Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a spin-off of Photoshop designed specifically for the needs of professional photographers. It handles most of the adjustments achievable in Photoshop, but with a far more streamlined workflow. It also incorporates cataloging and fast retrieval of images, generates print and web assets, and protects original photos by using entirely non-destructive processes to implement and record edits.
When my wife and I moved to Duvall, Washington, we noticed there were not many local venues for live music. We decided to host a series of concerts in our home, where we could feature some of our favorite area musicians in a friendly setting. It’s been a great way to contribute to our community while promoting something dear to us: music.
The DuvallHouseConcerts.com website promotes upcoming concerts, accepts seat reservations, displays photos and videos of past concerts, and includes a contact form.
I write all copy on the website, which we use in conjunction with Facebook announcements, MailChimp emails, and local press releases. Read more →
Homepage for LindaWaterfall.com. Click to visit the website.
Linda Waterfall is a nationally-acclaimed composer, songwriter, and performer. She first hired me for several promotional photo shoots, then to design two CD packages, and most recently to rebuild her website from the ground up.
Since Linda enjoys writing and technology, WordPress was a logical choice for the site platform. We worked in close collaboration to develop a site that met her requirements:Read more →
I treat corporate and other formal event photography very much like all my work: it’s all about getting in touch with the interactions and feelings of the subjects, sensing the right moment for a great shot, and knowing how to work the light, angle, and camera to the greatest advantage.
Here are shots ranging from corporate picnic to art exhibition to human rights consortium. Click the images to see larger versions.
Alisha Williams of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, speaking at a Seattle University consortium addressing the rights and vulnerabilities of incarcerated transgender women.
Ellen O’Hara, CEO of Zetron Corporation in Redmond, Washington.
Human rights advocate Aidan Key speaks at the Kirkland Arts Center opening for Gender Personal. With Jacqui Beck.
CD jacket design for Heart of the Earth (Liz Kohlenberg and Judith Gottlieb). Click for a larger version.
I was hired to design the package for this CD. Liz Kohlenberg and Judith Gottlieb (sisters) had decided to record an expertly-produced album of songs they’d written about their family and lives. It was important that the packaging convey the scope of the songs as well as the significance of the project itself.
For the front of the jacket, we used a painting by Liz’s daughter, Leah. I extrapolated the print color theme from there.
Print design for CD jacket: Hometown Girl, recorded by Linda Waterfall. Click for larger version.
“Seattle’s Best Singer-Songwriter” (per Seattle Weekly) Linda Waterfall has hired me to produce the designs for her last 2 CD’s. This one included a 2-pocket jacket, 8-panel lyrics insert, and the disc label (see the jacket larger)Read more →
I’m the webmaster and project photographer for GenderPersonal.org, which raises public awareness of gender issues through recorded interviews and original multimedia (paintings, poetry, recorded interviews, and photos).
I co-wrote this HTML newsletter with project founder Jacqui Beck. I then did all the graphic layout, coding, testing, and dissemination of the newsletter using MailChimp. Click the image to view the actual newsletter in your browser.Read more →
The GenderPersonal.org WordPress site. Click to visit the site.
Gender Personal (GenderPersonal.org) is the creation of Seattle artist Jacqui Beck. It’s an exploration and celebration of gender variance. When her teenage child came out as transgender, Jacqui interviewed 8 gender-variant people to learn more. She then turned to her painting and poetry as a means to express what she was learning.
After meeting Jacqui through a mutual friend, I decided to lend a hand to the project, contributing my skills as a web designer-developer and also as a photographer.Read more →
Matman Wrestling Company is a major manufacturer and distributor of wrestling uniforms and gear. I’ve worked with them over 10 years, first creating their Flash interactive Uniform Builder and later taking them through three iterations of their website. The current site features:
My website client Carolyn Koehnline wanted to give prospective clients a sense of her psychotherapeutic style. Since she uses guided visualization in her work, I suggested offering one exercise as a video.
YouTube integrates easily with websites and social media, and its built-in search engine Read more →
I created this slideshow while visiting Santa Elena, Costa Rica. I wanted to add a music soundtrack, but had no instruments with me. All I could find in town was an m’bira (thumb piano) made from a coconut shell.Read more →
The ConfrontingClutter.com WordPress site. Click to visit the site.
ConfrontingClutter.com is the website of Carolyn Koehnline, a Bellingham psychotherapist who successfully uses a combination of formal psychotherapeutic techniques and creative exercises to help clients clear space for what they want in life.
When I created Carolyn’s first website in 2009, I made a point to understand her work, her target audience, and her personal style.Read more →
Male Purple-Throated Mountain Gem, one of Costa Rica’s many hummingbirds. Click to view a larger, uncropped version.
My interest in photographing nature has taken me from the waterways of western Washington (where I frequently kayak) to the high cloud forests of Costa Rica.
This is the male Purple-throated Mountain Gem, one of over 50 species of hummingbirds found in Costa Rica. This shot was taken with the Canon 5D Mark II Digital SLR, a 100-400mm zoom lens, and flash.Read more →
American Crow, photo by M. Hoffman. Click for larger image.
I publish a blog on my photography website, SongbirdPhoto.com. It’s a way to promote and disseminate my work and to help others connect with nature. I usually cross-post a synopsis to Facebook and might post a photo now and then to Pinterest.
Here’s a blog about crows:
“Seattle is a city of crows. And they have a nasty reputation. Folks here know them as picnic terrorists, garden plunderers, and (on garbage-collection days) maniacal strewers of trash. Read more →
Here’s my design for a 4×6″ postcard announcing a show of my nature photography (see it larger)
There’s something indisputably eye-catching about a wild animal turning to look at you. It’s a shot I’m always looking for—in this case, the animal was a Red-tailed Hawk, our most common hawk in the Northwest but one whose intensity never feels commonplace.Read more →