22 05, 2014

Updates underway

By |May 22nd, 2014|About| Comments

We are in the process of making some changes to our main site and business.  We are hopeful the core content can be deployed in the coming days so please come visit us soon.

If you have an immediate inquiry then please get in contact with us here.

19 05, 2014

Repost: Robert Capa’s Longest Day

By |May 19th, 2014|Photography Shows| Comments

A great piece in this month’s Vanity Fair on the famous war photographer Robert Capa.  As a history buff I know many of the photographs but only recently learnt about the photographer.  Some iconic shots of his over the years featured in the article.  The shot below of Huston Riley is said to have played a role in inspiring the movie ‘Saving Private Ryan’.  This is very much a local story with Huston being a long time resident of Mercer Island – a nice story about him from 2008.

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Full article and many more photos’s on Capa here.

 

15 05, 2014

Repost: You’ve got male

By |May 15th, 2014|Online Dating Photos| Comments

I was reading an interesting blog post by Jeff Reifman who has been in and around the Seattle tech circuit since the early nineties.  The post was all about the challenges of dating in Seattle with a much larger percentage of single guys than available single girls.  From reading 2010 census data Jeff concludes that;

Based on the 2010 census data, Seattle has 119 single men for every 100 single women, slightly better than San Francisco at 121 – but equal if you add in the impact from nearby Bellevue, which is an awful 144.

Then using more recent data he estimates that the 2014 numbers are most likely around 130 single males per 100 single females.  His premise is that Amazon, with its crazy hiring and the fact that their gender distribution is around 75% male is causing much of the in balance.

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That made me wonder if this is in part why we recently seen a much higher percentage of male clients come visit us for our online dating photographs?  Initially when we launched our dating photography package last year our client were in the 90% female and 10% male, now the numbers are more like 60% female and 40% male.   It makes me realize that I need to reach out to some of our male clients and see if the photos helped at all making them standout?

 

13 01, 2014

Just love getting phrase from our clients

By |January 13th, 2014|About| Comments

As with every job and even your personal life it’s really lovely to get phrase about your work and what you do.  Personally I’m often found to be the one that questions myself or wonders what could I have done different to get better results.  So getting some positive reinforcement every now and again is great. I’ve just got done adding some new testimonials to our web site and this one made me smile.

Over the years, Phil has repeatedly done an outstanding job for my commercial photograph needs. He goes above and beyond. For example, during my “shoot” for my new website, when I arrived at the studio, Phil had already done extensive research about me and what I wanted to communicate through the images on my website. He is creative, prepared, prompt, and has great integrity. He also takes my family photos and is amazing with my kids- and makes us look REALLY good, which is also fantastic.

I have added a few more here as well ;)

1 01, 2014

Orcas Island over the holidays

By |January 1st, 2014|Travel| Comments

Over the holidays we took a couple days break and decided to go up to Orcas Island.  Located in the Puget Sound and the largest of the San Juan Islands it was the perfect place to relax. We stayed in a small cabin with great amenities and a great wood fire to keep us warm.  The cabin was located just outside of Eastsound and an easy walk to the beach.

I decided against taking my ‘real’ camera however I couldn’t resist taking a few shots with my phone. Once you accept and embrace the limitations of the iPhone it’s pretty amazing what you can do with the right apps.

Can’t wait to go back again ;)

Orcas Island

Orcas Island

Orcas Island

Orcas Island

Orcas Island

Orcas Island

 

31 12, 2013

Perennial Tea Room

By |December 31st, 2013|Phil's Local Guide to Seattle, Seattle| Comments

Set in the heart of Pike Place Market the Perennial Tea Room has to be my favorite tea shops in Seattle, I have been going there for as long as I have lived here. Located in Post Alley, in close proximity to Kells Pub, the Post Restaurant and the White Horse Trading Company it is easy to spot with the brightly colored rainbow flags that hang outside.

Perennial Tea Room

Inside, the store is as cute as any store could be.   Filled with wonderful tea’s, beautifully made tea pots and cups and of course snacks to compliment your tea habits.  My favorite of which has to be the McVitie’s English Biscuits Digestives that is perfect to dunk into your tea. Clearly as someone with British heritage, I’m somewhat bias towards tea! But for me the huge range of flavors and distinctive aroma’s far outweigh whatever coffee can offer for which Seattle is famous for.  The Perennial Tea Room is the perfect place to experience teas in their finest form.

Perennial Tea Room

Owned by Julee Rosanoff and Susan Zuege the store is a mecca for tea lovers and those that are new to the art of tea.  One thing that I love is that the teas are all within arm’s reach and the staff encourage you to pull down the vessels holding the tea and smell the aroma from the many different varieties and blends.  It’s a great way to figure out what you like and the knowledgeable staff is always available to help guide you depending on your tastes.

For those busy visitors to Pike Place you might be in need of a break and the Tea Room always have daily teas that are brewed fresh.  It’s the perfect encouragement you to take a break, grab a seat and enjoy a cup.  If you visited the Perennial Tea Room and then left Seattle, don’t forget that they have a great online store too so you can buy your teas and have them ship directly to you.  How easy is that!

