Since school is almost back in session, seemed like the perfect time to highlight a library of educational lifestyle photography we did last year for Warner Pacific College. The school is a Christ-centered urban liberal arts college dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education. It was great to see the diversity that exists on the campus, plus all the different places that the students have access to (hello Hawthorne Street). Everyone once at the school was both incredibly kind and incredibly helpful. Thanks for having us, now let's hit the books.
Since the season for veggie growing is upon us in abundance, this seemed like a perfect time to revisit some portraits and real people lifestyle of farmers we shot for HarvestPR and Norpac. We were lucky enough to get some good looking guys that came straight from the fields, still dusting dirt off their pants. And even Mt. Hood made a majestic appearance as the day got later. Some days are just magic that way.
We recently finished a set of corporate headshots and portraits for the Meyer Memorial Trust team and Trustees. Meyer Memorial Trust is an amazing organization that "works with and invests in organizations, communities, ideas and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon."
Fred G. Meyer, upon his death in 1978, left $60 million for a charitable foundation with few mandates. “Realizing as I do the uncertainties of the future, I want my trustees to be able to exercise broad discretion in shaping and carrying out charitable programs which can be tailored to fit changing conditions and problems.” Now almost 40 years later, Meyer has paid out nearly $692 million through more than 8,200 grants and program related investments.
With such an amazing history and an amazing group, we knew we had to have some pretty fabulous portraits to match. For the team images we managed to do them all in one location, The Fields Park, in downtown Portland. The space has everything you could want, greenery, bridges, plus an urban feel. This allowed the images to feel consistant, yet diverse. For the Trustees images we photographed them in spaces that meant something to them, their homes, the waterfront, the Salem Carousel. We feel honored to be a part of this community-driven organization that gives back to much and pleased that we could create a set of images that shows just how open, dedicated, and darn good-looking they are.
Summer is officially here and that means the season of the road trip is upon us. An easy, one-day adventure along the Hood River Fruit Loop hitting all the cider houses along the way is a great way to keep your out of town guests feeling warm, fruity and boozy. More details can be found at Travel Oregon. The not so short list includes: The Gorge White House , Fox-Tail Cider, Hood Valley Hard Cider, OVINO Wine and Hard Cider and Brian's Pourhouse. Who knew there was so much cider to be had? Don't forget to hit the backyard of Solera Brewery in Parkdale, for some amazing views of Mount Hood.
Spent a lovely spring photographing the diverse and lively bunch of students that inhabit Portland State University. We were refreshing their archive of educational lifestyle imagery for future promotional materials. Documenting college students is like looking at the future. So much potential, so much energy, so much enthusiam. It's so bright I have to wear shades.
Spent a down and dirty day at Tumbleweed Farm, which is owned and operated by Andrea and Taylor Bemis for EatingWell Magazine. Their produce is quite literally hand picked with love for their CSA, local farmers markets and restaurants. Plus Andrea has the most fabulous blog called Dishing Up the Dirt where she pairs beautiful food photography with some mouth watering recipes that seem simple enough for even me to attempt. Mornings start early on the farm and we were there at 6:30 am, staggering about and looking for coffee. For the Bemis clan it was just a typical day and they treated us like family, plying us with the much needed caffeine, home baked bread and farm tales. Thanks guys, can we come to dinner sometime? Just asking....
There is no doubt about it. Kids love the zoo and going to camp there is even better. Spent a sun, kid and animal filled week photographing the Oregon Zoo Summer Day Camp. Can't decide what is cuter, small people or small animals. It is toss up, really.
So when the photo editor of National Geographic Traveler calls you up and asks if you want to spend a few days down in the Foodie-est place on earth, Sonoma, California, for an upcoming story and COVER about the holy trinity (that would be cheese, pork and olive oil), what can one do but put the phone on mute while you scream, and then unmute and very calmly say, "why not?" as if this were nuthin' but a 'G' thang.
And so you go, and are embraced by Sonoma, the people (who can't stop smiling), the food (which is always organic and amazing...even if salsa does cost $8), and the weather (which is jacket optional even in November). You stop at Barndiva, a restaurant where the herbs are picked out back, you take part in a cheese and wine pairing at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens, you pet baby goats and see cheese wheels as big as your head at the family run Achadinha Cheese Company, you sample pie and ice cream at Chile Pies Baking Co., then wander the hills with free range heirloom pigs at Front Porch Farm and Acorn Ranch and finally drive like hell to hit a 360 degree sunset at Jordan Vineyard's Vista Point And that is just day one.
So it goes on, a blur of sunrises and sunsets and shutter clicks. Just when you think you have to rest you attend a party at DaVero Farms & Winery, where almost everything on the menu has come from less than a mile away. You sit at a table with a group of newly made friends, under a circle of willow trees, drinking wine with the winemaker, and think how you tightly you want to hold on to this moment. But then you think, "Crap, I better get up and make some photographs." And so you do.
Had the absolute pleasure to spend the day with badass Beekeeper Henry Storch in Corvallis, OR for the Washington Post. The scary part of this story is that new research shows bees continue to die at unacceptable rates. And their range is shrinking as they fail to migrate northward during warmer weather, suggesting things could get worse as global warming progresses. Over the past decade, billions of bees have been lost to colony collapse disorder, an umbrella term for factors thought to be killing honeybees in droves and threatening the nation’s food supply. Amid the die-off, beekeepers have begun to use creative measures to save both their bees and their livelihoods.
And here is where Henry comes in. Using animal husbandry, or what he calls “cowboy science,” he raises his own queens and works to accelerate natural selection to increase honey production and disease resistance. Storch’s mountain-bred “survivor” bees are like open-range cows: tough, and hardened. These new bees are a result of crossbreeding feral colonies with his own personal stock. While we were there, Henry retrieved a colony from a dead tree, not even blinking when he got stung. I was not so lucky, ending up swollen for a week afterward.
The good news is these efforts may finally be paying off. New data from the Agriculture Department show the number of managed honeybee colonies is on the rise, climbing to 2.7 million nationally in 2014, the highest in 20 years. Earlier this year, Storch separated five breeder queens from his survivor colonies and gave them to beekeepers in California. He hopes the bees, bred deep in Oregon’s thickly forested bear country, might be a first step toward saving bees around the world.
Oh, The Guardian. It's not every day that you get asked to do a story about someone stabbing themselves in the chest. Finding out he was a commercial fisherman and that it was an accident made it all a little less gruesome. Then add to the fact that afore-mention stabber and victim Steve Grove is incredibly good-looking, humble, and has a photogenic dog, and suddenly, bam. The sun comes outs, the wound has since healed, and all is right with the world.