Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Great Marvin Sapp

Pastor Marvin Sapp has taken gospel music by storm the last few years by winning a Grammy and several other major industry awards. 

The man has a gift. 

He makes Grand Rapids proud.

Friday, January 23, 2009

a calm before the storm

In Grand Rapids we're currently in the deep grips of a brutal winter but I've been keeping plenty busy with both still photography and film projects.

I'll always be a photographer, but over the last 3 years I've had the opportunity to expand my creative horizons into the medium of film as a director/producer/cinematographer. Watch for big news on Feb. 5 of a very public premiere of one of these short film's one that will have a high profile around town. It also will have a nice impact on our community.

I know 2009 already holds more major film projects for begins shooting in early spring...the most ambitious one to date!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Art Installation - Nucraft Furniture - 2

Art Installation - Nucraft Furniture

Any photographer would probably agree I just completed a dream job for Nucraft Furniture. I was commissioned to create an installation of photographs for their beautifully expanded corporate offices. Nucraft's new space is fantastic; it was conceived by architectural firm Via Design (another fantastic client of mine).

Basically, I was given free reign for a couple of days to shoot whatever I wanted in Nucraft's production facility...playing with shapes, textures, raw materials, heat furnaces and duct name it...shooting nothing but abstracts. 

I worked closely with Chris Pike at Nucraft...he helped me select images...and also kept the project on track...he even helped me hang the art.

The scale of these photographs are some of the largest I've ever produced and I couldn't be happier with the results. It truly was an honor to tackle such a unique project and work with such trusting clients. Thanks Nucraft and Via Design!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

portraits on Good Morning America!

I photographed Ed Dobson yesterday in my studio for an upcoming book he has coming out with Zondervan...he's an inspiring man and I'm lucky to call him friend.

To my surprise Ed emailed me today and asked if I could send a few shots off to a producer at Good Morning America...for possible inclusion in his appearance on the program tomorrow morning (1/4/09). Tune in to ABC, my understanding is that story is running around 8:15 am EST!

It's just like Ed to shoot him for an hour on Friday and not mention that he was appearing on national television on Sunday morning...instead we chatted about Obama, abortion rights and the major dust up caused by this article about him in the Grand Rapids Press.

I also shot Ed this summer as part of an ongoing documentary project I'm working on. Here's a taste of that photo session at his home in Grand Rapids: