The Groom was abruptly deployed to Iraq and the couple wanted to be married prior to his departure. Many things were were set in motion to make this happen in a relatively short amount of time. Needless to say the bride was nervous and a bit stressed-out right up until the ceremony. I took this shot just after the recessional and the formation of the reception line. The bride was in heaven, the relief she felt at pulling the whole thing off and finally being married was tangible. I shot this from a 10′ orchard ladder using the 24mm-70mm lens. She removed her shoes at the last minute. The shot appeared in a bridal magazine as an ad for Columbia Gorge Weddings. It is one of my all-time favorite images.
Emma will graduate from Hood River Valley High School in the Spring of 2014. A lovely young woman with an effervescent personality, she surprised me with her intuitive understanding of how lighting, camera and body kinesthetics work together to make a great image. She was a joy to work with.
Bonnie Buckingham chose to be married at the Timberline Lodge on the Southern flanks of Mount Hood because she had been hiking there with her father since a young age and has spent numerous hours rambling the Timberline Trail with her fiance Stephen Lutz. The date of her wedding was tied to the seasonal bloom-date of her favored purple Lupine flowers that grace the alpine meadows during early August. Bonnie’s shot list included a dramatic bride/groom shot that captured three loves of her life, Stephen, Mount Hood and the Lupine flowers. Here is what we came-way with.
We shot both still images and produced a video DVD for this gorgeous wedding event. My wife Maureen assisted two still camermen and I shot video and selected long lens stills. I very much enjoy shooting at Cathedral Ridge. Given just a smidgen of late afternoon light, the wine rows at Cathedral Ridge Winery come-alive with cross light and shadows providing a unique opportunity to replicate a Tuscany-like wedding image. Some my favorite images of the summer season came from Brian and Melissa’s wedding. This handsome couple was refreshingly emotional and completely unreserved in their expressions. Lot’s of tears, laughter and expressed love throughout the day. Once again, Teresa Ellifritz did a superb job of coordinating.
We shot this commercial in the Garden of the Gods in Colorado. It was part of a 3 spot package to announce the Colorado Rockies, Denver’s entry into major league baseball. I was fortunate enough to get the location scouting and stunt gig and then hired my friends Doug Snively, Duncan Ferguson and Douglas Nedercutt to work with me as aerial riggers. Snively, Nedercutt and I had just returned from 6 months in Italy working with Mike Weis on Cliff Hanger so we felt comfortable winching me back up the cliff… if need be. We had no idea how many times the winch would have to lug me back to the top. It was so much more difficult to choreograph than we could have imagined. First-off, a Rockies outfielder had to throw the ball at just the right instant from the rim of an adjacent cliff 200 feet away from the cliff I was on and I had to be at the exact spot on the rope and then kick-out from the wall to intercept the ball… then catch it. On top of all this, I had to rappel wearing a base ball glove, (it’s not that easy, trust me) and I had to wear the fielder’s glove on my right hand so I could be opened to the camera. (right handed throwers like me, wear the glove on their left hands). Any way, it took at least 30 attempts before I finally caught this one. It was a very critical timing challenge. I spent all afternoon missing the ball, the sun was setting, the producer was worried sick…The director was freaking, the agency guys were…concerned to say the least. Damn I was stoked to make the catch! The commercial ended-up winning a Cleo Award.
Joe and Jenna Columbia Gorge Hotel
Columbia Gorge Images produced the still images as well as a video authored to DVD for Joe and Jenna of White Salmon, Washington. On weddings of this size when we are capturing both stills and video it’s nice to have more than just myself and my assistant so we flew-in Karl Arndt and Sara Frances of Photo Mirage in Denver, Colorado to assist. Teresa Ellifritz was the coordinator of the two day event. The string quartet Ariel Consort provided ambiance.
I met Mac and Baxster while mountain biking the Seven Streams trail (prior to the ice storm) in Post Canyon on the West Side of Hood River. I snapped this shot as they were headed to the Taqueria on 13th. Street. Quite the pair. (Baxster is the dog and he prefers the menudo)
My good friend Mike Weis and his lovely wife Pamela spend their winters in Zacatitos, on the East Cape of Baja. Their home sits directly above the Sea of Cortez on a granite outcrop. Really, I don’t believe you could find a more idyllic location for folks of our persuasion. Mike and Pamela’s kids are grown-up and out of the house so they can stay down here for the entire winter if they choose. Maureen and I have Sarah (our neice) and Bryce, our 14 year old and they are still very much in school much to everyone’s chagrin. Anyway we spend a couple weeks in Baja each spring chasing waves and renewing old friendships. For the last couple years Mike and I have managed to squeeze-in a 10 day adventure after Maureen and the kids head North. Mike has been gracious enough to use his gear, his boat, and his “quatro por quatro” for these get-aways. Here are some photos from our trip to the Islas Escondido in the Sea of Cortez. We cruised the islands on Mikes 17 foot fishing skiff, camping on secluded beaches. We ate Scallops, Lobster, Cabrilla (rock bass), Yellow Tail and Clams when we were lucky and peanut and jelly when we weren’t. The Escondido Islands, lacking in water, appeared to be very sparse in vegetation and wildlife (we did see hundreds of Doves and 1 rattle-less rattlesnake. Crotalus catalinensis is a species of venemous pit viper endemic to Isla Santa Catalina. This species is relatively slender and stunted, growing to a maximum of 28.8 in length. The most distinctive feature about this species of rattlesnake is that it has no rattle at all. The base of the tail, referred to as the “button”, has degenerated to such an extent that the rattle immediately falls off with each shed instead of forming a new segment, as it does in other species of rattlesnake. This is widely believed to be a localized adaptation for hunting birds. In contrast to the islands, the canyons on the Baja-side that start high in Los Gigantes and spill-out onto narrow beaches on the Sea of Cortez are rife with Desert Big Horn Sheep (borrego cimarrón), Mountain Lions, Foxes, Bobcats, Coyote, and Raccoons. Mule deer live below 1,500 meters (5,000 ft.), while fewer white-tailed deer live in the higher elevations. On our hikes we found evidence of Deer, Big Horn, Puma and Coyotes. Anyway here are some images from the trip. I hope you enjoy them. Kevin