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.
I’m a “people person” in every sense of the term. You’d be hard-pressed to find me in a situation where I’m NOT striking up a conversation with someone. Born and raised in the south with the “gift of gab” I learned from an early age that no matter where you go there’s always someone interesting to talk to. After graduating college, I started working in the hospitality industry and had the opportunity to travel around the country. I landed in the Pacific Northwest in 2011 and thought it was the perfect place to call “home.” I had finally found a place where I could be near the mountains AND the ocean at the same time! When I decided that it was time for a career renaissance, I searched for a job where I could combine my love of the arts with my customer service background and becoming the Relationship Manager at Studio 3 was the perfect fit!
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.
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.
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.
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.
CARLY J. CAIS
I’m a social media maven, and when I’m behind a computer screen, my abilities shine. I never met a meme I didn’t like. From Twitter to Facebook to LinkedIn to yes, even Google+, I’m up with the latest and down with the lingo. I also specialize in SEO and online strategy, having learned by the school of hard knocks (i.e., running a monetized fashion blog for the last 7 years). I majored in Film/Video at college, went to animation school in Japan, and have a Certificate in Multimedia… which means I’ve found my tribe here amongst this diverse and quirky group of creatives. I came to Studio 3 originally from New Jersey, via Yokohama, Virginia Beach, Vermont, Philadelphia, Honolulu, and now Portland, OR. When I’m not here, I’m relaxing in my fruit-filled garden, making jewelry for my Etsy store, challenging my son at classic NES games, and thinking up my next online endeavor. TTFN!
My route to the photo industry actually started through music and travel. When I finished high school, I wanted to get out and see the world and go as hard as possible. I had always been into music, so I decided that starting a band and going on tour would be a great way to see as many places as possible in a short amount of time. I was in a few bands that took me all around North America and Europe multiple times. In between tours I wanted to continue traveling, and eventually started working as a scuba diving instructor in Indonesia. Photography started there underwater, taking pictures of the most bizarre sea creatures that I could find (like the hairy frogfish and wonderpus). One of my dive students in Sumatra happened to be a commercial photographer, and lived about a mile away from me back in the States (small world!). When I returned home, I started working at her studio as a freelance photo assistant. I gradually started doing more and more digital work on assisting gigs, and now do it full time at Studio 3!
Now stop reading this, and go browse the photos!