A Pacific Northwest Editorial Photographer's Blog


Most photographers are more comfortable taking pictures than writing words, and writing about yourself is just about as uncomfortable as it can get, I believe. In spite of this I am plunging in head first. This space will be a place to show some work that might not find a home anywhere else. Undeniably, it is also  a place to promote my photography. And from time to time to share some thoughts on the state of the art. Not so much the technology as how I see things are going. Here goes the hard part.


I believe that I have a unique ability to put people at ease in front of my camera. I  discovered this after a number of years of making portraits of my friends and then for the various newspapers I worked for. I also really enjoy getting out to meet people from all walks of life and getting to know a little about who they are and what they do. What could be a more enjoyable way to spend a life.

I make photographs in both digital and film for editorial and corporate clients and I am comfortable shooting in a studio, on location, or if necessary setting up an impromptu studio at a location. My photography often uses the story-telling approach to produce compelling narrative photographs with a distinctive artistic edge. Often available for assignments at the last minute, my years of daily newspaper experience, have made me comfortable producing digital images and turning them around in the same day under extremely urgent delivery requirements.

For more than 20 years I have worked as an editorial photographer in New York, NY, Seattle, WA, Bellevue, WA, Redmond, WA and abroad for national and international publications, design companies and advertising agencies.I am capable of producing high impact and captivating images on a tight deadline. With photographic and post production skill and experience, I shoot assignments in a style that is real, straightforward, subtle and unobtrusive.

Some of the editorial magazines I have completed assignments for include the National Geographic, US News, Time, Education Week, Newsweek, Business Week, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, People Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Some of the corporations he has worked for include Amazon.com, Alliance Capital, The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation, Encompass, Getty Images, Intracorp, Microsoft, Safeco Insurance, Starbucks, TIAA-CREF and Unisys Corporation, and Waggoner Edstrom.

As an editorial photographer for NY Newsday, I covered such stories as the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, the breakup of the Soviet Union and a famine in Ethiopia. I also covered the fashion collections in Milan, London & Paris and a number of Super Bowls. My work has been recognized with awards from the Society of the Silurians, the Florida and New York State Associated Press Associations and the National Press Photographers Association.

For ten years until 1995, I worked at New York Newsday. In 1989, I was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his photographs of war in Afghanistan and a devastating earthquake in Armenia. In 1992 I was part of a team at New York Newsday that won the Pulitzer Prize for Local News for coverage of a fatal subway crash at Union station in Manhattan. In 1996 I accepted a buyout offer as they were closing the NY office and that is how I became a became a NY photographer based in Seattle specializing in portraits and photojournalism, freelancing for  advertising, editorial, and corporate clients.

Music has been one of my longtime favorite subjects and I regularly photograph some of the most interesting jazz musicians on the Seattle scene every month for Earshot Jazz magazine.

Since 2007, I have served on the Board of Trustee of the Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) offering guidance from the perspective of a working photojournalist. PCNW has a 20 year history of serving as the Northwest center for education, outreach, and exhibitions in the photographic arts. PCNW strives to enrich photographic artistry and appreciation through its quality courses and workshops, a gallery exhibiting internationally renowned artists, and outreach programs which serve photographers throughout the region.

Starting in 1997 I began to accept a limited number of commissions to document wedding celebrations. Just this year I launced a new website to feature my wedding photography called ABeautifulDayPhotography.com featuring my specialty  Panoramic  Large Group Portraits. I photograph everyone at every wedding I go to if conditions allow, to make one Big Picture. I have wedding groups from 30 to 400 people.

I am married and live with my wife Jana and daughters Ema and Claire in a Craftsman style bungalow in Seattle, Washington.

Daniel Sheehan, August 2008


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    August 28, 2008 at 10:12 pm

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