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Jul 12, 2013

Latest pics and a life update

Hi all, here’s a quick update on what’s going on with me. Lee Squared has really taken off and we are super busy. I think we’ve shot 8 weddings so far this year and have at least that many more to go.

I got a new job! I’m now working in IT at Zenith Cutter in Loves Park. We’re part of the Fisher Barton Group out of the Milwaukee area and things are going great there. I’ve already finished up two projects and have another one starting Monday.

Stella and Steph are doing good. Stella finished her first year of preschool with flying colors and Steph is working at WIFR.

On a sad note, we found out my mom Cheryl has breast cancer. It’s not something I really want to get into, but she’s in the beginning stages of therapy right now and if you want to know more you can email me or contact me personally.

Here are some of my latest shots. Enjoy! As always, leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Nov 12, 2012

So many to choose, but only one can be the best

My top five attractions at Disney World

This is a pretty easy list and it hasn’t changed much in the past 10 or 20 years. All these rides have one thing in common, you’re entertained from the second you step in line until the second you leave the ride.

5. Splash Mountain. Cheap thrills and a few nice drops along with what I said above make this a great ride. Plus, when it’s a bit chilly out like it was when we were there no one rides it. So you can ride it many times in a row. I took my dad on it this year and he had a blast.

4. The Muppet’s 3D movie. One of the highlights this year was watching Stella enjoy this one for the first time. She loved it more than I thought, trying to grab everything that came at her out of the 3D screen. Laughing at all the stupid jokes and reaching for the real bubbles as they came out of the sky. This is a great show and I highly recommend you check it out if you’re in Hollywood Studios.

3. The Haunted Mansion. I love haunted houses and although this one isn’t scary, it’s so much fun. My favorite part is the beginning when the ride lowers you into the basement and all the lights go out. All the riders scream and cause a stir like they are part of the ride. Happens every time.

2. Epcot’s World Showcase. The food. The beer. The few simple, fun and educational rides. I love everything about this place and can and have spent multiple days there. It’d be number 1 if it wasn’t for one of the greatest rides of all time anywhere.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean. Yo ho, yo ho a pirate’s life for me. I can remember riding this as a kid and even now when the ride enters the giant battleship scene I’m in awe. The amount of thought and work that went into this ride is amazing. When I go to Disney I try to make this my first ride

What are your favorites?

Tonight’s shot: Face painting

While my dad, Steph and I rode the Everest ride at Animal Kindom (which was awesome, by the way) my mom got Stella’s face painted. I have to say I was pretty impressed. The artists were doing all sorts of neat designs on kids faces. Stella wanted a fairy princess look so this is what she got. I’m glad I got photos of the paint job because it all washed off two hours later while we were swimming back at our resort.

Nov 11, 2012

And the MVP of the trip award goes to …

The versatile, multi-talented Mr. Stroller

Actually there were two MVPs on our trip. One, our stroller. Not sure what we would have done without it. It served as storage, a cup holder, a nap bed and most importantly it saved our arms as it carried Stella through the parks for 6 days. The second was the Fast Past system at the parks. This was my first visit to Disney since the Fast Pass was introduced and boy is it awesome. We used it several times and the best part was we had five passes and my mom wasn’t interested in them and Stella wasn’t tall enough for most of the Fast Pass rides. So me, my dad and Steph were able to use multiple Fast Passes and ride a ride with over an hour wait twice in 5 or 10 minutes.

Tonigh’s shot: The Chinese Hall of Prayer

One of the places I wanted to shooting on our trip was the Chinese Hall of Prayer at Epcot’s World Showcase. I’d seen different perspectives on flickr and had a few ideas, but the place was jam packed when I actually made it over there with my gear. So there I was, lying on my back in the middle of the Chinese Hall of Prayer. I was patiently waiting for the dozens of people to exit the room and head into the next area on the tour. Only to have more shuffle in behind them. But, I was patient and after a few minutes everyone realized what I was trying to do and I was able to get the shot.

Nov 10, 2012

“Where’s the beach?”

How not to surprise your daughter with a trip to Disney

I was a little disappointed that Stella wasn’t super excited when we surprised her with a trip to Disney World earlier this week. For the past few weeks leading up the the trip we told her she was going to the beach to see grandma and grandpa. So, what happened when we pulled up the the big Disney World sign that overlooks the highway? “So we’re not going to the beach?” Yep, that’s right. She was almost disappointed that she wasn’t going to the beach. So maybe that wasn’t the best idea. In the end I think she was surprised but I was hoping it’d be a little more dramatic. You know, a huge freak out. I taped it and hope to make a short video.

