Best Photos of July 2016


From landscapes, to people throwing fire, to an actress, July was a pretty busy month for me. A lot of Bellingham Herald assignments, some personal projects, and a Getty gig that was super fun. Here is a recap of what I shot this past month.

Melissa McCarthy

Actress Melissa McCarthy poses in one of her creations as while promoting her fashion line Melissa McCarthy Seven7 at Nordstrom Downtown Seattle on July 22, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Paul Conrad/Getty Images for Nordstrom)

Actress Melissa McCarthy poses in one of her creations as while promoting her fashion line Melissa McCarthy Seven7 at Nordstrom Downtown Seattle on July 22, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Paul Conrad/Getty Images for Nordstrom)

Getty Images hired me to photography Melissa McCarthy at Nordstrom in downtown Seattle. It was a short shoot of about an hour and a half. Fun to shoot, but I had to stand on a step stool the entire time.

Gettin’ Jiggy

Actress Melissa McCarthy, center, poses with fans during a promotion for her fashion line Melissa McCarthy Seven7 at Nordstrom Downtown Seattle on July 22, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Paul Conrad/Getty Images for Nordstrom)

Actress Melissa McCarthy, center, poses with fans during a promotion for her fashion line Melissa McCarthy Seven7 at Nordstrom Downtown Seattle on July 22, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Paul Conrad/Getty Images for Nordstrom)

It was one of my most fun shoots in a while. Unfortunately, her handlers were pretty strict on what to shoot. So I had to wait for permission. But still super fun to shoot!!!

For more photos of Ms. McCarthy, go to my gallery Melissa McCarthy at Nordstrom.


With only a day left before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia starting, staunch supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., rallied in Bellingham. Over 200 people showed up at City Hall to march in support of the senator.

Bernie or Bust

Amalie Hovey of Mt. Vernon, right, cheers as passing vehicles honk as marchers gather at Bellingham City Hall for a March for Bernie Rally on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, at Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham, Wash.

Amalie Hovey of Mt. Vernon, right, cheers as passing vehicles honk as marchers gather at Bellingham City Hall for a March for Bernie Rally on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, at Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

The march started at City Hall and snaked its way through downtown where a rally was forming at Maritime Heritage Park. After the march, Congressional and state representative candidates stated their argument for Sanders.

Crowding Downtown

About 200 marchers file down West Holley Street during the March for Bernie Rally on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

About 200 marchers file down West Holley Street during the March for Bernie Rally on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

It was a great day for a march. I strengthened my tan and even got my 10K steps in according to my Samsung Fit. But what I found most interesting is the support Sanders has.

In the Thick

Kelley Whitty, right, chants with nearly 200 Bernie Sanders supporters while marching down Commercial Street during the from the March for Bernie Rally on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, at Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Kelley Whitty, right, chants with nearly 200 Bernie Sanders supporters while marching down Commercial Street during the from the March for Bernie Rally on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, at Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

To view more photos of the Bernie Rally in Bellingham, visit my gallery March of Bernie Rally.


Pride in Bellingham

Janice Keller of Bellingham waits for the 2016 Bellingham Pride Parade to begin on Sunday morning July 10, 2016, in Bellingham, Wash. Keller is the Communication Manager for the Bellingham Public Library.

Janice Keller of Bellingham waits for the 2016 Bellingham Pride Parade to begin on Sunday morning July 10, 2016, in Bellingham, Wash. Keller is the Communication Manager for the Bellingham Public Library. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Our annual Pride Parade was held on July 10th. It was a great reminder that no matter how diverse we are as a nation, there is still hope we will come together. Pride Parade draws hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators.

Sisters

Daniel Ashwell, left, and Justice McCartney, both from Seattle, wait for the 2016 Bellingham Pride Parade to begin at the intersection of Cornwall Avenue and Ohio Street on Sunday morning July 10, 2016, in Bellingham, Wash. Ashwell is known as Sister Cialis de Lellis and McCarney is know as Sister Angela Merici. The two are members of the Sisters of Mother House in Seattle.

Daniel Ashwell, left, and Justice McCartney, both from Seattle, wait for the 2016 Bellingham Pride Parade to begin at the intersection of Cornwall Avenue and Ohio Street on Sunday morning July 10, 2016, in Bellingham, Wash. Ashwell is known as Sister Cialis de Lellis and McCarntney is known as Sister Angela Merici. The two are members of the Sisters of Mother House in Seattle. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

As usual, I begin the photo process at the assembly area about an hour before the scheduled start. This gives me time to see the most exciting floats and if there are any unique individuals. The photo of the two Sisters I shot during this time.

Thumbs Up

Ayn Witman and her family; Nolen, 8; Branden; Alex, 6; and Kellen, 3: cheer the 2016 Bellingham Pride Parade as it passes on Cornwall Avenue on Sunday morning July 10, 2016, in Bellingham, Wash.

Ayn Witman and her family; Nolen, 8; Branden; Alex, 6; and Kellen, 3: cheer the 2016 Bellingham Pride Parade as it passes on Cornwall Avenue on Sunday morning July 10, 2016, in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

There were the usual asshat protesters, but only spent about 15 minutes photographing them. They don’t need to be highlighted here. They suck.

It was a fun day and I got a good tan. For more images from the parade, go to my gallery 2016 Bellingham Pride Parade on my website.


