Saturday Hustle

This week was a busy one away from the desk but I had a little time this AM to reflect. I've also had a moment to go through some older BTS work. I've really started to take a liking to BTS shots. I'm pretty bad at actually remembering to get a few images but thankfully Artie has been there and on it. He's solid behind the camera and I'm thankful to be working with him on so many projects lately. Brooklyn can't go without mention either.


Incredibly cool to work with and tons of talent in front of the lens. She knows what the light is doing and what the style is. Quality of light and how to understand it is essential. I'll post a few of the finals from Jordan here soon. Still rolling out new work in the midst of these busy times. Have a good  weekend...


About a year ago there was a significant transportation change in my life. In fact you can see the progression start here. Coming in hot, on route to Chicago, I lost the majority of a muffler on I-94. Well, didn't loose it, but started dragging most of it down the road. I was "that guy you did not want to follow" down the expressway. After that, it did make me wonder what the larger implications were of having a 2002 Subaru with 250,000 miles on it. I still believe that it had some life left, but it was a gamble. And after more consideration, gambling with safety isn't a good idea. And if I were going to a production where my car couldn't physically get me there, that would have been a problem as well. In fact, depending on the contract you sign, many have a clause built in for needing reliable transportation. While I had unyielding faith in my ride, it may at times, been misplaced. Maybe. I mean look how majestic it looked. 

2002, Subaru Outback

2002, Subaru Outback

It is a strange thing, that year, that car, as it was a year ago...was probably one of the rapidly disappearing mechanical cars out there. It had a CASSETTE TAPE DECK. Virtually all of it was mechanical. There's something strange about that now. You really feel the idea of it being a tool, device...a machine when driving it. It wasn't a computer. Modern day cars are a computer. Very little question about it. The gas petal doesn't make the car go. But it's how you tell the computer that you would like to go and it determines if that's going to happen. Times change. Computer or no computer I had plenty of fond memories in that car. It lived through a time in my life where change was never ending. Virtually everything was changing every 3-6 months. I crossed the country from east to west, north to south and all back again several times over. Through sun, rain, whiteout blizzards, late nights and early mornings. It saw, along with me, virtually everything. Sights, sounds, places, weather... clichés and drama... it was sad to let it go. But as with time, things change, cars change. One thing that does seems to stay with us is music. Odd how that works. I remember finding, for better or worse, Coldplay in 2002. A Rush Of Blood To The Head was essential listing for me. I had a cassette tape that I would play in the darkroom at college. Printing in the darkroom until early hours of the morning. Always last to leave. There were floating boomboxes that would find themselves in darkrooms and random classrooms. You had to search them out if you wanted one because there were only two, but if you got one, that was lucky timing. They only played tapes though. The Coldplay cassette made it to the Subaru, to the darkroom, and back again, over and over... and then eventually to the shelf because CDs became cheap to make. And now, CDs are becoming the rare commodity as well. Such is time. But as time changes, the music seems to stay. Coldplay and Dashboard Confessional occupied the majority of what I listened to in college. And I still find myself listening to those albums from time to time. And with a little imaginative encouragement, I'm back in the darkroom, or as this frame of mind would have it, a 2002 Subaru off to a new place and a new adventure. Nice little reflection for midweek. Hey Subaru, let me help you tell a story, because as I have it now, this photographer's off on a new adventure and with a newer #Subaru. 

A Newer Subaru Outback

A Newer Subaru Outback

Portrait: Daphne

There are times when I get a great opportunity to randomly work with someone... this is a pretty good case in point. Daphne had some time in Michigan before heading back to the sunny southwest and we took a hour or two to put together a few solid portraits in the studio before she left. There were a lot of really good moments. It was awesome that we had a chance to work together. Daphne is going places for sure. It'll be great to say, "I knew you when..." but until then, these are some great portraits. I'll post a few here over the weeks and a few more on insta.

Daphne, 2017

Daphne, 2017

Also, I cannot believe it's Thanksgiving. Time is racing by. That being said, there is a lot to be thankful for. Both in life and work I am continually grateful for so many of the people and opportunities that are part of who I am and what I do. I'm looking forward to a lot, but it's impossible not to look back and feel a lot of gratitude. For those of you stateside, I hope you have a good Thanksgiving with family and friends. If you happen to not read this in the states, be well my friends. More to follow...

Portrait: Ednis

Another week, a little more new work. Or at least backstory. Ednis of The Grand Rapids Ballet Company stopped by the studio forever ago but I never spoke of it. He's great guy and a talented dancer.

He was nice enough to sit for a portrait and then again for my tattoo series. 

Ednis, 2017

Ednis, 2017

This was another opportunity to collaborate with Jordan and Jackson. Really great people. Have a good weekend... More work to follow...

New Work Coming

I've been siting on a lot of work I've created over the last few months. I've found, for me at least, it's a bit process to add it to the portfolio and take on new jobs/projects at the same time. The greatest resource in the arts, or as much as anything I suppose, is time. Hands down. Always time. I never seem to have enough of it.

But I am happy with a lot of new work I've been producing. It's been a lot of collaboration and hustle. But it's all coming together. I'll post some here, and for sure on my Instagram. I'll probably post backstory here for a few that DID make it into the studio page but never here. Like I said, it's a process.

This image never made it here or on Instagram but it signifies my first collaboration Jordan. His work and skill can really take the image further. His mastery with skin tone, luminosity in the shadows, and background gradients is excellent.


I've worked with him on some select images and I can't say enough good things. Anyway, it was awesome to work with Jennie, The Matthew Agency, and Lauren Nicole Makeup. So many fun moments. More to follow...

Architecture Photography

Like I said in the last post, things have been busy behind the desk, but I'm happy I've been able find time to post here in the last week or two. It feels good to write again.

That being said I've never been a photographer who does "one thing" in terms of subject matter. When someone says, "You're a photographer? what do you photograph?" And my answer is usually, "a lot" or "everything" ...and while those are "answers" it's never an answer that people can latch onto. "Everything" doesn't really give them a relatable concept. But it's true! I find myself photographing such a wide range of content. There isn't anything I haven't photographed or won't photograph. I suppose I lead "studio first" but there's nothing I leave off the table.

Recent case in point, a project for River City Studios. They celebrated 40 years of providing quality sound to those needing professional audio. I spent the day along with Artie photographing their studios and space. It was a fun project and allowed different levels of collaboration. Here's two quick images from the production. And if you need quality audio, don't hesitate to reach out to them. River City Studios is an excellent team to work with. More to follow...

Studio A Control Room at River City Studios

Studio A Control Room at River City Studios

Studio B Control Room at River City Studios

Studio B Control Room at River City Studios

Pictures Of Me

I am continually wondering how many images of me exist that I'm unaware of.

It goes without saying that everyday there a lot of photos uploaded to the internet. A quick google search will tell you that 95 million photos and videos are shared on Instagram per day. 95 million. Per day. That's a lot.

I don't believe there are 95 million pictures of me, thankfully, but there are more than I know about. Case in point is this wonderful little snap of me at the Phase One XF Gallery Tour. I had no idea that existed. Fun moment though.

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It's a nice "action shot" of me looking at a ridiculously awesome and incredibly expensive Arca-Swiss C1 Cube. Amazing compact tripod head with geared motion for fine, specific in camera movements. Made me want to photograph architecture immediately. Speaking of architecture, I'm looking forward to dropping a few architecture images on the blog from a recent project. I'm very happy with the way everything turned out.

Anyway, all this to say it was a productive day with PhaseOne and I had to laugh a little bit when I saw myself. More to follow...

Quick Snap

This is a flick from my phone because, once again, I've been incredibly busy. From crisscrossing the state, to new work in the studio, more time has been spent out photographing than behind the desk.

Seeing that we're in the season of change, it fits that my portfolio will change as well. I'm definately looking forward to adding new work soon! Until then, a few weeks ago (I can't believe it was a few weeks already) I was able to sneak to the lakeshore for a sunset. It was a beauty. I simple snap from the phone did nicely.

