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Here is a series of images I art directed and shot for the cover story of the Lansing City Pulse. I have been shooting the People Issue of the City Pulse for the last few years and this year The City Pulse editor gave me total creative freedom for the cover. The publication picks 10 people from the community who are making an impact in this city and do in depth stories about them. I wanted to shoot these silhouettes to show that there is a lot more to each person.


March 27, 2018
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This photo series explores the quiet weekend hours that break up one workweek from another. I got to hang out with Shelby at her beautiful place as she walked me through some of her weekend rituals. Out of everyone I know, Shelby is one of the most calming personalities. Even when her mind is a buzz with ideas, she is able to maintain an equilibrium; I admire these personality traits beyond words.


Early Saturday day mornings are so special to me. During those quiet hours you get to see what your apartment looks like with sunlight. Most weekday mornings, people pet their cats and run out of their houses while it’s still dark. It’s easy to forget the comfortable corners of our respective dwellings. Saturday mornings remind us that these nooks make our places our homes.


I spend most of my Sunday mornings in my kitchen. I make the perfect breakfast and plate it like I am about to serve it at a restaurant. Over the years, I have learned to allow small breaks in my weeks. These pauses let me come up with new ideas and give me a chance to work on projects that didn’t get enough attention throughout the week. Some of my best thinking happens on Sunday mornings.

Hartland Quay

March 15, 2018
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Check out that FJ

After the 964 Porsches, these have by far my favorite silhouettes.

When was the last time you found a quiet place to disconnect? The kind of quiet that puts you in a daze and time seems to stand still. Gah! I feel like I caught this guy in the middle of one of those perfectly peaceful moments. I love witnessing people create little segments of quiet in their daily lives. I came across this surfer in his Land Cruiser atop a cliff in Hartland Quay. He was lost in his own world looking for the perfect set of waves. When the waves started to pick up, he drove his FJ down the side of this cliff, changed into his wetsuit and ran down to the water with his board.

I had exactly 3 frames left on a roll and here are all of them.


Also, these first two photos are available for print if you click on the shopping cart icon to the right of the images.


This was the vantage point from atop the cliff.

Boutique Film Lab

February 19, 2018
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New Friendships

In parallel to my writeup about BFL, these photos will tell a story of a quick weekend getaway with one roll of Kodak Ektar, one roll of Kodak Portra, and a Leica M6. This is a view of Lake Michigan off M-22.

Working with a Lab

When we shoot digital images, we spend much more time editing our photographs than we do shooting them. When we take pictures on film, that task of developing is left in the hands of another person. The relationship between a film photographer and their lab is a true creative bond. The lab tech brings a photographer’s images to life.

For an upcoming project, I thought to work with a new lab. This new project has forced me to start the whole creative process absolutely afresh. I have come up with a few things to consider as I start this new working relationship with Botique Film Lab (BFL).

To get the ball rolling on this blog post, I grabbed two of my favorite rolls (more on this later), hopped in a car, and went on a road trip to Northern Michigan. These pictures are all from this shoot and everything is developed by BFL.

  1. Understanding the Process: Building any new relationship is about learning how the other person works. It is really important to learn about the logistics of shipping your film and getting your scans (and film) back. These are the things that often get overlooked when you are working with a lab. In the crunch of a photo deadline these logistical things are life savers.
    On BFL’s website, you put items in your shopping cart with any details about push or pull processing. In the comments section, you can include any details with special instructions or processing inspiration. I already know how I like my film developed, so I was able to send BFL some other scans in a link. Upon paying for these shopping cart items a shipping document is generated and you send your film off to BFL. When your film is done being processed, you get digital scans emailed to you and your film mailed back. I really loved that the filenames for each image indicate which film stock they are from. I didn’t have to go back to the negatives to figure things out.
  2. Communication: It is so important to start early with establishing a working relationship with your lab and especially the person who will be developing your film. Upon mailing in my film, I gave BFL a call just to give them a general sense of what I was working on. Like I said earlier, it takes a lot for me to surrender my negatives to another creative and just talking to someone can make you (me) feel better.
  3. Test rolls: I am primarily a medium format photographer but for this shoot I was working with 35mm film. The grain in medium format is totally different than on 35mm rolls and I like to process the film differently depending on the format. Both, when working with a new lab and working with new film stock,
    test rolls are a major key! Side note: I said that in a heavy DJ Khaled voice.
  4. Tweak: The main difference between a good lab and a lab at a pharmacy is how you get to make personalized tweaks during the developing process. Take advantage of the fact that a good photo lab will work with you to make sure the film developing is specialized to your specific shoot. Notes like that are helpful to your lab.


My camera introduces me to such dynamic personalities. This guy was harvesting grapes for wine and was kind enough to pause his busy day to take a picture with me.


