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one year of illness recently celebrated our first birthday. (I know because I had to renew the domain and hosting)   I have to say that it has indeed been an interesting year.  There are some highlights that stand out in my mind.

- Going to Vegas and driving out into the middle of the dessert to see the remains of a prehistoric sea.

- An impromptu shoot in one of the most interesting public bathrooms i have ever seen.

- Traveling the city with In The City TV and seeing people and places that make up all the different sides of Chicago.


-  Joining forces with Chicago Beer Geeks to help tell the story of Chicago through beer!

- The great feeling that comes from having someone tell you that your fotos, sir up some meaningful feelings within them.

- Learning more and about how create beautiful images that people cherish.

So, now that is officially a second year player, I guess it time for us to start hiking up the prices.. after-all photography equipment is not cheap.  Just kidding…

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It has been an interesting past week. I have been contracted to shoot a couple very exciting events. I have also been shooting more architectural and nature scenes, which I find great pleasure in doing.

One thing that I have found quite interesting is that as I promote and let people know that I am building this business, I am hearing more and more people tell me how to ‘run’ this business. I also see more and more amateur and professional photographers that are coming into the game. I feel like there is room for everyone, but it is imperative that I master this craft to stand above the competition.

I get nothing from hating on anyone else and actually feel like I could possibly learn some things from others. I am still doing low cost shoots. I am signed up for more classes. I am eagerly learning new tools. I am experimenting with angles, exposure, shutter speeds, lighting, and more.

At church today, the pastor spoke about the builder that works on a building that is not blessed by God. No matter how hard he works, it is all in vain and will amount to nothing if the establishment is not in line with God.

This makes alot of sense. Some people are obviously more religious than others, but I think that this is applicable to many things that we do in life. I used to always feel like it was just me against the world. I didn’t know how to ask for help or admit when I was overwhelmed.
I guess wisdom does come with age.

This is and I’m snappin!


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on my way..

So as I begin this journey into the world of semi pro photography, I can’t help bet to think about how I got to this point.

Since this is my blog and I can basically say what ever I like, I will quickly talk about my creative side.

I would look in awe at the great landscapes of Ansel Adams and I wanted to be able to capture the beauty of the world around me and share it with others.  I really wanted a digital camera because I was beginning to notice that film would be a thing of the past in the coming years.

image from icstars stakeholders event 1/16/12


I got my 1st digital camera as a Christmas gift from my mother in 2003.  It was a FugiFilm FinePix 2.o mp photographic beast.  I loved my little camera and captured hundreds of images of my hometown of Robbins, Il.  It wasn’t full of breathtaking landscapes, but it was a great place to capture images of both hope and despair.

Not long after that I began working with digital and graphic design.  I took some classes to learn more about photoshop, illastrator, and video editing. Of course I stepped my camera game up. I ran a successful t-shirt business (Kool Joe Kustoms) for quite some time while also working as an event photographer.

I have made hundreds of shirts and taken thousands of photos.  Now in 2012, I am going to take it to the next level.  I have a new DSLR, a mastery of social media, and a eagerness to build something that brings joy to myself and others.




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