Clip: WSDA Magazine

February 24th, 2015

Here are a few clips from Washington State Dental Association Magazine that we shot recently.

For this portrait, we went to Union, WA and photographed executive director Steve Hardymon at the Alderbrook Resort. This resort is a beautiful place, so we took advantage of that fact and shot in various different areas. Here is how it was executed in print. I love working for WSDA Magazine. The art director, Rob, always plays photos real big, which I really like.

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Then we drove up to Olympia to photograph WSDA lobbyists Brad Boswell and Vicki Christopherson.

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7 Year Old Hoops

February 10th, 2015

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My 1st grade son loves sports. He’s quite the little athlete. Right now he is playing soccer and basketball. I’m helping coach his basketball team and when it was time for team photos, I decided I’d shoot them instead of having the league photographer do it so we could have something cool. Here is what I shot. They look like such little bad asses. Love it. You do not want to mess with them!

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Here is my little man. Love this kid! So much fun watching him play.

14 of 2014 – Our Favorite Sports Photos

January 28th, 2015

The final installment of our 14 of 2014 is a little late, but better late than never. It’s a tough one as I shoot a ton of sports, but we narrowed it down to these 14 favorite photos. I hope you enjoyed the other 14 of 14 posts as well! May 2, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) makes a three pointer at the buzzer over Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons (25) to win the game during the fourth quarter in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports (Craig Mitchelldyer/Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports)
The best moment in Portland sports in 2014 had to have been Damian Lillard’s buzzer beating 3 pointer shot with .9 seconds on the clock to advance the Blazers to the second round of the NBA playoffs. It was great to witness it. Since that moment this image has ben published in hundreds, if not thousands of publications, including a double truck in ESPN the Magazine, a page in SI for Kids and is the only action photo in this years Blazers media guide.

TUKWILA, WA - AUGUST 31:  of the National Women's Soccer League Championship on August 31, 2014 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington.  (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** (Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)
In August, I shot the NWSL Championship game up in Seattle. I liked this action photo from the game.

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In September, a forest fire near Eugene made for the best light inside Autzen stadium as the Ducks beat Michigan State on their way to playing for the national title.

Mar 16, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson (4) attempts a bicycle kick in the second half at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)
This Will Johnson bicycle kick almost was a spectacular goal.

Apr 5, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Timbers fans celebrate after a goal during the second half at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)
I love shooting the Timbers and I love shooting the Timbers fans. So much emotion. So much craziness.

Apr 5, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Timbers fans celebrate after a goal during the second half at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

May 3, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Maximiliano Urruti (37) celebrates after scoring the game winning goal during the second half at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)
Just one day after Damian Lillard made his historic shot, the Timbers Maxi Urriti had a buzzer beater of his own to give the Timbers a win in the pouring rain.

June 1, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; The Timbers Army cheers before the match at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)
More from the Timbers Army.

July 18, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri (8) reacts after scoring the game winning goal int he second half at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)
I love seeing what kind of celebration guys have planned after scoring and this Diego Valeri tribute to his father in law did not disappoint.

September 7, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers defender Liam Ridgewell (24) reacts after a shot in the first half at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)
Pictures that show emotion are the pictures I love to shoot.

HILLSBORO, OR - JUNE 20: The Hillsboro Hops vs the Salem Keizer Volcanoes at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro, OR. (Craig Mitchelldyer/Hillsboro Hops) (Craig Mitchelldyer/Hillsboro Hops)
Shooting baseball games for the Hops at Ron Tonkin Field is one of my favorite parts of summer. Every single night there is great light.

May 2, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Blazer fans cheer during introductions in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs between the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports (Craig Mitchelldyer/Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports)
Player intros during the playoffs made for some cool photos.

June 15, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Thorns defender Rebecca Moros (2) makes a save as goalkeeper Michelle Betos (18) dives for the ball off a corner kick late in the second half at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Thorns FC (Craig Mitchelldyer)
When the defender makes a save in the goal, you usually have a cool photo.

September 16, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Maximiliano Urruti (37) gets past CD Olimpia goalkeeper Noel Valladares (27) to score a goal in the second half during group play of the CONCACAF Champions League at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-CONCACAF (Craig Mitchelldyer)
Maxi Urruti again, this time stepping on the goalie on to get the ball in the back of the net.

