Archive for November, 2008

Backyard Bang in Portland,OR

Backyard Bang Rail Jam- 2008 from Austin Will on Vimeo.

Photos, video and words by Austin Will.

Salomon and Bonfire went for gold this year for their second annual Backyard Bang Rail Jam. Teaming up with the Art Institute of Portland gave them prime location in the heart of the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon. 30 some odd competitors climbed the scaffolding time and time again to impress the celebrity Judges, Josh Dirksen, Nick Dirks, and Tim Windells. Sadly, only a handful could make it to the end of the rail, another handful couldn’t even make it down the initial slope without face-planting, which gave announcer Jesse Burtner a lot to talk about. Granted one can’t expect to much from an amateur rail jam in the middle of the city, the riders who made it to the finals stood out miles ahead of the rest. Between hanging in the VIP Free Beer section and the judges booth, I heard some notable honorable mentions. Jarad Hadi was granted most consistent. Alex “Wildcard” Burton was noted as the most Hazardous Material, and best trick on the wall-jam. Tyler Verigan easily took the best trick with a first try 180 switch nose press. A bum danced his way into a VIP pass courtesy of Salomon. Austin Sweeten received first place by doing 180 wizard switch up swivel variations on everything. There were some great bails, good tricks, and over all it was a fun time with amazing friends and fantastic beer. Cant wait for next year. Click ahead for some photos.


StudioNemo successfully sells pulverized G10. All goes to a good cause!

If you remember a few weeks ago, Trevor Graves posted his thoughts about Canon’s new Powershot G10. I know I know, you can’t believe someone would ruin such a new camera blah blah. Before you get all in a twist about Trevor’s smash happy video again, remember we put  the smashed cam up for auction?  Well, it sold! We actually donated 100% of the proceeds directly to Boarding for Breast Cancer. We were surprised to even see people bidding on the thing, so we were blown away when 10 bids were placed. It topped out at $300.00. So here is to you anonymous bidder, you will receive your framed hunk of scrap art in a few days to remind you, you rule because you love boobs, and so do we!

Robbie Cooper – Immersion. *Update! Now with Video!*

Robbie Cooper set out on quite an interesting photo/video series this year. He set up a Red Cinema Camera up behind a screen to which children and teens played various video games. He captures something that we rarely see in people, raw character. In 2009 Robbie is teaming up with Bournemouth University to study the video footage, interviews and psychological profiles of new gamers and analyze their perceptions and reactions to playing war games. The project will appropriately be called: “War & Leisure” Make sure to check Robbie’s site for video of the kids playing.  Robbie Cooper’s website.

Goodwill trip to Africa

Chris Owen, Hannah and Amen Teter recently returned from Africa. Chris and Amen are regulars here around Nemo and though I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Hanna, I really admire what she’s doing, so it’s our pleasure to share what cool stuff they  have been doing…

For the past two years Hannah has been sponsoring Kirindon, a community that has been severely impacted by the HIV and AIDS pandemic, with the generous donation of prize money from her successful snowboarding career and profits of her Hannah’s Gold Maple Syrup. Hannah has made a long term commitment to this struggling community and is dedicated to make a difference in the lives of the children in this West Kenyan village. Her ongoing efforts have been exemplified through numerous projects that include paying for school fees, home based care kits and trained in-home care for those suffering from HIV and AIDS.

On October 17th Hannah, in partnership with World Vision, visited Kirindon to see first hand how her efforts have made a difference in this poverty stricken community. Hannah and her dedicated crew documented their time interacting with the children, participating in the community and overseeing the construction progress on a water treatment plant that Hannah has been funding for the village. Before Hannah left for Kenya she made a stop at the United Nations Compassion Ball where she served as guest of honor and her charitable donations and community service efforts were recognized. After being honored by the United Nations and spending time with the children of Kirindon, Hannah headed to Saas Fee, Switzerland for early season snowboarding.


Corey Arnold: Fish-Work @ Hartman Fine Art

Corey Arnold: Fish-Work from Nemo Design on Vimeo.

StudioNemo stopped by the Charles A. Hartman Fine Art Gallery this week to check out the work of Portland’s Corey Arnold. Make sure to stop by Dec. 4th for the opening ceremony and meet Corey in person. 134 NW 8th Avenue Portland, OR.

