1,000 Words: Emotions

1,000 Words: Emotions

Photo by Jen Bracewell

1,000 Words is under the premise that “a photograph says a thousand words”.

Grryo believes that mobile photographers/artists tell stories through the photographs/images and art that represent their families, their environment, themselves. This is important because of the level of communication that is portrayed in imaging today.

This month, Grryo storytellers sent in one photograph depicting what FREE means to each one of us.

We hope that you enjoy this showcase as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together.

Photo by Rebecca Cornwell

Photo by Natalie Maddon

Photo by Andy Butler

Photo by Matthew Wylie

Photo by Brandon Kidwell

Photo by Josh St. Germain

Photo by Hector Navarro Torres

Photo by Matt Coch

Photo by Todd Leban

Photo by Jeff Kelley

Photo by Bridgette Shima

The Reinvention of Chloe: Chapter 12

The Reinvention of Chloe: Chapter 12

Smelling the sweet perfume of florals Chloe makes her way through the market.

She orders an espresso and sits by the waterfront, listening to the murmur of people chatting next to her. Kids chase each other around the bench as their parents feed the telescope some quarters.

Her mind traveling to a time of sheer wonder and beauty.  A time when everything was so simple and the sight of a flower offered a sign of hope and love.

{ Flowers are her favorite. }

With her eyes closed she imagined this life again.

Editor’s Note: To understand where Chloe is now you need to understand where Chloe began her journey and where it is headed. The Reinvention of Chloe is a collaborative effort by much of the Grryo team to realize a dream our dear friend Ale began before his death. We do hope you enjoy the journey.

Beep Ahhh Fresh Crew

Beep Ahhh Fresh Crew

Beep Ahhh Fresh Crew by Bridgette S.

The Beep Ahhh Fresh Crew, based in and around Tacoma, WA, have a passion for music and HDR photography. Whether they’re spinning records, snapping photos or just hanging out, these friends are having a good ‘ole time.

They even go as far as hosting their own “Beep Ahhh Fresh Happy Hour” once a week, inviting others into their circle even if it doesn’t fit into their own style.

To me, they’re a true example of Social Photography – connecting and interacting with others via the arts.  It’s great to see a group of artists exhibit so much love for what they do and share it in a positive way.

They have a clear vision and I admire that.  So, even if HDR photography isn’t your thing, stay a while and get social.

How and when was Beep Ahhh Fresh formed?

Beep Ahhh Fresh Crew is a group formed in Seattle consisting of local DJ’s that participate in an event called the Skratch Lounge. In 2011 we discovered a common interest in photography and branched out into the photo realm, it’s all art just a different medium. I guess you can say we are an art group rather than a photo group.

“Reflectionscape” by Phil 

How many in your group?

8 of us handle the photography side and they are:

PJ aka Pjilla | Instagram
Warren aka DJ D’Lemma | Instagram • Podomatic • twitter • Facebook •  500px • SoundCloud • Podomatic
Jude aka JMR360 | Instagram
Steve aka Stevenyvas | Instagram
Eric aka DJ Estylz | Instagram • Mixcrate • Facebooktwitter
Derrick aka Callao Images | Instagram • Facebook
Phil | Instagram • 500px
Glenn | Instagram • 500px
“Almost There” by Warren 

Are you all in Tacoma?

We cover a pretty wide stretch of Washington. We have members living in Bremerton, Port Orchard, Tacoma, Federal Way, West Seattle, North Seattle and Shoreline… however, we all stay connected in a close way.

“Started From The Bottom” by Derrick 

What do you do as a group?

Basically we are just friends who happen to all enjoy photography. We started out with our iPhones and learning how to shoot and post process pictures through multiple apps. We offer support to each other through criticism and critique, and push each other to become better artists.

“Glass Sunset”  by Steve

Do you have a set night for Skratch Lounge? Any upcoming events?

Skratch Lounge is the first Thursday of every month at the Trinity Night Club in Seattle.

Warren also spins for Hot Jamz Radio 94.5fm every Friday night from 11pm to 1am.

“Nothing Else Matters But You” by Eric 

What makes your crew unique?

