The Shoot That Changed Everything
A photographer looks back on a 15-year career of shooting houses.
Recently, I hit a pretty amazing milestone. I reached my 15th year of business. It’s been a long run and a wonderful journey. I was going to post something from back in 2002, but it was a lot of real estate photography shot on film! My scans aren’t that great, so I changed my idea to this: I did a shoot for Portland Monthly back in 2006. It’s the shoot that changed my career forever. Prior to this shoot, I was shooting a lot of portraits, products, and pretty much anything to make a living as a pretty green photographer. After this shoot, I found an amazing client.
This shoot was featured the home of Jessica Helgerson (whom I often write about). She was an interior designer and because of how this shoot came out, she went on to hire me to photograph her projects for the next nine years, until I moved away from Portland. Jessica has become a rock star in the interior design world and much of my portfolio features her projects. Many of the shoots I did for her went viral on design blogs and I, consequently, became very well known as an interior photographer. Much of the commercial work I’ve done all stems from the look Jessica and I collaborated on, and my style evolved along with her.
I’ve had lots of successes (and a few failures) along the way, but this shoot changed it all for me.