Awkward Family Photo Special

I had tons of requests for Awkward Family Photos last year. Now is your chance. Lets get wild, lets get creative, lets get downright awkward!

30 Minute Studio Sessions starting at $150

November 7-9th

*Perfect for 1-3 people and/or 1 well behaved pet

*Plain backdrop, perfect for magical floating heads or other items

*Receive 5 final edited images before Thanksgiving

*Full Printing Rights

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45 Minute Home Sessions starting at $225

November 14-16th & 21-23rd 

*A creation of any scene or space our hearts desire in your own home

*Perfect for those with pets or humans that can't easily be transported to the studio

*Receive 5 final edited images by Dec. 7th

*Full Printing Rights

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For those who want to make their lives a little easier, there is the option to add card design, printing, and shipping to your order for an additional fee. Let me worry about the details and you just have fun modeling!

Posted on October 10, 2014 .

Burnt Portraits

I have been working really hard on some new work for my upcoming show, Analog:  Obscured, with Rachel Mulder at AFRU Gallery in Portland, OR. Several years ago, when I was still in college, I did a project of burnt negatives. At the time I wasn't really sure why I was doing it. I think I was kind of getting fed up with school and I wanted to be destructive. Luckily, the results I got were pretty amazing. For years I have been saying I wanted to do more of these but then I got distracted and would forget. Until now! Here are some previews of what I have been working on.

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These are one of those things that you kind of have to see in person. I take the 35mm film that I burned and I scan it, reprint it on larger transparency paper, and cut it to the shape of the burnt negative. If you happen to be in town July 3rd, come on out to the opening!

Posted on June 11, 2014 .

The Hay's Family Portraits

The other week I did a really fun shoot with the Hay family.   We captured the mystery of being a toddler with a magical glowing case, snuggling in bed, and a messy but adorable trip to the donut shop.  Here are a few of my favorites!

Posted on March 6, 2014 .

Happy Birthday Charlie!

Charlie turned one year old today!  I can't even remember what life was like without his snuggles.  He is currently reflecting upon life and working on his memoirs.

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Posted on March 1, 2014 .

Inspiration Friday: Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Philip-Lorca diCorcia is another photographer that has been making me drool for years and seems like a perfect addition to Inspiration Friday!  The way he uses color and narrates a story is so beautiful and haunting.  The power he has to create these amazing "fictional" narratives is truly amazing.

Here are just a few of his images I love but trust me, there are so many more.  I recommend starting with Artnet and The Collective Shift to see more of his work!

Posted on February 21, 2014 .

Thinking Outside the Box

I've been challenging myself lately to think outside the box when it comes to marketing. Postcards and business cards can be great, but they get a bit boring and are easily looked over. A few months ago, I signed up to be part of the Luxe Bridal Event VIP grab bag. I was racking my brain for something that would stand out and then a moment of genius hit!

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I had seen wedding invitations a while back that were made out of old 35mm film canisters. They were creative and right in line with my business. Plus, I loved the idea of reusing something that would otherwise go to waste. Here is the final result!

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They were a bit of work at first as I got over the learning curve of popping the tops off the canisters and loading my "film strip" in them. Once I got the hang of it though it was a relatively easy process and it was a great way to spend a few of the snow days we had here in Portland, Oregon. (For those that don't live here, the city shuts down at the sight of snow so the 6+ inches we got brought the entire town to a halt.) 

 

Posted on February 15, 2014 .

Valentine's Day or Anti-Valentine's Day Special

Happy Valentine's Day to all you love birds out there!  May you not just appreciate each other on this day but show your love and devotion everyday of the year!

With love flying especially high this time year I'm offering 50% off all engagement sessions that are booked before the end of February!  So if you are already engaged, or someone happens to pop the big question tonight, drop me a line here before the end of the month and lets make some magic happen!  Seriously though, lets get creative!

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And for all you Anti-Valentine's Day folks out there, I appreciate you too.  Be it that you are single or if you just don't buy into the Hallmark holiday.  I offer you 50% off an Anti-Valentine's Day shoot!  You give me creative control and I give you a masterful one of a kind portrait bashing love that looks like it came straight out of your favorite horror film or a magazine ad!  Same deal, drop me a line here before the end of the month.

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P.S.  I will be traveling the country all summer so...you don't have to be based out of Portland, Oregon to get this deal!

Posted on February 14, 2014 .

