Monday, March 22, 2010

Low-tech Sunday.

I had a tiring, but very enjoyable, day on Saturday. At day's end I had shot over 12,000 action photos at an event in the Wisconsin Dells. And so on Sunday, with a sore shoulder and a hand like a shriveled monkey paw, I just didn't plan on lifting my camera. But after a lunch with extended family, my father and niece got out a kite and walked out into the field behind my father's house to fly it.

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to let my inner kid loose to run thought the field with Madison, and so i headed out with them (and yes, snapped a few shots). A kite is magic like that. Think about's 2010. We are surrounded by all kinds of hi-tech entertainment devices everywhere. But you take $2 worth of fabric and 50 cents worth of string, and can still head out and have a blast.

It was a good low tech day. Go fly a kite.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Down the Old Dirt Road

I had a killer time (heh heh) yesterday shooting some production stills for the Fathead Films horror short Down the Old Dirt Road. It is always a blast to see what Justin, Keith, and the rest of the Fathead Films gang come up with, and yesterday's shoot was no exception. Got to meet a few new people as well.

After a few warm days - for the Midwest in mid March anyway - the weather decided that it would get in character for the horror flick as well, kicking up wind that whistled through the old barn that we were shooting in and serving up some genuine chills for the cast and crew. But hey...I'm told blood & guts are best served cold and the mother nature did also throw a fantastic sunset our way (also blood red), so no hard feelings.

Looking forward to seeing what these guys come up with next. In fact let's all split up and see if we can find them right now! I'll be right back...

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Thursday, March 11, 2010


Had a great time shooting some senior portraits with Alex yesterday. We had discussed doing an urban decay theme a little while back, and with the gorgeous weather yesterday, we finally had our chance.

And while we took care to make sure that no Alex's were harmed during the making of these photographs, I managed to step into a hole in the floor where a heat register once was and fall in up to my knee. Later on I stepped on a nail (note to self: boots, boots, boots!). And tragically, one of my lighting umbrellas also did not survive our little adventure. But hey...all in a day's work!

Now, let's face it...for a lot of people having their photos taken by a professional photographer can seem to be an awkward proposition, as they are not used to being a model. That's why I have found that it's very important to get to know a little about my clients first. Choosing the right environment to shoot is a crucial step in creating great portraits because it really helps to bring my client's personality shining through in those photos.

If you've got spring fever like I do and are interested in some on-location portraits, give me a ring or drop me an email today.

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