Perennial Tea Room

A few weeks ago I got to sit down with Julee and Sue, over a pot of tea of course and asked them about their wonderful store.  Here they are:

Perennial Tea Room

Tell us about yourself?

Julee: I was born in Springfield, Missouri and grew up in Southern California. I moved to Seattle in 1975 to attend graduate school at the UW and decided to stay for the fall colors and mild winter snows.

Sue: I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  I came to Seattle in 1975 after graduating from University of Wisc. Millwaukee, to get away from the winter snows and the summer mosquitos and humidity.

Perennial Tea Room

Tell us a little about the business? 

We opened the Perennial Tea Room in December of 1990 in Post Alley in the historic Pike Place Market. Prior to that we had been working out of our homes holding buying parties and shortbread tastings for our friends and a growing mailing list. A local hotel was kind enough to let is teach classes in how to create a 4 course afternoon tea. We finally decided that instead of doing this as a ‘hobby’ we needed to actually open a store.

Perennial Tea Room

What is your special ingredient?

From the beginning we have always sold products, tea and tea wares, that we like and use ourselves. The shop grew out of our love of tea. We give personnel service to our customers whether new to tea or experts themselves.

Perennial Tea Room

What is a favorite local café or restaurant that you love? 

Julee:  Way too many choices! I rely on Turkish Delight and Beechers for lunches in the Market as well as the Virginia Inn for the occasional dinner out.

Sue: There are so much to choose from, but I would have to say Michou in the Pike Place Market because it is my fall back lunch place.  That said Le Panier for my occasional coffee and of course their French pastries.

Perennial Tea Room

How do you spend your free time?

Julee: My hobbies are long walks – I do two half marathons a year and work to keep in shape in-between. I also read a lot and keep my local Seattle Public Library busy finding books for me to place on hold. I also enjoy movies with consideration of Academy Award nominations and awards.

Sue: My hobby is maintaining and reading all the incredible books on my Seattle Public Library hold list. I also enjoy cooking – the Mario Batali and Nigel Slater schools of cooking. Great ingredients, lots of improvisation with ingredients based on what is in the fridge, cooking interesting things everyday, not just for special occasions. I also enjoy old movies on TCM and anything starring David Tennant or Benedict Cumberbatch.

You can find Perennial Tea Room in the Pike Place Market. The specific address is 1910 Post Alley, Seattle, WA. 98101.  If you are in the market area I would highly recommend a visit.

Perennial Tea Room

Perennial Tea Room

Perennial Tea Room

 Perennial Tea Room

Perennial Tea Room

Perennial Tea Room

Perennial Tea Room

Perennial Tea Room

Perennial Tea Room

Perennial Tea Room

Perennial Tea Room

Perennial Tea Room

Perennial Tea Room

Perennial Tea Room

This local’s guide to Seattle is a new project for me.  I have two more to publish and a number of photo shoots scheduled for the coming month. To view other places that I love click here.

19 12, 2013

Repost: Father and Daughter find a new way to say goodbye

By |December 19th, 2013|Photography Business| Comments

Being a photographer, especially a portrait photographer is all about preserving memories. Be that in a print, a framed piece, an album or some other product. As your business develops and you get to see clients multiple times over multiple years (this is something Kim calls our repeat offenders) you get to watch clients: Babies, become kids and young adults. Mum’s and Dad’s become grandparents. Relationships end and other relationships start. New life is created. All in all it can be pretty impactful on you as you watch and document the different phases in life through photographs.

Then, as often as life can be amazing, it can be sad. For anyone that has lost someone, especially unexpected, sad has to be the biggest understatement ever. Heart breaking loss is so difficult to deal with. At times it feels that it is not possible to deal with. Yet we do.

Sometimes from loss comes creativity. A way to remember someone so special to you. These photographs by Melanie Pace of her sister and brother in-law, Ben on their wedding day; followed by her brother in-law and his young daughter, after her sister and mother to Olivia had passed fit that perfectly. Such creativity and a great way to show love and preserve memories as we photographers do best.

Ben said after the photographs - Many people have asked me how I felt while doing that photo session. What I want them to know is that this isn’t a story about grief and loss and hurt. Yes, I’ve gone through those emotions and still do but that’s not what I want people to see in these photos. This is a story about love.

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17 12, 2013

Love is in the air – over Skype too!

By |December 17th, 2013|Weddings| Comments

We don’t shoot many weddings, only one or two a year.  Most of the one’s that we do photograph are even more special because they are for wonderful friends.  Last night was such an event as I got the chance to witness and photograph Dan’s and Lucas wedding at Seattle’s Court House.  Beside Dan, Lucas and myself there was Amanda and Judge Johanna Bender all present.

Dan & Lucus

That said, Dan’s Mum and Dad – Lou and Bill weren’t going to miss this for the world so Dan dialed them up via Skype so they would watch and listen.  And most likely cry along with the rest of us as Dan and Lucas said their vows.   Such a wonderful evening spent with some very special people.  Here we have Dan and Lucas chatting with Mum and Dad before the proceedings got started.

