advisor and board member Bill Gates is photographed during a wide-ranging interview with La Stampa Editor-In-Chief Mario Calabresi May 24, 2014 at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA. Photos by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com for La Stampa.

Microsoft Corporation founder, technology advisor and board member Bill Gates is photographed during a wide-ranging interview with La Stampa Editor-In-Chief Mario Calabresi May 24, 2014 at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com for La Stampa.

Microsoft Corporation founder, technology advisor and board member Bill Gates is photographed during a wide-ranging interview with La Stampa Editor-In-Chief Mario Calabresi May 24, 2014 at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com for La Stampa.


You can see more from this shoot at La Stampa’s website and in my archive.

Thanks for looking,

Daniel

Brooks Running Company for Footwear News

In April, I did a shoot about the turnaround at Brooks Running company for Footwear News, a Condé Nast trade publication dealing with the footwear industry. The story is about how after 100 years in business, Brooks CEO Jim Weber has managed to overhaul the company from the brink of bankruptcy into a company that sold a half billion dollars in products last year. It was no easy feat. It required dumping entire product lines, launching new ones, and hiring executives from visionary brands to come work in new divisions at Brooks. Over what became a very long day, I photographed Brooks CEO Jim Weber, as well as Shane Downey, head of the new heritage line, Pete Humphrey and Eric Rohr in the Brooks Running testing lab in the Eastlake neighborhood, and several other employees for a lookback quote section about their experiences and memories at Brooks. The magazine cover story published last month and I am excited to share the tear sheets! It’s always a sweet assignment when I get the chance to photograph and meet people who do interesting work in interesting places.

Brooks Running CEO Jim Weber // photo by Daniel Berman for Footwear News

Brooks CEO Jim Weber // photo by Daniel Berman for Footwear News

Brooks VP of R & D Pete Humphrey, left, and Brooks biomechanist Eric Rohr in the Brooks testing lab at temporary offices in Seattle.

Brooks VP of R & D Pete Humphrey, left, and Brooks biomechanist Eric Rohr in the Brooks testing lab at temporary offices in Seattle.

Brooks VP of R & D Pete Humphrey, left, and Brooks biomechanist Eric Rohr in the Brooks testing lab at temporary offices in Seattle.

Brooks VP of R & D Pete Humphrey, left, and Brooks biomechanist Eric Rohr in the Brooks testing lab at temporary offices in Seattle.

Brooks Running company has had an amazingly successful turnaround in the last few years. Photographed at their offices in Seattle Monday April 14, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com for Footwear News.

Brooks Running company has had an amazingly successful turnaround in the last few years. Photographed at their offices in Seattle Monday April 14, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com for Footwear News.

Dan Sheridan is Senior Vice President and General Manager of North America for Brooks Running.

Dan Sheridan is Senior Vice President and General Manager of North America for Brooks Running.

Brooks Running Heritage Line Manager Shane Downey // Photo by Daniel Berman for Footwear News

Brooks Running Heritage Line Manager Shane Downey // Photo by Daniel Berman for Footwear News

Brooks Running CEO Jim Weber photographed for Footwear News. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Brooks Running CEO Jim Weber photographed for Footwear News. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Brooks Running CEO Jim Weber photographed for Footwear News. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Brooks Running CEO Jim Weber photographed for Footwear News. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Brooks Running Senior Vice President and GM for North America Dan Sheridan photographed for Footwear News. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Brooks Running Senior Vice President and GM for North America Dan Sheridan photographed for Footwear News. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Thanks for looking,

Daniel

Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce for Cityvision

I had a fun assignment a few months ago that was recently published. I traveled a few hours south to the Peninsula area town of Shelton, Washington to photograph Mayor Gary Cronce. I wanted to capture his connection to the town, where he also runs a jewelry business, and so my assistant and I roamed with minimal equipment and just walked around. I loved the bright colors of some walls along a back alley and was struck by the visual starkness of some of the area’s scenic landmarks, like the train parked on Main Street.

Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce, photographed March 3, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce, photographed March 3, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.co

Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce, photographed March 3, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce, photographed March 3, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce, photographed March 3, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce, photographed March 3, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce, photographed March 3, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce, photographed March 3, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce, photographed March 3, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce, photographed March 3, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce, photographed March 3, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce, photographed March 3, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Thanks for looking!

Daniel

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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Thanks for looking,

Daniel

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