Mar 16, 2015

Ok, it's time to finally dust this thing off. I know, I know, it's been way to long since my last post, please don't judge me. As you may have already noticed this website has a shiny new look so I figured it'd be a good time to show off some of the stuff I've been working on. Here's a quick recap of things I've been up to since last summer. Hang on to your hats!

Towards the end of summer I did a lot of work with Amazon for the launch of their new Kindle Fire HD and Paperwhite devices. The launch was kind of a big deal so you might've seen these ads in various magazines, or on the Japanese subway if you happen to ride it. Also, there's this website-; lots more of my work there.

Ok, moving right along. Washington State Lotto started running this series of ads at Sea-Tac Airport, which I had no idea about until hurrying to catch a flight myself. I grabbed a few snaps on the down low, hoping security wouldn't think I was casing the joint. You can still see these ads on some busses here in Seattle.

Here's a better look at a few of these ads, which BTW picked up a few Addy Awards. Good times!

Then we've got a cover for the November issue of Cincinnati Magazine that my pal David Clugston and I worked on together. It's always fun to collaborate with David. In this case our challenge was to create a believable filament while making sure folks could still read it easily. We went through binders full of versions and actually preferred an earlier type treatment and so I included the image below.

Finally I did a couple of projects with photographer Adam Levey this winter. The first is a test shot with a Nike cleat wreaking havoc on a soccer field.

The other project was the March cover for Golf Digest Magazine.

Well, thats it for now! Thanks for putting up with my tardiness, and hopefully, it won't be another eight months until my next post…

Feb 19, 2015

Hi There!

It's been a while since we've talked and there is quite a bit to get through so please bear with me while I show you some of the things I've been busy with. As always, thanks for visiting! And be sure to visit the advertising portfolio here to see some of these images as before and afters.

I'll start off with the most recent work I'd like to share. This is a beautifully shot black and white campaign for the new Kindle Voyage e-reader. I had the pleasure of working with the Kindle Marketing team to help them look their best. You can see these popping up in a bunch of publications these days so keep an eye out. This example is a double page spread (a first for me!) in Vanity Fair.

Keeping with the Amazon theme I'd like to show you some other things I worked on with the

team last year. (I know, it's ancient history at this point but I never got around to posting these last year so sue me :P)

The first one is the campaign for the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, It was called 'One Chapter Challenge' and the idea is that once you read one chapter on the Kindle you won't go back to reading traditional books. There were a lot of people profiled and asked to provide testimonials of their reading experience. This particular ad was published in People Magazine. The tricky part of this campaign was the amount of white paper background had to be adjustable to neatly fit around the copy in final layout. So to make that possible the background had to be re-built behind the white paper so that it could be moved up an down seamlessly. Of course, you would never know that unless you started to peel back the layers in Photoshop.

The second one is from the Kindle Fire HD campaign last year. This one was interesting because I had to incorporate photographic and computer generated images to come up with the final composite. This particular one was published in Rolling Stone.

The next project is a print ad for Winsdstar Cruises published in Conde Nast Traveler back in August. I worked on this with the good folks over at Hey Advertising, using mostly stock images combined with an image of the ship from the clients library.

This was a project for Seattle's Best Coffee that the kooks at Wexley School for Girls dreamt up. This is a screenshot of SBC's website. The creative on this is really fun and I could try to explain but I think it's better to just go visit them here to see what it's all about.

Next up we have a portfolio series I did with bad ass sports action photographer extraordinaire Ian Coble, please take a moment to check out his work here. This was a ton of fun to work on, since it's obviously very heavy on the composite work. I love these types of projects because I pretty much have free reign to go wild and play.

Ok moving right along, here we have a couple of projects I worked with a really talented photographer by the name of Carlo Ricci. We did a portfolio series of a variety of cars shot in studio and then composited into beautiful environments shot all along the west coast.

The other project was the cover of Vancouver Magazine last fall. In this image the chalk art was shot separately and added later in post.

