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Private First Class Jeffrey Freshour for GX Magazine | Seattle editorial photographer

Washington state National Guard Private First Class Jeffrey Freshour. Photo by Daniel Berman for GX Magazine.

Washington state National Guard Private First Class Jeffrey Freshour. Photo by Daniel Berman for GX Magazine.

It was a solemn but deeply moving experience to photograph this assignment for GX Magazine, the official publication of the National Guard, last month. Washington state National Guard Private First Class Jeffrey Freshour served for 10 days in the Oso area after a devastating and deadly mudslide destroyed a neighborhood in the foothills of the North Cascades region on March 22, 2014. A staggering 43 people were killed in the slide and recovery efforts lasted for weeks. The hardest part of serving there, Freshour said, was when his unit had to leave.

Washington state Army National Guard Private First Class Jeffrey Freshour served for 10 days in the Oso area after a devastating and deadly mudslide destroyed a neighborhood in the foothills of the North Cascades region. A staggering 43 people were killed in the slide and recovery efforts lasted for weeks. The hardest part of serving there, Freshour said, was when his unit had to leave. Photo by Daniel Berman for GX Magazine.

Washington state National Guard Private First Class Jeffrey Freshour. Photo by Daniel Berman for GX Magazine.

Photo by Daniel Berman for GX Magazine

Photo by Daniel Berman for GX Magazine

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for the London Daily Telegraph | Seattle editorial photographer

Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos photographed in Seattle August 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for The Telegraph

Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in Seattle August 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for The Telegraph

The London Daily Telegraph commissioned me to photograph Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at one of the company’s offices down in the burgeoning technology hub of South Lake Union. Talk about a dream shoot! Originally I was only going to have 30 minutes to set up but after a flurry of emails I was very fortunate to be able to get everything dialed in well in advance of the shoot with my assistant, Dan Bassett. I really had no idea what to expect, but once Jeff walked in, he was great to work with, totally affable and easy to direct. I ended up having about as much time as originally granted, which when it comes to a CEO shoot, rarely happens. We moved between four setups in the 14-minute shoot and, when it was all over, Jeff shook my hand and thanked me. “You’re a master of efficiency,” he said.

Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos photographed in Seattle August 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for The Telegraph

Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in Seattle August 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for The Telegraph

Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos photographed in Seattle August 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for The Telegraph

Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in Seattle August 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for The Telegraph

Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos photographed in Seattle August 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for The Telegraph

Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos photographed in Seattle August 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for The Telegraph

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Northwest Justice Project Attorney David Tarshes for Duke Law Magazine | Seattle editorial photographer

Attorney David Tarshes with the Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team of the Northwest Justice Project, photographed Feb. 2, 2015 at their offices in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood. Photo by Daniel Berman for Duke Law Magazine.

Attorney David Tarshes with the Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team of the Northwest Justice Project, photographed Feb. 2, 2015 at their offices in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. Photo by Daniel Berman for Duke Law Magazine.

Seattle Police vow to find killer in South Park stabbing

Posted in editorial work, news, Washington by bermanphotos on July 24, 2009

On Monday I photographed a community meeting in the south Seattle neighborhood of South Park, where community leaders, residents, and the media met with police and city officials. The gymnasium at the South Park Community Center quickly filled up, and after brief speeches by both Seattle mayor Greg Nickels and high-ranking police officials, the microphone was opened to the public. Concerned residents spoke of fearing for their safety after dark due to lack of suitable street lighting.

They said South Park had a lot of drug problems, small crime problems — but not this: a brutal home invasion that left a woman dead and her partner lucky to be alive. The crime scarred the community and you could see that reflected in the faces of all present.

