Dig Dates !

Dating has a new look. In fact, it has a companion!

Tired of swiping through countless dating profiles trying to find common interests with potential relationship prospects? Dig cuts right to the chase and takes on one of the most common interests in a relationship, the love for dogs!

New Orleans based company Dig, pairs people based on their love for man (or woman’s) best friend. Founders Leigh and Casey Isaacson concede that, ” If the people aren’t on the same page about the dog(s), they just aren’t compatible.”

First launched in 2018 in the New York metro area, Dig has been on a nationwide publicity tour. Dig made several stops here in the PNW last week and we had to the honor of photographing their visit to Bellevue’s WeWork location.

With new cities added all of the time and exclusive promotions from dog retaliated products and services within the app, Dig is really shaking things up!

So what are you waiting for? Download the app, snap a picture and join this friendly, compassionate and fun community today!

Visit Dig Dates or download the app on your smartphone for more info.

Beer & Barre

Barre and Beer combined forces last weekend for one crazy booty burning bonanza!!!

At Empower Photography, we are honored to attend and photograph countless events throughout this great city of Seattle and we can say without question, the Pure Barre community really brings the energy and excitement! We have had the pleasure of building a relationship with Pure Barre community over the past couple years through our shared love for fitness. Speer headed by fitness icon Sami Sweeney, the Pure Barre community continues to grow year after year and has formed into one of the most passionate, supportive and tight knit groups in the PNW.

New studio owner Shiva Hippely, brings an exciting passion and fire to her Capital Hill location and she wasted no time in planning her first pop up event. Partnering with local business Optimism Brewing, Shiva and the team found a winning combination of alcohol and exercise. Optimism Brewing made host to some 140+ Pure Barre fanatics on Sunday April 7th for an intense workout and friendly social gathering. Cold beer and snacks make for a delightful reward after the workout and a multitude of raffle items were awarded to lucky recipients.

If you have never attended a Pure Barre event, we highly recommend it and we cant wait to meet you!

Be sure to sign up early as these events typically sell out quickly!

Nascar in Vegas!

2019 is a monumental year as my father will be turning 75. Growing up, spontaneity was not in our vocabulary. Don’t get me wrong, we did a ton of fun stuff but everything was carefully planned and budgeted. As my wife and I sat and thought about what it meant to turn 75, we wanted to start the year off by doing something that my dad wouldn’t be compelled to do by himself. The choice became quite apparent as we considered my dads passions. If anyone know Dennis, he loves all things fast and loud, namely cars.

Jane and I frequent Las Vegas and as we watched the rain fall one dreary Seattle morning, inspiration struck. A quick Google search revealed that Nascar was due to make a stop at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the coming months. We had our plan!

Fast forward several months later as we watch my dads eye swell in excitement as he sees Vegas for the first time in 20 years. Having lived there back in the early ‘80’s, the only thing familiar were the surrounding mountain ranges. It was fun watching him relive memories and soak in the urban sprawl that now spans the entire valley.


Race day was an overwhelming experience. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a massive but very fan friendly facility. Pit passes provided and unprecedented experience and in the grandstands, you’d be hard pressed to find a bad seat.

The memories of watching my dad and wife bond were priceless.

I traveled light and only came armed with a Canon 7d with an 30mm 1.4 Sigma lens.

The weather was absolutely perfect for great photos and a competitive and wreck-free race!

Later that evening, Dad had enough energy to walk Fremont Street with us and pay witness to multiple forms of debauchery and shenanigans.

The trip was a huge success and helped continue to shape how we appreciate life and all the blessings it brings.

IMATS Vancouver 2018

One of the most intriguing and educational trips of 2018 was to Vancouver, BC for IMATS, the International Make-up Artists Trade Show. The trip was sponsored in part by our partnership with Black Tie Makeup. Owner Lisa is passionate about continued education to ensure her and her team of artists are at the cutting edge of all things beauty.



Vancouver 2018

This was my first time to a make-up specific convention and I was thoroughly overwhelmed with the amount of time and effort that goes into all of the different genres of artistry. The show offered a wide variety of classes and seminars even some specific to how to photograph make-up.


What I found thoroughly impressive was the accessibility to the educators and professional artists. The overall vibe in the room was that of kinship, camaraderie, and growth. We had the pleasure of meeting several icons in the make-up industry including YouTube star Mimi Choi and film legend Ve Neill.

As a photographer, we often draw inspiration from a multitude of sources. This trip was very impactful and I look forward to attending again this year!

Oh, and Vancouver itself was utterly beautiful; truly one my favorite cities!

Vancouver Convention Center - IMATS 2018

Snow in Seattle

Its winter in the Pacific Northwest and at the time of writing this we are thoroughly sick of the snow! Several days ago we had the first real snow fall of the season and Seattle was painted in a beautiful white coat of fresh snow. Excitement was high where we live in downtown Kirkland so we decided to venture out and explore the freshly fallen snow.


If there’s one thing you’ll learn about my wife is that she absolutely loves photos so she jumped at the opportunity for a snowy photoshoot. I had recently picked up a second hand Canon 7d on OfferUp so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to take it for a test run. I had never worked with a crop sensor camera but a wider lens made a great pairing. Jane styled her makeup and picked out several cute and cozy outfits. For a camera that is the better part of 10 years old, I was thoroughly impressed! Of course it helps to have beautiful subject matter :-)

We ended the day with a hot cup of coffee and a warm cookie from Metropolitan Market.

Now at the time writing this, several days later, we are ready for the snow to be gone. Mother nature has had life on hold for the past few days and we are ready for our upcoming trip to Las Vegas.