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Photo Shoot Report: Nivi

I’ve been really busy this past week or two, and one of the things I’ve done is photograph the lovely Nivi and edit her images.

Nivi is a young actress from LA who flew up to Portland with her fiance. While up here, she asked if I’d photograph her. Ab. So. Lutely. I did some scouting around and selected a location for the photos, but when Rena Lee, the make up artist for the shoot, arrived she showed me a nearby spot that was even better. Thanks, Rena! It’s so nice to have people on the team who are better at this than I am.

With the classy urban location and the lovely subject (with AMAZING skin), I was spoiled for choice on final images. Here are some of my favorites. Which do you like best?









Multi-model Fashion Shoot

Just a quick post of images from a recent shoot we did with some local models. We were able to work with all these models on the same day in the space of a few hours. It was a lot of fun working with so many in a short span of time while also using just a few locations in the same area in creative ways. A few of these shots are okay, and a few I’m really pleased with. I absolutely learned a great deal, and can’t wait to do another shoot like this again.

Models: Shinel, Crystal, Kyla, Kelsey

Make up: Rena Lee

P.S. While uploading these images to the Web, I noticed some issues with various photo-sharing websites. I’m sure I’m not alone in noticing these things, so I’m going to do a little research and come back here to talk about it more later.

Shoot Report: SweetCycle Apparel and the Alley 33 Fashion Event

Did you know Portland is brimming with world-class fashion designers? And did you know that many of those designers specialize in eco-friendly, wallet-friendly clothes? It’s true. This is such a rad town. It got even radder on July 23, at the Alley 33 Fashion Event down on Hawthorne Street. A runway was built in the alley and over 20 designers showed 3-4 pieces. It was really well attended, and was an astonishing display of Portland’s sartorial talent.

Alley 33

I was there covering SweetCycle Apparel‘s presence in the show. SweetCycle makes super cute clothes from reused, upcycled materials. What impressed me most about their designs was the attention to detail and the structure of the pieces–very well done. The models were also super cute (and eco-friendly, I’m sure). If you haven’t checked out their clothes, you should! Every piece is one of a kind.

So I’m really hoping to see another Alley 33 event some time soon. It’s a great way to showcase a niche of designers that are very Portland in their design philosophy.

A Trip to Hoyt Arboretum

A recent photo session took place at Hoyt Arboretum here in Portland, OR. I’ve been here for quite a few years now and never made it out there, and I’m so glad I finally did! What a treasure for the city of Portland. I took the opportunity to practice my nature photography skills, and came away with a few shots I really love.

bee on buddleja globosa


If you get the chance and are in town, absolutely stop by and check it out. The Monkey Puzzle tree is worth the trip, and admission is free. And it’s just a few minutes from the heart of downtown! This is such an awesome city.




Creative Portraits for Creative Kids

Some kids just can’t be photographed in a studio, with a generic backdrop and traditional studio lighting. Some kids just aren’t going to wear their Sunday best and pose like millions of kids have posed in their portraits for decades.

Some kids are little too rock and roll.

Kalli is one such kid. An artist, singer, and dreamer, her personality demands a more creative and unusual type of portrait. For this young lady, it was all about highlighting her punk hair and love of crazy clothes. I processed her images using plenty of color and contrast, because she has plenty of both herself. The results are photos that stand out from typical kid portraits and capture her individuality.

A Hairier Kind of Model

I’ve been sitting on these photos for a while, and thought I’d post them for you to enjoy. I took these at the Oregon Zoo a couple months ago with a manual focus telephoto lens. It was ridiculous amounts of fun, though I’m sure the rest of my party was pretty fed up with me taking so much time at every exhibit!

I’m clearly not a wildlife photographer, but there are some photos in here I’m very pleased with. It was really difficult to get any decent shots at all, but the challenge was a lot of fun.



From the Set at Studio Morrison . . .

We recently had a big day of shooting at Studio Morrison (thanks so much, Morrisons, for use of your space!). Superstar make up and hair artist Lesley Nardini was good enough to come all the way to North Portland to help us out with two very different shoots.

Shoot #1: Soft.

The concept was simple: softness, warmth. The lovely Jai was good enough to let me drape her in brown and red handspun yarns (spun by me, I’m so talented). Lesley did a soft, warm make up palette and pulled Jai’s hair up into a high bun, accented by a yarn “bun” hairpiece (also made by me, because that’s how I roll). We took advantage of some great natural light coming through the window and produced photographs with warmth, softness, and a just a touch of the exotic. Jai was amazing! Her poses were fluid and graceful, and there were times she looked like a dancer from a foreign land. Just perfect.

Here are some of my favorites from the shoot:

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Shoot #2 was very different in look and feel. I’ll post that one soon!