It’s been a really great year and I wanted to touch base to say thanks. I’ve been very fortunate to have shot so many wonderful projects and wanted to share some highlights. I also have some exciting personal news!
First, the really big news is…. I’m getting married! This November 1st, I will be marrying the love of my life, Lauren Brooks. We met in Virginia and then moved to Portland together over 3 years ago. Needless to say, it’s worked out quite well and we’ve decided to tie the knot.
Which means, I will be taking a long break starting October 27 through November 17.
I’ve also hired my first studio manager, Jonny Davenport, to handle the emails and phone calls while I’m away. You can email him here or call the new studio line at 503-232-0988.
So, what else is going on…
The year started off with a luxurious bang photographing a new condominium called The Wyatt in the Pearl District of Portland. Working with local ad agency heroes CMD, we pulled off 12 stylized shots in only two days for Prometheus Real Estate. Molly Anderson was our superb stylist on this job, along with Jeff T. Smith as my assistant. Everyone worked really well together. I love having a good crew! One of my favorite shots is this one below of the rooftop garden patio. It was a tough shot to because the landscaping was so new, but we wanted to illustrate a sense of the space, the fire pit, and the water feature all in one. Models in this shot were CMD staff and Prometheus Real Estate staff. What a good looking bunch!
After that, I went a little outside my comfort zone and did a B&W Avedon inspired classic fashion shoot for the Ardea, a luxury apartment tower in South Waterfront neighborhood of Portland designed by GBD Architects. We rented out the Pittock Mansion for two days and brought in a crew of 3 stylists (Allison Jones, Megan Kaufman, and Lisa Joe), two assistants, (Jeff T. Smith and Dan McLaughlin), a freelance AD (Samantha Gardner, of Seattle/Portland Bride & Groom), and five models (from Mode Models and local freelancers). It was a big production with casting, tech scouting, test shooting, catering, you name it! With big production comes big results. The final photos are being used as permanent wall covering on every floor of the Ardea. The biggest photo is the lobby and it’s roughly 20’ high by 22’ feet wide (yes, that’s feet not inches). Here’s the photo that was selected for that jumbo size.
The whole year has also been peppered with lots of editorial shoots. Most have been for Portland Monthly and Portland Spaces, but I’ve also shot a profile of Nando Costa of Nervo for UK magazine Computer Arts, The Raw Family for Natural Health, Jackie “Scoobie” Stanley a Southwest Flight Attendant/former Raiders Cheerleader for Spirit Magazine, and interiors of Lounge Lizard for Antenna. In October, I had two magazine covers coming out simultaneously. I shot the cover stories for both Imbibe magazine and Portland Spaces. Be sure to pick up the magazines on the shelves, too!
I guess the economic slowdown and housing crunch isn’t a factor here in Portland. My biggest increase of new clients has been in the architecture area. I’ve shot several new projects including, a remodeled home by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design (featured on DesignSponge here), the Clackamas Town Center for DLR Group, two private residences by SRM Architecture & Marketing, and The Rebound Joint Center at Southwest Washington Medical Center, Columbia Gorge Title Company, and two private residences by Surround Architecture. I also shot some interiors of all the Elephants Delicatessens in Portland (they have the best sandwiches in town!). Right now, I just finished up photographing two educational projects for Mahlum Architects and the beauty shots for Schoolhouse Electric’s next catalog.
Clackamas Town Center designed by DLR Group
Private Residence designed by SRM Architecture & Marketing.
Private Residence designed by Surround Architecture.
Elephant’s Deli on NW 22nd
Another big shoot worth mentioning was for UBS. I shot a profile story on three of their retiree customers. The shoot had me flying all over the country; from Portland to Santa Cruz, CA; back to Portland and then to Athens, NY; and then back to Portland for the last shoot. Even though there was a lot of travel, each shoot day was really laid back and fun. When working with real people, I try to keep the atmosphere relaxed and comfortable. I think the shots come out better and more natural if no one is feeling stressed. It was a lot of fun and I met some great people. The shots will be featured in a forthcoming Wealth Management magazine. If you’re a UBS customer, you should see it in your mailbox soon.
As I said, these have been just some of the shoots this year. I tried to mention everything, but there’s been a lot. I’m working on a new website that will give you a chance to see everything I shoot. It’ll be pretty cool.
Thank you to everyone for making this my best year ever. Get ready for some awesome holiday gifts.
All the best,