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

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.

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Google Economic Impact Report | Seattle editorial photographer

Back in March I got a surprising phone call. It was about 6 in the evening on a Monday and a producer at North6 was searching for a photographer to shoot for a Google project. Where? A remote Alaskan town. When? That weekend. I half expected a radio DJ to burst out laughing on the other end. But the assignment was to photograph an aerial tour guide in Talkeetna, a few hours north of Anchorage, as part of Google’s state-by-state Economic Impact Report highlighting how small businesses use Google services. I hoped for a chance to fly around Denali, but alas, that shoot became impossible due to scheduling. But I stayed in touch with the client and fortunately there were opportunities to take on assignments for the project in far more familiar places.

I photographed Portland Meat Collective Founder Camas Davis in Oregon, then Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore in Seattle, and flew to Boise, Idaho, to photograph Tsheets.com Founder Matt Rissell on a quick there-and-back trip April 1st.

Portland Meat Collective Owner Camas Davis teaches a class about preparing and cooking pork at Elder Hall in Portland Wednesday Mar. 18, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Portland Meat Collective Owner Camas Davis teaches a class about preparing and cooking pork at Elder Hall in Portland Wednesday Mar. 18, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Portland Meat Collective Owner Camas Davis teaches a class about preparing and cooking pork at Elder Hall in Portland Wednesday Mar. 18, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Portland Meat Collective Owner Camas Davis teaches a class about preparing and cooking pork at Elder Hall in Portland Wednesday Mar. 18, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Portland Meat Collective Owner Camas Davis teaches a class about preparing and cooking pork at Elder Hall in Portland Wednesday Mar. 18, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Portland Meat Collective Owner Camas Davis teaches a class about preparing and cooking pork at Elder Hall in Portland Wednesday Mar. 18, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Portland Meat Collective Owner Camas Davis teaches a class about preparing and cooking pork at Elder Hall in Portland Wednesday Mar. 18, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google

Portland Meat Collective Owner Camas Davis teaches a class about preparing and cooking pork at Elder Hall in Portland Wednesday Mar. 18, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google

Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore at her Ballard location in Seattle Tuesday March 23, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore at her Ballard location in Seattle Tuesday March 23, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore at her Ballard location in Seattle Tuesday March 23, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore at her Ballard location in Seattle Tuesday March 23, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore at her Ballard location in Seattle Tuesday March 23, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore at her Ballard location in Seattle Tuesday March 23, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore at her Ballard location in Seattle Tuesday March 23, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore at her Ballard location in Seattle Tuesday March 23, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Tsheets.com CEO Matt Rissell poses for a portrait at their office April 1, 2015 in Eagle, ID. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Tsheets.com CEO Matt Rissell poses for a portrait at their office April 1, 2015 in Eagle, ID. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Tsheets.com CEO Matt Rissell poses for a portrait at their office April 1, 2015 in Eagle, ID. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Tsheets.com CEO Matt Rissell poses for a portrait at their office April 1, 2015 in Eagle, ID. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Tsheets.com CEO Matt Rissell poses for a portrait at their office April 1, 2015 in Eagle, ID. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Tsheets.com CEO Matt Rissell poses for a portrait at their office April 1, 2015 in Eagle, ID. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Tsheets.com CEO Matt Rissell poses for a portrait at their office April 1, 2015 in Eagle, ID. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Tsheets.com CEO Matt Rissell poses for a portrait at their office April 1, 2015 in Eagle, ID. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

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.”

Steve Jobs tribute at Western Washington University | Bellingham photographer

Candles lit in Red Square at Western last night in tribute to Steve Jobs left a waxy tribute the next morning. Everyone has said it better than I can so I will make it brief. The work of Jobs and Apple and the innovations that emerged from their office’s in the last decade have improved the lives of photographers like myself in myriad ways. That’s why we use them. Cause they just work. Jobs thoughts on creativity have always resonated with me.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Candles lit in Red Square at Western last night in tribute to Steve Job are seen Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Daniel

Ocean Shores, WA | Seattle editorial photographer

In summer 2009 I took a personal trip with my family to Ocean Shores, WA, the small coastal town on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. The place was basically desolate during my stay there. I tried to convey that stillness, that quiet solitude of small town life, in these photos. It’s neat to look back and cull one’s archive and find new meaning in old photos.

Photographs from Ocean Shores, Wash. on the Pacific Ocean coast 8/17/09. Photo by Bellingham Seattle photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Photographs from Ocean Shores, Wash. on the Pacific Ocean coast 8/17/09. Photo by Bellingham Seattle photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Photographs from Ocean Shores, Wash. on the Pacific Ocean coast 8/17/09. Photo by Bellingham Seattle photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Photographs from Ocean Shores, Wash. on the Pacific Ocean coast 8/17/09. Photo by Bellingham Seattle photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Photographs from Ocean Shores, Wash. on the Pacific Ocean coast 8/17/09. Photo by Bellingham Seattle photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Photographs from Ocean Shores, Wash. on the Pacific Ocean coast 8/17/09. Photo by Bellingham Seattle photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Photographs from Ocean Shores, Wash. on the Pacific Ocean coast 8/17/09. Photo by Bellingham Seattle photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Photographs from Ocean Shores, Wash. on the Pacific Ocean coast 8/17/09. Photo by Bellingham Seattle photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com


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Jay Inslee visits Western | Bellingham photographer

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee visited Western Washington University today to talk with students about Pell Grants, budget cuts and the AmeriCorp and Students in Service Learning programs. I covered the visit for Western’s Office of University Communications, where I am a photography intern this spring.

