Street / Seattle

Although my first big-city living experience was Boston, Seattle is nearest to family and where I now call home. The natural beauty of the area is so diverse, and the city itself is unique among its counterparts and beckons to be photographed. It may not be the biggest metropolis, have the most amazing this-or-that, but I think Seattle ranks right up there with the best of them.

If you’re wondering, my other favorite cities include Vancouver (BC), Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan, and the aforementioned Boston.

The Shanghai Pearl, A Burlesque Delight

To round out the entertainment from Bastille Day at Café Campagne — and also to raise the profile of this blog! — I now present The Shanghai Pearl, the self-described “Princess of Pulchritude”….

(You know it will be a good when David Hasselhoff describes her burlesque show as “…inappropriate…”)

Addendum: A “revealing” interview with The Shanghai Pearl from the Burlesque Seattle Press, including some kind words for my photography.

Can-Can Dancers on Bastille Day

What’s a celebration of French culture without can-can dancers (and wine)? Annual favorites at Café Campagne’s Bastille Day fete are Les Filles Tournoires (“The Twirly Girls”), who are also members of the burlesque troupe The Atomic Bombshells. I bet if you don’t live in Seattle, you’re now wishing you did….

From the Sushi Chef Dream Team Portrait Studio

A few favorites images from the Sushi Chef Dream Team benefit event portrait studio. I’m so proud that we helped to raise over $85,000 for Japan relief in the wake of the recent earthquakes and tsunami.

Photos courtesy of Cynthia LaRowe

Some grateful thanks go to Brian Chu and Cynthia LaRowe, our other photographers that evening. Brian took the lead on shooting some great event photos and Cynthia shot these portraits at our studio (and is allowing me to publish them here). All of us conceptualized the studio setup with the projected images of Japan onto a translucent backdrop, and for the most part, it worked out pretty well!

But trying to get four or more grumbling sushi chefs to stand close to one another is like herding cats. So even more thanks go to our chefs: Shiro Kashiba of Shiro’s Sushi Restaurant, Taichi Kitamura of Sushi Kappo Tamura, Hiro Kirita and Shawn Dempsey of Chiso, Ryuichi Nakano of Kisaku, Hideaki Taneda of I Love Sushi at Lake Union, Billy Beach of Japonessa, and Yoshiaki Nishizawa of Shun.

For filling in for the chefs when times got slow, more thanks go to our beautiful Japanese Community Queens of 2010: Kisara Nishimoto, Rachel Fujimoto and Alicia Watanabe.

Also thank you Jeff for the pre-event setup help. Much appreciated!