Tonight’s shot: The Tower of Terror

So, when did MGM Studios turn into Hollywood Studios? I wasn’t expecting that on our visit to the park earlier this week. I’ve always known it as MGM. Doesn’t matter I guess. All the rides and memories are still there. Including this one, the Tower of Terror. Stella obviously couldn’t ride it so Steph and I took my mom who secretly had a blast. We used the Fast Past feature for this one. This was my first trip to Disney since they introduced the Fast Past system and it was the MVP of the week.

Nov 9, 2012


Time flies when you’re having fun

Well, a week ago we had just arrived at Disney World with our daughter, Stella. We had a lot of fun and over the next few days I’ll share our stories and sightings here. So, please keep checking back over the next few nights for new pictures and fun stories.

Tonight’s shot: Reflecting back

The Spaceship Earth ride is one of my favorites. Some might think it’s a bit boring, but it reminds me of my childhood. Here it is, in all its awesomeness reflecting back on the lake in the World Showcase at Epcot. I was about halfway through the showcase in the country of Japan for this shot. I waited for the sun to go down with some awesome food from the food festival and a beer from Germany.



Nov 4, 2012

Stella’s first trip to Walt Disney World

One day down, six more to go!

So, we finally made it. A year’s worth of planning and saving has ended and we flew down to Orlando to my favorite place on earth … Disney World. We met my parents down here and we’re staying in their RV at Camp Wilderness Resort, which has a boat we take over to the the Magic Kingdom.

We surprised our daughter Stella with the trip, she had no clue we were going and was very excited when we got here. We spent all day at Epcot yesterday and fought the insane crowds that were there for the International Food and Wine Festival. Although, the food and beer were amazing. My dad and I had some of Germany’s finest.

We went to a campfire sing-a-long with Chip and Dale last night and after Stella, Steph and grandma and gramps went to bed I treked over to the Magic Kingdom to ride Pirates of the Caribbean …. WHICH WAS CLOSED!!! Hopefully it will be open today. I did, however, ride the Haunted Mansion a few times.

Here are a few pics from the day’s activities. Check back tomorrow for more!

Oct 24, 2012

What have I been up to?

Weddings, families, seniors … oh, and a little place called Disney World

Most of you know that my good friend Danielle and I joined forces and started our own business this spring. Well, things have been going great. Beyond great actually. We’ve gone well beyond our goals this year and have even blown away our goals for next year too. Needless to say, my blog has kinda taken a back seat and I’m sorry.

But, I have an exciting announcement. I’m taking my wife and daughter to Disney World. Which means I should have some awesome photos to post soon. I plan on blogging while I’m gone, posting a new pic or two every day. So please, keep checking back over the next couple weeks to hear all about our trip and Stella’s first trip to one of the greatest places on earth.

I’ve also been busy with my new position at work. I’m no longer in the office, I travel from place to place fixing anything from servers to printers to PCs to Macs.

One more thing, below are some of the images I’ve captured over the past few months.

Sep 19, 2012

Sorry teach, but you can’t fail me now

How to avoid a shot for fifteen years

A photo professor I had at Rock Valley College told us on day one that if we took pictures of the Symbol in downtown Rockford we’d get an F in the class. I took him pretty seriously and I haven’t taken a picture of it … ever. I was working down that way this week and I had a new ND filter that I wanted to try out so I stopped and made a few images. This one was shot at a minute and 20 seconds. I only stopped because the clouds were moving pretty fast and I was trying to show their motion in the shot. Thoughs?

Jul 23, 2012

Shooting Rockford’s oldest resident

One good thing … she posed well

I’ve been working on switching positions at work. Basically, I’m moving out of our service department and into an outside technician position. Which means I’ll be out all day fixing client machines, printers and servers. Late last week I was called out to work on a few machines at the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Ran into some issues and needed some disks from the office so I made a call and had them delivered. I had about 30 minutes to waste so I went off the clock and grabbed my camera and wandered. Here’s one I came up with. It’s of Jane, a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex that the museum found  in the Badlands of southeastern Montana. Jane is best known for being the most complete juvenile T. rex ever found.

Jul 5, 2012

Another item checked off the bucket list

Rockford’s fireworks look amazing from 8 stories up

I got a pretty good hook up last night, shooting fireworks from the top of the Register Star’s news tower in downtown Rockford. I’ve always wanted to go up and shoot the fireworks there and this year I made it happen. I do have to thank Doug Gass and Scott Morgan for taking the time to get me access. Without them I wouldn’t have been able to cross this off my bucket list.

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