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Family Photo Time

As much as I'd like to push the thought out of my mind, summer is almost over. Fall is around the corner and with that, comes pumpkin e'rrrryyythang, fall leaves, and the inevitable holiday season. This is the second year in a row that I've shot family photos for these 4 (6 if you're counting Julio and CC). For day 257 of my project, I spent an hour with my friends Dustin, Catherine, Carson and Cooper to create the image that will adorn their Christmas card this year. #JG365Project.

If you're interested in setting up a family photo session with me, book online now.  

It's not Aurora Borealis, but these lights from the North are pretty epic

We went chasing the Northern Lights last night and while we didn't see anything out of the ordinary, we still spent two hours in the pitch dark capturing images like this. We drove all the way to Larrabee State Park, along Chuckanut Drive and hiked in, past the gate closure to set up on a rocky bluff, with the Puget Sound on 3 sides of us. The color in the sky on this image is the result of a 85 second long exposure, the lights of Bellingham beyond the ridge, and the light from the ship on the Puget Sound at the bottom left of the photograph.  A group of 4 Canadians are seen in the foreground, walking around on a ledge, as their headlamps do some light painting to add an even more interesting element to this composition.  I shot this w/ a tripod, a remote, a 20mm 1960's Nikkor lens, and my Nikon Df in bulb mode.  This image is available for print at various sizes. Please contact me for information - jake@jakegravbrot.com

Inked Magazine thinks I should change my name to "Jake Gavrot"

*UPDATE*  Within 12 hours of posting this, I received and e-mail back from Inked Magazine, fixing the photo credit and explaining the situation.  Phew!  Better late than never... 

It's always nice to see your work published, especially when it happens to be one of your favorite photos of one of your favorite people, in one of your favorite magazines.  Perhaps the only exception to this, is when the photo was used without authorization by the magazine mentioned in the title AND when the magazine continues to spell your last name wrong after repeated attempts to correct it.  As any of you who read my blog, or follow along on Instagram know, I shot photos of Christian from Anberlin for my #JG365Project back in April.  I texted him the photos and he credited me on Instagram when he posted the photo.  Unfortunately, somewhere between then and now, Inked Magazine got ahold of my photo, posted it in this article, and initially omitted my photo credit entirely, tagging "Big Picture Media" as the owners of the photo.  After a week of trying to get it sorted out, my name was finally credited (spelling error still intact), but the magazine still never once contacted me.  I'm grateful the photo was used, it just seems that a magazine as big as Inked would do their due diligence for things like this and want to ensure proper credit AND spelling for the artists they choose. 

William Beckett - #JG365Project

Going from being the singer of a wildly successful band to a solo artist is a transition in and of itself. In a band dynamic, you share the stage with 3-4 other people, thus the pressure of performing is shared with others. Going solo is akin to public speaking and most people couldn't even fathom doing that in front of ten people let alone hundreds. I've watched this guy absolutely mesmerize audiences for almost a decade now and for the last few years he's done it all by himself, accompanied by his acoustic guitar and a laptop. The stage is a whole lot bigger when it's only him and the dynamic is so much different as he interacts with the crowd one on one. I've long admired him for these characteristics and have been such a fan of his powerful voice, shown off even more in a solo setting. This'll be the last time I see him this year, so 6 months after his first appearance in my project, I'm bringing back Mr. William Beckett, former vocalist of The Academy Is..., and current solo artist for day 251 of the #JG365Project, moments before he got on stage to fearlessly captivate an audience once again.

The Naked and Famous Portraits - Pittsburgh, PA - June 2014

Here's a few from our shoot in Pittsburgh, Pa back in June.  All images copyright @JakeGravbrotPhotography

Jeff and Chandler Wedding - September 5, 2014

Here's a few from Jeff and Chandler's wedding yesterday.  It was a very beautiful day, a gorgeous venue, and a wonderful couple.  Wedding packages start at $2,000.  I do my best to work with all budgets, so please contact me @ jake@jakegravbrot.com for inquiries.  Also available for travel.  


Kris Orlowski Band

I'm incredibly fortunate. My son, who is about to enter 5th grade, is the absolute best kid I could ever imagine. This summer, I have been lucky enough to have him for a "new" schedule than other summers in the past. I've had him 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off, which may be problematic for some working parents, but not for me. I can bring him to work and I make my own schedule, so I just move things around, eliminate odd gaps in my day, and create enough space where I get to spend time WITH him, even when I have to work. Today, I had a few AM haircuts before a 5 hour break. Same thing Monday, so much the same, we walked around downtown with our cameras, looking at buildings and shooting photos. At lunch, local singer/songwriter Kris Orlowski and crew were playing a free concert in the outdoor atrium of 2 Union Square, a massive office building in the heart of the city. For an hour, we sat and listened to the tunes and enjoyed the break together. Afterwards, I asked the guys if they would pose for a group shot in the most epic of places. What you're seeing above, is the view we spent our lunch break admiring, while listening to the tunes of these 5 fine gentlemen. Not a bad day... #JG365Project Day 225.

Vocal Few

 : Growing up in Washington, only a few hours from Seattle and being a teenager in the 90's, it would be easy to assume I was influenced by the Grunge Rock movement that swept the world in that era. If so, you couldn't be much further from the truth. There was music I was ALLOWED to listen to and music that I ACTUALLY listened to. Around 1995, I found music that met in the middle of that. Tooth & Nail Records, a transplant indie label, based in Seattle was putting out the type of music that I wanted to listen to, by the types of people that I grew up very quickly resembling. Raised a Christian, I fell out of touch with the church and kept mostly to myself for years re: my faith. Along came T&N, which was a "Christian" record label, but not the kind that only put out worship albums and asked for all your money in a leaflet inside the liner notes. A lot of the music touched on faith-based themes, but came from a lot of disenfranchised youth like myself. Years later, after working with a lot of T&N bands, I was asked to come shoot photos for a podcast, put on by the members of Emery (T&N records) for their "Bad Christian" endeavor. You'll have to read up on their purpose, but it has touched a chord with me, so I felt right at home shooting for them. One of their guests was Matt MacDonald (The Classic Crime) and his wife Kristie, who make up the group Vocal Few, a dual vocal indie-pop project that is incredibly good. I shot a few photos of them and I'm using one for Day 238 of the #JG365Project.
Growing up in Washington, only a few hours from Seattle and being a teenager in the 90's, it would be easy to assume I was influenced by the Grunge Rock movement that swept the world in that era. If so, you couldn't be much further from the truth. There was music I was ALLOWED to listen to and music that I ACTUALLY listened to. Around 1995, I found music that met in the middle of that. Tooth & Nail Records, a transplant indie label, based in Seattle was putting out the type of music that I wanted to listen to, by the types of people that I grew up very quickly resembling. Raised a Christian, I fell out of touch with the church and kept mostly to myself for years re: my faith. Along came T&N, which was a "Christian" record label, but not the kind that only put out worship albums and asked for all your money in a leaflet inside the liner notes. A lot of the music touched on faith-based themes, but came from a lot of disenfranchised youth like myself. Years later, after working with a lot of T&N bands, I was asked to come shoot photos for a podcast, put on by the members of Emery (T&N records) for their "Bad Christian" endeavor. You'll have to read up on their purpose, but it has touched a chord with me, so I felt right at home shooting for them. One of their guests was Matt MacDonald (The Classic Crime) and his wife Kristie, who make up the group Vocal Few, a dual vocal indie-pop project that is incredibly good. I shot a few photos of them and I'm using one for Day 238 of the #JG365Project.

My Goodness

I've been so accustomed to having Christian this summer, that a Friday night without him felt really foreign. I didn't really know what to do and since I don't drink, the typical bar scene doesn't really have much to offer me. Despite this week already being filled with concerts and Bumbershoot on the horizon, I still wanted to see some music. After scouring the listings, I found a band playing in Everett that I wanted to see. Their dirty rock and roll sound seemed appropriate for the location, so we drove the 25 miles north to watch. I haven't seen a rock show so full of energy and fury as last night in a long time. This is My Goodness, a local band that blew the doors off of The Cannery. They reminded me of all that was absolutely right about Rock and Roll and despite not being accustomed to going out on a Friday night, their brand of sweaty and loud tunes helped me feel right at home. #JG365Project Day 241.

Cage The Elephant

Apparently the theme of this week is "musician portraits". I really don't start the week with a plan, other than a slight blueprint of what I have to do for the week, who's coming to town, and who I'm cutting hair for. Out of those denominators, plus a little bit of total randomness, I come up with my daily portrait. Today combined all of that into a little ball, mashed it together and out came this portrait. As I was scanning IG this morning, I saw a coffee photo, posted by the tour manager of a band called Cage The Elephant. The logo on the cup looked like a local coffee house and sure enough, it was. After a brief exchange in the comments of her photo, she invited me out to shoot photos for their set tonight. I asked about shooting a portrait, but as it turned out, we weren't able to make it happen. No worries, I was excited to shoot concert shots for the band anyhow. So, as I'm waiting around the venue for Mimi to show up, I see their singer, Matt. I casually walked up to him and began talking to him, showing him some photos from Sasquatch Festival I had taken of the band. Within a few moments, I asked if I could take a quick snap of him and the last bit of sunlight that was behind him in the horizon. This, is what turned out. One photo. Make it count. Matt, of Cage The Elephant for Day 239 of the #JG365Project. Thanks to Victoria for the photo pass hookup. I hope you enjoy your coffee!

