Persimmon Personal Chef revisited

A few months ago,  I put up a post about helping my friend,  Gaela Witter get her personal chef company off the ground with some photos of her gorgeous dishes.   Well,  here we are a few months later and she is killing it!    Looking for a personal chef?  Well better get in touch now,  cause slots are filling up fast.  Apparently Persimmon has really taken off  so Gaela had me back to shoot her Winter menu.  Just as delicious as the Summer plates,  we had a super fun day of shooting.

Check out her update menus HERE.

the Holga explores the neighborhood

On my birthday back in November,  Meredith and i took a long walk around our 'hood.   the light was pretty special,  and i happened to have the Holga in tow,  so i took some B-day snaps.   Did this last year too.  i think I'm gonna make it a tradition…

Japan loves Portland Part 2

This summer,  myself and another photographer did a 5 day shoot all around PDX with Elle A Table Japan.   In all,  they are running 3  stories just about the food and drink scene here.

I just received the tears for the latest story.  Except for the Olympic Provisions shots,  all images are mine.

New Seasons Holiday Catalogue

I just got my hands on the NSM holiday catalogue i shot a few weeks ago.  Big ups to creative director extraordinaire Laura Williams for the great direction and creative freedom on this.  All food cooked and styled by yours truly. 

Pick one up at your local store.

the Holga goes to Texas

Just got back from a great trip to Austin and parts further west.  Ate some amazing BBQ,  shot some rifles, drank some Shiner.  Ya know,  Texas stuff.

As always,  the Holga came along to document.

Hacking the Holidays

Great time shooting with the one and only Justin "Scrappers" Morrison.  Always a pleasure to do a Mercury cover.

looking back on a busy week

i just wrapped up a stint of really quick shoots that took me all over town (with one giant 3 day shoot thrown right into the middle. )    here's a quick cross section of what's been keeping me bust since texas…

Happy Halloween from the Holga

Catching the Ox celebrates the season

For the latest installment of Catching the Ox,  I invited portland photographer Amanda Widis to join in the fu.  For the subject,  she suggested "Autumn",  which was awesome because for one thing,  i had never done a season as a subject,  and for two,  the Fall has been so beautiful this year. 

I took the opportunity to enjoy the weather and do a little travel photography,   bringing my Polaroid Land Camera up to Sauvie Island and out the the Fruit Loop in Hood River.   It was one of the most fun CTO projects so far.  Here are a few of the polaroids from the shoot.  Check out the blog to see which one made the cut...

(it was a tough decision!)

the Holga goes to the pumpkin patch

This Fall was absolutely beautiful,  so i made a point to head up to Sauvie Island a few times to shoot some film while the sun was still out.

24 months and 18 days later....

As i did with the Le Pigeon book,   i wanted to post the very first image i took for theToro Bravo book,  and the very last image.    As i have mentioned,  this was a amazing project that took us halfway around the world and back.   The writer Liz Crain did a superb job handling everything and the McSweeneys team were so great to work with.   I can definitely say it was well worth spending two full years of my life making this project a reality.

This was the first image,  shot for the proposal,  on April 5, 2011

And this was the final image on the final day of shooting,  May 23,  2013.

Making, Breaking & Riding the Bull

The Toro Bravo cookbook is now officially out on shelves.   I was shooting this over the same time i was shooting the Le Pigeon project.    Head chef,  John Gorham,  is one of my best friends,  and everyone involved in this book and the restaurant gave their all to make it amazing.   You can see more pics on my website.  Or just go out and buy the book!   You wont be sorry.