If you've been following along with my Instagram adventures, then you know that I recently completed the 2018 Seattle Independent Bookstore Day Challenge! *crowd goes wild* For those of you who don't follow my IG, or who missed it, let me explain:
Every year, on the last Saturday of April, it is Independent Bookstore Day nationwide, and in Seattle we booknerds go all out. Starting in 2015, Seattle's indie bookstores collaborated to create a "daylong celebration of the work [they] do and the readers and customers who make it possible. [They] offered many of the same events and exclusive items as [their] colleagues across the country, but [they] also introduced the Passport Challenge, encouraging readers to get their passports stamped at as many participating stores as possible on Bookstore Day. Those who get their passports stamped at every participating store that day are crowned Grand Champions, with a crown, a party, and best of all, a 25% discount at all participating stores for the following year." (Source: Seattle Independent Bookstore Day website)Read More
Shooting in the Seattle Public Library
I've emerged from my black hole of Olympics binge-watching to find Seattle cold, but kissed by the promise of a fast approaching spring and a golden summer. While we wait for Spring to arrive, however, we must still contend with the final rainy months of Seattle's Winter and early Spring, which often means finding indoor public spaces where one can shoot.
This leads me to the Seattle Public Library's Central Branch. Planned and approved in the 90's, the construction of the Central Library began in the fall of 2001 and opened in 2004 ("History of the Central Library"). With floor to ceiling windows, expansive open spaces, and beautiful lines, the Central Branch can be a dream to shoot in. However, since it IS a popular public space for studying, reading, and community events, it is important to balance your desire to get the perfect shot with respecting other's desired use of the space. So here's six quick tips for shooting in the Central Branch without getting side-eyes from the other patrons!Read More