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Our 12 Favorite Portraits of 2012

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Other than Sports and Weddings we shoot a lot of portraits for various sports teams, athletic clubs, law firms, financial companies, construction firms, newspapers and magazines. Another area that is hard to choose my favorites, but here they are – Our 12 Favorite Portraits of 2012.

This photo is a fav more because of the story behind it. Danny Mwanga had just been traded to the Timbers and this was his first day with the team. After training and media interviews and what not at the training facility, we brought him to the stadium to do a photo shoot for the program cover and inside pages. He is a Portland native show we wanted to shoot him with the skyline in the background. The best place to do that at Jeld-Wen Field is on the roof. So, the first time I talked to him was to say “Hi Danny, I’m Craig, nice to meet you…you’re not afraid of heights are you?” Then we climbed up on the roof and shot this image.

This photo is of my 4 year old son Carter. Ok ok, its not a client photo, but man I love this kid. He cracks me up. This is him standing in for a test photo when I was setting up at the studio. It’s now on the wall at my house.

One of my clients is the Washington Dental Association. They put out a glossy magazine once a quarter or so and brought me up to Seattle to shoot the Dean of Dentistry at the University of Washington. I needed 4-5 different images of him so I found a location near Red Square with a lot of different options for shooting a lot of different looks without having to move too much equipment. This image was one of my favorite from the shoot.

This is an image I shot for the Milwaukie High School Wrestling team. I wanted a dingy, dirty, gritty look to the portrait and shot in the practice room.

These images are both of lawyers, but shot for different uses. The one on the left was shot for the law office in Seattle for use on the website and the image on the right was shot for Super Lawyers magazine. I shot this image with the cover in mind, but the ended up using a different photo.

These images were portrait sessions for website usage, I like them for the simplicity of the lighting and the look of the subject.

The image on the left is another one shot for the Timbers. I shot Hanyer Mosquera in the locker room and we wanted him to look sweaty. He speaks very little english and I speak even less spanish so it was a little funny when I was trying to tell him I was going to spray him down with water. The image on the right was shot for Oregon Athletic Clubs. We spent 3 days shooting in all 3 clubs in the area for their new brochures and website.

This image was shot for the USA Today. A money section story about a local company that builds ships for export to China.

I shot this image of a local realtor for OutFront Magazine in a cool penthouse condo near downtown Portland.


Ok, so I know this blog is called 12 of 2012, but I wanted to include one last image that didn’t really fit into the other categories. In the fall, I was given what may have been my favorite assignment of the year. I was sent to a windmill farm in Eastern Washington to shoot a bunch of photos of windmills. Now, this is not something I ever do, but it was very fun. The only thing I had to do was drive around by myself for 2 days waiting for good light and making pretty pictures. I was a great change of pace and I shot some images I like and learned a lot of wind power.

Well, that’s it for my 12 of 2012. It was a great year for me personally and professionally. We traveled all over the place, made some nice pictures and met a lot of great people and new clients along the way. I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store.

Our 12 Favorite Sports Action Photos of 2012

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

It’s already 2013, but we are continuing on of “12 of 2012″ theme today with our 12 favorite sports action images of 2012. I shoot a lot of sports. Sports action is probably my favorite thing to shoot. I mean, getting paid to go to sporting events? What is not to love about that?! That said, I usually shoot between 1500-2500 image per game. Take 30 soccer matches, 8-10 football games and 20-30 NBA games in a year and that’s a lot of photos. It’s tough to narrow it down to my 12 favorites but here they are. These may or may not be my “best” photos, but they are my favorites for one reason or another.

We’ll start off with my very favorite sports image of the season. And it’s not even from the field. The Timbers Army is the best. I love them for the atmosphere they create at the games and for the photo opportunities they create. For this image, I wanted to show the intensity of the crowd during a match with the Vancouver Whitecaps. I used a monopod fully extended over my head fired with a remote trigger while stading in the front row. Love this photo.

Sticking with the Timbers theme, this image is of Timber Joey after cutting a log slab after a goal against FC Dallas. I loved the lens flare from the sun and smoke and there is just a lot of energy in this image.

In rains in Portland. A lot. I spend a lot of time shooting photos in the pouring down rain. The opening night of the MLS season in 2012 was one of those nights. Timbers rookie Andrew Jean-Baptiste scored a goal and this was his reaction.

Luis Scola from the Rockets and Raymond Felton from the Blazers collide during a game in February.

