Thursday, January 27, 2011

hannah + brian: engaged!

Congrats to Hannah + Brian on their engagement and recent nuptials! They braved a very cold winter day for their engagement photos in downtown Portland (and were troopers I might add). After some lighthearted time outside and in need of a little warmth, we all decided that a toast was in order at the lovely Brasserie Montmartre, the place where they were soon to be married. Hannah and Brian, it was wonderful to spend the day with you and such an honor to document your wedding celebration. Cheers to you both. Below is a little preview of the wedding. They were beaming and looked like absolute royalty. Can’t wait to share those photos with you. Please stay tuned. 
(Click on the photos to view larger. I think they look nicer that way). 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Corey Arnold: Fish-Work Europe.

Please don't miss the opportunity to see the work of Corey Arnold: Fish-Work Europe, now on view. This is the last week of the exhibition and the prints are absolutely luscious in person. He also has a new monograph out, Fish-Work: The Bering Sea, published by Nazraeli Press in association with Charles A. Hartman Fine Art. Signed copies are available. Go enjoy!
(Corey Arnold owns the copyright to all images. Photo courtesy of Charles A. Hartman Fine Art)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

catalyst: jody + matty

The weather is turning cold here in Portland, and before hibernation begins, I feel compelled to reminisce in a sun-drenched evening among dear friends that wasn’t too long ago. Even though this kind of warmth feels decades away, it was October sun, which always seems a little bit sweeter before the gray descends. We headed to The Dalles and enjoyed an evening of friendship, music, beauty and late autumn light surrounded by rolling hills. Shooting in an expansive landscape with big skies is something I absolutely love to do and hold dear.  
Late November, I posted a little something about a new project of mine, called cat·a·lyst, where I acknowledge people that have caused some type of change in my life, or perhaps I just want to let you know about these individuals and their artistic talents, share a story, or give thanks.  Allow me to introduce two of my own personal catalysts, Jody and Matty. They are creative powerhouses. Jody and Matty immerse themselves in music, and Jody also creates beautiful, vibrant paintings, and Matty some of the most gorgeous pieces out of wood and metal. 
My first meeting of these two included them bringing over a collection of homegrown vegetables and a warm welcome to my new neighborhood. This first interaction says a lot about them – they are salt of the earth, engaged in their community, and meet newness with open arms. Since then, they have grown from neighbors to kindred spirits, and perhaps without their knowledge, they have been memorable teachers for me. They have taught me how important it is to get back to the roots of things, the value of togetherness, and how life can be rich with artful experiences, all while helping me find the courage to accept the creative lifestyle that I love to live. These soulful songbirds also remind me that especially during difficult times, the small, simple moments – in nature and with others, can be the most precious.
Forgive me for being long-winded. I guess I had a lot to say about these two. I hope you enjoy the photographs from our evening, celebrating their affection for music, nature, friendship and each other. 
(Click on the photos to view larger. I think they look nicer that way). 
To learn more about the premise of this project, please feel free to click here.
To learn more about Jody’s work, please visit here, here or here.
To learn more about Matty’s work, please visit here or here.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

hello 2011.

Hello January. Hello 2011. This is one of my favorite times of the year. I feel similarly to how I felt last year in the way that this month brings the promise of possibility, the exhilaration of a fresh start, and the room to immerse ourselves in positive change. I find that I am more courageous and more willing to get out of my comfort zone, which I'd like to sustain for as long as I can. There are several ideas on my list for 2011, including the push to grow professionally and as an individual, making more of my personal work, as well as being a bit more self nurturing. The permeating sense of renewal keeps me moving forward, bird by bird. Happy New Year and here's to 2011 being bright.

A few more things I am keeping in mind at the dawn of the new year:

Reach out. 

Look in. 

Make confidence my friend.

Acknowledge. Appreciate. Accept. 

Give back. 

Let go. 

*Carpe Diem.  

*That one's for you Dad. 


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