If you need a pair of shoes, I know a great tree just outside of Madras, OR.
I’ve been doing a lot portfolio stuff lately and this latest installment is the pièce de résistance. I’ve been building portfolio books for over 9 years now and this one, by far, is the best one I’ve ever made. It’s a complete package with a beautiful handmade case by Hinged Strung Stitched, laser etched bamboo cover by Pina Zangaro, and little leave behind promo pocket in the case as well. The pages are 11×14 landscape and I’m using Moab Double Sided Lasal Matte pages that are prescored and drilled just to fit my book. Printing was done on a Canon Pro9500 Mark II. And finally, the wonderful Suzanee Sease helped me create the spread layouts.
I have to give a little shout out to Molly and Michelle of Hinged Strung Stitched here. Not only did they custom build my case for me, but they also create many of the products my wife offers to her wedding clients. Lauren also did a really excellent lifestyle shoot with the two of them in action and goofing around.
Here are some more photos and details about my new portfolio. Continue reading “New Portfolio Book & Case” »
I don’t usually make big changes to my portfolios halfway through the year, but after some soul searching and various feedback, I realized I needed help in refining my vision. It’s easy to get personally attached to your own work and lose site of it’s marketability. After reading and listening to many photo marketing experts, I decided it was time to ask someone who really knows the business.
Enter Suzanne Sease. I’ve known about Suzanne for many years and always respected her opinions and advice. She was an Art Buyer at The Martin Agency (GEICO, Hanes, PING, etc.). She helped my mentor refine his portfolio years ago. And she’s a featured contributor to A Photo Editor. She also helped me bid on a job for Diet Dr. Pepper and which I would have been lost without her guidance.
As a photographer, I’ve always considered myself a generalist with a unique style, rather than specialist. I like shooting lots of different subjects, but I shoot them all in a way that’s my own vision. I gave Suzanne over 800 images to weed through. I included my current portfolios as well. When she edited this massive collection, she reorganized it in a way that identified one trait I had never thought of: product. Lots of my work has product in it, though it’s not a product shot per say. It’s interiors with furniture. It’s people with ice cream. It’s ingredients in food. The products in place are natural and real. Something you can identify with. When her edits of my portfolios came to me, I saw this new trait right away and was amazed that I missed it before. Now I have a focus and now I know who I should be marketing to. If you need help with your portfolio, I highly recommend Suzanne Sease.
In addition to new portfolios, Suzanne suggested I create a Work section to highlight projects I’ve shot for clients and tearsheets. Though many of these are on my blog already, this puts it front and center and easy to find. This is my new favorite addition to the site.
So, what are you waiting for?
Trout is a pretty tasty fish, but cooking it right can make it a phenomenal meal. Try out this quick and easy recipe from my buddy Kevin Ward. Serves 2, but you can easily double it for a dinner party.
2 Whole Trout, cleaned, boned, and butterflied (you can ask your fishmonger to do this)
Fresh Herbs-Parsley, Cilantro, Fennel, Chervil, etc.
1 clove Garlic, thinly sliced
1 Meyer Lemon, thinly sliced
Fresh Cracked Pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Preheat oven to 375º
Season both the flesh and the outer skin with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Stuff the the cavity with the herbs, garlic and lemon slices.
Fold parchment over fish, making overlapping folds along the edges. seal by folding end under. Bake 10-12 minutes. Be careful when cutting open bag as steam will be very hot.
Man, do I love shooting food. I love it almost as much as eating it. And I feel really lucky because there’s no shortage of truly great food in Portland. In fact, the most difficult thing about food here is deciding what to eat. That’s why this story by Allison Jones was so great to photograph. It’s only a small sampling of the food choices here, but these 10 dishes were all so good that I would shoot this story over again in a heartbeat.
The tricky part of this shoot was getting everything to go together in layout. Jason Blackheart’s art direction was key in dealing with the various angles, shapes, and sizes of food. His goal was to keep it simple and about the food. We decided early on that we couldn’t shoot this in studio, but wanted to make it look like it was. It was going to be too challenging to set up a traditional table top setup inside all these restaurants, so Jason’s solution was to go light and shoot everything on white foam core. To keep the lighting consistent, we always shot with natural window light coming always from the right. My processing did the rest and the spread looks fantastic. One of my favorites this year. Continue reading “Portland Monthly July 2011 – Season’s Eatings” »