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

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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Gravity Pay CEO Dan Price for Seattle Weekly | Seattle editorial photographer

Back in May I had a cover shoot from Seattle Weekly to photograph Gravity Pay CEO Dan Price at the payment processing company’s headquarters in Ballard. The story was held until now to be included in the Best Of Issue. When I photographed him, Price’s decision to offer a starting salary of $70,000 per year to all of his employees was met by an immediate deluge of international attention. He cut his own multimillion-dollar pay to be able to finance the move. Of course not everyone was happy with the announcement, but the business is seeing an increase in sales and Price says he stands by the principles of making such a transition: for all his employees to have an actual livable wage in the Northwest. Price was humble, present, and generous with his time, and had no problem posing for a few shots with the coffee cup prop we brought in. I gave it to him after the shoot! Assisting by Ian Bates.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price at their headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle May 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price at their headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle May 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price at their headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle May 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price at their headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle May 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price at their headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle May 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price at their headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle May 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price at their headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle May 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price at their headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle May 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price photographed for Seattle Weekly

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price photographed for Seattle Weekly

Punk Band The Wimps for Seattle Weekly | Seattle editorial photographer

Punk band The Wimps enjoy a spa day in their usual Seattle surroundings. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly. Styling by Tristan Weholt. L-R: Matt, Rachel, Dave

Seattle Weekly’s art director Jose Trujillo commissioned me for an awesome piece in the paper’s Best Of Issue that would send up the idea of The Wimps, which won Best Punk Band, as this exclusive, uptight group barely making room in their day for the story. As luck would have it, Matt, Rachel and Dave are actually nice people and were game for the idea: Jose wanted to have the band enjoying a spa day somewhere kind of dirty — could it be in an alleyway? I scouted a few hours looking for the right sketchy/usable spot. I checked out parking lots and back streets in Capitol Hill, SoDo, Georgetown, Pioneer Square, the ID and Ballard. With hours to the call time I managed to spot a perfectly questionable, graffiti-covered sidewalk with an absurd amount of garbage strewn about. I did a slow roll. There were boxes of beer upturned, bottles everywhere, and someone had gotten ahold of some chalk. I liked the spot immediately and wondered who would litter like that, then parked the car and waited for the team to assemble. Under some nice intense sunlight and with the help of Seattle stylist Tristan Weholt who sourced and staged everything else (and made a plate of guitar-shaped tea sandwiches and refreshing fruit-infused water to boot), plus the help of good friend Matt McKnight assisting, we got to work transforming this SoDo backlot into our makeshift alley spa.

Punk band The Wimps enjoy a spa day in their usual Seattle surroundings. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly. Styling by Tristan Weholt. L-R: Matt, Rachel, Dave

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Madrona Venture Group’s Matt McIlwain for OZY | Seattle editorial photographer | Bellevue photographer

Matt McIlwain is a managing director at Madrona Venture Group, the leading venture firm in Seattle with over $1 billion in assets —many of the data-hungry tech variety. Their 34th-floor office overlooks the bustling waterfront and a downtown cityscape in flux. Photo by Daniel Berman for Ozy.

Matt McIlwain is a managing director at Madrona Venture Group, the leading venture firm in Seattle with over $1 billion in assets —many of the data-hungry tech variety. Their 34th-floor office overlooks the bustling waterfront and a downtown cityscape in flux. Photo by Daniel Berman for Ozy.

Downtown skyscraper shoots are the best.

Matt McIlwain is a managing director at Madrona Venture Group, the leading venture firm in Seattle with over $1 billion in assets —many of the data-hungry tech variety. Their 34th-floor office overlooks the bustling waterfront and a downtown cityscape in flux. Photos by Daniel Berman for Ozy.

Matt McIlwain is a managing director at Madrona Venture Group, the leading venture firm in Seattle with over $1 billion in assets —many of the data-hungry tech variety. Their 34th-floor office overlooks the bustling waterfront and a downtown cityscape in flux. Photo by Daniel Berman for Ozy.

