In many regards, April was a very refreshing month of the year. It was the first month of 2014 when I didn’t travel internationally, meaning I had 4 consecutive weeks of staying in one place. While wanderlust was hard to overcome, it was made easier by my discovery of a coworking group that I now meet with weekly for social and work purposes. April also marked the end of federal tax season, which was a bit brutal when I made my annual tax payment, but was also a relief because now I know more or less how much money I should be budgeting each month.
Photography-wise, April was a pretty light month in terms of paid photography work. I was lucky to get a bunch of my interior photography images licensed by architecture firms, but events-wise, there was only one big corporate event to cover this month. Fortunately, I was able to offset my losses by scoring a freelance public relations job, which is beneficial not just for extra income, but in gaining more work exposure in the PR field.
I’ll dive into specifics in future blog posts, but for now, here are some visual highlights for April 2014.
Music-wise April was actually fairly exciting. There were some pretty fun names rolling through town including soul singer Sharon Jones, rising pop star Ellie Goulding, British indie rockers Franz Ferdinand, ukulele wiz Jake Shimabukuro, and the Dogfather himself Snoop Dogg on 4/20.
Jake Shimabukuro @ Paramount Theater
April was a quiet month for new restaurant openings, but there were two highly anticipated new spots that opened in town: Taylor Shellfish’s new oyster bar near the Seattle Center in Queen Anne, and Corretto Trattoria and Coffee Bar in the old Pan e Vino space on Capitol Hill. I’ve had the pleasure of trying out both spots and can verify that Taylor Shellfish’s new locale certainly serves up the fresh, tasty oysters they’ve become famous for. As for Corretto, while I haven’t had a chance to try their food, I can say that their corretto coffee drinks are the best tasting coffee-booze combinations I’ve had.
Another opening of sorts in Seattle was the debut of Parchment, the latest pop up project from pastry chef Laura Pyles. If you have a chance to go to her next pop up, be sure to get there early–she sold out just several hours into her first pop up at Brimmer and Heeltap in Ballard.
While not a new restaurant, I also had the privilege of checking out one of Seattle’s lesser known pizza joints, Humble Pie in Seattle’s Central District. With Humble Pie’s unique, earthy space and spacious outdoor seating area complete with a chicken coop, this is a fantastic place to grab a fresh pie and chill out with friends on a warm summer day.
In addition to restaurant openings, there was also a closing: Piecora’s Pizza, a beloved family owned pizza joint in Capitol Hill served its last pies on April 15. The space is closing down to make room for yet another shiny condo project.
April was quiet on the event photography front, but there were a few fun happenings. The first was a private event held by Travelers Insurance; while those photos are also private and unavailable for sharing, the event itself was a seminar for small business owners. Being one myself, I ended up having a ball photographing the event and tuning into the seminar speakers to soak up all of the advice they had regarding small business challenges and solutions.
Another event photography opportunity came on the anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. While hardly a cheerful subject, there was a great panel held at the EMP in Seattle where panelists including Charles Cross, shared their memories and personal stories of Nirvana’s late frontman.
The final event photography for May was covering the Seattle University Divestment Protest. I admit I had to look up what divestment even meant, but the protest (if one could even call it that) had a pretty decent turnout of students and faculty.