I spent three months shooting in Portland, Oregon the beginning of 2007. My freelance digital technician and assistant, Matt O'Brien worked with me almost everyday and developed a good working relationship and as most of my assistants and digital techs, we will be linked together and cultivated a deep friendship that will never be forgotten. It saddens me to report that I found out on Facebook he passed away in a motorcycle accident on Friday, the 13th. I will never forget my time with him in Oregon. He freaked out when he lost all the images after a whole day of shooting. I told him all will be fine and the files would be recovered. But, he still cussed himself out and was genuinely stressed. I put my mentor hat on and talked him off the edge. I can still see the disappointment in his eyes and teased him as he walked out the door: Don't loose your way home! Too soon?! HAHA Thank you for those great times. He then because one of the photographers that shot the Converse "Made by You" Campaign. Proud moment from this Photo PAPA.