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Happy Birthday At 100 Years | A Panoramic Group Portrait

100 year old birthday party panoramic portrait

Back in August I was asked to photograph the birthday party for Phil who was turning 100 years old on the deck of Anthony’s on Lynwood. It was a beautiful August Sunday and everyone looked grand.


New Vintage, New Design

:Nota Bene Cellars is releasing their 2007 vintage wines and I recently photographed the entire lineup of bottles for them. they were especially interested is showing off their new label design and their large format bottles. The photos will be used on their website when it gets updated very soon. They had started out with just three different wines when I first photographed their wine a few years ago. It is good to see them growing bigger and bigger. Their wines are some of my favorite Washington State wine. Photographs by Daniel Sheehan Photography. He also runs a business named “A Beautiful Day Photography.” Explore the candid wedding photography there and see why he was named the best wedding photographers in Seattle by the WPJA. To see editorial and corporate portrait photography go to at Daniel Sheehan Photography.

Photos of The Charles Lloyd New Quartet in Seattle

The Charles Lloyd New Quartet with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers, & Eric Harland playing at Town Hall.

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It was a beautiful new group Charles Lloyd brought to town earlier this month. I have been meaning to post some photos form this performance and here they are. If you missed the show it was a wonderful performance. Charles is one of my all time favorite musicians. And so is Jason Moran. I was happy to get the chance to hear Eric Harland and Reuben Rogers play as well.

These cats were very intense and yet the music was very spiritual.

“Since the 1960s, tenor saxophonist and flautist Charles Lloyd’s life has alternated between periods of musical and personal exploration. After spending a decade or so working as a sideman in different blues and jazz groups, Lloyd hit a goldmine of critical acclaim and popular support in with his quartet’s groundbreaking performance at the 1966 Monterey Jazz Festival (no small feat in a period when jazz’s audiences were largely moving in new directions). This particular group was notable not just for Lloyd’s debut as a fresh and exciting leader, but also because two of its members, Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette, were themselves only a few years away from exploding as widely innovative and influential jazz musicians….

Lloyd’s New Quartet is fortified with relatively young but well-established jazz musicians who are fully capable of sharing Lloyd’s pursuits. A leader in his own right, Jason Moran (piano) brings the group a unique, mature second lead voice. He’s one of those pianists who sometimes convince you that you’re listening to 80 years of jazz piano history rolled into one set of fingers. His heavy left hand will dabble in vintage 1920s stride playing right before flowing through a sequence that breaks into advanced Andrew Hill territory, while his frank, direct solos often develop in unpredictable turns that take full advantage his repertoire’s diverse influences.

On stage, when Lloyd himself isn’t soloing, he doesn’t just stand there; he frequently can’t resist dancing to the pulsing, breathing rhythms provided by his fellow musicians. Reuben Rogers (bass) and Eric Harland (drums/percussion) form a reliable, gregarious backbone that’s perfect for bringing the exotic structures in Lloyd’s compositions to life. Whether the tune is funky, swinging, Latin, or has no definable rhythm at all, the team decorates it with outbursts that always feel natural and appropriate….” – Nathan Bluford from the Earshot Jazz program guide. Jazz Photography by editorial photographer and photojournalist Daniel Sheehan who covers jazz performances, and creates portrait photography for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle Wedding Photographer at A Beautiful Day Photography, a wedding photographer with an artistic photojournalist style.

A Seattle Family Portrait

Danielle, Anders and Greg Clark outside their Seattle home.

Just a note about this picture. It seem it is the time of year for making family pictures again. The Clark family is an old client going back to when I photographed their wedding years ago.

Family photograph by editorial photographer and photojournalist Daniel Sheehan who covers j creates portraits for publications and corporations and is also a Seattle Wedding Photographer at A Beautiful Day Photography, a wedding photographer with an artistic photojournalist style.

Revisiting “The Americans”


So a little more on Robert Frank’s influential book “The Americans”.

Looking In: Robert Frank’s ‘The Americans’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through Jan, 3, 2010.

Frank shot 767 rolls of film on his 10,000 mile road trip across America in the mid 1950’s, a total of 27,612 individual shots in total. He then edited it down and made over 1,000 work prints of different images and after 2 years finally selected the 83 images that actually were printed in the book. Editing is so important and perhaps the hardest skill for a photographer to learn. How to edit your own work. I hope to make it to NY to see this exhibit before it comes down. There is an interesting review of the Frank exhibit at the Met in the Wall Street Journal.

Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans” celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Americans, Robert Frank’s influential suite of black-and-white photographs made on a cross-country road trip in 1955–56.

“In the first room at the Met is a wall of about 80 work prints, most of which have never been exhibited before. They were at one time candidates for “The Americans,” and most were edited out over the two years he spent on the winnowing process.

Almost every one of these outtakes is wonderful—and these are only a sample of the 1,000 work prints he made, themselves a tiny fraction of the rough diamonds still buried in the contact sheets. Many photographers would feel lucky in a lifetime to have captured a handful of the images that Mr. Frank rejected.

