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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.


“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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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.

Verde & Co Seattle Founder Meridith Isaacson for Discover South Lake Union

Bermanphotos_VerdeCo_MeridithIsaacson_DiscoverSLU_0013Had a great time meeting and photographing Meridith Isaacson for Discover South Lake Union last month. Meridith owns the beautiful boutique flower shop Verde & Co. in South Lake Union.

Tenino Mayor Wayne Fournier for Cityvision




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

Textio CEO Kieran Snyder for SHRM | Seattle editorial photographer


Had a great shoot last month with Textio CEO Kieran Snyder for HR Magazine and the Society for Human Resource Management. It was a fun job to take on at their downtown Seattle offices in between a day of team meetings. Snyder’s company helps improve job application language for maximum impact — always essential in our current hyper competitive Northwest job market.

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.

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