2014 Portland Thorns (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Thorns FC) (Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers)
Ok this is number 15, but I love the Thorns team photo from this season too. Such a fun group.

14 of 2014 – Our Favorite Portraits

January 7th, 2015

Today’s installment of our 14 of 2014 – portraits. I shoot a LOT of portraits. Corporate portraits, editorial portraits, athlete portraits. I love shooting portraits. Probably one of my favorite things. Here are 14 of my favorites from 2014.

Guy Pope for Barrons on June 23, 2014.  Photo by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig Mitchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550  Photo by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig Mitchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)
This image of Guy Pope was shot for Barron’s Magazine, one of my favorite clients. I love shooting for them as they allow a lot of creativity and look for photos that are not your typical images. For this shoot, we trekked into Forest Park with a cart full of lights and I love the way it turned out.

Portrait of Oregon Ducks Quarterback Marcu Mariota. Photographed in Eugene, OR for USA Today. Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com (Craig Mitchelldyer)
By now, everyone knows who Marcus Mariota is. I shot the 2014 Heisman winner a couple of weeks before the season opener for a feature in USA Today. Later images from this shoot were also used on the cover of Athlon Sports the week he won the award. He was probably the nicest athlete I’ve ever shot and I’ve shot a lot of them.

Portrait of Oregon Ducks Quarterback Marcu Mariota. Photographed in Eugene, OR for USA Today. Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com (Craig Mitchelldyer)

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Headshots are something we spend a lot of time shooting. I love shooting them. Here are a couple of favorites.

Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe for Advocare. Photo by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig Mitchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer)
Late in the year Advocate called me up to shoot some photos of Timbers Midfielder Darlington Nagbe, loved how this shoot turned out.

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR.  (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men) (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)
The World Beard and Moustache Championships might have been my favorite shoot of the entire year. I was hired to shoot images of the event and convinced the client to let me  shoot portraits of winners backstage. The resulting photos were shared over 5000 times on Facebook and Twitter and used in websites, newspapers, blogs and TV shows all around the world.

Sep 29, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) poses during media day at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports (Craig Mitchelldyer/Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports)
Trailblazers superstar Damian Lillard during media day before the season.

Photo by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig Mitchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer)
I liked this photo from the Milwaukie High School baseball team shoot I did back in March.

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer)
Another fun shoot from the Multnomah Athletic Club. They wanted to feature members in an article for the magazine about Timbers fans. This image ran on the cover.

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Continuum Photography, Craig Mitchelldyer)
A more recent shoot from one of my favorite clients, The Broadway Rose Theatre. This shot was for a promo for an upcoming show.

Photo by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig Mitchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer)
A portrait for a story about the Meyer Memorial Trust in Portland.


Another promo shot from the Broadway Rose.

Thomas Bittner in Portland, Oregon on April 28, 2014. Photo by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig Mitchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer)
A photo from a shoot for Super Lawyers magazine. Another great client that I love to shoot for.

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And finally, a shoot from a headshot session. I liked the light and mood on this one.

Thanks for checking out of favorite portraits photos from 2014. Stay tuned for the final installment of our favorite sports images coming soon.

14 of 2014 – Our Favorite Wedding Photos

January 6th, 2015

It’s that time of year. Quite possibly my favorite time of year. As each year is happening live so to speak, you don’t realize the significance of events or photos until the end of the year when you look back. It is always one of my favorite things to do.

2014 was a big year for us. Personally, I set a goal to complete 10 triathlons and accomplished that goal in October. For 2015 my personal goal is to finish an Ironman 70.3, which I will do in June. My family also had a big year in 2014. My wife gave birth to twins in November just before Thanksgiving. These were not your average twins though. My amazing wife spent her year as a surrogate for a gay couple from Israel. It’s something she has always wanted to do, so finally, she did it. We did not know them before the process started and met them in September 2013. I would now consider them family. It is an amazing experience to help a family have children. It was by no means an easy pregnancy for her, but she (and we) are so glad she did. The babies are beautiful and the Dads are going to make great parents. I look forward to seeing them grow up from afar and hopefully one day we will be able to go to Israel and visit.

