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SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 20: Defensive lineman Frank Clark #55 of the Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner #54 of the Seattle Seahawks hit quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of play at CenturyLink Field on December 20, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won the game 30-13.

All in all it was a pretty good game, starting with Seahawks player Michael Bennett wearing a Darth Vader mask during player introductions. The Seahawks defense pressure Manziel all day more photos after the break. Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin continued to hook up for touchdowns at a ridiculous rate. More photos after the break.

Photo of a football player wearing a Darth Vader mask during player introductions
Defensive lineman Michael Bennett #72 of the Seattle Seahawks takes the field wearing a Darth Vader mask during player introductions before a football game against the Cleveland Browns at CenturyLink Field on December 20, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won the game 30-13.
Photo of football players celebrating a touchdown
Quarterback Russell Wilson #3, upper right, of the Seattle Seahawks and wide receiver Tyler Lockett #16 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrate touchdown by Lockett on a pass from Wilson during the second half of a football game against the Cleveland Browns at CenturyLink Field on December 20, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won the game 30-13.

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Photo of the Archbishop of Seattle out side St. James Cathedral
Solemn Opening of the Doors of Mercy and Mass at St. James Cathedral on Sunday Dec. 13, 2015 in Seattle.

Pope Francis declared a Jubilee year of Mercy and the Archbishop of Seattle, Peter Sartain, opened Holy Doors for all to pass through. I’m told, typically, only the archbishop passes through the doors. More photos after the break.

Photo of members of the St. James Cathedral bell choir
Solemn Opening of the Doors of Mercy and Mass at St. James Cathedral on Sunday Dec. 13, 2015 in Seattle. 

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday December 5, 2015 in Seattle. (PHOTO by Stephen Brashear)
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday December 5, 2015 in Seattle. 

It is the third time that I have covered the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration, which starts at St. Mary Church and processes to the the Cathedral for a Mass celebrated by the Archbishop of Seattle, Peter Sartain. This year it was a bit of challenge since it rained pretty hard during the entire procession. More photos after the break.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday December 5, 2015 in Seattle. (PHOTO by Stephen Brashear)
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday December 5, 2015 in Seattle. (PHOTO by Stephen Brashear)
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday December 5, 2015 in Seattle. (PHOTO by Stephen Brashear)
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday December 5, 2015 in Seattle.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday December 5, 2015 in Seattle. (PHOTO by Stephen Brashear)
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday December 5, 2015 in Seattle. 
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday December 5, 2015 in Seattle. (PHOTO by Stephen Brashear)
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday December 5, 2015 in Seattle. 
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday December 5, 2015 in Seattle. (PHOTO by Stephen Brashear)
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday December 5, 2015 in Seattle.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday December 5, 2015 in Seattle. (PHOTO by Stephen Brashear)
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday December 5, 2015 in Seattle. 
BELLEVUE, WA - DECEMBER 2: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella listens to a questions from the audience during the Microsoft Annual Shareholders meeting, on December 2, 2015 in Bellevue, Washington. In addition to diversity effort, the company announced the addition to two women to its board of directors. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella listens to a questions from the audience during the Microsoft Annual Shareholders meeting, on December 2, 2015 in Bellevue, Washington. In addition to diversity effort, the company announced the addition to two women to its board of directors.

Photos from the 2015 Microsoft Shareholders Meetings. More photos after the break.

BELLEVUE, WA - DECEMBER 2: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is acknowledged during the Microsoft Annual Shareholders meeting, on December 2, 2015 in Bellevue, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is acknowledged during the Microsoft Annual Shareholders meeting, on December 2, 2015 in Bellevue, Washington.
BELLEVUE, WA - DECEMBER 2: Dan Willott, left, of Seattle, checks out the Microsoft Suface 4 before the Microsoft Annual Shareholders meeting, on December 2, 2015 in Bellevue, Washington. In addition to diversity effort, the company announced the addition to two women to its board of directors. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
Dan Willott, left, of Seattle, checks out the Microsoft Suface 4 before the Microsoft Annual Shareholders meeting, on December 2, 2015 in Bellevue, Washington. In addition to diversity effort, the company announced the addition to two women to its board of directors.

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Photo of a football player running up the sideline during a NFL game
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks runs to the end zone for an 80-yard touchdown reception as he is chased by defensive back Antwon Blake #41 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and cheered on by Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, arms raised, and offenseive coordinator Darrell Bevell, third from left, during the second half of a football game at CenturyLink Field on November 29, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won the game 39-30.

It was a game with a lot of offense … for both the Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Seahawks secondary gave up more than 400 yards passing to Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers. The game saw Doug Baldwin score three touchdowns and the emergence of Thomas Rawls at running back. But the win came with the price of losing tight end Jimmy Graham to a season-ending injury and Roethlisberger leaving late in fourth quarter for concussion protocols. Especially sad was that Graham finally seemed to clicking with Russell Wilson/ More photos after the break.

