Seattle Photographer Daniel Berman | Seattle editorial photographer | (206) 387-3767 daniel@bermanphotos.com

Brighton Jones CEO Jon Jones for Financial Advisor Magazine | Seattle editorial photographer

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It’s been a busy month! I photographed Brighton Jones CEO Jon Jones for the cover of Financial Advisor magazine! I had not worked for them in probably two years (and under a different editor) so it was great to get this call in early August to shoot the September cover. They also ran a photo in table of contents and a doubletruck two-page opener! Jon told me about how emotional intelligence drives the policies and actions of the company, it was enlightening and moving. They are very good at their work! It is always cool when you can actually connect on an assignment. His positive attitude and easy demeanor made the shoot a total breeze. Many thanks to the creative team for their support and commission and @Iancbates for help on-site!

Robotics Researcher Sergey Levine for MIT Technology Review 35 under 35 | Seattle editorial photographer

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Robots! Labs! Robotic hand labs! Had an awesome shoot back in July that just ran this month in MIT Technology Review. I was commissioned by the art team to photograph and film University of Washington CSE Professor Sergey Levine for #TR35, the magazine’s 35 under 35 feature. Levine has helped pioneer some incredible scientific research on how robotic limbs can be taught to touch and manipulate objects, learning independently through trial and error. I visited the sophisticated lab and was struck by how this robotic hand could be an asset for the future of everything from assembly lines to people requiring fully functioning prosthetic limbs. It was a joy to meet Levine and his co-lead on the ADROIT project, Vikash Kumar. They were gracious with their time and allowed me and my team all the access to do the shoot and get exactly what I envisioned for this story.

 

Trump Statue appears in Capitol Hill Seattle

Trump Statue by Indecline, seen in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood

A statue depicting Donald Trump appeared overnight at the corner of 11th and Pike in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood Thursday August 18, 2016. I was free that day and decided to make the drive over and take some portraits of Mr. Trump, figuring it would not be up there for long. Uniformed SDOT crew took a look and snapped their own photos quickly. A few wondered if they were going to take it down. Seattle Police drove by with smiles but used their intercom to tell people to get out of the street. All kinds of people and vehicles stopped to gawk. Most seized the opportunity to take pictures of and with the statue until about 4:30 pm, when the art was dramatically removed by men pulling over in a truck, taking the piece for purported safe-keeping and installation elsewhere out of traffic.

Portrait of Stacey Winston-Levitan published in Cultured Magazine

bermanphotos_StaceyWinstonLevitanWinstonWachter_Seattlephotographer_Tearsheet1It was great to work with Cultured Magazine to illustrate a story profiling Winston-Wachter Fine Art Owner Stacey Winston-Levitan for their Summer 2016 issue. The photoshoot was originally for a cool new client, Discover South Lake Union, which sent me out to photograph a range of business owners and cool people working in the area. My thanks to Stacey for being so cool and welcoming as I took over her beautiful gallery space for an hour back in April. Check out the fun story by Maxwell Williams

This Summer has been filled with lots of interesting yet-to-be-released projects, so please stay tuned!

Snoop Dogg for Northwest Leaf | Seattle editorial photographer

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Photographed @snoopdogg for @nwleaf back in April and it was one of the craziest shoots of my career. Asked for 1 minute and got 39 seconds – did two setups and managed 23 photos. Arrived two hours early and up until I had Snoop in front of my camera wasn’t entirely sure it would actually happen🙂 Big thanks to Will and Ryan for making that possible! Snoop was friendly but quiet, and flashed a bunch of poses at me without talking. I asked him to look up toward my light in one – and then his manager said alright lets go. Such a quick encounter as these tend to be.

 

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Afterward, Snoop was posing for photos and signing autographs for fans at @haveaheartrec_ – I had a kind of crazy idea to light Snoop while he was posing with other people and got the go ahead to keep shooting. I convinced my assistant @taylorfeistphoto to jump in and hold up a piece of black seamless behind Snoop for a couple of seconds at a time. Taylor convinced his security guards. It was working! But just as soon, the legend had to take off. One of those shoots you prepare hours for and its over in a puff of smoke.

Thanks for looking!

