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Report from Portland’s Tiny House Hotel

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It’s been just over a year since the country’s first-ever tiny house hotel opened its even tinier doors on NE 11th Ave. We asked owners Kol Peterson and Deb Delman to fill us in on what’s new at Caravan, plans for the future, and some of the best moments since its opening.” – Brooke Sahni for Portland Monthly

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Gregory Gourdet.

May I start off by saying: this feature shoot is a perfect example of matching Photographer with Concept. When Mike Novak (AD Portland Monthly) first approached me with the subject matter and concept for this shoot I was thrilled. Greg is the highly energetic, deliciously talented Chef de Cuisine at Departure, the restaurant atop the Nines hotel in downtown Portland. He’s an ex-partyboy turned Paleo/fitness freak with a great sense of style and humor. We shot for roughly 4 hours in studio and he kept his energy up the entire time. With the help of his best-friend/roommate/stylist, Tia Vanich, we managed to keep Gregory looking sharp throughout the whole shoot. The final images reflected his charming personality and sense of humor, along with his good-looks and sense of style. If you live in Portland (or are just traveling thru), do yourself a favor and stop by Departure for their incredible rooftop happy hour with the best view in the city.  


Downtown Witch illustration by Matty Newton

An editorial illustration for the October 2013 issue of Portland Monthly. The article introduces local Portland priestess, Pomegranate Doyle. Inspired by Hanna-Barbera’s opening credits to the TV classic, Bewitched.  Art Direction by Michael Novak.

*Unfortunately, in error the final illustration above did not make print and an earlier concept sketch was printed. The correction will be made on the magazine’s website, and I am happy to present the final illustration here.


Went on a trip to Bagby Hot Springs, which are located in the Mount Hood National Forest about 67 miles southeast of Portland, Oregon.

We used the larger tub to soak up lava minerals from the water and it was refreshing and relaxing. It took about 15 buckets of the cold spring water to cool off the hot springs water as well. 

Fun Fact: The cold water is drinkable. 

Photos by www.jasondesomer.com


Fit City. 

I had the absolute pleasure of shooting my favorite feature to date for the January 2013 issue of Portland Monthly. Five locations over three days. Rocking climbing, cross-fit, and crazy tilt-cycling just to name a few of the adventures we went on. Pick up a copy of Portland Monthly for the whole scoop, researched and written by my friend Rachel Ritchie. On newsstands now!

Art director: Kate Madden

Photo assist: Ashley Anderson

“The Perfect Party” Illustrations by Matty Newton.

I am happy to announce that I will be illustrating The Perfect Party” in the beautifully redesigned Portland Monthly. “The Perfect Party” is a monthly guest list of celebrities, politicians, and local newsmakers. Art Direction by Michael Novak.

The January 2014 issue is on newsstands now. Check out the digital version at pdxmonthly.com.


Kelly Williams Brown.

Another gem of a talent I had the opportunity to shoot for May’s issue of Portland Monthly. Aside from being a total sweetheart and badass writer, she also works as a copywriter for advertising agency Leopold Ketel. Here’s a small intro from the Long Story Short feature on Ms. Brown, as told to editor Rachel Ritchie:

In April 2011, while working as a columnist at the Statesman Journal in Salem, Kelly Williams Brown came up with the kernel of a book idea: a beginner’s guide to adulthood, from writing condolence cards to buying a used car. This month, Grand Central Publishing will release Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps. Her companion blog has already racked up more than 100,000 dedicated followers. A TV adaptation is in the works with J.J. Abram’s fames production company, Bad Robot. And along the way, she even conquered her fear of bleach.