Sunday, July 27, 2008

I rode 300 miles this weekend

Wow, what a weekend. I home from my 300 mile bicycle ride for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan and I'm beat. I have posted a gallery and would like to write more but I need to get to bed because I leave for a camping trip in the morning with my kids. If I have a chance I will post more thoughts about the ride and shooting on Monday but if not when I get back.

Me riding in WAM 08.

The wish kid I was riding for was not at the finish so I had my kids give me my medal.

I rode with Kevin again this year for about 45 minutes Sunday morning. Just one of the great memories I have. A few more below in no particular order.

- 202 wishes granted!!!!!
- Riding much of the way with my brother-in-law
- Having a rider tell me I did a good pull when I felt like crap
- The goat at on the last climb Friday, weird noises?
- In pain and suffering, then saying out load to myself at mile 86 on day 2, "I don't want to do this anymore."
- Then remembering the kids we ride for; so I put on in my earphones and turned the music up ( shhh, don't tell anyone) and got in a zone.
- The Amish boy sitting on his pony.
- Not photographing the sunflowers along the road Sunday because I was tired and didn't want to leave the group I was with. I will always regret it.
- All the people who told me how much they enjoy my photographs, you are to kind.
- Riding 20 mph and shooting photos at the same time.
- Meg's smiling face
- My knee hurting most of the 300 miles
- Think about my kids
- Tearing up as I approached the finish shoot and again when I saw my kids.
- Flying the last 10 miles forgetting about all the pain.
- Photographing the wish kids give riders their medals.
- Waiting for Kevin at the finish, photographing him and then hugging him.
- That damn cross wind
- That great tailwind!
- Riding with team Taylor on the last day, thanks guys.
- Not getting to ride with Team Blizzard much :(
- Not riding with team Alex at all :(
- How heavy my bike was with all the camera gear
- The lasagna on Saturday night, Yum!
- The cop on a horse
- I really don't like climbing
- 40mph downhills
- The buzz of the tires in a big group
- Wishing my son could see me riding in a group of 20+ riders, he would have loved it
- Wishing I didn't have to ride anymore but very sad when it was over
- The inspiration from many, many people I felt
- The photos I made and the photos I missed.

I have many more thoughts but I am heading out the door to take my kids camping.
What a great ride!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Ok so I will be riding my bike 300 miles in 3 days and photographing the riders and volunteers along the way this weekend for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan. I'm hoping to do a few Blog posts over the weekend. The photo above was from the 2006 ride. I didn't have any photos of me in 2007. I also hope to make some different images then I have the last 2 years.

Monday, July 21, 2008


Ok so here are some more images I have shot recently. Keep scrolling sown to see all of them. These are more images from the horse track. I will be away from the office starting Thursday on the 300 mile bike ride I'm riding in and shooting for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan. I hope to be able to Blog some at night. Then I take my kids camping for a week. I hope to Blog more often when I return and talk more about my assignments and how I go about shooting and/or lighting. See ya soon!

There are some new public dirt jumps in Ann Arbor. I hope to do more shooting there. These are for the city of Ann Arbor Parks-and-Rec.

Ouch! 9 stiches!

Molly and Ben

Kristy and Ryan

A story for the Free Press about commuting by bike.

Swimming pools shot for the city of Ann Arbor Parks-and-Rec.

Disk Golf shot for the city of Ann Arbor Parks-and-Rec.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


I know, I know. Its been awhile since I posted. I will try to update with a longer post tonight, but maybe Monday. Above is an image I shot of a new horse race track opening in Metro Detroit. And below is an image from last nights wedding I shot that I thought was nice.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Wow! Wow! Wow! My 2nd KISS wedding book arrived today and it’s Awesome! This one is for a client and she is going to love this book. The cover is great, the binding looks flawless, the printing is beautiful and the book just plain looks great!

My first book was my sample book and the color was a little off. A little to warm and a little to red and too dark. But it was mostly my fault with color issues and monitor calibration.

Anyway after working on the color, having some test prints made a couple times and working with the fine people at KISS I love the results.

Yes FINE people at KISS, Kevin is just plain AWESOME!

Answering all my emails, very quickly, working on my files and helping me to get the best results possible. Everyone talks about the customer service at KISS and it is spot on! Best customer service I have had in a long, long time.

I am so happy and can’t wait to do my next book.

Sunday, July 06, 2008


I shot Mary and Jeremy's wedding on Saturday. Very nice and great weather! Everyone was just themselves around me which is the best way for me to work. Makes the moments and images real. I'm playing with my kids today ou on my in-laws boat so I will post a gallery later tonight. So if you guys don't see it before going to bed check in the morning. Oh and M&J have a great time in Hawaii!