STATIC ELECTRICITY a short film by Steven kilzer

STATIC ELECTRICITY from Steven Kilzer on Vimeo.

Nemo’s Austin Will co-directed/produced a short film by Steven Kilzer this weekend. Give it a look see, hope to see more from you two in the future.

SnowDays Video Benefit

Snowboard Video Event @ Nemo from Austin Will on Vimeo.

Nemo’s own Austin Will and our good pal Nick Lipton of YoBeat put together a sweet little video premier at studio nemo Saturday Nov. 15th. They showed Airblaster’s new film August, Team Thunder’s new movie Gold Country, and Leeward Cinemas’ My Own Two Feet and Isenseven’s “Teenage Love Graffiti.”

With beer courtesy of Nike Snowboarding and Isenseven…it was a great night, no fights, no vomit, tons of new faces, prizes, smiles, and redbull! check out the whole story @ yobeat.

Death of the DSLR. Is the future RED?

Today RED Digital Cinema Cameras issued a press release about their much talked about and hyped up Scarlet camera system. Looks like they’re giving the DSLR market a whirl as well. Aside from taking HD video, The scarlet’s “brain” unit as they are called, also takes quality stills. The “brain” of the unit is essentially an interchangeable sensor module, you can literally switch out between a feeble 4.9 megapixel to hefty 65 megapixel, even switch to a 261 megapixel panoramic back. Sounds sweet and dandy but, In my research it seems like people are on one side of the line or the other. On one hand you have the people who would give their first born just to get on the 1-2 year waiting list to throw down loads of cash-ola for this “revolutionary” product, on the other side you see people who are a bit more cautious to accept this DSLR “killer” as it has been called. Personally, I am not buying into this so soon.

Generally with all new product releases you have a very detailed tech spec sheet such as, ISO speeds, shutter speeds, flash sync, frames per second, you know, useful information. Not the case with the RED cameras, yes they do have some specs, but just enough to get your mouth watering, and if you have the budget why not, right?? But for those of us generally interested in this piece of equipment that threatens to render DSLR’s obsolete in one fail swoop, we’d like to see more information. Not raving applause from starry eyed gear fiends with cash to blow. I talked to a couple videographers about the red camera to get their perspective, They did generally agree that these are good quality video cameras, but from whats been said, that it beats 35mm film cameras and high end Sony cameras hands down with minimal evidence to back it up is a bit curious. A few movie clips here and test reels there was not enough to convince these seasoned videographers to make the switch.

As a photographer this makes me all too suspicious that people would put such blind faith in this case to a new DSLR that has yet to see the light of day. Yes, it is a cool feature to switch out sensors, you can even use Canon, Nikon, and RED lenses on the same body and bells and whistles to add out the wahzoo. Lots of flash and pizzaz around this one, but no meat on the bone, so to speak. Basically if this thing is going to put millions of neurotic control freak photographers out of biz we better have a good reason to run for the hills, instead of telling us the boogey man is real, does that make sense? Either way it will be interesting to see how RED cameras pan out in the long run. Hmm maybe it should come with these free pair of shades, I’d be sold!( Jim Jannard is both the CEO of Oakley sunglasses and RED Cinema. )

Photographer of the Day

We haven’t posted a “Photographer of the Day” in a while, so it’s about time… 

Michele Abeles’ work is a sultry, yet unnerving mixture of monumental nature, empty scenes and portraits. The Yale alum has been praised in recent years for incredible emerging works. The images leave you feeling like you’ve witness memories or echos of what has been, nostalgic and a little forlorn. 

Nemo Featured in this month issues of PDN and Print!

Make sure to pick up this month Issue of both Print and PDN. Nemo and two of our employees are featured in Print Magazine for their regional design 08 issue, congrats Garth Weber and Justin Dickau! PDN Magazine did a write up on Nemodesign and Studio Nemo for their current issue. They chatted up Trevor Graves , Chris Hotz and Heather Hanrahan to get the scoop on the global design cult that is Nemo, be sure to pick them up if you see them on the rack! Click ahead to view pages from the mags!


Snowboard video premieres @ StudioNemo Nov 15th

Come check out the new shred Releases this Friday @ StudioNemo! Make sure to RSVP to:

Thanksgiving photo show @ StudioNemo

Thanksgiving art show @ Studionemo from alex mertz on Vimeo.

