Band Photos: The Hugs

I love a good indie band.  Here are The Hugs….definitely a band to check out.  They are setting off on another European tour soon, and needed some updated promo photos before they leave.

And after the shoot, right as we were packing up, they wanted to shoot a quick video.  I grabbed the camera, and here is my first attempt at shooting a music video!








Billboard Sighting

It is great fun to see an image up on a billboard….even if it is in a trashed up area!

These “people” were teeeeeeny tiny 2 inch figures, shot with a macro lens.  If you look up close, the paint job on the faces was horribly done.  Hopefully, no one will climb up there to take a closer look.


Ooo La LA! Bringin’ The Chef Home.

I got this hair-brained idea to seduce a chef into coming home with me. And then showing his stuff to a handful of foodie friends.  First up: Mofofiggity from the notorious Nostrana restaurant.

The night was a total BLAST!  I took teeeeeeny tiny camera video, and my “creative ADHD” writer/photographer friend Heidi Swift made some killer stills and posted a blog entry about the evening.

Moz-makin’ video here.

Party time video here.

Sneaky hiding of store-bought mozzarella caught on my stealth camera:


Gerry Ellis’ wild way with the camera:


For some reason, everyone was obsessed with this vacuum cleaner (another Gerry Ellis photo):


Which chef is next?

Hero Wall Celebration + Coverage

Yesterday’s Hero Wall Celebration was a heart-thumping event.  It was so great to see all of the families together, and to hear great music, watch the kids get their faces painted and rejoice in some health improvements. It is a true honor to be work with these families. Huge THANK YOU to Pro Photo Supply and George McGinnis for donating the file prep and printing of the wall, and to DigiCraft for mounting the prints.

TV coverage here.

Oregonian coverage here.

See more of my images here.

And heeeeeere is George, O Printer Extraordinaire!


Letting the doves fly, along with wishes, in the middle of the closed downtown street in front of the World Trade Center:


A father’s emotion:


And there is a serious side to the day as well.  This is not a typical “happy” photo from the festivities, but I am sure this little girl has many questions in her mind.


Outsider Art Project

A few years ago, I asked a painter, Margie Smeller, who has Downs’ Syndrome, to paint one of my photos of Torina.



I then had the idea of asking her to paint several other commercial photographer’s images.  This resulted in a show that paired her paintings with each photographer’s photographs.  The pairings sold, and proceeds went to Margie as well as to three charities.

A link to that show is here.

When I visited Mary Ellen Mark last month, she was struck by Margie’s talent.  She asked if Margie would paint two of her images.  Here is a pairing of one of Mary Ellen’s images:



This is Margie, and her website is here.


Children’s Cancer Association: Unveiling of the Hero Wall

Please join me in celebrating the lives of 25 very special young individuals who are heroes in the most profound way.

This Sunday, September 13, we will unveil 25 portraits of children and teens who were selected by hospitals, community specialists, and the staff at CCA for their extraordinary spirits despite facing fragile medical conditions.  The wall will be unveiled at 12:00 Noon in front of the World Trade Center at 121 SW Salmon in Portland, Oregon.  All afternoon long there will be rockin’ music, games, face painting, tempting foods and an array of treasures to be found.

You, your whole family, friends and neighbors are welcome to join us at any point, and the energy is light and welcoming.  Our purpose is to celebrate these lives!

At 4pm, the Portland streets around the World Trade Center will be closed, and music will be played as each child releases a homing dove into the sky.  It is a poignant moment for everyone, and a reminder of how important it is to stop and reflect upon what is most important to us.

A heartfelt thank you to Pro Photo Supply for donating the printing of these images, and to DigiCraft for mounting all of them.

See some of last year’s Hero Wall photos here.

We hope to see you there!


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