Dave Kai-Piper and Colour Look Up Mode

Dave Kai-Piper and Colour Look Up Mode Fashion Photographer Dave Kai-Piper custom processes of my images.   I’ve been intrigued by the unique look of the imagery of UK based fashion photographer, Dave Kai-Piper since I fist met him via my days helping companies like BlackRapid and Enlight Photo with their social media work. His photography is beautiful and storytelling, but his processing takes it to another dream-like place. It’s lovely. When I posted and my images of designer Julie Danforth in homage to photographer Cecil Beaton and Charles James gowns for the famous 1948 Vogue feature, Dave connected with me and offered...

5 Hours with Julie Danforth at Metropolitan Fashion Week Sep19

5 Hours with Julie D...

5 Hours with Julie Danforth at Metropolitan Fashion Week   I love photographing other artists and in 2012-2013 had the chance to work with fashion designer Julie Danforth on five separate occasions. Before even meeting Julie in person, however, I had photographed some of her gowns...

Behind the Scenes of Photographing Stefano Paturi Sep18

Behind the Scenes of...

Behind the Scenes of Photographing Stefano Paturi Guest Blogger Evy Edelman   As most of you reading LaRae’s blog, you’re familiar with the photography aspect of a photo shoot. As a guest blogger, you now get a backstage pass to MY world: Makeup and Beauty Artistry. This most...

5 Hours and 48 Minutes with Stefano Paturi Sep18

5 Hours and 48 Minutes with Stefano Paturi

5 Hours and 48 Minutes with Stefano Paturi   When you move to a new city it is incredibly important to make friends straight away. Shortly after relocating to Miami, I reached out to trusted friends and colleagues to become connected with like-minded people and artists in my new location.  With that, I feel as though my fortune was shining down on me the day I was introduced to Stefano Paturi through our mutual friend, Lou Freeman. Within the first few moments of our first meeting, I knew he was one of those incredibly beautiful gems that life presents to the world, a kindred spirit, and a friend for life. I felt very blessed that day...

2 Years Hosting Live With CreativeLive Sep16

2 Years Hosting Live With CreativeLive

2 Years Hosting Live With CreativeLive     For two years I had one of the most extraordinary experiences in my career: I was a host for CreativeLive, the online learning platform that broadcasts live classes to an international audience on topics such as photography, business, productivity, software development, design, film and video. Those who are my trusted friends understand that I am a introvert, and at the time I started hosting was unable to speak in front of four friends at the dinner table let alone speak in front of  room full of people,  instructors I’ve looked up to for years, and in front of a camera that was...

3 Hours and 41 Minutes with the Miami Hurricanes Sep12

3 Hours and 41 Minutes with the Miami Hurricanes

Photographing the Miami Hurricanes with Miami Herald Photographer Al Diaz Let me just start this post by stating that I am not a sports photographer, have never attempted to photograph it in any way not even to capture the moments during a nice or nephew’s soccer match. But I DO enjoy watching sports. Growing up, my dad would watch the Seattle Seahawks and NFC Division teams in an outburst of energy and enthusiasm that usually sent my mom to the other room. He’d shout at the tiny referees on our 13″ television with corded remote and called them names under his breath so that my young ears wouldn’t pick up “bad...

1 Hour 48 Minutes with Taylor Ahrend, Ace Noguera & the City of Miami Fire Department Aug22

1 Hour 48 Minutes with Taylor Ahrend, Ace Noguera ...

1 Hour 48 Minutes with Taylor Ahrend, Ace Noguera & the City of Miami Fire Department I’m really excited about this post because 1) I finally get to share the images from my first shoot in Miami, 2) There are photos of hot firefighters, and 3) I get to feature images of another photographer showing the different way we each approach taking a portrait of the same model, with the same light, during the same shoot, and follow with different styles of post-processing (our “look”). You’ll be able to see our respective work by looking at the watermark on each of the images. Ace will also be sharing images over on his...

