SHRM Magazine: Lone Rock Timber + Ninkasi Brewing

Society For Human Resource Management is an organization located in Alexandria, VA, a city my people hail from, so I was most honored when they contacted me to photograph two Oregon companies being profiled for an article in the July issue of their magazine highlighting HR success stories within small businesses.  In addition, I'm not one to turn down any reason for a road trip, so I gladly packed the car with gear and turned my wheels south. My first stop was Sutherlin, Oregon to photograph Julie Shoufler, HR Administrator of Lone Rock Timber.  She led me to a fabulous lakeside setting at one of their properties just outside of town.   Though a rare gender in the timber industry, she's spent most of her life in and around this world and I was really intrigued by the balance she so clearly struck between the two {the only thing missing from the photo below was her pink hard hat}.

Next on the list was Ninkasi Brewing in Eugene, Oregon, to photograph their VP of Organizational Development, Cheryl Collins.  *If you have ever had the good fortune of consuming one of their beers, you would inherently know that this was not a problem.  Named for the goddess of fermentation, Ninkasi has grown exponentially since their inception in 2005, but they still operate like a small, personable shop.  Cheryl pulled in the two founders, Nikos Ridge and Jamie Floyd, and all three proved to be good sports for the camera.

I can't envision a time when I will ever tire of having the good fortune to meet and photograph such amazing human beings.