Nixon Watches by David Whetstone

I recently photographed these watches for the talented designer David Whetstone. David currently works for CincoDesignOffice where he a lead designer on the watch and audio programs for Nixon.

David came up with the concepts for the shoot and we collaborated together to create some portfolio worthy images for him. For the Falcon series (first three images), we went with natural light on textured surfaces for a rich and warm feel.  For the GoGo watches (last three), it was all about pop and bold colors, so I lit it with strobes and used fill cards to create the high key look.

Here’s a little more about David:

David holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from The Ohio State University and also spent a quarter studying interaction design at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee. While in school, David interned with Priority Designs in Columbus, Ohio and DeWalt in Towson, Maryland.

David has a unique ability to curate what he sees in all avenues of contemporary culture to inform design strategies and decisions. He views each design program as an opportunity to think holistically and embraces multiple disciplines of design to tell compelling stories

David’s got some other great work on his website david-whetstone.com. Go and check it out! Here are the rest of the photos we shot:

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2010 Cyclo-Cross Nationals – Bend, OR

It’s snowing in Portland today and that reminded me of the time I went to Bend in December to see the 2010 USA Cyclo-Cross Nationals. Cold, wet, mud, all combined with fierce competition to make this a truly exciting event to watch and shoot. I shot it for fun, but I like how these shots came out.  I use to BMX when I was a kid and then mountain bike in my early 20s. I never did anything competitive, but I could see myself totally getting into Cyclo-Cross. Maybe I’ll try out some of amateur races this next fall. Maybe…

Speaking of cycling and racing, I’m sponsoring the Team Oregon this year with donations of photography and discounts on prints/downloads. I’ll be shooting some documentary work of the Elite team as well as shooting some of the races. Stay tuned for more cycling action!

UPDATE: Take a look at all the best shots from the day in my Archive: http://bit.ly/2010CycloCross

Best Sandwich Ever (and a website reboot)

It’s that time of year again. Time to refresh the portfolios, website, marketing materials, etc. Keeps it interesting and keeps me busy during this slow time of year. I don’t consider myself to be niche photographer. Rather, I have a style of photography that works well across several genres and I focus on my favorite things: food, architecture, lifestyle, and travel. Each genre compliments one another. Whether it’s the food shot in a restaurant, people acting out life at home, or the hustle and bustle of an airport, everything I photograph relates to how I perceive life and how I capture moments that are real to the viewer. I don’t use a lot of lights. I do use a lot of creativity to make the best of a situation and deliver great photography every single time.

Enough of my blathering on. I’ll let the new portfolios speak for themselves:
Food / Beverage, Home / Interiors, Lifestyle, and Travel.

As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated. Have a great week!

PS: This Hangar Steak sandwich was finely crafted by my good friend and chef / food stylist Kevin Ward. More tasty food shots coming soon with recipes! Get to know him. He’s a great guy!

Here Comes the Sun – Portland Monthly Feb 2011

First tearsheet of 2011 and it’s goody! I actually shot this house in December of 2010 on a really crappy weather day. It was looked like night when we showed up and was raining really hard. Fortunately, by the time we were set up and ready to shoot, the rain lifted and clouds got brighter. Using long exposures and fill flash from my monolights, I was able to create the bright and sunny look on what was a pretty typical Portland winter day.

I’ll share a little secret with you: I actually prefer shooting interiors on cloudy days. Sunny days are a pain in the butt because the windows get too hot and I usually have to photoshop them in later. All these shots were single exposures.

For you interior design lovers, it was another fabulous project by the talented Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. They’ve just launched a new website and it features a lot of my work I shot for them over the past few years. Check it out!

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