Bell Blazers Classic

21 09 2010

Today I photographed the annual Bell-Blazers Golf Classic! The event takes place at The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Course in Aloha, Oregon, and is a benefit for the Oregon Partnership . Oregon Partnership, from their web site, is: “a statewide non-profit promoting healthy kids and communities through drug and alcohol awareness, drug prevention programs, and 24 hour crisis lines for treatment referrals and suicide intervention. We work with schools and community coalitions statewide, and our resource library is open to all to educate on the dangers of substance abuse.”

The event included Blazers Alumni as well as many of the Blazers corporate sponsors. Some of the Alumni included: Terry Porter, Buck Williams, Jerome Kersey, Michael Harper, Antonio Harvey, as well as our hall-of-fame announcer Bill Schonely. Some celebrity names included former KGW channel 8 anchor, Pete Schulberg, KGW channel 8 sports anchor, Adam Bjaranson, and Isaac & Big Suke from 1080 the Fan.

I arrived at the course at 930am to get set up and photograph candids of the registration and pre-golf events. The players all started golfing on what they call a “shotgun start” in which all groups of players tee off simultaneously from different holes. After the start at 11am, Carrie & I took a cart and searched out each group for team photos. Once all teams were photographed it was my job to print one 5×7 for each player. This year, there were 190 golfers playing in the same tournament which was a record number of tournament players for the course!

The day ended with a meet & greet with Blazer player Greg Oden, buffet dinner, and an awards program to announce the winning teams and raffle prizes. Here are a few images from today!

The Reserve

Bell Blazers Classic Banner

BlazerDancers Stephanie & Michelle with the Taco Bell SRT Challenger

A lot of golf carts!!!

BlazerDancers Caitlin & Camicha
Announcer Bill Schonely

Table of on-site prints

Mike Rice with BlazerDancers Vanessa & Lindsey

Class is in Session

20 09 2010

Today was the first day of my “official” teaching career. Just 3 weeks ago I was invited to teach the advanced lighting class to the 2nd year professional photography students at MHCC. I graduated from the same program back in 2002 so this means I have come full circle. Alongside Justin Myers, we plan to give the students a ton of info to get them a huge head start in their photography careers. The program will be a challenge for me and I will do my best to offer 110% to them. 

So, as I have mentioned in a previous blog post, Justin & I have challenged ourselves to create one blog post per day until classes end on December 6th. For the students, they are required just 2 posts per week. The idea behind this is to keep them thinking 100% photography at all times. We also gave them a “theme” for the photos they post to their blogs. This week’s theme: circles. I can’t wait to see the different interpretations each student comes up with! I too plan to take the “circle” theme challenge myself and I’ll be posting a few of my favs here on the blog, and on my facebook photography page

Here are a few images from my archives with the circle theme in mind:

Images for week 1: circle theme

Images for week 1: circle theme

Images for week 1: circle theme

Images for week 1: circle theme

Blog, I’ve missed you!

17 09 2010

Well, after a long time-off from Blog posting, it is now time to get back in the blog “game” and update you all with some new material! But before all that I have some great news to announce…..I have recently accepted a teaching position at Mt. Hood Community College in the Integrated Media Program! I will be teaching along side Justin Myers, teaching the Advanced Lighting course to the Professional Photography students! I am very excited to share my photo knowledge with them and look forward to the next couple months of intense photography classes and training.

Now, back-tracking and reviewing the past years-worth of missed blog opportunities is going to be tough, but basically I have been busy! Here’s a very long, run-on sentence worth of the past 7 months:

My last blog post left off with Sarah & Ryan’s wedding from the Silcox Hut on Mt. Hood. After that experience, in February, I went to ex Trail Blazer, Bill Walton’s, house in San Diego with Blazers, took the Primitive Performace rally driving school with Paul Eklund  , shot action photos at the NWAACC Basketball Championships in Tri Cities, WA., in March, and shot a wedding and went to the Seattle Supercross event in April. In May, I shot action photos and VIDEOS of the Oregon Trail Rally in Dufur, OR, shot action photos in Portland of the NWAACC Softball Championships , and shot more action photos of the NWAACC Baseball Championships in Longview, WA. Also in May I accepted the team photographer position with a local IBL basketball team, the Vancouver Volcanoes, and I photographed 6 home games through mid-June. June was a mix of graduation ceremonies, wedding meetings, etc, and the month ended with an Aerial photo mission over Portland with Oregon Air Photo, a new partnership formed with Bryan Heim Photography. July was the beginning of wedding season with 4 weddings: Rebecca & Frank, Austin & Stewart, Whitney & Jace, and Angela & Dan. August was another wedding month with 6 total: Amanda & Levi, Amy & Ben, Kelsey & Adam, Coutrney & Charlie, Kristen & Dustin, Engagements for Brenda’s cousin Michelle & Curt, and Jenny & TJ….CONGRATS TO ALL NEWLEYWEDS, and thanks so much for trusting me to cover your special day, WOOT WOOT!!!!!!!!

I wont quite get into September yet in this post so stay tuned as I am going to challenge myself along with my new students to make a blog post, or simply a photo post every day til classes end on December 6th! That should make for some interesting content :>)

Ok, thanks for reading all this and please feel free to add comments and thoughts in the future on whatever ends up here! Cheers!

New Photography Studio!

29 12 2009

At long last I now have a photography studio! It’s just what I need to get started and can’t wait to schedule more photo sessions in there.

My basic plan is to use the space as-is for now and work on the details as time progresses. The space is fully functional and available for any type of photo shoot. I also plan to rent the space to other photographers and I am in the works on putting together hourly and monthly packages which can include the space by itself, or it can also include a light kit for those who may not have one available to them. If you are interested in using the space for your own photo shoots please contact me and we can work something out!

For now, any type of photo session with me is free, yes, free, no session fees!

I’ve done a couple photo sessions in there to date, so here are a couple photos of the studio and a couple images from those recent photo shoots!

Jeff Hinds Photography Studio

Jeff Hinds Photography Studio

Introducing: Photoshelter

19 12 2009

Wanna see more of Jeff’s photo’s? I am happy to indroduce my new stock image web site at! Rights-managed images are available for purchase and direct download through the site. I will be adding many more images as my archives are sorted but for now enjoy what I have on the site!

Click the photo for my Photoshelter site:

Hawthorne Bridge: A view from ground level

Wilsonville “Contenders”

15 12 2009

Back in November I did the team & individuals for the Wilsonville girls Varsity team. Just like the girls at Lakeridge, they too had a team theme….”Contenders”. Their idea was to have boxing incorporated into the team poster!

For the final poster image, I had a perfect idea, knew exactly what the team needed and how I wanted the final image to look. I wanted to use two images photoshopped together: a background image of a boxing gym with an image of the girls superimposed over it.

For the background image I wanted to  use a technique called “HDR” or “high dynamic range”. Basically, it’s a photoshop merging of 3 different image exposures. Luckily, my father-in-law is a boxing trainer for the #1 ranked female boxer in the nation, Molly McConnell, so first thing was to call Molly and set a date to shoot the images at the gym where Molly trains, Grand Ave. gym in NE Portland. The main image of the girls was taken on the day I shot the team & individuals at the school.

Here is the final composite image, the HDR background, and the main image of the girls as taken on team photo day:

Wilsonville Girls Varsity: "Contenders"

Grand Ave. gym, photoshop HDR

Wilsonville Girls Varsity 09

Welcome to my new blog!

13 10 2009

Hi everyone, thanks for visiting my new blog! Ok, so yes I am totally new to this blog thing but I plan to update the page twice a week, on monday’s and friday’s…and maybe a few in between so bookmark this page and check back often!

For my blog I plan to offer tips and tricks on how I work as well as add more cool photography videos on my new You Tube channel ( jeffhindsTV, link on the right). I will post just about everything I do that is photo-related and maybe throw in a few personal adventures in there…who knows what I might post!

Ok, so I’ve already been posting for the past week so enjoy what I have done over the past week!!!!!!