Photography

“Wow. What amazing photos. You are so very good at this. You manage to catch people being themselves. You capture the beauty, the complexity, and the emotions of people and you grab light and shadow to their full advantage…All the feedback I got from your 8 photo subjects was appreciating how you were with them. They actually enjoyed the photo sessions and the photos are so real and beautiful.” —Jacqui Beck, painter, poet, creator of the Gender Personal project, for which I photographed 8 gender-variant interview subjects.
 

“I have never in my life seen so many good pictures taken of me!!! Marc, how do you do it???? Damned if I know how to choose.” —Jo Sanders, Personal Historian.

 
My goal in photography is to create impact that is felt, not just seen. When the camera settings are right, it’s all a matter of connecting with the subject on a deep and genuine level. In post-production, skilled use of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop bring out the best aspects of an image while minimizing flaws and distractions.

 
(Only primary examples are listed below. For more examples, click the categories in the left column.)

Corporate and Event Photos

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.

A panel member at a Seattle University consortium addresses issues of human rights for incarcerated transgender women.

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. Click for larger version.

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.

Human rights advocate Aidan Key speaks at the Kirkland Arts Center opening for Gender Personal. With Jacqui Beck.

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Circus Arts Photos: The Acrobatic Conundrum

Tanya Brno of the Acrobatic Conundrum. Click for larger, uncropped version.

Tanya Brno of the Acrobatic Conundrum. Click for larger, uncropped version.

The Acrobatic Conundrum is a relatively new circus arts group based in Seattle, WA, but already building a national reputation. They’ve engaged me to shoot a number of their shows.

In this shot, Tanya Brno sails over the stage on a rope. Read more

Music Performance Photos

Marvin Shields, Jr., plays bass for Global Heat. Click for larger, uncropped version.

Marvin Shields, Jr., plays bass for Global Heat. Click for larger, uncropped version.

I’ve photographed scores of local and international musicians. My photos have been published in Facebook pages, websites, posters, YouTubes, and CD jackets.

Marvin Shields, Jr., an enthusiastic and skilled bass player, shown here performing with hip hop band Global Heat at the Experience Music Project, Seattle.

Marvin can always be counted on for his tasteful but punchy playing and his great big smile. Read more

Website: Duvall House Concerts

Duvall House Concerts Site. Click for larger image, or visit www.DuvallHouseConcerts.com

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

Dance Photos               

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Manimou Camara. Click for larger, uncropped version.

The greatest challenge in photographing dancers like these is resisting the urge to move!

As with my other photos, these often find a place on Facebook pages and other social and promotional media.

Manimou Camara is a master drummer and dancer from the nation of Guinea, in West Africa. He now lives in Seattle where he teaches and performs. Read more

Postcard: 4×6 Photo Exhibit Announcement

4x6 Photo exhibition announcement. Click for larger version.

4×6 photo exhibit announcement. Click for 920×613 version.

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