2016 in Review

Wow, where does the time go! This is my first “Year in Review” since 2011. Why the long drought? Well, the biggest change was that we welcomed our firstborn, Odin, in December of 2012. Two years later, came his sister Teagan in December of 2014. Three short months later, we moved back to Virginia to be closer to family. Yeah, it’s been a little busy.

2016 was my first full year back on the East Coast and it was a really good year for my business. It did come with some sacrifice though. Now that I’m based in a small town, I have to travel a lot more than I did when I was based in Portland. Of the 35 shoots I did last year, only 4 were in Charlottesville and just 16 in Virginia. I’ve flown more miles for work in the last two years than I did in the last 5 years I lived in Portland. I’ve had shoots in Buffalo, New York City, The Hamptons, LA, Silicon Valley, DC, Ohio, Maryland, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, San Diego, and have been back to Portland, OR 3 times. I was on the road or flying for 57 days in 2016 with one shoot lasting almost two weeks.

I really have to thank my wonderful wife, Lauren, and our family in Virginia for their support and help with our young family during this time of transition. I feel very grateful to have them so that I can do something I love for a living and that it’s able to help support a family of 4 (7 if you count our three cats ūüôā

On to the work. I have a lot of images to share and I’ll give a brief comment what each shoot was for. Coming soon will be a big update to my portfolios featuring work I’ve shot for Hunter Douglas, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living, Prometheus Real Estate Group, and many more. Thanks for visiting and looking forward to an even better 2017.

Country Living Cover Feature – I actually shot this in 2015, but it wasn’t published until January of 2016. A cover feature is a really nice way to start the year. Shot in Franklin, TN (near Nashville), I had a great time on this shoot because it was a beautiful home to photograph and, more importantly, the owners were so friendly. They had that true Southern Charm that just makes you feel like you’ve known them for years.

One of my trips back to Portland included doing a shoot of Jessica Helgerson’s new office space in downtown. It’s amazing open space and the front lobby is used a gallery. When I shot it, the installation I HAVE LOVE IN MY HEART AS A THIEF HAS RICHES by Mike Rathbun was truly something to behold.

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Tailoring Thomas – Portland Monthly November 2013

Tailoring Thomas - Portland Monthly November 2013

Here is a really cool shoot I did for last month’s issue of Portland Monthly. Thomas Lauderdale, of Pink Martini fame, has this amazing house/building right in downtown Portland. It recently went through a huge restoration and remodel led by artist and designer Philip Iosca. It’s a pretty stunning place to call home, but I could see how fun it would be live here. Thomas and Philip were both really wonderful to work with on the shoot. The three story building made for some logistical problems, but nothing you can’t fix with a pair of assistants. Art directed by Michael Novak, he used a lot of my photos for the final piece and I love the big spreads he designed. One of my finer shoots for Portland Monthly.

The rest of the spreads are below and a gallery of the images on their own. If you missed the print version, you can read it online here. Rock on!

(Note: I didn’t gray out that one ad on the bottom right because it’s one of my shots I did recently for my great client Green Hammer. Advertising and Editorial living in harmony.)

 

 

Victorian Kitchen

Victorian Kitchen by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Happy Thanksgiving Eve Everyone! I finally have a breather after what’s been an incredibly busy fall. It’s been too long since my last blog bust, but it feels good to be back. I have a major backlog of work to share, so subscribe to my RSS to get the latest and greatest.

I figured since many of us will be spending some time in the kitchen this weekend, I thought I’d show off this incredible kitchen remodel I shot for Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. It’s always a pleasure to shoot for Jessica and I’m so happy we’ve got to work together so much over the years. Her designs have always struck me as understated elegance. She has a way of making beautiful spaces that you can live in as well as admire. Plus they always photograph so well ūüėČ

Enjoy your holiday!

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Luxe Cover and Double Feature

Luxe Summer 2013 - Cover

For the summer issue of Luxe magazine, I have two features in the same issue from two awesome clients. The cover story features a stunning penthouse designed by Kim Hagstette of Maven Interiors that I photographed last winter. Here are the tearsheets from the magazine

The other feature is beautiful mediterranean style home designed by Holly Freres of JHL Design. This classy estate in the heart of Willamette Valley was a lot of fun to shoot and I’m happy to see it get published.

 

A Modern Addition in Dwell

 

Well, look at that. My first shoot for¬†Dwell and it’s a 5 page spread. Yet another feather in my editorial cap for what’s been a really busy year for me. This was such a fun shoot and I was really excited to get the assignment last May. Associate Photo Editor Julia Sabot flew me out to Boise, ID to “shoot the whole house” of this modern addition and renovation to a historic home. The project was designed by¬†Portland-based firm Beebe Skidmore.

What I loved about this house is that, from the street, it looks like a classic bungalow and you would have no idea there’s a two story modern addition in the back. A clever trick acheived by building the new space about 6 feet in from the width of the original house. It’s great article and you should pick up a copy of the October issue of Dwell¬†to read more about it and see the photos in print. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as seeing your work printed big in a glossy magazine that you can buy almost anywhere in the country. If you need instant satisfaction, you can read the story online at www.dwell.com/articles/New-Frontiers.html

On a personal note, homeowners Dan and Dana Zuckerman and their family were incredibly hospitable and I really enjoyed meeting them. Photographing someone’s home really gives you a good sense of who they are as people. The Zuckermans were warm, friendly, and inviting just like their beautiful home.

 

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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.

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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.

A Tiny House in Martha Stewart Living

I had a hard time coming up with the right anecdote about this shoot featured in Martha Stewart Living. There are so many ways to describe it.¬†It was the smallest house I’ve ever shot featured in the biggest magazine I’ve ever been in. It’s funny how the simplest shots take the longest time. Jessica Helgerson is an amazing interior designer! The house was so small, that for one shot I had to shoot from a window outside. I used strobes, daylight, hot lights, and¬†incandescent¬†lights. I retouched the shots to make them look more natural. I shot this almost a year ago and had to wait till now to show them off. It just goes on and on.

I say this a lot, but I’m very proud of this project, how the photos turned out, and that it was published in a great magazine that really highlights photography. But, I certainly can’t take all the credit. ¬†Without Jessica Helgerson’s design talent and eye for styling, these shots would just be okay. Collaborating with her brings the work to a whole new level and I am thrilled we’re both receiving recognition on a national level. She definitely deserves it and I feel very grateful that I get to photograph her projects. Here are the rest of the pages and the shots on their own. Enjoy.