Best of the Month

Rocking Images from October 2015

October was a fun month of shooting: Multiple assignments, booked a few weddings, portrait sessions, and some features.

First are a couple of family sessions.

Kristin at Sunset

Kristin at Semiahoo Resort near Blaine, Wash., during a portrait session.

Kristin at Semiahoo Resort near Blaine, Wash., during a portrait session.

I met Kristin, her husband Aaron, and their son Riley at Semiahoo Resort near Blaine, Wash. We shot at an old boat there as well as on the beach on the resort ground.

Riley Cheesing

Riley during a family photo session at Semiahoo Resort near Blaine, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Riley during a family photo session at Semiahoo Resort near Blaine, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Riley loved the camera. Not only was he a cute kid, he was easy to work with as well. It made for a great shoot.

A few days later, I met Stephanie, husband Derrick, daughter Jordyn, and son Dakot. My wife and I met them up at Silver Lake to get some fall foliage. But unfortunately

Jordyn

Jordyn during a their family session at Silver Lake near Maple Falls, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Jordyn during a their family session at Silver Lake near Maple Falls, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Dakota

Dakota during a family session at Silver Lake near Maple Falls, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Dakota during a family session at Silver Lake near Maple Falls, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

The May family was really great to work with.

For the Bellingham Herald, I covered a few football games and assignments for Whatcom Magazine

Squalicum 1

Squalicum wide receiver Ben Peterson (5) stretches to catch a 20 yard pass from quarterback Garrett Sorenson for a first down late in the second quarter on Saturday evening Oct. 10, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Squalicum wide receiver Ben Peterson (5) stretches to catch a 20 yard pass from quarterback Garrett Sorenson for a first down late in the second quarter on Saturday evening Oct. 10, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Squalicum 2

Squalicum wide receiver Noah Westerhoff (7) dives for the goal over Ferndale defensive back Sky Freeman late in the first quarter on Saturday evening Oct. 10, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Westerhoff failed to make the touchdown as time in the first quarter ran out. Squalicum failed to capitalize on their position losing the ball on downs during the first minute of the second quarter. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Squalicum wide receiver Noah Westerhoff (7) dives for the goal over Ferndale defensive back Sky Freeman late in the first quarter on Saturday evening Oct. 10, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Westerhoff failed to make the touchdown as time in the first quarter ran out. Squalicum failed to capitalize on their position losing the ball on downs during the first minute of the second quarter. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Meridian at Sehome Soccer 1

Meridian goalkeeper Sydney Gospodinovich (1) dives for the ball to stop Sehome's Hannah Moore from scoring in the second half in varsity girls' soccer on Thursday evening Oct. 8, 2015, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. Sehome defeated Meridian 2-0. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Meridian goalkeeper Sydney Gospodinovich (1) dives for the ball to stop Sehome’s Hannah Moore from scoring in the second half in varsity girls’ soccer on Thursday evening Oct. 8, 2015, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. Sehome defeated Meridian 2-0. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Meridian at Sehome Soccer 2

Meridian's Emily Brackenreed (2), right, protects the ball from Sehome's Fiona Dawson (8) druing the first half in varsity girls' soccer on Thursday evening Oct. 8, 2015, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. Sehome defeated Meridian 2-0. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Meridian’s Emily Brackenreed (2), right, protects the ball from Sehome’s Fiona Dawson (8) during the first half in varsity girls’ soccer on Thursday evening Oct. 8, 2015, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. Sehome defeated Meridian 2-0. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Burlington-Edison at Lynden Football 1

Lynden defensive back Drew Krause (21) attempts to tackle Burlington-Edison running back Taran Lambert (3) during the second quarter on Friday evening Oct. 9, 2015, at Lynden High School in Lynden, Wash. Krause missed the tackle as Lambert ran it in for a touchdown making the score 13-7 Burlington-Edison. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lynden defensive back Drew Krause (21) attempts to tackle Burlington-Edison running back Taran Lambert (3) during the second quarter on Friday evening Oct. 9, 2015, at Lynden High School in Lynden, Wash. Krause missed the tackle as Lambert ran it in for a touchdown making the score 13-7 Burlington-Edison. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Burlington-Edison at Lynden Football 2

