The Sunlight Holding Community will always hold a special place in my heart. Why? Well, it’s not because this was my first official Portland Monthly assignment. Which it was, and I’ll be forever thankful for that first assignment. But the real reason is because of the people that dwell in this special co-housing community. They reminded me of why I want photo assignments in the first place. I want to document people in their daily lives, in their community, doing what they love or what they excel in. I want to get to know them and photograph their laughter. I met so many wonderful and unique families photographing this assignment. The Sussmans invited me into their home and treated me like I was part of the community (and continually tried to feed me!) Dorothy Dixon, or Dot, was so fun to chat with. She sipped on her coffee and shared stories about the community, her life, her late husband and her home. (By the way all of the homes are gorgeous!) The Wheeler family was so much fun and the kids were eager to show me their bedrooms and their art projects. I know you can read about the co-housing community in the published story- but I wanted to add that within all those connecting homes you’ll find a wonderful group of people who are smart, artistic, caring and a lot of fun. …And great chefs!
Which leads me to why I am posting this on my food photography blog. This story does involve a lot of people (or portraits) and some architectural images but there is a foodie story to tell. Every month the community has a pot-luck dinner or a progressive dinner. I was invited to photograph their progressive dinner last September. It was a beautiful summer evening. The kids played in the treehouse while the adults snacked on a lovely cheese plate and sipped wine. The dinner progressed to salads and then finally to salmon and asparagus. They insisted that I try the food and it was all delicious. Where there is community there is food…. or maybe where there is food you’ll find a community. Either way they go hand in hand. I hope you can share in the delights of eating and drinking with your own community that surrounds your life. There is nothing quite like it.
(Yes, I did photograph this LAST September. In the magazine world sometimes you photograph events way in advance. The story ran in the July 2015 issue. I’m blessed that this first assignment has led to many other freelance opportunities with PDX Monthly. Thank you!) Enjoy a few outtakes…I tried to concentrate on food images for this post. The tear sheets from the July issue follow. If you’d like to read the story please pick up a copy of the magazine or visit this link.