Category Archives: work

Portland wedding photography: Matt and Christina

I received a call from a good friend; his cousin wanted to get married the coming weekend-could I shoot the ceremony? Of course! It was a small gathering, and their most special guests were their family of dogs. (I am sure some of you can relate!)

matt and christina-portland wedding

We met in one of the parks in Sellwood. They wanted to be surrounded by nature, so we had the ceremony near a small pond surrounded by trees. After, the dogs ran free near the river and they celebrated with (so Portland!) Voodoo Doughnuts!

matt and christina-portland wedding

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matt and christina-portland wedding

matt and christina-portland wedding

matt and christina-portland wedding

Congrats to you both! Thanks for letting me be part of your big (little) day!

portland juice company

Portland Food Photography: Portland Juice Press

Okay seriously. This place is so good! I heard about it through someone on Instagram (can’t remember who), and I rode my bike up Milwaukee to visit it. It’s right by Bushwacker’s Cider.

portland juice company

They juice hundred’s of pounds of vegetables, fruit, and nuts every day. They specialize is juice fasts-you can actually have them deliver to your house or work. I just happen to like fresh juice and had a craving for a thick nut milk. So I picked out The Ohm. It was perfect. Exactly what I wanted: hazelnuts, dates, cinnamon, and filtered water.

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If you are undecided, they have no problem opening up bottles for you to sample the flavors. Next time, I am getting the lemon, ginger, honey one.

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They even have these vintage inspired postcards -FOR FREE! I took one or six.

portland juice company


avatars and business portraits

hey there!

i’m running a special: $25 for a portrait/avatar photo.


-we meet in the east valley

-i’ll shoot about 20 photos and send you the best one in color and black + white

-you’ll have your photo in less than a week

-payment due at time of shooting in cash (please provide an email)

-shoot will last less than 20 min (for those of you on a time crunch)

-special runs through the 12th of september

see more of my portraiture here.


(this one’s for jeff since he wanted to see his whole head.)

(i protest because he cut his wild mane.)

contact me through email (jamiecmulhern) (@) (gmail)(dot)(com)

or tweet to me!

new? car

so i recently sold my scooter and bought a car.

sad but happy.

i do like the ac in the summer. and being able to drive longer distances.

the car’s headlights had aged, and in lieu of replacing with expensive parts, i decided to try the headlight restorer kit sold for approximately 25 bones at the local car parts shop.

what do you think?



happy hour

today’s tasty beverage is fresh squeezed orange juice from my tree, vodka, a splash of vanilla extract, and a few mint leaves.

i almost went with sage, but i thought i would go more classic. that, and i have twice as much mint as sage, and sage is tastier friend in butter than swimming in alcohol.

this screwdriver pairs well with darning sweaters and mending torn pockets.

interview with joe

I knew who Joe was before I met him. He’s a bit of a local celebrity who dresses particularly and is known for his restaurants. But I knew him as the only person in my area who owned a Vespa. And I had just bought one. So about three years ago, I introduced myself, asked if I could go along on any group rides he was planning, and somehow found myself helping to open the future Liberty Market. But be careful! Once you are Joe’s friend, you must succumb to all kinds of crazy adventures-many of them involving blind taste tests of food. And believe me, this guy will wear you out! He’s made me visit more than five espresso joints in a day.

You can find many interviews with Joe and his journey of starting the Coffee Plantation, Joe’s Real BBQ, or the housing development complete with childhood-home-turned-restaurant Joe’s Farm Grill, but I would like to illuminate the more personal side of Joe. Because I dare to ask the questions!

JM: Please tell us a little about yourself.

JJ: That is an open question, so I’ll answer it a bunch of different ways.

I am happily married (to the lovely, talented, power-house: Cindy), have two married sons, and live in Gilbert.

I am chubby, moderate in build, wear a hat, have a titanium rod in my leg, blood pressure within the normal range.