Burlington-Edison defensive back Joe Daniels (21), right, attempts to break up a pass intended for Lynden wide receiver Jordan Wittenberg (1) in the end zone during the third quarter on Friday evening Oct. 9, 2015, at Lynden High School in Lynden, Wash. Wittenberg caught the pass for a touch down and with the extra point the socre 27-13. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Burlington-Edison defensive back Joe Daniels (21), right, attempts to break up a pass intended for Lynden wide receiver Jordan Wittenberg (1) in the end zone during the third quarter on Friday evening Oct. 9, 2015, at Lynden High School in Lynden, Wash. Wittenberg caught the pass for a touch down and with the extra point the socre 27-13. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Everyday Superheros 5K 1

Tammy Bennett of Bellingham laughs as she carries Sharon Jensen across the finish line during the 3rd annual Everyday Superheroes 5K Run & Walk on Sunday morning Oct. 10, 2015, at Squalicum Creek Park in Bellingham, Wash. Bennett says the "DOF" on her shirt stands for "Department of Fun." (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Tammy Bennett of Bellingham laughs as she carries Sharon Jensen across the finish line during the 3rd annual Everyday Superheroes 5K Run & Walk on Sunday morning Oct. 10, 2015, at Squalicum Creek Park in Bellingham, Wash. Bennett says the “DOF” on her shirt stands for “Department of Fun.” (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Everyday Superheros 5K 2

Addison Jager, 7, of Belingham races down the zipline at Squalicum Creek Park before the 3rd annual Everyday Superheroes 5K Run & Walk on Sunday morning Oct. 10, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Addison Jager, 7, of Belingham races down the zipline at Squalicum Creek Park before the 3rd annual Everyday Superheroes 5K Run & Walk on Sunday morning Oct. 10, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Rock & Rye Oyster House 1

Bartender Liliana Franz draws a draught at the bar in Rock and Rye Oyster House on State Street in the Herald Building on Tuesday evening Sept. 29, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Bartender Liliana Franz draws a draught at the bar in Rock and Rye Oyster House on State Street in the Herald Building on Tuesday evening Sept. 29, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Rock & Rye Oyster House 2

Line cook Jabez Richard, left, makes a dish as general manager Harrison Gilbert watches during dinner service at the Rock and Rye Oyster House on State Street in the Herald Building on Tuesday evening Sept. 29, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Line cook Jabez Richard, left, makes a dish as general manager Harrison Gilbert watches during dinner service at the Rock and Rye Oyster House on State Street in the Herald Building on Tuesday evening Sept. 29, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Wood Stone Corporation 1

Chef Frank Milward prepares dishes in the test kitchen of the Wood Stone Corporation on West Bakerview Road in Bellingham, Wash., on Thursday Oct. 8, 2015. New owners may opt to train how to use the ovens in one of several training kitchens. Wood Stone manufactures gas ovens used in restaurants and homes throughout the world. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Chef Frank Milward prepares dishes in the test kitchen of the Wood Stone Corporation on West Bakerview Road in Bellingham, Wash., on Thursday Oct. 8, 2015. New owners may opt to train how to use the ovens in one of several training kitchens. Wood Stone manufactures gas ovens used in restaurants and homes throughout the world. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Wood Stone Corporation 2

Welder Vee Lacourte of Bellingham welds the base to a stove at the Wood Stone Corporation manufacturing facility on West Bakerview Road in Bellingham, Wash., on Thursday Oct. 8, 2015. Wood Stone manufactures gas ovens used in restaurants and homes throughout the world. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Vee Lacourte of Bellingham welds the base to a stove at the Wood Stone Corporation manufacturing facility on West Bakerview Road in Bellingham, Wash., on Thursday Oct. 8, 2015. Wood Stone manufactures gas ovens used in restaurants and homes throughout the world. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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My Best Photos from September 2015

I know, I know, I know. I’m a little late. Been rather busy and totally forgot about it.

But here’s my favorite photos from the month of September.

First up are two images from the Bellingham-Squalicum varsity football game.

CRUSHED!!!

Squalicum defenders wrap up Bellingham wide receiver Cole Allain (3) as he attempts a kick return during the first quarter of the season opener at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 4, 2015. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Bellingham wide receiver Cole Allain (3) grimaces as he’s wrapped up by Squalicum defenders during a kick return during the first quarter of the season opener at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 4, 2015. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

I love this photo because of all the intensity that is showing. The ball carrier’s face, the strain in the defender’s arms, and the perceived pain the runner is in.

