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

Black Lives Matter Rally portraits for KUOW 94.9

Had an incredible opportunity to photograph a Black Lives Matter rally for KUOW in April. My editor, Isolde Raftery, asked me to make portraits of attendees in a similar style to my personal work at a rally last spring for Donald Trump. It was great to meet so many dedicated and passionate people in the streets! Once again, I used my studio lighting outside and on-location to highlight the marchers and make portraits.

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“This movement is true for this time,” said Dwayne Stelivan, who goes by King Slim, standing at Westlake Park during a Black Lives Matter rally in Seattle Saturday April 15, 2017. “Everybody has their agenda, but everything that is here on Earth is good.” Photo by Daniel Berman

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Joanne Bohannon, center, with her husband, Giles, and son, Todd, stand alongside Lena Roth and her mom, Sandi Gerling, during a Black Lives Matter rally at Westlake Park in Seattle Saturday April 15, 2017. Photo by Daniel Berman

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A view of the Black Lives Matter rally beginning at Westlake Park in Seattle Saturday April 15, 2017. Photo by Daniel Berman

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Della Kolstelnik Juarez, left, brought her daughter, Julia, 16 – standing alongside Amina Hamdan, 12, and her mom, Kifah, and brother, Bilal, 15, who participated in a Black Lives Matter rally in Seattle Saturday April 15, 2017. “We’re Muslim and we see nowadays what’s going on but we are here to show we care,” Kifah said. “The difference is going to come from the youths. If you teach them to stand up for injustice, maybe the world will be a better place.” Photo by Daniel Berman

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“If you feel it in your heart that means the drum is working,” said Mama Love, during a Black Lives Matter rally and march in Seattle Saturday April 15, 2017. Photo by Daniel Berman

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The Black Lives Matter march was on the same day as events like SakuraCon and a tax rally. Nancy Shawn, center, holds a sign of support alongside Pharaoh Hecker as the Black Lives Matter march makes its way down 4th Avenue in Seattle Saturday April 15, 2017. “It’s great to see the appreciation for the cause and abolishing the hate that’s been in the police force for years,” Hecker said. Photo by Daniel Berman

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Jasmine Freiheit, 16, and Abi Pruitt, 17, both of Sumner, Washington, marched in the Black Lives Matter rally in Seattle Saturday April 15, 2017. “I’m happy to see all the people join in,” Freiheit said. “I think it’s amazing to be a part of it.” Photo by Daniel Berman

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Seattle Police Officers observe marchers moving down 4th Avenue during the Black Lives Matter rally in Seattle Saturday April 15, 2017. Photo by Daniel Berman

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Marchers made their way to the Federal Courthouse at 7th and Stewart to protest during a Black Lives Matter rally in Seattle Saturday April 15, 2017. Photo by Daniel Berman

Cary Moon is running for Seattle Mayor

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Cary Moon is running for Seattle mayor. The windy day made things tough on a Belltown rooftop but she was a trouper. Photographed her in Feb. 2015 for a Seattle Weekly story on her opposition to building the Highway 99 tunnel and work as an activist and urban designer.

Microsoft Game Studio Creative Director Ken Lobb for Game Informer

berman_KenLobb_MicrosoftGameStudiosCreativeDirector_0003-finalKenLobbGameInformer2Had a great time photographing Ken Lobb for the fine folks at Game Informer earlier this year. Lobb has lead a prestigious career in the video game industry for more than two decades, helping craft well-known hits from Killer Instinct to GoldenEye 007 — for which a game weapon was named in his honor. Grooming by Glynne Davies. Assisting by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren.

Tenino Mayor Wayne Fournier for Cityvision

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At the firehouse, I’m on a shift rotation, 24 hours on, 48 hours off.

When I’m not doing that, I’m mayoring around the clock.

Tenino Mayor Wayne Fournier for Cityvision Magazine

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.

Dia de Los Muertos Portraits | Seattle editorial photographer

Dia de los Muertos celebration at El Centro de la Raza Nov. 2, 2015 in the Beacon Hill area of Seattle. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Dia de los Muertos celebration at El Centro de la Raza Nov. 2, 2015 in the Beacon Hill area of Seattle. Photos by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

It was so nice to get out and shoot some personal work this week. Dia de los Muertos celebration at El Centro de la Raza Nov. 2, 2015 in the Beacon Hill area of Seattle. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

My colleague Matt Mills McKnight and I collaborated on a series of portraits of attendees at a Dia de Los Muertos event hosted by El Centro De La Raza in Seattle. We loaded in and taped up a black roll of paper in a nook of the jam-packed hallway and set up a few lights to enhance the spooky vibe. Matt found many great people to stop by the makeshift studio in the short time we had there. I focused on the beautiful makeup and I am grateful to everyone for welcoming us in.

The Seattle stop of The Flashbus Tour

A man walks away with a promotional poster near the end of the first stop of The Flashbus Tour in Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle Friday, March 11. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A man walks away with a promotional poster near the end of the first stop of The Flashbus Tour in Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle Friday, March 11. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

I can’t stop thinking about my 9-5 shift in the office of David Hobby and Joe McNally at the first stop of The Flashbus Tour in Seattle. It took place over the course of a far too nice day out at the Washington State Convention Center on Friday Mar. 11. It should be said, upfront, that this was an unapologetically geeky event. Hobby, wearing his trademark shorts, came out to the greet those waiting in line. There was nary a camera-less hand in sight among the predominantly male crowd.

More photos after the jump (more…)

Reflecting on a strong season

Posted in assignment work, portraits, sports by bermanphotos on November 13, 2008

I had an interesting shoot last Wednesday with the women’s soccer team over at Shoreline Community College.

The intermittent rain made me question if the shoot was going to work out, but luckily it held off for the entire duration. I waited around for the girl’s to finish their cooldown, and shot this image of the men’s game going on. It gave me an idea for later, but more on that in a bit.

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After SCC’s unfortunate 1-0 loss to Green River, the women’s defenders, still mud-soaked from their game, agreed to let me make their portrait. I set up 2 SB26 strobes, bare-bulb, one camera-left and high, and one far-right, aiming back at the womens’ faces. I like the drama those rain clouds add, as well as the muddy clothes. Tough ladies who clearly mean business.

The first shot I wanted to accomplish was a kind of CMA shot, just some basic stuff. I asked the girls to act serious for a frame, and this was more difficult than I would have imagined.

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Luckily they held their laughs for about three frames, before they just couldn’t take it anymore:

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It was around this time that I thought about trying to work the neat puddle onto the ground into something more. I re-aimed my flashes towards the girl’s faces, and tried to shoot just the team reflected in the puddle. I like how this one looks, but it might have been neat to hand the center girl Brittany my camera, and use a remote to trigger it — that way I could have shot this image “right-side up”. There is always next time….

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Thanks for looking everyone. Comments always appreciated.

Daniel

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