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Visual stories from the Eastside and the Pacific Northwest by Chad Coleman

Beer, a behind the scenes look of a product photo shoot

July 26th, 2011 at 2:59 pm by Chad Coleman

Beer. Just looking at this photo makes me want to go hoist a pint. As a photographer for a news publishing group, I am called upon to shoot many assignments that I may not feel are my strong suit. These are the moments that make me a better photographer… taking deficiencies in my skills and working to improve. I learn something every time I pick up a camera, no matter how many times I’ve had a similar subject. No two photo assignments are exactly alike. Below, you get a peek behind the scenes of the beer photo shoot for The Scene that clearly demonstrates a good image can be made almost anywhere… like my messy garage with an old diaper box, some copy paper, a mirror and duct tape. Cheers!

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Bellevue Police debut electric ‘chariot’ for downtown patrol

July 22nd, 2011 at 2:17 pm by Chad Coleman

Above and below, Bellevue Police Officer My Tran rides the downtown unit’s new T3 motorized vehicle through the Old Main neighborhood of Bellevue during a media demonstration on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.  Read more about the green patrol vehicle in the Bellevue Reporter.

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Jumping rope goes high action

July 19th, 2011 at 10:21 am by Chad Coleman

To be honest when I received a short email assignment requesting me to photograph a jump rope team for the Kirkland Reporter, I immediately thought of 9-year-olds on a school playground. What I found  was a group of dedicated athletes with some high-flying moves that just happened to incorporate jump ropes. To be sure this is not your momma’s Double Dutch. Above, members of the Hot Dog USA fusion team work on their routine prior to the World Championships, held over the July 4 weekend in Washington D.C. The team includes Jake Anderson, Nick Woodard, Colleen McCary, Chris Brown, Farris Rae and Robbie Csontos. More photos after the jump…

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Taiko Drumming

July 15th, 2011 at 2:40 pm by Chad Coleman

I had no idea what a taiko drum was before this assignment for The Scene, but now I’m in the know. Above, taiko drummer Jaymi Matsudaira plays during a multiple-exposure  photograph made in camera at the Japanese Community and Cultural Center in Seattle. The sound was big, the motion graceful and the photos fun. More photos after the jump…

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A princess and a novelist | When rain makes better photographs

July 5th, 2011 at 10:33 am by Chad Coleman


Making portraits on location is always about thinking on your feet, and recent photo assignments for The Scene magazine of a princess and a novelist had me jumping due to rain. Above, Isabella Figueroa, a member of the Miss Hisapanic Seafair Royal Court, was photographed at the Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) in front of artist Lacey Jane Roberts installation We Couldn’t Get In. We Couldn’t Get out. The original plan was to be outside at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens. More photos after the jump…

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Hand surgeon provides ‘miracle’ for quadriplegic

June 22nd, 2011 at 1:30 pm by Chad Coleman

Hand therapist Clyde Johnson, second from left, fits a brace for the surgically repaired hand of Daniel Coffey, as medical assistant Jennifer Schoneman, left, shares a smile at Bellevue Bone and Joint on Thursday, June 16, 2011. Coffey’s parents Alice and Pat watch the process in the background.

Last week I photographed the bandage removal and post-surgery hand check up on quadriplegic Daniel Coffey for a piece in the the Bellevue Reporter about the procedure performed by Overlake Hospital’s Dr. Thomas Trumble that saved Coffey from having a his thumb amputated. My words won’t do the scene justice, so take in the images and read the article linked above.

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Fire at the PSE substation in Redmond

June 17th, 2011 at 10:42 am by Chad Coleman

Yesterday while working at my desk at the Bellevue Reporter the power surged and lights flickered… the culprit was a fire at a Puget Sound Energy electrical substation in Redmond. As I checked the address information of the fire, I knew Willows Road would be shut down, so I took a quick look at Google maps and found a trail through the woods above the scene. Access plan worked great as I had easy parking, no police lines and got a decent view of the scene. More photos after the jump…

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Cambodian national Tun Channareth, a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, speaks to students during a visit to Seattle University, June 2, 2011. I had the opportunity to photograph and listen to a few stories from Channareth for a piece in the Mercer Island Reporter as he traveled to the States to receive on honorary graduate degree from Seattle U. Channareth was honored with a Nobel Prize for his advocacy of banning landmines with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, the weapon that cost him his legs in 1982. A portrait and more photos after the jump…

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Tattooed professionals: What lies beneath?

June 1st, 2011 at 4:12 pm by Chad Coleman

Allen Velasco bares his ink for a feature story on tattoos in the professional workplace I photographed in the current issue of The Scene magazine. Not my first rodeo shooting inked art, but fun to meet new people as always! More photos of inked professionals after the jump…

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Baseball and Softball | Washington State Tournament 2011

May 31st, 2011 at 2:44 pm by Chad Coleman

The Mount Si High School Wildcats celebrate two early runs after Trevor Lane (2) beat a throw to the plate during the WIAA 3A state baseball championship game at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, May 28, 2011. Mount Si beat Shorewood 5-4 for the state title.

It was prep spring sports state tournament time this past weekend, and I covered baseball at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, and softball at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. Here are some of my favorite images and moments from the weekned. More photos after the jump…

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