Thanksgiving is a group photography exhibit/silent auction, The exhibit is a free form salon style show The photographers only direction was to photograph something or someone they are grateful for. Nemo is excited to welcome some incredible photographers who are donating their work in an effort to raise money for the Oregon Food bank.

We raised over $1800 for the Oregon Food Bank.

For every $1, Oregon Food Bank moves five pounds of food through its food distribution program.
For every $10,  the Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes enough food to fill an emergency food box. A typical emergency food box provides enough food for a family of four for three-to five-days.

First Thursday at AI of Portland

The Art Institute of Portland put on a great show for their in house gallery this month, curated by Nemo’s own Todd Templeman. On display was the the art of painter and tattoo artist Jacob Redmond, graphic / collage artist Nubby Twiglet, funiture artist Dave Seoane, painter and exhibitionist Dustin Flath a.k.a. “Nudist” and photographer Carlin Sundell. Make sure to stop in if you find yourself in the NW neighborhood of Portland to take a look. Click ahead to view more. (more…)

Heather Hanrahan – Interview in Photo District News

I am so stoked Heather has a write up on line with Photo District News. Its so cool to be included in a prestigious publication like PDN! 

In our November Client Meeting we profiled Nemo Design, a Portland, Oregon-based agency that specializes in youth culture and action sports, and counts Nike and Hewlett Packard among it’s clients. Here we speak with Heather Hanrahan, the woman behind StudioNemo, the full-service studio and production company that generates images for Nemo Design and other agencies, about the atmosphere in the studio, what it takes to shoot athletes, and how she finds and hires new photographers.

PDN: Tell me about your background.

Heather Hanrahan: I went to work in the action sports industry in marketing, and I worked for a company called Bonfire Snowboards. I used to produce all of their photo shoots and we did all of their catalogs in-house, so I did all the photography for them, and I would do all the art buying for all the action photographs taken of our riders by freelancers. Then I went back to school to the University of British Columbia, and I got a masters in womens’ studies in the visual arts area—it’s sort of a masters in visual narratives.

Then I came back to Oregon and I worked in film and photography freelance for a while, producing and styling and coordinating, and then I ended up at Nemo through someone who had my position before, she hired me as her replacement.

PDN: Do you have an official job title?

HH: Well, I wear many hats. I think that my official title is photography project manager, but I am the producer and art buyer and studio manager… curator, lunch getter.

PDN: Do you notice any trends in the types of photography your clients are after, or is there a certain visual style that StudioNemo is known for delivering?

HH: There’s not an exact style. I think that we have a lot of variety and it depends on the photographer that we hire. I think that one of the trends that’s going around in youth culture and action sports is using more of a documentary style of photography, capturing athletes in their own environments. We do a lot of athlete shoots here and it’s trying to capture what they do best, either around town [Portland] or in this studio. And the great thing about StudioNemo is the actual environment that the studio is in. We have kids that come in and skateboard up and down the hallways and BMX, it’s really encouraged here and it’s a very fun environment.

PDN: After you and your client have agreed on a photographer, how much input does the photographer have creatively?

HH: I think the photographer actually has quite a bit of input. The art directors that I’ve always worked with are big on collaborating with the photographer to come up with better solutions to get the grander scheme of the idea. I think we give our photogphers a lot of creative here. There’s a lot of trust put in them, and the art directors don’t micro-manage, they step off when need be. I think it brings a lot to the photography if the photographer is invested in what he’s doing and is not just a hired gun.

PDN: When you are thinking of hiring a photographer, how do you evaluate whether they are someone who will be able to contribute creatively rather than just execute?

HH: There’s something on [the Web site of] MS Logan, they have this “Two Minutes With” feature, and I really like that. I think that is the best thing I’ve seen from any artist representative, is showing their photographer and their personality. When I pick a photographer it’s partly for the photography, but it’s partly for how they can interact with the client and how they interact with athletes. A lot of the time we shoot athletes here rather than just models, and it’s being able to take those kids that are used to mountain biking all the time, and if you have a studio shoot, being able to draw personality out of them and make it so they’re not bored. I think that’s really important, I look for that. I look for personality a lot.

PDN: How do you prefer hearing from photographers?

