Red Rocks and Red Hands / Spring 2016

Something about the taste of instant coffee and the promise of an uncomfortable night in the back of a Hyundai Santa Fe becomes so appealing when it coincides with a plethora of other-worldly sights. With 16 Google Maps tabs still open on my laptop depicting a theoretical route through a handful of well known locations in Utah and Arizona, Sarah and I took off accompanied by the voice of Sarah Koenig and a large box of goldfish. 

About 5 and a half days were dedicated to this Southwest trek - not enough, but it'll have to do. Following all the dry air, I spent a few days in the significantly more saturated environment of the Olympic Peninsula, a classic Washingtonian Spring Break destination. A day of celebrating Holi and a few purchased Harvard Business Cases later, my final quarter of undergrad has begun. 

Sunrise, somewhere in Idaho. 

Ocean spotlights. 

Moonlit walls of Bryce Canyon

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We happen to run into badass runner, Jay Harcum, in Zion. He was generous enough to do a spontaneous trail run shoot on his favorite Zion trail at sunset while guiding a college trip through the park. Among many others, Jay has run the San Diego 50 and will be running Boston for his second time this year.

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Lower Antelope Canyon

Our mobile, 5-star hotel for the trip. 

Instant pasta + instant coffee = instant success

16 hours of driving and a couple of rest days later Jake, Kyle and I found ourselves on the Olympic Peninsula. 

Washington Democratic Caucus

The Eastside Friends and Family Holi Celebration

Center Focus - Recent Updates

This quarter flew by in a rush of nerve-racking basketball games, quick, local vignettes and digital marketing classes. Here are some of the images I made in between and during. 

WWU basketball star Jeffery Parker repeatedly dunked for me while I attempted to make uneducated suggestions. Very thankful for his patience and talent. 

Japanese artist, Rintaro Hara stands amidst the many softly rolling styrofoam balls of his piece "Uplift and Slope" featured in Western Gallery exhibit "How Space Turns." See the whole story at here and experience the exhibit in person at the Western Gallery.

UW Track Invitational

Kneeling before a wooden crucifix, Rev. Joseph Altenhofen prays the rosary in his home, adjacent to the Sacred Heart Church. Full story.

Klipsun Magazine's Editor in Chief Halee Hastad introduces you to the Promise edition.

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During a Lynden High School boy's basketball game I met Henry Kuiken - a 1952 Lynden HS graduate who played in this very gym for the same team 64 years ago. Since then, Henry has been in the Air Force, worked for Boeing on President Kennedy's plane, and been married. In 1979, Henry was struck by a car with low chances of recovery. But he pulled through and claims "God kept me around to watch basketball."

After decades of growing acceptance, my grandmother, Marilyn Danielson, has completed and published her book - Scott's Rainbow: A mother's journey of loss, faith, and survival. The book tells the story of my father's younger brother and his battle with brain cancer. Last month I got to spend a morning with her, listen to her recollect, and see the artifacts from Scott's life, cut short.

With exactly 35 minutes remaining before the start of a game against rival team, Central Washington University, the WWU locker room goes silent. Just as he does before each game, Jeffery Parker leads his team in prayer. Full story.

End of 2015, Beginning of 2016

Fun portraits of varying styles, a cabin community in the cascades and basketball season kicking up. Take a look. 

Western Washington University freshman, Gabriela Pelogi was gracious enough to do a quick 20 minute shoot with me for some marketing materials leading up to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA II tournament. 

Abbi Milner preparing for yoga.

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Friends, food and funds.

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It was an exciting night at the Seattle Center. Lightsaber Battle 2016.

The Scottish High Camp is a cabin lodging area that offers amazing backcountry skiing in the winter and gorgeous colors during the summer. 

Chris Hanson, owner and director of High Camp still gets in her turns despite a busy schedule.

Puget Sound Energy donated funds to the Whatcom K9 Unit for bullet proof dog vests.

A fun story from Mark Hartley taking a look at the relationship between men and their beards. Check it out here.

A mountain for your time.

(Mostly) October 2015 - Deep Passes, Crowded Headers, and the Blood Moon

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Western Washington University's Becca Cates goes up for a header against MSUB defenders.

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Mount Baker sophomore Thomas Barbo drops a pass in the endzone during the third quarter of the game at Meridian High School on Friday, October 2.

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Western's Michaela Hall spikes the ball for a kill against Central Washington University. 

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Erik Friberg celebrates scoring the winning goal against LA Galaxy on Wednesday October 28 during the first MLS playoff knockout round. See more Sounders photos from the previous posting below. 

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The supermoon eclipse rising above Shuksan on September 27th. 

