Monona, WI
Drive that fast

Drive that fast

You might look at this photo and think, “People are driving faster in Madison!” And I would say that might be right. But I made this photo on the Fitchburg side of Seminole Highway last night. Life comes at you fast in the ‘burbs.

“Let’s take a ride and run with the dogs tonight / In suburbia.” – Pet Shop Boys. I have these lyrics tattooed on my forehead by the way.

Those early morning hours in the park

Those early morning hours

Those early morning hours are important. They set the tone for the day. Good decisions — and good days — begin in the morning. Wake up early, but not too early. Take a shower. Dress. Have breakfast. Brush teeth. And prepare mentally for the day, whatever that means for you. That’s my basic formula for the early morning. It works for me. What does your morning routine look like?

A touch of fog in the park

A touch of fog

A touch of fog in the park yesterday morning in preparation for a warm March day.

If you see Luke and I on a walk, stop and say Hi. I somewhat jokingly say to people we don’t know, “He’s friendly.” And usually they say, “Yeah, we can tell!” Luke’s wagging tail tells the story pretty well.

10:15 Saturday Night in Fitchburg
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 in the Mad House

(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