interior design

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. [Read more…] about Breaking Tradition – Portland Monthly Feature

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. [Read more…] about Gothic Office

Cover of GRAY Magazine #2

The newest architecture and design magazine to highlight the Pacific Northwest has certainly been generating a lot of buzz. Almost all my clients asked me about GRAY Magazine as soon as it hit their desks. And I can see why. It’s a really well designed magazine that is photo heavy with great articles. It’s also printed on really nice paper for that high end feel.

GRAY is up to issue #3, but I was pretty stoked to have this project I photographed for Jessica Helgerson Interior Design run as the cover story for their second issue. The rest of the tearsheets are below, but if you want to see the photographs on their own, check out the White Brick Mediterranean Home gallery on my archive.