I was honored to be asked by The Frause Group to photograph their client McKinstry Industries.  If you’re not familiar with the company 9and unless you’ve built a huge commercial building lately, you’re probably not) I recommend at least learning about their business model.  It’s pretty impressive and seems fit to weather any storm this economic climate could produce.

On a side note, maybe if we used something a little less threatening for our economic metaphor it would ease some of the pain.  Like beer for instance. The past year or so could be the Schmidt Ice time in our economy, but we are moving slowly towards Sam Adams and in a couple years we’ll be back to our fine selection of Micro Brews.  Just a thought Wall Street…*

Back to the job.  McKinstry is starting a project that can house small businesses while they help them plan and develop their ideas, appropriately called the McKinstry Innovation Center.  Frause is building a website and marketing materials for the Center and needed new photos of the workshop and offices.  I turned into a kid with his first camera in that metals shop.  There were so many fascinating scenes to shoot and details to capture.  When someone is working, especially with heavy machinery, they don’t always have the most patience to be photographed.  But, everyone there was super cool and willing to help out and participate.  That participation may have been due in part to a macabre interest in the tolerance of my skin and gear in relation to the constant shower of sparks it had to endure.   It was well worth it.  The shoot was awesome and it’s always a very rewarding experience to work with people at the forefront of their industry.  I wish them the very best in this new venture.

*I apologize if I’ve offended the sensitive nature of your beer tastes, if so I encourage you to come up with your own model for this economic pub.




Captain Cook Hotel

I recently got back from a trip to Alaska with Seattle branding firm Urban Influence.  We went up for a four day trip to shoot The Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.  I would love to say I spent most of the time snowmobiling and hunting moose out in the tundra, but that just wasn’t the case.  The hotel is huge and we put in some very long days without stepping outside.  The view from the restaurants 17th floor windows were amazing and I want to head back to shoot in the wilderness as soon as I can.  Besides being impressed with the beautiful mountains surrounding Anchorage, I was also wowed with the level of service and hospitality by the staff and the overall warmth of the people we talked to.  They say people either love it up there or absolutely hate it and these folks truly seemed to love it.  As for me… I’m not sure I’d live there full time but, I definitely felt like I was standing at natures door step and perhaps I did hear a faint call from the wild.  And then it was time to fly home.

Iphone East View
Iphone East View
Iphone East View
Iphone West View