Yellow is the color of happiness, and after finding a pocket of sunshine in Portland on this shoot, I was definitely feeling it!
Recently, we’ve been shooting a ton of projects up in Portland — so we know how rare it is to find a clear, sunny day like this in May! At first, client SERA Architects wanted a local architectural photographer who they believed would be better able to pounce on a nice day. We were finally able to win them over with our assurances that we would jump on a plane to catch the first forecast of sunny weather. After days of gloomy weather reports and facing possibly postponing the shoot, we were thrilled to step off the plane and be greeted by gorgeous, clear blue skies. You could see Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams!
The chic new Pearl District Residence Inn by Marriott was a joy to photograph. We hear from clients all the time how hard it is to get colorful projects past all the red tape associated with larger urban projects, but it’s so worth it to create a bright spot in a sea of neutrals. The vivid yellow facade is eye-catching, energetic and memorable.
Lisa Zangerle and her team helped us coordinate with hotel staff and management to secure two full days of shooting during the break in the weather. We were even given a master key to the hotel which gave us full access to turn on lights in vacant rooms to make the building glow for dusk shots. We were also able to gain access to the nearby Ziba building, which required getting special insurance certificates to the building manager, in order to capture the Residence Inn for additional dusk shots.
For exterior shots, we always love grabbing passers-by to populate the spaces and show the location’s energy and context. Portland is well-known for being very walkable and the most biked city in America, so finding pedestrians and bicyclists was a high priority for us in this shoot! At one point the streets were looking a little vacant, so I sent my project manager Chase to run around the neighborhood to wrangle up some people to come by the project — including one walker with two Dachshunds who were very excited to walk in front of the bright yellow metal wall.
After many meetings and conversations collaborating with Lisa and her team at SERA — and a lot of checking weather reports! — we were able to get some amazing, vibrant photographs of this cool new project in one of America’s coolest cities!
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