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

Seattle editorial photographer | 2009 Portraits of the Year

I love making portraits. What could be more exciting and challenging than to meet a person for the first time, and in a short while try and make a picture of them that encompasses both who they are and why they are. It’s a constant give and take between photographer and subject, and I love it. Sometimes people step in front of the camera and they just own it — they’ve done it before — and they enjoy doing it. Others require more coaxing, and those are the shoots that push you as a journalist and a portrait photographer. This past year I have shot a lot of portraits outside of the confines of a traditional assignment. I went to events and photographed complete strangers, like at a Seahawks game, and at the Seattle Tattoo Expo. On those kinds of shoots, I have to trust my instincts and highlight what drew me to photograph them in the first place, in lieu of a backstory to illustrate. Those shoots are almost the opposite of most of my magazine and newspaper portrait assignments where I have the luxury of time to research my subjects. This year I have made the greatest number of portraits, and I hope to continue that trend in the new year.

Troy Wolff, Shoreline Community College English Professor & Latin American Travel Writer. Add a caption Troy Wolff, Shoreline Community College English Professor & Latin American Travel Writer.

Troy Wolff, Shoreline Community College English Professor & Latin American Travel Writer. Troy Wolff, Shoreline Community College English Professor & Latin American Travel Writer.

Johnny Stanley, Jr. explores the inside of St. Marks Cathedral in Seattle Wednesday March 18, 2009 at Tent City 3.

Johnny Stanley, Jr. explores the inside of St. Marks Cathedral in Seattle Wednesday March 18, 2009 at Tent City 3.

Kori explores the pillars at Richmond Beach in the Seattle suburb of Shoreline.

A shark attack victim zombie poses for a portrait during an attempt to set a new record for most zombies participating in a zombie walk in Fremont Friday July 3, 2009. They broke the record with over 3,000 participants.

Characters from The Big Lebowski pose for a portrait outside of Lebowski Fest at Acme Bowl in Tukwila Tuesday July 21, 2009.

Joel Smith, boy scout, poses for a portrait at Shoreview Park in Shoreline where he will revitalize park trails to earn Eagle Scout.

Amanda & Patrick Engagement Session -- Seattle, WA -- Pike Place Market, downtown Seattle waterfront.

Amanda & Patrick Engagement Session -- Seattle, WA -- Pike Place Market, downtown Seattle waterfront.

Amanda & Patrick Engagement Session -- Seattle, WA -- Pike Place Market, downtown Seattle waterfront

Amanda & Patrick Engagement Session -- Seattle, WA -- Pike Place Market, downtown Seattle waterfront

Amanda & Patrick Engagement Session -- Seattle, WA. Locations: Pike Place Market, downtown Seattle waterfront.

Portrait during day 1 of the Seattle Tattoo Expo at Seattle Center Friday August 7, 2009.

Portrait during day 1 of the Seattle Tattoo Expo at Seattle Center Friday August 7, 2009.

Portrait during day 1 of the Seattle Tattoo Expo at Seattle Center Friday August 7, 2009.

Portraits of comic enthusiasts at the first annual Bellingham ComicCon October 24, 2009 in Bellingham, WA.

Portraits of comic enthusiasts at the first annual Bellingham ComicCon October 24, 2009 in Bellingham, WA.

Portraits of comic enthusiasts at the first annual Bellingham ComicCon October 24, 2009 in Bellingham, WA.

Portraits of comic enthusiasts at the first annual Bellingham ComicCon October 24, 2009 in Bellingham, WA.

Portraits of Seattle Seahawks fans before their winning game against the Detroit Lions Sunday November 8, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

Portraits of Seattle Seahawks fans before their winning game against the Detroit Lions Sunday November 8, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

Portraits of Seattle Seahawks fans before their winning game against the Detroit Lions Sunday November 8, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

Portraits of Seattle Seahawks fans before their winning game against the Detroit Lions Sunday November 8, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

Portraits of Seattle Seahawks fans before their winning game against the Detroit Lions Sunday November 8, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

Portraits of Seattle Seahawks fans before their winning game against the Detroit Lions Sunday November 8, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA.

Thanks for looking!

Daniel

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: