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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

Krown Lab @ Skylab

I’m on a little office kick right now. Earlier this year, Krown Lab hired me photographed the office of Skylab Architecture in Portland, OR. Krown Lab designs and builds high end sliding door hardware right here in Portland. What I like about their product is how minimal and clean it looks. Their iconic designs are also made with quality materials and they function beautifully. If Apple made door hardware, Krown Lab would be it.

The shoot was pretty technical. Metal doesn’t photograph easily because of it’s reflective nature. Sometimes the surface was too hot and sometimes it was too dark. In pretty much all of these shots, I had my assistant hold a large white reflector to create the right highlight on the metal. I then layered all the pieces together over the master shot of the room. A lot of work, but the results are some architectural product installation shots that I’m very proud of. [Read more…] about Krown Lab @ Skylab

Loft Remodel

Loft Remodel by Dangermond Keane Architecture

I’ve lived in a house for well over the last 10 years. There are times though, when I can definitely say I’ve thought about giving it up for loft living. Just having a simple open space in the heart of the city. No yard to maintain. No rooms you never use to clean. No basement to fill with stuff you don’t use. Sounds like a fun way to live.

Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed shooting this loft remodel for Dangermond Keane Architecture. It’s a perfect mix of modern design and original construction. This loft is connected by elevator to another loft upstairs. The parents live upstairs and the the daughter and her grandmother share this space. Three generations and everyone has there own space. Not a bad way to live indeed.

Twist’s Look Book

Here’s another shoot that I’ve been holding on to for a while now. Last summer, Portland based jewelry and craft store, Twist, hired me to shoot a lifestyle inspired look book for the landing pages of their new website redesign. Twist was drawn to my clean, natural, technical style of photography and felt I was a good fit for what they were looking for. Since the shots were to be focused on the jewelry, I shot a majority of them with a macro lens. I was shooting pretty shallow and nailing the focus was super critical. It’s tricky to do with live models, but that’s why you shoot a lot (over 2000 RAW files in a day).

To make a shoot like this come off fun and easy looking, it takes more than technique, models, stylists, and props. You actually have to put a lot of your own positive energy into it. As the photographer, you’re leading the vibe and if you’re in a great mode, then everyone else is. You have to be mentally in it all day long and treat it almost like it’s a performance. End of the day, it simply makes the job easier to be positive and I think that gets you better shots. It also helped that I had super talented people to work with and great clients who really contributed in the creative process.

I’m really happy how they shots came out and think they look awesome on their new website which went live this month. Here are some screen shots.

And here are some outtakes that I really liked and wanted to share. Looking forward to refreshing my lifestyle portfolio with some of these shots.

Credits:

Models – Tanisha Payne, Kelsey Dunn, & Brandi HicksOption Model and Media
Hair & Makeup – Katherine Ross
Wardrobe – Peggi Jeung

A Tiny House in Martha Stewart Living

I had a hard time coming up with the right anecdote about this shoot featured in Martha Stewart Living. There are so many ways to describe it. It was the smallest house I’ve ever shot featured in the biggest magazine I’ve ever been in. It’s funny how the simplest shots take the longest time. Jessica Helgerson is an amazing interior designer! The house was so small, that for one shot I had to shoot from a window outside. I used strobes, daylight, hot lights, and incandescent lights. I retouched the shots to make them look more natural. I shot this almost a year ago and had to wait till now to show them off. It just goes on and on.

I say this a lot, but I’m very proud of this project, how the photos turned out, and that it was published in a great magazine that really highlights photography. But, I certainly can’t take all the credit.  Without Jessica Helgerson’s design talent and eye for styling, these shots would just be okay. Collaborating with her brings the work to a whole new level and I am thrilled we’re both receiving recognition on a national level. She definitely deserves it and I feel very grateful that I get to photograph her projects. Here are the rest of the pages and the shots on their own. Enjoy.