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What To Read In The Rain by 826 Seattle

Friday, May 18th, 2012

A few months ago I had the opportunity to be a part of a great project. One of my photos was found and picked to be used as the cover of 826 Seattle’s 2012 Hotel BookWhat To Read In The Rain.

What To Read In The Rain Cover Photo

What To Read In The Rain Cover Photo

The photos below were taken during the publishing party in November of 2011 at the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.

The Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.  Seattle, WA

The Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. Seattle, WA

826 Seattle

826 Seattle

Inside the store

Inside the store

Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. - Inside the store

Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. - Inside the store

Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. - Inside the store

Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. - Inside the store

Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. - Publishing Party

Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. - Publishing Party

What To Read In The Rain - Publishing Party

What To Read In The Rain - Publishing Party

What To Read In The Rain - Publishing Party

What To Read In The Rain - Publishing Party

What To Read In The Rain - Publishing Party

What To Read In The Rain - Publishing Party

What To Read In The Rain - Publishing Party

What To Read In The Rain - Publishing Party

What To Read In The Rain by 826 Seattle - Publishing Party

What To Read In The Rain by 826 Seattle - Publishing Party

What To Read In The Rain - Book Signing

What To Read In The Rain - Book Signing

What To Read In The Rain - Book Signing

What To Read In The Rain - Book Signing

What To Read In The Rain Hotel Book by 826 Seattle

What To Read In The Rain Hotel Book by 826 Seattle

What To Read In The Rain Hotel Book by 826 Seattle

What To Read In The Rain Hotel Book by 826 Seattle

To see more photos from the event please visit 826 Seattle’s Flickr page.

826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth, ages 6 to 18, improve their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. 826 Seattle’s services are structured around their belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. For more information, visit www.826seattle.org. If you’d like to make a tax deductible donation, please visit our donation page.

Tequila Tuesday + iPad = this…

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Tequila Tuesday!

Tonight, after a couple of margaritas, the responsible adults started playing with my sister-in-law’s iPad.  I can’t believe how much fun you can have with such a simple app like Photo Booth.  We were cracking up.  This all started after we had heard that my niece had used her iPad and taken 100s of photos of herself while her mom slept.  Here are just a few from tonight…

Henry the Fraggle

Henry the Fraggle

Killer eyebrows

Killer eyebrows

My beautiful wife. Yep, I married her

My beautiful wife. Yep, I married her

Nose swirl

Nose swirl

Smize!

Smize!

This is Lisa, she's very happy

This is Lisa, she's very happy

This is Bob, he's not so happy

This is Bob, he's not so happy

This is my favorite though. A simple filter and a shot of her peeking into the frame.

This is Haeley, the one that started it all...

This is Haeley, the one that started it all...

This just goes to show that “The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You” – Chase Jarvis.

The Bumpasaurus is back!

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Baby got back! What do those words conjure for you? Scantily-clad women with large round… well you know. Well for me it takes me back to when My Posse’s on Broadway was bumpin’ in my tape deck. Not an mp3, not a Napster download, or even CD, I meant cassette tape.

I was born and raised in Yakima, WA. Far from L.A. and New York, or the usual places rap music came from. So the first time I heard a rapper by the name of Sir Mix-A-Lot, a rapper from Washington State at that, I had to listen; and he was good! Sir Mix-A-Lot really put Seattle music on the map for ME. Yeah there’s Jimi Hendrix and many others before him but for me it was Sir Mix-A-Lot. I mean Baby Got Back has been everywhere from background music in high school dance routines, Cameron Diaz shook her booty to it on Charlie’s Angels, and even made it onto the tv show Friends. Mix is Big! And he’s back!

That brings me to the other part of this story. A little over six years ago I moved to the Seattle area to start a career in web design. I moved here on new year’s day. #1 – It’s not the best day to get up early and move heavy boxes and furniture. #2 – I had to find the closest ski resort to go riding since it was pretty much mid-season and I missed my beloved White Pass.  I ended up going to Stevens Pass for two reasons great snowfall and the mountain itself looked sick!  The photos on their website really made you wanna ride there.

I’d been into photography for a few years by then.  Not professionally, mostly just snapshots of friends and family.  But I love stills, moments frozen in time; as cheesy as that sounds.  I will stop and stare at pictures anywhere.  My wife loses in places like the airport because I get distracted by pictures.  I haven’t yet but someday I’d like to post the photo that really made me want to do this as more than a hobby.  It’s not inappropriate or anything but it’s just not the right time.  I’ve already over-hyped it by saying that.

That brings me back to the Stevens Pass photos.  I had to find out who took them or what agency made their site so I could find this photographer’s portfolio.  It was cool to hear that it was a local photographer. A guy by the name of Chase Jarvis.  He may have been big in photography circles by then but I had never heard of him.  I just knew  that I liked his work and would like to do something similar someday.  I’ve revisiting his site and reading his blog ever since.  I’m a Chase Jarvis groupie.  I know that sounds creepy but there are many of us.  Scott if you’re reading this, you’re one too and you know it.  By groupie I really just mean that I follow and have learned a lot from the Chase Jarvis team.  Their workflow, photography style, and the philosophy of sharing your photos and giving back.

