Luke the Dog in December

December Luke

This is Luke on my living room sofa. I took this photo in December for no particular reason, but I thought it looked good on my Christmas cards. People repeatedly say Luke is “chill.” But maybe I mishear things, and they’re actually talking about January in Wisconsin?!

Photography note: Blowing your highlights is something you’re not supposed to do for a properly exposed photo. But knowing the rules and breaking them anyway for stylistic effect? Priceless.

Fitchburg firefighters, Wisconsin
John and JoAnn

John and JoAnn

John and JoAnn asked me to commemorate their 60th wedding anniversary with a portrait. I was honored to oblige. It made a wonderful gift for their children and grandchildren.

John was a pilot in the Navy and knew that finding time for a summer wedding would be difficult. So, two days after Christmas — 60 years ago — they tied the knot. Such a wonderful story, and thank you for sharing it with me, John and JoAnn!

Playtime

(Sound on.) Had the first paid clients in my home portrait studio. I’ve been playing in there and trying out some ideas and experiments like stop motion photography. This video came together in under two hours from idea to finished product. If you want a professional portrait or new LinkedIn profile pic, get in touch. Keep on rocking!

Late night experiments.

Late Night Experiments

Late night experiments. I’ve been turning a room in my house into a portrait studio. Also, playing with the newly released Fujinon XF33mm lens, which solves several issues both large and small that I had with the 35mm f/1.4 lens. This is prep work for a portrait project beginning in January taking several hundred portraits.

Fujifilm X-T4, 1/250 sec. at f/16, ISO 160, XF33mm f/1.4

Paulius Musteikis, in studio
Luke caught some warm sun rays yesterday.

What does it mean to be generous?

Luke caught some warm sun rays yesterday. I’ve been thinking about the question, “What does it mean to be generous?” I was at Pick n’ Save last week buying groceries. A young man in his 20s had a full cart ahead of me. When it came time to pay, his card didn’t have enough to cover the groceries. He walked away.

Afterwards, I kicked myself. Why did I not pay his bill? It was an opportunity to demonstrate generosity. It was an opportunity to acknowledge our humanity.

Tonight, I was at Walgreens buying a birthday card. The woman ahead of me in line was buying a few things. She put in her card and was $7 short. She was about to walk away. I pulled out some cash, and she allowed me to cover the shortfall.

It’s the night before Thanksgiving, and I’m thinking about generosity. What can we do to make things better? Even in the smallest of ways. We have to live our values. So, I ask you to be generous. If you have abundance, then share of that abundance. As they say, be the change you want to see in the world. Good night, sweet friends.

Flower Mandalas mural in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Flower Mandalas

“Flower Mandalas” is Fond du Lac’s newest and largest mural at 162 feet long and 30 feet high. It was completed last month at 82 North Main Street. Someone said this is Fond du Lac’s “Instagram moment.” Good job, FdL!

Luke has been thinking
Mental health care matters.

With your generosity

With your generosity, may you in turn receive many blessings! After a late donation from Eric & Letisia, my NAMIWalks 2021 fundraising total hit $2,085! According to the NAMIWalks website, I have raised exactly $6,000.00 for NAMI Dane County over the last six walks. Much of that came in the last two years when I worked harder at fundraising.

I’m so thankful for the support I have received from friends and family near and far. It’s meant a lot to me and NAMI Dane County.