I, Am an American - August 15, 2014

I, am an American. And when I awoke this morning, 4 days into the continuing tragedy that is taking place in the St. Louis area, I was appalled, reading about the events transpiring. I will not act like I know what it's like to grow up, scared of those who are supposed to serve and protect, scared of those who make the laws, or even scared of someone because of their ethnical differences. I'm very fortunate, but my fortune is not lost on me. As I drove to shoot this photo tonight, I saw the poignancy in everything that dotted the landscape of my drive. Two, massive American flags, one teal haired teenager crossing the street, 2 lesbians out for a walk with their dog, one Italian fixing his car, 5 African-American kids playing beside the street, one police cruiser speeding the opposite direction as me... all within 2 miles. This, is my America. And when I shot this photo, I didn't see any colors besides Red, White, and Blue. Will today be the day that we all stop seeing color and start seeing humanity? Parros for the #JG365Project, Day 226.

Samantha - Senior Photos

Samantha
Samantha
One thing inevitably leads to another. A few weeks back, I shot some Senior Photos of a girl from my hometown, here in Seattle. Within a few days, I received a message from a mom, requesting some time to shoot w/ her daughter for the same thing. After picking a date, I did some research for where I wanted to shoot, trying to incorporate all the scenic elements Samantha wanted for her photos. Of all the places in Seattle, I opted for Discovery Park, a massive swath of land, formerly a Military base and barracks on a peninsula in the Magnolia neighborhood. Located along the Puget Sound, there are hiking trails, beaches, meadows, interesting architecture, and tons of wooded scenery. For a few hours, we shot and captured some really wonderful memories on camera. When I started this daily project, I didn't envision this turning into something where people would actively seek me out for their photographic needs. Somehow, on certain days, it has become that and I'm feeling more and more thankful with every opportunity I get. With that being said, here is Samantha, showcasing that picture perfect smile for Day 235 of the #JG365Project.

The Schefter Family

 : I'd say that I don't have a lot of experience shooting photos of children, but then I realize that I actually do considering that I'm a parent myself. So, when I was called by an old friend to shoot photos of his brand new baby boy, I jumped at the chance. I would approach it like any other photo shoot that I have: I know what I want to see and more than anything, how I'm going to accomplish it, which is making me feel consistently better about the material that I'm producing. However, when approaching this shoot, I didn't expect that an 8 day old would have his eyes open for the entire time I shot photos. Bright, attentive, and obviously so full of personality, it was hard not to be completely impressed by this young one. For day 237 of the #JG365Project, I captured this future Super Man in his signature stance, not willing to rest an eye until his photos were finished. Mr. Dawson Schefter, newborn son of my friends Mike and Laura.
I'd say that I don't have a lot of experience shooting photos of children, but then I realize that I actually do considering that I'm a parent myself. So, when I was called by an old friend to shoot photos of his brand new baby boy, I jumped at the chance. I would approach it like any other photo shoot that I have: I know what I want to see and more than anything, how I'm going to accomplish it, which is making me feel consistently better about the material that I'm producing. However, when approaching this shoot, I didn't expect that an 8 day old would have his eyes open for the entire time I shot photos. Bright, attentive, and obviously so full of personality, it was hard not to be completely impressed by this young one. For day 237 of the #JG365Project, I captured this future Super Man in his signature stance, not willing to rest an eye until his photos were finished. Mr. Dawson Schefter, newborn son of my friends Mike and Laura.
Shot w/ Mamiya RB67 & Fuji FP100C Film
Shot w/ Mamiya RB67 & Fuji FP100C Film
Mike, Dawson and Laura
Mike, Dawson and Laura
Mr. Dawson Schefter
Mr. Dawson Schefter
The Schefter Family
The Schefter Family
Dawson
Dawson

Prints are always available... (Mt. Rainier and Tipsoo Lake)

This is a long exposure, shot at Tipsoo Lake on the evening of August 2nd, 2014.  I used two neutral density filters, a tripod, and a wireless remote to trigger the shutter.  We watched the clouds move, the sun set, and the light change for over an hour before I got this exact shot that I wanted.  There is a lot of waiting around for the right moment when shooting scenery in nature and it doesn't just happen quickly.  These photos are composed, light is tested, focus is set, and then the shutter gets pressed.  And again.  And again.  Landscape photography is time consuming, in the most peaceful of ways, but it tests your patience and removes you from the day-to-day grind of city life.  If interested in acquiring a print of this, or any of my other work, please contact me for pricing and print options.  I work very hard to create images that are visually compelling and it is an honor to have people interested in hanging my art on your walls at home.  

Russ Banham - Author - Head Shots

I just got back from Los Angeles, CA, where I shot head shots for New York Times Best Selling Author and Pulitzer Prize-Nominated journalist, Russ Banham.  These were for his latest book, out this fall, detailing the history of Boeing.  We shot these in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles at a bookstore and a French Cafe. I used my Nikon D800 and Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens, at aperture 2.0.