Dan & Lucus

Love you two ;)  Now for lots more photographs – enjoy.  xXx

Before the service

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Talking to Mum and Dad over Skype

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Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

The business side of things

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Wedding vows

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

First few moments of being married!

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

Dan & Lucus

 

 

12 12, 2013

CRG Events Company meeting

By |December 12th, 2013|Business Photographs| Comments

Last week Amy and I got to go down to the Bell Conference Center to photograph the team that represents CRG Events, one of Seattle’s leading event companies.  As well as lots of candid photographs they wanted one complete team shot.  Here we have some 50 or so ladies and gents on the huge staircase that went up to the second level.

It was a fun couple hours photographing these guys.   One large zip file being uploaded now for TJ.

CRG Events

11 12, 2013

Seattle Space Needle in Infrared

By |December 11th, 2013|Infrared Photography, Seattle| Comments

These last few weeks the weather here in Seattle has been sunny and cold which I love.  Others friends however have not been so happy!  I managed to get an hour or so out of my studio work day on Saturday and decided to walk over to the Space Needle. Seeing how totally clear it was I took my Infrared camera with the goal of taking a different look at the Needle.

Here are a few photographs that I liked from that day.  The effect of the infrared light on the Needle and surrounding areas was totally surreal and very different from other traditional shots I have taken. The first below, a vertical shot of the Needle with the trees in the foreground is my favorite.  Quite like the ones from the Sculpture Park as well, the Needle almost looks small from there.

Seattle Space Needle

Seattle Space Needle

Seattle Space Needle

Seattle Space Needle

As I was developing these shots, I started to notice that the ones that I had taken from the right of the Needle had what looked like a shadow?  But from the angle of the sun that wouldn’t make sense.  I’m not exactly sure what caused this, but maybe an infrared reflection coming off the structure? You can see this in the shot above and others below.

Anyway, having fun with my infrared camera again ;)

Seattle Space Needle

Seattle Space Needle

Seattle Space Needle

9 12, 2013

North American Bison in Yellowstone National Park

By |December 9th, 2013|Wildlife| Comments

Seattle has been unusually cold these last few days.  I have heard lots of complaints from locals, yet I’m reminded that I love this cold weather. Especially as we don’t have rain! One place that I especially love in winter is Yellowstone National Park. In spring, summer and fall the park is parked with visitors; yet in winter there are much fewer people around.  At times you can go snow shoeing and not run into anyone for a half a day!

One animal that you get to see a lot of, grazing and wondering around Yellowstone is the Bison.  Of all the wild animals in the states the Bison has to be one of my favorites.  I find them somewhat prehistoric looking with their huge frame and hump.  Although these ‘wonderful’ creatures are far from having zero controversies!  Depending on your point of view, you can either love them or hate them.

This shot of a Bison in the snow is one of my favorites from a trip a few years ago. There is something dramatic with the snow being driven with the wind while the animal is grazing on the limited supply of grass.  To me the whole photograph just says ‘cold’.

Bison shot in Yellow Stone national park

5 12, 2013

Seattle Winter Sunset

By |December 5th, 2013|Seattle| Comments


27 11, 2013

Girls night at salon ef-jekts

By |November 27th, 2013|Ladies, Gents, Couples - straight & gay| Comments

Last Saturday I got the opportunity to attend salon ef-jekts ‘Girls Night’.  Hosted in conjunction with our boudoir brand and our friends at Babeland and Zovo. It was a totally fun night of socializing while the ladies got their hair styled and having some girl time.

I just got done with reviewing the photos and posted them on our Facebook page here.  Here we have the adorable Mallory, one of our clients who we love.

Seattle Boudoir Photography - salon ef-fekts'

26 11, 2013

Photography walk around the Arboretum, Seattle – in Infrared

By |November 26th, 2013|Infrared Photography, Seattle| Comments

A couple of years ago I converted one of my camera bodies to infrared and now it can only shoot infrared photographs.  I’m far from a technical expert here, but simply put: the camera can now capture infrared light, light that is not visible by our own eyes.

I have been intrigued by infrared photography for years, but never managed to allocate time to explore this.  Even with converting the camera two years ago, I think I have maybe picked it up a handful of times.  I’m hoping to change this now. To me, when I look at infrared photographs they often seem surreal, almost fantasy based. The color and tones are bold with strong contrasts.  Often the colors seem false or unreal.

The Arboretum Seattle photographed in InfraRed

Yesterday in Seattle we were lucky to have a completely sunny day, all be it cold to start with.  I wanted to get out and enjoy the day so I dusted off the infrared camera and went over to the Arboretum again. It was such a beautiful afternoon and it was great to explore this park with a fresh eye.  Unlike conventional photography, you pretty much have no idea how an infrared photograph is going to turn out until you get back and develop them. I discovered that it was almost a relief to not to have to get a ‘perfect’ shot.  You compose, click, then walk away and wait until you get a chance to develop them to see the results.  Of the shots that I took, only a third were worthy of developing.