No sunsets this's fall indeed...more to follow...

Lake Michigan, September, 2017

Lake Michigan, September, 2017

Fast Times

It's incredible to believe that it's almost been a month between posts but there you have it. A number of projects have been brewing here and there. I tend to post a lot about personal projects here, which I don't think is a bad thing, probably different than most photography blogs though. Anyway, this week I went diving into older images looking for a past project to match a color grade and I found myself looking at some past landscape work. This is one of the last images taken on a trip to Maui. Maybe even the last frame. It's just over a year ago now, seems like yesterday, but time moves ridiculously fast these days. And this is a ridiculously beautiful spot to stand.

Off The Palikea Stream, Maui, 2016

Off The Palikea Stream, Maui, 2016

I hope to post a few more images from my ongoing series #1for52 but it's been challenging to get behind the desk an edit as opposed to looking at previous edits. Such is life : ) Have a good one out there. More to follow...

Monday Inspiration. Freedom.

Monday. Ahead is a full week of happenings and things. But as I reflect on why we do it all, this video sums it up a little bit of it nicely. Beautifully filmed and poetically approached. I'm crushing on it this morning. Looking forward to some road time soon...looking forward to a productive week...more to follow...

A Moment Behind The Desk

Everything in the world of media is a battle for time. There's no question about it. Planning, production, results...everything has it's own time demands. I'm always in awe of people who appear to have a seamless workflow where immediacy and result meet.

In the world of social media I am not that photographer. Projects clear and are usually unmentioned until much later (unless those that I'm working with have stated otherwise). I also think way to much about what I like to post and what I should post. It's a constant battle. Others would argue that there isn't a difference but I disagree. However much I like the food at say, Donkey, a food snap doesn't add to my media stream. But I really want to post stuff like that.

Anyway, a conversation for the ages I suppose.

The image here of Megan is from FOREVER ago but I really like it. It was a different take on post for me. I wanted it somewhat ephemeral. Overall very soft.

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It was good to have a moment behind the desk to share an image from forever ago. More to follow...have a good weekend out there..

Forever ago (because nothing posted here is recent lol) I paired up for a quick project with for a quick spread. Cranium is the creation of Vinh Nguyen and Doms Nguyen.

Their brand, their site, their ideas...all full of hustle and love. Recently I was happy to be able to attend their pop up shop at ACK. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do and where they go. Visit their site for more info. And none of this could have been possible without the talented Amanda. Now that it's done and dusted, here's two from that project. And a fun one from the popup. Always more to follow...

BTS + New Work

I've never been big into BTS images for some reason. Maybe I feel mine are always lacking when there are some amazing photographers out there doing really great work in the studio and on location, but I have to admit that I'm warming to the idea. Awhile ago one of my images was picked up by Famous BTS Magazine. It kinda changed my thoughts on BTS and the community creating them (thanks Jess for your help on mine!).

My BTS image is the closest thing my work has come to "going viral" and that was a kinda fun.

Also kinda fun, imminently after they picked up my image was a stunning image from a rooftop in Santorini.

It does make for a nice contrast.

Anyway, 2,844 people liked my image and there was a rather small debate about it's purpose in the commments. I found that amusing considering the content on the BTS feed. Arguably each image there is not "the final image" and yet at the same time, for the BTS feed, every post is "the final image." Each image has a true double purpose.

But as I said, this is more about fun than anything else. This isn't the greatest place to have a deep meaningful discussion about the purpose of photography. All BTS images have a "look at me" element about them as they are. And maybe that's why I resisted them for awhile. I don't naturally have that characteristic to my personality. On the other side, I feel it is a bit of an invitation...

"Join me. Let's make your production happen. I will make the content you want, and if you look at my BTS images, you'll see I never hold back to when creating."

Could be reading into it but that idea does excite me. Because I think collaborating with people to bring their vision to life is exciting. And if a BTS image inspires collaboration, I'm all about that. Artie was on set with me the other day and he snapped this wonderful moment (thanks Artie!).