Behind the Blog: Tattooed Martha

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I recently got the rare opportunity to witness the behind the scenes happenings and exactly what it takes for Sasha Rumage to create a recipe for her blog Tattooed Martha.  Sasha and I had been discussing for a few months how important we both thought it would be for her readers to get a good behind the scenes look at her process.  It was an important step for Sasha in her branding as it makes her more accessible to her readers.  While her clean and perfect blog posts can sometimes suggest she is a superhuman ball of perfection, this gave her a chance to show her followers the space she is working with while also understanding that her process isn't always flawless and clean.  And sometimes she has to get resourceful thawing butter in front of the heater for example.

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On this particular day, Sasha was making Vanilla Cupcakes with Maraschino Cherry Frosting, which tasted amazing by the way.  Head on over to her website to see all the behind the scenes action. 

Lets just say, I got my workout in trying to keep up with her.  Sasha has to wear a lot of hats to make just one blog post happen and I am so glad I got the chance to help her show all of her readers that her talents go far beyond just cooking and blogging.  Head on over to Tattooed Martha today for some amazing food, drink, and craft ideas and when you are appreciating those delicious cupcakes, take a moment to savior all the hard work that went into making your cooking life a little bit easier.

Posted on February 9, 2014 .

Featured: Rock N Roll Bride

I am extremely honored and excited to have my wedding photography from Nikki & Chris's colorful wedding this past October featured on Rock N Roll Bride this month!  Head on over to the website and see Kat's amazing write up and learn more about Nikki & Chris's unique wedding.  Plus, if you are getting hitched anytime in the future, Rock N Roll Bride is a great place to start getting some creative and fun ideas!

Inspiraton Friday!

I pull ideas and inspiration for a multitude of sources each and every day.  So much of my work references movies, other artists, and other sources of inspiration.  I figured maybe I would start sharing them to help inspire others. 

To start this off I just had to share the coupling of my wonderful home of Portland, OR with one of my favorite contemporary photographers, Alex Prager.  I absolutely love the new promo shots she did for the show Portlandia!  While, part of me really wishes that a show about Portland would have picked an artist from Portland, I guess if they were going to go outside of our fair city, they couldn't have made a better choice. 

Image sourced from Juxtapoz Magazine

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Check out Alex Prager's website for more of her amazing and colorful work.

Posted on January 31, 2014 .

All the Pretty Faces

Where did January go?  Once the holidays wore off, I went from slow moving and relaxing, into overdrive.  I love being busy.  It really is the only way I get anything done otherwise I just procrastinate. 

So far, the year has been packed with lots of amazing meetings as I set up some big plans for this year.  I have also been really busy shooting some fun stuff that I will be sharing soon.  For now, I will leave you with an impromptu photo collaboration I did this past Monday with my friend and fellow artist Francesca Berrini.  Stop by her website and give her work a look. 

When your client reschedules and you have the studio booked for the evening, what better way to spend you time then calling upon your friends and getting a little weird.  Big thanks to Cassie for assisting and Nichole for modeling!  Expect more of these in the future!

Calling All Business Owners

I really love working with small business owners and artists.  Each time it is a unique creative collaboration to find a way to communicate who they are and what they do.  I find myself so creatively satisfying after the process is complete.  This is why it is my goal to work with more businesses in the coming year.  Lets get creative!  

Regardless of the size of your business, branding is one of the most important things you can do.  However, branding isn't simply a logo, it's so much more.  Photography can be a great way to clearly and consistently define your brand across various platforms.  Images can be used not just to reflect the services you provide but also bring that important human connection to your brand by showing your clients one of the most important things about your brand, YOU!

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 Tattooed Martha for example, is all about a perfect blend of cooking, crafting, and tattoo culture, mixed together lots of Sailor Jerry rum.  It was important for her images to showcase a clean and  colorful blended all of these elements without becoming cluttered.  Equally important, was showcasing the woman behind the blog.  Sasha's posts can be really honest and at time personal.  She puts it out there for her followers and it's important to put a face to her genuinely sweet, down to earth, Midwestern personality.

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Strut Fitness and its owner Janan, needed imagery that combined the ass kicking, no nonsense personality you will experience in Janan's one on one training sessions while also showing her softer side.  There is an intimacy to her studio, it being located in the basement of her home, as well as in the sessions with Janan.  She pushes hard but she also closely works with clients to ensure they not only do the exercises right but they believe in themselves. 