-Daniel

Personal work: Trump in Lynden rally | Seattle editorial photographer

On May 5th, the Donald Trump campaign announced they would be visiting the Northwest for two stops on May 7th: one all the way in Eastern Washington, and the other all the way in Lynden. I decided to head up to Lynden at the crack of dawn for the two-hour drive and make portraits of attendees and supporters as a personal project. When I arrived six hours before the rally, there were at least 200 people already in line, stretching down the street outside the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds. Pushing around a beauty dish on a rolling lightstand, I stopped to ask people to make their picture, while others would flag me down and ask what I was up to. I got lots of questions about who I was working for, where I lived, and what did I personally believe? Still, everyone was very accommodating and it was exciting to see the energy in the area even as supporters endured long lines and hours in the sun (fyi, I’m still sunburnt). It was a fun and historic day to document – the little town of Lynden will probably never entertain another presidential candidate, as many supporters noted.

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A truck belonging to John Beavers of Belfair, Washington, at a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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“Trump’s going to be the strongest for veterans and keep out drugs,” said Clay of Ferndale, holding the hand of his 14-month-old daughter, Liberty, while waiting in line for a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Logan, Jake and Eli, no last names given, center, wait in line before a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Twins Leslie and Alex Strandgard, 16, of Lynden, stand in front of Alex’s truck with their father, Rich, across the street from a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. “Lynden is a real conservative town,” Rich said. “We weren’t sure if there was going to be any trouble. You hear only snippets of his speech. I kind of wanted to see what else he talks about.” Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Six hours before the rally, a street merchant works the line. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Donald Trump supporters Dan Thompson, left, and Scott Holen, both of Lynden. “This is a once in a lifetime deal,” Holen said. “I’ve been so disillusioned with the whole process for so long I didn’t have a reason to participate until now.” Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Trump supporters Celeste Race, Brittney Weib and Wren Racz of Kirkland, center, hangout ahead of a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Lynden 14-year-olds Jack Berry, Eric Bode and Sullivan Klyn painted their chests before a rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. “We gotta make America great again,” said Berry. “It’s the only time this might happen to a little place called Lynden,” said Bode. “We’re making history for a good cause.” Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Trent Kettles of Lynden waits in line ahead of a Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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“This is a big step. I can’t miss this. I’m young,” said Michael Baldwin, who noted he was born and raised in Lynden, while waiting to get into a rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Protestors took aim from across the street, the physical space separating them Trump supporters, outside of a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Three arrests were made when protestors laid down in the street to block the path of Trump’s planned route into the area. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Chase, Joel and Melanie, no last names given, of Edgewood, wait in line at a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Joel S. of Bellingham, in red cap, waits in line with thousands of other Trump supporters attending a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Western Washington University Police Officer Derek Jones attended the rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Washington State Troopers stand near a main entrance into the rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. A reported 5,000 people attended the event, which attracted considerable protest ahead of the planned 3 p.m. speech, delayed by an hour when Trump’s plane was late leaving an earlier stop in Spokane. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Rocky Toussant of Bellingham holds a homemade sign while walking into a rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. A reported 5,000 people attended the event, which attracted considerable protest ahead of the planned 3 p.m. speech, delayed by an hour when Trump’s plane was late leaving an earlier stop in Spokane. Lynden is home to about 12,000 people and was a last-minute host to the presidential candidate after the campaign had difficulty obtaining permits for a hastily planned event in Seattle, located two hours away. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Protestors took aim from across the street, the physical space separating them Trump supporters, outside of a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Three arrests were made when protestors laid down in the street to block the path of Trump’s planned route into the area. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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A truck drives past Trump supporters lined up on Kok Street outside of a rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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“I’m hoping and praying that Trump becomes president,” said Tabitha Staton of Mount Baker, “because we will finally get the change we deserve.” Staton was one of about 5,000 people who attended a rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Dan Sanford of Concrete waits in line to enter a rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Jon Honorof of Lynden wore a shirt that he said has been in his family for generations. “The beliefs still stand strong,” Honorof said, standing near his family waiting in line to enter a rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Coming from nearby Bellingham, Sehome High School students Colleen Graham, Glory DeCoteau, Olen Sandeno, Sean Graham, Tyler Carroll and Aiden Capistro came to support Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump at his rally May 7, 2016 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, Washington. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Since I did not have press credentials, I was unable to bring my lighting or large digital SLR into the rally – and believe me, I tried🙂 Ahead of time, I obtained a free ticket into the event. I packed up my gear and retrieved the small Samsung NX500 point and shoot that I keep in my glovebox. I was able to bring that in fortunately and document the actual rally. As people waited and took selfies with friends, organizers played a handful of songs over and over. “Can’t always get what you want” by the Rolling Stones certainly seemed like an odd choice.

