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November 7, 2012 at 5:50 PM

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Referendum 74: A celebration for the history books


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Mandy McKay, left, hugs Kara Mitchell as results come in for Washington Referendum 74, a measure that could uphold legalization of same-sex marriage in Washington State at the Wild Rose in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012

As much as we can plan, map, make calls to media handlers, stress, sweat and worry, Election Night is always a wild adventure.

Covering it for the newspaper with print and web needs is enough to put the faint of heart into cardiac arrest. Staff photographer Erika Schultz had this experience to share: "Working on deadline on an event like this can be challenging. Our staff members have multiple deadlines throughout the night. I transmitted DSLR photos five times throughout election night events to meet various deadlines. In addition to sending DSLR photographs via laptops, we are also tweeting iPhone photos, sending in iPhone video and shooting DSLR video. It's a constant juggle of equipment and mediums, and trying to determine what is the best storytelling device."

Nonetheless, it is always something special to have a front row seat to history, and share that view with others.

Only so long as we meet deadline.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Lacey All, left, the campaign chair for Washington United for Marriage, and Jody Hall, owner of Cupcake Royale, pose for a picture with a slice of rainbow cake Cupcake Royale made specially for a pro-Referendum 74 VIP party at The Westin Hotel in Seattle on election night.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

From left, Tipton Taggart, Em DeBell, Kat Shaffer, and Tamara Uson, watch results come in for Washington Referendum 74, a measure that could uphold legalization of same-sex marriage in Washington State at the Wild Rose in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

State Rep. Jamie Pedersen gets a hug from his partner, Eric Pedersen during a party at The Westin Hotel in Seattle for the group Washington United for Marriage, who supports the approval of Referendum 74, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. Rep. Pedersen had just given a moving thank you to Eric for being the primary caregiver for their four sons while he spent many after hours working in politics.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

From left, Manuel Carrillo, Chris Criswell and his partner Chris Bodrie, and Rick Sturgill with his partner Jim Malatak, watch the victory speeches at a viewing party at The Westin Hotel in Seattle for the group Washington United for Marriage, who supports the approval of Referendum 74, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. Criswell and Bodrie have been together for six years and plan to marry next October. Sturgill and Malatak have been together since 1978, were the first couple to claim domestic partnership (2007) and plan to finally legally marry on their 35th anniversary next April.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Governor Christine Gregoire gives a warm hug to Sen. Ed Murray before they give the good news of an increasing margin of success to the crowd gathered at an election night viewing party in support of Referendum 74 to legalize same-sex marriage at The Westin Hotel..

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Sen. Ed Murray and his partner Michael Shiosaki enter a viewing party at The Westin Hotel in Seattle for the group Washington United for Marriage, who supports the approval of Referendum 74, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Whitney Young, left, holds her wife Marlena Blonsky, right, at a viewing party at The Westin Hotel in Seattle for the group Washington United for Marriage, who supports the approval of Referendum 74, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The two got married in September and are hoping to make it legal if the referendum passes.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Governor Christine Gregoire puts her hand over her heart at a viewing party at The Westin Hotel on election night, expressing deep support for the the approval of Referendum 74, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Kanisha Pinkney, in grey, Mandy McKay, in white, and Kara Mitchell, right, react as results come in favorably for President Obama during a viewing party at the Wild Rose in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood on election night.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

State Rep. Jamie Pedersen gets a hug from his partner Eric Pedersen while Sen. Ed Murray and his partner Michael Shiosaki clap along with the audience at a viewing party at The Westin Hotel in Seattle for the group Washington United for Marriage, who supports the approval of Referendum 74, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Brian Oberdan and his boyfriend Loui Love cheer at a viewing party at The Westin Hotel in Seattle for the group Washington United for Marriage, who supports the approval of Referendum 74, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.



ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Christina Jewett, in red, and Caitlin Clark, right, celebrate in the streets after President Obama was reelected in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

This player was created in September 2012 to update the design of the embed player with chromeless buttons. It is used in all embedded video on The Seattle Times as well as outside sites.

VIDEO BY GENEVIEVE ALVAREZ & EDITING BY ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES



ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Laura Oso and Erin Getchman kiss during celebration in Capitol Hill after the election results Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

COLIN DILTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Lauren Fellows, of Seattle, sprays champagne into the crowd as she celebrates the expected passage of Referendum 74 with hundreds who gathered to celebrate election results on a national and state level on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening, Nov. 6, 2012 in Seattle. "I am happy because I hope to meet a partner someday and settle down," said Fellows.



