Sunday, December 21, 2014

Riverside Research

Hello adorable keys.

I was scoping out an engagement shoot in Riverside Park this weekend, and 
just had to share my research.

Just insert adorable couple here :) Stay tuned for the engagement shoot itself in a few weeks!

Ok, ok, I won't ask them to climb trees. If you look closely, you can see who's already in the tree, posing for me. The tree bark below reminds me of the detail in a Chuck Close drawing (see here). 

Friday, December 19, 2014


It almost looks like a train, right? 

The rush of color sweeping past. The bright lights, layers of color, blur of movement.

Blink and you'll miss it - fall's departing, winter's arriving soon.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Shall we dance?

K & K's wedding last weekend was absolutely lovely.

Nothing like extended exposure to capture the dips and twirls of a couple's first dance! 
I love the joy that the ballroom lights add, framing the black and white of the bride and groom.

These are all 1.3 seconds opened up to f/5.3.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Blue Skies

I find myself becoming particular about light. Not time-of-day light - that's nothing new, I adore dawn and pre-dawn. No, I'm talking about indoor lighting. For example - I was at a wedding this afternoon, and there were candles and hanging lights throughout the cathedral. Beautiful, yes? But difficult to photograph while seated (since your don't have full range of motion with your arms).

Ah, but softer light, diffused light that perhaps is streaming through a window - that is a shape I can play with. And while we're at it, shall we add some blinds to the window, for texture? By all means. And that is the start of this series.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

That which Is and Is Not

Are these photographs white? 
Are these

If you've been following my work for some time, you know that I get excited about "that which is and is not". Of course, these photographs are white-blue. And they are not - they are orange fall trees, they are sunset Nebraskan sky, they are blurred 1/2, 3/5 and 1 second exposure prints.

And they are freaking awesome.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


The first moments of sunrise illuminate the world like none other.

It's like the first rays of light after a long darkness, even a long darkness you weren't sure you'd see through to the end. But the end came, and it was glorious - everything sparking and showing its color like you'd never seen.

I'm looking to capture that moment in my work - when you have fresh eyes to see and appreciate, to wonder and imagine. Not midnight, when all is dark. Not noon, when the light seems like nothing special. No - at dawn, when the light is soft and persistent, when everything is new.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Wintry Winds

Same photo, same layering orientation, different layering method. 

Same wintry bliss. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Into the Woods

I'm paying more attention to the woods this year, especially as the seasons change. 

The leaves turn more slowly there - is it because the wind can't whip through as easily as it sweeps down tree lined streets downtown? Or does the mass of organic material keep the air warmer, prolonging fall? No idea. I don't mind keeping the color well past first-frost, though, 
so I'm not complaining :)

On a technical note, I removed four of the eight colors from these images. Can you tell which ones? Hint: these were taken with the color palette you get a few minutes after sunrise.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


This scene belongs in a vampy teen blockbuster about werewolves and the undead.

Or in the Nebraska woods.