this place is the Wurst!

For my first assignment at the new Pine Street Market, I did some shooting for the newest space from the OP family,  Wurst.
 I had the pleasure of meeting the brains behind the dogs, Victor Deras .  As you can see,   he has a great energy and is pretty damn photogenic to boot.   Looking forward to a studio day recreating their entire menu to photograph.  It'll be the best of times.  It'll be the Wurst of times..... :)

the Canbassador hits the road

i took a ride out the the Union Wine Company's Urban Chateau this week to document the departure of their "Canbassador" as he hits the road for 4 months of travel and bacchanalia.   It was emotional.   

God speed,  you crazy kid!   Spread the word of wine in a can to the best of the unpretentious wine drinkers of the West Coast.  

the most Portlandest restaurant photo ever taken?

I've been documenting the amazing world of the portland restaurant scene for about 7 years, have probably taken over 100K snaps,  and i think this is the most portland of all the portland shots i have ever taken.  there is just something about the frumpy comfort and relaxed style that seems to sum up this amazing city and its dining proclivities.  

The Chocolate Champions of Canby Oregon

   One of the greatest benefits of being a food photographer is getting to meet the creative minds fueling the smaller,  artisan businesses.    Its been a little while since i got to spend some time with a really fun  group,  snap a few pics and learn more than a thing or two in the process.  ....Enter Ladybug Chocolates.

    Canby is a fascinating suburb of Portland.   I don't get down there that much,   but recently,  with groups like LetUmEat,  Canby is doing some really cool things.  The main force behind Ladybug Chocolates,  Bob Dye, is a master chocolatier  (my words-  not his) who has run a hand made chocolate company for 8 years.  He is a fascinating man who enjoys a good martini,  and has many many a story to tell.    I spent some time in their shop, photographing the process.   Everyone was great,  and honest to goodness,  its some of the best chocolate i have ever eaten.  (especially the chocolate covered graham crackers!)   check em out if you are driving thru town.

new food & new menus from Persimmon Personal Chef

One of my most favorite clients is Gaela Witter, owner and chef of Persimmon.   We cooked together years ago at Tasty and Sons and have since both gone on to the wonderful world of self employment.  Gaela is constantly updating and evolving her menus.    Check out their website HERE to see all the new offerings.    Her food is always fun to shoot.... and more fun to eat afterward.


Cocktail on Tap.... The new book is on shelves!!!

Just released last month,   Jacob Grier's first book,  Cocktails on Tap was released to rave reviews.  It was a pleasure collaborating with Jacob and i really hope we can work together on his next project.

Here are some of my favorite images-  more to come soon.   You can buy the book right HERE.

The Portland Mercury goes International

Always a pleasure to collaborate with Justin "Scrappers" Morrison,  one of my favorite art directors. And introducing his son Camper,   who was a heck of a good sport about donning a double breasted suit and a globe on his head.   good times.

Smoke up, Johnny!

So it just dawned on me that i never did a blog post of my work with Farma PDX.   At the end of last year,  a new marijuana dispensary down on Hawthorne got in touch and asked that i do some shooting for their website.   I wasn't sure what to expect (...that is to say,  what i really expected was a bunch of burned out pot heads...)  but to my great surprise,  what i got was a chance to meet three of the most genuine and amazing dudes i have come across in PDX in a really long time.   These guys take their marijuana very seriously.   And don't get me wrong.   They wanna get you high,  but they also want to cure your ills and sooth your pains,  responsibly and naturally.

Being somewhat of a stoner for many many years,  they really opened up a whole new world to me and shed a very different  light on the uses and abuses of marijuana.  Under their guidance,  i have recently gotten my OMMP card (Oregon Medical Marijuana Program) and have been experimenting with different strains to help treat the myriad aches and pains i am constantly battling.   

If you are an OMMP card holder,  please do yourself a favor and check them out.  Their dispensary is warm and welcoming and friendly and professional.    Tell them i sent you.   First time visitors get 10% off!    Check out their website HERE.

red radish catering

I recently did some shooting for a new client,  Red Radish,  a new catering company in Portland.  The owner, Timothy Bartling, is a super great guy,  and his menus are all very focused on local, seasonal ingredients.  Check 'em out if you are in the need of some healthy and delicious catered lunches.