43 Minutes with Julie Danforth

An homage to Cecil Beaton and Charles James for designer Julie Danforth I photograph artists. More specifically, I specialize in photographing artists in environmental settings. So when fashion designer Julie Danforth asked me to photograph her wedding, there wasn’t a moments hesitation when I accepted the invitation.  More posts on Julie’s wedding and her pieces at Metropolitan Fashion week will be coming to this blog soon, but first, I want to share with you this special stylized shoot that captures the essence and tone she used as a palette for her wedding that was held on a beautiful October fall evening. Julie‘s work...

3 Hours and 23 Minutes with Jake Holden Dec14

3 Hours and 23 Minutes with Jake Holden

Photographing AMA Pro Superbike Racers for OMRRA Round 6   Over the last couple of years I’ve been studying the different facets of fear. Fear is one of the most basic human survival skills we possess and is meant to keep us from physical pain or potential danger. We use this emotion daily to make realistic and intelligent actions to stay healthy, alive, and remain a strong survivor of the human race. Sometimes we encounter a situation and struggle to overcome the body’s natural reaction to flee from a fearful future happening, this reaction results more as anxiety preventing us from accomplishing an actual obtainable goal....

3 Hours and 8 Minutes with Stefano Mesa Sep12

3 Hours and 8 Minutes with Stefano Mesa

Photographing AMA Pro Superbike Racers for OMRRA Round 5   For his birthday this year, AMA Pro Superbike Racer Stefano Mesa flew up from his home in Miami, FL to visit us here in Seattle. Of course, the trip wasn’t to just walk with us through Woodland Park Zoo eating ice cream. Instead, the ultimate motive was to reach acceleration, speed and adrenaline. Stefano achieved all three by being the second rider to race the Special Projects Group (SPG) customized Ducati 1199 Panigale, the first being World Superbike and AMA Superbike Champion Scott Russell for the Ducati Seattle – Seattle100 back in July (you can check out that...

33 Minutes with Carlo Scandiuzzi Aug14

33 Minutes with Carlo Scandiuzzi

Photographing the artists of ACT – A Contemporary Theatre   No matter who you ask, it is universally agreed upon that Carlo Scandiuzzi is one of the most gracious, talented and loving people you will ever see walking the streets of Seattle. For those of you who don’t know, Carlo is a jack of all trades- from producing, to acting to reviving one of Seattle’s oldest and most beloved theaters. That being A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) in the heart of downtown where he currently resides as managing director. To read more about his contributions to so many creative endeavors, check out his expansive and charming article...

51 Minutes with Katie Stahnke Benezra Jun16

51 Minutes with Katie Stahnke Benezra

Photographing the artists of Intiman Theatre   You’ve probably seen Katie Benezra‘s work all over town. She is the incredibly talented graphic designer that has created the promotional posters for Washington Ensemble Theatre since 2009 and now currently with Intiman.  The first time I worked with her was for The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls poster. Oh how I totally dug her work!  This spring I was honored to be invited over to her lovely home.  On arrival, I was greeted by a very friendly and beautiful black Siamese cat that she and her husband, Noah Benezra, recently rescued (“we LOVE her!!”). Big hearts!!!...

59 Minutes with Other Desert Cities

Photographing the artists of ACT – A Contemporary Theatre   I find myself on a perfect May evening  staring at the sun’s reflection setting on the buildings of downtown Seattle. Standing on this beautiful city rooftop, I watch, as the sun’s bright orange light bursts off the sky-rise windows and the cool blue florescent lights on each office floor turn on in sync.  The sun and structures have rehearsed this dual of visual power many times, I think. My team and I are on the patio of Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, the newest and hottest restaurant located on floor #5 of Red Lion on Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle.  Mayor...

American Author Dan ...

Photographing Dan Savage, author of American Savage   A little less than a year ago, I found myself in the Cornish College 9th Street studios pensively waiting for American author, Dan Savage, to enter rehearsal room #3 and photograph him. This was during the fifth month of my 16-month...