The Arboretum Seattle photographed in InfraRed

Here are a few of my favorites.  I thinking the one with the older gentleman sat on the seat looking out at the lake might be my favorite.  Sat to the right, in my mind he is sitting there because his life time partner is no longer with him and her/his spot next to him is empty.   A beautiful: but sad photograph.

I would love any feedback/comments on these.

The Arboretum Seattle photographed in InfraRed

The Arboretum Seattle photographed in InfraRed

The Arboretum Seattle photographed in InfraRed

The Arboretum Seattle photographed in InfraRed

The Arboretum Seattle photographed in InfraRed

15 11, 2013

Kuhlman Men’s and Women’s Clothing

By |November 15th, 2013|Phil's Local Guide to Seattle, Seattle| Comments

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Kuhlman is probably my favorite clothing store in Seattle and I have been shopping there for close to ten years.  It is set in the heart of Belltown, but clearly off the beaten path from the traditional retail core. A charming little store located in a historic building that is packed full of clothing gems and accessories.  Expect to come in looking for something specific and leave with lots of other items as well.

One of the many reasons that I love Kuhlman is that they are always trying to find brands that you typically don’t find in Seattle. In some cases it’s a new designer that is starting out in the industry. In other cases it’s a well-established brand in other parts of the world, but those that haven’t made it to our small city yet.  And gosh, if you ever want a custom suit that is tailored just for you – go to Kuhlman.

One of the big changes that Kuhlman has made in the last couple of years is to open an online store. So if you happen to visit and regret not buying something before leaving town there is a good chance that you can buy online from them.

These days the clothing tends to skew more towards men with maybe 60-70% focused on male items. Which frankly is great!  In Seattle, most of our clothing stores cater towards the ladies and not us boys. Recently I got the chance to sit down with Scott the owner and chat to him about his background.  Although I have known Scott for years, I never knew that he had some of his boutique clothing in another one of my Seattle favorites – Fast Forward.  Go figure!  Alas, that store has long closed up.

So with that, here is Scott.

 

Seattle Local Guide

 

Seattle Local GuideTell us about yourself?

I grew up in Spokane, in eastern Washington, which is culturally more akin to the Midwest than to the left coast. I studied art and Japanese at Western Washington University in Bellingham then moved to Seattle’s Belltown in the 1980s. At that time Belltown was a rather neglected part of the city with an interesting mix of pensioners, sailors and artists living and working here. I made jewelry and sold it through a shop in the Pike Place market that specialized in local designer clothing and accessories. I later had some clothing in another Belltown boutique called Fast Forward.

 

Seattle Local GuideTell us a little about the business? 

Kuhlman opened in 1999 in the historic Glaser building, built in 1909. A number of likeminded businesses – the original Ace Hotel, Rudy’s barbershop and the Cyclops restaurant – also opened in the Glaser around the same time.

 

Seattle Local GuideWhat is your special ingredient?

We do a lot of different things at Kuhlman. We carry smaller and emerging designers as well as a number of “heritage brands” like Barbour, Original Penguin, Farah, Schott and Fred Perry. We have everything from t-shirts, shorts and sundresses to European-cut suits and tuxedos. We also make bespoke suits and shirts. This is the highest level of custom garment making where we make a pattern specifically for you and do multiple fittings to ensure perfect fit. If you need a garment you already own altered or repaired we can help you with that as well. We put a lot of blown-out jeans back in action.

 

How do you spend your free time?

I cycle year around for enjoyment and to get around much more quickly than I can in a car. Weather permitting I play tennis two to three times a week.

What is a favorite local café or restaurant that you love? 

I like Local 360 for its great variety of tasty and un-pretentious dishes with the focus on our local bounty. For delicious drinks I love visiting Erik at Zig Zag in the Pike Place Market Hillclimb. If I can’t get a seat there Il Bistro is also excellent. For great views and happy hour food I like The Edgewater.

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You can find Kuhlman on 1st and Wall in Belltown. The specific address is 2419 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121.

If you are visiting Seattle or are a local looking for a new cloths or accessories, I would definitely recommend a visit.

 

Seattle Local Guide

Seattle Local Guide

Seattle Local Guide

Seattle Local Guide

Seattle Local Guide

Seattle Local Guide

Seattle Local Guide

Seattle Local Guide

 

Seattle Local Guide

Seattle Local Guide

Seattle Local Guide

 

This local’s guide to Seattle is a new project for me.  I have a number of photo shoots scheduled for the coming month. To view other places that I love click here.

15 11, 2013

Cougar – Mountain Lion – Puma

By |November 15th, 2013|Wildlife| Comments

Male Mountain Lion

 

There are often some pretty inspirational photographs on Bing’s home page that call to me. Recently I have been drawn to some of the animals that have been featured, for example this morning an adorable Little Owl that had us all smiling. This got me inspired to dust off some of my own wildlife photography that I have shot over the years and found these that I love.