There is a Yak farm in Traverse city. I had to stand on top of my car to get this shot. Hopefully I can make it back there next time to get a closer look.


Every road trip should have pitstops for good food and sometimes you are lucky enough to hang out with the chef.


Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Hillary and Anthony

December 7, 2017
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I kept coming back to this tree during the shoot and thought it was a perfect image to set the mood for this wedding teaser for Hillary and Anthony.


We had an extended Autumn in Michigan this year and many of the trees were left with these beautifully colored leaves. Before Hillary and Anthony’s wedding ceremony, we walked up to this garden and were welcomed by a bed of yellow leaves. I am uploading a few of the images from their wedding to give you a glimpse of this awesome day.


Hillary’s dress had all these small details that I couldn’t stop shooting. Here is her veil and her shoes.


On wedding days things can get chaotic and I always emphasize the importance of having little time slots that take the couple away from all the chaos. This was a small section of the day that Hillary and Anthony had just to themselves.


I loved the pop of color in Hillary’s bouquet; it was perfect juxtaposed to her fur shawl.


These natural reactions make a photographer’s job the most fun.


We took full advantage of the fall colors. Here is a portrait from a quick sunset shoot we did on the wedding day.


Just a little teaser to one of the most incredible dance floors I have been on this year.

36 images

A good camera really minimizes the distance between the idea of a photo and the execution of taking a photo. When someone is taking a picture they are considering hundreds of visual elements and when a good composition locks in, the act of taking that photo should be simple. Leicas have a cult status amongst photographers because these cameras get out of the way as much as possible.
I wanted to put mine through it’s toughest test: shooting a high-energy Grouplove show. This was a concert at the United Center in Chicago and along with my digital camera, I brought a roll of black and white film. I had 36 opportunities to capture Grouplove’s energy. The black and white film stripped away all the color from the lighting and just left me with the band.

Sidenote: Check out their latest album.


This is Hannah taking in the packed United Center crowd right after their first song.

Shooting to a beat

Leica’s rangefinders are manual focus cameras. A lot of concert photographers shoot to the beat and predict what is about to happen. This camera forces you to get better at making those predictions. I couldn’t rely on instantaneous autofocus; Gah! that aspect added such a thrill to the shooting experience.
Unlike SLRs, where the viewfinder shows you exactly what you are going to get as a final result, rangefinders show you frame lines within your viewfinder. This let’s you see what is happening inside and outside your frame. This let’s you see what is coming in and out of your composed photo.


A wider shot of the whole band (almost).


This is closer to the end of their set and I loved how the light was shining perfectly on Hannah.

Contact Sheet

Here is my contact sheet from this roll. I still get giddy when I get rolls back from the lab and immediately review them like this.

Weddings showcase a couple’s taste and how they bring their closest friends and family members together. Martha and Steven surround themselves with beautiful people (inside and out) and have impeccable taste in music, food, and fashion. All these elements shined in harmony on their wedding day. They got ready at the Inn on the Ferry, had a beautiful ceremony at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center, and had the best party for their reception at the Jam Handy. Check it out:


Meet Steven and Martha.


Custom tux vibes


Some bling for the wedding day.


I am so obsessed with symmetry and the McGregor provided so many great vignettes like this.

I shot this wedding alongside two amazing assistants: Sean Gleason and Shelby Robinson. We also shot lots of film and can’t wait to get those scans back.

Taylor and Jacob

August 7, 2017
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A shoot

Taylor started with taking photos of Jacob.

In retrospect, it is hilarious that I showed up to this shoot and asked Taylor and Jacob to photograph each other. Not only that, I asked them to wake up at sunrise so we could have this really awesome early morning glow. I can’t believe they still like me.
Their polaroids gave me a little glimpse of how they see each other. Gah! I really want to do this more often.

love vibes

We found this bench on our way out and I loved this little note someone left behind.



I am always drawn to hands when I am taking pictures. I think they tell so many stories … even more so, when they have beautiful jewelry.

Michele is the curator and the owner of Collected Collage; an antique jewelry shop in Ferndale. I came across their storefront while exploring her city one evening.

Unlike so many other vintage jewelry shops, her place had such a minimalist aesthetic. Everything seem to have been placed with intention and it was so obvious that all these pieces had a story behind them. I try to savor the little things in life and I think Michele looks at fashion / jewelry in a similar light. When I met Michele, I remember immediately asking if I could photograph in her space. That conversation lead to this shoot.



I hope you are ready for a pretty gorgeous wedding.


Kaitlin and her Mom working on the bouquet.


This was Kaitlin’s dress and when she brought it downstairs, there was an audible “awwww.”


Meet Kaitlin and Steven’s ring bearer.

Ice Cream

Between the ceremony and the reception, all the guests went to the MSU dairy store for Ice Cream. It was an absolutely perfect day for it.


This is it for now. Keep your eyes here for more photos.