Krown Lab @ Skylab

I’m on a little office kick right now. Earlier this year, Krown Lab hired me photographed the office of Skylab Architecture in Portland, OR. Krown Lab designs and builds high end sliding door hardware right here in Portland. What I like about their product is how minimal and clean it looks. Their iconic designs are also made with quality materials and they function beautifully. If Apple made door hardware, Krown Lab would be it.

The shoot was pretty technical. Metal doesn’t photograph easily because of it’s reflective nature. Sometimes the surface was too hot and sometimes it was too dark. In pretty much all of these shots, I had my assistant hold a large white reflector to create the right highlight on the metal. I then layered all the pieces together over the master shot of the room. A lot of work, but the results are some architectural product installation shots that I’m very proud of. Continue reading “Krown Lab @ Skylab” »

Gothic Office

Gothic Office

It’s my belief that for a happy life, the environment you work in is almost as important as the home you live in. Back in my web design days, I worked in tiny rectangular office with at an industrial park with 6 dudes jammed together in cheap desks while our boss could supervise us from his desk which faced all of ours.  The walls were beige, the lighting was fluorescent, and I had to wear business casual clothes. In other words, I was miserable. When I set off on my photography career things got immediately better. I first worked for an architectural photographer in a cool historic office of the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, VA. I then shared a studio with a product photographer and had loads of gear and backdrops to play with. When we moved to Portland, we had this awesome studio in the Oak Street Building that used to be a chicken processing plant. It was a very bohemian kind of place and I have many great memories of shoots and parties that we had there. In 2009, we bought our first house and I’ve been working from a home office ever since. We love our house and working here has been great and a money saver.

At some point in the future, I’m sure we’ll have an office/studio again. And when we do, you can bet I’m going to call on Jessica Helgerson for the interior design. This Gothic Office project I photographed for her recently has to be one of the most amazing workspaces I’ve ever been in. It is LUXE with a capital L U X E. It is dialed in to the last detail and just about everything is custom made. And that Andy Paiko sculpture at the conference table… stunning. It was an unbelievable space to photograph and I am so jealous of the people who get to work here.

I suggest passing on this blog post to your boss and tell them you’ll be more productive if you can work in a place like this. Continue reading “Gothic Office” »

Iconic Photos of Portland for the Nike Community Store

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Special slideshow post! Click on the photo to advance.

About a month ago, I was commissioned by Instrument to shoot stills alongside a film production crew on a project highlighting the remodel of the Nike Community Store on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Portland, OR. But this project wasn’t just another commercial gig. There’s a great story behind it.

For almost three decades, the Nike Community Store has been creating jobs, generating donations, and enlisting volunteers all to the benefit of the neighborhoods in North Portland. The store has also donated over $1.5 million dollars to community outreach programs like New Avenues for Youth and the Blazers Boys and Girls Club. The remodel of the Nike Community Store was set forth to emphasize the community mission aspect of the store. Instrument was charged with creating an original film and photography collection for the store.

I was honored to take on this project and create iconic black and white imagery that would be displayed in the store along with a video installation. The entire creative was spearheaded by Instrument and it was a blast to work with such a creative group. The slideshow above highlights some of my favorite shots from the two day shoot.

On a side note, this job was also a great opportunity to work along side with the super talented Bryce Fortner (Portlandia). He was the Director of Photography for the film side of the project and the results are fantastic. I have embedded the final film produced by Instrument below

Now when need to go by your next pair of running shoes, head out to Nike Community Store and support a good cause.

Credits:
Director – Truen Pence / Instrument
Producer – Davis Priestly / Instrument
Production Manager – Jennifer Moore / Instrument
Photographer – Lincoln Barbour
Director of Photography – Bryce Fortner

Loft Remodel

Loft Remodel by Dangermond Keane Architecture

I’ve lived in a house for well over the last 10 years. There are times though, when I can definitely say I’ve thought about giving it up for loft living. Just having a simple open space in the heart of the city. No yard to maintain. No rooms you never use to clean. No basement to fill with stuff you don’t use. Sounds like a fun way to live.

Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed shooting this loft remodel for Dangermond Keane Architecture. It’s a perfect mix of modern design and original construction. This loft is connected by elevator to another loft upstairs. The parents live upstairs and the the daughter and her grandmother share this space. Three generations and everyone has there own space. Not a bad way to live indeed.

Language of Love

Portland Bride & Groom - Language of Love

I’m very proud of this shoot for Portland Bride & Groom for a number of reasons.

1 – Even though it’s a fashion and still life piece, the look of the work is very much my style. I like to think of myself as a stylistic photographer, so I love it when a shoot comes out very different from my main niches, yet looks like something I would shoot.

2 – The still life shots were done using available light, but the model shots were done using Profoto strobes. I’ve tried a number of things to replicate the look of window light artificially, but never was quite happy with the result. On this shoot, I discovered something that was a huge breakthrough for me technically.  I usually try a bounce light first which I did here with two heads with magum reflectors bouncing into a white panel. The “ah ha” moment came when I  put two 4×8 diffusion panels close to the model to soften the light even more and that created a wrap around light that looks natural. I also added a little kicker light off a silver reflector for the catchlights and to reduce the shadow side of her face a tad. I’ve used the same technique a number of times since this shoot and it’s just a fantastic go to when you don’t have available light to work with. Here’s a diagram:

3 – I thought the skin retouching I did on the model came out really beautiful and natural. Honestly, she really didn’t much and Celena Rubin did an excellent job with the hair & makeup, but the light pass I did really made her pop in print. The best part is it took my no time at all using onOne’s PhotoTools plugin for Photoshop.

Here are the rest of the tearsheets. Credits below. Continue reading “Language of Love” »