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Don Campbell, Writer
Don Campbell is a longtime freelance writer, author, editor, musician, songwriter, producer and complete knucklehead, based in Portland. Campbell has been actively and professionally engaged in the print and online publishing industries in various capacities since 1987 and in the music business far longer. He refuses to get a real job.
John Chandler, Writer
John Chandler has been writing about Northwest rock since 1986 and even plays in a few greasy garage bands when the mood strikes him. Magnet, The Rocket, Portland Tribune, Portland Monthly, Puncture, and BarFly are just a few of the stops he's made along the way. Follow him on Twitter @TheBarPilot or peruse his horror movie blog.
Ollie Collins, Writer
Joanna Cosper, Writer
Joanna Cosper is the DJ for an all-female show on KPSU called The Muse In Music and founder of the music blog Distant Records. Aside from Vortex, she's previously written show reviews for Oregon Music News. Her focus these days is to successfully capture the unique support found in Portland's music community and shed more awareness on gender-related issues within the general scope of music. Follow her on Twitter @distantrecords and SoundCloud.
James Dineen, Writer
Robinson Eaton, Writer
Patrick Hammond, Writer
Spending over a decade chasing dreams and making them reality, Patrick Hammond is a seasoned singer/songwriter from Portland. With one full-length record, three EPs, network television exposure, and performances up and down the West Coast under his belt, he’s ready to not only continue on but to pass the baton to some of the incredible up-and-coming artists of the greater Portland area. Hammond is currently reviewing albums for Vortex and Portland Notes, and is relentlessly searching for the hidden gems Portland continues to cultivate.
Andrea Janda, Writer
Loves the wild landscapes of nature, science, technology, the mind and music. She is a contributor to Oregon Music News and a founding member and writer for Visitant. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram @littleredelf.
Roddy Jasa, Writer
Filling his free time with reading, writing, concerts, traveling or pretty much any outdoor activity, Roddy is rarely one to turn down an adventure. He has yet to find the meaning of life but is pretty sure it can be found in the form of live music. There’s not many genres of music he doesn’t enjoy, and as long as there’s a beat, you can find him nearby.
Kelly Jones, Writer
Kelly Jones is a lover of all things musical. Born with a pitch pipe in her hand, Kelly has been singing and playing music since childhood. As an adult, she turned her attention towards supporting and encouraging musicians in their complicated artistic paths, leading her to found Portland Notes. Kelly thrives on the positive and unifying energy and synergy that are the foundations of music and musicianship. With experience in performance, merchandising, marketing, management and media, Kelly actively seeks out local bands and musicians who are wanting to reach out to a larger audience. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @portlandnotes.
Mark Powers, Writer
Mark Powers is a Portland-based drummer, educator and author. Recent performance/recording credits include work with M. Ward, Haley Johnsen, Mbrascatu, Amanda Richards and Rob Wynia. For more on Mark, check out Powers Percussion, or follow him on Twitter and Instagram @MarkPowers.
Ryan J. Prado, Writer
Ryan J. Prado is a freelance writer originally from Northern California. He now resides on the peak of the Sandy Boulevard hill where a thousand Vietnamese and Thai restaurants collide. Ryan is a regular contributor to the Portland Mercury, Paste Magazine and Submerge Magazine, and was previously a staff writer at Portland LGBTQ news magazine Just Out. His writing has also been published by Oregon Music News, Synthesis, Caustic Truths, Revolver, The Record Searchlight and more. He has recently discovered a sickening obsession with buying vinyl, and when Ryan's not working, he’s likely playing bass guitar in bands that may never play shows—or petting his cat.
Nathan Rizzo, Writer
Jeni Wren Stottrup, Writer
Ready to bring you an insider’s view of the Portland music scene, Jeni Wren Stottrup hosts and produces The Gritty Birds Podcast, records and performs as Jeni Wren, and logs time as a publicist for Self Group as well as serving as the current media sponsorship coordinator for PDX Pop Now!
Brendan Swogger, Writer
A graduate of Oregon City High School, Brendan Swogger grew up with a passion for music. In 2013, he founded his own blog, indie/alt, and has since attended more than 200 shows. He continues to contribute live show reviews and has interviewed artists from the Northwest to the UK. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @indiealtpdx.
John Alcala, Photographer
Autumn Andel, Photographer, Videographer
A freelance photographer and videographer with an insatiable thirst for every undiscovered gem in independent music, Autumn can be found covering music festivals, shows, conducting video interviews, and making music videos, as well as contributing written content to music blogs. She’s traveled extensively in Europe doing all of the above, and her work has been published in Beats Per Minute, Brooklyn Vegan, KEXP, Oregon Music News, Prefix, QRO Magazine, Stereogum, Under The Radar, Consequence of Sound, The MAT Magazine and used by Willamette Week's MusicfestNW. As exciting as all that sounds, for her livelihood, Autumn mainly shoots and edits business profile videos for Yelp under the moniker Photosphere. An eco-conscious animal lover and almost vegan, she’s been a Portland resident since 2004. Follow her on Twitter @auteurian and Instagram @dada_autumn.
Tojo Andrianarivo, Photographer
Tojo Andrianarivo has over five years of experience as a photographer specializing in portrait and live music. Though he was born in Madagascar, he has resided in the U.S. for the majority of his life—living in four different states—save five years spent in Nairobi, Kenya. Currently he lives in Portland, Oregon, and enjoys exploring all the amazing scenery and food the Northwest has to offer. Follow Tojo on Instagram at @tojofotos to keep up with his latest work.