The story and photos were also picked up by USAToday.com!

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Madrona Venture Group’s Matt McIlwain

Smartsheet.com CEO Mark Mader & CMO Brent Frei for OZY.com | Seattle editorial photographer

Last week I trekked all the way out to downtown Bellevue to photograph the duo behind Smartsheet.com’s impressive success story for the news website, OZY. Mark and Brent have been longtime friends, even football teammates, and have overseen the development and growth of the spreadsheet software-on-steroids into a massive, 60+ country behemoth. Read more in the great piece by Sanjena Sathian.

Smartsheet Chief Executive Officer Mark Mader and Chief Marketing Officer Brent Frei Thursday March 26, 2015 at their offices in downtown Bellevue, Wash. Photo by Daniel Berman for Ozy.com

Smartsheet Chief Executive Officer Mark Mader and Chief Marketing Officer Brent Frei Thursday March 26, 2015 at their offices in downtown Bellevue, Wash. Photo by Daniel Berman for Ozy.com

Smartsheet Chief Marketing Officer Brent Frei and Chief Executive Officer Mark Mader Thursday March 26, 2015 at their offices in downtown Bellevue, Wash. Photo by Daniel Berman for Ozy.com

Smartsheet Chief Marketing Officer Brent Frei and Chief Executive Officer Mark Mader Thursday March 26, 2015 at their offices in downtown Bellevue, Wash. Photo by Daniel Berman for Ozy.com

Smartsheet Chief Marketing Officer Brent Frei and Chief Executive Officer Mark Mader Thursday March 26, 2015 at their offices in downtown Bellevue, Wash. Photo by Daniel Berman for Ozy.com

Smartsheet Chief Marketing Officer Brent Frei and Chief Executive Officer Mark Mader Thursday March 26, 2015 at their offices in downtown Bellevue, Wash. Photo by Daniel Berman for Ozy.com

Thanks for looking,

Daniel

Restoring John Steinbeck’s Western Flyer | for Seattle Weekly cover

Backed into the southwest corner of a large, unassuming dry dock in Port Townsend, Washington is a vessel with plenty of history. Maybe you’ve heard of John Steinbeck’s book The Sea of Cortez? This is the boat that took him and his team on their epic, problem-laden-but-ultimately-successful tour of the Gulf of California, then in its prime 75 years ago.

Today, the boat has new ownership under John Gregg, a geologist who spent $1 mil to call it his, and will likely have to spend a similar amount to fully restore it. Still, he’s dedicated to getting the boat ship-shape. Other people have tried before yet failed to do so, starting and stopping the restoration process for one reason or another – often financial, sometimes personal. There’s much more to this story, well-told in a fascinating piece by Patrick Hutchison.

The owner was unavailable for a portrait, but his manager for the project is Mike York, a longtime Seattleite who spends most of the week working slowly but surely to coordinate getting this boat back to order. I got the call last Friday from Seattle Weekly to head up to meet Mike the next day. Port Townsend is a ferry ride and an hour and a half of driving, but I’m not complaining. It was nice to check out of town for the morning and cruise through the countryside. Eventually I arrived at the dry dock. I knew what the boat looked like from Google but it wasn’t jumping out at me. I asked around. Did anyone know the John Steinbeck boat? A few workers threw back sympathetic but unhelpful stares. I had one more area to check out and there it was, nestled between cargo containers, a forklift and a set of hand built wooden stairs reaching to deck height.

This, was the Western Flyer.

