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.
Did a shoot with badass Kelly Roy the founder of ADX for Portland Monthly. ADX is all about collaboration, with a woodshop, metal shop and digital lab where you can share tools, knowledge, and space. We love supporting places like ADX and also really like making sparks so a set of high-fives all around.
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.
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.
Perfect weather, perfect subjects, not so well-behaved piglets. Well, two out of three ain't bad. We spent the day at Worden Hill Farm with the uber photogenic Ortloff Family, Susan and Wolfgang, and their three bewitching daughters; Kate, Hadley and Mia for the cover of 1859 Magazine. They bought the land from Susan's parents back in 2007 and left an urban lifestyle in Germany for mud-splattered days in Dundee, OR. We were wooed by the multitude of pig sizes, varying from holdable to rideable. We were also wooed by the family, who shared some of their cured pork and promised to invite us to their next bonfire. After a day of mucking around, dodging porkers who thought our feet looked like apples (note to self: do not wear red boots when photographing pigs) Susan waved good-bye and said cheerfully, "You don't think you smell, but you do."
Tim Gallagher is the mad scientist of designers. He’s pimped out Snoop Dog’s Playstation3, had brass knuckles made for a client, and has an office space that includes a soccer field, a pool and a skateboard ramp. Plus he let us photograph him with a bedazzled skull for 1859 Magazine. We want him to adopt us. Just for a little while.