I am self-deluded in thinking I can eat anything and not gain weight, that I am 30, that I am not dying, and certainly much more that I am oblivious to.

I am a visionary. I don’t mean that in a proud way any more than if I was to say that I am an artisan, a craftsman, or a farmer. The primary gift that God has given me is in the realm of ideas and how to advance them to become reality.

JM: I love the story of how you and Cindy met, would you mind sharing the tale?

JJ: At the time, I was an engineer and happily single, living in an apartment. I don’t mind being alone and don’t get bored easily, so I enjoyed working on cars and general tinkering. My mother was quite concerned that I would never get married. For one thing, she identified me as a nerd with fashion problems that might make me un-datable. To work on my fashion problem, she sent me to “Sincerely, Sandra”, a modeling and personal improvement shop at Dobson and Elliot. The basic idea was that the owner, Sandra, would color drape me and then teach me how to shop for clothes. Sandra is a vivacious lady of Lebanese ancestry. Through the process of figuring out that I was a “spring” and taking me shopping at Marshall’s, she decided I was a normal person, so she asked me if I would like to meet her sister. She hooked me up with her little sister, Cindy, who was living with Sandra and her husband at the time. It took me a while to get around to a first date. When we met, I thought she was beautiful … we got along fine. For many months we went out, just as friends and then we fell in love. That’s the best way.

JM: You have a distinct fashion style. Tell us how you created it and what your inspirations are.

JJ: My awareness of fashion started in the same way I met Cindy (see above). Since then, I have become more interested in fashion and have developed certain philosophies regarding dress:

1. Be comfortable with who you are and where you live.

I am a bit chubby (but cuddly), have a short inseam, a bald head, and ordinary looks (which I think of as a blessing). Doesn’t sound like a promising physique for fashion, but I have come to accept my situation and be happy about it. I also live in a warm state. Given these factors, I try to dress in ways that make sense. Being bald has opened up the world of hats, an area where people with hair seem timid to explore (except with the baseball cap [yuck!]). It protects from the sun and has many more options than hair. Being chubby, tight fitting clothes are a big no-no. Guayabera shirts are a favorite. They are loose fitting, a traditional shirt in warm climates, and come in great colors. I do not wear jeans. They emphasize the wrong part of my body. T-shirts: only at the gym.

2. Don’t go with the trends.

I used to wear classic Hawaiian shirts for the same reason as a Guayabera. Then they became popular and started showing up at Costco and all sorts of unstylish people started wearing them in horrible ways. I stopped wearing them. Hats have become popular again (I’ve been wearing them for 25 years), but most people buy cheap ones from China at Target, so it really hasn’t diluted quality hat wearing and I am not planning on abandoning hats. I avoid trends like “Affliction” shirts, Ed Hardy, and all of that stuff. I prefer classic, timeless pieces that go together well and last.

3. Buy quality.

I don’t buy poorly made stuff. It won’t last and it won’t feel good. That doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. Just be picky about quality, inspect your goods carefully, and then try to get the best price. For instance, my go-to fedoras are US made and are fashioned from wheat straw. They are very well made and cost about $35. Yes, that’s more than a Chinese “felt” fedora, but not that much more. It fits and lasts, plus you’re helping US workers. Some things are just plain expensive, but worth it. My LV “murse” is a great accessory that I use daily. It is SO well made and perfectly designed. It will last forever instead of some bad fitting, cheap mini-messenger bag. There’s some truth in the phrase “you get what you pay for”.

JM: Would you please share some Joe “before” pictures?


JM: Would you like to share an internet link?


Best food related periodical:

Best antidote to Rachel Ray:

Thanks again Joe for participating in my interview series! Please feel free to ask all your burning questions of Joe in the comments below!

