editorial

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.

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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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. [Read more…] about Language of Love

So Gemütlich! – Cover Feature for 20 Private Wohnträume

I am huge in Germany. Just kidding, but I am pretty stoked to have the cover feature for the November/December 2011 issue of 20 Private Wohnträume. The magazine picked up the photos I shot for Jessica Helgerson of this Mid Century Remodel in Portland. It’s been one of my favorite shoots and the work from it has definitely been instrumental in getting my career where it is today. It’s nice to see them live on again in print. Below are the rest of the spreads. Enjoy! [Read more…] about So Gemütlich! – Cover Feature for 20 Private Wohnträume

Oregon Home – August / September Cover & Feature

It’s been a little quiet on the blog front lately. Apologies in full, just a very busy summer. I’m pleased to show you this latest set of tearsheets for a feature I shot for Oregon Home magazine.

This was a really great shoot and I had fun mixing up the architectural shots with some lifestyle moments and food details. I really enjoyed documenting the homeowner and her daughter preparing a traditional Chinese meal. Which we the got to eat during the lunch break. (It really seems like many of my shoots feature eating food. This is a good thing).

The home was designed by Richard Brown Architects and the shoot was styled and art directed by the one and only, Jon Taylor Carter. Enjoy! [Read more…] about Oregon Home – August / September Cover & Feature