2011 © Ash Adams
What can I say about my brother Roland? I don't know where I would be today without him, professionally or otherwise. He's been there for it all; I've never known the world without him. He's the one of the nicest, most creative guys you will ever meet, and he often hears (and not just from me!) that he's the best designer in the largest state in the U.S. But you won't catch him tooting his own horn, because not only is he talented, he is humble.
If it weren't for Roland, I don't know if I would be a photographer today. When I was 18 (and spending my days being a skate rat on the couch or at the park), Roland lovingly threw the classifieds at me and told me to find a job before leaving for work. My first reaction was then what it still would probably be today: Who finds anything in the classifieds? But, I swallowed my pride, picked up the paper, and the first thing I saw was a job ad for a "Photographer's Assistant" and a phone number. The number turned out to be that of Clark James Mishler of Clark James Mishler Photography, who has become one of the most influential mentors in my career. I went to the interview and was hired on the spot. I worked for Clark for two years before veturing out on my own and starting my own photography business (Clark and I are still very good friends today.).
After working for Clark, Roland acutally referred me for my first commercial photography assigment for Kaladi Brothers Coffee. After that, he encouraged me to push my portfolio to the various ad agencies in Alaska, from which effort I landed my first large ad campaign, an Annual Report for the largest hospital chain in Alaska. At 20 years old and without a college degree, I couldn't have done any of this without Ro.
And these are just the things I can tell you on a blog. There is so much more--so many road trips, ski trips, hikes, porch talks, long afternoons and evenings at home, family dinners, and so many firsts we shared together.
The photos above (by Ash) were taken last week while Roland was in town visiting for a much-needed vacation. We did a lot of sightseeing in the city, but some of my favorite times were those in which we were all just hanging at the house and catching up on this long year. After he left, we felt his absence all over again, and we can't wait to be under the same roof with Ro at the end of this summer.
We miss you brother, and we will see you soon!