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Kitchen Design Contest Photography

Posted by Mike on November 22, 2008

Here is a fabulous award winning kitchen from Dawn Gogle at Hoppet Design….

Photographed at dusk with a 4×5 camera and a few lights to fill in for the gaps in ambient light.


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Las Vegas comes to Seattle…

Posted by Mike on November 15, 2008

As a Public Relations campaign, the Vegas tourism office brought some “showgirls” to Seattle for photo meet ups at various locations for a couple days…

One of my favorite photos of all time is the incongruent,  bizarre view of these two waaay overly  (or underly) dressed women catching the Seattle Times sports page in the morning at Cafe Umbria, in Seattle.

As you can see we also went to a bar and hooked up with some other folks too.

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Family support for Mom, 91

Posted by Mike on November 8, 2008

Carmela Rinaldi is 91 and slipping away. She still has fun though. Freddie the dog is her constant companion. Her children and grand children are taking care of her 24-7. People are at home for dinner. Hospice visits. Her doctor makes house calls. High quality Italian food tastes and smells permeate her home.

I cheated a bit on this photo by combining two pictures. I really needed both Freddie and Carmela in focus. So I shot two shots, each at a different point of focus, combined them in layers and layer masked away what I didn’t want.

2-27-09 Update: Carmela passed away today.

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Quincy Jones…

Posted by Mike on September 28, 2008

Mr. Jones travels in a bubble…. He creates it as he moves and people gather around forming the perimeter. He is, after all, famous and successful.

As a result of whatever is going on inside this bubble (which is not necessarily a visible thing), he is very difficult to photograph. Looking at the camera is not going to happen…

So one way to photograph him is to back off with a 400mm lens and zero in on the core of the bubble.

The other way I get people to pay attention is to start making up a fictional news story involving the person of interest and recite it out loud starting with a scandalous headline.

I needed a photograph with this young woman and Mr. Jones. He wouldn’t pay attention so I start in on this news story about how Mr. Jones and this woman were just married and this was their first photo shoot together…. The result is below…. much better than previous frames. When he realized what I was doing he cracked up…. and it worked out fine…

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John Peyton, courageous guy

Posted by Mike on July 18, 2008

No matter how you slice it, John has drawn the short straw. He has ALS. He was diagnosed 2 days after Christmas in 2007 and within a couple months his body was shutting down. By the time I met him (July, 2008) and photographed him for a story on assisted suicide he was unable to do anything except swallow and talk. Breathing was becoming difficult too.

He, on the other hand, doesn’t see all this as the short straw. He has a belief system which supports life and the inevitable transition from one dimension of life to another… so there is really no problem. He is a little disappointed that his regular time has been cut short but has accepted the situation.

Wow! I am impressed. Equally important is all the support he is getting from his family.

I like the kids who helped make this photo more than fun than it could have been… In fact, the client asked me to return and photograph things a little more “serious” because he looked a little too good.

john-peytonJohn passed away May 21, 2009. He was 65.

John Edward Peyton, Jr., 65, passed peacefully from this life on Thurs. May 21. He died in his home in Kent, with his wife Patricia by his side. John is remembered by those who knew him as a man who loved life and his family. These qualities were never more evident than in the last year of his life, during which he suffered the debilitating effects of ALS with peace, good humor, and a strong spirit. Up to the end of his life, he enjoyed a steady parade of visitors who came to lend support and fellowship to John and Patricia and inevitably left feeling inspired and encouraged. Those who now miss him greatly are comforted by his courageous and faithful example of living richly while dying.

John is survived by his beloved wife Patricia, his dear sister Mary Jo Peyton of Modesto, CA and his 6 daughters, Anne Carriker, Theresa Decker, Colleen Archer, Barbara Berg, Valerie Thomas, and Regina Levy, their husbands, and his 20 grandchildren.

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Photos of the BAND, Pravda Studio

Posted by Mike on June 8, 2008

A little lighting control, defocused background, and minor retouching produces great location shots of the BAND. By the way, the party was hosted by one of our clients Gourmondo catering.

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Fine Dining at Tulio, Seattle

Posted by Mike on June 7, 2008

What’s to explain? One of the best in Seattle. Their version of eggs benedict is fabulous!!!!

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What if you had a new product to launch?

Posted by Mike on December 9, 2007

I covered the X-box launch party…. $700K for 3000 people….Wow, it was nice! …and loud, beyond belief.

If you were the bartendress who gave me the earplugs… I owe you!


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