Two climbers atop Monkey Face.
Smith Rock, Terrebonne, Oregon. 
© Jenni Kowal | 2014

Two climbers atop Monkey Face.

Smith Rock, Terrebonne, Oregon. 

© Jenni Kowal | 2014
Paulina Lake, OR. 

Paulina Lake, OR. 

Oliver & Nike.
Paulina Lake, Oregon.
Oliver doesn’t want us to go hiking together because if we are found in peril, they will find both of our New Jersey licenses and the police will say “Only New Jerseyans would be this dumb!”

Oliver & Nike.

Paulina Lake, Oregon.

Oliver doesn’t want us to go hiking together because if we are found in peril, they will find both of our New Jersey licenses and the police will say “Only New Jerseyans would be this dumb!”

Spring Hikes.
Deschutes River, Bend, OR.

Spring Hikes.

Deschutes River, Bend, OR.

"Working from Home"
There are two key words in that title.
Work - I have a new job! Home - I have a new home! 
The past month has been a whirlwind. My ‘05 Toyota Corolla (packed with essential things such as photographs, maps, a cast iron pan and some clothes) & I journeyed across country from New Jersey to Oregon. Bend, Oregon. I’ve been asked the same question, over and over, “Why did you move to Bend?” My answer is usually along the lines of, “because I could” or “why not move here?” Truth is I had never heard of Bend until this summer when I was told by two different people from two different parts of my life that I should move here to be near them. So I did. Plus, it’s awesome.
I had a place to live, a few friends, and a free bed I found on craigslist the first day I was here. (No bed bugs.) Panic set in when my days spent on the job search yielded no results. I felt too proud to apply to certain jobs, and under qualified for others. But I was desperate. Giving up was not an option as my credit card bill stared me straight in the eye. 
One day I was lucky to find a position for an “Instructional Design Intern” at Choose Growth. I had no idea what those words meant. I know about design? I can do a paid internship, right? The next day I heard back from the owners, Chris and Isaac and I was able to learn what the company is all about and I really felt that it aligned with my ideals. They are a start up based out of Portland but are moving to Bend. Basically, they work with “Thought Leaders” to productize their great ideas through marketing, branding, e-courses and so on.
Right now I am working from home and it has taught me a lot about myself. Amazingly I can get work done from being in bed, but I’ll sit at my desk when we have video conferences (I’m not that big of a bum!) While working for someone else I realize that I still want to be a freelancer and do my own things on the side. While learning Wordpress for work, I will soon have my own Wordpress site & new blog (for real this time) where I can continually mark my progress. I have tried every blog under the sun it seems and I need a place with portfolio/blog integration. I hold my Tumblr near & dear but it’s really just for single serving photographs. 
So there’s your update on my life. I think I’ll be here for awhile, but in the upcoming weekends there will be no shortage of exploring the great Pacific Northwest. Stay tuned for a new site, shop, and some new projects! I am available for hire if anyone has a graphic design inquiry.
Cheers!

"Working from Home"

There are two key words in that title.

Work - I have a new job! 
Home - I have a new home! 

The past month has been a whirlwind. My ‘05 Toyota Corolla (packed with essential things such as photographs, maps, a cast iron pan and some clothes) & I journeyed across country from New Jersey to Oregon. Bend, Oregon. I’ve been asked the same question, over and over, “Why did you move to Bend?” My answer is usually along the lines of, “because I could” or “why not move here?” Truth is I had never heard of Bend until this summer when I was told by two different people from two different parts of my life that I should move here to be near them. So I did. Plus, it’s awesome.

I had a place to live, a few friends, and a free bed I found on craigslist the first day I was here. (No bed bugs.) Panic set in when my days spent on the job search yielded no results. I felt too proud to apply to certain jobs, and under qualified for others. But I was desperate. Giving up was not an option as my credit card bill stared me straight in the eye. 

One day I was lucky to find a position for an “Instructional Design Intern” at Choose Growth. I had no idea what those words meant. I know about design? I can do a paid internship, right? The next day I heard back from the owners, Chris and Isaac and I was able to learn what the company is all about and I really felt that it aligned with my ideals. They are a start up based out of Portland but are moving to Bend. Basically, they work with “Thought Leaders” to productize their great ideas through marketing, branding, e-courses and so on.

Right now I am working from home and it has taught me a lot about myself. Amazingly I can get work done from being in bed, but I’ll sit at my desk when we have video conferences (I’m not that big of a bum!) While working for someone else I realize that I still want to be a freelancer and do my own things on the side. While learning Wordpress for work, I will soon have my own Wordpress site & new blog (for real this time) where I can continually mark my progress. I have tried every blog under the sun it seems and I need a place with portfolio/blog integration. I hold my Tumblr near & dear but it’s really just for single serving photographs. 

So there’s your update on my life. I think I’ll be here for awhile, but in the upcoming weekends there will be no shortage of exploring the great Pacific Northwest. Stay tuned for a new site, shop, and some new projects! I am available for hire if anyone has a graphic design inquiry.

Cheers!

Patrick.
Petrified Forest, Arizona.

Patrick.

Petrified Forest, Arizona.

Cascades at Sunset.
Bend, Oregon.

Cascades at Sunset.

Bend, Oregon.

Teddy.
Pilot Butte, Bend, Oregon

Teddy.

Pilot Butte, Bend, Oregon

Keaton & Teddy
Pilot Butte, Bend, Oregon. 

Keaton & Teddy

Pilot Butte, Bend, Oregon. 

PDX - BW

Portland, OR.

I haven’t been shooting much lately, but I was able to spend about an hour and a half in Portland yesterday shooting blurry photos at dusk. 

Sunrise on Camelback Mountain.
Phoenix, AZ.

Sunrise on Camelback Mountain.

Phoenix, AZ.

Gabby.
Sedona, Arizona. 

Gabby.

Sedona, Arizona. 

Edge Tension.

Edge Tension.

Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal. Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep travelling honestly along life’s path.

—(via littlebirdlanding)

(Source: shecomesincolor)

Snowy Overlook
Philadelphia, PA. 

Snowy Overlook

Philadelphia, PA.