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I had an intriguing exchange with Rep. Inslee in the parking lot behind Old Main, right before he got into his Prius to leave. Only myself, Inslee and one of his staffers remained.

Inslee: “And who are you?”

Me: “I shoot for Western.”

Inslee: “Oh, you’re not one of those subversives, good.”

Me: “Uhh haha yeah paparazzi here. Mumble mumble.”

Daniel

Bellingham photographer | Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field

Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field Meet 4/8/11 at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Photo by Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field Meet 4/8/11 at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Photo by Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

On Friday, April 8 I photographed the Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field meet at Civic Field in Bellingham. I went with about a half dozen members of the Western Washington University chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. Everyone went their own separate ways in an attempt to get something different.

With that in mind, I got the idea to do a remote camera from a high vantage point. At first, I was going to clamp a camera (in this case a Nikon D300 with 17mm lens at f/8, triggered w/ Pocket Wizards) to a standard at the pole vault area. Then a volunteer came up to me and wanted to know what I was doing.

I explained, and they offered to let me put a camera on a pole vault pole! I jumped at the idea, no pun intended, and in a few minutes and a guess at focusing I had my rig up in the air. I shot hundreds of images and after much finagling and adjusting I made a few frames I am happy with. I definitely would like to do this setup again at another track meet — the vantage point is just so different!

Here’s a photo of me shooting with this pole vault pole cam, by Rhys Logan

Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field Meet 4/8/11 at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Photo by Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field Meet 4/8/11 at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Photo by Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field Meet 4/8/11 at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Photo by Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field Meet 4/8/11 at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Photo by Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field Meet 4/8/11 at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Photo by Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field Meet 4/8/11 at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Photo by Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

I also did a remote camera with the same lens at the steeplechase event. The camera was protected from the waves of water by a Penn Camera/Think Tank cover system that leaves just the front lens element exposed. Everything else is waterproofed! It came in handy as those runners really gave the system a soaking.

After each pass of the athletes I literally poured out water from the lens hood and quickly wiped off the front element to get rid of the accumulated droplets. I felt like a member of the NASCAR pit crew!

With a remote camera, I have the choice of being in two places at once! I put a Pocket Wizard II in the hotshoe of my main camera and each picture was synced with my remote. I got this steeplechase moment from two different angles:

Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field Meet 4/8/11 at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Photo by Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field Meet 4/8/11 at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Photo by Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field Meet 4/8/11 at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Photo by Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field Meet 4/8/11 at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Photo by Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field Meet 4/8/11 at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Photo by Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field Meet 4/8/11 at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Photo by Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field Meet 4/8/11 at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Photo by Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field Meet 4/8/11 at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Photo by Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

All in all it was a fun couple of hours spent hanging out with photo friends and enjoying the sunny weather. What more can ya ask for?

Thanks for looking!

Daniel

Humans Vs. Zombies WWU Bellingham | Editorial photographer

They’re back. Humans. Zombies. Coexisting peacefully. Okay, not so much. Today at Western as at colleges around the world, Humans versus Zombies at Western Washington University in Bellingham was going down.

The rules are pretty simple.

Humans armed with Nerf guns shooting foam sticky darts try and take out the zombies. The zombies can attack by touching the humans. Inside of buildings are safe zones for both sides. So all across campus humans were trying to take out zombies. It even got pretty physical as a human trying to evade a zombie attack crashed into a door way. Another zombie took a flying leap as they attacked a human. An intense and interesting shoot for sure.

Humans vs. Zombies at Western Washington University in Bellingham Wednesday April 6, 2011. 4/6/11. Photo by Seattle Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Humans vs. Zombies at Western Washington University in Bellingham Wednesday April 6, 2011. 4/6/11. Photo by Seattle Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Humans vs. Zombies at Western Washington University in Bellingham Wednesday April 6, 2011. 4/6/11. Photo by Seattle Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Humans vs. Zombies at Western Washington University in Bellingham Wednesday April 6, 2011. 4/6/11. Photo by Seattle Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Humans vs. Zombies at Western Washington University in Bellingham Wednesday April 6, 2011. 4/6/11. Photo by Seattle Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Humans vs. Zombies at Western Washington University in Bellingham Wednesday April 6, 2011. 4/6/11. Photo by Seattle Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com


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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.

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Seattle editorial photographer | Seattle Police Protests (SPD) 2-18-11

Seattle police form a barrier on Pike Street during protests against the Seattle Police Department (SPD) Friday, Feb. 18 in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Photo by Seattle Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Seattle police form a barrier on Pike Street during protests against the Seattle Police Department (SPD) Friday, Feb. 18 in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Photo by Seattle Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Protests against Seattle Police Department (SPD) Friday, Feb. 18 in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Photo by Seattle Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Protests against Seattle Police Department (SPD) Friday, Feb. 18 in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Photo by Seattle Bellingham photographer Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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