September 10th, 2014
This weekend we shot 3 sports events at 3 venues in 36 hours.
It all started with the big matchup between top 10 teams Oregon and Michigan St at Autzen Stadium. Great game. There was a forest fire about 30 miles away and the wind had carried the smokle into Eugene and it filtered the sunlight and made for some really nice light.
The next day the Timbers played host to San Jose. Another awesome game. The Timbers came out attacking and although the final was 3-3, it was probably one of the best games I’ve seen all year.
Finally, after the Timbers match I went straight to Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro to shoot the Championhip match between the Hillsboro Hops and Vancouver. Hillsboro one the game 4-2 and won the Northwest league Title for the first time to cap off a really busy, yet really fun weekend.
September 10th, 2014
Our associate photographer Tom Boyd shot this wedding at Clark Lewis Restaurant on Portland’s waterfront. Here are some of our favorite images.
September 5th, 2014
David and Vivi didn’t let the rain stop them on their wedding day. Here are a few of our favorites from their wedding and reception at the Oregon Golf Club.
September 1st, 2014
Yesterday i went up to Seattle to cover the NWSL Championship. Fun match. My daughter loves the NWSL so I bought her a ticket and she watched the match while I was shooting. I cannot stress enough how awesome it is for little girls to have professional women’s sports to watch and athletes to look up to. I never really thought much about it until my 9 year old started going to games and seeing what it means for her. So much good. Anyway, the game was great and I shot some nice photos. Here is one that was used by SI.com after the match.
And a few more images from the match:
TUKWILA, WA – AUGUST 31: Nahomi Kawasumi #9 of Seattle Reign FC fights for the ball against Jen Buczowski #6 of FC Kansas City in the first half 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 *** Nahomi Kawasumi; Jen Buczowski (Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)
TUKWILA, WA – AUGUST 31: Kim Little #8 of Seattle Reign FC and Jen Bucowski #6 of FC Kansas City collide in the first half of 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 *** Kim Little; Jen Bucowski (Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)
TUKWILA, WA – AUGUST 31: Megan Rapinoe #15 of Seattle Reign FC reacts after scoring a goal in the second half 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 *** Megan Rapinoe (Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)
August 21st, 2014
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:
I also shot some stuff from a lower angle, with and without his helmet on and it wasn’t too bad.
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:
The paper used a shot from this setup as the main image on the website for the story.
Here is how the setup looked:
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.” :
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.
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.
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.