Seattle Police Department Southwest Precinct officers listen during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Seattle Police Department Southwest Precinct officers listen during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Barbara Apodaca, who has lived in the area almost eight years, listens during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Barbara Apodaca, who has lived in the area almost eight years, listens during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Kajia Jacob, who has lived in South Park for two years, asks if police dispatch service can be improved in the area, during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Kajia Jacob, who has lived in South Park for two years, asks if police dispatch service can be improved in the area, during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels discusses reorganizing police forces in the South Park area during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels discusses reorganizing police forces in the South Park area during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Debbie Carlin asks those present why "we are being lied to", referring to the reassignment of a well-liked community resource officer in the South Park area, during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com
South Park residents listen during public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

South Park residents listen during public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Carlos Garza of the youth group Another Way Out, asks Mayor Greg Nickels if the area can gain more night lighting and even surveillance cameras, during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Carlos Garza of the youth group Another Way Out, asks Mayor Greg Nickels if the area can gain more night lighting and even surveillance cameras, during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

King County Sheriff's Captain Patrick Butschli, left, and South Park resident of 20 years Jesus Rodriguez listen during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

King County Sheriff's Captain Patrick Butschli, left, and South Park resident of 20 years Jesus Rodriguez listen during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Seattle Police Department Southwest precinct captain John Kessler speaks with the public after the meeting. Said Kessler, "we are going to stay here all night if we have to, so everyone feels like we are listening."
Beth Yockey-Jones, left, gets a hug from Jane Hudson, who both lived next door to the victim, before a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Beth Yockey-Jones, left, gets a hug from Jane Hudson, who both lived next door to the victim, before a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

This was a difficult event to cover. Sensitivity is key. Quietness and deference are essential. As I was shooting and even on the drive home, I could not stop thinking, this may only be an assignment for me — but this is a way of life for them.

Daniel

Foreclosure for FLYP Magazine

Posted in assignment work, news, portraits, Washington by bermanphotos on December 12, 2008

I had a shoot for a new client, FLYP Magazine, about a woman who lost her rented home to foreclosure after her landlord was not paying the mortgage. It was a tough story to work on, but Deb, my subject, was a good sport about letting me make her picture. This was my first shoot for FLYP, an online multimedia magazine.

Below is a screen cap of my images on their website (check it out on page 3 of http://www.flypmedia.com/issues/19/#1/1)
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YMCA

Posted in assignment work, news, Washington by bermanphotos on October 6, 2008

This past Thursday I shot the dedication of the new YMCA in Shoreline, and then on Saturday I revisited for the grand opening. I wish I had a membership to this place, it is a pretty neat facility.

A few photos from the dedication:

And a few days later a few images from the grand opening:

When I saw this rock wall I knew I instantly wanted to try climbing it. But having never climbed before, and never with a camera, I knew it would be challenging. But I put it around my back guerrilla style and soldiered on. The next shot after the symmetrical shot was from my climb.

Thanks for looking,

Daniel

Chaz Dalton

Posted in assignment work, portraits, sports, Washington by bermanphotos on October 1, 2008

I had a photoshoot for The Enterprise today with Chaz Dalton, a kicker for Mountlake Terrace High. Mr. Dalton recently kicked a 42-yd field goal, and frequently kicks successfully in that range. I had about a half hour to shoot him, and guess what? It took a lot longer than I thought it would to make a frame with the ball in it — man, he kicks fast. I suggested to his coach that he get tomorrow off after the extra practice I made him do.

For anyone curious about the lighting, I had an SB-26 on 1/2 power camera right just out of frame, and another sb-26 on 1/4 power zoomed to 85mm, lighting the ball and the ground.

This one was shot with a sb-26 on full power into a small softbox, and a sb-26 on 1/4 power for a bit of fill camera left.

Same kind of moment but I thought including the softbox gave the image a different, cool feel. What do you think?

Daniel

Cross Country Outtakes

Posted in assignment work, sports, Washington by bermanphotos on September 30, 2008

I had an assignment the other day to photograph my old high school’s star cross country runner, Chip Jackson. Chip was a good sport while I tailed him training with the rest of the team. In the shot below, Chip is taking his teammate’s jokes on being famous in stride.

