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.
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Last month we photographed David Griswold of Sustainable Harvest Coffee here in Portland for the cover of Global Coffee Report Magazine. As an importer of specialty coffees from all over the world, they do an amazing job creating connections between farmers and consumers. They help make sure farmers can actually make a reasonable profit from the sale of their beans. Plus, they make a mean cup of coffee, which kept us way too talkative during the shoot.
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.
Me and Ava Gene's restaurant have found ourselves on the cover of the DiscoverPORTLAND Guide. Doesn't everyone look so dang happy in this picture? My images from Lardo Sandwiches, OX Restaurant, and The Nines also made the cut of Portland fabulousness. Leading the world to realize we are just a town of non stop eating and drinking.
Whenever friends visit the first question is, "Where for brunch?" and the second is, "Where for Happy Hour?"
At least we all have our priorities straight.
Had the opportunity to photograph for The Trust for Public Land this year. TPL is a U.S. national, nonprofit organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, natural areas and open space. And who doesn't think that is pretty awesome? We were tasked with documenting Colwood Park, a golf course that it reinventing itself, and Nadaka Nature Park, a former Camp Fire Girl spot. So we gathered a group of intrepid volunteers and let them run free, literally.
NashCO has been enjoying doing a lot of corporate headshots these days, professional people looking, well, professional. Peter Hurley, headshot photographer extraordinaire, has a whole prescribed method for making folks look as fabulous as possible. Some great tips there, which often boil down to us saying things like, "Think like a turtle, stick that forehead out....more, more.....really stick it out there. Feels weird, looks good!" These comments are often met with deep looks of skepticism, like we might be punking them. However, as we try to explain, the goal is a strong jawline, one that creates separation from your neck. Even if you're not getting your head shot by us anytime soon, that is no reason you can't still look amazing. So here are a few quick tips on us:
1. Stick your forehead out and chin down slightly (like I said....defined jawline). If you feel the skin around your neck stretching, you are doing it right.
2. Turn slightly to the side and dip the front shoulder. This gives you dimension and is slimming. You will also want to be standing up straight with your shoulders back, even if you are tall slouching does no one any good.
3. Find the light. It is your friend. (or ask us to create a lighting setup that is flattering)
4. Think open, happy, friendly thoughts....believe me, it will show.
There. Now you are camera ready, go forth and pose.