There is no doubt about it. Kids love the zoo and going to camp there is even better. Spent a sun, kid and animal filled week photographing the Oregon Zoo Summer Day Camp. Can't decide what is cuter, small people or small animals. It is toss up, really.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Photographed an amazing story about early onset Schizophrenia that ended up on the cover of the Washington Post. Basically the Behavior Health Services at the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center are trying to figure out ways to help teens with signs of Schizophrenia way before they ever have a psychotic episode. The program involves a two-year course of socialization, family therapy, job and school assistance, and sometimes medication. Now some of this may sound super fancy, but what it actually, literally can turn out to be is taking a kid to the music store and talking to him about his day. Crazy, right? The counselor I photographed used his love of music and comic books to connect with his teenage male patients, and as a way to get them out of house and interacting with the world around them. As someone with a psychology degree, I was pretty blown away by the simplistic brilliance of this. It made me realize two things. One, that you can never underestimate the power of human connection, and two, that so many of us just aren't getting enough of it.
Spent the day with Janet Martinez and family for a story for AARP. The story is about the "sandwich generation" adults bringing up young children while also overseeing the care of their aging parents. Janet, a TV producer, was a joy; funny, honest and open about the balancing act of shuttling her daughter and mother through their daily activities. After shooting she entertained us with a beer and stories of working on Lifetime Channel Movies.
Photographed spitfire Jenny Wendt for a Mother Jones Magazine story on statute of limitations for sexual assaults. Jenny, who was raped in 2005, has begun a campaign to change Indiana's laws, addressing rallies and meeting with legislators and is now working with lawmakers in Oregon. A serious topic calls for some serious images, but Jenny's personality is one of joy, warmth and humor. Well that and a will of steel.
Nothing like a little corporate portrait action to keep you thinking. This was for IBM. Or IBM Systems Magazine to be exact. As you can see by the story headline, "Clients Find a Winner When They Explore the Differences Between Linux on Commodity Servers and Linux on Power," we had no idea what the heck the article was about. Our job was just to make Jim Wasko, VP of Open Systems Development at IBM, look cool...and open. That was a play on words in case you missed it. Jim was great, game for all our crazy plans including using this awesome green wall we found in the office supply room. The result was him channeling Agent Smith in the Matrix, which I love. In the bottom photo you can see me really trying to sell the green wall, while Christopher and Jim looked on dubiously. Ended up being my favorite portrait spot though. And I managed to steal some toner. Sheesh, totally joking, who even uses toner anymore?
Leah stands in and shows us all how to pose!
We photographed David Grau, owner of FP Transitions, at his office in Lake Oswego for Financial Advisor Magazine. David Grau can be fairly called the granddaddy of the advisor-transition business. He recently published “Succession Planning for Financial Advisors: Building an Enduring Business.” Our goal here was to make David look strong, confident, and cool. We used a few of the younger employees in the office to illustrate the idea that you need a plan for next generation to move in and take your place when you retire.
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?
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.