Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Coraline star Dakota Fanning poses for photos on the red carpet
A Laika animator talks about working with the models while making Coraline, the first 3-D stop-motion animated film.

Early this year I photographed the world premier of the movie Coraline.  The film was premiered in Portland because it was produced by the local animation company Laika, based in Hillsboro.  This was also the opening of the Portland International Film Festival for which I was the festival photographer. 

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Monday, December 28, 2009

The Year in Review

Great american beer festival
Attendees at the Great American Beef Festival in Denver, Colorado learn to view their beer with a critical eye.

As 2009 winds down, I thought that I would post a few of my favorite images from various assignments over the past year.  Thank you to all my wonderful clients who’ve given me the opportunity to create this photographs. 

The above photo was taken last fall in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival.  While working for the Brewers Association I’ve covered this huge event the past few years.  Over 10,000 people gathering in a single hall to taste craft beer from all over the United States.  The Festival also has an educational component to augment attendees’ appreciation for the qualities of beer.  This image show people learning to taste beer as if they were judging a competition. 

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Hope you have a great holiday!
Christmas Eve Fog

During the dot-com boom I had a job as a travel photographer for an ill-fated company that wanted to create virtual tours of the entire world.  As I would travel around creating images and panoramic photos for the web, people would ask me “how does this company make money?” The questions would always make me laugh.  Of course I wasn’t laughing when the venture capital abruptly dried up and i was left without a job (or several owed paychecks) right before Christmas of the year 2000.  So desperate was I to find work taking pictures that I got a temp job photographing kids on Santa’s lap at the Lloyd Center Mall.  As you can see I had a real knack for bringing the best out of my subjects.

It’s hard to believe that was almost a decade ago.  My life has changed so much over the past nine years; I’ve gotten married, become a father and grown a business of my own. 

Over the past two day, there has been a strange, thick fog covering Portland.  It’s given a bit of a magical appearance to the city, especially at night.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

St. Johns gets its first holiday tree in 15 years.

decorating the tree in st johns
After 15 years, a tree was put up in St. Johns Plaza to celebrate the holiday season.
The holiday tree was lit at dark

to see a slide show of this event, visit where I am a contributing blogger. 
There has always been a spot for a Holiday tree in the plaza, but vandalism has kept it empty for the past 15 years.  This year, the St. Johns Boosters and the Main Street Project teamed up to restart the tradition. 

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Back to blogging

Erin and Dustin Walking down the aisle in East Glacier, Montana.

Destination wedding, Montana

Early this summer I photographed a beautiful destination wedding in East Glacier, Montana.  Many old friends were there.  When I lived in Montana in the early 1990’s I fell in love with the whole state and I’ve missed it ever since I left.  Every year I try to get back.  Traveling there to work is always the best reason to go. 

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