Client: Valentich Bags
Goal: Strengthen the Valentich Bags brand by showing their process in a film.
Below is a film I created for the Colorado based bag company, Valentich Bags. A self taught craftsman, Ryan Valentich cuts and sews every carry and craft product him and his wife Jill offer in the historic Baker neighborhood in Denver. These products are of the highest caliber--fully custom and handmade in the USA. So sit back, watch, and listen to Ryan's process from beginning to end as he creates their Oui Chef Knife Roll.
This film appears in the about section of their site.
Client: Archival Clothing
Role: Producer | Photographer | Videographer
Goal: Strengthen Archival's product photography through lifestyle photography/film.
In February 2015 I began photographing products for Archival clothing, and the photos I shot became the brand's 2015 summer look book. Due to the success of the shoot, the creative director gave me free reign on producing a 2015 video look book. Its purpose was to showcase their clothing in motion by following a writer on his typical route to a coffee shop. Check it out below, and for a full rundown of the lookbook, check out my journal.
Update: I recently finished a lookbook for Archival's latest fall 2015 products. Photos featured in it span from Denver to Berlin. Scroll past the video to check it out, and for more content, check out the Archival tag in my journal.
Client: Lemons Architecture
Goal: Create a logo/identity for Seattle based Architecture firm, Lemons Architecture PLLC.
My work for my brother's Seattle based architecture firm began when he first opened shop in October of 2014. We collaborated on a promotional film that drove business to his door. Clients loved being able to see the face of the company, an advantage we took ahold of that other firms were not doing, and all in all it was a big success in our eyes.
As business continued to boom over the summer of 2015, he enlisted me once again--this time to create a logo/identity. I wanted the logo to look like a pair of modern buildings, and adopted the flat icon look for it. Once everything was finalized, it went live on his site and all associated social media. Since then he has expanded and recently moved into a beautiful space in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle. I recently visited to take some photos of the space for his site, and you'll see the logo throughout his work. Check out more below.
Company: Weddings by Grant
When I graduated high school, I gravitated toward filming weddings. Shortly after my first gig, I launched my wedding film business. This business gave me four years of experience (and counting) with real client work–with couples who I now consider friends.
Client: Elixr Global
Role: Producer | Editor
Goal: Further promote the Elixr Global brand around Europe through stills and film.
In December 2014 I filmed and photographed American rapper YG for his last two stops on his European tour. For the four days I was with him and the Elixr Global team (in Copenhagen and Helsinki), I was expected to deliver multiple photo sets per concert (30 of YG performing + step-and-repeat photos) as well as a tour video which can now be found at the front of their site. I also delivered behind-the-scenes shots of the Elixr team for use in their promotional materials.
You can read more about the journey in great detail on my journal.
Update 12/09/2015: I filmed and photographed Ernest Baker & crew's rage fueled parties, the Night Shift, for their first European tour. Is that a world tour? Check out the tour film below as well as a few stills.
Be sure to hit my blog to see my written thoughts on spending four nights with the Night Shift.
Role: Producer | Editor
Goal: To make a film that dives into the psyche/culture of Portland clothing brand Jaefields, its following, and its Creator, Wookie Fields.
Wookie and I connected over the summer through a mutual friend, and we immediately began working on this film. While cruising around Portland for the summer I noticed his clothing throughout all the dope shops in town. Going into this, already admiring his work, and I jumped at the opportunity to work with him. Up to this point Jaefields didn't have a brand positioning film to show the world what the brand/creator Wookie stands for. This video fills that void through Wookie's words as he cuts and sews the fabric of what Jaefields is all about. Check out the full film below.
Agency: Uncorked Studios
Role: Summer 2015 Producer Intern, current client
Uncorked Studios is a product design and development company in Portland known for pushing the limits of emergent technologies. Their clients span from some of the world's biggest brands (Lego, Google, & Skype) to up and coming startups.
As a producer intern my duties included keeping teams on task, remembering all of the details, and ensuring the client is satisfied, all while cultivating teamwork and company culture along the way. In this way, I played both the role of project manager internally as well as account manager in facilitating client-facing communication. I learned a lot this summer, more than I could have ever anticipated. If you're curious what I was doing there, check out my journal.
In addition to my producer duties, I spend time photographing/filming our everyday projects/happenings in the company. Below are photos that begin to tell my Uncorked story.
Update: At the end of the summer I decided to pursue photography/videography full-time, and Uncorked became a client thereafter. I just finished up a reel that showcases what Uncorked is all about.
A collection of portraits I shot this past year.
1. Lawrence Neil, professional headshot
2. Ernest Baker & Alex Russell, Elixr Global (Copenhagen, Denmark)
3. Carissa Bricker, graduation photoshoot
4. Connor Wingo, Archival photoshoot
5. Cassie & Christa Bricker, senior photoshoot
6. Jaylon Butte, barbershop editorial
7. Gregory Jackson, UBER Neighborhood Love photoshoot
8. Alia & Jason, UBER Neighborhood Love photoshoot
9. Ashley Parsell, senior photoshoot
10. Benjamin Troychak, professional headshot
11. YG, Elixr Global (Helsinki, Finland)
Agency: The Venture Dept.
Role: Director of Production
The Venture Dept. is the Emerald’s student-run creative agency dedicated to serving the University of Oregon community. At Venture, my day-to-day responsibilities included photo and video production, handling of production details, mentoring of producers, and customer service. Below are a few of the projects that I did with our team for clients around the Eugene area.
1st place for The College Media Business and Advertising Managers' (CMBAM) Best Video Ad or Underwriting Spot (11 seconds or longer) - A&AA: 100 Years of Making Good
2nd place for CMBAM's Best Student-Run Agency - The Venture Dept.
2014 Reel (Edited in January 2014)
Alaska // Washington // Oregon // California // Utah // New York City // Mexico // Denmark // Finland
Projects in order of appearance:
Update: 2015 reel will come out in February 2016.
Project: SOJC Science & Memory Climate Change Project (Year 1 of 3)
Role: Producer | Editor
In July we ventured north. Along with eighteen fellow students and four professors, we flew into Cordova, Alaska to tell stories about climate change through a scientific lens.
For my two weeks in Cordova I spent the daylight hours filming (which is seemingly endless in July) and the evening hours editing. Science & Memory continues to grow, and our team's contributions helped rev it up. We already passed this project onto the next students in line, who are now taking over for the next two years.