Professionally, 2014 was an amazing year here at Mitchelldyer Photography and we owe that to all of our wonderful clients. I come to work everyday and never feel like I am working. That is the way it should be! We spent a lot of time in some really cool places photographing some really cool people and events this year and it is always so hard to pick our “favorites” every year. Narrowing down over 150,000 images to just a few blog posts of 14 – our favorite wedding photos, our favorite portraits and our favorite sports images is no easy task.

For today, we start with our favorite 14 wedding photos of 2014. Each of these images may or may not be our “best” but they are our favorites. It might be the location, the light, the story behind the photo, the couple, a million reasons why. Be on the lookout in the coming days for our 14 of 14 portraits and sports photos, but for now, enjoy the 14 of 14 – weddings!

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2014 took us to Lake Tahoe twice this year. And I am glad it did. Easily one of my favorite places on earth, Lake Tahoe is beautiful. At Eric and Stephanie’s wedding in late September we were treated with an amazing sunset at the end of the evening.

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

One of my favorite local venues is Mt. Hood Ski Bowl. What a cool place to have a wedding. To get there, your guests need to take a chairlift to the ceremony. But it is worth it, the view is stunning.

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Plus, when it’s over, the best way to get the bottom of the mountain is the Alpine Slides! How cool is that?

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One of my favorite moments of every wedding is when the bride and groom walk up the aisle for the first time as husband and wife. And I love this image of Jonathan and Christin. You can see the happiness everywhere.

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Who cut the cheese? These guys did! I like it when weddings take on traditional with a little flair and having a cake made out of different types of cheese was a cool idea for a winery wedding.

October 17, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Timbers Army members Sunday White and Heidi Koenig get married in section 107 before the match at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Sometimes, my worlds collide and it is marvelous. Before the final Timbers match of the year, two longtime supporters decided to have a wedding with 3,500 of their closest friends in the Timbers Army. 3,500 people chanting “Lets get F*&@ing Married!” is something unique for sure. I love photos full of interesting people and emotion and this one has all of that!

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Often times I have no idea what I am going to do when I am shooting. That’s one of the things I love. Just showing up and looking around and making a cool photo with what I have in front of me. That was the case when we went downtown in between rain showers. I wanted to make a cool shot with this wedding party and the church near the Portland Art Museum worked out great.

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I love this image during the getting ready process that shows off Kasia’s hair and eyelashes and earrings, etc. A quiet moment – the calm before the storm.

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Remember what I said about emotion? I love it! And this is pure happiness right here.

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A couple of my favorites are from Ashley and Oryan’s wedding at Edgefield in May. They often go there and one of their “things” is a selfie on the bench in the garden, so we recreated that for the wedding as well. Since 2014 is “The Year of the Selfie” it only seemed fitting to include it here.

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Wedding Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

 

Swords. Need I say more? I also like the lighting setup in this image.

Wedding Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

I pride myself on being able to light dark venues and make great images no matter how difficult and the Treasury Ballroom is probably one of the toughest places to shoot in, but I love this image of Amber and her dad dancing. Happy people make happy photographers!

 

I hope you enjoyed some of my favorite wedding photos from 2014. Looking forward to a great 2015!

 

Clip: Marcus Mariota in Athlon Sports

December 9th, 2014

This week is awards week for college football and Marcus Mariota is likely to win pretty much every award there is, including the Heisman. A couple weeks ago Athlon Sports came to me for a photo of Mariota for the cover of this months magazine, which came out today.

Marcus Mariota poses for a photo in Athlon Sports Magazine. Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Clip: TD Magazine

December 1st, 2014

 (Craig Mitchelldyer)
TD Magazine called us a couple of months ago to take photos of Kevin Carroll for their latest issue. We had a great time with Kevin, who is an author, speaker, and a blast to work with. We shot his portrait here in our Portland studio. Here’s the clip from the photo shoot and magazine spread.

Corporate Headshots

November 4th, 2014

Photo by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig Mitchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer)
It is fall here in Portland and that means cloudy weather and colors everywhere. It makes for some great outdoor corporate photos. Here is a business headshot we shot this morning for a long standing law firm client here in Portland.