Portland Portrait Photographer

One Park with 15 Looks - Meyer Memorial Trust Team Portraits and Headshots

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.

Flying Down Hill with Daddies Board Shop for a Willamette Week Environmental Portrait

Daron Horwitz, president of Daddies Board Shop, took his longboard for a ride on Mt. Tabor, in Portland Oregon for the Willamette Week story, Very Hill, Much Speed. That dude was going soooo fast, almost impossible to get sharp at f2 with some motion blur. So we cheated a little bit on this one. Daron's longboard is actually rolling at a slow creep. The sun was right overhead for this one (notice his shadow, and the light on his back) so we needed a lot of juice to make this work. I used 1 Profoto B1 light with a zoom reflector and a 1/2 CTO warming filter just out of the frame to the left and directly in front of Daron. The camera (Canon 1dx) set to 1/15th of a second, ISO 50, F2, and I used an ND filter to balance the ambient exposure. With Daron holding his pose, I had him roll down hill slowly (about 5ft/second) and panned the camera right to left with him. The strong flash helped freeze Daron and expose his face, while the slow shutter gives a nice motion blur, creating the illusion of speed. Questions or comments about what goes on behind the scenes? Email us at hello@nashcophoto.com

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