What does a country club, an organic farm, a Baptist church and a national park have in common?
Cascadia Photos has over a decade of professional, award-winning photography experience. In addition to producing stories for commercial and editorial clients, we've developed a passion for photographing weddings and their variety of characters and settings. We've shot weddings at an organic urban farm, an Alabama country club, a Hamptons estate, a Manhattan ballroom, on a pin-dot Caribbean island, in Yosemite National Park, and at a fundamentalist Baptist church (no dancing!). There's a simple, spontaneous beauty to weddings. No matter where or who it is, the wedding gathering creates a palpable energy and a sense of celebration that makes photography and videography a true pleasure. We are documentarians at heart, so it is an honor for us to be tasked with capturing the honest, emotional, often candid moments surrounding a wedding.
We also believe in the storytelling power of moving pictures and sound. Our film background includes an award-winning documentary film (“Who Owns Water”) that premiered at the Mountainfilm Telluride Festival in 2014 and has aired on public broadcasting. We've produced wedding videos in addition to short films for commercial clients such as Keen Footwear, American Rivers and Mode Media.
The principal photographers, brothers David and Michael Hanson, have shot and produced for Sunset, The New York Times, Outside, Garden & Gun, Starbucks, Keen, Brooks, The Gates Foundation, Washington Post, among others. Their collaborative work on coffee origins is currently on exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography in L.A. A background in high-stakes assignment photography complements years of shooting weddings. We know how to produce in fast-paced settings, and we know when to fade into the background or take the reins and make things happen.
DAVID HANSON cut his teeth in editorial work as Features Editor with the Time Inc. publication, Cottage Living. Since 2008 he has been a freelance writer, photographer and producer, working with travel and lifestyle magazines, conservation organizations and non-profits. He co-authored Breaking Through Concrete (2011, University of CA Press), a coffee-table book of essays and images on America's urban farms. As a boy, David was the most homesick summer camper in all of Georgia, but he's made up for that homebody childhood with an extreme case of adult onset wanderlust. His work has taken him to live with a Quichua family in the Ecuadorian Amazon, climb Denali as a volunteer park ranger, spend two months floating source-to-sea down a southern river (twice), and cross the US in a veggie-grease-powered short school bus. He now enjoys the balance of far-flung travel assignments and weddings shot close to home. He shoots for Sunset, Mountain Magazine, Outside and Gorge Magazine. He lives in Hood River, OR with his wife, Christine, and new baby, Ada.
MICHAEL HANSON liked baseball a lot, enough to sleep on an inflatable mattress in the kitchen of a two-bedroom apartment in Danville, VA for an entire season while playing in the Atlanta Braves organization. By the time that career ended, Michael was becoming more interested in documenting off-field baseball life with his camera than playing. Ten years later, he shoots for The New York Times, Sunset, Outside, Smithsonian, AFAR, The Gates Foundation, and he's won some awards: POYi Award of Excellence, PDN30 New & Emerging Photographer (2013), One of the World's Top Travel Photographers by Popular Photography Magazine, and Images of the Year by American Photo. He's represented by National Geographic Creative and has shot stories in 28 countries around the world. A series of his Ethiopian portraits is part of the Elton John Collection. Michael spends much of his time in the mountains and on the road, but when he's home in Hood River, OR, he's a ringer in any pickup coed softball game.