Behind the Scenes – Portland Spaces Cover Shoot

Finally had a moment to breath and post this! It’s been a really busy year. I’ll have more on what’s been happening soon. But first, I’d like to present my first cover feature for Portland Spaces!

I Shot This!

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Top 6 Reasons to Shoot in Oregon

I don’t mean to brag, but Oregon is probably the best place to do a location photo shoot. I would say even better than California, unless you’re shooting models in bikinis and board shorts (the beaches are a little chilly here). I originally moved here for personal reasons; mostly looking a change of pace from the East Coast. But after living here for a couple years, I realized how fortunate I was to find a photographer’s dreamland.

Anyway, here are my Top 6 Reasons to do a Photo Shoot in Oregon (I’m sure this list will expand later on).

  1. No Sales Tax – No tax on meals, on materials, on rentals, on services, on anything really (there is a small tax for lodging). So, if you’re expenses budget is around $20,000, then you will save $1450 if you do your shoot here rather than California (7.25% sales tax). To look at it another way, that’s $1450.00 more you can spend on making your shoot awesome.
  2. Microclimates – Oregon is only 260 miles wide and 360 miles long, so getting from one part of the state to another is easy enough to do in a day. But with in that 93,600 sq. mi. area are some of the most stunning locations on earth. From beautiful sandy beaches with towering cliffs, lush old forests, high desert wide open spaces, beautiful streams and rivers running through canyons, all the way up to year round glacier topped mountain peaks. There’s an infinite number of locations for any type of photo shoot.
  3. Portland – The Rose City is in its glory days. The urban planning of the 70s has really paid off today and we have some of the best public transportation, bike paths, and urban forests in the country. It has locations ranging from the modern and chic Pearl District, the classic Old Town area, and mini-hoods like Nob Hill, Alberta, NOPO, and Sellwood. Whatever urban flavor you need, you can find it here. Go to Travel Portland for more info.
  4. Rent Here and Save – It costs a lot of money to travel with camera gear. It’s big, it’s heavy, and the airport people hate you. In Portland, we have two professional camera rental shops (Pro Photo Supply and Clutch Camera) and two full service Hollywood grade grip and lighting rental companies (Pacific Lighting & Grip and Gearhead Grip). You need 10 wind machines and 20,000 watts of HMI power, you got it!
  5. Talent – We also have some outstanding talent in this town. For models, you have Ryan Artists, Q6, Mode Models, Sports Unlimited, and more. Producers Mark Fristad, Amber Geiger, Michele Greco, and to name a few. Hair and Makeup by Alyson Bradshaw, Angela Borrelli Reed, and Crystal Shade. Killer stylists like Casey Boyd, Molly Anderson, and Carol Ladd. And props/sets/special effects from FX Boggs, Jerry Buxbaum, and Creative Art Services. This is just to name a few. OMPA is a great resource to find local image making talent in Oregon.
  6. PDX – Our beloved airport. One of the fastest and top rated airports in the country. They’re so cool, they don’t even mark up food at the cafes, mainly sell local foods, and have free wi-fi. There’s nonstop service to New York, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Dulles, Tokyo, etc… You can even take the Max Lightrail from the airport to downtown for around $2.

To sum it up, it easy to get here, cheaper to shoot here, a cinch to find talent and gear, and you’ll have a total blast being here with endless possibilities for locations. You really can’t go wrong.

While your at it, you might as well hire a photographer from here, too. Like me ;)


Big Spread in Portland Spaces Premier Issue

It’s not often you get to shoot a feature for the premier of a new magazine. But, that’s just what I did this month. Portland Spaces launched on January 10th, 2008. The Portland home + lifestyle focused magazine features some great articles on homes, design, green living, and products. For my piece “Desirables”, we shot one stylized opener and 3 pages worth of product knock-outs. The spread came out awesome and I wanted to share the first page with you. Thanks to Jen Davison and Rachel DeSchepper for their art direction, product wrangling, and superior wallpapering skills. Also, big thanks to Jason Blackheart for coming to me early on about this project. Happy to be a part of the team.


Featured in photo are pendants from Design Within Reach made in New Zealand from sustainable materials.

December Gigs

Fall was very busy around here and it all culminated with a big month of published work in December. I was in four separate magazines and also shot all the photography for a website for a new commercial client (I did the web design and code, too. Yeah, I geek out like that sometimes). Here’s are some samples and tearsheets that I could get.

Portland Bride & Groom Feature: Glass Acts
Portland Bride & Groom Feature: Glass Acts
I shot an entire feature on wedding glassware in my studio for Portland Bride & Groom. The Art Director was Samantha Gardner. It was quite a challenge to light all the various colors and shapes, but the end result was awesome. Check out the Winter 07/Spring 08 issue on newsstands now for the full article on page 89.

Portland Monthly: Pedicabs Lolo Restaurant - Food + Drink Opener Wonder Drink - Pour
Portland Monthly: December Departments
This was a cool issue for me. I got to shoot all three of my specialties (people, architecture, and product) for the regular departments. I shot 2 pedicab drivers in the studio for “Mudroom”, an interior of Lolo Restaurant for “Food + Drink” section opener, and Wonder Drink Sparkling Kombucha Tea for the “Pour” column.

Northwest Meetings + Events: Sue Davis Profile
Northwest Meetings + Events: Sue Davis Profile
Unless you work for a hotel or a resort, you might not get this magazine. Even still, this is one my favorite portraits I’ve taken this year and I will probably add it to my LIFE portfolio. I shot it in studio using available light on simple gray background. You just can’t beat being on the northeast corner of a building. Plus, we’re on the second floor, so the light is consistent pretty much all day.

Velvet the Dog - Best of 2007
Seattle: Best of 2007 – Velvet the Dog
Matt Bryant, his dog velvet, and couple of their friends were hiking Mt. Hood last winter and fell in to a ravine and got stuck during a snowstorm. They were all rescued safely and the rescuers attributed their overnight survival to the warmth that Velvet gave everyone. She was a great dog to photograph and Matt was the nicest guy you ever met. Learn more about their story here: click here screen shot.
This was a huge project for me. Not only did I shoot the model, the products, and all the detail photographs, but I also did all the web design. I’ve been doing web design since 1998, so it’s something I still do from time to time. Fem-ology is new natural organic feminine care care product line made right here in Oregon. The owner Carrie Von Keil is just starting out and I wish here the best on her new venture!


We’ll that’s about it. Like I said, it was a busy fall and I’m looking forward to a busy first quarter 2008. Should have some more gig updates soon.