And here is the rest of the team stretching on the field. I forget the point the fellow bottom-center was making when I made this frame.

Daniel

Running on Empty

Posted in assignment work, sports, Washington by bermanphotos on September 28, 2008

One of the last things you want to do when you have bronchitis and feel generally awful is run around and photograph cross country — but, I always thought it was better to take an assignment than sit at home and watch daytime TV. The day started out nice and cloudy, like a giant softbox for every photo, but following the girl’s race the sun decided to make an appearance (see the later shots). Despite feeling lousy, I tried to find new angles and work the scenery as much as I could.

Students from North Christian HS hang out on the Woolsey Stadium field prior to the start of a XC meet at Kings High School.

The Kings HS girls cross country team prays before their meet.

Nothing says running like a nice pan…

I think Nike just found their newest, youngest spokeswoman

The interesting part about cross country and running in general is that it is often

a battle against yourself. I wonder what these kids are thinking about on the 3 mile course,

where sometimes you are alone with your thoughts in a beautiful forest.

The North Christian boys cross country team stretches before their meet.

The Kings boys team points at Griffin McGinley, who pulled a false start and ran

before the race began. I like the kid bottom-left grinning, and upper-right, the kid pointing.

Nothing like getting razzed by your team mates. McGinley ended up with one of the race’s fastest times.

Finally, the sun came out, and I was as happy as this kid when it did.

Kings’ Nick Faubian takes a break following the race.

Thanks for looking! Hopefully I will start to feel better as this is set to be a busy week for me.

Daniel

10,000 tennis balls

Posted in assignment work, news by bermanphotos on September 10, 2008

I am sitting out on my patio on a beautiful end of Summer day, and I still cannot stop thinking about an assignment last week for The Enterprise Newspapers. Sno King Youth Club held a fundraiser where residents and businesses could buy tennis balls for a $5 donation, ultimately raising $50,00 and selling around 10,000 tennis balls. T.E. Briggs construction used a dumptruck to send the 10,000 balls down a hill and into a jerry-rigged collection barrier near the bottom. Owners of the 35 balls to make it down the hill first won cash prizes.

When I got this assignment I immediately thought of putting a remote camera, low, and with a wide angle lens, near the area where the balls were to be dropped. I spoke with an organizer who told me no one would be allowed in the areas around the dump truck. I would have put a camera in the area where the public could go, but the amount of kids running through there had me concerned. I just did my best to work the novelty of this event and how fun it was for the community.

But before I could shoot this, I had to get up the hill. A big hill. People arrived by….
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…car, such was the case for the organizers from Sno King Youth Club, who escorted a few newly-purchased

tennis balls via pickup truck.

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Most people walked…while some skipped…

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…and others road bikes. But the anticipation and exercise were worth it.

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A crowd quickly formed around a barrier created at the end of the course. There ended up being a 20min

delay while police closed off parts of Main St., allowing me to think about some angles.

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It also allowed a few budding announcers to practice their best tennis ball innuendo. And with kids in the crowd…

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Jim Beirnes from Sno King Youth Club holds up a tennis ball that was test to go down a collection

chute at the barrier.

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Kids and parents scrambled for the best position, and then waited another minute. “Dump them, dump them!”, shouted the crowd.
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Backing up.
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Get ready for it..
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Here come the balls.

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Some people stood around while tennis balls collected at their feet. Others took a more proactive approach.

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This young fellow took it upon himself to make his own barrier.

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Climbing into the fray. Young kids piled on top of the collection of tennis balls at the barrier’s edge.

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Some people threw the balls, much to the chagrin of the organizers.
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Counting the first balls to come down the hill.

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Jim Beirnes carries a bag of winning tennis balls down Main St. following the Running of the Balls 2008.

I am still kicking myself though for not getting a wide angle into the mix during the ball dumping. That would have been cool. Next year?

Daniel

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