Why he chose to publish one picture over another will have many of us studying the excellent essays in the catalog to gain a better hold on his reasoning. Everything was sacrificed to the flow across pages and the four sections of the book. The icon of riders looking at us from a New Orleans trolley car is followed by another frieze-like composition of busy pedestrians on Canal Street moving in apparent isolation.”


Jazz Photography – A Travis Shook Comeback

Travis Shook made his comeback to the Seattle jazz scene at Tula’s Jazz Club last Wednesday night, playing in town for the first time in about five years. His performance with the Travis Shook Trio was greeted warmly by a full house. The Seattle Times ran an article by Hugo Kugiya detailing his career’s ups and downs. “The jazz pianist Travis Shook, a curiosity to some who remember his name, a cautionary tale for others, lives in rural, upstate New York, far from the city and the place he first greeted fame. People don’t recognize him much these days, and for a long time he preferred it that way.

“I’m 40 and I feel a lot more comfortable with myself now,” said Shook, a fixture on the Seattle jazz scene in the early 1990s and once considered one of the greatest jazz musicians of his generation. “That’s all that matters to me. Musically, I’m a much better player than I was. But the main thing is that I’m comfortable with myself. That was my biggest hurdle.”

For most, that would seem a small accomplishment, but for Shook, who experienced meteoric success and sudden failure, who was addicted to alcohol and drugs, who was virtually unemployable for a number of years, this is not an insignificant step.

“Comeback,” is the word he settled on.”
Read the rest at The Seattle Times


it was a delight to see and hear Essiet Essiet perform on the bass behind Shook.


Matt Jorgensen was great at drums throughout the set.


Jay Thomas made an appearance as well during the first set.

Travis looked pleased at the applause at the end of his first set.
Photographs by Seattle Photographer Daniel Sheehan specializing in photojournalism, portraits and photography for publications and corporations, and photojournalistic Seattle wedding photography.

Cassini View of Saturn


I just had to post some of these images I have been looking at on the nasa website. There are some fabulous images of our neighbor Saturn and its fascinating rings and moons.




Read all about the Cassini Spacecraft Mission and see more (tax payer funded NASA) space photos at Cassini Equinox Mission Website. Seattle Photographer Daniel Sheehan specializes in photojournalism, portraits and photography for publications and corporations, and photojournalistic Seattle wedding photography.

First Day Of School


Mom watches as Claire and Ema bump goodbye just before Ema takes off for school on her bike on the first day of school. Mom walked to school this first day with Claire. Below She arrives at the school yard.
Walking by the mural Claire and her classmates painted last year.
Claire and Rosie admire the rainbow Britting is painting as they work on their first assignment on the first day of 2nd grade at Salmon Bay Elementary.

Zombies Invade Seattle


There were thousands of Zombies walking around the Fremont section of Seattle Friday night. I was at a bar and spotted this group at a table. I managed to make it out of Fremont and here are some photos I took there. It seems that more than a thousand people participated Friday night in an attempt in Fremont to break the record for most people in a zombie walk. How many exactly will be determined by officials at the Guiness Book of Records who need to verify signatures and pictures of people before announcing if the record was broken. After the walk the zombies went for a viewing of some outdoor movies and a showing of Michael Jacksons Thriller.
Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge. All photographs by seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan a photojournalist who specializes in portrait photography and photojournalism for publications and corporations.Also a Seattle wedding photographer photographing weddings with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating artistic documentary photography ranking among of the best Seattle wedding photographers.

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Jazz Portrait Jerry Dodgion


Jerry Dodgion has some gigs lined up in the San Francisco Bay area and needed a new portrait for publicity so we got together and made this portrait. Jerry is an American jazz saxophonist and flautist.
Jerry Dodgion, alto saxophone, flute, arranger and composer, hails from Richmond, California on San Francisco Bay. He gained early experience in 1950s with bay area bands of Rudy Salvini, John Coppola/Chuck Travis and Gerald Wilson as well as brief appearances with the Vernon Alley quartet which included backing Billie Holiday in 1955.
Dodgion joined Benny Carter, on Gerald Wilson’s recommendation, for the opening of the “Moulin Rouge” in Las Vegas ‘55. Jerry joined the Red Norvo quintet [`58-’61] which included long stints in Las Vegas at the “Sands Hotel.” Many tours accompanying Frank Sinatra ‘59-’60 plus touring as part of the Benny Goodman groups of ‘59-’61 which incorporated the Red Norvo quintet into Goodman’s ten piece band (including Flip Phillips, Bill Harris and Jack Sheldon) and subsequent versions which included Zoot Sims, Carl Fontana and Charlie Shavers.

After a long career as a side man, Dodgion’s first release as a bandleader arrived in 2004 with his ensemble The Joy of Sax, featuring saxophonists Frank Wess, Brad Leali, Dan Block and Jay Brandford, pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Dennis Irwin and percussionist Joe Farnsworth.