I've had the good fortune to work for Casey Family Programs under contract for the past six years.
Created in 1966 by Jim Casey, the founder of UPS, Casey Family Programs works to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live with a focus on the foster care system.
In all 50 states, CFP provides consulting services to child welfare systems, direct services to children and families, public policy resources; and research and analysis.
These pictures are from their Annual Meeting, held in Seattle, Washington.
Minnesota Pow Wow
These pictures were made as part of Casey Family Programs' annual report. The assignment was to document the Leech Lake Band Of Ojibwe Memorial Day Pow Wow in Bemidji, Minnesota.
Aegis Living is a national leader in assisted living and memory care communities. The company's positive outlook goes beyond the numbers, having received accolades over the years for its innovative practices in senior and memory care, community design, hiring philosophies and in an industry first, this year named one of Glassdoor's Top 50 Best Places to Work.
I've had the privilege to photograph their annual EPIC meeting for the past ten years. Their high-energy meeting, held over three days in January, feels more like a family reunion than a business conference and is routinely punctuated with appearances by world renown speakers, dignitaries and celebrities sharing their observations, memories and lust for life.
Iberdrola Holiday Party
Iberdrola Renewables is transforming the way the United States produces energy with a focus on solar, wind, and biomass. With 65 current projects including wind and solar farms, Iberdrola recognizes that renewable and sustainable energy is the hope for the future.
They held their annual holiday party in Portland's Pearl District, an awesome crew and a fun night for all!
I was the contract photographer for ECCC - The Emerald City (Seattle) Comic Con - for 5 years (2009-13). I've also worked for Wizard World (2012-14) which routinely schedules conventions all over the country.
I love old comics and have read and collected them since I was a kid, so these shows are always great fun to work.
Forged In Fire
Arnon Andrey Kartmazov owns and operates Bridgetown Forge in Portland, Oregon. Arnon was one of the original Forged In Fire contestants and was recently recognized as one of Portland's Master Bladesmiths by Portland Magazine.
He is a master * My humble opinion after watching and photographing him conducting his knife making class, held over two days last November.
I was tapped to photograph The Bernie Sanders rally in Portland by Revolution Media back in 2015. These photographs were also distributed via Zuma Press International.
A day in the life of The Overlake School, in Redmond, Washington.
Founded by self-described hippies and originally built on a pastoral farm in the country , Overlake has emerged as a premiere private prep academies on the west coast. Students maintain a rigorous academic schedule with an 8-1 teacher ratio, but are also required to develop their own projects and to explore their personal interests.
The Jefferson Dancers are an elite company of the nationally recognized dance department at Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon. They consistently graduate dancers who go on to Juliard, Broadway, and beyond.
But it's not an easy road. Dancers are expected to train 4 hours per day, five days a week, while attending their normal classes and keeping up a respectable GPA.
The season culminates in an annual performance at The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland.