On the road

I'm off to Portland for a shoot tomorrow but managed to get my books bound and ready for a couple meetings, too.

2014 has been busy on both the personal and professional fronts, and I look forward to sharing more from some of the projects that's made this a great year.

For now, enjoy this picture of my daughter Tala at our favorite haunt, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, on the day she finally got the pink gumball from the machine.


More soon,


Mr. Mini Puppy

Tala slipped this in my bag some months back as I flew out for a project in DC.

I kept giving it back but didn't stop to realize she wanted me to have this little guy to keep me company.

It was returned safely home; its become a bit of an amulet now.

Remembering - The 9/11 Memorial

I've been prepping other posts this week, but it doesn't feel right without first acknowledging the great weight I, along with countless others, feel around this time of the year. 9/11 Memorial

I visited the World Trade Center Memorial some months ago when in New York, and I let that grey day wash over me again.

WTC MemorialRecently, my daughter asked me which tree was tallest while out on a walk in the forest.

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It went on for awhile, but now, upon reflection, I feel it is a conversation best left to the trees.

More soon,


Jermaine Kearse of the NFL Champion Seahawks for Seattle Met

Jermaine Kearse I had the distinct honor of photographing Jermaine Kearse, wide receiver for the NFL Champion Seattle Seahawks, for the cover of Seattle Met Magazine.


Out now on newsstands, the shoot took place at the Seahawks famed VMAC, an impressive practice facility that's also home to the organization's administrative offices. . . oh, and the Vince Lombardi trophy!


As I made my way out the door from a technical scout the day before my shoot on July 29th, a nice video crew from ESPN had just wrapped some behind-the-scenes footage with the prized trophy.

As my eyes adjusted to the beautiful shimmering before me, my point person from the Hawks said, "Mike, you want to take some snaps, right?!"

The Lombardi Trophy

*Note: I'd like to thank the anonymous dude that had the presence of mind to capture my absolute befuddlement with just how wild a ride 2014 has been thus far (bonus points that he had not a clue on how to focus my camera).

In addition to the technical set we were building for Jermaine on the indoor practice field for the cover component of the project, the feature demanded we shoot a bit of reportage, too.

Michael Clinard Doodle

With that in mind, I set about crafting one of my trademark doodles to visually depict the production from a bird's-eye view to better direct the assistants and production associates I was teaming up with on this project.

BTS Photo from Michael Clinard

Once the lighting design was set, my three-man team and I made our way to the outdoor field to capture the lore of the The 12th Man during the unprecedented all-access media event / training camp the Seahawks hosted on that now magical day back in July.


Michael Clinard Photography

Stay tuned for an accompanying blog post that dissects my near two-week odyssey shooting the spirit of the 12th Man, Cannonball and the rest of the team's legion of Superfans.

My continued thanks to Jane, James, Matt and the rest of the good folks at Seattle Met for a killer assignment!

More soon,


A Faint Din, 2014

I've been a mix of ears and new eyes over the last few months, having started a side blog called The Hills, 98006. tumblr_n9l3mv0N501tuzufio1_1280

It acts as a front page of influences and clinic into my personal vision and artistic style. As I continue adapting and growing in all of the many-faceted dimensions that make up my character, I feel the very real need in having an index that charts this flux.

Michael Clinard Photography

Higher symmetries, balance and form. New eyes.

More soon,


Snapchat Ghost Selfie - Adweek Cover and Feature Opener

01_0203_COVER_DigEd_web This is the Snapchat Ghost taking a Selfie concept for Adweek's annual Mobile issue which is currently in print.

A particularly fun one, it was conceived, shot and delivered in the space of about 60 hours.


For the cover, they were looking for something that featured a smartphone but blended communication with mobile with social with apps really well.


Instagram, Whisper and Snapchat were among the apps featured in the story, but I locked in on the Snapchat Ghost character as a good everyman figure.

Tuesday night doodling and Wednesday afternoon approvals yielded late night studio sessions that me shooting until about 1am, Thursday.


Adweek's Creative Director, Nick Mrozowski, had recommended shooting a photo-illustration for the app, Whisper, so I made him this quick comp.


Thought the portraits were nice.



Thanks to my Seattle crew, the folks at Adweek, and one of several right arms, Gretchen Hilmers, who helps me get these concepts and visions out the door.




More soon,


Brendan Kennedy CEO of Leafly for Financial Times

Got a good three or so feet off the ground with the CEO of Seattle-based, Privateer Holdings (better known as Leafly). FT_Leafly_2014_098_web

In May of last year, I photographed Brendan and business partner, Michael Blue, for (you guessed it) Financial Times. Really loved what I got with them the first time, see it here on my website.

Shot the same day as the call, I had little time to prep. While a couple of battery packs charged in a vacant office, I focused on these little exchanges they'd make at each other like they were about to steal home plate.


It felt like a special kind of magic happened in the hour spent with those guys. Lit less dramatically than other business or finance projects, the approach was a welcome change of pace.

Flash forward to this, my first shoot in 2014, about ten days ago: thirty minutes of prep and thirty minutes to shoot.


The Leafly office had since swelled to accommodate more than forty employees, maybe more.

The parking lot that once held about tens cars less than a year ago, now had more than twenty-five of them all perfectly Tetris'ed into every bit of available parking area.

Brendan and his colleagues are at the forefront of a brave new world, so I felt it only fitting that he share his vision of the United States in ten years.


Don't want to give it all away but just expect most states to look some shade of green.


Here we are, shooting at the ceiling.


We got light-headed, so we sat down.


We said our AÅBC's.


Before heading outside, I let him sit down for a quick word with a colleague..

I took about eight shots of him there, and they went with the one above (or rather the one on their website).

