Christmas of 8th Grade I received my first camera. I began shooting everything I could that interested me – models (trains of course), tropical fish, and my friends mostly. My high school offered photo classes and It wasn’t long before I was entering the occasional photo competition. Cameras were expensive, so to afford the good stuff I imported directly from the big names such as Nikon. I eventually shot several astronauts, Ronald Reagan and President Johnson. In college I aspired to shoot for Life Magazine, and took a job with the Vancouver, WA Columbian. Not much for being told what to do I quickly moved past Photojournalism. During this transitional period I shot Bobby Kennedy, Miles Davis and Timothy Leary, which segued into being a rock promotor of the likes of B.B. King, The Doors, and The Grateful Dead just to name a few. This lifestyle soon took hold, and College no longer held any sway over me. After owning a few different business including a still-surviving ad agency and a waterbed company I decided the only thing that really interested me was professional photography. I convinced two high school friends of mine into sharing a studio space with me, and figured “Bash, Felt, and Ngan” was no way to answer the phone, and thus Studio 3 was born.
I’m a native of Portland, OR and grew up in Ladd’s Addition. My dad was a cook and so that’s why I’m inspired by the culinary arts. And my other obsession is travel and photography. I’ve been to many places but Italy tops the list along with the Philippines, and locally Vancouver, Canada, a true melting pot of cultures. Travel not only allows me to enjoy food from various regions but stimulate my mind to see and do everything another way.
I fix things. Have always been a tinkerer ever since childhood. Wired the garage at age of 12. I attended a very technical high school and learned the trades. My favorite class was Electron Theory. And so, I’m blessed with this left brain right brain thing. I’m a problem solver. I can take an idea and figure out how to make it happen. Lastly, I enjoy photographing industrial stuff because I understand and appreciate the subject and try to illuminate its qualities artistically.
My love of photography began “in the closet” with a foil-lined shoebox, toilet paper tubes and a 60-watt light bulb. After nearly catching the shoebox on fire, my mother suggested that the experiment move to the basement. Everything I did from that point forward involved some kind of photography. My Kodak Brownie was used through many a trial-and-error, from shooting tropical fish to making copies of my Sports Illustrated (before the swimsuit issue). After I took a photography class in high school, it was obvious that photography was something I loved. So my dad took me to Sandy’s at Lloyd Center and we purchased my first real camera – a Mamiya Sekor 500dtl 35mm. The agreement was to repay him by mowing lawns and other odd jobs around the neighborhood; however, I started shooting sporting events at school for the local newspaper. They paid $7 per shot with the caption. Before I knew it, I had earned enough money to pay my dad back.
I’ve been earning my living that way ever since and enjoying every minute of it. My inspiration currently comes from my beautiful daughter, Sydney, and her relaxed approach to creating images. It’s my turn to learn something from her.
The challenge of creating fun and exciting images continues to excite me on a daily basis. I love to take everyday items or products and let the viewer see them in a new and interesting way, making plain items look stunning and beautiful. My idea of fun is to show people a different way to see, drawing the viewer in and stimulating their senses. Using my fine art background in my commercial work helps to keep my photography striking, graphic and bold. My interest and constant exposure to other cultures and arts keeps my images new and fresh. Speaking of fresh, my passion for food is what makes my food photography so Yummy. I have always loved food; from growing it, picking it, to cooking it, I Love food! This shows in my photography, I believe it is what makes me an excellent photographer. It is a pleasure to be involved with a team of people that are as excited as I am making exciting images.
ELSIE ANN SAGER-KNOPF
I was born and raised in Sweden and even though I’ve been in Portland for over 25 years, I still have a Swedish accent. I miss the snow and my Swedish family, but Portland is home now. I love to ski, golf, and enjoy the outdoors with my wonderful husband and children. For a million years, I worked for Hanna Anderson. Yes, a Swedish clothing company where my Swedish accent was not noticed. It was a fantastic place to work. But one day, I found myself working for a mega company I no longer enjoyed. Hence, I found the perfect place, Studio 3. The people here are fantastic and have a passion for what they are doing. I am delighted to once again be working for a locally owned company.
Mama always said I would work in client relations. From the time I could walk, the second the doorbell would ring I would run into mom’s room, climb on a chair, and dump over all of her boxes of shoes until I would find her one glorious pair of red stiletto heels. From there, I would put them on, clunk out into the living room, and greet our “guest(s)” (mailmen and door evangelists included) by propping out my hip and extending out my hand, “Sit down… Stay a while. Let’s chat. Can I get you a cup of coffee, tea? Wine Maybe?” That’s right. Even then I knew what it would take to make my guests feel welcome – a big glass of wine.
