Popped over to Reed College to harass smarty pants Economics Professor Kim Clausing. Twiced named a Fulbright research scholar, with grants from the National Science Foundation, she is one brilliant lady, one who hates having her photo taken. Like many folks, she was fine when we were photographing her doing something, like teaching or working, but once it was portrait time, she lost all her spark. So we kind of tricked her...had her walk with purpose to class, check her email, get ready for a lesson...and voila, we were able to capture the vibe and personality that makes her such a hit with students. Hey, whatever works.
Quite a 2013 for Reed College and NashCO. They got a new Performing Arts Building, we got to be there when the confetti was flying and along with a variety of amazing college students, classes and alumni events. We're really excited to see how they used our photos in all the Reed College collateral! You can see more of our college and university photography under the Learning Tab: College Life.
We had the pleasure of spending part of last year wandering the halls, classrooms and fields of Catlin Gabel private school. We read books with the kindergartens, got treated to a plethora of musical performances, delighted in crazy hair day, peeked into classrooms, and partook enthusiastically of the salad bar. Not a bad 2013 at all. Here's a sample of Catlin Gabel's collateral featuring photos from our campaign last year.
There is nothing like spending a few days back in high school to make you take a little stock in your life. As I creep up on my 20 (unbelievable) year reunion, I think back to that time, fondly I guess. But I am also struck by how much cooler kids today seem. Do I blame the internet? Cable TV? Back then couldn't see and didn't know too much past my own town and these kids can access the world in their pocket. Does that make them happier? More worldly? Or more weighted down? Things definitely seem a lot more complicated now then they did back in 1993. If you are feeling the need for a little teenage angst revisited, check out a slideshow of Lincoln, Catlin Gabel and Century High Schools, which I shot last year for Portland Monthly Magazine. And you can read the whole story here.
-post by Leah Nash
Okay, let's get one thing straight. Nash and CO are a couple of hams. One of the big advantages to working as a team is that when setting up lights and checking locations for portraits we get to take photos of each other ALL THE TIME. For those of you who don't know, Leah (Nash) is the cute one, and Christopher (CO) is the one who's still working out how to pose for the camera. So here's a look back at 2013: a year of standing in.
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This summer NashCO was approached by the design consultancy firm XPLANE to create a personalized visual library for the brand new web site they were launching. Like so many successful, creative companies they were so busy making their clients look good that their own branding wasn't showing off just how fab they were.
A company big on visual thinking and storytelling, they were looking for imagery that was authentic and just a little bit raw. When the VP contacted me he actually said he was looking for a photojournalist's sensibility and I almost high-fived myself. Needless to say, it ended up being a great fit (and I haven't even mentioned their unlimited candy supply or foosball table). Our job was to bring to life their interactive and innovative vibe.
Turns out this involves photographing post-its, lots of post-its.
We photo bombed their meetings, their client collateral, luncheons, and play time. And over the week, we got to know them pretty well….they are a company of doodlers who talk with their hands, bring their dogs to work and get excited about collaborative thinking. They are also teachers who believe in community and open their doors every first Thursday for something called Visual Thinking School (http://xplane.com/vts) where they tackle challenges with design principles. Don't you just love that?
Making white boards look cool isn't always easy, but these guys pulled it off with aplomb.
Want to see more? Of course you do.
Spent with Vancouver Public School's Superintendent Dr. Steven T. Webb as he talked about the district rolling out their 1 to 1 computing initiative, pairing each k-12 student with digital learning devices. That man is quite the mover, shaker and sound bite maker. Video and stills produced for Education Week.