This big cat, something that I have always called a Mountain Lion, but most people call a Cougar or Puma is one of my favorite series of shots taken on a trip to Montana a number of years ago.  There is always something special about that early morning light: but even better if you get to photograph this beautiful cat as it explored the rocky hilltop. For me there was something pretty special in getting to experience and capture this adult male.

Ok – now I’ll get to work on some of the studio projects ;)

Male Mountain Lion

Male Mountain Lion

Male Mountain Lion

Male Lountain Lion

14 11, 2013

Photographing a baby bump – week 19

By |November 14th, 2013|Maternity Photography| Comments

Last week I started a new project to document the growth of a baby bump during Mum’s pregnancy.  At the kick-off Mum, aka Ms P was in her 19th week of her pregnancy.  Moving forward the goal is to do this once a month and to capture the growth with these photographs.  I’m sure we will also do a more traditional maternity session around the 8th month or so with Dad as well.   The final output would be a composite of all of the monthly images put together in a row.

I started out with three basic poses and lighting – it’s going to be exciting to watch the growth each month and compare previous months.

Photographing a baby bump - week 19

Photographing a baby bump - week 19

Photographing a baby bump - week 19

11 11, 2013

Lighting Project – Mr A

By |November 11th, 2013|Projects| Comments

One of the fun things that I have wanted to do for a while is to get a little more specific on our studio lighting.  The goal is to develop some new lighting styles for us to use in the studio. The secondary goal is to work on lighting schemes that require no adjustment in post processing – ie, getting it right out of the camera!  Then we can document the styles with models and lighting diagrams so that they can be shown to clients and then reproduced on a session day.

Here we have Mr A.  For this look I wanted to create a somewhat low-key lighting feel, but I also wanted to make sure that the face and upper body was well lit.  I also wanted to have good separation from the subject and the background with good definition of his shoulders/arms.  And gosh does he have good definition ;)

 Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

The shots above were my final photographs, no post adjustments, apart from de-saturating the black & white versions.  The only thing I would change would be to reduce the hot spot a little on top of his head, but we ran out time for that.   The shots below were some progression shots as the lighting scheme evolved ;)

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

9 11, 2013

Repost: Portraits Of The World’s Remotest Tribes

By |November 9th, 2013|Photography Shows| Comments

A very moving set of portraits from some of the remotest tribes around the world by photographer Jimmy Nelson .  A huge project to undertake for sure.  That said, after watching the over produced video at the end of the post, i came away with the feeling that he could be exploiting the very tribes that he set out to photograph.  The whole positioning around ‘before they pass away’ is so over the top, even if true. Enjoy the photographs, you can decide how you feel about his approach to the project.

Photographs, notes and video here.

5 11, 2013

The cost of doing business

By |November 5th, 2013|Photography Business| Comments

I was reading Dallas Logan’s post of a few days ok, something that he titled “What That Photograph Doesn’t Tell You”.   Dallas is a talented commercial and fashion photographer and has worked with a number of major agencies and advertisers.  In this post Dallas talks about how some times his clients are surprised at how much his services cost.  With the adoption of digital photography and that pretty much everyone’s smartphone has a decent camera; almost anyone can be a ‘photographer’ and think they know what it would be like to be a professional photographer.

The truth is, even if you have good composition skills and can run an instagram filter; there is a heck of a lot more to running a photo business that simply taking the photograph.  In the post Dallas highlights just some of the many items that a photographer has to pay for to be in business, from their time away from the lens needed to run the business, to any assistants and team members that need to be paid, hair & makeup costs, electricity/internet/servers/phones, and then of course the time/money spent to process, retouch, print and deliver the final output.   All of this costs money and it’s good to see this written down.

You can read his full post here. 

4 11, 2013

Fall walk around Green Lake, Seattle

By |November 4th, 2013|Projects, Seattle| Comments

One thing I love about Seattle in the fall is the huge weather changes that often take place.  This past Saturday we had winds that peaked around 60 mph that swept over the area causing many tree’s to topple.  Of course, these downed trees also meant that thousands of people lost power, which sucks for them. Then on Sunday, a complete change with much of the day filled with blue skies, white fluffy clouds and very little wind.

The difference in the weather was pretty amazing and on Sunday morning I found myself at Green Lake with 40 minutes on my hand.  Not enough time to walk around the whole lake, but time for a slow wonder around part of it to capture some of the remaining fall color, the water and a few birds that were hanging out.

Here are a few of my favorites.

Green Lake, Seattle

Green Lake, Seattle

Green Lake, Seattle

Green Lake, Seattle

Green Lake, Seattle

Green Lake, Seattle

Green Lake, Seattle

Green Lake, Seattle

Green Lake, Seattle

Green Lake, Seattle

1 11, 2013

Online Dating Photos 101

By |November 1st, 2013|Online Dating Photos| Comments

It’s Kim and I feel like it’s time to give some advice on dating photos.  Oh my!

Generally filling out a date profile is taxing enough, so why end all your hard work with a mediocre photograph?