When Facebook came along it made it easier to follow people and share photos.  Then the iPhone came around which made Facebooking and taking pictures easier.  Then came the Best Camera app was created which made taking pictures, simple post production, and sharing photos easier than ever.  There’s a photo app for everything from grungy borders to the Hipstamatic look.  Now the iPad is helping us share in ways we never could before.  All the while Chase Jarvis was pushing the industry by blogging about behind the scenes workflow, printing the first all iPhone photography book “The Best Camera Is the One That’s With You™” to testing the first ever DSLR that shot video.

This past Wednesday, Chase interviewed Sir Mix-A-Lot about his life, the music industry, and what the future holds for Mix.  This was all done LIVE on Chase’s site.  That’s where we are today; anyone can write,  broadcast, or share just about anything online; for very cheap, if not free.

During the LIVE interview Chase also shot the cover for Sir Mix-A-Lot’s upcoming album while also taking questions from viewers on Twitter.  I was lucky enough to Tweet a quote by Sir Mix A-Lot which won me an autographed Polaroid by both Chase and Sir Mix-A-Lot.  What???  That’s sick!  Who would’ve ever thought that I would own a very limited edition Chase Jarvis photo of Sir Mix-A-Lot without paying an arm and a leg.  I love the internet!!

Here’s the Polaroid I won.

 

Sir Mix-A-Lot by Chase Jarvis

Sir Mix-A-Lot by Chase Jarvis

I’d like to thank the team at Chase Jarvis Inc. for putting on the show and helping to push photographers and our industry.  Oh yeah, your studio is sick.  The large prints on the wall stop you in your tracks.

Project 365 #49

Monday, March 7th, 2011
Warning!

The following images may gross you out. I was able to keep what the dentist didn’t break. Here are a few shots of my beautiful wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth, why do we have them if they just end up getting ripped out out of your mouth. I now know the importance of having good dental insurance and when to use it. Like maybe seven years ago when my wisdom teeth were smaller and hadn’t grown roots. I’m pretty sure it would’ve been a lot less painful, the holes they leave would’ve been a lot smaller, and I could’ve started eating regular food sooner.

Project 365 #49 - Wisdom teeth

Project 365 #49 - Wisdom teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Here a couple of videos that Kathryn took as well. they’re kinda boring but also a kinda funny, enjoy.

Project 365 #48

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Halva, nuff said.

Project 365 #48 - halva

Project 365 #48 - halva

Project 365 #47

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Project 365 #47 is a photo of myself. It’s the look I have as I keep hearing about all this great snow falling at home and in the mountains and I can’t enjoy it. I hate being sick and wisdom teeth!!!!

Project 365 #47 - I hate being sick and wisdom teeth!!!

Project 365 #47 - I hate being sick and wisdom teeth!!!

Project 365 #41

Monday, February 21st, 2011

I’m 31!!!

Project 365 #41 - Birthday Cake

Project 365 #41 - Birthday Cake

Thank you Joyce, Bob, and all of my fam.

Project 365 #23

Monday, January 24th, 2011

And now back by popular demand, the shortest Project 365 ever. I’m sorry I missed one day, which turned into a weekend, which turned into more than a month. I’m gonna give this another try…

The following picture isn’t one that I took but one that I’ve been meaning to post for a while. It’s a shot of a couple of friends and I at Timberline Ski Resort at Mt.Hood, Oregon. This photo was taken with what seems like the first digital camera ever made. My iPhone can take better pictures. (Ok, maybe not my iPhone.) That doesn’t matter though because it was good enough to take a picture then, that I still have today, and can now post online. In the end, that’s why we take pictures; to share them with others, to remember the good times and the bad. Luckily this was a good day, not the best snow, only a few lifts were running, but we were on the snow very early in the season.

Project 365 #23

Project 365 #23

The guy on the right is my friend Jessie. He was the guy that started it all, he got us into this but because of him we’ve also gotten a lot of other people out on the snow. The most recent were the Pinkowski boys which will probably be teaching us a few things soon.

The guy on the left is my friend Riley. He pushes us all. I don’t know too many people that ride with broken bones and a torn meniscbcbwabzrsjnok; yes, that’s a medical term.

In the middle, that’s me.

I love this shot and hope to get an updated version sometime this year. I just hope we remember to take our goggles off…

Project 365 #4

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Project 365 #4

Yeah and...


Yeah, and…

This is what I had to post since I didn’t go out and take any pics.

All muscle.

They don’t makes toys like this anymore…

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

A few weeks ago I went back home for the weekend to visit my family. While I was there I stopped by a friends house. I hadn’t been to their new place since they moved. After getting a tour of their home we headed outside to see the beautiful view of the Yakima Valley from their patio. As we sat and talked for a while I noticed that she had this old toy tractor that her grandson was playing by. I remembered that tractor, I couldn’t believe she still had it. I used to ride it when I was very young.

John Deere Toy Tractor

John Deere Toy Tractor

The other day I found a few photos of a very young me, riding that same tractor.  Look at my hair!

John Deere Toy Tractor

John Deere Toy Tractor

John Deere Toy Tractor

John Deere Toy Tractor

John Deere Tractor

John Deere Tractor

John Deere Tractor

John Deere Tractor

Check out the matching jean jacket!

John Deere Toy Tractor

John Deere Toy Tractor

They really don’t make toys like this anymore. How many people still have their very first Nintendo or Transformer action figures. I wish I did, but that’s a different blog post…