Buck photographer Boone Rodriguez got a call from Manifesto requesting a shoot to capture kids working with Intel‘s school robotics program.  Boone and I worked with the client to cast the talent from Option Model and Media, and coordinated our locations.  We shot at ADX, a shared workshop for creatives, and a local Portland elementary school.  We built out the crafty table ourselves, and had lunch catered by Chipotle (a crowd favorite, especially with the kiddos).  MUAH was by Kylie Sallee, styling by the wonderful Pauline Kim, and prop styling by our go-to, miss Karyn Fiebich.  Two of our favorite collaborators Braden Spotts and Michael Spear filled out our crew as photo assist and PA respectively.  Pre-production planning and hiring a great crew are two imperatives for a smooth shoot day, and we ran a tight ship on this project.


Hanna Andersson puts out multiple catalogues each year, and very lovely ones at that. As we’re both Portland-based companies, we at Buck were excited to partner with them to shoot in-context product photography for their next season catalogue and online assets.  Buck photographer Boone Rodriguez and myself (Buck producer Darren Utt) executed a three-day shoot to capture over 120 unique images.  We had the help of Portland photo assist extraordinaire Mike Grippi, and digital tech Ben Cort, as well as expert stylist Dane Holweger and the best and brightest from Hanna Andersson’s creative team.

This was such an involved and fun shoot for us.  We built an entire bedroom set in our NW Portland photo studio and used a combination of artificial and natural light to create an inviting atmosphere.

Here are a few examples of assets captured from Hanna’s website as well as some BTS photos from our set at Buck Studio.


Tearsheet / Portland Commercial Photo Shoot / Hanna Andersson

Tearsheet / Portland Commercial Photo Shoot / Hanna Andersson

Tearsheet / Portland Commercial Photo Shoot / Hanna Andersson

Buck Studio Productions along with Buck Studio photographer Boone Rodriguez had the chance to work once again with the awesome guys at Parliament.  A commercial photo shoot for client Capital One, we spent a week (two prep days, two shooting days, one wrap day) in sunny San Diego, CA.  Creative Director Chris Erickson and Art Director Jono Stark met months prior to shooting to define scope of project, and to determine what could be achieved within their budget.

For this project, the ask was to execute 24 unique photos over two shooting days in three locations, with a mix of 20 talent.  The client and agency creative teams had built a strong brief, and after two pre-production meetings (PPM) we had a thoughtful shoot schedule.  Buck’s associate producer Emma Browne worked with the City of San Diego to acquire the needed permit to allow us to shoot in Balboa Park.  Great thing about Balboa Park is that the permit required to photograph is free (permit is issued by the Parks Department at the City of San Diego, and took about 10 business days.  Call Jessica @ 619-235-5918).

For production supplies, we went with San Diego Film & Equipment.  This one-man production supply shop had everything we needed.  They supplied us two new pop-up tents, folding tables, a gigantic cooler, 8ft ladder, 12x frame and silks, apple boxes, c-stands, combo stands, and lots of sand.  Xavier helped us and was quick to respond to any last minute adjustments.

Catering was a challenge at first, as the San Diego market is dominated by made-to-order meals in food trucks. For production, that’s a no-go, as crew needs to be able to eat quickly and move on.  Emma eventually discovered Creative Catering, and Katheryn Elias was very responsive to adjusted delivery times and locations.  Food was great, delivery and pick-up were quick and on-time.

Our crew was mostly recommended by my long time friend and past photo mentor Quavondo.  Q brought in Alex Wilson, assistant extraordinaire, Melissa Lynn Woodbury our excellent wardrobe stylist and her assist Lizeth Baltadano, and MUAH’s Grace Phillips and Lysette Castellanos.  Local San Diego stylist Kylie Sigurdson helped us big by purchasing (and returning) all items on our prop list.

San Diego was an easy city to shoot in for us.  We planned our locations to be close together in proximity, and this really paid off in terms of transportation times.  No drive took longer than 15 minutes, and we were never sitting in traffic.  We shot around Balboa Park and in some private homes (AirBnB + personal connections of Parliament’s) in the North Park and The College neighborhoods.  We would definitely shoot here again!


LaMarcus Aldridge Behind the Scenes from BUCK on Vimeo.

The four-time all-star LaMarcus Aldridge was at BUCK Studio for a photo and video interview with Vita Coco Coconut Water. The Portland Trailblazer joked with the crew and was gracious with the many fans that were glad to see the big-man up close.

Brooklyn based agency Madwell worked with LaMarcus as part of their campaign with Vita Coco. They reached out to BUCK Studio for the photo studio rental, as well as help producing the bts video linked above.

BUCK Studio’s 2,500 square foot photo studio in the Industrial NW neighborhood of Portland, OR is available to rent for your next photo shoot. Click on the video walkthrough tour linked above to tour the space, and reserve your studio rental by booking online at www.buckstudiopdx.com/studio .

The shooting area has 44 feet of cyclorama walls with 8 dedicated power circuits conveniently located overhead. Supporting areas include a well lit makeup and hair area, two large dressing rooms, and a comfortable client area with couches, chairs, standing work tables and stools. Wifi throughout the space allows for content to be pushed to the 52″ plasma screen using AirPlay via the AppleTV from any Apple phone, iPad, laptop or desktop. Photographers often push images from a tether station to the client area plasma screen so clients can review images from the comfort of the couch. A robust stereo system can also be controlled via AirPlay, or by any other source plugged in directly.

One large bonus is the free parking in the lot attached to the studio that can support up to 20 vehicles. For large subjects, there is a loading bay for large trucks, as well as a 14 foot sliding door that allows vehicles as large as a U-haul to be driven into the studio.

BUCK Studio is available for rent at half day, full day, and week long rates. If interested in renting BUCK for your photo shoot, email darren@buckstudiopdx.com to inquire availability and rates.