And you can follow him on twitter (@realjoe)-although rumor is he might take a hiatus for a month in February!

interview with kiersten

I first met Kiersten over two years ago when I started working at Liberty Market. She has more energy than most people reminding me of a hummingbird. She constantly injects puns into her speech, and she forgets to eat often. You had better be ready to eat big though if you ever go to a restaurant with her and her husband because they will order EVERYTHING on the menu. They want to try it all!

(photo credit Jen of kreatid photography)

JM: Tell us a little about yourself.

KT: I grew up in Bozeman, Montana….the oldest of 4 kids.  My Dad is a potter, and he and my Mom have owned and operated Mountain Arts Pottery since I was a kid. I grew up in a family where my parents were (and still are) very supportive and encouraging.  Christianity was the foundation of all we did but we all knew our faith had to be ours…not just because Dad and Mom said so.

I did pretty well as a track athlete in high school and decided to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to run.  I wasn’t very good at the check sheets in college and as such, ended up taking so many classes I have a Double Major in Elementary Education and Special Education as well as a minor in Deaf Education and a Master’s in Special Education/Learning Disabilities – and now I own a restaurant….go figure!

I moved to Arizona to work at ASU and met my husband at a dinner he was cooking for.  Long story short…we got married and work together as co-owners of Liberty Market in Gilbert.

JM: How did you get involved with Special and Deaf Education?

KT: My younger sister, Becky, who is, as she likes to point out, exactly four years and eleven months younger than I am, was diagnosed with a learning disability soon after she was born.  Referred to as Global Retardation, her disability affects each aspect of her life in different ways.  Becky has a difficult time with her fine motor skills including printing and tying her shoes but reads at a college level.

She didn’t talk for the first three years of her life, and I remember with absolute distinction when she said her very first words….”Indian hat”.  We were traveling to an art show and had stopped somewhere to fill up for gas.  They must have had one of those plastic Indian hats with fake red, green and blue feathers sticking out of the top and when she pointed at it and said, “Indian hat”, my parents purchased it in absolute shock.  Since then, I don’t think she’s stopped talking!!! :)

She has a job at Fuddruckers making the guacamole and helping in the kitchen and has told David more than once that he needs to learn the recipe she has memorized.  Her memory is one that baffles all of our family.  She has always corrected us when we would say something like, “Remember when we went to visit Grandma in 1985?”  by saying, “It wasn’t 1985, it was 1984, and it was a Tuesday.”  We would laugh it off until we started checking her dates and she was correct.  She has more Civil War knowledge than the guides she used to drive with when visiting Gettysburg and her bible study teacher has stopped checking facts when Becky brings something up from the bible, because she’s always right.

The deaf education part of my life came into being as a result of my cousin Courtney’s deafness.  I loved sign language and started learning it to communicate with her when she would visit in the summer.  I would practice with my brothers on Sundays after church when my grandparents would take us out to lunch.  We had no ipod, itouch, ipad, phone….etc. and would have to self-entertain. Practicing the alphabet forwards and backwards was ingrained in my head and in college I quickly learned I could forego the foreign language component by taking sign language!

It sat dormant in my mind between college and the opening of Liberty Market when we hired two employees who are deaf. Having a glassed-in kitchen is the greatest thing because I can communicate across the restaurant and into the kitchen! It does confuse guests, however, when I ask them if everything is alright or explain something to them and realize I haven’t said anything!!!

JM: You grew up in Montana. What’s it like? Do you see yourself moving back there?

KT: You hear a lot about people from small towns itching to leave never to return, but I never felt that.  God has allowed some amazing opportunities to insert themselves into my life that have moved me to the next chapter in my life but never because I didn’t like the one I had just finished.

Bozeman is located in a valley surrounded by five mountain ranges and is amazingly beautiful. It’s cold and snows for half the year but there are three ski hills within thirty minutes of my house, the sledding hill is literally over the creek, through the park and across the street.  I spent a lot of my summers in the Gallatin National Forest at our cabin.  The back door opens up to the forest and the running water is connected to an underground spring so if you want it any warmer than ice cold, you have to heat it up on the stove.