Your profile photo should show off who you are NOW, not who you were 3 years ago. One of the oddest things we’ve seen for dating profile photos are selfies in the car! I’ve noticed an overwhelming amount of photos like this complete with seatbelt across your chest. Unless “said” car is a classic, (your pride and joy ) this form of photo for you profile is not ok. Not only does it look a bit odd, it’s unsafe! Eyes on the road people!

Another photo phenomenon is bathroom mirror selfies that allow you to see the phone you took it with, along with your countertop that could use a bit of a tidy………… Things I’ve seen in the background of a bathroom selfie: cleaning supplies, tampons, children, and the occasional dirty bathroom sink!

With all that said, we would LOVE to take your photographs for your dating profile. If you are unable to get your photos professionally done at least take the time to do them right. Grab a friend, put on something cute, and fire off a ton to look though!

*Hint*Natural lighting is always the best.

If that doesn’t work for you then contact us.

29 10, 2013

GQ’s Seattle City Guide

By |October 29th, 2013|Seattle, Travel| Comments

I love that GQ Magazine featured Seattle in one of its recent city guides.  Considering that there are only 6 cities featured so far that’s quite the honor.  Maybe they know that Seattle is a pretty fabulous place to visit and an even better place to live.  I love their summary of the city

In the land of killer coffee and evergreens, it’s the guzzable cocktails, cooly chic restaurants, and incomparable boutiques that are really blowing our minds

They list some of my favorites from Canon, Olympic Sculpture Park and of course the 4, but they also include some new places for me to check out.  The full guide is here.

 

28 10, 2013

Fall photography walk around the Arboretum, Seattle

By |October 28th, 2013|Seattle| Comments

Yesterday afternoon I took a few hours break from the studio and did an urban hike through the city to get to the Washington Park Arboretum.  The Arboretum is one of my favorite parks in the city and I love walking around the acres of greenways looking at all the beautiful trees and shrubs.

Although we don’t get the amazing colors that New England and other places get, our fall colors seem a little more vibrant this year.  I totally lucked out on the weather as the clouds cleared, the sun came through highlighting the colors and creating some amazing shadows as the sun got lower on the horizon.

Here are a few of my favorites from yesterday.

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

Fall color in the Arboretum, Seattle

23 10, 2013

Family Previews at Kerry Park

By |October 23rd, 2013|Family| Comments

Seattle Family photos

Two weekends ago we got to hang out with Christen, Jeremy and the adorable Miss little E for a fun family photography session in Seattle.

We met at Kerry Park on Queen Anne hill, Seattle. We were lucky that it wasn’t raining however there was a decent amount of cloud cover so we didn’t get to see the spectacular views. That didn’t stop Miss E, she was in fine form, insisting that she wasn’t going to wear her coat for most of it as she ran around entertaining everyone.

Here are a few of our favorites from that day. So much fun ;)

Seattle Family photos
Seattle Family photos
Seattle Family photos
Seattle Family photos
Seattle Family photos
Seattle Family photos
Seattle Family photos
Seattle Family photos
Seattle Family photos
Seattle Family photos
Seattle Family photos
Seattle Family photos
Seattle Family photos
Seattle Family photos

19 10, 2013

Introducing Taylor in the Arboretum

By |October 19th, 2013|High School Seniors| Comments

align=”left”>We recently got out of the studio and went to the Washington Park Arboretum, close to the Madison Park neighborhood in Seattle, to photograph Taylor for his Senior High School photos. It was a great day to walk around the park! Taylor, along with our crew, stopped at several locations around the Arboretum to get a varied number of backdrops for his photographs. We found a small lake, an amazing bridge, and of course…tons of trees!

Seattle Senior Photos - Taylor

Seattle Senior Photos - Taylor

Seattle Senior Photos - Taylor

Seattle Senior Photos - Taylor

Taylor had 3 different outfits for his session around the park. The first outfit was a pair of jeans and a sweater. It may have been a relaxed outfit but it’s totally mom approved!

Up next…Taylor had to show his support for the University of Washington! We got some great photos of Taylor walking around the park showing off his Husky pride.

Seattle Senior Photos - Taylor

Seattle Senior Photos - Taylor

Seattle Senior Photos - Taylor

Seattle Senior Photos - Taylor

If you can’t tell by the final outfit, Taylor is a golfer; and quite a good one at that! Taylor showed us his skills in some action shots. We also got some more relaxed photos of him with his gear.

Seattle Senior Photos - Taylor

Seattle Senior Photos - Taylor

Seattle Senior Photos - Taylor

Seattle Senior Photos - Taylor

Seattle Senior Photos - Taylor

Seattle Senior Photos - Taylor

Thanks Taylor for wandering around the Arboretum with us! We had a blast creating your High School Senior photos for you to enjoy

 

 

18 10, 2013

Print Quality – Archival Materials – Museum Grade printing

By |October 18th, 2013|Photography Business| Comments

My introduction to photography came when I found myself with a few months on my hands and not able to work. I bought myself my first SLR, a couple of lens and started to plan a 3 month road trip.  Before leaving I went into the photography section of a local book store looking for inspiration.  I wasn’t sure what I was looking for, however one name that stood out on the shelf was Ansel Adams.  Such an icon and as a newbie I thought I could learn from one of the masters.  So I purchased some books based on his teaching and off I went.