HH: I like promo cards. I’m not really interested in getting a “Hi my name is” e-mail, but if they wow me with something interesting that catches my eye, a little package or whatever. There’s a photographer that I became friends with because he stopped into Nemo to show his book, and then he started sending me little video clips of his shoots. He does these funny personal shoots, like he went to India and traveled 2000 km in a little electric car and took photographs, and so he would make these little videos and e-mail them to me and I thought they were just hilarious. He definitely got my interest and I always think of him when a job comes up that’s right for him.

PDN: Beyond looking at what comes to you, what do you do to seek out new photographers to work with?

HH: I’m constantly searching blogs, I love the I Heart Photo blog, and I do use Le Book, and I’m always looking at the New York Times Magazine, they use some amazing photographers. I’m looking at all sorts of different magazines and different media. I have certain reps whose esthetic I’m drawn to and I look at their stuff.

PDN: How many new photographers would you say that you use per year?

HH: I probably bring in about five new photographers.

PDN: What are your biggest needs in terms of style and specialty?

HH: We need everything. I definitely think that Nemo, not only their design but also on the photography side, caters to a younger generation, a generation that’s interested in sports and in music culture, and interested in not only entertainment, but also the environment and politics. That’s what’s great about being in Portland, Oregon, is that we’re so much more than just youth culture, we’re definitely invested in a different type of lifestyle.

PDN: Can you think of a photographer that you recently started working with and what stood out to you about them?

HH: I really enjoy working with Josh Letchworth. He has this almost Buddhist quality to him, because he’s just so calm and happy at all times. He’s just one of those people that’s great to be around, and like I said about shooters, their personality really is everything, and he brings that to the table.

PDN: So it’s a given that the work needs to be excellent, but beyond that personality is what sets people apart for you?

HH: One of my favorite photographers is Cass Bird, and I feel like her photography is so great because her personality is so great. I think they go hand-in-hand, I don’t think they’re separate. I think that if you’re a curmudgeon it’s going to show in your work.

PDN: How much of your work comes from Nemo Design versus outside agencies?

HH: We’re always trying to get work from other agencies, but most of my work right now comes from Nemo Design. If it’s not exactly through Nemo Design it’s through our mutual clients.

PDN: What are the biggest challenges for you and the studio on any given day?

HH: What to have for lunch. That’s always a big one. I guess my biggest challenge as a studio within an agency is getting other agencies to feel comfortable coming in. It really shouldn’t be an issue. They’re bringing their work in on other turf and there’s definitely some trepidation, and I think it’s unwarranted. Nemo Design is a great company and their not interested in taking other people’s work away from them, and I think that Nemo Productions is open to so much more than just what Nemo Design does.

Heather Hanrahan
1875 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97124




Thanksgiving is a group photography exhibit/silent auction. The exhibit is a free form salon style show. The photographers’ only direction was to photograph something or someone they are grateful for. Nemo is excited to welcome some incredible photographers who are donating their work in an effort to raise money for the Oregon Food Bank

Please join us for the silent auction, opening night, Friday, November 7th from 6-10pm. Every piece will be auctioned off at affordable prices, allowing people to own a piece of art and raise funds for a great cause at the same time.

Austin Will- Nemo Halloween

Nemo Halloween Party from Austin Will on Vimeo.

Hangin with Mr.Zacher Part 2!

Kevin Zacher Pt 2 from alex mertz on Vimeo.

Conclusion of his visit to studionemo, he covers his new website and the HCSC photo camp up at Mt. Hood, OR. Enjoy the vid!

Nemoween Photobooth Timelapse Video!

nemoWeen time lapse from Jonny Davenport on Vimeo.

Courtesy from the men behind the camera, Jeff T. and Jonny Davenport, we get a special treat! It’s a time lapse of all our crazy guests making memories…as fuzzy as they were. Check it out see if you can spot yourself or your friends antics being captured digitally, only to come back as blackmail material years down the line! Enjoy!

Nemo Halloween Photobooth

Jonny Davenport and Jeff T did it again with their amazing photobooth. Check out all the great photos of halloween guests on our Flickr account here

2008 Nemo Halloween party

2008’s Studionemo’s Halloween extravaganza broke an all time attendance record. DJ Joel Skool, Brandon and Ned mixed the beats and when Thriller hit the airwaves, the crowd was all dancing. Costumes at the Nemo event were amazing and creative. check out the party pictures on our Flickr account.