I had the wonderful pleasure of filming the beautiful wedding of Brian and Stephanie in one of my favorite cities, San Francisco! I love this town. The day started with the bride and groom getting ready at the historic Palace Hotel in downtown SF. From there we all jumped on a trolly and headed to Golden Gate Bridge. Then a quick pit stop for some Golden Boy Pizza before arriving at our final destination for the ceremony and reception, the Legion of Honor, part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. What an epic location for a wedding. Hope you enjoy this little recap of the day.
This is a video I created for The Happiness Treatment.
We had the great pleasure of sitting down with Portland singer songwriter, Candice Russell, to chat about happiness and her struggles with Graves’ Disease. She performed two beautiful acoustic songs. “So Much More” off her new album of the same name, and an amazing cover of Katy Perry’s “Roar.” Hope you enjoy!
There are those who sing and then there are those who were made to sing. Candice Russell was made to sing. She is a 21 year old pop singer and songwriter who has just released her debut album called So Much More. Her seemingly effortless, rich, pure vocal tone, her smooth vocal runs and the passion that comes through in her voice, make for an extremely satisfying listening experience. As one label executive said, “She is very easy on the ears.”
Candice’s songwriting is real, honest, and vulnerable, yet she is positive, determined and confident. She knows who she is, but she doesn’t see herself as above others. She sings, writes and performs to make others feel good about themselves, not to make others feel good about her. “I want to reach people with music that I have written and hopefully uplift and help them,” she says. All of the songs on this new album are original and from the context of her own real life experiences.
The artists that have impacted Candice are Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Paramore, Colbie Caillat and Carrie Underwood. The combination of these artists and what she has learned from her personal mentors and coaches has helped Candice find a unique blend that has resulted in her own cool and appealing sound.
Candice grew up singing in the church. Her mom was amazed when she first heard Candice singing “Jesus Loves Me” with perfect pitch when she was just one year old. Her poise as a child singing in the choir and her solos in high school caused many to say this girl has the “IT” factor.
At the age of sixteen, Candice won a state wide singer-songwriting contest at the Oregon Fine Arts Festival. In 2012, she went to Hollywood on American Idol, Season 11, as a teenager. She also made it into the showcase final as a singer-songwriter at AMTC’s Shine event in Orlando in 2012. She has been seasoned by competitions and great mentors and now she is ready to share with the world the songs that have been cultivated and developed behind the scenes in the last year.
Soon after her time on American Idol, Candice met Dave Lubben, who is a veteran artist, songwriter and producer in Portland, Oregon. Among his many credits is producing the band Kutless. Candice collaborated with Dave Lubben and her brother, Aaron Russell (who also assisted in production), to write all ten of the new and original songs on this project. This album was recorded using top studio musicians from Los Angeles, Nashville and Portland. The results have yielded a high quality, radio ready-album.
The things Candice values most are her faith, family and friends. In many ways she is just normal, but her ability to transfer what is in her heart into art flowing through her fingers to the guitar and resonating through her voice to release flawless, passionate vocals is not at all typical. The lyrics on her album are thoughtful and deep, but also smart, witty and just plain fun at times. All this makes her an extremely intriguing artist to listen to and follow.
Other fun and interesting facts about Candice: • She worked as a commercial model in Portland, Oregon. • She was a very good athlete in high school, where she led her soccer team in scoring and still holds the record in girls track for the long and triple jumps. • Her favorite thing is hanging out with her friends. • She loves to laugh. • She feels deep emotion for people who are hurting. • She has a heart to help young women across the world to be rescued from sex-trafficking. • The guitar she plays in concerts was one her grandpa owned and played before he gave it to her.
Every year thousands of Portlanders turn out to see Portland’s Living Room turn into your living room, with the lighting of the Pioneer Courthouse Square Christmas Tree. This year featured Thomas Lauderdale with members of Pink Martini, “Oregon’s Own” 234th Army Band, the Pacific Youth Choir, PHAME Academy and the NW Community Gospel Choir! Hosted by KGW’s Brenda Braxton and Russ Lewis, along with KINK’s Dave Scott. Special appearances by Mayer Charlie Hales, Steve Novick, Santa, and more! Hope you enjoy this little highlight video!
Kimberli Ransom is surviving breast cancer and chronicling it through her recent project, Finding Beauty in Cancer. She works through the changes cancer has made in her appearance by putting herself in front of the camera in gorgeous settings. She’s not interested in wallowing; she’s determined to fill the void left by her hair and breasts with an unabashed celebration of life. Take a look at “Hard Candy,” a lighthearted photo-shoot that captures how no matter where we are in life, we can be playful, outrageous and beautiful.
I had the pleasure to create this promo video for the Majestic Inn & Spa in beautiful Anacortes, WA. It was hard to narrows down the scenic imagery as this area is so stunning. If you are ever in Anacortes check out www.majesticinnandspa.com! Hope you enjoy.
It was a honor to help share Candyce’s story through this HooplaHa segment. Candyce is a former addict who never thought she would one day be an artist. As part of her rehabilitation, she chose to get better with the help of Geezer Gallery, an organization that provides seniors with opportunities to tap into their creative potential and hone the skills they need to create quality pieces of work. Learning and putting those skills to use provides Candyce with not only the chance to make something visually beautiful, but also the chance to inspire others to feed their passions, rather than get lost in destructive behavior.
Highlight video I created for Pioneer Courthouse Square of their Noon Tunes series. This event took place on August 8, 2013 and featured Portland band, Sunderland. Hope you enjoy this video of Portland’s Living Room!