During that trip, not only did I learn about exposure, composition, the zone system and the camera basics, I also learnt about the importance of good printing.    If you take a great shot, you want a great print of it.   It’s something that stuck with me.  A couple years later as my photo journey continued I started to invest in workshops. One that appealed to me was Fine Art Printing.  So I took myself off to the Rocky Mountain school of Photography in Missoula, Montana to learn about printing for a week.  It was a great workshop and I learned a great deal. Sometime later I invested in a professional printer so that I could do my own printing in the studio.

What got me to reflect on this was a post that Rebecca Danzenbaker wrote on consumer printing and the terrible quality that they offer.  She sent the same photograph to multiple consumer printers and compared them to a professional lab she used.  You can read the full story here, but in summary she found prints were overexposed, had weird spots on them, had strange color casts, others were out of focus and arrived damaged.  Then the real kicker: she was given the wrong print and the only assumption I can make is that her print went to someone else.   This makes me wonder:  why would you invest in a professional photography and then use consumer printing?  The results are poor at best and there is no quality control.

As a studio we are committed to providing an outstanding print product.  We do all of our printing and framing in the studio using only archival materials. Archival printing is often referred to as Museum Grade and I think that description defines it perfectly.  It results is a beautiful print that matches the actual color of the photograph, (or black and white if that was how it was developed), printed on a firm photographic stock that doesn’t bend easily, all using acid free materials.  A practical way to look at this is a print that will last well over a hundred years: in other words a print that your children’s children will be able to see.  Do you think any of the prints that Rebecca got done for her test will last 10 years and still look good – nope!

As you think about selecting a photographer this is something to think about, ask to see print samples and make sure they are using Museum Grade printing.

17 10, 2013

Tower Bridge, London, England

By |October 17th, 2013|Travel| Comments

Having lived in London in my formative years, London town holds a very important place in my heart.  Back then I wasn’t into photography, however I have visited multiple times since and I can often be found exploring the city with a new found eye and my trusty camera.

One of my favorite spots has to be the River Thames. One of the most iconic structures on the river is the Tower Bridge that was finally opened in 1894 after eight years of construction.   The bridge was designed to support the growth of the East End of London enabling them to connect to areas north of the Thames. It’s a huge bridge and so impressive, to me it seems so magical..

Many of the iconic shots of the bridge are shot in a horizontal format, capturing the complete span and the two towers.  However from my vantage point that morning I felt like there was too much clutter around the bridge to get those typical shots.  Instead I wanted to isolate the structure and shoot vertically and focus purely on this magnificent bridge from a couple different angles.

These were three shots that I really liked.  I ended up processed them as black & white.  It felt perfect for the dynamic nature of the structure, especially with the clouds that were passing by during these shots.  I can’t wait to go back to London, catch-up with some dear friends and have a good pint!

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

14 10, 2013

Copyright and Plagiarism

By |October 14th, 2013|Photography Business| Comments

I was just reading a post by Seattle & LA photographer Michelle Moore on the subject of copyright and plagiarism infringement. Michelle is a superb photographer and not only is her work wonderful; she also spends a lot of time educating the photography community at large.

I link to her full article at the end of this post, however from our experience with copyright infringement it typically comes in two forms. First it is the unknowledgeable client that doesn’t know that the photographer owns the copyright. Even if they purchased a print they cannot legally scan the print to create a digital copy of it. It is up to us, the photographer to educate our clients on this. We also offer a number of low cost digital options for copies of prints purchased. And, depending on the type of photography we may also post free copies to Facebook or our blog that clients can tag/link to, assuming that they keep our watermarks intact.

To me the bigger problem is the photographer, who is knowledgeable about copyright, yet has decided to copy another’s work. This is clearly a violation of the law and shows complete disrespect of the owners work. In our experience most people are doing this to build their own portfolio, typically cropping out our watermark and then presenting it as their own work. Not only is this a problem for us – the owner, but it is also a huge problem for the stealers clients who believe that the stealer has more experience and/or greater photography skills than they do.

No matter if you are a new photographer or an established one that is looking to expand into a new category of photography, building a portfolio is easy: offer free sessions and electronics in exchange for allowing you to use the photography in your marketing. And if you are a newbie photographer that doesn’t know what they are doing there are heaps on online learning and workshops to get you educated. Please don’t steal; it’s a disservice to you and the copyright owner.

Plagiarism is something that doesn’t come up so often – or so I thought! The reason that I came across Michelle’s original article was that I was looking for a well written article on plagiarism. Earlier today I was working on an updated marketing piece for our boudoir business and had copied a bunch of our web content into a word document to edit it down. That was earlier in the morning, and I forgot the copy was still in my clipboard. Then later I mistakenly pasted the same content into google and I was surprised to find that not only was our web site listed, but two other photographers as well. After visiting their web sites, it looks like they don’t have hardly any boudoir content and is using our exact text to attract new clients to that category. Again, just like a photographer copying photographs, copying written content is clear break of copyright law and a complete disservice to you and the copyright owner.