We started off with just the photography you see here for Janan's website but after starting with the photographic branding, Janan decided she wanted to revamp her entire look to match!  We are currently in the process of redoing her entire website.  Since I have been using Squarespace for years and I am familiar with the platform, I am also working on building Janan's website for her so she can focus on what is really important, her training.

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Drop me a line here if you are interested in discuss details about improving your business identity!

Posted on January 7, 2014 and filed under Branding.

Go Big or Go Home

That is going to be my motto for 2014.  I have been stirring up some big ideas for a few months now.  As some of you may have noticed, I have been posting a lot asking about abandoned drive-in locations and I am finally ready to unveil my big idea to the world...Drive-Ins:  Capturing America's Past, a photographic tour giving new narratives to the forgotten American Drive-In theaters of our past.

The big plan will be to hit the road mid July or early August and travel to as many abandoned and operational drive-in theaters as I can.  At each location, I will stage and photograph models interacting with the space to create narratives that bring together my own nostalgic past with drive-ins, their history, and the new life these abandoned structures have taken.

I am in the early process of the project right now, which means mapping out and researching locations and fundraising.  If you are interested in keeping up with this project, I am now dedicating a blog on my website specifically to it, which can be found HERE.   You can track my progress in planning the trip and seeing where I will be going, behind the scenes images from photos shoots, as well as fundraising efforts (expect a Kickstarter in the very near future), and being with me for every step of my adventure!

I hope you are all as excited about this project as I am because I won't be able to do it without YOUR help!  For now, I will leave you with an image from my visit this past summer to the Hilltop Drive-In located in Joliet, IL.  For more images, check out the new blog.

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Posted on January 6, 2014 and filed under Drive-In.

Best of 2013

Holy 2014 Batman!  I realize this might be coming a few days late, it being Jan 3rd already, but I spent my first few days of the year at the Oregon coast followed by some much needed quality time at home with my three favorite boys (Justin, Vans, and Shitbird).  It was a nice technology break, but now I am ready to dive into this year feet first!  I figured the best way to start was with a reflection of my 10 favorite images from 2013.  It was hard to narrow down to just 10 but here it is!

Wish List

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I have always been a believer of ask and you shall receive.  When you put the things you want out there, the world and the amazing people in it, have a way of bringing them to you.  Keeping that in mind, I started thinking of all the amazing things I want to shoot in 2014.  The people I want to meet, and the places I want to go.

So, I made up a 2014 Wish List.  I'm putting it out there universe and hoping you (and maybe some help from the powers of social media) can help make it happen!  If you fit the bill or know someone who does for any of these, lets talk! 

1.  I live in the Pacific Northwest.  It rains a lot here.  Rather than letting it get you down, why not embrace it?  Who wants to do a shoot at NIGHT in the RAIN?  Lets get soaking wet and have an amazing time!  I promise to provide warm drinks after.

2.  I bought an underwater film camera and I haven't used it enough.  I want to shoot everything UNDERWATER!  Portraits, wedding photos, you name it, I am game.

3.  Everyone deserves the right to marry the person they love.  Help me find my first SAME SEX WEDDING!  I believe in this so much, that I am offering 10% off to any same sex couples that book their wedding with me in 2014!

4.  Ages ago, I remember seeing David LaChappelle's "Til Death Do Us Part" wedding invitation for Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra.  Apparently it had something to do with a reality show that I care nothing about.  I don't even care about Carmen and Dave.  What I do care about is how awesome this photo is and I have always wanted to do an ENGAGEMENT SESSION THAT FOCUSES ON THE "TIL DEATH" THEME.  Who wants to get dark and creative?

5.  My camera and my lights fit in a suitcase.  I don't want the fact that I am based in Portland, OR to stop me from meeting and photographing amazing people all over the county, or better yet the world!  I WANT TO TRAVEL!

6.  With #5 said, I have been dreaming about Hawaii for far to long and would love to photograph a WEDDING IN HAWAII!

7.  Growing up in Iowa, I hated the snow and moved to Oregon partially to escape it.  Here we are a decade later and I think I can finally appreciate snow again and would love to do portraits or a wedding shoot in the SNOW.

8.  I have always wanted to ride in a HOT AIR BALLOON.  If you have a hot air balloon and want to take me for a ride I will give you a free portrait session!

9.  And last but not least.  As some of you may know, I have been obsessed with drive-in theaters lately.  I want to photograph all of them!  Operational ones are easy to find.  It is the abandoned ones that can be tricky.  So, if you know where an ABANDONED DRIVE-IN THEATER is, please tell me!