Drew Bandy, Photographer
Christina Bay, Photographer
Contact Christina at christina [at] vrtxmag.com.
Ryan Beane, Photographer
Emma Browne, Photographer
Paul Garcia, Photographer
Sam Gehrke, Photographer, Writer
Sam Gehrke is a Wisconsin-born, Oregon-raised freelance photographer and writer based in Eugene and Portland. After receiving a formal education in film and cinema at the University of Oregon, Sam dipped back into photography after a four-year hiatus, teaching himself through trial and error the ins and outs of the medium by shooting skaters at local skateparks. Despite a relatively short freelance career in photography and journalism, the magic of social media soapboxes has meant exponential growth for Sam, and he's contributed both his photographs and written pieces to publications such as NPR, Vice, Sciences Occultes Magazine, Eugene Weekly, Color Me With Chaos music blog, and now serves as a contributor for Vortex Music Magazine, principally photographing and providing written coverage of concerts in the Pacific Northwest. When he’s not working, Sam is usually reading comics, listening to music, buying stupidly expensive action figures, or cruising around town on his skateboard. Follow Sam on Twitter @dirtmcgehrk and Instagram @pogsandtamagotchis or check out more of his photos.
Alyssa Herrman, Photographer
Alyssa is a self-taught photographer with an undeniable passion for music. Being a musician herself, she has the ability to see the world through the artists’ eyes. She has worked with many local and international touring bands and has been published in magazines such as Decibel, Rolling Stone, OSPREY and New Noise Magazine. Through her photography, she hopes to show the emotion you feel when you go to a show. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @fotophortress.
Sydnie Kobza, Photographer
Sydnie Kobza is most passionate about still life photography, including the commercial and advertising aspects that it often includes. Concert photography has always been her goal, with her biggest love rooted in music. She loves attending shows and capturing the intensity of live music in photos, as well as showcasing the best of each artist or band.
Dawn Marks, Photographer
Dawn Marks is a Portland-based photographer and videographer with a passion for concert photography. All her life, she’s had an obsession with taking pictures—there is just something about capturing the light in a moment that does it for her. For the past 10 years, she has been a full-time photographer. Dawn is happiest when she has her camera in hand and a band to shoot.
Henry Novak, Photographer
With a background in film photography and a deep love for music, Henry feels like he’s found his calling in concert photography. He lives his life thinking about what is going on around him and what he could capture through his viewfinder. He is a thinker and a creative personality who isn’t afraid to go to extreme lengths to achieve what it is he desires to capture. Follow Henry’s photography adventures on Instagram @wild_hendo.
Beth Olson, Photographer
Beth Olson is the owner of Beth Olson Creative, a Portland-based company that specializes in alternative commercial, editorial and wedding photography for small businesses, artists, performers and nerds of all kinds. Beth loves hoppy beers and bourbon, geek culture, loud rock music, has a bit of a potty mouth and a love/hate/love relationship with horror movies. In addition to Vortex, she's contributed to Portland Monthly Magazine, The Portland Mercury, Imbibe, CreativeLive, Oregon Music News, Skorch Magazine, Pickathon and others. You can see more of her work at her website: BethOlsonCreative.com.
Anthony Pidgeon, Photographer
Veteran music photographer Anthony Pidgeon has been shooting tours, band sessions, CD packaging and marketing collateral since the early ‘90s for artists, promoters, record companies, and magazines. Check out more images on his digital portfolio and contact him at photography [at] anthonypidgeon.com.
Jason Quigley, Photographer
Having grown up in Klamath Falls, Jason Quigley moved north to attend the University of Portland—where he met his future wife, Megan—and the two have lived here ever since. They now have two young daughters, and even though they doesn’t sleep nearly enough, they love them very much.
Jason honed his music photography chops in the early-2000s Portland music scene, and cites several years working at PDX Pop Now! as a particularly formative experience. In 2013, he quit his day job, and since then has expanded his repertoire to include editorial, weddings, portraits and food. Although he loves it all, music photography remains his passion.
Veronica Rose, Photographer
Jeff Ryan, Photographer
Jeff Ryan is a Portland-based photographer specializing in live music and landscapes. He has shot live shows for Vortex, Impose and Brooklyn Vegan. Most of the time Jeff can be found standing at the front of the crowd pointing his camera at his favorite bands. If he’s not there, he’s most likely knee-deep in a mountain stream, pointing his camera at a waterfall and mumbling something about “finding the comp.” You can find his work at jeffryanphoto.com.
Aaron Sharpsteen, Photographer
Aaron Sharpsteen is a portrait and live music photographer based in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his girlfriend and their magical cat. He loves metal, weed and arguing with strangers on the internet.
Blake Sourisseau, Photographer
Blake Sourisseau discovered photography at a young age through using his grandfather's old 35mm film camera. Over the years he taught himself how to develop, scan and print his film in his own darkroom. Eventually he switched to the world of digital, and that's when he became even more passionate about photography. He took his camera anywhere he went, and that also means he tried to sneak it into concerts. With Vortex, Blake no longer needs to hide his camera from the bouncers, but he still tries his hardest to get the best shot possible from the crowd. To keep up with the world of Blake, you can follow him on his Instagram or check out his website.
Miri Stebivka, Photographer
Corey Terrill, Photographer
With 10-plus years of photography experience and 15-plus years as a musician, Corey has found the perfect way to marry his two biggest passions in life: concert photography. Born and raised in Southern California, Corey has discovered a love and appreciation for the uniqueness of Portland and the rest of the Pacific Northwest.