Michelle’s blog post, listed here offers lots of advice to the both photographers who have been violated and also photographers that need to build up their own content. Please read and share her advice to others in the industry.

28 09, 2013

Repost: Vanity Fair Hollywood covers

By |September 28th, 2013|Photography Business| Comments

I’m a huge fan of the Vanity Fair magazine and as much as I’m not a big Hollywood watcher, I do love the yearly Hollywood Issue because of the often amazing photography.  VanityFair.com just added a post with all the covers from 1995.  I had to take a break from work and enjoy the fabulous photography, some of my movie girlfriends and boyfriends featured too ;)

Vanity Fair Hollywood Issues

23 09, 2013

Please excuse the mess!

By |September 23rd, 2013|About| Comments

I’m in the process of renovating the web site and many of the galleries will be offline for a day of so.

Thanks

18 09, 2013

Amazing Eagle Cam

By |September 18th, 2013|Travel| Comments

I’m used to watching the eagles soaring over the Puget Sound and the city here in Seattle and just love watching them.  This video of an eagle takes this to a whole different level.  Someone managed to attach a video camera to the eagle as it soared over Chamonix, France.  Pretty dam amazing!

15 09, 2013

Seattle Boudoir featured at Babeland, Seattle

By |September 15th, 2013|Ladies, Gents, Couples - straight & gay| Comments

I’m excited to announce that Seattle Boudoir Photography is the featured artist at Babeland in Seattle for the next two months.  We have a great relationship with Babeland and love the team that works there.  The selection process for the exhibition was tough because we only had room for 12 photographs.  Four were 20×30 framed prints and eight were 16×20 framed prints and we wanted the photographs to show the wide range of work that we do, with ladies, guys and couples featured.  In the end we were very happy with the selection.

If you happen to be in Capital Hill in the coming weeks – months feel free to swing by the store and check them out.  We should be on the walls until the second week or November.

PS.  If you have never been to Babeland the store address is 707 E Pike Street. You can find direction and other store details here.

11 09, 2013

A different photo take on 911

By |September 11th, 2013|Photography Business| Comments

On the anniversary of 9/11 there has been lots of moving photo essays of that eventful day 12 years ago.  As a photographer it is not hard to be moved by some of the amazing photographs and the stories behind them.  Many of the photographs are of the horrific events of that day, but one of the most moving stories was much more personal.  It was told by well-known photographer Joe McNally, pictured below and it was about the effects his powerful portrait had on its subject and how it helped him heal.

It’s worth a read, the story is here.

3 09, 2013

Repost: 25 Historic Black and White Photos in Stunning Color

By |September 3rd, 2013|Photography Business| Comments

An interesting point of view on taking some very classic black and white photographs and converting them to color with today’s technology.  Some of these are very believable.

The full list here – http://imgur.com/gallery/fKJQr

28 08, 2013

Clancy and Alex – 2nd outfit

By |August 28th, 2013|Equestrian| Comments

I’m getting around to reviewing Alex’s second outfit from the session that we did with her and Clancy at RockMeadow Equestrian Center. This time we found some shade as it was starting to get warm as the sun was burning off the initial cloud cover that day. I love the red accessory color that ties these two together.

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

27 08, 2013

Boudoir Parties

By |August 27th, 2013|Ladies, Gents, Couples - straight & gay| Comments

We often do boudoir parties in our studio here in Seattle. These are typically bachelorette parties, but they really can be for anything and we have even done getting divorced parties! These are a whole lot of fun for the ladies and very empowering. The New York Post recently ran an article on this, our POV is here.

26 08, 2013

More Hailey and Ela

By |August 26th, 2013|Equestrian| Comments

More shots of Hailey and Ela from earlier in the summer.  We really managed to capture that special relationship between Hailey and her horse, Ela.  Just love how rich in color these shots are, Tower Farm is such a wonderful place to work.

Lots more to see, just click on the photo below.

25 08, 2013

Babeland shoot

By |August 25th, 2013|Ladies, Gents, Couples - straight & gay| Comments

We sometimes do event photography, but the other week we took that idea and merged it together with a boudoir photo shoot.  We basically put together a mock photoshoot at Babeland in Seattle.  It was such a fun night, more about the concept and the photos here. 

23 08, 2013

Clancy & Alex – first looks

By |August 23rd, 2013|Equestrian| Comments

Last weekend I got to hang out with two new beautiful subjects, horse Clancy and his lovely rider Ms Alex. I went across to RockMeadow Equestrian Center in Sammamish where Clancy lives. This was my first time meeting them both and it was great to get to know them. I know that Alex is super keen to see the photo’s so here is some of my initial favorites with her first outfit, this cute little red dress and boots.

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-ButlerSeattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler

Seattle Equestrian and Horse Photography - Alex Synodis-Butler