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Sworl was proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Geekwire Gala, held at MOHAI, Seattle, WA.

A good time was had by all – Zach Scott of the Seattle Sounders took photos with fans in the Sworl Photobooth and everyone got to go home with a free Sworl!

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Here’s some of the best of Zach with the Geeks in both gowns and ugly christmas sweaters! See them all and download yours to frame with Sworl on our Facebook Page!

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Will Jackson

SisterPrinted and framed by Tiffany Davis, Seattle, WA, to keep on her desk

 “Since we live far apart, I don’t get to see Madi nearly as often as I’d like to, but I love having this Sworl framed photo of us to look at.”

“Here I am with my youngest sister, Madison. She turned one in January —we’re 25 years apart! My dad remarried and now he and my stepmom have Madi and Angela, who’s three. Madi is quite a funny and feisty little girl and loves to compete with Angela.

“The photo was taken last August at my grandma’s surprise 80th birthday party in my hometown, Payette, Idaho. Madi’s half-Filipino and I’m half-Mexican but there’s a definite family resemblance. We both have one dimple, on different sides, along with our grandma’s chin, so we tried to take a picture that showed those features. We took four or five shots—it’s hard to make a baby hold still—but she was laughing and happy the whole time. Since we live far apart, I don’t get to see Madi nearly as often as I’d like to, but I love having this Sworl framed photo of us to look at.”

Tiffany—As told to Will Jackson

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Dawn Merydith, Seattle, for her mom, sister and sister-in-law

“I had several framed copies made. Without Sworl, I would never have sent that gift to everyone—I would have put it off and put it off.  They loved them! Such great reminders of a special time together.”

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“For the last eight years, my mother, who’s fifth from the left in the photo, has taken my family to Mexico. This year we went to the wonderful Sandos Caracol Eco Resort and Spa on the Mayan Riviera, complete with a recycling and composting program, wild monkeys, and a spay and neuter program for feral cats.

“On each trip, we try to take a group picture. On this very hot day, we were all in the pool together—except for my brother-in-law, who took the photo. You can see how many women are in the family!

“I had several framed copies made- It was a great way to frame vacation photos. Without Sworl, I would never have sent that gift to everyone—I would have put it off and put it off.  They loved them! Such great reminders of a special time together.”

—As told to Will Jackson

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Will Jackson

A special request (and offer) from noted photographer (and Sworl fan) Wes Paz:

“My mentor Jim Clark just retired from his photography career, and I’d like to acknowledge his contribution to my life by helping raise funds for Youth in Focus, an organization that uses after-school photography programs to help at-risk youth find purpose in their lives. Would you help me?”

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“In 1979, at age 17, I was given a life-changing chance to become a photojournalist. At a time when I didn’t have a plan, the kindness of news photographer Jim Clark helped shape my future. Now, 35 years into an extraordinary journey that’s included six newspapers, dozens of magazines, worldwide assignments and various photo-related businesses, I have an opportunity to return the favor and I hope you can help me!

Youth in Focus is a Seattle-based organization that for 20 years has used after-school photography programs to help at-risk youth find purpose in their lives. It can guide them through uncertainty about their futures and connect them to a community that cares for them. Thousands of young lives have been positively and permanently transformed.

“Since Jim Clark just retired from his photography career—he was most recently on the staff of Oregon’s Gresham Outlook—I would like to acknowledge his contribution to my life in part through a charitable contribution to Youth in Focus.

“I hope I can help raise a substantial portion of the $10,000 needed to run their program for a quarter.

“Please consider helping me ‘pay it forward’ by making a tax-deductible contribution to Youth in Focus in the name of my mentor, Jim Clark. Contributions can be as little as $10 and donating will take just a moment on the Youth in Focus website. Please be sure to mention in the comments section that you’re contributing to the Jim Clark program sponsorship. And if you’re a personal friend of Jim, please don’t share details with him—it’s meant to be a surprise!”

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“For the first ten people to donate $250 or more, I’ll send you a Sworl-framed 9 x 9 print of your choice from my Facebook Album (Image size 5″ x 5″, white mat, quality wood frame in White, Black, Espresso or Silver) And if you donate over $1,000, I’ll send you a Sworl-framed 17 x 17 print! (Image size 11″ x 11″, white mat, quality wood frame in White, Black, Espresso or Silver.)

