Case Studies

Krown Lab Hardware at Skylab’s Portland Office

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. [Read more…] about Krown Lab Hardware at Skylab’s Portland Office

Gothic Office – Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

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. [Read more…] about Gothic Office – Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Loft Remodel – Dangermond Keane Architecture

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.

Columbia/Okura – Robotic Palletizers

Now this was a dirty job (as you can tell from my laptop power supply). But it was a fun job and a new challenge from my usual gigs. Columbia/Okura, a joint venture of Columbia Machine, Inc. and Okura Yusoki Co. Ltd, makes these incredible robotic systems to pack and load pallets. Watching them in action is pretty cool experience. The A1800 above can load 30+ cases from a loading point to a pallet in one minute. There’s 8 cans of paint in one case, so we’re talking 240 cans of paint load per minute. That’s ludicrous speed. And it’s accurate. Loading the stock at different angles for proper load distribution. All the robots are custom programmed and built to individual client specs.

Columbia Okura was looking for dramatic photos of their product lines for their new website and I was happy to oblige. These are pretty big machine systems that are built and tested right in their warehouse in Vancouver, WA. The goal of the lighting was to isolate the robot, end effector, and pallet system from the rest of the warehouse. Using big strobes and a fast shutter speeds, I was able to darken the background and give the machines a hero quality. The other part of the shoot involved showing the employees building and testing the systems. For those shots, I shot handheld and used a huge softbox for a natural looking fill. All in all, we got quite a large image library and you can see the shots in action over at www.columbiaokura.com

For more heavy metal, check out the shots below. [Read more…] about Columbia/Okura – Robotic Palletizers

DLR Group – Scappoose HS Addition

It’s been a busy summer and I’m really excited to start showing some of the work I’ve been doing lately. If you’re wondering why I haven’t been blogging much, it’s because a lot of my shoots are under embargo until the images are published. This week, I’m going to recap some work from three very different clients.

This first project is an architectural shoot for long time client DLR Group. DLR is one of the top architecture firms in the country and their work has always been standout. This project in particular struck me as truly inspired design. I scouted this project in January and didn’t actually shoot it until May when we had better light. On the shoot, I worked closely with project designer Levi Patterson wangling kids, building furniture, and even moving a piano to get all these wonderful shots. The interior of the auditorium is one of the most striking spaces I’ve ever photographed. Here’s what DLR has to say about the project:

Connection. Identity. The Scappoose High School Auditorium is designed as a community center created to link the broader citizenry and the school; the architecture creates a point of connection for the students and the residents of Scappoose, Oregon to foster a shared identity. DLR Group designed the 400 seat auditorium so the connection between school and community would grow and inform through student and citizen performances, as well as student, local, and regional art display. The notion of the theatre lobby as a space to display public and student art was enriched with its additional use as the new public entry and commons. The relationship between connection and identity in the design are codependent; by inviting connection the design has created an identity that transcends physical materials and form, but is an identity of ownership by students and the community. The form of the auditorium is kinetic energy. The staccato rhythm of the performance hall massing, with the large fly loft and new entry volume, were envisioned to create the same experience as the lifting of keys after the last movement of a piano concerto; the reflection and memory, the breath, that accompanies the end of a powerful performance.

Are here are the rest of the shots for you architecture and design lovers: [Read more…] about DLR Group – Scappoose HS Addition

Ground Kontrol 3.0 – Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Very excited to share this next shoot. Ground Kontrol is one my all time favorite places to go in Portland. It’s an arcade filled with old school classics and also has the biggest pinball gameroom in the Pacific Northwest. Every time I go, it’s like a fountain of youth and makes me feel like a kid again; stoked to have pocket full of quarters and plenty of time to kill. After 5pm, the arcade turns into a bar and then you can rack up some high scores while sipping on some tasty microbrews. Oh yes, it’s a lot of fun.
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