willy wonka and the spice lady

theos

One of our favorite places to take visitors when they come to Seattle is Theo Chocolates in Fremont.  Whether if it’s just to stop in to sample or to take the full tour,  it’s just a great place to experience something very unique to Seattle.  I enjoyed photographing this piece for Sunset because I got to meet a lot of the staff and they are all super passionate about chocolate.  Definitely check it out.

spice

I also got to photograph a story featuring Christina Arokiasamy for this month’s Sunset. She teaches culinary classes out of her home and specializes in using exotic spices inspired by Malaysian cuisine.

the city i live in

seattle

An image I made of downtown Seattle,  the city I now call home.

I just returned from working in Southern California.  It was my first trip back since moving here a year ago.  While I had a great time visiting friends,  soaking up some sun,  making pics, and unwinding on the beach,  it’s good to be back here.

This is a sweet town.  LA,  I’ll see you again next month.

park bench

sj_bench

Another Monday,  another personal image.  This one comes from a recent trip to the San Juan Islands. I enjoy finding landscapes and then waiting for a subject to interact with my frame.

the trees

fog

Monday is random picture day,  so here’s a frame that I thought I’d share.  Taken in the Willamette Valley, Oregon.

inside seattle

If you live in Seattle,  then the current September issue of Sunset is full of good recommendations for things to do, places to shop, and good beer to drink.  I was fortunate enough to photograph three stories for the issue.  I’ve included the opening pics from each story.

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The above image is of the Comstock stairway in Queen Anne.  The emphasis of this story was featuring the staircases of Queen Anne.  It was sweet to roll out of bed and walk out my door to photograph my own neighborhood.  Back to the stairs,  Queen Anne has loads of them and if you’re into stairs,  go to Queen Anne Books and pick up an illustrated map of the stairs.

Other highlights of the story were eating wood fired pizza at Via Tribunali and meeting locals who garden at the Interbay P-Patch.  They were nice enough to send my assistant and I home with freshly picked berries, greens, and rhubarb.  It’s definitely a sweet place.

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The next story featured craft beer, and specifically the Naked City Taphouse in Greenwood. Co-owners and brewers Don and Donald were extremely hospitable and kept trying to get me to sample all the beer.  They have 24 constantly rotating beers on tap,  and the selection is as broad as it is interesting.  If you’re into beer, check it out.

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The last story I worked on for the issue was on local boutiques that specialize in imports.  As it turns out Seattle has quite a bit to offer.  Whether you’re looking for fabrics from Finland (Tuuli), linens from Lithuania (Liave), or Russian porcelain (Far4) – there’s plenty of places to spend you’re hard earned cash in this slumping economy.

nacho libres

nacholibres

I think this blog needs to establish some traditions.  So from this day forward,  I will post a random image I’ve made from my personal work on Mondays.

I’m kicking off with two Nacho Libres walking across the street to a Tower Records that was going of out business.