I think our biggest strength is being a small group. We talk to each other every day so there is a definite bond formed. Having that bond is really good when we try to push each other creatively. I know that my crew can give me an honest critique of my work and that’s something hard to find elsewhere. Most people just praise instead of giving constructive criticism. We work in that world of post processing but also know that the edit will only be as good as the shot, so the shot is the priority as it should be.

Our main focus is HDR photography. We have also dabbled into the fantasy edits where a few of our members have shown incredible imagination and pure talent. However our true passion is photography and chasing the perfect shot. We know to the photo world that HDR style photography is not totally accepted. Most still consider it unreal, overdone, or even cheating. What we do is try to change that perspective with our work by avoiding over processing and cartoon style edits. We try to make our pictures as real as possible but with brilliant colors and a perspective that is difficult to capture with the human eye. We try and show a different more realistic style of HDR that can be respected by artists because love it or hate it, it’s gonna be here for a long time to come.  Times change and just as other art has evolved we live in the digital age now so it’s only natural for photography to evolve as well.

“My City’s Filthy” by Jude

Who are your top influencers for music and photography?

Phil: Music has always played an important role in my life. Growing up I was constantly surrounded by music from my Dad tapping on the steering wheel to the Beatles and Led Zepplin to my Uncle dubbing me a tape of RUN DMC’s Tougher Than Leather. Classic rock and Hip-Hop is still the soundtrack to my life. From Pink Floyd and Black Keys to Wu-Tang Clan and Elzhi, music has influenced how I see art.

I started playing with photography at a young age snapping shots with my mom’s Polaroid. In High School I started rolling my own film and developing my own prints. I looked up to artists like Jerry Uelsmann, Ansel Adams and Paul Strand. Today some of my major influences are Alex Noriega, Francesco Gola and Andreas Gursky. Our crew has a unique style that puts a modern twist on what’s considered normal landscape photography. We all inspire each other and encourage pushing boundaries.

Warren: For music Mix Master Mike, Jake One, and 9th Wonder are some that influence me.
For Photography, my main influence is my crew because we motivate each other to get better. Kurteek on IG inspires me as well.

Glenn: I like all kinds of music but my favorite has to be late 80’s to early 90’s hip hop. Call me old school but to me this was the golden era. I also listen to some electronic music, new jack swing, alternative, and 70’s rock.

My main influences for photography come from everywhere. I can appreciate anyone with a good language in their photography. I am most inspired by @starvingphotographer, his work opened my eyes to a different HDR process. Also heavily inspired by, well, my crew of course! We push each other’s abilities and develop techniques in processing.

Derrick: Photography are my Crew. We make each other better.

Eric: For DJing, DJ Q-Bert, D-Styles, Shortkut, Neil Armstrong, Dj Prymetyme, and Kutfather.

As for the photography side, I would have to say Kurteek, DJ Babu, Holy Torres, @starvingphotographer, and the whole BeepAhhhFreshCrew.

Jude: Music influences are scratch DJs/turntablists like DJ Qbert, all of the skratch piklz, Beat Junkies, DJ Craze, all the skratch Lounge DJs and underground hip hop groups.

“Clear Openings” by PJ

What are your go-to camera and editing apps?

Phil: I started doing HDR with just an iPhone. I would shoot multiple exposures and then combine them using Photomatix and then clean them up with Adobe Lightroom. iPhone apps that I use are 645 Pro, Bracket Mode, Snapseed, Night Mode, PhotoFX and Slow Shutter. Nowadays I mostly use a Canon t5i with a variety of lenses.

Warren: I mainly use Photomatix on my computer for my camera pics and Snapseed for my iPhone pics.

Glenn: I shoot DSLR primarily. I bracket my shots usually 3 or 5 to get my exposures for full range.

For processing I use Photomatix and Lightroom. I then use these iPhone apps to get the final look I want: Snapseed, PhotoFX, Filterstorm, Blender, Perfectly Clear and the Instagram editing tools.

Derrick: Photomatix and Lightroom.

Jude: I’m an iPhone only user.  For apps my most used are Bracket Mode, Squareready, Filterstorm, Snapseed, Juxtaposer and SlowShutter.

“Couch Potato” by Glenn

What do you LOVE about #SocialPhotography?

