Annual Review: Best of 2013 Photos

2013 was an interesting and semi-transitional year photo-wise, health as it included more “photos for business” than “photos for fun,” although certainly fun was had in all events! I added 2.0 terrabytes worth of data to my already full hard drives, which is pretty crazy. It took a while just to sort through all of the data, not to mention attempt to recap and pull out favorite images. Despite the time consuming nature of doing comprehensive recaps like this, I do this photo recap here on the blog every year, as I think it’s an important exercise to do periodically. It’s great for sentimental and business purposes, just to remember in numbers and visuals all of the things that were accomplished. Without further ado, here’s my recap of most of the photos I’ve snapped throughout 2013.

Concerts: 31

There were a LOT of bucket list bands this year, namely those from my teen/college years: Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Paul McCartney, Fall Out Boy, and Michael Bublé. Also some great performances by favorites such as Gogol Bordello, Joshua Radin, Alkaline Trio, P!nk, Steve Aoki, and of course, Macklemore.

Hands down the best concert moment of the year though happened at my favorite music festival: Killer Mike at Sasquatch when he took the stage, and the swell of emotion that took over his face as he was overcome with shock and joy. Amazing.

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1. Ellie Goulding @ Showbox – 2/6/13

2. Les Stroud, Survivorman @ Kirkland – 3/7/13

3. Passion Pit, Matt and Kim, and Icona Pop @ Paramount – 3/5/13

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4. Alicia Keys and Miguel @ WaMu Theater – 3/7/13

5. The Joy Formidable, Guards, and Fort Lean @ Neptune – 3/27/13

6. Phoenix and Mac DeMarco @ Paramount – 3/29/13

7. Rihanna and A$AP Rocky @ Key Arena – 4/7/13

8. Bad Religion and The Bronx @ Showbox – 4/24/12

9. Ghost B.C. @ Showbox – 4/30/13

10. Mindless Self Indulgence @ Showbox – 4/30/13

11. Nas @ The Republik – 5/15/13

12. Alkaline Trio @ Showbox – 6/7/13

13. Damian and Stephen Marley @ Marymoor

14. Sir Paul McCartney @ Safeco – 7/20/13

15. Gogol Bordello @ Neptune – 8/9/13

16. Fitz and the Tantrums @ Showbox – 8/10/13

17. Snoop Lion @ Showbox – 8/30/13

18. Matt Nathanson and Joshua Radin @ Showbox – 9/21/13

19. P!nk and New Politics @ Key Arena – 10/21/13

20. Empire of the Sun @ Paramount – 10/24/13

21. The Slants @ Alhambra Theater – 11/1/13

22. Iron and Wine @ Paramount

23. Atlas Genius and Family of the Year @ Neptune – 11/12/13

24. Selena Gomez @ Key Arena – 11/13/13

25. Michael Bublé @ Key Arena – 11/16/13

26. Steve Aoki and Borgore @ Paramount – 11/21/13

27. John Legend and Tamar Braxton @ Paramount – 11/26/13

28. Drake and Miguel @ Tacoma Dome – 12/5/13

29. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with Sir Mix-a-Lot @ Key Arena – 12/12/13

30. The Weekend @ Paramount

31. New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees


Festivals: 7

1. Emerald City ComiCon 2013 @ Seattle, WA – 3/7/13

2. SXSW @ Austin, TX – 3/19/13

3. Sasquatch 2013 @ The Gorge – 5/27/13

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4. Capitol Hill Block Party – 7/20/13

5. Bumbershoot – 9/1/13

6. Deck the Hall Ball – 12/7/13

7. Jingle Ball – 12/9/13


Favorite 2013 Music

Jay-Z: “Holy Grail” and “Tom Ford”

J. Cole: “Crooked Smile” and “Power Trip”

Kanye West: “Black Skinhead” and “Bounds 2”

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Drake: “The Language” and “Started From the Bottom”

Rihanna: “What Now”

Eminem: “Rap God” and “Monster”

Favorite All Around Albums: Jay-Z (Magna Carta…Holy Grail) and Atlas Genius (When It Was Now).

Favorite New Artists: Ariana Grande and Fifth Harmony

Ariana Grande: The new Mariah Carey. I miss MC’s sound, so it’s nice to see it being revived.

Fifth Harmony: A complete surprise discovery at Jingle Ball this year. I love the catchy pop vibe of their tunes, as well as their multi-ethnic background. The Spanish version of their hit album “Better Together” has been stuck on repeat on my Spotify player for the entire month of December.



Restaurants: 67

A whirlwind year of new restaurant activity and some huge improvements I made in my architectural and interior photography techniques. I haven’t been this in love with architecture since my college art history days.

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1. Brass Tacks

2. Bait Shop

3. Kedai Makan

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4. Von Trapp’s

5. Chef Steps

6. Palisade Restaurant

7. Anchors Down

8. Dick’s Drive In

9. Luna Park Cafe

10. Radiator Whiskey

11. Sun Liquor

12. Folik Kitchen + Cocktails

13. Vintage Cave Honolulu

14. Sam Choy’s Island Style Grille

15. Ryan’s Grill

16. Kincaid’s Honolulu

17. Lil Woody’s Ballard

18. Tanaka San

19. Le Zinc

20. Stoneburner

21. Little Uncle

22. Zig Zag Cafe

23. Beth’s Cafe

24. Five Point Cafe

25. Cafe Lago

26. The Old Sage

27. Henry’s 1st Ave Tavern

28. Juice Box

29. Rachel’s Ginger Beer

30. Mecca Cafe

31. Wedgwood Broiler

32. Skillet Diner, Ballard

33. Maximilien Garden Rooftop

34. The Dish

35. Bloom Restaurant

36. Vif Wine and Coffee Bar

37. Percy’s in Ballard

38. Westward

39. Bar Cantinetta, Cap Hill

40. Oliver’s Twist

41. Poppy

42. Boat Street Cafe

43. Barnacle

44. Picnic Gourmet Grocery

45. Il Corvo Pasta

46. The Hollywood Tavern

47. Altstadt

48. London Plane

49. Bar Sajor

50. Parfait Ice Cream Shop

51. Teacher’s Lounge

52. Hattie’s Hat

53. Roux

54. Ada’s Technical Books

55. Liam’s

56. Aragona

57. Kaisho

58. Loulay

59. Stockbox Grocery

60. Miller’s Guild

61. Tallulah’s

62. Hello Robin

63. RN74 Seattle

64. La Bodega

65. Salty’s on Alki

66. Eureka

67. Lottie’s Lounge

Events: 25

From red carpet events and conventions to Ron Jeremy and The Bachelorette, it’s been an interesting mashup of event photography this year. A nice mix of corporate and editorial assignments! I don’t even think the list below is completely representative of all the events I shot this year, but it covers most of the fun ones.

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1. SoDo Comes Alive @ Aston Manor

2. Game of Thrones Premiere

3. Taste Washington 2013

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5. Lu’ulu Culinary Arts Gala

6. Capitol Hill Pride Picnic

7. Prom Dress Rugby

8. Melrose Market Street Fair

9. Trace + Art Institute of Seattle Dinner with Top Chef’s Tiffany Derry

10. Whale watching with Adriana de Moura

11. Star Wars International Collectors Event (ICE) 2013

12. Porklandia @ The VUDE with John and Caprial Pence

13. Kurt Cobain House

14. Vogue Runway Fashion Show

15. Simon Doonan @ Barneys New York

16. Simon Doonan and Tomoko Ogura @ Barneys New York

17. Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival

18. Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock and Jenni Hogan

19. Halloween @ Capitol Hill

20. Chef Michael Symon @ St Martin’s University Gala

21. Totem Star Luau

22. Coates Design Holiday Party

23. Chef Rick Bayless event for Negra Modelo

24. Geocaching Annual Event for Groundspeak

25. Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel


Travels: 7

I made my first trip to Mexico, but other than that, no other exotic international locations. I did have a great time discovering more of the USA by going on my first Alaska cruise, and rediscovering places such as Austin and the Oregon Coast. The most important journeys of the year were my trips back home to Hawaii to spend time with family and my new nephew, Xylen. I spent a total of 6 weeks in Hawaii this year, the longest stretch of time since my college days, and I’m eternally grateful for the time I was able to have.

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1. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Jan 2013)

2. Vancouver, B.C. (Feb 2013)

3. Austin, Texas (SXSW) (Mar 2013)

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4. Oahu and Big Island, Hawaii (May 2013 and Oct 2013)

5. Alaska (Jun 2013)

6. Victoria, B.C. (Jun 2013)

7. Oregon Coast (Jul 2013)

8. Portland (Oct 2013)

Farms: 14

This year I added a new photo category in the form of visually documenting farms. It’s part of a larger Gemini Connect project to be shared later.

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1. Hoehn Bend Farm

2. J.F. Miniature Donkey Ranch

3. Aikane Coffee Plantation

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4. Wow Farm

5. University of Hawaii at Hilo Beekeepers

6. Rare Hawaiian Organic Kiawe Honey

7. Hamakua Spring Tomatoes and Bananas

8. Waialea Agriculture

9. Kuahiwi Ranch

10. Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii (NELH)

11. Hamakua Mushrooms

12. Hirabara Farms

13. Big Island Goat Dairy

14. Big Island Abalone

Til next year!

Suzi Pratt is a Seattle event, food, and travel photographer available for hire. She is also a contributing writer at Digital Photography School and runs a blog teaching others how to start a photography business.

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