33 Minutes with Waxie Moon Feb14

33 Minutes with Waxi...

Photographing the artists of “Boylesque” Theatre Guest Blogger Cassandra Bell Photography by LaRae Lobdell   As the sun rises on the horizons of our beloved city of Seattle, LaRae at Photosister.com would like to wish everyone a very happy and adoration-filled...

55 Minutes with Ramayana

Photographing the artists of ACT – A Contemporary Theatre   Photographing the ancient Sanskrit epic This set was a blast and I couldn’t have accomplished it with an amazing team of people who had my back.  My friend and colleague from creativeLIVE, Ian Spiers rocked the lighting design with the help of Craig Bradshaw Co-Director at Theatre:Influence and Ben Jadron, Libby Snead and Melissa Fry helped with project management, and Amy Truong who rocked out BTS shots that will be featured on my next post. On top of my crew of 7 (including myself), we had 6 people from ACT Theatre including Costume Designer Melanie Burgess and...

1 Hour and 38 Minute...

Photographing the artists of Washington Ensemble Theatre   This set was HOT! Really, it was the peek of summer and one of the hottest afternoons of the year in Seattle. Oh! You thought I was referring to the girls ON the set, weren’t you? Hmmmm…  The prize-winning play...

2 Hours and 4 Minutes with Trieu Tran

Photographing an artist of ACT – A Contemporary Theatre   Jumping Train Tracks with Trieu Tran This last spring, ACT Theatre asked me to join them down at Olympic Sculpture Park to photograph actor Trieu Tran (HBO series “The Newsroom” and blockbuster “Tropic Thunder“) for his upcoming play “Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam“.  The initial concept was to photograph him near the water with the Puget Sound and mountains behind him, but after a few minutes, I realized that the light was just not right. So I asked Trieu if he wouldn’t mind walking a bit further down the path with me and saw the train...

44 Minutes with the ...

Photographing Dan Savage’s Queens of Intiman Theatre   You know, I was going to write a long post about this shoot, but I’m going to just present the images here. I’ll have a behind-the-scenes post later this week for you with all the juicy details. May I present Dan...

1 Hour and 6 Minutes with K. Brian Neel Aug17

1 Hour and 6 Minutes...

Photographing the artists of ACT – A Contemporary Theatre   WARNING: This post contains cute kittens. Continue at your own risk!   When I contacted actor K. Brian Neel to schedule his shoot, he emailed back saying he had kittens at his house.  Uh, yes please!  So forgive me while I...

11 Minutes with The Pinter Festival

  Photographing the artists of ACT – A Contemporary Theatre   This is MY year of “YES”. YES to change.  YES to helping others.  YES, to creativity.   YES to growth.  YES to evolving as an artist.  YES to opening my comfort zone.  YES to learning.  YES to the next step. After saying YES to photographing and blogging 35 individuals and artists that were great influencers of INTIMAN Theater, I stretched myself to direct and photograph a conceptual shoot for ACT – A Contemporary Theatre for their”2012 Pinter Festival.” The initial plan was to have nine of the top actors in Seattle in the shoot with...

11 Minutes with Dan Savage

Photographing the artists of Intiman Theatre: 20 of 35   The first time I read Dan Savage‘s sex advice column, Savage Love, I must have been 16 and was living in a small country town where frank tips on sex was kind of hard to come by.   I think it’s true to say that we’ve all gone to him for advice at one time or another, and he’s always there for us with witty humor and challenges us to take a good look ourselves and move forward positively. Dan brought the entire world together with his It Gets Better Project, giving LGBT youth hope and community throughout their teen years, an incredible source...

4 Hours with Olivier Wevers Jul02

4 Hours with Olivier Wevers

Photographing the artists of Intiman Theatre: 11 of 35   Four hours photographing choreographer Olivier Wevers at his private home in Seattle made for a fantastic and creative afternoon.  The artistic director of Whim W’Him lives near a friend’s peaceful garden that spans over a cliff and onto a beach.  Artwork hides in the corners of the garden and one must pay attention to look up, down and all around, to catch a glimpse of it all.  The biggest surprise was to see “Ruby”, the original piece designed for Seattle’s Pigs on Parade by glass artist Dale Chihuly nestled in among Alaska Shasta Daisies. Special thanks...

