Monthly Highlights: June 2014

June is one of my favorite months of the year. It’s a crazy month in terms of festivals and activities including Seattle’s infamous naked bike ride at Fremont Solstice Parade, followed by the Seattle Pride Parade the following weekend. Not to mention more real estate gigs as the weather is more favorable for photographing homes with a picturesque blue sky in the background. Concert-wise, June tends to be on the slower side, as well as with restaurant openings, but truth be told, it was nice to take a breather and push out most of my energy in this year’s Pride Parade.

Here are some of my freelance highlights from June.

Entertainment and Events

Seattle Pride Parade 2014

This year’s annual pride parade was special for at least two reasons: 1) it was the 40th anniversary of the parade, and 2) the Celebrity Grand Marshall was Mr. George Takei! Admittedly, it had been several years since I had photographed Pride and I had never done so in professional capacity. But it ended up being one of my favorite highlights this year. It started with an early morning brunch at Palace Kitchen with an appearance by George Takei, watching drag queen Mama Tits stand off to some religious protesters at the start of the parade, and even saw a surprise appearance by Macklemore who was featured in the parade sitting atop his prized Cadillac. More photos from the event here.

Seattle Pride Parade 2014 George Takei and Mama Tits Seattle Pride Parade 2014 Macklemore Seattle Pride Parade 2014

Director Bong Joon-Ho of Snowpiercer

Also in the entertainment sphere was a celebrity appearance by Korean director Bong Joon-Ho at the SIFF Cinema Uptown in Queen Anne. Known for his films such as The Host and Mother, his latest film is a sci-fi post-apocalyptic drama called Snowpiercer. This new film is actually entirely in English and has some pretty big name stars in it including Chris Evan, Tilda Swinton, and Ed Harris. I highly recommend catching a screening of it if you can. More photos from the evening here.

Director Bong Joon-Ho at the premiere of Snowpiercer at SIFF Cin

The Fray at Marymoor Park 

American rockers The Fray, fronted by Isaac Slade and Joe King, returned to Seattle to open up the summer concerts at Marymoor Park series. Slade did not disappoint with his on-stage presence, hopping off stage to perform right in the middle of the photo pit during one of his opening numbers.

Seattle event photographer

Restaurants

Damn the Weather

A highly anticipated bar in Pioneer Square, Damn the Weather finally opened its doors in June. It is run by Bryn Lumsden, an original member of the Fleet Foxes. More photos here.

Damn the Weather Seattle restaurant photography

Canterbury Ale House

One of Seattle’s favorite Capitol Hill bars received a remodel and finally reopened to the public in early June. More photos available here.

Canterbury Ale House Seattle restaurant photography
Brunswick and Hunt

A gorgeous new restaurant in the northern pocket of Ballard, Brunswick and Hunt is a new “farm to neighborhood” eatery. More photos here.

Brunswick and Hunt Seattle restaurant photography

The Chai Place

A tasty brand new pop up opened up at the Sunday Broadway Farmer’s Market in Capitol Hill. Serving up traditional Indian street food and an amazing made-from-scratch chai, The Chai Place is aptly named…and one of my new favorite Indian places to eat. More photos here.

The Chai Place Seattle restaurant photography
Flying Squirrel Georgetown

Seattle pizza chain Flying Squirrel opened up its newest location in Georgetown.

Flying Squirrel Georgetown Seattle restaurant photography
Restaurant Marron

Restaurant Marron Seattle photography

Corporate

SMX – Sparks Online and Google

A full day of shooting the Search Marketing Expo at the Maritime Events Center in downtown Seattle proved to be a fun day of both photos and learning. Several high ranking employees from Google hosted talks throughout the day on everything from Google Ads to optimizing for mobile.

SMX Seattle Corporate Event Photography
Motif Seattle

Red Lion Hotel in downtown Seattle recently received a nice renovation turning it into Motif Seattle, one of the largest independently run hotels in the area. Also part of Motif is Frolik Restaurant and Bar, hosting one of the largest outdoor patios in the city.

Motif Seattle hotel photography

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Suzi Pratt is an event, food, and concert photographer based in Seattle. She started Intrepid Freelancer to inspire and teach others how to start a photography business. View her at photography portfolio, and subscribe to herYouTube channel.

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