10 Years with Seattle Magazine: A Photo Retrospective

A decade into her tenure at Seattle and Seattle Business magazines, photographer Hayley Young looks back at some of her favorite images

This article appears in print in the December 2019 issue. Click here to subscribe.

Lindy West
Writer, activist
Seattle magazine, January 2014

“My assistant, John Vicory, and I drove for hours to pick up the wood stake that we propped behind Lindy for this photo, taken at her family’s property in Quilcene. I had Googled ‘how to make a burning torch’ the day before and collected the needed supplies on our way. Aside from cloning extra flames (provided by her soon-to-be husband and his daughters) to give a sense of more people coming for her, the image you see here is really what we were given. In the time Lindy and I took to prep for the image, the sun began to set. Once we were ready to go, the sky revealed this perfect color palette. It was magic.”

Howard Schultz
Former Starbucks CEO
Seattle Business magazine, April 2014

“Starbucks gave me 15 minutes with Howard to execute two separate portraits for this cover story. I arrived early, along with our design director, Matt Cole, and a photo intern, to set up a studio backdrop in a conference room on one floor, then clear out the office café on a second floor, placing lights and having everything ready to go. When Howard arrived, we shot for three minutes in one location, walked for five minutes to the next as he chatted with many passersby. I got him seated and focused just long enough to get this last shot before losing him to his team.”

Jen Roth
Film producer
Seattle magazine, November 2011

“Jen is a powerful woman in the film industry; it was my idea to use a film strip as a tie—a simple nod to a role traditionally filled by men. I prompted her to have a Mona Lisa–esque smile, suggesting she knows something, including more than what might be expected of her.”

Bill, Justin and Paul Taylor
Owners of Taylor Shellfish Farms
Seattle Business magazine, December 2010

“I met the entire Taylor family at their offices in Shelton, and they were so amazing. They dressed me up in waist-high boots, and the two sons and their father walked me out to this boat, resting there on the shore because the tide had dropped. It was a perfect place to have Justin sit. The mud was so deep, my gear sank 6 inches.”

Seattle magazine, November 2014

“This was taken at Sodo Park, and the young chefs were dressed by local store Butch Blum. We sourced props of food, wine barrels and hay; the farm animals appreciated the produce. I remember we were concerned that the implication of animals would insult our vegetarian readers, so we kept them to those that create vegetarian ingredients (eggs, milk, cheese) to avoid insinuating any of them would become dinner.”

Seattle magazine, September 2010

“I spent the days leading up to this shoot shopping at Goodwill for props, which two close friends, working as our video interns, spray-painted white, while I was running around looking for a wood shop to drill holes for the swing. Thankfully, Woodcraft of Seattle in Georgetown came through for me. This was all happening in a rush before Ben (better known as Macklemore) arrived. The entire scene was built with white seamless paper in an empty office space below our then office in SoDo. Ben’s white suit was provided by Vintage Costumers, an amazing shop filled with a great selection of historical costumes, now relocated to Everett.”

Seattle magazine, September 2018

“I was getting nervous because we were already running late and I didn’t know how long it would take to get the right shot. Luckily, when she arrived, she sat on the box I placed for her, listened as I explained the shot I was going for—her hair in motion while her face looked stoic and still—and was like, ‘Cool. Here you go.’ In five minutes, she gave me exactly what I was hoping for. One of my favorite photo sessions from that year: an alternative look I now use as the splash page on my website.”

Kevin Pogue
Geology professor
Seattle magazine, August 2018

“After driving nearly five hours across Washington state, I met Kevin at the base of the hill, which we had to trek over in his four-wheel-drive SUV. The clouds were moving quickly, and I couldn’t help but laugh as we bumped our way up the steep incline. By the time we reached the crest of this hill, the sun broke through the cloud cover, creating these amazing dabbled gradients of light and shadow on the picture-perfect landscapes. It felt like a painting, it was so beautiful.”

Stacey Rozich
Seattle magazine, September 2012

“This amazing man who owns a private ranch full of exotic animals allowed Stacey, myself and my assistant to photograph Stacey there. The deal was we agreed not to disclose his identity or location. When we arrived, he gave us a personal tour through the property: I was greeted by a baby camel, while Stacey rode an adult camel she eventually posed next to. We also shot her with a group of young deer. This shot ended up winning, though. This teenage giraffe followed us around with the playful curiosity of a puppy. He was the sweetest thing, dropping his head down to allow us to pet him behind his giant ears.”

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