Pulled him outside for this one, too:


Quote from my wife:

". . .it looks like the kind of portrait I'd put on a new kind of money."

Hmm. Stay tuned,



Bronference submission to Urban Dictionary

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1. The meeting of two or men (or 'bros') in which the sole purpose lies in the mutual desire to share ideas and discuss topics, i.e. conference.

2. One man (bro) having a conversation with another party of the same gender, in this case another man (bro).

3. If currently engaged in a 'bronference,' it's having a conversation about bringing another man (bro) in to lend input or consult on the current topic being presently discussed within said 'bronference.'

4. At least two creative men (bros) conferencing.

I've been kicking around the idea of doing this photo project with some friends, and this would be the name of it.

A still-life photographer, portrait photographer, tableau art photographer, and reportage photographer all coming together to explore a common theme, like the Higgs Boson particle or broad idea like "vision."

It may or may not grow legs in 2014, but if it does, I'll be sure to tell you about it.

Stay tuned,


Seattle Met - C.R. Douglas interviewing Miniature Horses

Couple months back, I had the good fortune to photograph Seattle's favorite political reporter, C.R. Douglas, for Seattle Met magazine. 1113_dept_Quote_CRDouglas_web

In the article, he talks about having cultivated a knack for Q & A at 12 years old when he started interviewing fellow castmates on a popular TV series that ran during the 80's.

After working his way up the public access circuit, he landed the position at Q13 Fox News as the station's lead political reporter.


Clearly, he's got a knack for putting most any guest at ease, and as I read his interview, I liked the idea of exploring how C.R. is a Pacific Northwestern'er through and through.


Seeing as how he never got to the opportunity to cover a state 4-H competition in say Fargo, North Dakota, we thought it a fun idea to give him a taste of what it might've been like working one's way up the 'local affiliate' circuit.


With sparse results coming back for 'miniature horse farm Seattle,' I found myself in internet chat rooms that sent me to places like this: HOOFWEB.COM

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Here's another favorite. . . GOTDONKEYS.COM

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Was getting this 'dark underbelly' vibe there for a bit until I found Tracy of Flyin' G Farms who was willing to help.


Of the three miniature horses made available to us, C.R. and Chloe and just hit it off.


Like. . . really hit it off.


Thanks again to the folks at Seattle Met, Flyin' G Farms and to C.R. for being such a great portrait subject!


More soon,



Evelyn Kottman - The 103 Year Old Internet Sensation

Anytime you get over 3,000 website visits on a Sunday, your head kind of spins. Screen shot 2014-01-08 at 11.31.53 PM

That happened to be the case for me on December 22nd, when I found to be getting an insane amount of traffic from Reddit.

I thought some compromising photograph from my art school days had surfaced.


That or some brilliant, 11 year-old hacker had found a way to overlay sexually-suggestive cartoon appendages on every one of my images.


When I found that the culprit was none other than, Hilda Evelyn Kottman, I absolutely had to see what antics she'd gotten into this time.


You might remember I photographed Evelyn a couple years back for an editorial cover and feature story for Seattle Weekly on the subject of THC impairment.

She took my direction like an absolute pro, and as thanks, I photographed the heroic image below in front of the impressive pickling operation she'd devised in her two-car garage.


Seems this time around, Evelyn's grandson, Adam, helped to make her 103rd birthday one for the record books.

Her big day included a little gambling, an all-you-can-eat lobster dinner, and for dessert, TATTOOS!!







What started as a collection of images on Imgur, grew to an "Ask Me Anything" Q&A sesh on Reddit.

After some verification via Twitter, everything kind of blew up into write-ups on the Daily Mail, Complex, My Modern Met, Viralnova, Laughing Squid and the Daily Dot.

Labeled the BAMF (Bad Ass Mother Figure), she's quickly grown to become the Internet's Grandma.

I know the story's not over, too! Excited to see what she gets up to in the coming months. No doubt her 104th birthday party is going to be off the chain.

Love you, Evelyn!

More soon,


SPE Conference lecture

Spoke at the Society of Photographic Educator's Conference in Seattle last week. These were two of the souls brave enough to come out and listen to me expound on theories of representation, death of god theology and Nietzsche.

I talked about photography, too.

Website Update Jargon / Rad Shower Curtain

Just updated the website with photographic stills from the video project where I play 3 different father characters throughout space and time. TALA_and_DADDY_Video_Vignettes_STILLS_0098_FINAL_web

The image above might perhaps be the best photographic representation of what lies on the horizon with regard to that.

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Beyond that, I've been using every bit of my spare time to mess up how my website shows horizontal images.

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If you find yourself with a horizontal image (like below), but it happens to be too wide for your browser window, click on it and get full browser window experience.

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Kinda new contact page reflecting updated points of contact for editorial and advertising projects, rep contact info, obscure Mexican blog post.

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In closing, this is a rad shower curtain from a miniature horse farm I happened to be shooting at a couple days ago.

Yours in the war,


Get ready. . .

. . . the foray back into video that I've had in mind for well over a year will be kicking off Monday. 20130915-173758.jpg

Joint collaboration project with prop and set direction genius, John Lavin, of Lavin + Stacey Design.

Production and video / editing by Super Frog Saves Tokyo who made the video below a few weeks back that was making the rounds.


Destroy the weekend,


New Jackstraw lookbook enroute

Spent the day hanging with my brother from another mother, John Richards of Jackstraw.

New lookbook on the horizon including models with four arms, the coldest curator in Seattle right now and Lex, who - in addition to being a rock when money's thrown at him - burns dollar bills with equal ease.

Giant toadstool in the works

Working on the finishing touches to a few video vignettes I'll be directing in the next couple weeks. Stay tuned. . . It really is going to be some of the wildest stuff I've done lately.