Clip: Marcus Mariota for USA Today

August 21st, 2014

 (Craig Mitchelldyer)
Last week, USA Today sent me down to Eugene to photograph Oregon Ducks superstar quarterback Marcus Mariota for this great story about him. Originally, I thought I would shoot him in one of the concourses and on the field at Autzen Stadium, but because of some contruction and what not going on inside I would not be able to. So instead, I scouted out the new football center (an amazing place!) and the indoor practice facility. Because I needed multiple shots I opted for the indoor field so I could have free run of the place and then my secondary shot was going to be in the new weight room, but I wouldn’t be able to setup in there until after they were done using it. Right outside the new building is this pond/water feature and lots of reflective windows that looked cool, I’ll get back to that in a minute.

I decided to use the “O” on the midfield for my first shot. I wanted a kind of super hero type look for him. So I setup 2 lights about 10 yeards away from the center to light the background, one light right in the front to light the front of the image and act as a fill light on the bottom of the frame and a large softbox to light him. I shot the overhead with a camera on a monopod while standing on a bench to get the high angle. I like how it turned out. Here is how it looked behind the scenes:

 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

I also shot some stuff from a lower angle, with and without his helmet on and it wasn’t too bad.
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Next, I had a secondary setup along a pretty banged up white wall that would give some nice texture. So I added a green gel to the background light and lit Marcus with one large soft box for this image, which actually turned out to be my favorite of the shoot:
 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

The paper used a shot from this setup as the main image on the website for the story.

 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Here is how the setup looked:
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Because he had just finished practice and I didn’t want to waste his time and felt I had some pretty good stuff, I decided to scrap the weight room idea, but did want to take a photo of him outside. I decided, I’d just walk out there and grab whatever I saw real quick and act like that was the plan the whole time. As we were walking towards the locker room we walked passed the water feature. I thought it would be cool to get him on the water “Marcus is so good he walks on water” kind of idea, I never thought he’d actually go for it. So jokingly as we are walking by I say, half laughing, “it’d be kinda cool if you were standing in the water eh?” I expected to either 1) he look at me like I was bat shit crazy or 2), the Oregon PR staff to jump in and say no way in hell is our star QB walking into the water feature. But to my surprise he says “Yeah! Let’s do it!” so before anyone had a chance to change thier mind I had him walk out onto the water and had my assistant Ryan hold a light overhead and we snapped 4 or 5 frames and that was that. I showed him the image and he says “Cool, my mom will like that.” At that point I told him “Well if your mom likes it, I like it too and you are done!” The paper used it in this morning’s editions around the country. Total shoot time from first frame to last frame: 12 minutes. Here is how it looked in the paper today. My favorite part is the caption at the end it reads “…but no Oregon fans, he cannot also walk on water.” :
 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Queen Anne Mansion Wedding: Chelsea + Jeff

August 20th, 2014

We love shooting weddings at the Queen Anne Victorian Mansion in North Portland. This is our second time there this summer, and hasn’t failed to be an absolutely beautiful location. Here are a few of our favorites from Chelsea and Jeff’s wedding.

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)

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)

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)

San Juan Island Wedding: Kasia + Geoff

August 20th, 2014

Last week we traveled to Roche Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington, to shoot Kasia and Geoff’s wedding. Here are a few of our favorites.

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)

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)

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

Clip: Super Lawyers Magazine

August 12th, 2014

Every year we look forward to shooting for Super Lawyers magazine. It’s always a fun challenge to walk into a law office that may look the same as all the rest, and find ways to creatively light and pose our subjects. Here is the most recent issue of the magazine, with our shots on the cover and inside spreads.

 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

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Domaine Margelle Vineyard Wedding: Danielle + Patrick

August 12th, 2014

Danielle and Patrick’s wedding was gorgeous, and held at a location we’d never shot at before. Domaine Margelle Vineyard is an awesome setting for a wedding, with a wild flower field backdrop, a beautiful log cabin, surrounded by woods and farmland. Here are a few of our favorites.

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)

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)

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)

Old Laurelhurst Church Wedding: Andrew + Jeehye

August 7th, 2014

Here is another beautiful wedding shot by our associate photographer Tom Boyd. Andrew and Jeehye were married at the Old Laurelhurst Church in Portland. To see more of this wedding, visit the sneak peek album here.

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)

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

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 (Thomas Boyd, Craig Mitchelldyer)

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

Clip: The Winged M – July Issue

August 6th, 2014

The Multnomah Athletic Club asked us to come in and shoot these Timbers fans for the cover of their July issue of
The Winged M. Here’s the clip.

 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Mt. Hood Ski Bowl Wedding: Tracy + Dan

August 6th, 2014

Wedding + ski resort + summer = fun. We shot Tracy and Dan’s wedding this past weekend at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl. The ceremony was held at the top of the upper bowl, nestled in next to a warming hut. All in attendance enjoyed Mt. Hood as a picture-perfect backdrop, while the sun set and lit up the mountain with a pink hue. In order to reach this ceremony site, the bride, groom, and all their guests rode the chair lift all the way up from the base of Ski Bowl, and back down to the reception later in the evening. We love it when weddings take us out of the city and into the awesome wilderness.

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)

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)

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)