Seattle Photographer Daniel Berman | Bellingham, WA | (206) 387-3767 daniel@bermanphotos.com

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 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 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

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

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 Michael York at a dry dock in Port Townsend, Washington. In 1940, Steinbeck and a small crew navigated the Western Flyer on a successful, yet sometimes ill-fated marine specimen collection expedition along the Gulf of California. The adventures served as inspiration for Steinbeck's prized non-fiction book, "The Log from Sea of Cortez." Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

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.

I began with portraits of Mike down by the stern, the rudder helping give scale. He was immediately enthusiastic, and pretended not to mind when I asked him to have a rusty seat.

Michael York, a Seattle boat restorer hired to oversee the restoration of  John Steinbeck's famed Western Flyer, from the book 'Sea of Cortez' now in dry dock in Port Townsend, Washington after a series of sales and attempted renovations.

Michael York, a Seattle boat restorer hired to oversee the restoration of John Steinbeck’s famed Western Flyer, from the book ‘Sea of Cortez’ now in dry dock in Port Townsend, Washington after a series of sales and attempted renovations.

Michael York, a Seattle boat restorer hired to oversee the restoration of  John Steinbeck's famed Western Flyer, from the book 'Sea of Cortez' now in dry dock in Port Townsend, Washington after a series of sales and attempted renovations.

Michael York, a Seattle boat restorer hired to oversee the restoration of John Steinbeck’s famed Western Flyer, from the book ‘Sea of Cortez’ now in dry dock in Port Townsend, Washington after a series of sales and attempted renovations.

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.

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.

Western Flyer

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.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon for Seattle Weekly | Seattle editorial photographer

I had a great assignment from Seattle Weekly earlier this month to photograph Cary Moon, an activist and urban designer who opposes continued development of the Bertha tunnel project. For those not living in Seattle, the waterfront highway a.k.a the Highway 99 Viaduct, is being torn down and replaced with a tunnel. The project has been plagued with problems and delays, some technical, some bureaucratic — all expensive. Check out the story for a much more thorough peek into why this divisive issue matters so much. We battled the wind on top of Pier 86 in downtown for a view of the skyline and then moved to under the viaduct for another view of the city.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

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Daniel

Coffee culture in Seattle for Koffietcacao Magazine | Seattle editorial photographer

City Trip Coffee Culture story in Seattle photographed on assignment for KoffieTCacao Magazine in the Netherlands.

City Trip Coffee Culture story in Seattle photographed on assignment for KoffieTCacao Magazine in the Netherlands.

City Trip Coffee Culture story in Seattle photographed on assignment for KoffieTCacao Magazine in the Netherlands.

City Trip Coffee Culture story in Seattle photographed on assignment for KoffieTCacao Magazine in the Netherlands.

City Trip Coffee Culture story in Seattle photographed on assignment for KoffieTCacao Magazine in the Netherlands.

City Trip Coffee Culture story in Seattle photographed on assignment for KoffieTCacao Magazine in the Netherlands.

City Trip Coffee Culture story in Seattle photographed on assignment for KoffieTCacao Magazine in the Netherlands.

City Trip Coffee Culture story in Seattle photographed on assignment for KoffieTCacao Magazine in the Netherlands.

I had a great opportunity earlier this Fall to shoot a story on Seattle’s coffee and chocolate culture for a Dutch travel/coffee/chocolate magazine called Koffietcacao. Over two long days, I had a blast exploring some of the city’s favorite shops, while also gathering images that spoke to the lifestyle in our city and captured a few scenic sights along the way. My mind raced after each day, it was impossible not to sample coffee at nearly every place I went. Have you ever had six cups of coffee in a day? I did it for….journalism. All in all, the publication ran my photos across six pages and even gave me a doubletruck opener! What more can a photographer ask for than a great assignment and great play?

Milstead Coffee in Fremont, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Milstead Coffee in Fremont, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Patrons relax inside and out at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A cupping tasting session is hosted weekly at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A cupping tasting session is hosted weekly at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Checking the color and scent of roasting beans at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Checking the color and scent of roasting beans at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A cupping tasting session is hosted weekly at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A cupping tasting session is hosted weekly at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A cupping tasting session is hosted weekly at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A cupping tasting session is hosted weekly at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Tourists gather near one of Seattle's first Starbucks location across from Pike Place Market.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Tourists gather near one of Seattle’s first Starbucks location across from Pike Place Market. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Espresso Vivace Manager Kasey Frix prepares a beverage for a patron October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www,bermanphotos.com

Espresso Vivace Manager Kasey Frix prepares a beverage for a patron October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www,bermanphotos.com

Espresso Vivace Manager Kasey Frix prepares a beverage for a patron October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www,bermanphotos.com

