Posts Tagged ‘portraits’

Just Launched: Oregon PSM Website

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

We are delighted to have wrapped up the second phase of work on the Oregon Professional Science Masters (Oregon PSM) program website! In addition to designing & developing the website from scratch in Drupal 6, we also designed the logo, a couple brochures, and provided a number of environmental portraits and all of the advisory board headshots. The board members are all industry leaders in sustainability, bioscience, nanotech, renewable energy, education, politics, and technology. An amazing group of people, to say the least, and every one of them as nice as can be.

Drupal was at times a real bear to work with, but it is without question a very powerful platform. We will provide ongoing maintenance work and continue to make occasional updates to the site as well. Not the easiest project ever, but one we are certainly proud of. Check it out and let us know what you think!
http://oregonpsm.org/


Why I shoot: the joys of photography

Friday, October 9th, 2009

A quick thought just popped into my head about how much I enjoy proving to people that they are photogenic… not models, of course, but every day people… I started with friends and family and quickly learned that with the right lighting and angles, people truly are transformed. But the real fun comes with showing them the shot, right on the camera and seeing their faces light up. That is some powerful stuff, seeing someone change the way they see themselves right before your eyes. They also know that since they’re seeing it right after it was shot that no manipulation has taken place…

The other real joy comes with “seeing” the minutiae and finding beauty in the mundane, both of which have been greatly enhanced by my beloved macro lens, the AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED. The katydid shots below are a prime example.


Remodels, portraits, & logos, OH MY!

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

It’s been a busy month… In the midst of remodeling our own bathroom, I spent a day shooting professionals remodeling the bathroom of a family in need for REACH Community Development. My volunteer assignment came from a dart game at the Lucky Lab a couple months ago. We met several folks who’d just arrived in Portland for their AmeriCorps assignment, and one of them asked if I’d be willing to do some pro bono work on their behalf. Last Thursday I covered two sites, one with a new wheelchair ramp installation, the other a bathroom remodel and living room window replacement.

The guys from Balfor were all very courteous and accommodating. Some were more aware [and wary] of the camera than others, but that is to be expected. The bathroom job turned out to be much more involved than they had anticipated, so I was trying to stay out of the way and just document their work.

Prior to that I designed a logo for Yoga for Weddings… I haven’t done a lot of illustration, but I must admit I am very happy with how this turned out. I started out by sketching in my notepad, then a more refined sketch on bond paper, which I scanned and brought into Illustrator. The rest was all vectors and some transparency layering.

I also did another portrait shoot, this time of a young family–our friends Andy & Amy & their son, Theo. Three people at once proved much more challenging, but there were definitely a few keepers. I did decide it was madness to attempt to do that without an assistant, though. I much prefer working one-on-one or in a documentary fashion.

Now it’s back to our own remodel…