If you’re wondering what the moral of this story is, I’ll put it plain and simple: I LOVE people and will do just about anything to keep them around me. Since my childhood not much has changed except for the fact that I went on to be the proud owner of my own stiletto heel collection, which means I no longer have to use shoes five-times my size. I would say that’s a big win. As for the wine, that offer never expires. I’m always willing to offer up a glass of grape goodness in exchange of some quality conversation. Bring on the applications!
Born in Wyoming, raised in Portland Oregon and constantly loving the NW.
I am a crazy, obsessive organized person, that doesn’t feel right without a to-do list in one hand and a phone in the other. With these qualities I am constantly checking out the latest creative trends and applying them to my simple but enduring life.
With a background in Linguistics, Interior Design, and many non-forgetful years in the service industry, I have now jumped into a creative role, that keeps me on my toes.
Once my to-do list is checked off, I sit back, relax, pour myself a glass of wine and nibble on some cheese. I’ve been hard pressed to find a cheese I don’t like. You can also find me walking my adorable Beagle (coffee in hand), decorating my house, cuddling up to watch a movie, singing my heart out, to the track: Brass in Pocket, and always participating in impromptu dance parties.
I love being surrounded by creative energy. Growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, bounded by deep blue oceans and bright beautiful flowers, I constantly found myself in an endless artistic setting. This moved me to find a place where I can constantly be inspired.
Moving to Portland, OR several years ago to attend Portland State University, I discovered Portlandia’s community vibe in the city intrigued me. Its rich history, unique fashion, weird architecture, friendly people and great food, I fell in love.
Always looking for an environment to inspire and challenge me, I stumbled across this crazy cool place in the heart of Portland called Studio 3. Here I am able to use my surroundings for creativeness and exercise my ideas with a team full of brilliant imaginative minds. This team and the impeccable work they do, makes my job easy by having their work speak for itself.
I am beyond excited to be apart of this team. When I’m not bragging about Studio 3’s Videos and Photography Illustrations, I’m spending time with my family, traveling to some place new, dancing to live music, painting at home with a glass of wine, and driving to the coast every chance I get.
At the ripe young age of 6 I began tracking Sasquatch through the swamps of Florida. When I was 19, while changing a flat tire on the side in the middle of Seven Mile Bridge, I found a stray mutt and named him Pine Cone. While on a Sasquatch adventure Pine Cone picked up the scent of the ol’ squatch and drug me clear up to the PNW wilderness. I soon found myself alone and in the cold with only Pine Cone to keep me warm. Foraging for scraps and a place to warm my tookis I stumbled in to Studio 3. It wasn’t long before they put me to work as Studio Producer… and I must say, I love it here. Especially Alex… he’s the best.
My journey into photography begins in a sleepy suburb about twenty miles outside Seattle. Life started out with an interest in all things technology. In school I loved computers, cars and anything everything technical. But one black and white film class was all it took to get me hooked on photography. I soon enrolled in a commercial photography program and started shooting everything I could find. Still life and product photography ended up being my passion, so that became my focus, with technology and automotive products being a favorite subject matter. After some interning and freelance assisting at Studio 3, I was asked to join up as a permanent member of the team and was happy to oblige them.
Storytelling is history’s oldest and most constant art form, only the media by which the stories are told have changed over time. Tales that were once carved into cave walls and passed down to the next generation by word of mouth, are today broadcast around the world instantaneously. With this great power comes responsibility and the responsibility of the storyteller has never been more important.
During my Sophomore year at college, while studying graphic design, I took a film studies class that broke down Orson Wells’ “Citizen Kane” scene by scene. I had never before given much thought about the depth and detail involved in filmmaking but knew right then that filmmaking was how I wanted to share my stories with the world.
Film school in San Francisco, over a decade in Hollywood and owning my own production company with numerous awards have all led me to where I am now; building Studio 3′s robust video division and helping our clients tell their stories in a new way.
I grew up in rural Iowa, but don’t let that fool you. I know computers inside and out, and have more hours logged on Photoshop in the last decade than there are stars in the universe. My midwest upbringing has, however, lead me to pursue some further education in Biochemistry with aspirations for Med School for Veterinary Medicine. This schooling may very well go on for the remainder of my years. When I’m not analyzing chromatographic data at the University of Washington, I am pushing pixels around a 32” Eizo in the heart of Queen Anne for the friendly folks here at Studio 3.