 “Sworl, by the way, is a fantastic app—it’s fun, easy and only takes a couple minutes to make an order. The quality of prints, mats and frames is great, and I love the way the frames are packaged and how fast they arrive. It’s better than sending flowers and lasts a lot longer!

“Thank you for joining me in supporting a safe, encouraging, skills-building program for at-risk youth—and for helping me to acknowledge the generosity extended to me by Jim Clark at that pivotal moment in my own youth.

“The time for action is NOW! Youth in Focus is celebrating its 20th Anniversary on October 4th—details are on their website if you’d like to attend. Please feel free to forward this post to see how many potential contributors we can reach. I truly appreciate your partnership in this goal!”

Wes Paz, Image Production Director, Nordstrom.com

—As told to Will Jackson

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All photos: Wes Paz

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Christina James, Seattle, WA, to add to what she calls the “Wall of Sisters”—as it’s covered with pictures of her two girls.

“Clare decided that instead of getting gifts, she’d rather have people donate to Girl Rising, an organization that supports education for girls worldwide…”

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“We took this photo for a blog we made to invite people to our daughter Clare’s Bat Mitzvah. Clare decided that instead of getting gifts, she’d rather have people donate to Girl Rising, an organization that supports education for girls worldwide, especially in places where it’s not typically common or possible.  In the “Girl Rising” movie and on the website, many girls are shown with these words written on their hands.

“Clare recognized a need, and the fact that she has everything she needs. This is who she is and what she does. Most people loved the idea, and it became an instance of a community coming together and giving in a meaningful way.

“For Clare, it was also about rising as an adult in our religion and showing that she’d educated herself to the place where she’s worthy of being considered an adult. Clare attends Seattle Girls’ School, which has definitely helped her develop her intellect and worldview. She’s a strong individual who loves soccer, math and constitutional law and aspires to be president someday.”

—As told to Will Jackson

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Printed and framed by Bradd Guenser and Kristie Logan, Seattle, WA, as a visual reminder of their wedding.

“Having a few framed shots from that great day was something we missed.” frame wedding photos   “We were married last August on a beautiful evening at The Center for Urban Horticulture. We thought it was great that the very first shot the wedding photographer snapped turned out to be one of our favorites. Like many people these days, we opted just to receive the digital images from our wedding. We’ve never really liked the old-style wedding albums and huge framed pictures. We usually just enjoy seeing the photos on our screen savers or phones. It turned out, though, that having a few framed shots from that great day was something we missed.

“When I found out about Sworl it seemed almost too easy to create framed art from the album I had saved on my phone. I was right—it was super easy. Sworl’s quality, value, packaging, and customer service has been top-notch. Keep up the good work and we’ll keep ordering.”

—As told to Will Jackson

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Printed and framed by Fritz Kruger, Bellevue, Washington, as a reminder of both the holiday and a personal milestone.

 “Jack’s thirteen here, and this was his first driving experience.”

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“I took this photo of my oldest son at last year’s neighborhood Fourth of July parade. It’s a fun, small-town kind of event—lots of old cars, a band, and, at the end, music, hotdogs and a party. Jack’s 13 here, and this was his first driving experience. The miniature Bugatti was built by our family friend George Simons and attracted a lot of attention. It was its first appearance in the Yarrow Point parade and, for Jack, a big step up from the decorated bikes he rode in previous years. I like that in the photo Jack is making this ‘typical teenager’ face, smiling uncooperatively even though he’s obviously having a great time. Really captures his personality at that stage of his life.”- As told to Will Jackson.

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Printed and framed by Debbie Barlow, Seattle, WA,

“I found Sworl to be a dangerously easy way to add to an important collection!”

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“We’re Catholic, and I have two tables in our living room that hold photos of all our daughters’ sacraments—baptism, First Communion, confirmation, and now, for my older daughter, Kelly, her wedding. Kelly and Kevin were married last September in St. James’ Cathedral. I chose this photo because they just looked so happy. To me, it really represents the hope and joy of the sacrament of marriage.

“I also love that it shows Fr. Kilian Malvey, the same priest who married my husband Doug and me at St. Martin’s in Lacey 34 years ago!” —As told to Will Jackson Photo by Beth James of Studio J Images.