I’ve been without internet since I moved to my new apartment in Beaverton, Oregon, and have been leeching my friend’s computer to maintain contact with my beloved www. 

I’ve been super busy working freelance gigs and working at Buffalo Wild Wings. I haven’t had a full day off in a couple weeks and find myself napping in-between jobs. I’ve been relearning what it’s like to have roommates (especially when one of them is 3 years old!), and how to find balance in my life. 

Luckily my beautiful orange tabby is always there to give me kisses (and bites) at the end of the day - or night. 

Feature Story of the Summer Issue of Portland Outsider Magazine.

My friend and colleague, Amy Johnson (art director of Portland Outsider) hit me up last month and asked if I would be interested in shooting the feature for the Summer Issue, and I said “yes!” right away. I was really excited to be asked, as I’ve never shot fitness before. It was definitely a learning experience for me, but my fitness models were awesome, my editor, Sam Smith, was supportive and funny, and my photo assistant, Jason DeSomer was rad and helped lug my equipment around. Team effort, whoo!

If you’re local in Portland, you can pick up your free copy at Whole Foods or New Seasons locations. :)

Open Season - Mag Big at Mississippi Studios.

I’ve been covering Open Season this week for the Portland Mercury’s MOD fashion blog. I was really excited to find out that Cassie, designer of Mag Big (who I also photographed for Portland Monthly a couple entries back ago) was premiering her 30 piece collection that she and her team had been working so hard on. It was a beautiful show and Cassie was beaming. I’m really excited to see where she goes! These are just a few selects from the show. 

Urban Crush - Portland Monthly Feature

Toward the end of my internship last year before I graduated, I was offered by Art Director, Mike Novak, to shoot their urban vineyard feature. I was really excited about this as I had never shot a feature before, and I got to explore a couple of really cool urban vineyards - and taste some delicious Oregon wine in the process! This is old (from last October), but have been going through my archives and thought I would share it here on the blog. :)

Georgette Eck for Portland Monthly’s May Issue.

Mike Novak contacted me with a short deadline to see if I could make these images happen and liked a photo I had taken for fun of my roommates in my apartment against a wall, so our goal was to recreate that with Georgette and her alter-ego as a derby girl. 

We had a lot of fun and I’m glad we could work it out in the small time frame we had! 

One of the last photos I took for Portland Monthly Magazine. Cassie was a natural in front of the camera and was really delightful to talk to during the shoot. She also is the front woman for her band and sings beautifully! I hope I can catch one of her shows in the future. 
I’m excited for May’s issue of PoMo so I can see my new photos and share another story!

One of the last photos I took for Portland Monthly Magazine. Cassie was a natural in front of the camera and was really delightful to talk to during the shoot. She also is the front woman for her band and sings beautifully! I hope I can catch one of her shows in the future. 

I’m excited for May’s issue of PoMo so I can see my new photos and share another story!

I thought I’d share a before/after photo showing how I edit my images on occasion. I don’t do a whole lot, to be honest. I focus mainly on color palette. I aim for crisp and clean photos when using studio lighting, and do some dodging and burning. For this image, since I was at a friend’s house and did not have a proper backdrop, I tried to fix it up in photoshop.
This was an outtake during some test lighting shots of my friend, Garrett. I stepped in so we could get a shot together, too. Gangstah, wut. :)

I thought I’d share a before/after photo showing how I edit my images on occasion. I don’t do a whole lot, to be honest. I focus mainly on color palette. I aim for crisp and clean photos when using studio lighting, and do some dodging and burning. For this image, since I was at a friend’s house and did not have a proper backdrop, I tried to fix it up in photoshop.

This was an outtake during some test lighting shots of my friend, Garrett. I stepped in so we could get a shot together, too. Gangstah, wut. :)

Garrett Redding

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Veteran employee of one of my favorite pizza chains, Papa Murphys. I’ve been friends with this kid (and fellow Leo!) since middle school, and I’m really happy that we’re still so close - and that we’re both in love with Harry Potter and Lady Gaga. In his spare time, he can be found hanging out with his friends and gaming, smoking hookah or napping. 

Garrett DeRose 

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Long time friend, this guy is going to college to get his nursing degree. He also can usually be found playing some mad guitar riffs in the local metal scene of Southern Oregon, though he prefers to play romantic acoustic songs at home. During my last trip down south, he allowed me to use him as a model to test out some ideas I had. It was really fun to edit each image separately, using different techniques and color palettes. Definitely a learning experience for me, which is always fun.