Sunsets around here can be amazing. They’re fun to shoot and I try to get something different each time. The best thing I like about photographing landscapes is that they get me out of the house. Out from behind my computer. Out from the stale air in the apartment. It feels good to breathe clean air.

Long Exposure

Locust Beach Sunset - The setting Sun peaks below the clouds as seen from Locust Beach on Tuesday evening July 12, 2016, in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Locust Beach Sunset – The setting Sun peaks below the clouds as seen from Locust Beach on Tuesday evening July 12, 2016, in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Also, I like setting my camera on a tripod and just pausing to think about composition, time, and essentially really think about the images. It’s a time to take all my knowledge and apply it without rushing. And while the shutter is open, it let me breathe in the surroundings and just be in the moment.

For more of my images of Bellingham and the Pacific Northwest, visit my galleries Beautiful Bellingham, Washington, and Images of the Great Pacific Northwest.


Engulfed

Matt Coble of Seattle performs during sunset at Locust Beach on Sunday evening July 17, 2016, in Bellingham, Wash. A group of artists are atttempting to make the third Sunday of each month a meeting time to perform at Locust Beach.

Matt Coble of Seattle performs during sunset at Locust Beach on Sunday evening July 17, 2016, in Bellingham, Wash. A group of artists are attempting to make the third Sunday of each month a meeting time to perform at Locust Beach. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

There was a cool demonstration of fire spinners at Locust Beach. It really made me pull out the stops on all my irrelevant knowledge about light and get some great frames. I did learn what is the best time to get fire spinners and sunset: about 1/2 and hour after.

Psychedelic

Dan Stuen uses LEDs while performing during sunset at Locust Beach on Sunday evening July 17, 2016, in Bellingham, Wash. . (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Dan Stuen uses LEDs while performing during sunset at Locust Beach on Sunday evening July 17, 2016, in Bellingham, Wash. . (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

The sky is still bright enough for clouds to be lit, but still dark enough that both the flames and any flash used isn’t see through. It’s a tight balance. But worth learning for some upcoming portraits.

Spin Out!!

Matt Coble of Seattle performs during sunset at Locust Beach on Sunday evening July 17, 2016, in Bellingham, Wash. A group of artists are atttempting to make the third Sunday of each month a meeting time to perform at Locust Beach.

Matt Coble of Seattle performs during sunset at Locust Beach on Sunday evening July 17, 2016, in Bellingham, Wash. A group of artists are attempting to make the third Sunday of each month a meeting time to perform at Locust Beach. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

About 200 people showed up. Many just wanted an evening with friends hanging around a campfire. It was a fun evening altogether.

For more photos of flames spinning about wildly, visit my gallery Fire Spinning at Locust Beach in Bellingham, Washington.


The Flash

 Reese Watabayashi, 13, approaches the finish line during the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race on Saturday morning July 9, 2016, in Fairhaven, Wash. Watabayashi ran the 7 mile course in 57 minutes, 31.2 seconds earning 95th overall and first in the Under 15 division. Co-Race director Melissa Kranzler said over 550 participants raced in this year's event. The seven mile race started at Fairhaven Marine Park, follows the Interurban trail, then ends at Larrabee State Park.

Reese Watabayashi, 13, approaches the finish line during the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race on Saturday morning July 9, 2016, in Fairhaven, Wash. Watabayashi ran the 7 mile course in 57 minutes, 31.2 seconds earning 95th overall and first in the Under 15 division. Co-Race director Melissa Kranzler said over 550 participants raced in this year’s event. The seven mile race started at Fairhaven Marine Park, follows the Interurban trail, then ends at Larrabee State Park. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Foot races are fun to shoot. On Saturday morning July 9th shot the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race. The race started in Fairhaven at Marine Park, ran along the Interurban Trail, then ended at Larrabee State Park. A seven mile quickie.

Synching Watches

Competitors start their personal timers at the beginning of the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race on Saturday morning July 9, 2016, in Fairhaven, Wash. Co-Race director Melissa Kranzler said over 500 participants raced in this year's event. The seven mile race started at Fairhaven Marine Park, followed the Interurban trail, then ended at Larrabee State Park.

Competitors start their personal timers at the beginning of the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

For the beginning, I wanted a nice tight shot of all the races at the moment the starting buzzer blared. I did not expect to get the left-to-right progression. That was just luck.

Cheering!!

 Spectators cheer the runners as they approach the finish line during the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race on Saturday morning July 9, 2016, in Fairhaven, Wash. Co-Race director Melissa Kranzler said over 550 participants raced in this year's event. The seven mile race started at Fairhaven Marine Park, follows the Interurban trail, then ends at Larrabee State Park.

Spectators cheer the runners as they approach the finish line during the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

But how’s that saying by Louis Pasteur go: Luck favors the prepared? Yeah, pretty much. But as I’ve told many friends and noobs to the photo world: It’s better to shoot crappy photos of something than wonder what you would’ve got if you went.

I stayed at the finish line to try some panning, zooming, and just have fun. And I did. Another fun shoot.

For more photos of people running, visit my gallery 50th Annual Chuckanut Footrace.

 

To see more of my current work, visit the galleries at My Work for the Bellingham Herald.

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Paul Conrad is an award-winning photographer living in Bellingham north of Seattle, WA, in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and in Europe. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Although his specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.

His clients include Getty Images, Wire Image, AirBnB, The Bellingham Herald, and many local business in Whatcom County. Previous clients are Associated Press, the New York Times, L.A. Times, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and many others.

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