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HavestPR Norpac

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.

Editorial Portrait Photoshoot for AARP Oregon

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. 

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.

The Wall Street Journal checks out Washington's Weed

Travelled to the wilds of Vancouver, Washington to photograph Recreational Marijuana Mecca New Vansterdam for a Wall Street Journal story about Pot Taxes.  At at New Vansterdam, an eighth of an ounce (3.5 grams) of marijuana was going for $87 to $128, two or three times what it costs on the black market!  Still, there was a steady stream of customers coming through the store, many who were tourists or who liked the convenience.  Located in a strip mall alongside Safeway, RadioShack and Weight Watchers, the space used to be a check cashing spot and felt like it, though the art and the ipad displays helped. It will be interesting to see how taxes play out in Oregon now that weed has been legalized, with Oregon's Economic and Revenue Forecast Council estimating $637 million in taxes and fees for the first five years. That's a lot of overpriced joints.20141017_LegalPot_018 20141017_LegalPot_024 20141017_LegalPot_029 20141017_LegalPot_031 20141017_LegalPot_041

Get'n Saucy with Cranberries - for the New York Times

Photographed Jenn Louis, Chef-Owner of the Lincoln Restaurant and Sunshine Tavern (love me some frozen margarita) for the New York Times Dining Guide United States of Thanksgiving.  Okay, I guess I didn't actual photograph her, but rather her cranberries.  Cranberry sauce with Pinot Noir to be exact...because it is a plain simple fact that everything tastes better with Pinot Noir.  Turns out after doing some serious research that the best way to photograph cranberry sauce is when it is backlit.  Otherwise things could go horribly wrong.20141006_cranberry_002

Puttin' on the Schnitz: Capturing the magic of the Oregon Symphony

So lucky to have the Oregon Symphony as a client. For the last several years we have had the pleasure of getting a behind the scenes view of the whole shebang. This involves going backstage, annoying audience members with shutter noises, climbing tall ladders, hanging with Carlos, that kind of thing. This year's marketing involved capturing the magic of the Schnitz with all its amazing architecture and unique historic details, plus the excitement and anticipation of attending the Symphony. We were pretty excited ourselves to have access to all the little secret spaces the concert hall has, and were kept on our toes by the documentary vibe they wanted.SideBySide_VerticalImages_1 OregonSymphony_008 OregonSymphony_025 SideBySide_VerticalImages_2 OregonSymphony_004 OregonSymphony_020 OregonSymphony_011 OregonSymphony_012 OregonSymphony_009 OregonSymphony_013

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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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.

Farm to Table, Pop-up Restaurant with Will Priesch for Portland Monthly Magazine

With just 10 stools and a rented kitchen, Will Preisch presents a pop-up vision of high-end eating: casual, personal, and thrilling.  Want to make it to one of these amazing feasts?  Called holdfast dinners, Will describes them as such, "holdfast is a “pop-up” restaurant operating out of kitchencru, a commissary kitchen and culinary incubator in nw portland.  holdfast is a refined dining concept - not refinement in the sense of luxury - just pared down to what we consider to be the essentials of a wonderful meal; great food and drink, with excellent and unobtrusive service in a casual atmosphere. this is our opportunity to cook and feed people outside of the trappings of a traditional restaurant. clean.  thoughtful.  primitive.  modern."  Looked pretty delightful to me, and Portland Monthly.20130818_Priesch_004 20130818_Priesch_00120130818_Priesch_003 20130818_Priesch_010 20130818_Priesch_013 20130818_Priesch_018 20130818_Priesch_053

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