Espresso Vivace Manager Kasey Frix prepares a beverage for a patron October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www,bermanphotos.com

The Olive Way Starbucks in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood is among the nation's first to serve wine along with the usual coffee and treats.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

The Olive Way Starbucks in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood is among the nation’s first to serve wine along with the usual coffee and treats. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

In the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Café Presse Assistant Manager Hannah Schwartz prepares a beverage for a patron October 9, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

In the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Café Presse Assistant Manager Hannah Schwartz prepares a beverage for a patron October 9, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Theo Chocolate in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle offers guided tours of the company's factory, which produces well-renowned chocolate in exotic flavors such as Dark Chocolate and Spicy Chili Pepper.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Theo Chocolate in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle offers guided tours of the company’s factory, which produces well-renowned chocolate in exotic flavors such as Dark Chocolate and Spicy Chili Pepper. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Theo Chocolate in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle offers guided tours of the company's factory, which produces well-renowned chocolate in exotic flavors such as Dark Chocolate and Spicy Chili Pepper.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Theo Chocolate in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle offers guided tours of the company’s factory, which produces well-renowned chocolate in exotic flavors such as Dark Chocolate and Spicy Chili Pepper. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Milstead Coffee in Fremont is situated alongside a popular cycling route, the Burke-Gilman trail in Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Milstead Coffee in Fremont is situated alongside a popular cycling route, the Burke-Gilman trail in Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

The Olive Way Starbucks in Seattle is among the nation's first to serve wine along with the usual coffee and treats.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

The Olive Way Starbucks in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood is among the nation’s first to serve wine along with the usual coffee and treats. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Chocolopolis in Seattle is a renowned chocolate shop in the Queen Anne neighborhood, crafting dozens of colorful, tasty chocolate morsels with exotic flavors.

Chocolopolis in Seattle is a renowned chocolate shop in the Queen Anne neighborhood, crafting dozens of colorful, tasty chocolate morsels with exotic flavors.

Joe Bar in Capitol Hill in Seattle is a quiet respite from the bustling neighborhood. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Joe Bar in Capitol Hill in Seattle is a quiet respite from the bustling neighborhood. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A Starbucks located on the 40th floor of Columbia Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Seattle, offers commanding views of downtown at no cost.

A Starbucks located on the 40th floor of Columbia Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Seattle, offers commanding views of downtown at no cost.

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Daniel

Color Expert Leatrice Eiseman for American Way Magazine | Seattle editorial photographer

Pantone Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman at home in Washington State Sept. 24, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for American Way

Pantone Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman at home in Washington State Sept. 24, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for American Way

You know those color wheels, the ones with samples of every conceivable hue from Pantone? I got the chance last month to photograph Pantone Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman. She’s a color expert. American Way Magazine is the in-flight publication from American Airlines and they interviewed Lee for their monthly In-Brief column. My assistant and I hopped on a ferry over to Bainbridge Island to meet Lee at her beautiful home nestled in the woods. Her walls are covered with art and past interviews in prestigious magazines and books. We set up a white seamless and lights in her upstairs office, trying to not disturb the two designers working a few feet away at their iMacs. For the published shot, I asked her to hold a copy of Pantone’s new book about the role of color in fashion over the years. It’s not every day that I get to photograph people whose work has such an influence in my own personal field!

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Daniel

Bill Gates for La Stampa Italy

Microsoft Corporation founder, technology advisor and board member Bill Gates is photographed during a wide-ranging interview with La Stampa Editor-In-Chief Mario Calabresi May 24, 2014 at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com for La Stampa.

Microsoft Corporation founder, technology advisor and board member Bill Gates is photographed during a wide-ranging interview with La Stampa Editor-In-Chief Mario Calabresi May 24, 2014 at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com for La Stampa.

This spring has kept me hopping and shooting a lot of new editorial and commercial assignments. I can’t share them all yet, but one came in late last month (for the first time ever via LinkedIn) to photograph Bill Gates being interviewed for a large Italian newspaper called La Stampa. The paper is launching a new series about global issues and the wide-ranging interview covered a lot of ground. I was allowed to shoot the first and last five minutes of the interview, for which La Stampa Editor-in-Chief Mario Calabresi flew in from Turin. It was a little surreal to be inside Bill’s office at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and hear him speaking about everything from who his heroes are to what lies ahead for the newspaper industry. I did my best to be low-key and inconspicuous as I moved around and tried out different angles. Bill never acknowledged me, but I suspect he is very used to this kind of thing. At one point I was trying to line up a shot from his profile side and almost sat down in his chair — I caught myself and thought better of it. It was one of those crazy days planned for a week and all over in a matter of minutes, I am just happy to see it ran in print today.

Microsoft Corporation founder, technology advisor and board member Bill Gates is photographed during a wide-ranging interview with La Stampa Editor-In-Chief Mario Calabresi May 24, 2014 at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com for La Stampa.