17 Minutes with Quinn Franzen Jun28

17 Minutes with Quinn Franzen

Photographing the artists of Intiman Theatre: 9 of 35   You know, I was going to say something about what a rad time I had shooting Quinn. How he’s super easy going, a complete sweetheart, funny, smart and totally game to work together on a concept and run with it. But noooooo. I’m going to just say this: Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you… Romeo! For real.  Quinn is playing Romeo in Intiman Theatre‘s upcoming festival.  To feast your eyes on the play (and Quinn) check out the details below the photo feature.   Q&A with actor Quinn Franzen PhotoSister: What made you want to do theatre? Quinn...

41 Minutes with Michael Place Jun22

41 Minutes with Michael Place

Photographing the artists of Intiman Theatre: 5 of 35   Everyone who knows Michael Place will agree when I say he is full of energy, positivity and life.  His  fun and playful personality were absolutely great to capture in the the hallways and alleyway at Cornish College and he was up for any movement I asked of him.   I’d photograph him any day. And Michael Place totally rocks drag in Miracle!  (created and directed by Dan Savage – link below).   Q&A with actor Michael Place Photo Sister: What is your hidden talent (any party tricks)? Michael Place: I can open a beer bottle with my teeth. It always makes people...

19 Minutes with Joe Grifasi Jun16

19 Minutes with Joe ...

A few days before photographing Lewis Black for his play “One Slight Hitch”, I found myself walking in the rehearsal room at ACT Theatre to meet him and director Joe Grifasi.  I’ll never forget how nervous I was to meet Lewis, but the moment I walked in the door, Joe’s...

53 Minutes with Kimberley Sustad Jun14

53 Minutes with Kimberley Sustad

I have been wanting to photograph Kimberley Sustad since I saw her absorbing performance in WHITE HOT early 2012. Now that she is leading in Lewis Black’s “One Slight Hitch” at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, I got a chance to capture her when she posed with the comedian and playwright, and the amusing duo ended up on the cover of  the Seattle Times. A week later Kimberley, who was in Supernatural and Alcatraz earlier this year, was kind enough to sit in front of my camera yet again, but this time for more intimate editorial portrait session in the dressing room and hallways of ACT Theatre.        ...

2 Hours & 18 Minutes with Lewis Black

Lewis Black is intimidating. The first time I saw him yelling at a camera was in 1996 while watching The Daily Show with John Stewart (his fan club grew +1 that day).  Since then, he has entertained me with his stand-up comedy live performances, acting in films like “Man of the Year” and now with his play “One Slight Hitch” at ACT Theatre in Seattle. As I am located in Seattle, I became intrigued at the thought of being able to photograph the comedian and playwright with actors Marianne Owen and Kimberley Sustad for a special editorial photo series. But I had this nagging thought: What if Lewis yelled at MY camera?...

Ice Bucket Challenge

Ice Bucket Challenge   Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. To spread awareness, and raise money for the cure, ALSA.org started the...

Editing My Social No...

Editing My Social Noise: Choosing To Remove Certain Social Media Apps From My iPhone   Earlier this year, tired of not being able to hear my own thoughts through the “noise” I subjected myself online on a daily basis, I took a two-week sabbatical from social media. So...

Firestone’s “Don’t Sell Your Baby” photo contest grand prize winner announcement and video! Jul02

Firestone’s “Don’t Sell Your Bab...

Firestone Don’t Sell Your Baby photo contest grand prize winner thank you video This February, I found myself in the cab of a truck moving my entire life and all that I’ve known from Seattle to Miami. There are a lot of stories from that trip, but one that I’m excited to share today is the one about vehicle trouble. Our route was a 4,100 mile journey from Seattle to New Jersey where we’d pick up his 6-year old 110-pound black lab mix and rest a day or two, then straight down to Miami where our new home, life, and job awaited us. We had 9 days to make it happen. In the dead of winter. One the 1st day, we drove through the...