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simply said "great work! Keep it up!". So I did!

What's the best part of being a photographer?

For me the best part of photography is working with people, I love the interaction. I tend to enjoy great conversation about the things my subject is passionate about most, and then directing the conversation toward the look and feel I am going for.

For clients, I really enjoy being able to assist in generating a concept that conveys their message. To collaborate with others toward a common goal, and see it come to life, is indeed gratifying.

Can you tell us about some of the most enjoyable projects that you have worked on?

Hmmm, well that's a tough one. For work projects, I worked with Cuba Gooding Jr and Clifton Collins for a film, and Cuba was so in sync with what I was trying to accomplish for the entire film, it made the job a lot of fun. He didn't miss a beat.

For projects of my own, seeing the whole team come together to make a shoot happen is really gratifying. Back in the days of Normans studio, I had Angus Mitchelle (Paul Mitchells son) doing the hair, Jerrell Scott (Project Runway's 3rd place winner) making the clothes for the actors, and getting to shape the light myself was all a great deal of fun. A lot of moving parts, all moving in the same direction, is a beautiful thing to see and be a part of.

I once did a shoot for BEBE with Misha Barton, and it was an amazing set with simply impeccable lighting.

Lastly, I had a great deal of fun working on the film "Brick". It was one of my first films doing stills and the DP was incredible, so it made my job really easy and fun.

Oh wait! Almost forgot, I did a shoot with my wife recently in a Turkish style soaking pool here in Bend. There is a huge open roof and fountain in the middle. My wife was in a full dress and fully submerged in the pool. We entered the image in a SanDisk Photo contest and won 1st place in the fashion category of 7,400 photos. I won a thousand bucks for photographing the most beautiful woman on the planet! :)

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