Missed it by THAT much!!

Squalicum wider receiver Ben Peterson (5) finds a break in the Bellingham defense during the first quarter of their season opener at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 4, 2015. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Squalicum wider receiver Ben Peterson (5) finds a break in the Bellingham defense during the first quarter of their season opener at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 4, 2015. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

I like this one because it shows the moment he breaks free from the tackler to continue towards the goal.

It may be a boring sport to many and a challenge to photograph, but cross-country races offers many opportunities for good images. The best advice I can give is to understand the course and pay attention at the finish line.

Finish Line Battle –

Shorewood junior Devan Kirk (1112), left, and Arlington junior Eric Acero-Rosas (20) battle for 8th place during the Sehome Invitational Cross Country meet at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday Sept. 12, 2015. Kirk was awarded the position.

Shorewood junior Devan Kirk (1112), left, and Arlington junior Eric Acero-Rosas (20) battle for 8th place during the Sehome Invitational Cross Country meet at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday Sept. 12, 2015. Kirk was awarded the position. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

For the photo above, it’s just about paying attention as they racers cross the finish line. Cross country meets are about the total points teams earn. So a pair battling as they cross can make great images. This one in particular gets the bonus of the expression of the coach on the left.

Ladies!! Start your Engines!! –

Junior Girls line up to begin their 5K during the Sehome Invitational Cross Country meet at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday Sept. 12, 2015.

Junior Girls line up to begin their 5K during the Sehome Invitational Cross Country meet at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday Sept. 12, 2015. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

I just like how they were all lined up for the start.

Another fun assignment was the 2015 Bite of Bellingham food tasting extravaganza. Many fun opportunities for some good features. Unfortunately, I only had an hour to shoot.

Final Touches-

Back East BBQ cook Laura Orso of Bellingham, toasts miniature cupcakes during the Bite of Bellingham on Sunday afternoon Sept. 20, 2015, at Depot Market Square in Bellingham, Wash.Downtown Bellingham Partnership marketing director Kyle Fuller says they expect 6,000 people at this year's event. She added that 35 vendors were at hand to provide for the visitors.

Back East BBQ cook Laura Orso of Bellingham, toasts miniature cupcakes during the Bite of Bellingham on Sunday afternoon Sept. 20, 2015, at Depot Market Square in Bellingham, Wash. (©Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

I wanted something of people preparing food rather than eating it. So as I walked around, I paid attention to the chefs as they finished their dishes. This caught my eye as I like how she toasted each dessert individually. During the download, I saw how the two people in the background sorta mirrored each other.

As it’s High School Football season, I’ve been covering a lot of games. I pay attention to what the Bellingham Herald sports writers say about each team. Especially the columns where they predict who will win. It’s a good habit to get into as it does help you when your shooting the game.

Will he Catch it?

Ferndale defensive back Justice Powell (9) watches Blaine wide receiver Anthony Ball (88) attempt an over the shoulder catch during the second quarter at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 18, 2015. Ball missed the catch.

Ferndale defensive back Justice Powell (9) watches Blaine wide receiver Anthony Ball (88) attempt an over the shoulder catch during the second quarter at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 18, 2015. Ball missed the catch. (©Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

I like this best after downloading as the image has a sense of anticipation: Will he catch it? Unfortunately, he did no.

Slippin’ By –

Blaine defensive back Alfonso Dermendziev (14), right, misses as he attempts to tackle Ferndale running back Austin Honeycutt (32) as he pushes past the line of scrimmage for a gain of yardage during the second quarter at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 18, 2015.

Blaine defensive back Alfonso Dermendziev (14), right, misses as he attempts to tackle Ferndale running back Austin Honeycutt (32) while he pushes past the line of scrimmage for a gain of yardage during the second quarter at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 18, 2015. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Another missed tackle shot but one representative of the game.

On Sept. 29th, our region was blessed with clear skies as the Moon was in full eclipse as it began it’s ascent into the night sky. It was a Full Blood Super Moon rising out in the east. I went up to Artist Point with a few friends to capture this rare celestial event. We got hiked out to Huntoon Point where there is a small pond. I wanted to also shoot this with the reflection of Mount Shuksan before the moon rise.

