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Seattle editorial photographer | Fremont Zombie Portraits

Posted in assignment work, editorial work, portraits, Uncategorized, Washington by bermanphotos on July 6, 2009


It seems that many of my assignments for the Seattle PI bring me in touch with normal people doing unusual things. Whether it is people moonwalking as it was last week, or people raving at a concert the week before, I am often photographing very cool events and people. Often times though, it can be difficult to create pictures of these people, without them being “in character.” They either want to pose for the camera, smile when I need them to ignore my presence, or look straight into the camera and ruin the moment. So I decided to try a different approach on this assignment.

Last Saturday, I photographed an attempt in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Zombie Gathering. Talk about being in character — there were literally thousands of zombies walking, flailing, and moaning down the street. It was both hilarious and frustrating.

I wanted to create pictures which showcased the hilarity of the event, but also the people behind it. Not just zombies, but the people themselves. So before I started documenting the day as a news event for the PI, I set up some portable flashes and created a mini-studio where the participants were lining up. I was going to create some zombie portraits. Lighting on these was from two Nikon SB28 flashes, one at back camera-left and bare for rimlight, and the mainlight was a small softbox at a slight angle to the subjects. Triggered with Pocket Wizards.

With thousands dressed up in a variety of costumes (as you can see) it was not difficult to find interesting subjects. Once I put them in front of my camera, most of them dropped their act, which is exactly what I wanted. This was a deeply fulfilling assignment because I have always wanted to do something like this. I love making portraits and the enthusiasm of my subjects made the portraits a true success.

Thanks for looking!



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