Interview with Craig Mitchelldyer

 We continue our interview series with another Oregon photographer. We are fortunate to have a lot of very talented people in Portland, Oregon and Craig is certainly one of them. Grab your cup of coffee or tea, sit back and enjoy!

interview with craig mitchelldyer

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig Mitchelldyer
www.craigmitchelldyer.com
503.513.0550

 

1. How long have you been shooting professionally? I have been a full time photographer since 2000. Full Time freelance since 2004. I worked for a newspaper from 2000-2004.  I did it part time for a couple of years before that. Man that makes me feel old.

2. What got you interested in photography as a profession? I was never the best athlete in school, but I was able to take good photos of all my friends. I worked for my school newspaper and yearbook and really loved newspapers. I had a paper route when I was 10 years old until I was 14 and I loved looking at the newspaper everyday and always wanted to be a newspaper photographer.

 

 3. How would you describe your style of work? 

Dramatic,  honest, emotional. I use a lot of lighting and am always looking for good light and emotional moments. I like telling a person’s story with a portrait.

 

 4. What is your favorite thing to shoot? Why?

Soccer for sure. But followed closely by environmental portraits. I love soccer because it always crazy. The fans, the action, you never know what will happen and when something does happen, all hell breaks loose and there is a lot of emotion. I love it. I also really enjoy going into a space and having to make a cool looking portrait that tells the story of a person. Usually the spaces look terrible and it is fun to try and make them look interesting with lighting and angles, etc so I really enjoy that too.

 

5. What is one thing you wish you could have told your younger self that you know now?

To put a bunch of money in my IRA sooner, like at 18 years old. Ha! Seriously though, I cannot stress enough the importance of treating this profession like a business first and foremost.  It is ok to say no. If I had to look back, I’d wish I’d have started saying no to bad deals or things I didn’t like to shoot earlier on. Once I figured out what I like to shoot and started shooting ONLY those things I liked shooting, my business really took off. Don’t feel like you have to do everything.

 

Thanks again to Craig for taking time out of his day to chat with us. We hope you learned something and you are inspired to get out and shoot! To see more of his work visit his website.  Until then, enjoy some sample of Craig’s awesome work below and remember to always ask the photographer directly for permission to use their work.
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Photo of a skier on Mt. Hood near Portland, Oregon.

 

Corporate headshots, business portraits, editorial and enviornmental photos for Portland, OR law firms, financial companies, small businesses, and magazines. Corporate photos by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig Mitchelldyer. www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503-513-0550

Corporate headshots, business portraits, editorial and enviornmental photos for Portland, OR law firms, financial companies, small businesses, and magazines.

 

Sep 28, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) poses during media day at the Moda Center.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) poses during media day at the Moda Center.

 

Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe for Advocare. Photo by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig Mitchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550

Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe for Advocare.

 

Photo by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig Mitchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 Photo by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig Mitchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550

Photo by Portland, Oregon Sports Photographer Craig Mitchelldyer. www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503-513-0550

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR. (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)

The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships crowned 18 title winners, highlighting the best and boldest examples of facial hair from across the globe on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Portland, OR. (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Images for Just for Men)