As the Sun was setting, the light on Shuksan was phenomenal. I had my tripod column reversed so my camera was actually upside down and about an inch from the water.

Last Rays on Shuksan –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography -Mount Shuksan is lit by the setting Sun as seen from Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Mount Shuksan is lit by the setting Sun as seen from Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015

As a lot of photographers were coming out to this area, it was inevitable to get one in the frame as the trail was on the other side of the pond. Rather than get upset, I just shot pictures as they passed and incorporated them into the photo.

Trumpeter on the Ridge –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Pace Rubadeau of Portlands, Ore., plays as the Sun sets during a lunar eclipse over Mount Shuksan in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Pace Rubadeau of Portland, Ore., plays as the Sun sets during a lunar eclipse over Mount Shuksan in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015.

After shooting the alpenglow, a trumpeter began playing on the ridge behind us. As I had already righted my camera and swapped to my 70-200, it was easy enough to swing the camera around and shoot a few frames with the sky aglow from the sunset. I later learned that it was Pace Rubadeau of Portland and he like to play out in the wilderness. It did make for a nice experience.

Alpenglow on Mount Shuksan-

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - The last rays of the setting Sun bathe Mount Shuksan in alpenglow as its reflected in a pond Huntoon Point near Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – The last rays of the setting Sun bathe Mount Shuksan in alpenglow as its reflected in a pond at Huntoon Point near Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015.

This is by far one of my more favorite alpenglow pictures. Within 10 minutes shooting this, the Moon began rising over Mount Shuksan.

Blood Moon in the Saddle –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - The full Blood Moon rises over a saddle near the peak of Mount Shuksan as seen from Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – The full Blood Moon rises over a saddle near the peak of Mount Shuksan as seen from Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015.

It first rose over a saddle from my viewing position. I have a few frames of it just peeking over, but I like this more as you can tell what it is.

Full Blood Moon –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - The Full Blood Super Moon begins moving out of Earth's shadow as it hovers over the peak of Mount Shuksan as seen from Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – The Full Blood Super Moon begins moving out of Earth’s shadow as it hovers over the peak of Mount Shuksan as seen from Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015.

This image was one of the last ones I shot before coming home to Bellingham. I like it best because it works really well. The Moon over the peak, the stars, the mountain, it’s just a nice photo.

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His specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.

On Assignment: My Best Images from August 2015

August was reasonably busy for me. Could’ve been busier, but the lull of summer continued. Which is fine as it gave me time to enjoy the weather by going on a few hikes, a few kayak trips around Bellingham Bay, and a few bike rides.

For freelance work from The Bellingham Herald, I covered the debut of The Color Run in Bellingham (see it here).

Worked a few portrait sessions teaching myself how to control my exposures when using flash and working in Auto FP Mode: (read more here).

One of my sessions was Jake. He’s a High School senior who loves rugby. What a fantastic session I had with him and the result was some wonderful images.

Another was Maddie. She’s the granddaughter of our neighbors MJ and Kim. We went to Boulevard Park here in Bellingham during some blazing orange sunsets courtesy of the local wildfires we have. She was a charm and we produced some fantastic photos.

And I also had fun shooting photos on my hikes and bikes. Here are my top XX images for the month of August 2015. Enjoy!!

Orange –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Participants get sprayed by volunteers Mayu Takahashi and Jeff Bermudes, both from Bellingham, as they run through colored powders during the debut running of The Color Run 5K through Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015.The Color Run representative Kaitlin Syndergaard said over 5200 runners were registered for what is known as the Happiest 5K. She added that The Color Run partnered with the Whatcom Family YMCA to help raise funds for the organization.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Participants get sprayed by volunteers Mayu Takahashi and Jeff Bermudes, both from Bellingham, as they run through colored powders during the debut running of The Color Run 5K through Bellingham, Wash.,

Surf’s Up!!!

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - A crowd surfer is helped over a sea of particpants as they attend a DJ concert after completing in the the debut running of The Color Run 5K at the Bellingham Public Library on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash.The Color Run representative Kaitlin Syndergaard said over 5200 runners were registered for what is known as the Happiest 5K. She added that The Color Run partnered with the Whatcom Family YMCA to help raise funds for the organization.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – A crowd surfer is helped over a sea of participants as they attend a DJ concert after completing in the debut running of The Color Run 5K at the Bellingham Public Library on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash.