And lastly but not least-ly, this project was the brainchild of my good pal and studio mate David Clugston and I. David shot this perfume bottle as a portfolio piece and as you can see the environment is made up of ink flowing through water. This was a bit of a mad science experiment to get the right kinds of inks and mixtures to dilute properly. Below you can see a little stop motion animation of how it was shot in camera. Basically we ended up mounting the bottle upside down in a water tank and dropping ink into it at different amounts and rates to get a variety of frames with ink hitting and engulfing the bottle. This is another one of those projects we could let our creativity go wild, good times!

Well that about does for this time around, if you made it this far a big thanks for sticking around this long. I hope to catch you here again soon!

Oct 13, 2014

The time for my semi-annual blog post has finally arrived, so I'd like to give you an update, and share a few things I've been working on. I hope life has treated you all swell-ly in my absence.

Here are a few projects I've had the privilege to work on these past few months.

The good folks at JaegerSloan brought me on to help them with a project they were working on for SquareSpace. The whole project was shot on a Red camera. I used stills from the footage to retouch the image used for the video background. You can see what I'm talking about and the entire series on the SquareSpace site here.

A few months back I worked with photographer Terri Loewenthal on a press shot for the band Rogue Wave. I really like this shot. I don't however envy the prop stylist.

Another fun little project I had the pleasure of working on was the creation of a photo illustration for Amazon's Sci-Fi/Fantasy imprint called 47North. This was composited out of about 20 or so stock images. You can get of some of the original images on the before and after in the advertising portfolio. And you can see where the final image ended up being used on the Amazon Publishing site here.

Next up, we have another Gatorade project where I teamed up with my studio mate David Clugston and the great folks over at Tether. We created a library of about 30 images with the latest form and label designs. As always it's a lot of fun to be involved in a project from the very beginning all the way through to the end; to be part of the creative process and come up with the best approach to shooting. Here is one of my favorite examples.

And here we have a couple canine themed projects shot by Austin Walsh. The first one is an ad campaign for Tyson and their line of doggie treats called Nudges. It was fun to work on this project because I had freedom to come up with a cool treatment.

The second project involving dogs was a print campaign for Trifexis, a prescription medication for protecting dogs against parasites. I really thought the concept and execution of this campaign was topnotch.

Finally, I wanted to show you a recent collaboration with photographer Patrick Kehoe, stylist Mandy Kehoe, and Hair and Make-up artist Lindsey Watkins. This is a really fun series of images created as a self promo project.

Well that about wraps it up for now. I do have a few projects in the works I'm excited to share so stay tuned for more.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mar 05, 2012

Next time you're in the mood for a greasy pretzel, a rhinestone studded cellphone cover, or observing the rituals of American youth, head on down to the Westfield Southcenter Mall and check out my work on the latest Washington State Lottery campaign. Here are some quick pics I snapped before I was chased off by mall security.

Jan 27, 2012

The January 14th issue of Guardian Weekend Magazine features a couple of awesome photos (including the cover!) taken by photographer, Patrick Kehoe and retouched by yours truly. It's a real honor to have worked on a project telling stories of courageous protesters, including the one of this 84 year old woman of the occupy Seattle movement. Dorli Rainey is one badass grandma and activist! Check out the story and the video of the interview here.

Nov 09, 2011

Check out this months Wired magazine! On the last page there's an image that me and my pal Dave Clugston collaborated on. Have a look at the step by step video and the before and after in the portfolio section of the site. The project was a lot of fun, but the step that took the longest and most patience was drawing in the hairs to make the spots squared. Later I realized that I missed one. Find it and you win a puppy.

Jul 07, 2011

I've been meaning to post this for a while now but I wasn't exactly sure if I wanted the world to see one of my working files in all it's naked glory. It feels a little like I'm airing out my laundry. I decided to do it anyway because I thought it would be fun to show what goes into making one of these monster files. I want you all to know that I do take care in staying organized in building files and I try to stay on top of naming all of my layers, but sometimes it just gets away from you and then you end up with this...

in case your curious, this is what the final looks like