I have tons to catch up since my last post. The reality is that instagram is the new blog, but I will continue to share on here from time to time.
The main news I have for the start of 2017 is that I’m now represented by Jigisha Bouverat Collective!
I’m super excited about being part of such a strong team – let’s go 2017!
Summer has flown by. Getting re-adjusted to SoCal, getting my son situated in 1st grade, furnishing the house and office, meetings with peers and industry contacts, and getting to know the roads on my bicycle have make it go by in a blink. Work has been really fulfilling lately with enough travel to keep things interesting and with commissions that have felt well suited to the way I work.
Below are a few recent tearsheets to get the blog moving again.
Cover and feature for Bicycling Magazine. My last assignment being based in Seattle, so it was good to get to work with friends on making these images.
Autumn Vetch for Reader’s Digest. Autumn survived a plane crash in which she saw both of her grandparents perish in the fire. She then had to endure a couple of days in the unrelenting PNW rugged wilderness before she was rescued.
Palatine Passive House for Dwell. This was a an amazing home by Malbouef Bowie photographed in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle.
Cover and spread below of Kathryn Bertine for Bicycling Magazine photographed atop Mt Lemmon in Tuscon, AZ.
Exos training facility in Phoenix, AZ photographed for Men’s Fitness Magazine.
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!
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.