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Northwest SilverStars Exhibit Athleticism and Coordination

Last Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, I had the pleasure of photographing the 2016 Cheerfest sponsored by the Northwest SilverStars. The demonstration is the capstone from a week of Mini Cheer Camp hosted by Hailey Rio.

In Synch

In Synch- The Mount Vernon High School cheerleaders get pumped before their performance during the 2016 Cheerfest hosted by the Northwest SilverStars on Saturday afternoon Nov. 5, 2016, at Meridian High School in Laurel, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

In Synch- The Mount Vernon High School cheerleaders get pumped before their performance during the 2016 Cheerfest hosted by the Northwest SilverStars on Saturday afternoon Nov. 5, 2016, at Meridian High School in Laurel, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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March For Bernie Rally in Bellingham, Washington

It was a beautiful sunny day the Sunday before the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, over 200 supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders gathered to show support for Vermont Senator. Still “Feelin’ the Bern,” they began their march at Bellingham City Hall at the intersection of Commercial Avenue and Lottie Street.

Still Feeling the Bern

Christina Farsovitch, left, her daughter Elaina Farsovitch, both from Marysville, and Scott Sanderson of Bellingham, right with flag, cheer as the March for Bernie Rally begins on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Christina Farsovitch, left, her daughter Elaina Farsovitch, both from Marysville, and Scott Sanderson of Bellingham, right with flag, cheer as the March for Bernie Rally begins on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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50th Annual Chuckanut Foot Race

I’ve been a bit busy with assignments and personal projects. I’ve a lot of blogs or maybe just a few big ones to write so I can play catch-up. First, I’ll post a few quickies from weekend shoots.

On Saturday July 9, 2016, I photographed the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race for The Bellingham Herald. It’s a 7 mile run that starts at Fairhaven Marine Park and ends at Larrabee State Park. The faster runners do it in about 35 minutes, while most average about an hour.

Synching Timers –

Dillon Quintana (291), left in orange, and other competitors start their personal timers at the beginning of the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race on Saturday morning July 9, 2016, in Fairhaven, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Dillon Quintana (291), left in orange, and other competitors start their personal timers at the beginning of the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race on Saturday morning July 9, 2016, in Fairhaven, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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A Fun 5K for the Whole Family

A few weeks ago I had the fun of shooting a Girls on the Run 5K sponsored by the Whatcom Family YMCA in Bellingham, Wash. It was a simple assignment for Whatcom Family Health Magazine, which is part of The Bellingham Herald.

Father/Daughter Time

Mike Wylie of Blaine and daughter Olivia, 9, take a selfie before the start of the 2016 Girls On The Run 5K on Saturday morning June 4, 2016, at Lake Padden in Bellingham, Wash. GOTR director Jen Gallant said over 700 people registered for the fun run which included 400 participants in the GOTR and Trailblazer program as well as 300 adults from various YMCAs around the Puget Sound. She added GOTR is a YMCA after school program designed to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Mike Wylie of Blaine and daughter Olivia, 9, take a selfie before the start of the 2016 Girls On The Run 5K on Saturday morning June 4, 2016, at Lake Padden in Bellingham, Wash. GOTR director Jen Gallant said over 700 people registered for the fun run which included 400 participants in the GOTR and Trailblazer program as well as 300 adults from various YMCAs around the Puget Sound. She added GOTR is a YMCA after school program designed to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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Candlelight Vigil Honors Orlando Nightclub Shooting Victims

In all my years working as a photojournalist, the hardest, most difficult assignments to cover are those involving unwarranted death. The sudden loss of a child. A car accident. A fire. A friend’s suicide.

Like many all across the U.S., I awoke Sunday morning to the sickening news of the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack in Orlando, Fla. It was shocking to hear someone could do such harm to people who mean no harm to anyone. And all I could think about was how my gay friends were feeling vulnerable. How they felt insecure, how angry they were, how scared. What kind of scum would attack a group of people just enjoying a night out on the town? Oh yeah: A piece of shit.

Stop The Hate

A man lights candles for a vigil for the victims of the Orlando, Fla., nightclub massacre on Monday evening June 13, 2016, at Rumors Cabaret in Bellingham, Wash. Over a hundred people turned out to honor those killed in the terrorist attack. Organizer Heidi O'Hana said she she was

A man lights candles for a vigil for the victims of the Orlando, Fla., nightclub massacre on Monday evening June 13, 2016, at Rumors Cabaret in Bellingham, Wash. Over a hundred people turned out to honor those killed in the terrorist attack. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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