Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Frey Foundation - Farmland Preservation

I'm currently wrapping up some imagery for the Frey Foundation's annual report. In October I went up north to the Grand Traverse Bay area to help illustrate Frey's efforts in funding initiatives around Farmland Preservation. 

This region is one of the most beautiful in the world and protecting pristine orchards from sprawl and unnecessary residential development is a noble endeavor indeed.

Friday, December 26, 2008


I've been spinning this new album by Plover a lot lately. Plover is a wonderful side project/band featuring Glen Phillips, Garrison Starr and Neilson Hubbard.

Here's another song...the whole album seems perfect for scoring a film...hmmmm.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Grandma's 90th

Grandma Kelly turned 90 in August...we had a great party at her place in Danville, Illinois.

She is an inspiring woman...words can't really express how strong and sweet she is.

We had a quiet moment together to chat and take some pictures...I'll never forget it.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Jose Narezo

(photo of Jose by The Grand Rapids Press)
Jose Narezo, a fantastic painter and educator passed away Wednesday night. 

Jose's work was as colorful as his personality. He had a big heart.

I considered him a friend.

My thoughts are with his family and wife Kathy.

Monday, December 15, 2008

fresh photos

This has been an incredible year. I've had the opportunity to shoot a TON of awesome projects for a very diverse client base. Today I put a lot of new photos up on my portfolio web site:

Feel free to snoop around and see what's new!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

film set shots

Shooting on the film set today in downtown GR...I'm working with Creo Productions to produce a short film for a very cool commercial project.

Filming is now wrapped and we'll be in post-production for a couple of weeks. I can't wait for this film to be released.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

film shoot - still image

Part of the photo shoot to be integrated into the film I'm working be released in 2 weeks or so.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Glen Phillips Concert Photos

I'll miss the concerts more than anything else at the gallery...what a blast!

Thanks again to Glen Phillips and Jonathan Kingham for being so gracious and putting on a very memorable show.

the NFL and tilt-shift lens effects

I caught part of the Dallas/Pittsburgh football game tonight and was both intrigued and slightly horrified when I noticed that Fox Sports was using effects on some highlight packages that had a Tilt-Shift lens look to them.

As some of you know, I'm quite fond of that visual effect in still photographs. I guess if Joe NFL 6-Pack is being spoon fed some visuals other than Cialis and Hummer work here is done.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Winter Grillin'

I'll grill through any blizzard...

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Last Concert

We went out in style for the last concert at The Photography was an amazing show. We had a good turnout of people on a very snowy night in Grand Rapids.

We took this photo in a quiet moment after everyone had left. From left to right is amazing singer Jonathan Kingham, me and my now infamous scarf, my lovely wife Kathleen and the great Glen Phillips.

Time now to turn to a new and exciting chapter. We are most grateful to Glen for coming back to Grand Rapids and playing the gallery one last time!