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The Color Run in Bellingham, Wash.

On Sunday July 21, 2016, my assignment for The Bellingham Herald was to photograph the 2nd annual running of The Color Run. I shot it last year and had a lot of fun as well as learning the limitations of my camera. These were highlighted in my blog post Debut of The Color Run

In The Face!!!

In Your Face! - Volunteer Nina Poliquit of Olympia sprays participants with orange powder during The Color Run on Sunday morning Aug. 21, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. Several thousand participated in the "World's Happiest 5K" fundraiser to help benefit the Whatcom Family YMCA. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

In Your Face! – Volunteer Nina Poliquit of Olympia sprays participants with orange powder during The Color Run on Sunday morning Aug. 21, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. Several thousand participated in the “World’s Happiest 5K” fundraiser to help benefit the Whatcom Family YMCA. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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Rose and Alex: Engagement Proposal at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., during sunset

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to document love first hand. Alex asked me to do their engagement photos. He planned a surprise proposal at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., during sunset.

Happy Couple

Happy Couple - Alex and Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography). Bellingham wedding photographer, whatcom county wedding photography, pacific northwest wedding photography seattle wedding photography

Happy Couple – Alex and Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

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A Night with the Perseids

Just a quick post. As most of the world knows, the peak for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower was this morning August 12, 2016. Many said it was a fantastic show. It was nice, but I wouldn’t say it was one of the best I saw.

Milky Way Above Baker

Milky Way & Mount Baker - The Milky Way over Mount Baker during Perseids Meteor Shower on Friday morning Aug. 8, 2016, as seen from Artist Point near Mount Baker Ski Area in Whatcom County, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Milky Way & Mount Baker – The Milky Way over Mount Baker during Perseids Meteor Shower on Friday morning Aug. 8, 2016, as seen looking south from Artist Point near Mount Baker Ski Area in Whatcom County, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

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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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The Heat Was On at Locust Beach: Tips for Photographing Fire Dancing

And the performers were enlightening!!! Fire performance artists entertained over 200 people during the evening of July 17th. As the Sun set, spectators flowed from the trail to the beach inundating a normally quiet park.

Locust Beach is the one park I like to go to that is close to town, but not well visited. There’s limited parking and a good 1/4 to 1/2 mile hike down to the beach. It’s rocky with no facilities. But super nice to get away from it all within town.

Throwin’ Flames

Lindsay McFinland of Bellingham spits a fireball into the sky while performing 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)

Lindsay McFinland of Bellingham spits a fireball into the sky while performing 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)

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