Did a shoot with badass Kelly Roy the founder of ADX for Portland Monthly. ADX is all about collaboration, with a woodshop, metal shop and digital lab where you can share tools, knowledge, and space. We love supporting places like ADX and also really like making sparks so a set of high-fives all around.
Spent the day looking at many, many computer screens over at Iberdrola Renewables, the second-largest wind operator in the U.S. They contracted NashCO to create promotional video and stills for their Pearl District Offices which meant a trip to the trading desk and then their National Control Center. Which sounds pretty fancy. And actually was pretty fancy. Weather and trading and colorful screens and lots of folks looking rather intent. We had run of the place; setting up lights, asking questions, lightly directing scenes (very lightly, or they looked staged) all while trying to make sure everyone had fun and got their work done (us included). The end result? Happy client, interesting public relations images of people looking at screens, and we now possess a wealth of wind pattern knowledge. Just a win-win all around.
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.