BUBBLES!!!!

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Participants run through bubbles as they approach the finish line during the debut running of The Color Run 5K on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash.The Color Run representative Kaitlin Syndergaard said over 5200 runners were registered for what is known as the Happiest 5K. She added that The Color Run partnered with the Whatcom Family YMCA to help raise funds for the organization.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Participants run through bubbles as they approach the finish line during the debut running of The Color Run 5K on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash.

In Your Face!!!

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Volunteers Holley Bennett, left, and Carleeh Mulholland powder a participant runs through silver checkpoint during the debut of The Color Run 5K through downtown Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015.***Spelling is Carleeh MulhollandThe Color Run representative Kaitlin Syndergaard said over 5200 runners were registered for what is known as the Happiest 5K. She added that The Color Run partnered with the Whatcom Family YMCA to help raise funds for the organization.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Volunteers Holley Bennett, left, and Carleeh Mulholland powder a participant runs through silver checkpoint during the debut of The Color Run 5K through downtown Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015.

Above All Others –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Participants and spectators celebrate finishing the debut The Color Run 5K during the after party at the Bellingham Public Library in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015.The Color Run representative Kaitlin Syndergaard said over 5200 runners were registered for what is known as the Happiest 5K. She added that The Color Run partnered with the Whatcom Family YMCA to help raise funds for the organization.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Participants and spectators celebrate finishing the debut The Color Run 5K during the DJ hosted after party at the Bellingham Public Library in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015.

Powdering His Face –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Participants run through colored powders through the streets of Bellingham, Wash., during the debut The Color Run 5K through on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015.The Color Run representative Kaitlin Syndergaard said over 5200 runners were registered for what is known as the Happiest 5K. She added that The Color Run partnered with the Whatcom Family YMCA to help raise funds for the organization.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – A pair of participants take a selfie after finishing the debut The Color Run 5K in Bellingham, Wash.

Joules At Sunset 1 –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

Joules at Sunset 2 –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

Maddie at Boulevard –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Maddison at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday evening Aug. 12, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Maddison at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday evening Aug. 12, 2015.

Maddie Making a Splash –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Maddison at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday evening Aug. 12, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Maddison at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday evening Aug. 12, 2015.

Jake 1 –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Jake Richards at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015, for his senior pictures.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Jake at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015, for his senior pictures.

Jake 2 –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Jake Richards at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015, for his senior pictures.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Jake Richards at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015, for his senior pictures.

Sunset in Bellingham –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - A sailboat passes the Sun as it begins to set over Bellingham Bay in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday evening Aug. 12, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – A sailboat passes the Sun as it begins to set over Bellingham Bay in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday evening Aug. 12, 2015. The smoke from recent wildfires contributed to the blazing orange sunsets.

Mount Shuksan in Haze –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - A cairn atop Table Mountain frames Mount Shuksan on Tues. Aug. 11, 2015, in the Mount Baker-Snoqualimie National Forest at Artist; Point in Whatcom County, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – A cairn atop Table Mountain frames Mount Shuksan on Tues. Aug. 11, 2015, in the Mount Baker-Snoqualimie National Forest at Artist; Point in Whatcom County, Wash.

Mount Shuksan Reflection –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Mount Shuksan is reflected in a pond near Artist Point on Tues. Aug. 11, 2015, in the Mount Baker-Snoqualimie National Forest at Artist; Point in Whatcom County, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Mount Shuksan is reflected in a pond near Artist Point on Tues. Aug. 11, 2015, in the Mount Baker-Snoqualimie National Forest at Artist; Point in Whatcom County, Wash.

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His specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.

On Assignment: My best images from May 2015

From self-assignments and freelance work. My best images from the month of May 2015. Sign up for email updates featuring tips & tricks to help you improve your photography. Also, prints available for any and all images on my website.

