modern architecture

“A Portland Craftsman, Cubed” Featured in New York Times

Ever have one of those projects that come together in a mystical kind of way? The signs are all there. The pieces fall into place just right. And you feel like you’re just meant to be there. That happened to me on this shoot for Bebee Skidmore Architects.

I first my Heidi Bebee and Doug Skidmore back in 2012 when I shot a story for Dwell in Boise, ID. They’re incredibly talented architects and their modern approach to remodeling older homes has become their signature style. And for good reason! They really have a unique vision and it’s very creative and fun.

It Gets Weird

Okay, here’s the woo woo stuff. Heidi and Doug reached out to me to photograph this project earlier this year. It had been shot already by another photographer, but they liked what I shot for them so much in that Dwell story, they wanted my take on shooting this project. (Side note: It doesn’t take much for me to want to go back to Portland. Hint. Hint. Wink. Wink.) So, when they send me the address, I notice the house is on Lincoln St. Of course it is. Then I meet the homeowners, Arrow and Jessica Kruse. My sister’s name is Jessica. Then I meet their kids, Odin and Alder. My son’s name is Odin and it’s not a very common name. Totally crazy set of coincidences! I just knew it was going to be an awesome shoot.

It Gets Better

Heidi and Doug were so excited by the photographs, that they didn’t want share them right away. Sounds counter-intuitive, right? They’re very smart and shopped the project around before posting it all over the web and what not. The New York Times picked up the story and the prolific architectural writer Brian Libby wrote a great article to go with the photos. You can read it here online right now at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/realestate/a-portland-craftsman-cubed.html

Tips for Clients

If you have a special project that has potential for publication, DON’T put it on your website or social media right away. All the major magazines and newspapers love exclusive first rights to architecture and interior design stories. And if the photographs are shot in a well-crafted way (like the way I do), then it’s very likely that the magazine will license the photographs directly from the photographer and you find yourself in a a win-win situation. The magazine gets great images. You get great publicity. Everyone is happy.

Here’s some of favorites from the shoot including a few that didn’t run in the story.

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Luxe Magazine Cover Feature

2018 has started off great with this amazing cover feature I shot for January’s Pacific Northwest edition of Luxe Interiors + Design. Designed by husband and wife duo Holly Freres (JHL Design) and David Horning (MOA Architecture), this ultra cool coastal getaway was so much fun to shoot. I really admired the contrast of modern architecture and interior design with the natural rugged coastal surroundings. It was very zen and balanced. The whole house felt very cozy and the views stunning. Both Holly and David were there with me to help style the shots and clean the windows (thanks David).

True story: Holly texted me the day she got her copy head over heels that we made the cover. I was so excited for her and very proud to share these spreads with you. The full gallery is available in the WORK section of my website as well.

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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Portland Monthly – Harpoon House

The August 2010 issue of Portland Monthly just came out and I am really excited about this tearsheet from it. This custom built modern home, nicknamed Harpoon House, designed by Matt Kirkpatrick and Katherine Bovee has only 704 square feet of livable space. Shooting was really cool experience because it felt much larger than that. It also made the shot list really short. I think the high ceilings and big windows really helped the space feel open. It’s amazing what you can do with good design.

Matt and Katherine did a fantastic job making the most of their 2500 lot, as well. The house is only 16 feet wide and 28 feet tall and that leaves space for a garden plot and a small yard. And the upstairs bedroom has an outdoor space with a green roof. Smart and eco-friendly. I’ve included an outtake that didn’t run in the magazine after the rest of the tearsheets.

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