Super fun. Matthew Agency talent Dani was awesome in the studio. It was about as quick of a shoot as you can have, but none the less yielded some great images.

New work to come and more collaborations with Artie as we take on some new video projects!

And of course, some more BTS images :) More to follow...

Time Jump

Things have been busy. Super busy. There's been more time away from the desk lately than I can remember. Some of it by design, some of it for unexpected reasons, but all of it has kept me from this blog. At this point, it might be hard to consider a blog when you don't post. But we'll forget the gap between the last one and now. There's some foreseeable rhythm coming up where I'll be able to carve out some time to post content and write with some regularity. *fingers crossed*

I'm looking to update the portfolio with some new video and still work shortly. #1for52 is still going and while the dynamics have changed a bit, I'm still looking to make 52 portraits by the end of the year. I did have an idea about doing it every week but I realized while I was seeking a moment, fitting it in for the sake of fitting it in didn't make a lot of sense. If I was going to make an image, put in the effort to find a time where it's right. None the less, and update there soon.

Until that exact moment, this is a nice hero shot of Grand Rapids. I can dig it. Summer's here. The hashtags attached are a bit showy but it's the sign of the time I suppose. #ExperienceGR picked it up so that was cool (thanks #ExperienceGR!)... More to follow...

#1for52 Update

Wow things have been busy. My little project has been rolling along but it's been maybe lacking a little momentum that it initially had. I knew at a point finding people who wanted to be part of this would be tricky, but none-the-less, I'm still creating, still making an image of someone when I have the'll be interesting to see how this project continues and evolves. This is a very cold moment from what feels like forever ago. Thankfully I had a chance to meet up with Jody on a somewhat snowy Sunday.

Jody, February 5th 2017

Jody, February 5th 2017

More to follow...

#1for52, Joe From Last Week

I knew I'd fall behind in posting but I'm getting around to it now. This is from last week when the sun was out after being a no show for days. Makes for a nice moment in the sun considering how wet and rainy it has been for the last few days.

Joe, February 1, 2017

Joe, February 1, 2017

More to follow...

Creative Collaborations

There's a lot happening this week. It's going to be a balancing act. Time behind the desk, time behind the camera... it's always interesting to watch things unfold while being part of it.

Last week I had the chance to work with Vinh Nguyen and his company Cranium. Cool team, cool production. I was happy to be involved.

Fun times in the studio for sure, I'll drop a few images here in the future. Right now, I only have time for this flick...

More to follow...

#1for52 Jess

What a wild week... tons happening (personally speaking & all the happenings in the news), super busy behind the desk, and the weather has been most odd.

When I made this portrait of Jess at the start of the week it was just about 60 degrees. As I type this, it's 28 degrees. Climate change indeed.

Jess, January 22 2017

Jess, January 22 2017

Some interesting projects on the horizon. Looking forward to them. Again, if you want to be a part of #1for52 drop me a line. And if you see me at the Perrin Brewing 5k Ice Jam this weekend hollar. Should be fun. And quite cold.

More to follow...

#1for52 Tressa

Busy couple of days, but I had a little time behind the desk today to reflect on a moment with Tressa from last week.  There's some grey days going on in Michigan but with it comes some tremendously soft light. I'm happy I could meet up with Tressa and bring my camera. Looking forward to next week...

Tressa, January 11th, 2017

Tressa, January 11th, 2017

Again, if you're interested in this project and want to be part of it, drop me a line. We should talk. More to follow...

Out & About, reDiscovering the Grand

Busy times away from the desk this week. A lot of things going project in the mix (I suppose, continually in the mix) is the ongoing documentary project reDiscovering the Grand. Sometime it's tough to find time to get out there, but I was able to break away this week to see some of the ice forming on the river. There was quite a bit of it. That tends to cause problems for those up river but there weren't too many problems this time. Jason managed to visit some of those areas while I spent my time downtown. I'm looking forward to visiting a few more spots this winter...more to follow...

Downtown Grand Rapids, MI

Downtown Grand Rapids, MI