Making the Play:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Lynden Christian short stop Dylan Meenk (7) looks to throw to first as he hops over Burlington-Edison outfielder Wes Fleury (24) while he slides into second base during the sixth inning at Lynden Christian High School on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015. Fleury was called out as the visiting Burlington-Edison Tigers went on to defeat Lynden Christian Lyncs 8-0.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Lynden Christian shortstop Dylan Meenk (7) looks to throw to first as he hops over Burlington-Edison outfielder Wes Fleury (24) while he slides into second base during the sixth inning at Lynden Christian High School on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015. Fleury was called out as the visiting Burlington-Edison Tigers went on to defeat Lynden Christian Lyncs 8-0.

Safe? or Out?

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Lynden Christian right fielder Garrit Sterk (19) dives back to second base after over running it as Burlington-Edison second baseman Chris Cook (27) tags him out during the seventh inning at Lynden Christian High School on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015. Burlington-Edison defeated Lynden Christian 8 to 0.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Lynden Christian right fielder Garrit Sterk (19) dives back to second base after over running it as Burlington-Edison second baseman Chris Cook (27) tags him out during the seventh inning at Lynden Christian High School on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015. Burlington-Edison defeated Lynden Christian 8 to 0.

“I’m Safe!!”

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Lynden Christian outfielder Josh Heutink (22) signals through the dust he's safe at third during the fourth inning against  Burlington-Edison at Lynden Christian High School on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Lynden Christian outfielder Josh Heutink (22) signals through the dust he’s safe at third during the fourth inning against Burlington-Edison at Lynden Christian High School on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015.

Pitching:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Burlington-Edison pitcher Sean Ferdig (4) pitches to Lynden Christian during the second inning on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015, at Lynden Christian High School. B-E defeated Lynden Christian 8-0.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Burlington-Edison pitcher Sean Ferdig (4) pitches to Lynden Christian during the second inning on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015, at Lynden Christian High School. B-E defeated Lynden Christian 8-0.

War Stories:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  World War 2 veterans Bob Van Weerdhuizen, left, and Joe Moser share memories before the start of the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015. Moser was one of this years honorees.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – World War 2 veterans Bob Van Weerdhuizen, left, and Joe Moser share memories before the start of the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015. Moser was one of this years honorees.

The Old & the New:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  “The old and the new, that’s what we are” says World War II veteran Bob Lemke of Bellingham, right, as he shakes hands with Pfc. Matthew Montanez during the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015. Lemke served with the 1st Marines in China and says he was

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – “The old and the new, that’s what we are” says World War II veteran Bob Lemke of Bellingham, right, as he shakes hands with Pfc. Matthew Montanez during the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015. Lemke served with the 1st Marines in China and says he was “17 years and one week old” when he enlisted.

Dove Release:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Emily Borbon, 7, of Bellingham gets surrounded by doves during the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015. The Thunder Birds 4H Club and Flights of Fancy provided doves for the ceremony.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Emily Borbon, 7, of Bellingham gets surrounded by doves during the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015. The Thunder Birds 4-H Club and Flights of Fancy provided doves for the ceremony.

Night at Hannegan Pass:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Long exposure using a headlamp against a translucent Nalgene bottle to light the tent and my headlamp as I walk to take another photo.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Long exposure using a headlamp against a translucent Nalgene bottle to light the tent and my headlamp as I walk to take another photo.

Flowers in the Stream:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Yellow flowers in a stream along Hannegan Pass Road near Mount Baker in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in western Washington.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Yellow flowers in a stream along Hannegan Pass Road near Mount Baker in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in western Washington.

Birth of Creation:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - An egg used for a memorial or Moon light ceremony sits on a mossy rock along the North Fork of the Nooksack River in Whatcom County, Wash., near Mount Baker in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest along Hannegan Pass Road.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – An egg used for a memorial or Moon light ceremony sits on a mossy rock along the North Fork of the Nooksack River in Whatcom County, Wash., near Mount Baker in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest along Hannegan Pass Road.

Waterfall on the Trail:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - A waterfall is created by spring run-off on the Lake Ann Trail in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in eastern Whatcom County in western Washington.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – A waterfall is created by spring run-off on the Lake Ann Trail in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in eastern Whatcom County in western Washington.

Mount Baker View:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Mount Baker, left, rises above the surrounding northern Cascade Mountains as seen from the Lake Ann Trail in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in eastern Whatcom County in western Washington.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Mount Baker, left, rises above the surrounding northern Cascade Mountains as seen from the Lake Ann Trail in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in eastern Whatcom County in western Washington.