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Crowd members celebrate during a street party after the majority of election results were announced in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Crowd members dance and celebrate on the hood of a jeep in a street party on election night in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Crowds celebrate in a street party on election night in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A local DJ provides music for the masses during an election celebration on the streets of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Kira Brodie, center dances during an election street celebration in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood Nov. 6, 2012.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Crowd members surround and dance around Jon Humbert, a reporter with Komo 4 News, during an post-election street celebration in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood Nov. 6, 2012.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Sen. Ed Murray and his longtime partner Michael Shiosaki walk out of a street celebration after giving a speech on top of a news truck in Capitol Hill on election night, after the expected passing of Referendum 74, to legalize same-sex marriage.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Sen. Ed Murray greets supporters in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood on Election night after the results from most races were called, and Referendum 74 looked sure to be approved.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Sen. Ed Murray and his partner Michael Shiosaki (waving) make an impromptu speech on the roof of a news vehicle at the intersection of 10th and Pike to a delirious crowd in Capitol Hill in celebration on Election night 2012.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Sen. Ed Murray and his partner Michael Shiosaki walk back to their car after giving an impromptu speech on the roof of a news van at the intersection of 10th and Pike in Capitol Hill in celebration on Election night 2012.

COLIN DILTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Steven Nguyen, right, and Devin Konick-Seese kiss in celebration of the passage of Referendum 74 as hundreds gathered to celebrate election results on a national and state level on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening, Nov. 6, 2012 in Seattle. "It's really exciting for us and for my grandfather, who can finally get married," said Konick-Seese, of Seattle.

"Before heading out to cover the opposition party to Referendum 74, I knew might have to drive to Capitol Hill to photograph celebrations for some close local and national races. After a couple of hours at the opposition party in Lynnwood, I was sent to Capitol Hill, and had about 45 minutes before the first deadline. When I arrived, the party was in full swing and I made pictures of same-sex couples celebrating the close race. Later, I noticed the crowd clearing in a circle around two guys who had a stack of fireworks to launch. One would run in put the firework in the tube, then the other would run in with his lighter and run back and they went off. It was good to see people make sure others didn't get too close so that the fireworks didn't harm anyone in the crowd. Showing the people reacting to the fireworks was also on my mind, but without a high burst I wouldn't have been able to capture the shot of it shooting off above the crowd. The show lasted for 5 minutes before the fireworks were all done and people went back to the celebrations." - Colin Diltz

COLIN DILTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Aidan Fitzgerald, of Seattle, lights fireworks in the street near the intersection of Broad and Pike on Capitol Hill as hundreds gathered to celebrate election results on a national and state level on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening, Nov. 6, 2012 in Seattle.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Lots of champagne was sprayed and consumed as crowds celebrated in a street party after the election results were announced in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Jon Noble, 27, of Seattle, was first hired by Our Place to impersonate President Barack Obama for the inauguration of his first term in 2009. They hired him again for this Election night, and he came down around the intersection of 10th and Pike in Capitol Hill to check out the celebration on Election night 2012. "I love Obama and I'm so happy how this night turned out," said Noble.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Tyler Reedus, left, and Evan Conroy dance during a street celebration in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Empty Rainier cans and champagne bottles are in no short supply in the trash bins around the intersection of 10th and Pike in Capitol Hill in celebration on Election night 2012.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Lindsey Benoit sweeps the intersection of 10th and Pike in Capitol Hill after the celebration on Election night 2012. Benoit is a bartender at the Rock Box and just came down to help. "This is my community," she said. "We had an amazing night, an amazing election, and I don't want everyone to wake up and see just a dirty street."

"One of my favorite parts of election night is the camaraderie with other photojournalists. At times it feels like a reunion, with hugs, high fives and conversation. We shoot alongside each other with watchful eyes and share names for captions, words of encouragement, and even snacks, but work hard with a hint of friendly competition. It is exhausting and stressful but the experience strengthens our bonds as friends and colleagues. Thank you all for making this the most memorable election night I've been a part of. And a big Happy Birthday to Elaine Thompson at the AP!" - Bettina Hansen

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