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New York Times Home Feature

Spent a lovely afternoon in the amazing home of David and Sarah Altman for the New York Times.  They managed to make a marriage of both the old and the new in their SE Portland home.  And managed to be pretty great posers as well.

Aaron Draplin for New York Times

Aaron Draplin, design man about town.  Got to spend the day snooping around his studio for the New York Times, where every drawer contains wonderful surprises.  It is like the flea market version of Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory.  You may know Aaron for his handy Field Notes books, which I love except for the fact that I now have half filled ones scattered around my office.  Want to take a bigger peek into his nooks and crannies

Postpartum Depression

There are some assignments that make me love my job.  This one, about Postpartum Depression for the New York Times, was one of those.  It was a project that really stayed with me, mostly because of my subject. Jeanne Marie Johnson was so open with me and the writer about something so incredibly personal and difficult.  And I clearly wasn't the only one that she moved with her bravery, BuzzFeed listed it as one of their top 9 stories of the week, and the NYT Opinion Page for the NYT was hopping.  One of those days when I feel like I may have made a tiny bit of difference in this great big world.

Paternity Leave - New York Times Story

Spent the day with Todd Bedrick and the fam for a New York Times Story about Paternity Leave.  Todd works at Ernst & Young LLP, so got to spend a little time in the 9 to 5 (though no suit and tie- this is Portland, after all).  Then home for some adorable father and daughterness.  Todd and his wife Sarah, who is a teacher, were a pretty picture perfect family; there was dinner, playtime, bath time, then a little purple-polka-dot-story-time and finally bed.  After that he washed his wife's breast pump accouterment and showed me his engagement photo album. What a champ.  In the article Todd mentions how much his time at home with his new baby really helped him bond with her.  Which only makes sense.  Sweden has figured it out.  Close to 90% of Swedish fathers take paternity leave.  Why does it take us so long?The_New_York_Times(2014-11-09)_page77_A 20141103_Paternity_006 20141103_Paternity_012 20141103_Paternity_016 20141103_Paternity_031 20141103_Paternity_039 20141103_Paternity_041 20141103_Paternity_047 20141103_Paternity_052 20141103_Paternity_056

Portland Urban Wineries for the NYT's

Somewhere along the line I have become the de facto, "Portland food, lifestyle and travel" photographer for the New York Times.  And if you've read the NYT lately, you realize that is a job that keeps me rather busy.  People in Portland now joke about it, when I mention who I'm working for, "Oh, man, they are doing another story about us?" is the response I get.  And I understand that.  Sometimes I feel that living the good life Portland is a secret I'd rather not share.  Unfortunately, I think the cat may be out of the bag.  Damn you, Fred and Carrie.Below are some outtakes from a recent Urban Wineries shoot I did for the paper which included stalking the tannin soaked halls of the Southeast Wine CollectiveClay Pigeon WineryENSO Urban Winery and Tasting Lounge, and Sauvage at Fausse Piste.  Gotta love that urban terroir.

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Vamping or "The One where I get under the Covers with a 15-year-old"

Man I love my job.  In what universe is it your job to hang out with a 15-year-old boy in his bedroom at night while he makes beats on his laptop?  Mine. Thank you Owen Lanahan, for letting me invade your haven of teenage mystery.  For whom else but teenagers could come up with the term #Vamping?  And who else but the New York Times would cover it?  Well them and TeenVogue. As Owen so eloquently put it, "“Sometimes I look up and it’s 3 a.m. and I'm watching a video of a giraffe eating a steak,” he said. “And I wonder, ‘How did I get here?’ This my friends, is Vamping. Teens up to all hours of the night on social media.  I remember in college calling it, "Riding the Vampire Express,"  where you would stay up working or partying all night and sleep all day, never seeing the sun.  But Vamping is just so much better.  And just in case you're thinking this blog contains zero informational material, here is a recent poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation.  Look, I just made you smarter.  You are welcome.20140701_Vamping_023 20140701_Vamping_014 20140701_Vamping_008 20140701_Vamping_010

PORTLAND, OR - JULY 1, 2014: Owen Lanahan, age 15, make beats, watches Youtube video, and texts his friends in the evening in his room.  He says he will stay up until around 2am once or twice a week doing this.  Currently there is a term for this called "vamping" where kids will stay up all night on their computers and social media. CREDIT: Leah Nash for the New York Times

 

Little-Known Health Act Fact: Prison Inmates Are Signing Up

The New York Times and moi recently did a story about how for the first time ever jails and prisons around the country are beginning to sign up inmates for health insurance under the law, taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid.  This sent me over to Inverness Jail to chat with inmate Devon Campbell-Williams. Photographing in prison is always a bit nerve wracking, trying to establish rapport, trying not to break any rules, trying to act cool when you are freaking out.  Being a woman at a men's prison can help, for just the reasons you think it would. Devon was charming and sweet and in our allotted five minutes we talked about his plans to open a food cart based on carnival fair food and the fact that, due to the Affordable Care Act we both had health insurance for the first time that either of us could remember.  All this while I danced around him, my finger remaining steadily on the shutter release.Devon is one of more than 1,200 inmates in the Portland area alone that have been enrolled through the infamous state exchange, Cover Oregon.  The biggest benefit of this is that enrolled inmates have coverage after they get out.  People coming out of jail or prison have disproportionately high rates of chronic diseases, especially mental illness and addictive disorders but few have insurance. Oh, irony.  As most things dealing with health insurance are, it is a tricky story. It comes down to who is going to pay the bill and whether more money could be saved over the long term if connecting newly released inmates to services helps to keep them out of jail and reduces visits to the ER, the most expensive form of care.  20140221_Prison_03420140221_Prison_00120140221_Prison_007 20140221_Prison_024 20140221_Prison_01120140221_Prison_012 20140221_Prison_02620140221_Prison_027 20140221_Prison_029

Willamette Week's 2013 Restaurant Guide

Love the bounty of good eating that is Portland.  Roe, Catagna, Ava Gene's are all vying for most buzz in the city these days (case in point, I have photographed all of them at least twice).  But there are a plethora of others out there for those of us that hate waiting in line.  So many choices in fact that it is nice that Willamette Week's Restaurant Guide helps narrow things down (or maybe simply make you aware of all the possibilities).  Now go forth and chew.Willamette Week's 2013 Restaurant Guide. Photos by Leah Nash.Willamette Week's 2013 Restaurant Guide. Photos by Leah Nash. Willamette Week's 2013 Restaurant Guide. Photos by Leah Nash. Willamette Week's 2013 Restaurant Guide. Photos by Leah Nash. Willamette Week's 2013 Restaurant Guide. Photos by Leah Nash. Willamette Week's 2013 Restaurant Guide. Photos by Leah Nash.