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His specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.

Memorial Day – 50th annual Festival of Flags Remembrance Ceremony

Monday was a somewhat emotional day for me. Memorial Day is a day that brings me back to when I was in the U.S. Navy. Several friends of mine died from non-combat reasons. My worst experience was hearing of the October 1983 barracks bombing in Beirut that killed 263 Marines. Some of those were the ones we dropped off in a previous deployment in 1982.

But I digress. My assignment for the day was to cover the 50th annual Festival of Flags Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., for the Bellingham Herald. These are my favorites:

The Old & the New:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  “The old and the new, that’s what we are” says World War II veteran Bob Lemke of Bellingham, right, as he shakes hands with Pfc. Matthew Montanez during the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015. Lemke served with the 1st Marines in China and says he was

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – “The old and the new, that’s what we are” says World War II veteran Bob Lemke of Bellingham, right, as he shakes hands with Pfc. Matthew Montanez during the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony during Memorial Day activities.

When I first arrived, I just kinda checked out the scene. Not much was really happening so I just walked around. There was a picnic prior to the services so folks were just gathering about and chatting. But I wanted to get some real interaction.

Old War Stories:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  World War 2 veterans Bob Van Weerdhuizen, left, and Joe Moser share memories before the start of the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015. Moser was one of this years honorees.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – World War 2 veterans Bob Van Weerdhuizen, left, and Joe Moser share memories before the start of the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015. Moser was one of this years honorees.

There was a special tent for World War 2 veterans near the stage. One of the men sitting was honoree Joe Moser. His story is quite fascinating. He was a pilot and shot down over France, but when the Germans captured him, he was set to Buchenwald. He was treated like a slave against the Geneva Convention and liberated at the end of the war. I watched as a man came up to Mr. Moser and held his hand. The two were soon laughing and sharing old stories.

Folded American Flag:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  SSgt. Scott Rauch of Bellingham, holds a folded U.S. flag proior to the official flag raising during the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015. SSgt. Rauch says he is with the 133d Army Band.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – SSgt. Scott Rauch of Bellingham, holds a folded U.S. flag prior to the official flag raising during the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony. SSgt. Rauch says he is with the 133d Army Band.

They flew in a special flag by helicopter for the Flag Raising Ceremony. I was expecting a Black Hawk, Huey, or Cobra, but it was just a patrol helicopter used by Homeland Security. And we couldn’t even get that close to it. So not visually stunning at all.

Dove Release:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Emily Borbon, 7, of Bellingham gets surrounded by doves during the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015. The Thunder Birds 4H Club and Flights of Fancy provided doves for the ceremony.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Emily Borbon, 7, of Bellingham gets surrounded by doves during the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony. The Thunder Birds 4H Club and Flights of Fancy provided doves for the ceremony.

***The one thing I can not stress enough when shooting events is to get a program so you are aware of what will happen. Then spend some time finding a few locations to shoot. It will save you tons of time and headache. This works well with things such as the dove release. Know ahead of time and plan your shot before hand. 

For the dove shot, I did plan it. I watched as the birders placed half-dozen small cages with 5 or 6 doves in them. I talked with one of the people and got the info I needed. When the National Anthem was nearing the end, I moved towards the Veteran’s Memorial where the doves were being released from. I picked one of the kids and she opened the cage I began shooting.

An Eagle Scout’s Effort:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Eagle Scout Matthew Klein of Bellingham unveils the new  WWII Monument during the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Eagle Scout Matthew Klein of Bellingham unveils the new WWII Monument during Memorial Day services.

Eagle Scout Matthew Klein unveiled his project during the ceremony. As they’re rebuilding the Veteran’s Memorial, he designed and had made a new marble monument for WW2 veterans.

Taps:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Bugler Riggs Nelson, with the American Legion Post 7, plays taps to close the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Bugler Riggs Nelson, with the American Legion Post 7, plays taps to close the 50th annual Festival of Flags Memorial Day Ceremony.

Visit the photo gallery 50th annual Festival of Flags Memorial Day Ceremony on my website for more images.

To read more of my thoughts on celebrating the lives of our military men and women, visit Why We Are Free: Remembering Those Who Served 

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His clients include Getty Images, Wire Image, 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.

His specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.