Friday, October 1, 2010

Music to my ears...

I love shooting musicians.

Not only are they willing subjects, but you have the added benefit of live music right before your lens.

Keep your eye and ear out for cellist, Nathan Barber... and guitarist/songwriter, Bethany too.

As a member of the Spokane Youth Orchestra, Nathan performed a solo at the FOX Theatre this spring (link here) as well as recently returning from Washington D.C. after being invited to play at the Kennedy Center.

Both are really cool and grounded young people too :)


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Coeur d' Alene Tribe

This past spring I was hired by Quisenberry Design and Cda Casinos to photograph tribal members for a few upcoming digital and print billboard advertising pieces. I thouroghly enjoyed this shoot. They were all so gracious with their time and efforts, and we were able to get some truly engaging images.

I believe there are a number of compelling story lines to explore with this tribe. Hopefully, I will get the opportunity to pursue them in the near future. Stay tuned.


What is an Umpqua?

Not sure how many of you out there know about Umpqua Bank. Those of you in the Northwest are probably familiar with their uber-beautiful "store" interiors... yes, they refer to their branches as stores.

CEO, Ray Davis, has really posed the question... what can a bank be? They are redefining the banking industry from a customer experience perspective. From roasting their own coffee to having free internet, to requiring their employees to volunteer (paid) in their communities... this is a CEO who understands how design and aesthetics play a vital role in telling your companies story through the senses.

I recently completed a fun project under the art direction of the Portland agency, Ditroen, that involved photographing engaging portraits of real customers in Portland, Bend, and Sacramento to illustrate their "Connections Make Communities" concept. The result was a 10x10 foot "hero wall" piece of art that has been installed in twelve of their "next generation" stores in Oregon, Washington and California. Cool stuff.


Friday, January 8, 2010

Bring it into being

Cheers! Now that we are on the other end of holiday meals, broken resolutions, and couch sores, from too many football games, we can get down to business. The business of creating.

Most of us who are vocationally in the creative fields are in a unique position... the very work we do, is one of the very things that fuel our lives. How cool is that.

I'm convinced that we were created by God to make stuff and share it. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do, the act of creating is vital to how we were made.

It's life giving.

Of course that can take a multitude of forms from "creating" a magical birthday party for your daughter to putting oil on canvas, to finally recording that song that has only lived in your head and on a napkin beside your bed.

You get to choose. The point is to actively use your imagination to bring something into being that wasn't there an hour ago.

Try it today. It will change your tomorrow.