I’m still here

September 19, 2011

It’s been about a year since I have put anything up. If you’re wondering where I’ve been, I’m still here! I’ve moved on to other things… such as video. I’ve decided to no longer do photography for other people, but do photography for myself. All the commitments I made became like work, and it took all the fun out of photographing beautiful things. I no longer have any commitments, and free to go back and do my own things! Today, I leave you with a video…


Clearing Hard Drive Space

August 5, 2010

I reached the 1 Terabyte of photos earlier this week and needed to clear some hard drive space before I could edit again. I could have had 2 Terabytes of space for photos, but I decided to Raid 0 my drives and mirror them, in case a hard drive crashes, at least I still have a copy of all my photos. It was a lot of fun going through some of my old archives. I even found some gems while looking through them, it was like finding a pot of gold! One of the photos I really liked was of my good friends, John and April. They had asked me to do a shoot for them last Fall, so they could make Christmas cards to send out to everybody.

John and April

Another photo I found that was really cool was a simple bench.  The paint was peeling off this bench, and I thought it made some really good texture.


The last old photo I will post tonight is that of a Mannequin.  I especially liked this one because the lamp illuminates a soft light on the face of the Mannequin.  And because it is a Mannequin and not a real being, makes it that much more interesting for me.  Can you guess where this photo was taken?  Anyone???????????????????


More photos to come!  I still have hundreds of folders to sort through, so this is the first of the old new photos I found!

I bought a new phone. And then I created this website. Call me crazy, but I thought it would be another good creative outlet for me. The site is completely updated and posted through my phone, including all images. Let me know what you think!


The Long Road Trip

July 30, 2010

It has been so hard for me to focus on work after coming home from a long trip… and this all started out from the Disney intro’s before their movies begin.  You know the one that I am talking about?  There is a little river that leads to a castle with fireworks in the background and the song “when you wish upon a star” is playing.

Disney Logo

Because my son is obsessed with Buzz Lightyear and watches Toy Story every night, and because the Disney logo is displayed before the movie, we somehow promised him that we would take him to visit Mickey and his friends in Disney World some day.  So every night the movie plays, and every time the Disney logo goes on before the movie, my son would scream out “We’re going to go to Disney World for my birthday!”.  So now we really had to take him.  For his birthday.

Metropolis, Illinois

No way in hell were we going to fly with an almost 3 year old boy and 1 year old girl.  The last time we did that, my son screamed for 4 hours straight on the way to Las Vegas.  We decided to make it a road trip with multiple stops along the way to make it easier for the kids.  Our first destination was Metropolis, Illinois (6.5 hours away).  We always wanted to see the huge Superman statue, and the museum they had in the little city.


To give you a better idea on how large the statue was… here we are, throwing the kids around and making them fly.

Superman Statue

The kids posing in Superman’s Phone Booth:
Superman's Phone Booth

After spending a couple hours in Metropolis, we then headed to Chattanooga, Tennessee to spend the night.  I started getting dizzy from all the mountain driving, so we were glad to be resting in a nice hotel.

Kailyn Walking

The next day as we drove towards Orlando, I could feel the temperature and humidity rise.  It gave me a slight idea of how the weather was going to play for our time in Florida.  It was hot!  I’m not sure what kind of tree this is, but I thought it was beautiful in the setting sun.  Taken at one of the Rest Areas in Florida:

Tree in the Florida Setting Sun

It was great timing when we arrived in Orlando, Florida… just in time for all the fireworks displays going off.  The kids screamed in excitement as we got to watch all the fireworks from all the parks.  What a beautiful sight to see!

We checked into our Condo and my sister and I went out to a nearby Dominos Pizza to pick up some grub and bring back to the place.  They had a bar nearby and the music playing was Bob Marley’s “Satisfy my Soul”.  Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves there, and I can remember feeling the same exact way.

Palm Trees viewed from the Ferry Boat to Disney World.
Taken from the Ferry Boat ride to The Magic Kingdom.

The next day we headed out to The Magic Kingdom.  One of my greatest memories as a child was riding the Ferry boat towards the attraction park.  It felt like a completely different fantasy world taking that boat to the entrance.  I was happy to provide this same experience to my children.  The excitement in my son’s eyes was unexplainable.  … and it was his Birthday.  Happy Birthday to my three year old son!

Castle during the day

It was so hot and humid, imagine 99 degrees in the humid Florida weather!  After going on numerous rides and meeting a slew of Disney characters, the kids were knocked out.

