Portraiture

Best Photos of the Month October 2016

Didn’t really have much as I was limited to what I could do due to surgery. The whole month of October I was limited to 10 pounds. Still I shot a few football games, a breaking news story, and some of my own projects. Enjoy my Photo of the Month of October.

Take Down!!!

Take Down - Lynden's Connor Shine (20) stops Blaine's Anthony Ball (88) at the line of scrimmage in the red zone during the second quarter on Friday evening Oct. 7, 2016, at Lynden High School in Lynden, Wash. (photo © Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Take Down – Lynden’s Connor Shine (20) stops Blaine’s Anthony Ball (88) at the line of scrimmage in the red zone during the second quarter on Friday evening Oct. 7, 2016, at Lynden High School in Lynden, Wash. (photo © Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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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)

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Scanning an Old Story: Kentucky Farm Family

Last week I bought a high-resolution film scanner by Jumbl. A simple 22MP scanner capable of 35mm film and slides. Super basic. I just need something to get the image into Photoshop so I can tone them properly. It’s not the greatest scanner in the world, but for what I need it for, it’ll work.

Welcome To Kentucky 

Welcome to Kentucky - The Cardwells during a hot October 1996 afternoon at their Ridge Road home in Warren County northeast of Bowling Green, Ky. The Cardwells are tenant farmers living with 8 other family members in a patched-together, 120 year old home on Ridge Road. The family makes less than $7,500 per year. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Welcome to Kentucky – The Cardwells at their Ridge Road home in Warren County, Ky. The Cardwells are tenant farmers living with 8 other family members in a patched-together, 120 year old home on Ridge Road. The family makes less than $7,500 per year. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

One of the first projects I scanned was an essay I shot while studying photojournalism at Western Kentucky University. It was an assignment by my fave professor David LaBelle. He game a simple theme: Farm Family.

As this was the core course of the program, I took the class very seriously, yet still maintained a sense of humor and had fun. The assignments in this class ranged from simple singles, to complex essays.

The class load was heavy in that we usually had 2 or 3 single assignments as well as a weekly essay project. ON top of all that, we also had to shoot our semester long project on the theme of either “Religion” or “Death of a Loved One.”

Harvesting:

The Harvest - Billy Ray Cardwell, left, and his wife Nellie spike tobacco during a hot October 1996 afternoon on Jerry Hudnell's farm in Warren County northeast of Bowling Green, Ky. The Cardwells are tenant farmers living with 8 other family members in a patched-together, 120 year old home on Ridge Road. The family makes less than $7,500 per year. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

The Harvest – Billy Ray Cardwell, left, and his wife Nellie spike tobacco during a hot October afternoon on Jerry Hudnell’s farm in Warren County, Ky. The two say they’ve harvested tobacco for nearly 40 years.

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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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Paul Conrad is an award-winning, published photographer living in Bellingham north of Seattle, WA. 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.

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

Although his specialty is photojournalism, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.