After an amazing 8 years in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, the family and I are settling back into LA. I’m excited to be back among so many great friends and industry peers!
Thank you to all the amazing clients who have supported my work while based in Seattle. I’m forever thankful, and I hope that we can continue to work together on the West Coast and beyond.
I have a lot of catching up to do on the blog, so for now, here’s a recent tearsheet and outtakes from a shoot for the Wharton School of Business photographed at Microsoft.
I love these type of assignments because the demand on timing, scheduling, and locations seems next to impossible. I had three setups going for a group of 5 busy engineers. We were able to get them in and out of all 3 setups and back to work in under 30 minutes. The reason why I enjoy the pressure is it helps to really narrow my focus when everything needs to happen fast. The team you have around you becomes really important, and it’s a good feeling when the preparation leads to a successful shoot.
I’ve neglected the blog so far this new year, and I’m hoping to play a little catch up. Most of my 2016 has been spent on the road with multiple trips to Boston, Portland, and Kauai. The range of projects lately has really gotten my excited about what’s next for work and my continued education in this amazing industry.
These tearsheets are from a portrait session I had for Lucky Peach with chef Edouardo Jordan of Salare. The article is a great read on being a minority chef in an overwhelmingly white dominated field.
I had a great time getting some good options of Chef Jordan as he prepped for his dinner menu.
Also on newsstands now is a portrait of Tara Ehlis for Runner’s World. Tara co-owns Spool no 72, a woman’s online boutique, in Central WA. Part of working editorially is to problem solve on the fly. In this instance it was finding a location the morning of the shoot. I drove around an hour before I met with Tara to look for clean backgrounds for the very specific page layout. I made notes of three options, but felt that weathered door with a touch of snow in the foreground would be the hero set up.
This one will go down as one I will never forget. It was such a blast getting to work with friends to produce this job. The two big challenges of the day were: 1) NW weather and 2) Carbon CX frames and pavement
As for the weather, according to the forecast, it was the one day all week where weather.com said 0% chance of rain. As luck would have it, it began drizzling as we set up all the lights. That drizzle erupted into a monsoon. We bagged everything, but not before I lost one Profoto pack. We waited as everything got soaked and the freak 45 minute storm passed.
Gian (the super pro rider making the jump) then got ready for a few test jumps. After about 4 attempts and him making everything look so silky smooth and easy, we heard a crack from one of his rims. We decided that meant no more test runs and lets get the shot before we have no bike! On real attempt #2, a load ‘POW’ sounded as he landed. His rear blew out and that’s when I called my friend and neighbor to swing by with another tube (thx Garret!). We made a wardrobe change and Gian landed 3 more jumps before we called it wrapped. Crazy to believe I only had about 5-7 frames of the jump. Normally that would freak me out, but Gian looked good in all of them, so it felt like we got it.
Above is a quick video animation of the many body positions we tried .
Here’s Gian and the blowout. Thanks to everyone who helped out on this shoot and to Jesse at Bicycling for the opportunity to try something ridiculous!
When we pulled up to Dave Asprey’s home outside of Victoria BC, my first thought was that it reminded me of the opening seen in Commando – where Arnold Schwarzenegger is presented to the audience as the rugged man collecting firewood at this remote compound set in the trees. Mr. Asprey’s home is situated in a clearing of tall evergreens with beautiful views and just enough land to see that work and play have their dedicated space. Our shoot for Men’s Fitness took place in Aprey’s detached office/workout/lab building. Inside there is a variety of standard workout equipment like bosu balls, climbing ropes, punching bags, kettlebells etc. Sprinkled in with the common equipment are some state of the art limited edition pieces. He has a cryotherapy chamber which he likes to use to recover from workouts, a one of a kind bowflex looking machine that adjusts resistance with computer software, and a sensory deprivation tank (enclosed saltwater chamber where you float off into sleep). Upstairs is the bulletproof kitchen and lab/office. He first gave us the tour of the building which we finished around the kitchen island. There he showed us some new packaging for product that came in tiny vials. It’s difficult to describe what the product looked like, but imagine a 1/2 ounce plastic vial with a tab you tear off to drink the contents. The package came with roughly a dozen of these vials. He offered my assistant, Photo Director Brian Marcus, and myself a sample. The product is supposed to increase mitochondria – basically allow you to think more clearly and with greater efficiency. We each popped our samples and then Brian asked what’s in them. Asprey responded ” beaver anus oil.”
Prior to this job, I wasn’t aware of the Bulletproof coffee phenomenon that has garnered a world wide following. I research my shoots once assignments come in, and I learned that it’s basically good coffee with a little grass fed butter and some coconut oil (brain octane oil under the bulletproof brand which is high in MCT – medium chain triglycerides). You blend it all up and the resulting beverage is supposed to leave you satisfied until your next meal without the crash of your typical cup of coffee. While I haven’t implemented the process into my morning rituals, I have to say that it tastes really good. I’m a self admitted espresso snob, and adding a little frothy butter to a cup of good coffee isn’t bad. As for the health benefits, I’ll leave that to the experts to figure out.
The ‘Human Cloning Tank’ is actually the Dave’s sensory deprivation tank. It’s an enclosed pool of saltwater where you float and drift off to sleep or meditation. Not for the clausterphobic.
Mr. Aprey photographed on the balcony off of his kitchen/lab.
I want to personally thank Dave for being so gracious with his time and for sharing his passion for his products. Thanks also to Brian Marcus for the assignment. I truly enjoyed this one!
I had a blast making photos of this group of kids with Glen! Out now in the Sept issue of Bicycling.
I had a great time making photos of Hope Solo, her chickens, and her dogs for People Magazine. It was great seeing the US Women’s Team play extremely well throughout the world cup. Congrats!!
Thanks to People for the assignment. Thanks to my crew. Thanks to Hope’s husband Jerramy for helping wrangle chickens and position the dogs.
Dan Savage photographed for Seattle Met in Capitol Hill.
These are some outtakes from a story I photographed in Portland for House Beautiful.