A Bum Shoulder, a Good Friend, and a Hand me Down Camera
It all started for me about 10 years ago while I was an undergrad student at Lewis and Clark College. I was a baseball player with a small amount of professional potential and the aspiration and drive to make it as a pro player. Those dreams came crashing down in the blink of an eye when after what seemed to be normal shoulder soreness turned into something much worse, a torn labrum, or in the eyes of those in the baseball world, a death sentence for pitchers.
After the injury I was lost, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life post baseball and was struggling to find something to replace what used to be the biggest part of my life. Luckily for me, that winter while I was snowboarding to take my mind off the situation, I met up with a friend who just so happened to be a snowboard videographer and spent the afternoon in awe of his ability to capture fleeting moments in time in a unique creative way. I had always had an affinity for cameras, whether it was playing around and making little videos with the family video camera as a child or the budding curiosity in film photography and film processing I had accrued during my time at school. However, after watching my friend work and being able to pick his brain at dinner that night, from that point on all I could thing about was being able to capture moments in time with the same freedom and creative control that my friend did, I had found what I was looking for. It was that summer that my friend gifted me his old camera as a graduation present and I was no longer lost.
Thanks to that hand me down camera, I taught myself the basics and hit the ground running. Since then I have filmed marketing videos for Timberline Lodge and Airblaster outerwear among others, contributed to year long snowboard video projects for Videograss Productions, been an invited videographer to Snowboarder Magazine’s annual SuperPark events, and filmed, directed, edited, and produced an independent full length skate video featuring local underground skateboarders in the greater Portland area.
These experiences only gave me a desire to learn and grow more as a story teller and pushed me to enroll in the Multimedia Journalism masters program at the University of Oregon which I plan on completing in the Spring of 2019. After graduation I want to find the right opportunities to combine my skills as an “Action Sport” videographer and photographer, with the story telling aspects I have been honing in school to work with brands and/or companies to tell their stories in new, interesting ways.
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