Curious area residents and tourists from around the country arrive each day to take a peek at the Western Flyer. The adventures onboard close to 75 years ago were foddor for Steinbeck’s prized non-fiction book, “The Log from Sea of Cortez.” Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

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A view of the Western Flyer ship once owned by  the author John Steinbeck, and now by John Gregg. After many failed attempts, the craft is being restored by a team at a dry dock in Port Townsend, Washington. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

A view of the Western Flyer ship once owned by the author John Steinbeck, and now by John Gregg. After many failed attempts, the craft is being restored by a team at a dry dock in Port Townsend, Washington. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

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Western Flyer

Afterward, Mike asked if I wanted to climb aboard for a peek inside. That just required scaling the stairs and then a narrow ladder. With my c-stand and studio light. Oh well. Every day is arm day when you’re a lighting photographer I guess. It was worth it anyway to see what is best described as a Titanic-esque scene. Just wall-to-wall barnacles capped off by grime and rust-covered artifacts from previous owners and occupants.

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Onboard and inside the Western Flyer.

The cabin has seen better days.

The cabin has seen better days.

 

Space was at a premium. I hunched into the corner with my wide angle to try and show what sinking and years of decay will do to a place. The wall left a fine coat of white dust down my back. Cest la vie. Normally I am assigned to photograph people or preparing meticulous staged product photography, and I enjoy this work, yet getting the chance to document something in disrepair, so completely varnished, just lost in a time capsule, made for one of the most fascinating shoots yet of 2015.

 

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The Western Flyer attracts plenty of onlookers curious about the ship’s fate.

Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan for Cityvision Magazine | Seattle editorial photographer

In December, I had the opportunity to photograph Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan for Cityvision Magazine. The former owner of a hair salon has been the mayor of Shoreline for about a year now. He also works part time as a barista at a local Starbucks! Busy fellow! McGlashan was interviewed by the magazine for a story about he is dealing with changes in the city’s demographics and to local infrastructure. I photographed him at Shoreline City Hall, which is an amazing and fairly new facility featuring some pretty cool architecture and art.

Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan portraits at Shoreline City Hall Monday, December 13, 2010. Photos by Seattle Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan portraits at Shoreline City Hall Monday, December 13, 2010. Photos by Seattle Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan portraits at Shoreline City Hall Monday, December 13, 2010. Photos by Seattle Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan portraits at Shoreline City Hall Monday, December 13, 2010. Photos by Seattle Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

The magazine used my editorial portraits of McGlashan throughout the magazine. Here are some tearsheets:

Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan for Cityvision Magazine. Photo by Bellingham photographer Seattle photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan for Cityvision Magazine. Photo by Bellingham photographer Seattle photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan for Cityvision Magazine. Photo by Bellingham photographer Seattle photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan for Cityvision Magazine. Photo by Bellingham photographer Seattle photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan for Cityvision Magazine. Photo by Bellingham photographer Seattle photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan for Cityvision Magazine. Photo by Bellingham photographer Seattle photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Thanks for looking!

Daniel

Bellingham editorial photographer | 2010 portraits of the year

Xavier Dailly, Western Washington University golfer

Xavier Dailly, Western Washington University golfer

I have always enjoyed making portraits, whether they are impromptu encounters as at Bellingham Comicon, or in more formal sessions, as in my work with Western Washington University athletes. Portraiture is so exciting and fulfilling to me — just the idea of being able to capture someone’s true personality in an image is a thrill. 2010 offered me the opportunity to shoot portraits for some terrific clients.

Cityvision Magazine hired me to make portraits of Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike, Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan and Everett City Attorney Ramsey Ramerman.

The Western Front assigned me to make portraits of some of Western’s top athletes and other important members of the Bellingham community.

I also made portraits for a number of smaller, local clients and editorial publications. No matter who I am photographing, I love the challenge of connecting a portrait to the story in a meaningful way.

Without further adieu, here are a few of my favorite portraits of 2010. (more…)

Bellingham photographer | Bellingham Comicon photos

On a whim I decided to check out the Bellingham Comic Con, in its first year under new ownership, this past Saturday. Met some very nice people and had fun making portraits of a unique subculture: the comic book collector.

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