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Bernie Sanders Supporters for Seattle Weekly | Seattle editorial photographer

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Bernie Sanders supporters gathered for the Bernie Barnstorm event March 16, 2016 at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center in Seattle. Bernie Sanders has received considerable support from the Northwest and Seattle neighborhoods. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

Everett helping homeless for Cityvision | Seattle editorial photographer

Got approached to do a cool shoot for my longtime client, Cityvision, last month, focusing on the innovative efforts of Everett to combat the issue of homelessness.

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By opening new shelters and affordable housing, and stopping the revolving doors of the criminal justice system, Everett is finally doing something productive on the matter.

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The magazine’s art director had coordinated access to do the shoot on top of the Wall Street Building in downtown Everett. In my naivety I thought, ok, we’ll get to the highest floor, pop out a roof hatch, and be shooting in no time.

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But when we got to the 10th floor, the PR person let us know we went on foot from there. We emerged on a sub level of the roof, surrounded by a 6-foot-tall parapet. I couldn’t understand why we would do the shoot there — you couldn’t see anything. Then he pointed to the ladder. Did I mention I hate heights?

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My assistant, Matt Mills McKnight, and I worked out a plan to get the lighting gear up to the actual roof. We packed two heads into the beauty dish case, which I put onto my back. Matt carried my camera bag. Then we held on for dear life. The most impressive part though is that all three of our subjects were game to participate and climb too. What troupers! If nothing else, this job makes for some very interesting bar stories. Many thanks to City of Everett Lead Prosecutor Hil Kaman, Deputy City Attorney David Hall, and Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson.

 

Essentially Ellington Jazz girls for KUOW | Seattle editorial photographer

I worked on a fun piece for KUOW 94.9 about an all-girls jazz ensemble hoping to compete in the prestigious Essentially Ellington competition in New York. They asked me to write a little bit about the experience:

This was my second time working with reporter Marcie Sillman. We arrived about 30 minutes before the girls were set to begin their regular weekly night practice at Washington Middle School.

In the moonlit parking lot, I loaded a cadre of stands and lights onto a dolly cart and rolled toward the school, the sweet scent of the Franz Bread Factory next door cascading by. We passed the gymnasium and basketball scrimmage and headed into the band room, where I met briefly with the group’s director, Kelly Barr-Clingan. I took her suggestion to set up in the back practice spaces where I could be out of the way while they did their thing.

KUOW Digital Director Jenna Montgomery was inspired by the idea of Kelly at the center of a Brady Bunch-style portrait, and I went to work setting up a mini portrait studio complete with electric blue backdrop. Marcie wandered off to interview Kelly and record the practice.

It was warm in there and I could hear the performers tuning their instruments as I took practice shots on myself to quickly test the settings. I made some final adjustments to the lights and went to the boy’s locker room to wipe my face.

The girls walked over in small groups, and sat down one by one. I told them they could do whatever they wanted to start. Then I asked them to play their instrument a bit, or to sing me something they knew. 

With only about an hour to photograph each of the girls in the group, time was limited. I wanted to see their personalities. I wanted to see the passion.

You have to build trust pretty quickly. I do that by keeping things light and fun, being friendly, and acknowledging the sometimes awkwardness of the process. You do this for long enough and you know what fears to assuage.

As I sat on a piano bench across from them and clicked away for a minute or two, I was impressed to hear these amazing acoustic and acapella performances. It was a moving and beautiful experience and I wish all of these talented musicians best of luck in this competition and the years ahead.

Soyeon Yi for Cosmopolitan.com | Seattle editorial photographer

One of my last and favorite shoots of 2015 was to photograph Korea’s first female astronaut, Soyeon Yi, for Cosmopolitan.com. Yi made headlines in 2008 as she conducted research for 10 days at the International Space Station. Today she volunteers at The Museum of Flight here in Seattle. Big thanks to Soyeon for her time, my assistant Kyu Han for wheeling lights around, and The Museum of Flight for their gracious accommodation!

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