What do you LOVE about #SocialPhotography?


On August 9th, photographers from Seattle traveled south to Portland to meet up.  The idea behind the cross-city trip was to connect with people who we’ve been interacting with on Instagram and other social platforms.

Instagramers Seattle and Instagramers Portland represent two major cities of the Pacific Northwest and are within a three hour drive so naturally, we thought this was a cool thing to do!

Paul and Morgan were awesome hosts and greeted us with huge smiles. They organized a scavenger hunt gifting away prizes from sponsors, Portland Art MuseumBoys Fort and Archie’s Press (check out pics here).

We talked with the PDX photographers, went to the pub, drove to the St. John’s Bridge (what a sight!), did a little shopping and went home – our day was complete!

Now we wait for our PDX friends to come to SEA : )

What do you LOVE about #SocialPhotography?

Bridgette, Michaela, Paul, and Morgan tell us why they love it.  Tell us why you love social photography with the #grryo_love tag on Instagram or Twitter.

We look forward to hearing about your story!

Adventure Together

Adventure Together

Photo by Cierra Joy

Adventure Together by Bridgette Shima 

As part of the Instagramers Seattle admin team, I interact with local photographers on a constant basis.  I am always in awe of the photos I see and by the amount of emerging talent there is in the Pacific Northwest.

There’s something to be said about the passion and adventure Northwesters possess and carry throughout their every day life, which is why we have decided to bring back the Igers feature which began two years ago.

The way this will work is that each admin will select a person (or group) to interview each month.  Our goal is to show you the beauty found in our corner of the world.  We hope that you enjoy this series and feel right at home with us.

Everyone, meet Matthew and Alicia Waag

Do tell us a little bit about yourselves and family life. Where are you from? How many children do you have and what are some of your favorites things to do together on a daily basis?

Alicia: Matthew was born in Wyoming, was raised in Montana and moved to Oregon in 2007 where we fell in love and got married. I was born in California, was raised in Oregon and from there we moved together to the Seattle area this last winter. We have 2 beautiful children, Chloe Jane (2 years) and Axton Bennett (3 months). Matthew is an Account Manager for an IT Staffing Company during the week, and I am blessed to be a full time stay at home mom.

Our all-time favorite thing to do is adventure together, exploring new places whether it be a new park for the kids, a hike in the mountains, a new waterfall, or a new restaurant. Matthew and I are both amateur foodies (or maybe we just love food a lot). We will try any cuisine or any dish at least once. Both of us love anything related to the outdoors; camping, hiking, fishing and just being near the water and mountains in general. We love photography, fashion, art, and all things nautical. I have a small custom prints and digital paper goods shop called Sea Jay, that I spend my free time working on, and Matthew is working on finishing an independent rap album with a good friend and makes beats in his free time.

Who was the first to think of #adventure_together? What is the idea behind it? Have you always been an outdoorsy person?

Matthew: I came up with the idea shortly after we moved to the Seattle area. Alicia and I had made a pact when we first moved here that we would make it a point to get out and explore a new place every weekend to get familiarized with our new city. So the idea sparked from getting out and adventuring together as a family. Both of us grew up loving the outdoors, some of our best memories as kids were adventuring with our families.

Name three of your top family hikes and tell us why they’re high on your list.

1. Snoqualmie Falls is at the top of our list. Not only is it a short easy hike to the bottom, which makes it super family friendly. You are also guaranteed great views with good photo opportunities and the waterfall itself keeps the kids engaged.


Photo by Alicia

2. Franklin Falls would be second on our list. At 2 miles round trip, this hike is easy and kid friendly. The terrain is easily maneuverable and there are plenty of spots to stop along the way and see the river, with a grand finale waterfall. (Yes, we are partial to epic waterfalls.)

Franklin Falls

Photo by Alicia

3. Rattlesnake Lake would have to be our third. If hiking to the peak is more than you’d like to bite off, there are plenty of paved walking trails as well as picnic tables that make it friendly to most family outings. You are sure to get a good shot regardless of the elevation.


Photo by Matthew 

(Disclaimer – we are rather new to WA so although we have explored several hikes. These cliche hotspots just so happen to be our favorite thus far.)

What tips would you give families just starting to get out there with their children?

