Back in May, I was asked to travel to Guatemala City to photograph portraits and document the happenings of Onyx Coffee as the American and Guatemalan teams meet in person for the first time for a trade show at Guatemalan National Coffee Association. I can honestly say the Onyx team were some of the most welcoming and warm people I have met. They immediately made me feel as if I had been a part of their team for years.
When Jane Sherman asks you if you can photograph five hot shot chefs for Seattle Met’s annual” Next Hot Chefs” feature, you say YES!. The brief, individual environmental portraits of five chefs all photographed at one of their favorite foodie spots in town. Incredibly, all five made room in their schedules to work with me, and even more surprisingly, their favorite bars/restaurants/food havens opened their doors to us for the sittings.
Last month I was commissioned to shoot some donuts for Jewish in Seattle magazine. However the assignment quickly grew to include portraits of some "official donut judges". These are those pictures.
We had a really tight timeline for this shoot, less than a week from the initial meeting to the shoot date. Do to the tight deadline some of the early ideas involved simple or textured backgrounds and graphic treatments. Because Michelle and I couldn't help ourselves we came up with the theme of a family dinner. At least that was the universe we wanted to images to live in. We decided to show the transition from summer to fall by creating an indoor/outdoor space and incorporating fall textures and colors. We had to build the set instead of shooting on location because there were so many shoes and we wanted the look and feel to remain consistent from shot to shot. In the end we delivered substantially more images than would ever be used, simply because we had the set so dialed in.
Styling by: Michelle Lateste
Photography by: Me
Here are some behind the scenes images, including rough whiteboard diagrams and some pictures of me pondering my small existence in the vast sea of apple-boxes.
Here are a couple images from my recent shoot with Senator Patty Murray. She was on set for less than three minutes. I wish I could have spent a little more time talking to her as she has a really interesting perspective on politics and policy making, but I'm grateful I had the opportunity to capture her likeness.