North to the Future

One of the questions you hear more than any other, as a senior in college is, “So, what are you doing after graduation?” and I can finally, with confidence, tell you all that I know what I am doing after college!

I AM MOVING TO ALASKA!

Yep. You heard me. Alaska.

I am glad to announce, that my mother has accepted a position to be a pastor in Anchorage, and so we have decided to all move up there as a family, myself included. So, after I graduate on the 27th of May, we will be packing my apartment back up and….. driving back to Montana. You didn’t think I would leave without saying goodbye to one of the only homes I have ever know, did you?

Yes. That is the truth of it. While I have lived in Oregon for the past four years, Montana truly is the only real home I have ever known. When I say that leaving Montana is going to be hard, I cannot really fathom yet what that means. Of course, by moving away, that in no way means I am never coming back. The Big Sky Country will absolutely always hold a place in my heart. But now, it is time for a new adventure in America’s Last Frontier.

If you wish to make plans to shoot with me before I leave Montana, know that I would LOVE to do that. Please email me at john@jsanderphotography.com, or message me on any of my social media*. I will be around for most of the summer, but time is limited, so schedule early!

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Where I Am & Where I’ve Been

I know it has been a really long time since I’ve been on and gotten to talk to all of you, and for that I am sorry. Or really, I am not. I wish it could have been different, but the reality is what it is, and it is out of my hands and therefore I really have nothing to be sorry about. That’s a little bit what this blog post is about.

But that being said, I still feel it relevant to explain my absence. This summer was a crazy one for me. I was gone most of the summer. I started it in Oregon, road-tripped to California, back to Montana, back to Oregon, back to Montana and once again back to Oregon. It started with the passing of my grandmother, and ended with the thievery of my camera gear & laptop. Yep. THAT’s why I was MIA much of this summer and this fall. But it was also just a time of being with family, doing some research work for school, and doing some reading, as that is not a luxury I am afforded during the school year.

That leads me to the more recent reason for my absence: School. I am currently a senior in college, and yikes! Life is hectic! Aside from 17 credits of upper division English, History & Sociology classes, I am also a photographer for the school newspaper, a part of the religious leadership group on campus, running a dozen or more (no exaggeration) social media accounts, as well as being the Manager of the college radio station on campus. This, sadly, has afforded me little time for much else. Though, I have been breaking out of that shell recently. More on that later, or in a different Post coming soon.

I promise I am still shooting when I have time. Right now my focus is on my newspaper assignments and a few personal projects, as I further put my name out into the local and more national realms, seeing what opportunities I have while I am still in college, as well as looking ahead, past graduation, a reality which looms larger every single day.

I am looking to more deeply put myself out in my media, starting first with this Blog. I hope that by being honest, you will see where I am, understand, and be willing to stick by me. My first step in bringing this Blog back is, of course, to write more myself. But, because I know how busy I have become, I have some other artists, influencers, inspirations, and friends of mine who have agreed to share their lives, art and wisdom with you. Those will be popping up over the next few months, so stay tuned!

 

As always, if I can be of any service, don’t hesitate to contact me through any of my social media accounts or via email at john@jsanderphotography.com .

 

Blog Post Musical Accompaniment: John Craigie’s – ‘Highway Blood

October Update

Hey there friends and fans,

Don’t worry! I’m not dead. I’m still here, but oh am I busy! School started at the end of August and since then I just haven’t had time for much else. But, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been shooting.

This year I am again a staff photographer for the Linfield Review. So, though I am not doing much in the model photography realm at the moment, I am still working as hard as ever at my craft. Most of my work at the moment is concert photography, and though it comes with its own new set of difficulties, that is part of the fun of it!

A bit about each of these bands:

Zach & Bridget are not only a band, but also a couple! They’re from LA and their music is a beautiful mix. Bridget’s beautiful gypsy voice compliments Zach’s rich baritone roots vocals. Their instrumentation twists around their voices and amazing lyrics (seriously, spend time with them). The finished product is a beautiful folk-influenced sound that is just entrancing. While they have other instruments with them on their albums, they prove time and time again that live, all they need is each other, working off of each other’s sound to create something magical. I recommend listening to their song ‘Blood Red Skies‘ if you want to hear more of what I’m talking about.

The Brightside is a reggae/rock group from Venice Beach, California and they bring the love of SoCal with them wherever they go. Runnin’ is a great example of this. The subtlety of this band’s sound is amazing. Yes, they can rock your socks off, but somehow they give off the exact same perfect, happy vibes whether they’re rocking your socks off or just giving you music to sway to.

Last, but ABSOLUTELY not least, we have We Three, from right here in McMinnville. We Three consists of three of the most talented sibling musicians you can find. But they’re not only amazing instrumentalists, they are also amazing song-writers. Fairy Tale is a great example of this. Not only is the instrumentation amazingly tight, but the harmonies are incredible and the lyrics are absolutely beautiful. Again I recommend spending some time with those lyrics.

Linfield brings some amazing music to campus and it is my absolute joy to capture the views of the music, if not always capturing the sound. I hope to keep you all more updated with what other amazing music comes here that you should be listening to.

I also have some cool new things in the works to get me through the fall & I cannot wait to see what else comes my way. As always, thank you for all the love and support you all give me, and if you want to get in touch about any photography needs, whether it is event photography or model photography, please email me at john@jsanderphotography.com!