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A participant of the Bellingham Bay Marathon running down the Red River Pedestrian Path on Lummi Reservation, Washington.

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Headers and lights - WWU Men's Soccer vs. MSUB

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Squalicum High School students prepare for a friday night football game against Sedro Wooley High School on September 25th. 

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After completing a reception from quarterback Garrett Sorenson, Squalicum High School junior Ben Peterson dives into the endzone for a touchdown in the third quarter against Sedro Wooley High School on Friday, Sept. 25. 

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Silver Lake Park Invite - Saturday, Sept. 26.

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42nd Western Washington University Classic - Lake Padden, Bellingham, Washington

Vesper Peak, North Cascades, Washington

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Mount Baker High School vs. Meridian High School Oct. 23rd. 

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Lummi Nation School vs. Crescent School - Oct. 9th. 

A lost opportunity. 

Looking the opposite direction of the supermoon eclipse on Sept. 27th. 

Sounders vs LA Galaxy 10/28/15

I had the opportunity to shoot the Seattle Sounders vs Los Angeles Galaxy MLS knockout match for Prost Amerika, and after shooting college level soccer for the previous month, standing on the sidelines of Century Link Field made it feel like I had stumbled across an entirely different sport. I spent the first half of the game shooting Galaxy players attempting to blast in big kicks past Stefan Frei (succeeding twice). The second half of the game, I got to internally cheer for the Sounders offense as they wore down Galaxy players to claim their victory. Here are a handful of my favorite images.

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Fellow photographer Max Aquino walking out before the match. 

LA Galaxy players celebrate after their initial equalizing goal early in the first half.

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Sounders midfielder Erik Friberg celebrates after scoring a goal that put the Sounders up 3-2 against LA. 

Summer 2015

Full of mountainous running and freelancing, summer of 2015 included nights under the stars, at trip to Yosemite National Park, a Mariners game, and much more. 

Trail Running and Other Excursions

Ranging from easy hikes with populated lookout towers, to a 35-mile day run around the Copper Ridge Loop the summer had much in store for my longing to be surrounded by craggy peaks and alpine lakes. 

La Bohn Gap / Mt. Hinman 

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Mt. Pilchuck Overnight

Copper Ridge Loop in a Day

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Skyline Divide

The Enchantments

Lake Ann

Trappers Peak

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Ptarmigan Ridge 

Alpine Lakes Left and Right

The Aurora Outside North Bend

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Yosemite National Park

A Zipline Wedding and Mariners Ballgirls - A couple memorable assignments for the Everett Herald

Spring 2015

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During this spring, I shot a handful assignments for Klipsun Magazine - however, one stood out as the most visually intriguing. The following few images are from a story on body cameras of Bellingham police officers. I had the opportunity to spend an evening with Officer Andria Fountain responding to calls - see the full story here: http://www.klipsunmagazine.com/body-behind-lens/.

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Officer Rene Wagner asks a man arrested for violation of a restraining order what the substance found in his side pocket is. The man claimed he had no knowledge of the small bag saying "these aren't my pants". An on-the-scene drug test kit suggested that the substance was methamphetamine.  

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Officer Fountain attempts to find the owner of a misplaced phone.

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Officer Fountain talks with a homeless man who frequently is reported for welfare checks. The reported man was sleeping outside of the Northwest Chiropractic Clinic on April 25, 2015. 

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After crashing his car outside of a local restaurant, a Bellingham man takes a sobriety test administered by Officer Fountain. 

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Bellingham Police Officer Andria Fountain walks a man into the Whatcom County Jail to be processed and admitted for the night. The man, arrested for driving under the influence, claimed to only have one beer that night but registered a blood alcohol content level .09 above the legal limit. Fountain, who was the first of four officers on the scene, says that many people don't realize how fast officers have to make life-impacting decisions in the field which is one of the reasons body cameras are being implemented. 

Spring Excursions

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Sourdough Mountain, North Cascades, Washington

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Artist Point Road, Mt. Baker Area, Washington

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Artist Point, Mt. Baker Area, Washington

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Index, Washington

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Thunder Creek, North Cascades, Washington

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Thunder Knob, North Cascades, Washington

UTAH 2015

 Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

During spring break this year, I flew out to Salt Lake City, Utah with my friend/fellow photographer Jake, got picked up by another friend, Kyle, who had driven from San Luis Obispo, California, and met friend number three, Alex, at the Park City Ski Resort, were he worked as ski patrol throughout the winter. After a day of skiing and snowboarding, we spent the rest of the week trekking through the famous national parks of Utah, including Canyonlands, Arches, Zion, and Bryce. Many, many images were made but here are a handful highlighting the journey. 

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