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Clare Barboza Clare Barboza Photographic Documentaries
Cornish grad Clare Barboza has been a professional photographer in Seattle since 1992, but she caught our eye with her most recent work: telling stories with still documentaries. She's currently working on a book with Kurtwood Farms and chronicling the inner workings of Seattle Art Museum's TASTE cafe. Read more
Clare Barboza Photographic Documentaries
The Girls Next Door has taught you much: on how to dress (a velour jumpsuit or nothing), that things aren’t always as they seem (being a girlfriend does not a Playmate make).
Above all, to stop making mountains out of molehills.
For your star turn, let Clare Barboza train her lens on your shenanigans. The photographer captures subjects “doing what they do” in their own space or a location meaningful to them. Each candid pic contributes to a narrative arc, forming a photographic documentary or personal pictorial.
Barboza consults with couples, families, or individuals to determine what aspects of their lives and personalities make the best photographic fodder. Then she spends three or more hours as a fly on the wall snapping moments and charming idiosyncrasies.
You’re no centerfold, but you do have an image to uphold.
Clare Barboza (206-228-0728 or clarebarboza.com).
Natalie Gustafson Tulip Country Bike Tours
Bit by the biking bug on a backpacking trip around Europe, Natalie Gustafson started her family-owned business (which includes husband Derek and children Meadow and Quincy) to guide city-fleeing Seattleites through Skagit Valley's idyllic farms and tulip fields. Read more
Tulip Country Bike Tours
In certain corners of the world, people suffer April showers to get May flowers.
Not you. You get instant gratification — in the form of Tulip Country Bike Tours’s lazy weekend rides.
Peddle through acres of blooms in the Skagit Valley with up to fifteen friends, breaking for lunch (homemade soups and sammies), freshly brewed coffee, and shopping stops at local nurseries. Bikes are comfortable (so your Huffy experience will do just fine) and guides are more mellow than manic, with not a stitch of “race you” Spandex in sight.
Call now (Tulip Festival tours run every weekend through April) or schedule a ride for summer, when the focus shifts to berry and cheese sampling at local farms. Either way, you’ll want to act fast.
Missing out would be a bloomin’ shame.
Tulip Country Bike Tours, 13391 Avon Allen Road, Mount Vernon (360-424-7461 or countrycycling.com).
Justin A. Edgerton Music Stylist
Whether it's '60s French pop, bossa nova, or neo soul, music stylist Justin A. Edgerton knows just the right track for any occasion. The man behind the music at neighborhood faves like Volterra and Quinn's creates perfect soundtracks for private events. Read more
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Music Stylist Justin Edgerton
Some people’s fantasy guest list includes luminaries like Mother Teresa and Jesus. (Yawn.)
Yours? Ella, Mick, and Jarvis.
Music stylist Justin Edgerton is a dude after your own heart. The freelance mix master creates killer soundtracks for local restaurants (Quinn’s, Volterra) and can work his magic for your next private event.
No party is too big, no theme too outlandish. Describe the vibe you want to create, and Edgerton will map out an entire evening of suitable tunes. Once he’s created the playlist, it’s yours to download for keeps.
Drawing from an astounding repertoire (’60s French pop, Bollywood, neo soul, bossa nova), Edgerton never duplicates mixes. And though he pushes clients gently toward unknown and obscure artists, he won’t judge anyone by his or her taste in music.
Which makes one of you.
Justin Edgerton (206-749-4147 or sonicjournal.com).