This month’s fall fashion feature allowed for a more dramatic sense of my usual vision and style. I especially loved the art direction (Kate Madden) and styling (Eden Dawn), which created a great visual juxtaposition of traditional male and female roles in the office. You can see the whole spread here.
coverjunkie x The Portland Outsider.
Such an big compliment to see the inaugural issue of The Portland Outsider featured on coverjunkie over the weekend! Art directed and designed by one of my favorite ladies, Amy Johnson and photographed by me. I’ve been looking to coverjunkie for years to find inspiration and to stay on top of the “cover-scene”, so humbling to see my work up there now. *high-fives*
My first billboards are up!
Top photo of me standing in front of an ad on I-84 in The Dalles, Oregon. Bottom photo of a huge billboard right in the middle of Hood River, Oregon. It’s really rad to see my photographs that BIG! Can’t wait to see more that way!
Gorge.net + Blue Collar Interactive. Make a Local Connection.
Gorge Networks was looking for a fresh ad campaign to attract more Columbia River Gorge-based businesses to their internet and telecom services. In a competitive landscape littered with talk of faster connections and reliable service, Blue Collar Agency decided to take a unique approach. Our focus was on local businesses who are current customers to illustrate their success and the role Gorge.net plays in their relationship to the community. The ads feature a real employee from each business, helping to create the “Local Connection”.
The creative director, Tom Lehmann, sought me out for the photography after finding my work thru the Behance network of creatives- a first for me, and I’ve had a “portfolio” setup with Behance for at least 5 years! He had a really solid idea of the concepts he wanted to create for this campaign, and after I threw in my two cents and some rough drawings we nailed it down to the concepts you see above!
This job was particularly special to me being my first big ad campaign AND the fact that I was approached solely because of my vision and style for conceptual studio portraits (not to mention my charming personality!). We hired a great hard-working crew that killed it. Special thanks to Bergren Rameson (prop stylist), Danklife retouching, Kennett Mohrman (digi-tech), Laura Jennings (first assistant), the folks over at Newspace Center for Photography, and especially Bambi + Dmitri (Columbia River Discovery Center), Rob from the Farm Stand, and Brave Dave from Slingshot Sports!
Look for these ads on billboards, social media, magazine ads and on public transportation in the Gorge!
Coming soon to a mailbox near you! 👊
#shamelessselfpromotion (at Portland Main Post Office)
Kelly Williams Brown.
Another gem of a talent I had the opportunity to shoot for May’s issue of Portland Monthly. Aside from being a total sweetheart and badass writer, she also works as a copywriter for advertising agency Leopold Ketel. Here’s a small intro from the Long Story Short feature on Ms. Brown, as told to editor Rachel Ritchie:
In April 2011, while working as a columnist at the Statesman Journal in Salem, Kelly Williams Brown came up with the kernel of a book idea: a beginner’s guide to adulthood, from writing condolence cards to buying a used car. This month, Grand Central Publishing will release Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps. Her companion blog has already racked up more than 100,000 dedicated followers. A TV adaptation is in the works with J.J. Abram’s fames production company, Bad Robot. And along the way, she even conquered her fear of bleach.
A Photographer’s Trip Through Madness, Beauty and Arizona, Portland Oregon News and Events
May I start off by saying: this feature shoot is a perfect example of matching Photographer with Concept. When Mike Novak (AD Portland Monthly) first approached me with the subject matter and concept for this shoot I was thrilled. Greg is the highly energetic, deliciously talented Chef de Cuisine at Departure, the restaurant atop the Nines hotel in downtown Portland. He’s an ex-partyboy turned Paleo/fitness freak with a great sense of style and humor. We shot for roughly 4 hours in studio and he kept his energy up the entire time. With the help of his best-friend/roommate/stylist, Tia Vanich, we managed to keep Gregory looking sharp throughout the whole shoot. The final images reflected his charming personality and sense of humor, along with his good-looks and sense of style. If you live in Portland (or are just traveling thru), do yourself a favor and stop by Departure for their incredible rooftop happy hour with the best view in the city.
Portrait of Portland author Carter Sickels for Out City magazine. In January 2012 Carter came out with his acclaimed first novel, The Evening Hour (Bloomsbury), just as he began coming out as a trans gay man. Since then, the 39-year-old Ohio native has published a short story, “Saving,” in the recently released anthology of trans fiction The Collection, and has begun work on a new novel, all while teaching fiction online for New York City’s Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Carter invited me into his home in SE Portland one hazy afternoon to take his portrait. I hauled all my gear (lighting, grip) into his apartment building that was built sometime around the 1930’s, only to find out thru much trial and error, that my power packs for my lights needed more power than his outlets could handle. And of course I forgot to bring my battery pack that day. Rather than wasting anymore precious shoot time I decided to utilize the soft light pouring thru the windows in his corner studio apartment. The final portrait really captured Carter’s presence, and the natural light helped the portrait feel authentic and true to my subject.
Beer West magazine, Travel Issue.
Another season, and another couple tearsheets from the best craft beer magazine on the west coast. This issue we got to toy around with the theme of “travel + beer”. I always love the opportunity to shoot inanimate objects as “portraits” and had a great time setting up and styling the cover shot in that fashion. Another great round of art direction and layout/design by my friend, the talented Amy Johnson.
Two years ago, former Nike Air Jordan shoe designer, D’Wayne Edwards founded Pensole, the country’s only design school exclusively for shoes, in Portland. Not only is D’Wayne an über talented designer with an inspiring story, but he was such an all around rad guy. Photographed on location at the Pensole Footwear Design Academy in downtown Portland for Portland Monthly.
Art direction: Kate Madden
Photo assist: Ashley Anderson
Parker St. Mozée-Baum.
Parker has been a working drag queen for six years, although she started hormone therapy a year ago to begin her transformation into a woman. These portraits are just a small sample of a personal project I will be working on this year, and maybe longer.. Keep an eye on my blog for more updates!
Ok, i’ve been getting variations of the same email lately that go something like this: “how did you start getting work?”. I do like getting these emails so keep on sending them. I’m more than happy to spew nonsense at you, just keep in mind i’m not exactly a seasoned pro here. I’ve been shooting…
My Illustrator Skills.
I just came across this gem. While brainstorming the shot for Ian Karmel’s ‘Portland as Fuck’ portrait I decided to open up Adobe Illustrator and draw a little inspiration. This makes me giggle so hard every time I look at it. But, Scrappers, the always fantastic art director over at The Portland Mercury really seemed to love my drawing skills. So much so that we ended up with 2 great shots that resemble very closely my ultra-fancy drawing.
Out of the three, which is YOUR favorite?
Side note: a dude totally biffed it on his bike when he rode by and saw boobs.