It’s definitely a different world than Arizona.  More REI-ish and less Fashion Square-ish.  The magnitude of open space and sky is such a difference in comparison to Phoenix.  It SMELLS….not bad….it just has a smell.  When you get off the plane and walk out onto the tarmac (it’s a pretty little airport) it smells clean and clear, brisk and like pine.  It’s one of the best parts of the whole area!!!

Will I ever move back….probably not permanently.  David and I have this small little thing going on here that takes up a lot of our time – Liberty Market – however, we’d love to get to a place where we could spend time there over the summers.  I’m not sure what that looks like but I can guarantee you that summer in Montana is significantly more enjoyable than summer in Phoenix!!!

JM: You trained a work dog once-what was that like?

KT: We raised a service dog through an organization here in Phoenix, and it was amazing.  Johnny was a Golden Retriever that we trained as a “hearing dog” to work with an individual who was deaf.  I only recommend doing this if you have TONS of time.  We were in the process of opening Liberty Market and I had no set location at which I needed to work, so I was able to take him everywhere with me.  As a result, he became extremely social which made him a better trained service dog.

The day David and I turned him in, we went and watched the tail end of the Iron Man Triathlon because we figured they were the only people more miserable than we were!  If we ever do it again, I think we’ll do a dog with hospice.  Even though we knew giving him up was in both ours and his best interest (we spent the first month of the restaurant opening working eighteen hours a day without a day off), it was the most ridiculously hard thing I’ve ever done!!!

JM: Your family is full of creativity-your dad and you knit, your parents have a ceramics studio and bakery, your brother is a photographer (what else am I missing?)-was creativity something your parents fostered?

KT: My brother Tim is amazingly musically inclined, and my sister Becky who has a learning disability has moved socialization with people to a whole new level!

My parents made us take piano lessons from Kindergarten through our senior year in High School and I say “made” because I am not gifted in that realm in any way!  :)   Other than that, they just encouraged and loved us.  More and more, I see that the family I thought “normal” growing up was and is anything but normal.  My parents are together, they love us, they support us, they let us be us.

I hesitate to express how amazing it is to have a shelter to come back to during good and bad because there is no way to give it the credit it deserves without sounding goofy!  When you see kids (and I see a lot of them in the restaurant, at church, in stores) you can tell those kids who don’t have to worry about the love of their family – whatever that family looks like.  They are secure in the fact that they are loved and accepted.  That was the world I grew up in.  It wasn’t perfect…I can list my fair share of fights!!….but it was safe.

So….back to your question, did they foster creativity….not so much as they fostered us and creativity came out of that!

JM: Give us a list of some of your favorite restaurants and why you love them.


1 – El Pollo Supremo – Beef or Chicken? Flour or Corn?  Those are your only options…great, inexpensive Mexican!

2 – Pizzeria Bianco – It’s our favorite because it affords us, as a couple, of at least 3 hours of uninterrupted “us” time.  But….we always eat something first!

3 – Matt’s Big Breakfast – I hope my trainer doesn’t read this but I get the Hog + Chick with the ham steak, eggs scrambled on the side (and I give them to David) sourdough toast, hash browns and a waffle with bacon….but…I then don’t eat for the rest of the day.  Mainly, because I can’t move.

4 – Houston’s/Chelsea’s Kitchen – in the vein of a little more costly, either of these two.  Houston’s is the best chain/non-chain.  They do a great job with everything and the service is impeccable!  Chelsea’s Kitchen has the best Rib-eye Tacos I’ve ever had but I have a hard time justifying the price if I don’t split them!

5 – Café Wasabi – A little Japanese place on Southern and McClintock.  It’s a nice place to get sushi at a reasonable price.  You can get a salad and ten piece California Roll for $7 or $8.

JM: Is there an internet link you’d like to share?

KT: As a plug for how really great my parent’s pottery is…

I really recommend looking at the history behind the Blessing Jar!