A photo of a wide receiver after scoring a touchdown in an NFL game in Seattle.
Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse #15 sits in the end zone after making a touchdown reception against defensive back Mike Mitchell #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half of a football game at CenturyLink Field on November 29, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won the game 39-30.
A photo of an NFL player yelling on the sidelines during a game in Seattle.
Defensive back Shamarko Thomas #29 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts to a score by the Seattle Seahawks late in the second half of a football game at CenturyLink Field on November 29, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won the game 39-30. 

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A photo of a college football player with a trophy after a game
Offensive lineman Jesse Sosebee #75 of the Washington Huskies walks off the field with the Apple Cup after the Huskies defeated the Washington State Cougars during a football game at Husky Stadium on November 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies won the game 45-10. 

It has been several years since I photographed the Apple Cup, but had the opportunity the day after Thanksgiving. I was looking forward to the game, watching Washington State put up big numbers and come from behind to beat several opponents, but a Falk-less Washington State team couldn’t come close the University of Washington. More photos after the break.

Photo of a wide receiver being tackle during a college football game in Seattle
Wide receiver Robert Lewis #15 of the Washington State Cougars is tackled by defensive back Kevin King #20 of the Washington Huskies and linebacker Azeem Victor #36 of the Washington Huskies during the first half of a football game at Husky Stadium on November 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.
Photo of two college football players jumping up for a ball during a game in Seattle.
Defensive back Sidney Jones #26 of the Washington Huskies and wide receiver Gabe Marks #9 of the Washington State Cougars battle for a ball during the second half of a football game at Husky Stadium on November 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies won the game 45-10. 

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A photo of football players celebrating a touchdown during an NFL game in Seattle.
Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks congratulates running back Thomas Rawls #34 after Thomas scored a touchdown in teh second half of a football game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on November 22, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won the game 29-13.

It was a fairly easy win for the Seahawks against the lowly 49ers. It is sad to see how far the 49ers have fallen in just two seasons. More photos after the break.

Photo of NFL players battling for the ball during a game in Seattle.
Linebacker Bobby Wagner #54 of the Seattle Seahawks knocks the ball awar from running back Shaun Draughn #24 of the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of a football game at CenturyLink Field on November 22, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won the game 29-13.
A photo of a football player on the sidelines during an NFL game in Seattle.
Wide receiver Anquan Boldin #81 of the Seattle Seahawks walks on the sidelines during the second half of a football game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 22, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won the game 29-13.

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Photo of a college basketball player dunking the ball during a game
University of Washington men’s basketball team hosts Mount St. Mary’s University at Alaska Airlines Arena on Thursday November 19, 2015 in Seattle.

The University of Washington played an early season preseason game against Mount St. Mary University. I came away with some decent images. The UW team is young, starting four freshman and a senior, but should be fun to watch throughout the season. More photos after the break.

Photo of a college basketball player cheering during a basketball game in Seattle.
University of Washington men’s basketball team hosts Mount St. Mary’s University at Alaska Airlines Arena on Thursday November 19, 2015 in Seattle.
Photo of a college basketball player dunking during a game
University of Washington men’s basketball team hosts Mount St. Mary’s University at Alaska Airlines Arena on Thursday November 19, 2015 in Seattle. 

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A portrait of two college basketball players in casual wardrobe.
2015-2016 University of Washington Women’s Basketball Team at Alaska Airlines Arena on Tuesday September 22, 2015 in Seattle. 

I had the opportunity to shoot portraits of the University of Washington women’s basketball team back in September. We shot head shots, some full length action shots and then some casual shots. The photos will be used in game programs and other media throughout the year. While all the photos turned out nicely and we shot a lot of photos, these are a few of my favorites. And my absolute favorite is the photo above. I have no idea was is happening, but there is an unadulterated pureness to it, from the reactions of players to the wardrobe. It cracks me up every time see it. I’m also fond of the photo below. Capture action shots on a seamless background can be difficult with one ball let alone two. A few more photos after the break.

A portrait of a college basketball player dribbling two basketballs
2015-2016 University of Washington Women’s Basketball Team at Alaska Airlines Arena on Tuesday September 22, 2015 in Seattle. 

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Photo of Amazon Books store from the exterior
The newly-opened Amazon Books store is pictured on November 4, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The online retailer opened its first brick-and-mortar book store on November 3, 2015. 
Photo of an person buying a book at the Amazon Books store
Amazon associate Katherine Sotol, left, bags up a purchase for customer Don Taufen of Seattle. Washington at the newly-opened Amazon Books store on November 4, 2015 in Seattle. The online retailer opened its first brick-and-mortar book store on November 3, 2015.

Amazon, the online bookseller, surprised many when they opened up a brick and mortar bookstore. I had the opportunity to photograph the store. More photos after the break.

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