Microsoft Corporation founder, technology advisor and board member Bill Gates is photographed during a wide-ranging interview with La Stampa Editor-In-Chief Mario Calabresi May 24, 2014 at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA. Photos by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com for La Stampa.

Microsoft Corporation founder, technology advisor and board member Bill Gates is photographed during a wide-ranging interview with La Stampa Editor-In-Chief Mario Calabresi May 24, 2014 at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com for La Stampa.

Microsoft Corporation founder, technology advisor and board member Bill Gates is photographed during a wide-ranging interview with La Stampa Editor-In-Chief Mario Calabresi May 24, 2014 at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com for La Stampa.


You can see more from this shoot at La Stampa’s website and in my archive.

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Daniel

Brooks Running Company for Footwear News

In April, I did a shoot about the turnaround at Brooks Running company for Footwear News, a Condé Nast trade publication dealing with the footwear industry. The story is about how after 100 years in business, Brooks CEO Jim Weber has managed to overhaul the company from the brink of bankruptcy into a company that sold a half billion dollars in products last year. It was no easy feat. It required dumping entire product lines, launching new ones, and hiring executives from visionary brands to come work in new divisions at Brooks. Over what became a very long day, I photographed Brooks CEO Jim Weber, as well as Shane Downey, head of the new heritage line, Pete Humphrey and Eric Rohr in the Brooks Running testing lab in the Eastlake neighborhood, and several other employees for a lookback quote section about their experiences and memories at Brooks. The magazine cover story published last month and I am excited to share the tear sheets! It’s always a sweet assignment when I get the chance to photograph and meet people who do interesting work in interesting places.

Brooks Running CEO Jim Weber // photo by Daniel Berman for Footwear News

Brooks CEO Jim Weber // photo by Daniel Berman for Footwear News

Brooks VP of R & D Pete Humphrey, left, and Brooks biomechanist Eric Rohr in the Brooks testing lab at temporary offices in Seattle.

Brooks VP of R & D Pete Humphrey, left, and Brooks biomechanist Eric Rohr in the Brooks testing lab at temporary offices in Seattle.

Brooks VP of R & D Pete Humphrey, left, and Brooks biomechanist Eric Rohr in the Brooks testing lab at temporary offices in Seattle.

Brooks VP of R & D Pete Humphrey, left, and Brooks biomechanist Eric Rohr in the Brooks testing lab at temporary offices in Seattle.

Brooks Running company has had an amazingly successful turnaround in the last few years. Photographed at their offices in Seattle Monday April 14, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com for Footwear News.

Brooks Running company has had an amazingly successful turnaround in the last few years. Photographed at their offices in Seattle Monday April 14, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com for Footwear News.

Dan Sheridan is Senior Vice President and General Manager of North America for Brooks Running.

Dan Sheridan is Senior Vice President and General Manager of North America for Brooks Running.

Brooks Running Heritage Line Manager Shane Downey // Photo by Daniel Berman for Footwear News

Brooks Running Heritage Line Manager Shane Downey // Photo by Daniel Berman for Footwear News

Brooks Running CEO Jim Weber photographed for Footwear News. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Brooks Running CEO Jim Weber photographed for Footwear News. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Brooks Running CEO Jim Weber photographed for Footwear News. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Brooks Running CEO Jim Weber photographed for Footwear News. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Brooks Running Senior Vice President and GM for North America Dan Sheridan photographed for Footwear News. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Brooks Running Senior Vice President and GM for North America Dan Sheridan photographed for Footwear News. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Daniel

Attorney Adam Ballout for Northwest Leaf | Seattle editorial photographer

Attorney Adam Ballout for Northwest Leaf | Seattle editorial photographer

Attorney Adam Ballout of the ABC Law Group in Everett has worked to protect parental rights for medical Cannabis patients in Washington since 2011. “Family law recognizes environment above all,” Ballout said.

“Do not make it easy for them. Keep your medicine out of reach of children, and make sure that you respect it, and that it isn’t affecting parenting. Mentally you should always be prepared to think ‘What if I had to give a walk-through today?’ There shouldn’t be a bong in the living room, or plants growing and smelling in a way that affects children in the house.”

Rebecca Howlett for University of Kansas School of Law

Rebecca Howlett for University of Kansas School of Law, Kanji & Katzen intern

I had an assignment in August to photograph Rebecca Howlett, a tribal law intern at the firm Kanji & Katzen, for a recruiting guide published by the University of Kansas School of Law. The piece highlights the great work that KU students do as interns at firms across the country. It just came out and looks great! I was requested to photograph her with a nice Seattle-identifying backdrop, which was easy with the firms’s Pioneer Square offices overlooking Smith Tower (the pencil building). To combat the intense overhead sunlight, I had my assistant, David Ryder, hold a reflector scrim over Rebecca to put her in the shade. Then I brought in a beauty dish for the main light and a softbox for a bit of fill, to give the image a fun, dynamic look. The client was happy with the take and Rebecca told me I was easy to work with — that’s nice of her since it was about 90 degrees on the roof that day! What a trooper!