More from the Timbers Army. Green smoke after scoring a goal is a good thing! To see more of my favorite Timbers photos, check out my appearance on the Timbers in 30 TV show.

I only shot the Seahawks once this year, but they are a fun team to watch. I was very impressed with Rookie Bobby Wagner who seemed to be all over the place during the win over the Patriots.

On October 6th I was crazy enough to shoot both Oregon and Oregon St. games on the same day. There was great light at the Beavers game and after leaving with about a minute left to beat traffic I arrived at Autzen Stadium just as the teams were coming out for warm-ups before beating the Huskies. Long day, but fun.

This reaction by David Horst after scoring against Seattle was as genuine as you can get. I love the reaction photos even more than the action images most of the time and Horst did not disappoint in this match.

I like to try to shoot from unconventional angles sometimes and it paid off while shooting from the stands with a 300mm lens at the Rose Garden during a game with Denver in December.

Last but not least, I covered the Stanford vs. Oregon game in November for Stanford. The Ducks were undefeated and ranked #1 in the country and just needed this one little win to clinch a trip to the Pac-12 title game and eventual National Championship showdown. The Cardinal however had a different plan and they beat the Ducks on a last minute field goal. I followed the players into the locker room after the game. The scene in there was hot, smelly and crowded, but they were very happy, climbing on lockers, yelling screaming. It was a cool scene. My cameras kept fogging up, but I knew this was a unique photo from an important moment in Cardinal Football history.

Our 12 Favorite Wedding Photos of 2012

Monday, December 31st, 2012

2012 was such a great year. Liz and I shot a ton of great events and were lucky enough to travel all over the country (and Canada!) for our clients. I shot over 160,000 photo this year. Wow, that is a huge number and that doesn’t even include the more than 5,000 I shot on my iPhone! It is always tough to narrow down our favorites from the year, but here are our favorite weddings images from 2012:

True moments are the thing I love most about wedding photography. You can’t plan for or pose a true moment. This is my favorite moment of the year. From Tony and Lindsay’s wedding on the Willamette River in June. Lindsay and her Dad as they walked down the aisle.

I also love a good, dramatic portrait. Kara and Gary’s wedding in Estacada was not your typical affair. It was a fantasy themed event and this portrait we shot in the woods is one of my all time favorites.

I had never been to the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, but wow what an amazing place. It was pouring down rain all day, but after the ceremony the sky was the perfect blue color and the Palace was lit up. I shot this image while laying on my back looking straight up into the rotunda as Eugene and Annie posed for one of the more dramatic portraits I shot this year.

Who doesn’t love a sunset on the beach? Kim and Nick’s wedding on Cannon Beach was perfect. It was July 22, but the weather had been horrible. But the weather gods were smiling down that day as the beach was perfect temperatures and gave us a great sunset.

This moment from Jeff and Maggie’s wedding was another one of my favorites. Just as Maggie’s Dad was walking her down the aisle, the sun came out and they took one step through the little shaft of light on the way into the church. As a photographer, we have to always be ready for these moments that only last a fraction of a second. Also, being a guy, I don’t usually get all into dresses and such, but her dress was probably my favorite of the year. I loved it.

Brittany and Nick’s wedding was another we shot down in San Francisco this summer. They had their ceremony at City Hall. However, San Francisco City Hall is not just any city hall. It is one of the grandest buildings in the city and a great place for a ceremony. I wanted to show the uniqueness of the location and did so with a pole cam hanging over the ledge and fired with a remote.

It was the hottest day of the year on August 4, but that didn’t stop Ryan and Heather from venturing all over Hood River County, including this Lavender Farm near Hood River. What I didn’t know about Lavendar, was that the bee’s LOVE it. Those specs in the picture, those are bees. Thousands of bees. It’s a bit of a scary sound all the humming coming from the fields, but they braved the buzz for a nice picture.

Another fun moment from Tony and Lindsay’s wedding. Her dad gave a great toast.

A fun dance photo from John and Nicole’s wedding at the Portland Racquet Club.

The Grand Lodge in Forest Grove was the perfect destination wedding location for Pam and Brent who traveled here from New Mexico for their big day. The huge trees framed them perfectly during the ceremony.

A great way to end a wedding…and this list…a bonfire on the beach with your friends. This is one of those pictures where everything just lined up with the light and the fire and the clouds and the people, sometimes its just being in the right place at the right time that makes the photo.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my favorite wedding photos from 2012. Looking forward to a great 2013! Stay tuned to this blog for my favorite portraits and sports images of the year next week!