Young Monks.

Buddhist Tibetan Monks Dharamsala India

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Refugee Status. A Documentary Project for Tibet

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“Being clear about what we’re doing and why is the first step in doing it better. If you’re not happy about the honest answer to this question, make substantial changes until you are.” Seth Godin. Jan 15, 2013

Not a day goes by when I don’t have the extreme privilege of hearing stories of young Tibetans fleeing the Chinese government’s occupation of their land. The stories are shocking, filled with bravery, a fight for freedom and many times, end in tragedy.  Just today, a friend of mine told me his story of crossing the Himalayan Mountains (as they all do in order to get to India). He told me of being captured by the Chinese government the first 3 times he tried to escape, put in prison and then returned him to his home. The fourth and final time, he travelled for multiple weeks over the mountains, with some dying along the way. Food runs out, the temperatures are freezing, there are unmarked paths with dangerous cliffs. One young man fell to his death during their journey.

I want to help. This has inspired me to start a documentary project of these young adults, coming from Tibet, as refugees, holding on to their culture, learning for the first time about their country’s history (as it is mostly banned in Tibet to learn of their own history), all the while trying to embrace their new surroundings in India, separated from their families and from the way of life they’re accustomed to. A beautiful mixture of tradition and modern appeals. Starting a new life…. with “Refugee Status”.

This is the first image of the series.

(Sengye, shown above, is a young Tibetan man from the Amdo region of Tibet. He wears a traditional fur hat and necklace, identifying him as Amdo. He was raised in a nomadic family (as most are in that region), breeding yaks, sheeps and goats. He fled Tibet on the same night of his father’s return from being imprisoned by the Chinese government for 14 years. They didn’t see each other.)

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THE Shannon Bex

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of spending some time with Shannon Bex, you would know how beautiful, talented, and incredibly gracious she is. Known for her part in the all female music group, Danity Kane, Shannon has re-created herself to become BEX, a sweet new band showcasing her unique country-pop-soul sound and awe-inspiring dance moves.

Shannon and I met over a glass of wine at a crowded, little wine cafe through a mutual friend, and immediately knew she was going to be an incredible person to get to know and photograph. Luckily for me, she is just that wonderful!

Photographing her for some of her PR and a recent magazine article, Shannon proved to be vulnerable yet strong, a lil’ goofy behind the scenes yet absolutely stunning in front of the camera! Take a look…

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Commercial Photographer | Puerto Vallarta Mexico

I recently had the great pleasure of working in collaboration with one of my best friends and fellow commercial photographer, Jessica Grenier for a great company, M&N Luxury Vacations in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Our job was to photograph M&N’s brand new condo in the Icon Vallarta towers and their new baby girl, the Mystique, a 56-foot Voyager yacht. They are offering this beautiful condo as a vacation rental in PV along with the availability of a chartered yacht (separate or together) and needed architectural and lifestyle photos for their print collateral. For obvious reasons, this was an amazing job and we are so happy with how the brochures turned out (beautifully designed by Flockhart Design, Inc.) Here’s a peak…

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Oregon Home | Architectural Photographer Oregon

I am super excited to announce the new Oregon Home Magazine is now on store shelves! The cover image was photographed by yours truly, featuring Thomas Lauderdale from the famed Pink Martini in the comforts of his Portland residence. Oregon Home Magazine has undergone some incredible changes in the last few months, revamping the look and feel of its publication to a beautiful, new source of architecture and living in Oregon.

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Professional Headshots, Your First Impression | Professional Photographer Bend Oregon

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I was recently hired by the lovely and talented Dana Ward of Lime Design to photograph her new professional headshots. In business, professional headshots are very important. They are sometimes the “first impression” when someone is looking for your service or a professional in your field. They can speak volumes about your personality, and even, the quality of your business. Of course, I am a photographer, so I may be biased as to the importance of one’s photography, but personally, I steer clear of any businessman or woman with a pixelated photo, cropped out of last year’s Hawaiian vacation. (facebook excluded)

For Dana’s headshots, we wanted to photograph her in an environmental portrait style, instead of in the studio, to add some depth and connection to her business. We chose The Loft in downtown Bend as a great location for her. She is one of Central Oregon’s premier home stagers, so having an intimate and warm atmosphere went well in defining her as a professional in her field.

What’s your field or area of expertise? Do your headshots help portray your branding and convey the image you want for your business?

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Backporch Coffee’s New Digs | Commercial Photographer Bend OR

If you still haven’t been to Backporch Coffee Roasters‘ new location, I’m not sure where you’ve been… it’s beautiful. I’m calling it my second home these days, as I love to sip my latte’ while emailing, writing proposal or even blogging. I was hired to photograph images for their advertising collateral, showcasing their snazzy new spot and details such as Ruby, their new baby, the La Marzocco espresso machine. Yes, you heard me, La Marzocco to all you coffee “snobs”… oops…connoisseurs out there.

I wanted to compliment the modern interior of Backporch Coffee with a clean and simple approach to the imagery, which isn’t hard since, let’s face it, that’s pretty much what my photography leans toward anyway.  I used mostly all natural lighting for their imagery and focused on clean lines and off-set composition. Here are a few of the images.

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Seth Aaron Fashion Designer | Paula Watts Photography

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“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Coco Chanel

I was recently given the great opportunity to photograph fashion designer, Seth Aaron (winner of Project Runway) and the beautiful, Katya Timokhina for a fashion spread regarding the Portland fashion scene. Seth’s designs are a living example of Coco Chanel’s quote. His fashions are IDEAS, a way of LIVING, and most definitely, what is HAPPENING now!

Check out the latest issue of Oregon Business Magazine for the story! I can’t thank Anne Bocci for her beautiful boutique and for hosting our entire crew. www.annebocciboutique.com

Models: Seth Aaron Henderson, Katya Timokhina

Clothing: Seth Aaron Designs

Necklace: Anne Bocci Design

Styling: Jon Taylor Carter

Makeup: Sunny Fire

PR: Chris Cone

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Knight Residence | Architectural Photographer, Bend Oregon

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Talk about a “picture perfect” family…. I had the lovely privilege of photographing the Knight Residence and the beautiful family that inhabits it for the Fall issue of 1859 Magazine (on shelves now). Doug and Wendy Knight gracefully remodeled their 1918 American Craftsman home in the heart of Bend’s Drake Park Historical District. “The idea was to be respectful of the architectural style of the era and to do something fresh…” Doug said in the 1859 Magazine interview. And they definitely succeeded.

In photographing this home, I needed to keep in mind what their vision was for their space. Light was a huge driving force for them in remodeling, so keeping the home bright and airy was important. They had so many personal touches as well. Wendy Knight, a brilliant interior designer, added warmth and elegance while mixing some of their family’s personal touches with things like their daughters’ artwork. Capturing those elements were equally important. Below are some of the final images. Enjoy!

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