Category Archives: Photography

foto//friday – Faces

I have had the privilege of meeting some amazingly beautiful people (inside and out) around the world. Taking their portrait lets me remember a little bit about them after I am home. Sometimes looking into these eyes, seeing joy on faces, sensing hurt in the weathered wrinkles gives you a clue into the life that they have lived.

Here are two faces from Afghanistan.

The young boy was in line to have his eyes examined. He talk about how he was having trouble with his school work because of his vision. When I look at this picture I smile, because I know that he received quality eye care, and probably is now complaining because he doesn’t want to do his school work.

This girl lived in a small village north of Kabul that is able to pump clean water because of a wind power project in her village. When I approached her to take her picture she was really wary of me and my camera. But with a few “camera tricks” that bright, infectious smile filled her face. I have smiled a number of times just looking at this photo. I think you will too.

Look around you today. Remember that the faces you see around you represent a story.

foto//friday – Confused

Over 3 million people pass through the Shinjuku station in Tokyo every day, making it the busiest in the world in terms of passengers. All of those people, plus a really complex train station map really turned up the stress level. On a couple of the trains I felt that all of those 3 million were on the same train. It would be so packed that I could let go of my bag and it would stay suspended in between me and the person squeezed right up next to me.

So, needless to say, I felt like this guy more than once. When I saw this moment taking place, I had to photograph it…even if it was just for my own humor.

I am proud to say that I did tackle the Tokyo train system by myself a couple of times.

Miranda and Brian – San Francisco, CA

I love San Francisco, so when Miranda contacted me about photographing her and Brian’s wedding, I was super excited. This city is on the top of my family’s list of places we would love to live. We’ll see…

Miranda and Brian are great to be around. Their humor and wit is very refreshing and makes for a lot of laughter and fun. I had known Brian from when I lived in California, but when I met Miranda (in person) the night before the wedding, it seemed like I had known her forever. I enjoying the feeling of adding “friends” to my life through photography.

It was a beautiful day for a wedding and trekking around the city with the bridal party. Miranda had picked out some great locations and we also stumbled upon a great red chair thrown out in an alley! Miranda’s bouquet was a stunningly simple (I’m guessing) two dozen roses. Everything was so beautiful.

Best wishes to Miranda and Brian and lots of love in your future!

Becky and Ondrej – Lewiston, Maine

You know those people that you just want to be friends with because they are so nice and friendly? Well, let me introduce you to Becky and Ondrej. These are two of the most genuine people! I was so excited to get to photograph their wedding for them.

They have wonderful and loving families. Eventually my family and I will make it back out to Maine and take up the “come visit us anytime” invitation that Becky’s parents extended. I have had the privalidge of photographing two of Ondrej’s siblings, and it was so good to get to see his parents once again. Just truly wonderful people!

The wedding took place at Bates College in Lewiston on a gorgeous summer day. Well, it ended up being the hottest day of the year, but when the sun is shining, who can complain. Enjoy the photos of this lovely couple – and all the best to Becky and Ondrej!

Kasey and Peter – Madison, WI

This was the first wedding that I have photographed that the groom created an excel spreadsheet showing the details of the wedding day in a color coded timeline. Peter is an engineer, so who would expect anything less?

Kasey and Peter came down to Chicago for their engagement photos, and it was fun to get to know them a little bit more before their wedding day. Also, the day before the wedding, I did a bridal session with Kasey. We had a great time going around Madison! It really is a cool town.