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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Fall Update: Odin Gets Bigger, New Website & Portfolios, And…

Odin at 7 Months

What a year it’s been! As you know, my wife and I had our first baby last December. Becoming Odin’s Dad has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. ¬†It’s been a slight period of adjustment finding a balance between work and my new family life. So, that’s why I am seriously behind on my blogging. But we’re in a good grove right now and I’ve got lots of cool things to share with you other than photos of my son (he’s pretty cute, huh?).

First Off: A Brand New Website

About a year ago, I embarked on creating a scalable version of my website, optimized for high resolution monitors. It’s taken a while because, well, it’s busy with a baby and running your own business. I also really wanted something unique to me and not just another template. I’d really like to thank WerkPress for helping me with this redesign. I asked for a lot and they delivered. I liked the previous look & feel and this new site is not too far removed from what I had before. What’s improved most are the Portfolio and Work galleries. My photography is all about the details and these super sized images really help show off the quality of the photographs I create. ¬†Plus it makes my food work look life-sized and you just might want to eat your screen.

Voodoo Doughnuts

Secondly: New Portfolios

All of my portfolios have been refreshed: Homes / ¬†D√©cor, Life (formally lifestyle), Food / Beverage, Architectural. I’ve also added two new portfolios highlighting Travel / Landscape and Workspaces. In the WORK section, I’ve broken out my tearsheets into two separate galleries: One highlighting magazine articles I’ve been published in and the other showcasing advertising assignments for print and web. I’m also highlighting work published in Dwell and Martha Stewart Living. Some ¬†new client work includes a great shoot I did for Northwest Pipe Company creating an image library for their marketing and advertising material. It was such a blast to fly all over the country and shoot lots of sparks, steel, and massively big machines making pipes of shapes and sizes.

Pleasant Grove - Northwest Pipe Company

Finally: Shoots Galore!

It’s been a super busy summer and I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to shoot some really fantastic assignments. Here’s a quick run down and some pics.

Ad shoot for Food in Bloom. Mmmm…. pork. Styled by Kevin Ward.
Food in Bloom

Cover and Feature Story in Portland Bride & Groom (blog post coming soon)
Portland Bride & Groom

Very cool office with a killer view by Risa Boyer Architecture
Goldstar Office

Huge image library shoot of food and restaurant lifestyle for Andina. My assistant and I tried to eat at least a little bit of everything we shot. I was full for days…
Andina Food

Super fun lifestyle shoot for Columbia Credit Union used in their home loan promotions in store, direct mail, and online.
Home Loan Campaign - Columbia Credit Union

Highest of High End – Library House designed by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design and built by The Works.
Library House

Does it get any better than this? Alhambra Kitchen, also by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design.
Alhambra Kitchen

Kick back a few beers and take in a Hillsboro Hops game, courtesy of SRG Partnership
Hillsboro Hops Ballpark - SRG Partnership

This might be the most amazing loft I’ve photographed to date. Designed by Emerick Architects. Blog post coming soon!
Division Loft - Emerick Architects

More work on the way! Just waiting for some things to get published. Subscribe now and stay in the loop!

Meet Wildwood Again

Wildwood Restaurant

Wildwood Restaurant is an iconic farm to table fine dining establishment in Portland that’s recently gone through a wonderful rebirth thanks to restauranteur Cana Flug of Besaw’s fame. I first met Cana when she hired me to shoot an image library for Besaw’s. I loved the shots I got from that shoot and working with Cana was a total blast. ¬†Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity to shoot for her again and, once more, I absolutely love the work I got from this gig. Here are some of my favs:

Wildwood Restaurant

Wildwood Restaurant

Wildwood Restaurant

Wildwood Restaurant

Wildwood Restaurant

Wildwood Restaurant

Owner Cana Flug on left, Head Chef Dustin Clark on the right

Wildwood Restaurant

Wildwood Restaurant

Wildwood Restaurant

Wildwood Restaurant

Wildwood Restaurant

Wildwood Restaurant

Wildwood Restaurant

Wildwood Restaurant

 

JHL Design Featured in GRAY

Also from the December/January issue of GRAY, a shoot I did for JHL Design got the glossy treatment with this six page spread. The double truck kitchen shot looked killer in print. I was really happy for JHL to get published. I shot  quite  a few projects for them last year and Holly and Jasmine do excellent work. Plus, they were a lot of fun to work with. JHL Design just launched a new site and you should check it out: www.jhldesign.com

Back to Back Cover Features for GRAY

After a little blogging hiatus, it feels good to be writing again about what I’ve been up to lately. Got some good stuff in the queue covering personal work, photo business stuff, and lots of tearsheets. In fact, here are two cover features for GRAY Magazine that just ran back to back December/January and February/March.

GRAY Magazine December / January Cover Feature - Gothic Office by Jessica Helgerson

This cover features the awesomely moody Gothic Office I shot for Jessica Helgerson Interior Design last year. I was really happy to see the shoot run in print. GRAY does a really nice job on their printing and the shots really pop off the page.

Then for the February/March issue, GRAY picked up a shoot I did a few years ago that I loved. Many of these shots are in my portfolio.

Breaking Tradition – Portland Monthly Feature

Some days, you just really feel like you nailed it. I like those days. This shoot I did for the August issue of Portland Monthly came out fantastic. I certainly can’t take all the credit. Homeowner/Architect¬†Risa Boyer Leritz and her husband did an amazing job remodeling this classic tudor into a bright and lively modern space. The house felt good with lots of natural light and open rooms. They also put a lot of thought into the interior design which really makes any architecture project something special. It was a joy to photograph and this opening spread is my favorite of the year so far. Special thanks to Michael Novak for the art direction and layout. Here are the rest of the tearsheets with the shots on their own as well. Continue reading “Breaking Tradition – Portland Monthly Feature” »

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” »

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.