Next Hot Chefs - SeattleMet 2019

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.

Multiple Lighting Setups to Maximize Short Shoots.

Often when shooting with notable people, the time allotted to you is quite short. This means there is no time to adjust lighting and no time to backtrack and try something different. In preparation for a sitting with Senator Patty Murray (photos to follow), I recalled a sports illustrated shoot that utilized multiple lighting setups to get the look the mag wanted and the look the photographer wanted. 

Since I needed to create images for multiple uses, I needed multiple lighting scenarios. However, as mentioned before, I had very little time for the actual sitting. This is where SpeedCycler comes into play. This function is usually used in arena sports photography. In this case however, it allowed me to shoot all three different lighting concepts in less than a second. 

Here is a basic breakdown of the setups with some early tests. 

Channel A (safe option)

Channel A (safe option)

Channel B (drama drama drama)

Channel B (drama drama drama)

Channel C (Strange, unsettling, colorful)

Channel C (Strange, unsettling, colorful)

I am excited about the possibilities this tool can provide in the future. Here are a couple more images I made with this set prior to Senator Murray's arrival. Photos of Senator Murray to follow....

Its a Cultural Thing: Israeli Tech Workers in Seattle

This series was made for Jewish in Seattle. The brief was to create a series of timeless black and white portraits of Israeli tech workers who have immigrated to Seattle. The final images show sense of quiet confidence that they all share. 

Hagit Galatzer

Anat Brovman

Shirli Israeli

Adi Sapir