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

Water conservation for CITYVISION Magazine | Seattle editorial photographer

Olympia Mayor Doug Mah, Karla Fowler of LOTT, Erin Keith of Lacey Water Conservation and Tumwater city manager John Doan at LOTT's Regional Services Center in Olympia, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman for CITYVISION Magazine.

Olympia Mayor Doug Mah, Karla Fowler of LOTT, Erin Keith of Lacey Water Conservation and Tumwater city manager John Doan at LOTT's Regional Services Center in Olympia, WA. Photo by Daniel Berman for CITYVISION Magazine.

The business of governance and politics in Washington State is the domain of one of my favorite clients, CITYVISION Magazine. They investigate issues that sound like they could be boring on their face and make them approachable and relevant and a great read. Plus they run awesome illustrated covers. Lucky for me, when they call I usually get to photograph someone with a stake in something pretty cool. And shoot it my way.

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson poses for a portrait in downtown Everett by the sculpture Trivergence by Ulrich Pakker August 11, 2011. Photo by Daniel Berman for CITYVISION Magazine.

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson poses for a portrait in downtown Everett by the sculpture Trivergence by Ulrich Pakker August 11, 2011. Photo by Daniel Berman for CITYVISION Magazine.

During what became a very busy week, I got the opportunity in August to photograph Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson and Olympia Mayor Doug Mah. Their cities and regional partners have been doing great things with water conservation and the article tells it a lot better than I could. It’s a great read. And I am really happy to be able to show these now that the story has ran!

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson poses for a portrait in downtown Everett by the sculpture Trivergence by Ulrich Pakker August 11, 2011. Photo by Daniel Berman for CITYVISION Magazine.

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson poses for a portrait in downtown Everett by the sculpture Trivergence by Ulrich Pakker August 11, 2011. Photo by Daniel Berman for CITYVISION Magazine.

Click more for the behind-the-scenes details on this interesting shoot!

The Everett assignment was exemplary of how things oft change last minute on shoot day. To tie in the water theme, I arranged to meet Mayor Stephanson at the beautiful art fountain sculpture, Trivergence by Ulrich Pakker, in downtown Everett. But when I arrived around 7:30AM, a bit before call time, the fountain wasn’t on. Turns out it was broken, and a needed hose had been ordered but was otherwise MIA.

Ray was patient while his PR made a call. Somewhere, someone on the other end of the line got the fountain turned on. It might not work for that long if it works at all. But it turned on and stayed on for the 15 minutes I needed. As I was getting ready to call last shot, the water decided to get camera shy and so, it sputtered off. It was a fast-paced shoot but it went well.


Things were less hectic in Olympia. Group portraits always present their own unique challenges, but knowing that the water behind them was staying put, put me at ease. Besides, they have a cool brand new building to feature. The LOTT Regional Services Center has a museum on water conservation, lecture spaces and a bubbly kids area. It’s funny. The site looks a lot more idyllic than it’s position off a busy arterial might indicate.

I was happy to work again with a great client like CITYVISION. It’s one of my favorite kinds of assignments and both shoots were learning experiences.

Thanks for looking!

Daniel

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