It all started about eight years ago in my home town of Grand Rapids, MI. A friend of mine asked me to put together a flyer for his birthday party. I’ve always been an artist, but this was my first taste of the Digital realm and I absolutely fell in love. I used this limited knowledge to land a couple jobs designing event flyers for some local nightclubs and my experience really grew from there. Through this I was able to get on board with a local photographer carrying, loading, unloading, and setting up equipment. It wasn’t long before I had a camera in my hand. This, coupled with my love of digital art prompted me to enroll in school and pursue a degree in Graphic Design. After a cross country move to Seattle in December 2011, I called Studio 3′s owner, Jim Felt, relentlessly until he gave me a job and the rest is history!
When I’m not cycling, I’m pedaling pixels. I’ve always loved fine art and photography. Fascinated by the painting programs on PBS with William Alexander and Bob Ross, I had my first set of oil paints at age ten. When I was young, I also enjoyed working with computers, making crude landscapes on my Commodore VIC-20. In my secondary education, I became interested in photojournalism, print design, and especially the new software called Photoshop. Since then, I’ve earned a BFA degree and worked on stock photography, fine art books, and photographic post-production, learning color correction and high-end retouching to exacting industry standards. I still find time to paint “happy little trees,” just like Bob Ross taught me.
As a true native of Portland, Oregon, I find enjoyment in many different things. I have a strong interest in traveling, sports, music and the outdoors to name a few. Ultimately, the creative visual world is where my passion is. I have spent plenty of time and education on the fine arts such as illustration, painting, and sculpting which has allowed me to translate into the realm of digital art with some success. I like to think of myself as a jack of all trades with experience in 3D art, compositing, retouching, animation, video editing, and so on. I am excited to put my best foot forward and take on new challenges as technology and art evolve.
I love sorting through hurricanes of disorder and packing things away neatly into beautifully labelled little boxes. I’m obsessed with systems: analyzing them, creating them, breaking them down and rebuilding them again. This fascination led me to a crazy wonderful studio in the heart of Portland. At Studio 3, I can use my skills to continually improve our near flawless work flows – meaning clients get their photo and video assets faster, with less hassle.
Of course, that doesn’t satiate my need to wrangle the chaos of life. When I’m not at work, I’m keeping track of cats, snakes, chickens and chores at my urban oasis. When things feel calm enough, I plop down with a full cup of coffee, a plate of bacon and a textbook on political economies.
My interest in photography was born on four wheels. I received my first skateboard when I was 12 years old and haven’t been able to get off one since. As I quickly obsessed about all things skateboarding, so did my passion for documenting it. I watched every skate video I could, studying angles and dreaming of fish-eye lenses. I started out with disposable Kodak cameras, shooting my friends at the local skatepark and inevitably moved over to video (Hi-8 and VHS-C!). I spent the first year of college ‘undeclared’ until I came to my senses and joined the film production program. My junior year I landed a summer internship in Portland. After I graduated I packed up and made the journey westward.
My goal was clear: get into the camera department at all costs. After a couple of years freelancing in reality TV land as an AC (assistant camera) I felt dissatisfied with the progression of my camera and lighting skills (reality TV doesn’t necessarily lend itself to creativity). So I took a chance and tried photo assisting. I instantly fell in love with it and the amount of precision and tinkering to get that perfect angle and lighting. A half a year later I was a busy freelancer frequently working for Studio 3 when an opportunity arose and I swiftly jumped on it.
Someone tricked me into loving photography. I think it was my father. From a young age, my dad would talk my ear off about all things photography. It wasn’t until later that I came to understand and appreciate capturing moments. Similar to Jonny’s story, skateboarding helped draw me in.
I started taking and being in skate photos. In high school I took a few black and white film photography courses. In college, I kept it rolling with more photography and video classes…
Once I realized the subtleties that can make or break an image, I was hooked. The atmosphere, lighting, composition, subject matter, deadlines, expectations, requirements and limitations all mixed together are what keep me interested. There’s never one way to take a photograph, and that’s the best part.
After a degree in photojournalism, I realized that what I really wanted was to learn the ins and outs of studio lighting and commercial photography. A friend of mine convinced me to leave Florida. I now work in Seattle at Studio 3 and couldn’t be happier.
Now stop reading this, and go browse the photos!