There is mine.  What is on YOUR 2014 wish list?

*Be the first to book any of these sessions and get 10% off as a thank you for helping me fulfill my wish list dreams!

I'd rather live it...

I woke up today, as one does everyday, and started out with my usual routine.  Cuddled Shitbird and told him how adorable he is, drank some coffee, and started checking all my usual websites before hunkering down to work for the day.  In the midst of it, I suddenly had the realization of how far I have come in a year.  {This is where I warn you this might get a bit sappy so stop reading if you aren't ready for it.}

This time last year, I was finishing up college.  Stressing out about finishing my thesis and defending it.  Wondering how I was going to push myself towards my goals of being a photographer full time.  I had been talking about it for years, and I was doing freelance work the entire time I was in school but I was also working a full time job.  To say the least, I was busy and kept telling myself I would focus on my business more once school was finished.

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My favorite assistant and me hanging in the studio over the summer.  We are both too fast for cameras.

Well, here I am, out of school just one year and living the dream sooner than I had expected.  It took some strange turning of events and some serious kicks in the ass from life to push me to this point but for the first time in my life I am working for myself.  I am not waking up to a day job that I hate with a boss who doesn't appreciate me.  Don't get me wrong, it is still hard work and the fear of failure is present everyday.  I still have a long way to go but as the Aesop Rock song goes...dream a little dream or you could live a little dream.  I'd rather live it cus dreamers always chase but never get it.  

So thank you to all of the clients, fans, followers, family, and friends out there who have supported me, because without you I don't know where I would be.   And, here is to living YOUR dreams and fighting for them each and everyday, especially when you feel like you are going to fail!  

Posted on December 10, 2013 and filed under Personal.

Shifting Ideas

Just before leaving for Chicago I did a personal photo shoot.  I love doing freelance work, but sometimes I get so caught up in the shoots I am hired for, that I stop creating my own personal artwork.  I had found myself in that slump and decided to kick my ass out of it.

I always love how my ideas shift and remold themselves during the shooting process.  It all depends how everything looks once I get it in front of the camera.  Unlike drawing or painting, I have to actually make these fantastical ideas happen in front of my lens for a brief enough moment to capture it.  For this shoot, my vision was of a woman with her head hanging out of a window and papers flying around her,  However, the paper in the wind has it's own vision of what it wants to do and you have to work with all the factors to pull the idea out of your head and into the reality, however brief that reality may be.  Funny thing is, I made Sasha throw paper at me for the better part of an hour and these are currently my two favorite shots.

Often I get the exact image that I was thinking of but, many times those aren't my favorites.  It is that picture that pushes me to start a shoot but it is the unexpected elements working together that really start to create the photograph and a scene that truly works. 

The Get Ahead - Hotel Shoot

A while back I did a really fun shoot with The Get Ahead.  If you follow my blog then you have surely heard about them already since I photograph them often and attend many of their shows.  But if not, one more time, click here for their website.

Anyhow we were holding off a bit to share the final images from our hotel shoot, and today is the day.  Here are my favorite two images!

 

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Adventures in Chicago

I spent most of last week exploring the great city of Chicago with one of it's newest transplants.  While I grew up in Iowa, where Chicago was just a hop, skip, and a jump away, I somehow never managed to visit.  It was great getting to explore the new city April calls home.  In a way, it reminded me of moving to Portland nearly 10 years ago and feeling of seeing everything with wide new eyes, knowing that this was now your home.

We did some touristy stuff such as going to the bean (cloud), taking a boat tour, and checking out a lot of the public art.  My favorite things, aside from seeing April and Elon because that beat everything, (in order of awesomeness were):

1) Finding an abandoned drive-in theater in Joliet, IL.  I have some schemes for a new project involving abandoned drive-ins and this was one of my first chances to test out some ideas.  Stay tuned for more on this...

2)  The mystery blood trail that we picked up and followed.  Our detective skills didn't officially crack the case but the blood was spotted in several parts of the city and always had three spots which vaguely resembled Mickey Mouse.  Logically it was probably a dog with a cut paw but there are a few other theories.

3) The Art Institute of Chicago.  I saw so many amazing pieces that I have only seen in books, including Weegee's "Their First Murder."  It is always amazing to be able to have the opportunity to see pieces in real life.

Here are some photos of my trip.