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.
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 hanging out with my wonderful family, practicing NIA, 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’ve never worked in a creative role, but finding creativity in every role is what I’m all about. My specialty is working behind the scenes supporting the visual artists, while my art is in the organization. You’ve got questions? I’ve got answers. Lose something? Chances are, I can find it. I’m always looking for new and efficient techniques to tackle anything that comes my way, with a zest for knowledge that keeps me constantly on my toes.
When I’m not working, I’m at the yoga studio. I love teaching fellow yogis how to access a deeper practice, and move and bend their bodies in ways they never thought was possible! My other love is the cinematic arts. I studied film in college, and chiefly devoted four years of my life studying, watching, and theorizing about cinema. Talk to me about movies, and chances are, we will be friends forever. My love of filmography and photography is what has led me to a life in production; humbly working among the greatest artistic minds the northwest has to offer!
I slay in the kitchen and in the studio. My artistic eye and word witticism keep my marketing material funky fresh. Stereotypes of the solitude writer aside, I love people and am quick to pick up a quirky conversation with just about anyone. Moving to the PNW after an epic six-month cross-country trip, Portland glistened as the best city to be a creative, foodie, and adventure seeker.
After receiving my degree in Arts Management, I served my time in the service industry and traveled as much as I could, gaining insight into the global art sector and collecting ideas. Having finally found my idiosyncratic home, it’s time to flex my marketing muscles.
I’ve always been interested in art and painting ever since I was a child. My mother would probably say it started when I connected all the spots on the Great Dane with green sharpie. I like to think there is some beauty in everything and sometimes we just need to look closer. I transplanted to the wonderful PNW in my early teens from the east coast. After a hectic world tour in the military, I honed my skills in drawing and painting doing portraits and commission work. I eventually decided I wanted to do something a bit different so I continued my education by bridging the gap to digital art.
When I’m not penning paths and massaging masks, I’m almost certainly in the mountains or thinking about being there. I spend a whole lot of time looking at maps, keeping fit, and planning trips.
Preparation, juggling logistics, consistency, and the ability to seamlessly switch between optimal tools are instincts I honed while growing up… in the kitchen… while playing video games… in the darkroom, rolling and developing my own film… being a parent… and throughout life in general.
My life & work history? I have so many layers of divergent experiences that I could crash Photoshop. But the main lesson learned throughout it all: It matters not what ingredients you are given, but what you are able to create with the tools you have… So make sure those tools are sharp, clean, and readily available… Know how and when to use them… Be ready to adapt and evolve…. And never stop learning.
Whether it’s precision cuts, blending colors, or whipping up engaging imagery, I enjoy the journey from planning through retouching and compositing, and the visual gorge-fest at each destination.
A few quick facts about me: I love drawing with my kids, helping coach my daughter’s softball team, going on photo walks with my son, watching sports with my family, playing volleyball, and was born and raised in Oregon… I graduated in 3 years with a BA in English Lit from the University of Oregon, was a Real Estate Appraiser for 10 years after working in the startup tech industry in the Silicon Valley, and have developed alongside Photoshop since 2000.
Now stop reading this, and go browse the photos!