Kaiden Sleeping

We watched the Light Parade and stayed until the fireworks went off before heading back to our condo.  Here is a shot of the castle illuminated by lights.  Looks fake, doesn’t it!?

Disney Castle Night

The next morning, we sang happy birthday to Kaiden before heading out to Universal Studios.

Kaiden's Cake

During this day, and the next few days… I planned to not take my DSLR camera with me to the parks, and to just enjoy the days.  It was too hot and too humid to be carrying around my gear.  My camera felt like it weighed 10 pounds in the heat and humidity.  So the only camera we had was my little point and shoot camera.  After visiting all the parks, I think Animal Kingdom was my favorite.  We went on a Safari and was 2 feet away from a Gray Rhino!  I could have reached out to touch him if I wanted too.  That’s when the regret of not bringing my DSLR sunk in.

Our Florida time came to an end after a few days, and we had to head back to Chattanooga, TN.  Since we arrived early, we decided to visit Coolidge Park.  It had been 8 years since my wife and I visited downtown Chattanooga, so we decided to take the kids out for a play day.

Water Fountain Chattanooga, TN 1

The rest of the drive home wasn’t bad.  I did have an incident where I thought I was driving downhill for 2 straight hours, but that is a whole other story.  Let’s just say the pressure changes during mountain driving screwed up my equilibrium for a moment.

Overall, the trip was a success.  My son got his wish, and even though he is only 3 years old, he may not remember it.  BUT… I HAVE THE PHOTOS TO PROVE WE TOOK THEM THERE!

Water Fountain Chattanooge, TN 2

Summer 2010

July 14, 2010

Well Hello!…. random. internet. visitors.  It is now Summer!  Longest days and shortest nights of the year.  Enjoying the heat? We sure are.  Well, trying to find time to enjoy it at least.  Been doing lots of shoots.  Family, children, parties, mostly children.  There seems to be a trend.  I think I may know where my photography is going.  I’m still trying to define my style.

Summer 2

“A perfect Summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken”. — James Dent

Been traveling a lot this Summer.  More travels are planned including places to Tennessee, Iowa, Kentucky, and Florida!  Will post photos when I have time to process them.

“People take pictures of the Summer, just in case someone thought they had missed it, and to prove that it really existed”. — Ray Davies

Back in April, my photography partner Leujay married his beautiful bride Tara.  Kaiden and I were honored to be a part of his wedding.  As a thank you gift to our family, they bought us a family membership to MSI Chicago (Museum of Science & Industry)!  They really didn’t have too… but I couldn’t say no to this gift!  Here is one of my favorites from a visit we took one weekend back in May.  I loved this one especially because of the warm center and cool tone around the edges.

Museum of Science & Industry Chicago 1

If I have more time, I will post more from this visit.. but as for now.. it’s 1am and I have to be at work early tomorrow!

We had a slew of events starting a couple weeks ago.  Over one weekend I attended a graduation party, a beauty pageant, and two birthday parties.  My shutter was constantly burning.  To start off the roll of photos, here are some photos from JP’s Graduation Party.

Click here to view the rest of the photos

…oh.. by the way.. today is my daughter’s first birthday!  We will be celebrating her day tomorrow, I can’t wait to party!

My daughter’s first birthday is next month, and we needed a nice photo to include with her Birthday Party Invitation.  You won’t believe how incredibly tough it was to get one good shot!  Anyhow, after lots of frustration on trying to get her to smile, here are the photos we ended up with.

This is the photo we are going to use for her invitation.

Atlantic, Iowa

April 1, 2010

7 hours of driving and we were in the middle of nowhere. No cell phone reception, no internet, and no tv!  I felt a little panic strike me as the reality of being disconnected from the rest of the world settled in.  We drove out to Atlantic, Iowa to visit Grandma Schrum.  She hadn’t seen our new baby yet, and the last time we saw her was a year ago.  After the first night of going through no phone and no internet… I was ok!  It felt great not to know what was going on with the rest of the world.  Seemed like everything that happened in this little town, happened with special attention, and no distractions.  Everything was so… SIMPLE.

Atlantic, Iowa 1 - The Countryside

Atlantic, Iowa 4 - Great Grandchildren
Grandmother Schrum and her Great Grandchildren

Atlantic, Iowa 3 - cowboy statue
On the way to Iowa, we stopped by a Mcdonalds and found this statue of no significance to the restaurant.

Atlantic, Iowa 2
I sat outside, and listened to the windchimes blow in the wind for a long while.


March 17, 2010

today. was a beautiful day.

Sheltie - Beautiful Day