1. Be prepared! Pack a tote or something in your vehicle equipped with everything your child/ children may need; diapers, snacks, change of clothes, something warm, rain gear, sunscreen, a favorite toy, etc.

2. Get your kids engaged. Be sure to point out things along the way to keep them entertained like trees, animals, the weather, and any noteworthy sights in general. If they are walking age, let them pick flowers, find rocks or walk with a stick. And wherever possible, make it a treasure hunt.

3. Did we say snacks already?? DON’T FORGET THOSE WHATEVER YOU DO!

4. Be prepared for Plan B. It is bound to happen that your kid(s) will have a meltdown at some point, so being prepared for this is key. If you need to turn back halfway through the hike, be ok with that and prepare yourself ahead of time. You can always take extra photos from your car window (not while you are driving of course).

Are there any websites or resources you use to help find family-friendly adventures?

We typically use the AllTrails app on our iPhone to look for new places to adventure. It is handy because you can filter activities and features you would like to see along the way and can filter the difficulty level as well. Plus you can see pictures of exactly what you’re getting yourself into. Aside from that we use the Washington Trails Association to get additional information.

From your experience, what would your advice be in terms of dealing with those hard and trying moments when your kids are tired and just want to give up and go home?

It’s best to go into it with an open mind in case things do not go as planned. For us snacks seem to be a cure-all. In addition any time we can make a song out of something along the way it help keeps their minds off of what they were upset about in the first place. The more involved they are, the less likely they are to go south. Make a game or a challenge out of it so that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We try and plan our outings so the kids have napped before we leave or can nap in the car on the way. If you can stick to your routine that tends to help.

How do you make your adventure fun for your child? What sorts of things do you bring with you? Do you engage in any activities to keep them going?

Chloe has a toy camera which she takes any where we go. She loves feeling like she is taking pictures like Mommy and Daddy and so we encourage her to take pictures at the same time we do and show her what to look for.

As your kids get older what are some places you wish to explore?

Mount Rainier has a ton of spots we would love to explore, as well as Little Si and Big Si to name a few along with any other hikes that have been too difficult to take on with little children.

How has Instagram influenced the way you see the world?

Matthew: Instagram for me opened my eyes to photography, which now is one of my biggest passions. It not only inspired me to want to get out and explore my surroundings more, it connected me with people all around the world who share the same passions. I have always loved the outdoors but it was not until I began using Instagram that I began to appreciate it the way that I do now.

Alicia: I have always had a connection so to speak with nature. I am most at peace outdoors, taking in sun rays, walking barefoot in the sand, feeling the rain, a breath of mountain fresh air, getting the satisfaction of a long hike. Some may say that technology hinders what used to be a peaceful world, separated from distraction. But when done right, it can enhance the memories we make. This is true for me. Even though I have always appreciated the things around me, Instagram made me take notice more of every detail and gives me an outlet to capture my experience and share it with other around me including my family.

Could you recommend other Pacific Northwest families who share your passion for photography and who #adventure_together?

@justinwhenry, @whenray, @boy_wanderer and @itscierrajoy and @itsjasonallan are a few that come to mind. Aside from that we haven’t met too many other families who share these passions. Which is another reason for the tag, in hopes we would get connected with families who are passionate about those things.

What do you love most about living in Washington State?

We love the fact that there are so many places close to home to explore. When you are a parent, travel time is something that is critical, so to have so many options of incredible places to go explore within a short distance it makes it a prime location. Aside from that we absolutely love all of the fog, the coffee, and the amazing variety of cuisines that Washington has to offer to name a few.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

Matthew: New Zealand is definitely near the top of my list. Incredible beaches, stunning mountain ranges and lush green foliage. That place has it all…from what I’ve seen both online and on the The Lord of the Rings series of course.

Alicia: This is a really tough question. The world has so many places I would like to go.
As much as I would love to say I want to explore Europe in its entirety, I will narrow down to Italy. I want to experience the charm of Tuscany, the romance of Venice, the history of Rome, the beaches & food of Sicily.

When you’re not together you’re…

Winnie the Pooh, one of Chloe’s favorites, said it best:
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you.”

Find Matthew here.

Find Alicia here.