It’s been an interesting week of preparations for my work in Thailand and Cambodia. The most recent news: the airports in Bangkok are entirely shut down, having been overtaken by protesters on Tuesday. Read about it on CNN. We are scheduled to leave this coming Tuesday. So if you’re the praying type, this would be a good time to be in prayer for us and this trip.
This was my first time working with 8-year old Liliana. She was squirmy and lovely at the same time, as 8-year olds tend to be. But who’s complaining, with output like this?
You can also see this work on my new website portfolio of photography for Portland models and actors.
I love working with redheads.
A couple months ago, one of my brides mentioned offhand, “You know, your website doesn’t do your photography justice.” And, I had to admit, she was right. My site is basically the same layout I’ve had, with various updates, for 7 years.
After a few months of consideration, and several days of work, I’m pleased to be able to introduce my new wedding and portrait photography website! It’s flash, but there’s also an html mirror site, accessible from the index page of my old wedding and portrait photography site.
The new site is prettier, cleaner, and easier to navigate. I have added a whole host of new portrait photographs, and included a new gallery for Portland area models and actors looking for headshots and expanded portfolio photographs and comp cards. Soon I’ll be adding a link to a new page listing many of the beautiful locations at which I’ve photographed, to help brides with their wedding planning. And more!
It feels great to have a new site that better showcases my ever-evolving work.
I’m pleased to announce I was recently accepted into the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers. This exclusive association accepts only the finest wedding photographers from the world over. You can see my listing at the ISPWP site.
If you keep up with dance, ballet, and culture in Portland, you may know Holly Tolbert. She is a dancer with Oregon Ballet Theater, and it’s not uncommon to find her lovely figure in the paper or on a poster.
I had the privilege of being the photographer at Dave and Holly’s wedding at Cannon Beach this past year.
(A side note: did you know that Oregon’s Cannon Beach is famous the world over? While traveling in Europe this past year, it was not uncommon to see photos of Haystack Rock on the slideshows that run on video screens in airplanes….)
But back to the wedding. It was July, one of the most beautiful months in Oregon. The wedding was at the beach. Perfect. My kind of wedding: outdoors, summer, enjoying the awe-inspiring scenery Oregon has to offer.
But wouldn’t you know it, as they set up the ceremony site, the winds just got stronger and stronger. And stronger. And stronger. After much debate, they made the decision to have the wedding on the beach in spite of the winds (which I respected; why have a beach wedding, and then not take what the beach gives you?). And it was quite a sight.
After they tied the windy knot, we all headed for Haystack Gardens for the reception. Even there, Dave and Holly were willing to brave a little misty rain for some portrait photographs.
I have to give them this: in spite of everything the day threw at them, they still had a beautiful wedding, and they still got married. And a memorable wedding day it was.
I’m preparing at the moment for an upcoming trip to Thailand and Cambodia. I’ll be shooting photo and video for several organizations that work to end child sex slavery and human trafficking both locally and abroad.
One of these organizations, Transitions Global (also known as Transitions Cambodia), is in the Willamette Week paper this week. (The photo of James Pond is mine.) You can read the article online here. If you think child sex slavery/prostitution doesn’t happen here in Portland, visit this video from today, on KGW. It includes an interview with James. I’ll be working with Transitions, here and in Cambodia, to tell the story of the girls they’re working to rescue.
I’ve also been working with Love146. (An image on their home page is mine.) Our church supports this excellent organization, and I’ll be photographing some assignments for them while in Asia. They do great work.
My travel partner on this trip will be Seth Johnson, of For Their Rescue. Seth is a big-hearted, passionate guy, and it’s been a real pleasure to plan this trip together. We’ll be working on a documentary video for his new organization, as well as images for his presentations on the subject.
Keep your eye out for future posts and updates. And if you’re not familiar with the issues of human trafficking and child sex slavery, please do check out all of these links. This happens not just in foreign countries, but in your own neighborhood. There are approximately 27 million people in slavery in the world at the moment, and the sale of human lives is one of the top 3 grossing industries in the world (up there, I believe, with the drug trade and weapons sales). You can play a very real part in ending this terrible holocaust.
A couple of classic shots from a studio shoot this week. The photo session was even more interesting when I learned that the model, Lydia, is married to a Moroccan. Since we’ve both been there recently, we talked about Morocco as we worked, and about the 5 or 6 languages she speaks, and the 5 or 6 jobs she holds.
The Lea family has a pretty cool house in cozy Multnomah Village. When they invited me over to create some fun family and individual portraits, I didn’t know that they also had…chickens! After some tea and conversation, we got right down to business, including down on the play room floor. Later, out at the chicken pen, their little boys were showing us the chickens. As Harper held the chickens up, a couple of them started flapping their wings like crazy and fussing. “It’s a chicken debacle!” he cried. I was impressed. That is an eight year old with a vocabulary.
For whatever reason, Fall seems to be the season people want professional portraits here in Portland. I’ve had a lot of fun working with individuals, high school seniors, families, and business and magazine clients to create some cool portraits. Here are some recent samples:
And a little self-portrait, while I’m at it:
It’s always a little dicey scheduling an outdoor wedding at the end of September here in Oregon. But Stephanie and Scott got lucky, with perfect weather. A perfect day for photography. Lots of kids. And at Youngberg Hill Vineyards, where their wedding took place, the grapes were purple and ripe. We each tried one.
Today I received the following email from a teacher in Omaha: