“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.)
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.
Male Purple-Throated Hummingbird. 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 →
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 →