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Jun 25, 2012

Introducing Lee Squared

I’m very pleased and proud to announce that my good friend Danielle Ballard and I have gone into business together and started Lee Squared Photography. We specialize in weddings, engagements, senior portraits, family pictures and anything else that fits the bill.

My wife and Danielle’s husband went to Lutheran H.S. together and have remained good friends and we first met Danielle at our wedding. I first noticed Danielle’s talents a few years ago when I saw some photos she made while attending a wedding for a mutual friend. We’ve discussed this venture a few times since then and we’re very excited that all the pieces finally fell into place and we were able to get started. We chose the name Lee Squared because both of our middle names are “Lee.”

You can view our Web site here. Make sure you bookmark it as we will update our blog with all the shoots we are working on. You can also visit us on ourĀ Facebook page, friend us and you’ll get all the updates from our sessions. Below are some shots I made from a recent wedding we shot in Chicago. Enjoy, and I hope you’ll all join us and keep up with us on this journey.

Jun 15, 2012

My three favorite girls

So here’s a fun little shot. I rented an 8mm fisheye lens and a ring flash from for the weekend. A lot of fun can be had, especially when I combine the two. Below is the result of what is known as a Jarvie Window. I cannot take credit for using the combination, it’s all Scott Jarvie’s. Scott is a great wedding photographer from out west and he was kind enough to share it on his blog. I just had to try it. Pictured below are my daughter Stella, our cat Mittens and my wife Stephanie.


Jun 13, 2012

Lots of shooting this past weekend

Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Worked all three days. Shot a Rockford Symphony Orchestra event on Friday, had a wedding on Saturday and a senior portrait session on Sunday. I’m just getting started on going through all the files, but I’m really happy with how everything went. I picked up a 580 EXII a while back and was able to put it through some tough situations. It performed beautifully. I also picked up a bounce umbrella and tried that out. I used it on the shot below.

Here’s a senior portrait from Sunday’s session at Rock Cut State Park. I really love going to rock cut to do portraits. There are hundreds of great spots and I always find somewhere new when I go out there. It’s pretty common for me to head there during lunch and explore to find new places.

Jun 8, 2012

Sometimes things just work out

I got a call from my buddy Matt late this afternoon asking if I’d come shoot an event for the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. After clearing it with the wife I accepted. And, lucky me, it just happened to be at Anderson Gardens. I’m shooting a wedding there on Saturday afternoon so I got to spend a little time researching photo spots.

I haven’t been to Anderson Gardens in years even though I live less than a mile away and pass it twice a day on my way to and from work. I think my big beef is because they have very strict photography rules. You know, like no tripods. That’s a big one for me because unless I’m shooting people I’m always on a tripod. Tonight I didn’t care. I carried it in and was able to use it freely throughout the event with no problems.

Here’s a shot in the main hall in the gardens. This is where people were gathering to have a drink and grab some food. I’m hoping that tomorrow before or after the wedding the sun shine perfectly through the opening in the roof so I can try a shot with the couple under a beam of light. Wish me luck.

Jun 1, 2012

Planes, lots and lots of planes

The next 48 hours should be lots of fun. I’ll be filling my digital cards full of photos from the 2012 Rockford Airfest. I applied for photo credentials this year and got accepted. Which means I’ll have all the access I need. We will start bright and early Saturday at 5 a.m. Hopefully the sun and clouds will cooperate. The shot below was just one I was having fun with. The moon wasn’t that big. I added it from another shot of the moon taken with a 600mm lens and added it in over the smaller moon in the actual shot. So, that was where the moon was positioned in the shot.

May 26, 2012

Rockin’ and a Rollin’

Steph and I are in Cleveland this weekend and we visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night. I got this shot right as a massive storm was rolling (no pun intended) in. It rained so hard that you couldn’t see 10 feet in front of you. But, we made it out ok. We’re going back today.

We also ate at a place called Melt last night, where I ate the best sandwich I’ve ever had. A deep fried, yes deep fried, Monte Cristo. It was amazing.

Mar 9, 2012

Hoping to come out of hibernation soon

I know I’ve been pretty non existent lately, but I’ve been busy, it’s cold and gloomy all the time and work and life have just taken over. But, I got some good news today. The posters for Rockford Airfest 2012 came out and guess who’s picture they used? This guy! See below for what the poster that will be hanging around town will look like. I hope they use it on some billboards and other things too. Needless to say, I’ve very excited. Thanks to all my FaceBook friends who posted it to their wall. I appreciate it. Also, to see the photos from last year’s airfest, click here.

Feb 12, 2012

Friends forever

Stella had a play date today with some friends, Emma and Lukas. They all had fun and before we left I dug out the camera for some more practice with little ones as the subject. Thanks for being so patient, guys and gals. And, enjoy!


Jan 28, 2012

August in winter

My best friend Andy and his wife Tanya had their first baby last week, a healthy baby boy named August. I stopped over today to get my hands dirty taking baby portraits. He was very cooperative and I quickly filled up an 8gb card full of the young “Augie.” On a side note, my mom told me today that she had an aunt and uncle named Stella and August. Ironic?

Here are just a few of the many shots I made this afternoon. The light coming in from their living room windows was awesome. Thanks again, guys!

Jan 22, 2012

Weddings: Ben & Lisa Fenwick

Yesterday was one long day. But it was worth it. My friend Danielle and I had a lot of fun shooting our first wedding and I know we both learned a lot. This wedding was in Brodhead, Wis. and the reception was in Janesville, Wis. One of my favorite moments (see the first pic below) was when some half-drunk dudes in a small bar in rural Wisconsin said “Hey, why don’t you go out and ride our sled’s down the street?!?” So we did.

Here are just a few of my favorites from the day. There are many, many more and they will be shared after they are all gone through.

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