Cuba Portrait

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Today I’ve been rooting around the archives in order to put together a special subject portfolio. This gentleman’s expression, for some reason, makes me feel calm and happy. It’s interesting to think that something simple, like a picture, can change your mood.

Branding Images for Great Western Malting with Pail Design

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valls_greatwesternmalting__1782 Another dream project: Who knew that one of the world’s finest malt producers is right in our own backyard? Of course we all know about the great beer producers in the Northwest. But what we forget is that every brewer needs great ingredients. Great Western Malting supplies some the best-known brewers worldwide. We had the opportunity to work with Jessica Bernert at Pail Design whose firm was responsible for Great Western’s Global rebranding effort. I’ve only seen snippets of the results so far, but it’s clear that Pail has taken Great Western’s brand from so-so to spectacular. Anyone in the beverage business who needs branding or design talent should certainly explore working with Pail.

Truffle Fest 2017






Each year, Oregon hosts a Truffle Festival at which guests learn about, eat and enjoy Oregon-grown truffles in all kinds of preparations. By far, my favorite part is the truffle hunting dogs. This year we photographed the panel discussions and celebration dinner at Youngberg Hill. Last year, Angela Estate hosted this group for the truffle hunt in the woods near their vineyards.

Field Trip: Carman Ranch













Working with Carman Ranch is an opportunity to do what we’re very best at. Cory Carman and her family have such passion for their work–and what John excels at is digging in, exploring with his camera and then finding a way to express that passion in a way that’s beautiful, informative and compelling. We visited the Wallowas in the late Autumn to capture the places and processes that make Carman Ranch so special.

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We’ve been having such a great time editing some new photos from Carman Ranch. Stay tuned to see all the gorgeous (and delicious) animals soon.


Food photos showcase Portland-based Red Duck Foods

Portland’s Red Duck foods makes fantastic ketchup. Sauces, too. As they work to grow their brand, they wanted to showcase a broader range of product uses and worked with us on some new food photography. Of course we did the expected shots–burgers, ribs and fries, but they also wanted to show uses with a twist. So, together with food-whisperer, Andrea Slonecker, we made photos of seafoods, breakfast dishes, veggie bowls and even a bloody mary. It was such a pleasure to work with clients who gave us artistic flexibility and creative license to make photos that look so delicious.




And here’s how the burger shot looks on the Red Duck Foods website.


And here’s a few more images from the shoot.




Face Rock Creamery: New Product Packages and Field Trip

Bandon’s Face Rock Creamery is growing fast. Recently, they added a line of gourmet Macaroni & Cheese and commissioned us to create product photography for their packages. Working from their creative brief and with their package layout, we crafted three unique images to showcase the product line. Kudus here go to brilliant food stylist Ellen Jackson, who managed to walk the tightrope between “too hot” and “simply perfect” to showcase these melty and delicious dishes. Later that same month, we spent the day documenting the cheese production process with head cheesemaker Brad Sinko. facerock_creamery_03facerock_creamery_04facerock_creamery_01b

Field Trip: Kirsop Farm

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The Spring issue of Edible Portland has an article about how farmers, bakers, brewers and distillers are creating new markets for local grains. On a soggy, cold afternoon in January, Lola Millholland and I paid a visit to Colin Barricklow at Kirsop Farm near Tumwater to learn how he’s been growing local grains. Later, we followed his products journey to market, winding up at Tabor Bread. Here’s a few of my favorites from that story.