Portland Freelance Photographer
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.
Lucked out with a glorious fall day at Reed College to spend a little time working on educational lifestyle photography for the Viewbook and website. Having worked with Reed for over five years, we know the campus pretty well and have probably photographed literally every student attending. Easy to make gorgeous photos with beautiful light, surroundings and people.
Took on the oh-so-difficult-task of taking portraits of the incredibly gorgeous and smart Dr. Jessica Brandes for her business Infuse Health, an independent private medical practice. Her blog is full of great tips for avoiding hangovers. Feeling poorly? Dr.Brandes offers same day home and office visits. Now that is service.
Made our yearly trip to the happiest place on earth, Catlin Gabel, to photograph educational lifestyle imagery for their 2015-2016 school year. Smart, welcoming, kids who aren't afraid to stand out, show each other affection, or raise their hands. Always a pleasure to visit the campus and see education that works.
Headed out to Walla Walla for Seattle Met to photograph some of their top 100 Washington Wines of 2015. Tough life, I know. Christophe Baron of both Horsepower Vineyards and Cayuse, was our tour guide and subject for the day. Being so very French we had Christophe opening a bottle of wine in the first 30 minutes and by the end, we all felt like good friends (but perhaps that was just the delicious Syrah talking). Nevertheless, we left with an excellent dinner recommendation and an even more excellent bottle of wine. À bientôt Christophe!
Always a pleasure to create environmental portraiture for AARP. They always do such a great job covering some pretty important issues for those over 50, and it is great to hang out with people that have so much life history to share.
Over the last year we did a myriad of stories for them, including a story about how many older adults who were laid off during the recession were caught in limbo until their Medicare kicked in. Kathleen McCann, who we photographed in her amazing forest of a backyard says that without Medicaid to close Medicare gaps, she would be overwhelmed by hospital, doctor and prescription drug bills.
Then we shot RCA Moore for a story about family caregivers and how a new law called the CARE Act is being put in place to help keep them informed and involved. RCA was a caregiver for his wife but said he often didn't know how to help her.
Next was Debi Friedlander and how she sometimes experiences food insecurity. Debi, a photographer herself, was a fantastic subject and her husband even lent us the light to put inside the fridge for the photoshoot, now that is teamwork.
Finally is Kathy Goeddel, who has volunteered for over 30 years at Tax Aide, created in 1968 to helps seniors and low- to moderate-income individuals file their income taxes so they don’t miss a single deduction or credit. I sat in on one of her classes, and wouldn't have wanted to try an do it on my own!
Thanks to all these folks who shared a glimpse of their worlds with us.
I have fond memories of Big League Chew. That sweet smell when you open the foil pouch. The whimsy of the shredded bits of gum that is supposed to make you feel you are using chew. That burst of pure unadulterated sugar the fills your mouth with spit when you first start chomping. So imagine my excitement when we got assigned to photograph Rob Nelson, the founder of this iconic gum, for the Washington Post. Little did I know this would then involve me peeling gum off his face as we asked him endlessly to blow bubbles. But you do what you have to for art, and Rob was such a good sport about the whole thing, there was nothing to do but laugh, continue to alternatively shoot and peel, and blow a few bubbles ourselves.