Small Spaces, Big Spread

Big Life Small Spaces - Portland Monthly April 2013

The blog has been a little quiet lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. In fact, it’s been a great start to the year and I can’t wait to share some recent work. Timing of blog posts is often tricky for me. For example, part of this shoot for Portland Monthly I shot back in September of 2012. So, it’s been 8 months before I can even talk about and show the work.

These three small space were a fun challenge to photograph. The first house was only 11 feet wide on the inside. That’s probably the narrowest home I’ve ever shot. The other two apartments we’re typically small, but the owners really made use of the space with their design minded aesthetics. My friend Amara Holstein wrote the story and it’s a great read especially if you don’t know what to do with your own tiny place. Here are the spreads for a little inspiration.




You Say Tomato

I wish these were our tomatoes. Our garden this year didn’t do too well, especially on the tomato front. It was our first summer in our new place and our garden patch was a mystery. Just a rectangular dirt patch in the backyard. We thought it would be a perfect spot for gardening. But, we think the previous owners/tenants never used it for such. Since the soil wasn’t used to growing things other than weeds, most of the starters and seeds we planted yielded very little. The tomatoes were especially sad. Next year, we’ll fertilize more. Or I might building planter boxes and fill them with really good soil.

How’d You Do That? Travel Portland Edition

If you happen into any local hospitality destination, you might see the above shot I took for Travel Portland. Art Directed by the incredibly talented Thomas Cobb, this slick city tour guide magazine really stands out. I know we keep them in our house for years to show out of town guests what all the great activities there are to do in the Portland area. I was really excited to shoot the cover for it and also this cool spread below. [Read more…] about How’d You Do That? Travel Portland Edition

We are Agents of the Free

I signed up for a twitter account this week and have been playing around with it. It’s fun. It feels kind of like texting yourself. Which would be good for me, because I often find or see things I want to remember and this is a great way to do it. I’ll try not to spitter (spam twitter) too much, but I’m just getting going. If you want to follow me, visit

Speaking of, as I was setting up the page design today, I kept humming a lyric from R.E.M.’s song “Orange Crush”. You know, the part that goes “Follow me, don’t follow me I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush” Well, I looked up the lyrics and “We are agents of the free” is in the first verse. How appropiate for all this social media stuff.

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    Sauvie Cyclocross

    Since I retired thought I would retire my old photoblog (ides-of-may), I decided to start posting personal work on this blog instead. These posts will be photoblogs that aren’t quite full projects or client work;  more like mini photo essays. It’ll have the same flavor as before, just a gallery of images rather than singles (but I might throw up some singles now and then). Anyway, here we go…

    Kruger’s Crossing Cyclocross Classic – 11/26/2008

    I’ve always been a big fan of racing. I shot a bordercross a few years ago and it inspired me to learn how to snowboard. After shooting this cyclocross race on Sauvie Island, it totally made me want to go out a retrofit my old Gary Fisher mountain bike for this kind of racing. Maybe this fall, you’ll see me in a helmet instead of on the sidelines.

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