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Focus Northwest

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

Posts Tagged ‘Bellevue Reporter’

Winter storm photos from the Eastside

January 20th, 2012 at 3:47 pm by Chad Coleman

Crews work to repair power lines at 53rd Place SE and East Mercer Way on Mercer Island on Friday afternoon, January 20, 2012. See more photos after the jump…

Portraits of Eastsiders

January 13th, 2012 at 11:22 am by Chad Coleman

Well 2012 is starting to roll along and I’ve had the pleasure of making portraits of some interesting people to start the year. Above, outgoing Bellevue council member Grant Degginger at the Lane Powell offices in Seattle. The portrait was assigned to accompany a Q&A piece about his tenure on the council and as mayor for the Bellevue Reporter. More photos after the jump…

Indoor climbing gym Stone Gardens opens in Bellevue | Photos

November 2nd, 2011 at 3:18 pm by Chad Coleman


Stone Gardens indoor climbing gym’s roped climbing space at Crossroads in Bellevue on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. The gym also has two large bouldering (unroped) climbing spaces, as well was a weight lifting and exercise area. I got to check out the new business for a piece in the Bellevue Reporter. More photos after the jump…

Worker scraping window, feels like Halloween | Photo

October 12th, 2011 at 11:34 am by Chad Coleman

A worker scrapes a layer of tinting off an external window during the construction remodel of the new grocer, Your Local Market, at 410 Bellevue Way NE in downtown Bellevue on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Just in time for October, I made this ghostly image during an assignment this morning… reminds me of a horror movie poster.

Photographing food, learning every time out

October 4th, 2011 at 1:05 pm by Chad Coleman

Above, bulgogi bibimbap (beef) before it is stirred prior to eating at Oma Bap in Bellevue for a Dine column in the September issue of The Scene. I have to admit when I came onboard as a staff photographer with the Reporter newspaper group six years ago I had never photographed food once in my life. Part of my work was to shoot art to accompany a monthly food column for the Mercer Island Reporter (which continues today), so I ran to the bookstore and leafed through a handfull of illustrated cookbooks to get and idea of what was out there. Since then I’ve shot a couple food assingments a month, each with their own challenges. I always strive to improve and really present the food in an interesting or appealing way. Still lots of room to grow, but my batting average is rising. More photos after the jump…

Quick hits, a sports feature portrait

September 27th, 2011 at 2:25 pm by Chad Coleman

The ability to adapt and think quickly are traits that will serve a photojournalist well… from a breaking news scenario to a simple deadline assignment dropped in your lap. Last week I had one of those photo assignments that cropped up at the last minute and had to form a plan on my drive to the location. The photo was slated as the main art for a two part sports feature about concussions in youth sports for the Bellevue Reporter.  The subject was no longer able to play football but was helping assist the coaches of his high school football team. I wanted to show the football aspect as well as the student-athlete, and had the the idea that looking out of a helmet may add visual pop. I think it worked out well. Above, senior Blake Miller photographed at Issaquah High School on Monday, September 19, 2011. Oh, and to follow up on a prior post on environmental portraits, this was all natural light.


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.

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.

More photos after the jump…

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…

Female boxer Alex Love has her eye on the 2012 Olympic Games

April 22nd, 2011 at 10:33 am by Chad Coleman

Olympic-hopeful boxer Alex Love poses for a portrait at Ring Sports United in Bellevue, March 1, 2011. I was assigned to photograph a female boxer for the Bellevue Reporter before she moved to Colorado to train for a chance at a spot on the women’s 2012 Olympic team. I walk into the RSU gym in the North end of Bellevue and met a confident athlete, with work-ethic, drive and a great attitude – even if she likes throw a verbal jab once in a while. More photos after the jump…