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Daniel

City redevelopment for Cityvision Magazine | Seattle editorial photographer

Auburn, Wash. has worked to revitalize its downtown through a program called Storefronts, where local artists' work is displayed in unoccupied commercial retail spaces, such as the creations of Julia Haack. L-R, Storefronts director Matthew Richter, artist Julia Haack and Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis stand outside a space at 1st and Main Street across from City Hall Tuesday, July 2nd. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Auburn, Wash. has worked to revitalize its downtown through a program called Storefronts, where local artists’ work is displayed in unoccupied commercial retail spaces, such as the creations of Julia Haack. L-R, Storefronts director Matthew Richter, artist Julia Haack and Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis stand outside a space at 1st and Main Street across from City Hall Tuesday, July 2nd. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Auburn, Wash. has worked to revitalize its downtown through a program called Storefronts, where local artists' work is displayed in unoccupied commercial retail spaces, such as the creations of Julia Haack. L-R, Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis, Storefronts director Matthew RIchter, and artist Julia Haack, stand outside a space at 1st and Main Street across from City Hall Tuesday, July 2nd. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Auburn, Wash. has worked to revitalize its downtown through a program called Storefronts, where local artists’ work is displayed in unoccupied commercial retail spaces, such as the creations of Julia Haack. L-R, Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis, Storefronts director Matthew RIchter, and artist Julia Haack, stand outside a space at 1st and Main Street across from City Hall Tuesday, July 2nd. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Auburn, Wash. has worked to revitalize its downtown through a program called Storefronts, where local artists' work is displayed in unoccupied commercial retail spaces, such as the creations of Julia Haack. L-R, Storefronts director Matthew Richter, artist Julia Haack and Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis stand outside a space at 1st and Main Street across from City Hall Tuesday, July 2nd. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Auburn, Wash. has worked to revitalize its downtown through a program called Storefronts, where local artists’ work is displayed in unoccupied commercial retail spaces, such as the creations of Julia Haack. L-R, Storefronts director Matthew Richter, artist Julia Haack and Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis stand outside a space at 1st and Main Street across from City Hall Tuesday, July 2nd. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Had an assignment last month to photograph two stories on city redevelopment projects for Cityvision Magazine. The first shoot was a last-minute one on Auburn, Washington’s efforts to redevelop unused commercial spaces into art galleries. A sweet idea, especially when you have art like Julia Haack’s to fill the rooms. They looked great from the street, too. Wish we could have had more sunshine to really make the art pop but alas, it was a gusty overcast day. You can tell the wind is blowing if you look at her hair, but all things considered, I was happy with the way the shoot went down. And we did it in under the time allotted which is always great!

I was very pleased with tearsheets that came from these shoots! This was one of my first full-page magazine portraits, so that’s pretty special. The second shoot was way north in Mount Vernon, Wash., to photograph Mayor Jill Boudreau and Public Works Director Esco Bell. The city is redeveloping the promenade into a cool multiuse commercial space and making the waterfront a more attractive place for the community to hang out. I liked the view of the bridge and Skagit River — not everyday you get to have those in an environmental portrait.

Mt. Vernon, Wash. Public Works Director Esco Bell and Mayor Jill Boudreau have been essential to a flood protection plan that transform a parking lot running along the Skagit River into a pedestrian promenade maintaining safety and allowing for expanded business redevelopment in the area. Officials have completed the first of three phases scheduled to be completed by late 2013. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Mt. Vernon, Wash. Public Works Director Esco Bell and Mayor Jill Boudreau have been essential to a flood protection plan that transform a parking lot running along the Skagit River into a pedestrian promenade maintaining safety and allowing for expanded business redevelopment in the area. Officials have completed the first of three phases scheduled to be completed by late 2013. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.comMt. Vernon, Wash. Public Works Director Esco Bell and Mayor Jill Boudreau have been essential to a flood protection plan that transform a parking lot running along the Skagit River into a pedestrian promenade maintaining safety and allowing for expanded business redevelopment in the area. Officials have completed the first of three phases scheduled to be completed by late 2013. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.comMt. Vernon, Wash. Public Works Director Esco Bell and Mayor Jill Boudreau have been essential to a flood protection plan that transform a parking lot running along the Skagit River into a pedestrian promenade maintaining safety and allowing for expanded business redevelopment in the area. Officials have completed the first of three phases scheduled to be completed by late 2013. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Daniel

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