I am an editorial and assignment photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Special rockstar talents include portraiture, lifestyle, food, and documentary photography with an authentic and atmospheric bent. For me photography has always been about the stories; the lives I get to inhabit, attempt to capture, and then share. I focus on finding real moments and getting to the trueness of my subjects. Daily, this job both terrifies and invigorates me and the best assignments are the ones that teach me something new. So every one, basically.
Other random facts:
I. I have learned there is no normal.
2. Can often be found dancing with my eyes closed, taking myself too seriously and listening really hard.
3. Best compliment ever, "I had a good time during the photo session. The picture you have of me on your web site really says a lot about me. Thank you for making our day a time to remember." -Tom Hazel
Awards and Honors include:
American Society of Media Photographers, Best of 2014
Pictures of the Year International, 3rd Place, Multimedia Feature (2012)
National Press Photographers Association, BOP, 3rd Place, Best Published Picture Story (2012)
Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grant (2011)
Society of Professional Journalists, 1st Place, Photo Essay, Street Roots, “I am not invisible” (2009)
Photo District News/Billboard Year In Music Photography Contest, Best in Category Winner (2009)
The Magenta Foundation's Emerging Photographer (2006)
Photo District News, Photo Annual Winner (2005 and 2003)
Fulbright Grant Recipient, India (2004)