Jan 17, 2012
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My inspiration …

I’m shooting my first wedding this weekend and I’m both nervous and excited. I’ve been skimming the Web for some inspiration using tools like Flickr and Piterest. I’ve been following many blogs for a while too and here are a few wedding/engagement photographers who have inspired me to make the leap to capturing these memories.

Sheryll-Lynne – A Kentucky and Utah based portrait photographer that is absolutely amazing. Her engagement photos are mind blowing and she doesn’t stop there. She’s great at taking senior portraits, family shots and baby photos.

Catherine Hall – California wedding photographer that also hosts a weekly show on the TWIT network. Her stuff is great. She uses natural light like no other.

Jasmine Star – Another California girl who has a great story. She’s a law school drop out who decided one day … “I want to be a wedding photographer.” It’s a bit more in depth than that, but that’s basically how it went down. You can find the story on her blog and in some interviews she’s done with Chase Jarvis and Catherine Hall.

Jan 14, 2012
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Here’ comes the bride

My sister is getting married next weekend and I’m shooting the event along with help from my friend Danielle. The wedding is in this church in Brodhead, Wisconsin and I went up there today to attend the bachelor’s party and get a feel for the church. I took this right about the time when the ceremony will take place and it looks like there’s going to be plenty of light coming in.

Jan 10, 2012
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I’ve gone international

As I mentioned yesterday, I licensed one of my photos to a design company. Not sure how they found me, especially since they are in Cape Town, South Africa. But’s it’s pretty cool.

One of the design firm’s clients wanted to use the photo below for the cover of a quarterly publication and paid me handsomely for it. They promised to send me a copy of the newsletter and will credit me and my site on the inside cover. I’m excited to say the least.

Jan 9, 2012
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Rockin’ and rollin’

More great news this week

This week started off pretty good. I received an email today from a design firm that wants to use my photo “Reflections in Metal” for the cover a publication for one of it’s clients. I haven’t received the final details, but I should know more tomorrow and things sound promising. Late last week, I did a short interview for a story in the Wall Street Journal and I’m told the quotes will be used in an upcoming story. I represented Fatwallet.com as their “camera expert” for the story.

Today’s shot: Clouds over the conservatory

Here’s another shot I made before the Nicolas Conservatory opened last fall. I love cloud cover like this. It really adds some depth to photos. Think about it, without the clouds here, this would be pretty boring.

Jan 3, 2012
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Got some help tonight

A good friend is taggin’ along to shoot my sister’s wedding

I just got word tonight that my friend Danielle is going to help me shoot my sister’s wedding later this month. She’s a very talented photographer and you can see some of her stuff on her Facebook page. Danielle and I had talked about this a while back and I think we’re both hoping that this can turn into something where we help each other learn and grow in our projects. Thanks, Danielle! Looking forward to it.

Today’s shot: Down and out

While shooting my sister’s engagement shots at this old church in Madison, this homeless guy walked up and sat down right in front of her and her fiance. He was mumbling something about a dollar and wouldn’t move. And I really didn’t want to start anything with the guy, so we shot on. But this did make for some very fun and interesting shots that day.

Jan 1, 2012
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A view from Ron’s

One of the more peaceful places I’ve ever been

My uncle Ron (my dad’s older bother) lives on a small lake in western Montana and this is the view from his backyard. It’s an amazing place. The crazy thing about this photo is that it was taken at about 10 p.m. I love the colors of the mountains, the trees and the sky.

Dec 31, 2011
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A man and his meal

He’s doing it right

First off, Happy New Year, everyone! I know I’ve been flighty with posting lately, but I’ve been really busy with life. I hope to get out and take some new pics real soon.

And now, how gangster is this? My buddy, and co-worker, Matt made an online order Thursday at 3:30 and look what showed up Friday morning.  Three huge lobsters he’s going to cook for dinner tonight. Pretty baller status if you ask me. Here’s a shot of one of the ocean rats meeting his new pal.

Dec 27, 2011
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Embarrassing? Probably.

Plenty of laughter? For sure.

OK, before everyone says “What the F!?!” Let me explain. For my annual holiday gift prank on the owners of my company my co-worker Chris and I decided to make a fashion calender. They are always telling us how to dress and what to where (jokingly, but kinda serious). I thought it’d be funny to do a fashion shoot in several places in our building, 12 to be exact, and make a calender. A slide show was shown with all the photos and we gave each of the owners a calendar I had made at Bay Photo, which did an excellent job. Here are a couple of. The first one is in my boss’ office, where he had a golf hole drilled in the floor. The second is at our new grill that was put in this summer. I thought I added a nice addition.

Dec 24, 2011
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Are you sharing your photos?

Well, you should be

Part of photography is putting your work out there so others can see what you’re doing. It’s scary, I know. But the more you do it, the easier it gets. There are several ways to share your photos and I’ll highlight a few of them here today. All of these options are free, the later two have the option to pay to have more features and larger storage sizes.

The first is Google+. You’ll need a Gmail account to share here, so make sure you get with the times, follow the cool kids and sign up for one. With G+ you can upload photos and share them with the public or pick and choose from those who follow you. Following is kind of like Facebook’s friends. Sometimes I’ll post a photo and a few hundred people will see it, but then there’s the random photo that gets picked up or shared by a few thousand people and boom! it’s over 10K views. It’s a very good feeling.

Another great site is 500px. It’s a relatively new way to share, but it’s pretty awesome. I will warn you, though. It contains some “mature” images. Nothing too crazy, but still something you probably won’t want to surf around at work. 500px uses a voting system that a computer uses to generate a score. For example, I posted a photo last night and when I woke up this morning it was on the first couple of pages with a 94.5 score out of 100. It drew a lot of attention and scored pretty high. Now, that score will go down over the next few hours and days and someone else’s pics will take it’s place. I usually go every morning and check out what’s new. Very inspirational.

The last one I’ll share is actually one I’ve been using less and less of. It’s Flickr.  Over the years, this was the go-to site for sharing. But lately, the two above have really upped the ante for the genre and Flickr has failed to keep up with the other sharing sites. Yahoo! owns Flickr and that is part of the problem, but the main reason is that it’s outdated and hasn’t changed in years. But I still use it because I paid for it and there is still some great work there. All the major players still share on Flickr, but the industry is really turning toward G+ in a big way.

Dec 19, 2011
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Need a last minute Christmas gift?

Nothing says Ho, Ho, Ho like a limited edition print

I’ve got some prints available. I posted a few videos to YouTube to show them off. The small prints are $20 and you can see them here. The larger prints are $30 and you can see them here. Or, just scroll down below.

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