Just finished up the post on a new shoot I did for a local designer. Katherine Ross did the amazing hair and make up and Kevin Smith did the styling. I love that I have such talented people surrounding me, it makes my job so much easier.
Shot in my inner SE studio, we went with a very minimal look for this, with a monotone feel to everything.
You can see the whole shoot on the site. I'm looking forward to the next time.
We had the grand opening of the new studio November 11th and it was a great turnout! Guests came and ate, drank, laughed, signed our signature wall and made friends and connections. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and made our opening party one to remember. Thank you Brandon Lehore for doing our promotional peices!
Looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday the 11th from 5-9 at my open house of the new studio.
Local beer and wine will be flowing along with some nice eats from Elephants Deli. Come by and sign my door at the studio. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone there!
When I moved into the new studio space, I literally started shooting the very first day I moved in. I wasn't able to set it up exactly like I wanted.
The other day I let a friend use my space, so I got to be a fly on the wall of sorts. It really helped me see what the studio needed, and what I wanted it to look like. I decided then, that I wanted white and sterile. I wanted the space to look clean.
Perfect timing as I had a 3 day shoot at the Nike campus, so me and my intern Shae got on the painting. Oil based floor paint takes a few days to dry, so the timing was perfect. I love the way it turned out, and love the feel of the space. So far the clients have too!
I have recently relocated my studio and it's taken a couple months to get everything in order. I now have a 16 ft cyc! Pretty excited about the extra space and the high ceilings too. Come on by and see me at 55 SE Main.
The best part is that I have my own lot now. No more street parking and with 3 20ft garage doors, loading in and out is a snap too.
Spent a few hours today alone recharging. Getting away by oneself, even if it's for a few hours really helps clear the fog away. Landscape photography is my escape from the norm. I think it's because I started out doing it, and it's sort of takes me to my base.
I have shot so much bridal advertising and editorial over the years and had not shot any for a year or so. When my good friend and amazing art director Simon Tam decided to reprise his role with the magazine and asked me to shoot, I jumped at the chance. Simon and i have done some wonderful work with several clients, and just sort of click when working together.
Just sent our a new promo on PDX. Look for it in your email boxes!
I'm very excited to be a part of the Oregon Manifest Bike Design Contest this year.
I was lucky enough to be asked by Industry PDX to help create the visuals for the project. It's been a way for me to stretch myself and shoot imagery that is not the norm for me. Trying to capture the feel of Portland and Portland biking in the winter and spring PDX weather hasn't been the easiest of things, but I love challenges.
Looking forward to seeing the final project come to it's completion in the early summer.
You can check out more about the Oregon Manifest HERE
Playing with some video capture. Learning what my voice is and what I like
Early in my career, one of the frustrations was capturing motion. My original intent was to go into video in college, but in my youthful intelligence I decided radio broadcasting was my path. Not the best choice, so I moved on to graphic design and photography.
My problem is that I see movement, and not still. It's always been a problem. I want to see the movement that my human eyes see.
I started playing with ways to imply movement. For a full year of my career I shot medium format, but only at a 1/30th of a second. I loved the slightly out of focus feel. I just looked more natural to me. Clients on the other hand sometimes had an issue with it, so back to tack sharp images.
I kept playing with long shutter speeds. Panning, on a tripod letting the movement come to me. It didn't matter, just some way to imply movement.
With the advent of digital, it opened up a whole new realm. In the past, I would try something and then have to wait until the film got back to see if it worked. Now it's instant. I can play and see if what I am doing is making me look like a genius, or and complete fool.
Another great addition to todays digitals, is the multiple exposure opportunities. It's built into mid and higher end cameras and creates a lovely way to imply motion.
Video is on the horizon for me, just trying to figure out my voice with it.
I shoot people so much, and that's what I am know for. Most people don't know that I started out as a landscape shooter. It's kind of like a get away for me to shoot landscape. I love the graphic compositions you can get when shooting landscape. I also enjoy just capturing beauty instead of having to create the illusion of it. It's a totally different high I get.
I can remember shooting film, and not being able to get exactly what my eyes saw. With the advent of digital and the tonal range you can get, I can now capture images like I envision them.
Portland has a plethora of places to get out into the wild just minutes away from the city. It's what makes Portland well Portland. If you don't mind getting a little wet, you can shoot almost any day. The rain is what makes it so lush around here. I have to admit that this time of year, I miss the sun. Getting out and shooting something lush helps with the grey depression we all have this time of year.
I've decided to add a personal blog area to my commercial site. I really have no idea how many people will read it, but i'm adding it for a very specific reason. I am way more than what people think I am.
I've been shooting fashion and people for so long, that not a lot of people know that I was a landscape and advertising photographer before i got into fashion. I was first published at 18, and had my first cover at that same age. It was a landscape shot. Fashion would come almost 10 years later.
I would like to be known as just a person who creates stunning imagery. I know that people like to put you in some sort of category, and I fed into that for decades. When people would ask what i did for a living, I would proudly say I was a fashion photographer. Now i just say a photographer, but people always want to know what category. I guess it's just human nature.
I am going to use this area of the site to hopefully show what sort of well rounded photographer I am. Personal projects are what this is all about. Things that I like, but may not have any use commercially. I'm ok with that.
So please enjoy, and let me know what you think. I'm really looking forward to this. because I want to show everyone all that I can do and create.