Posts in Category: Music

Photo Fundraisers – Sherwood Band Portraits 2018

Band photo days never disappoint. I’ve been taking them for a number of years now so now the kids are ready for me. They have often planned, coordinated and schemed what to do in the “goofy” shot. I just set myself up on a ladder and capture the friends, fun and memories. I love to reflect on some of these shots as I’m taking some of their senior portraits in what feels like just a few minutes later.

And the bonus? These photo days are a fundraiser for the Band Boosters. For the 2017-2018 school year we have raised nearly $900. Yes!

Are you in the Sherwood area and interested in a fun photo fundraiser for your team, school or organization? I’d love to hear from you.

The Macks 2016 – Fan Friday

The Macks, blues rock alternative band, from Portland. Members: Sam Fulwiler, Ben Windheim, Joe Windheim, Bailey Sauls

I am officially declaring today to be “Fan Friday.” I basically need an excuse to share some photos and shamelessly shout out my love to my most favorite band on the planet, The Macks.
So what if I have two kids in the band. These guys are awesome.

The Macks blues rock alternative performing songs from Nightcrawler and Cha Bunky EPs

Over Spring Break my house was filled with thumping drums, crazy guitar riffs and the occasional scream. The Macks are prepping for new recordings and are totally energized after their second place finish at the Oregon State Battle of the Bands 2016.
That show. Wow. That show was so good. It was their best performance and their best crowd by far. Unbelievable. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. The fun they were having on stage rubbed off on everyone there.
Take a second, put in some headphones and check out the video from that epic night. I can’t thank Oregon State University’s KVBR-TV enough for this recording and for sharing it. After you watch, then you should go right to The Macks page on Bandcamp to download your favorite tracks. And you should definitely follow The Macks on Facebook and Twitter so you are the first to know when new tracks are released and the next show is booked. New material is coming soon!
Just a little note to bands starting out…GET PHOTOS. You never know when you’ll need one for an article like this one on The Macks in the Daily Barometer. And you need good photos for promos and posters for your next gig.

PDX Band – The Macks Release Nightcrawler

The Macks band blues alt rock PDX music EP Nightcrawler

The Macks new PDX music EP Nightcrawler. Listen at http://themacks.bandcamp.com

The Macks are releasing their new, all original EP today. This PDX-based trio of high school alternative rock musicians deserves a listen. The Nightcrawler single is amazing and the whole EP is GOOOOD. Go. Listen. Now.

Lucky for me I am “with the band.” As fan mom of two members (and, hey, even the third calls me “Mom” for fun), I love also playing the  promo photographer for The Macks. The photo shoot with Ben Windheim, Joe Windheim and Sam Fulwiler went exactly as expected. The Macks have no problem hamming it up while looking very cool. I’m sure more images and outtakes from the shoot will pop up if you follow their Twitter account. Which you should. But, first, go listen to the Nightcrawler EP by The Macks.

 

Solo & Ensemble Night

Gotta say I get pretty excited about solo and ensemble night at LRMS.  Kids that are normally hidden in the back rows and behind music stands get a chance to shine at the front of the stage.

And, of course, it’s a massive photo op for me. Love it.

One flute player shined extra bright the other night. Amongst so many serious and nervous faces, she seemed to actually enjoy herself up there. Nice!

LRMS parents: please be sure to go through the many, many fun photos taken both for the big portrait session and for the various concerts. You can contact me or Mr. Stai if you’ve forgotten the password.

 

First Photos of Audio Rampage


The garage band years have begun in my house.

Audio Rampage recorded its first video in my bonus room and, of course, I had to take pictures.

The video is now entered in the Small Town Big Talent competition for Sherwood, Or. Give it a look.

Myron LeRoy & Sneakin Out


Myron LeRoy: friend, guitar mentor, birthday boy and headliner at the Aladdin Theatre.

A great time was had by all that attended Myron’s “Nice Rack” CD release party August 12th. And, I especially loved having the opportunity to photograph such a fun night. I got some fun shots of Myron and The Faithful Few as well as the opening act, Sneakin Out.

Lil Drummer Boy


Another great shot from the telephoto lens. Joe completely gets lost in himself while playing the drums. His expression in this photo really shows that. I didn’t go for stop-action in this photo. I liked seeing the slight movement/blur of the stick. This photo is pretty mellow. As he gets more confident in his rhythms I’ll have to capture his more animated, inner rockstar.

Mandolin Magic


My three boys are very musical. I’m working on a series that captures each of them playing their favorite instruments. I took this shot with my new telephoto lens and love the expression on his face and the clear detail. I have it printed as a 12×16 at home and can even see the hairs on the back of his neck. Lovely.