Friday, November 26, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Stepping Back - V

I saved my favorite for last. The fall colors, the sky, the road and the early 1900s house with peeling paint all came together on this one.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Stepping Back - III

So this one might be in between, but it is farther back than say, the chipping paint on the rotting wood I would have shot otherwise.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Stepping Back - I

Generally I shoot rather tight. Little to no wasted space and up close and personal. Knowing this, I'm challenging myself to go wide when the situation presents itself. So today, tomorrow and for the next handful of posts I have a series of photos that take a step back and scope out the whole scene.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Very rarely do I crop photos into squares but sometimes it just feels right. I like where the shadow of the bowl fell and how the bottom right of the photo is a pure white that eventually darkens to reveal the photo's edge. It's lit with a single light with an umbrella on it - nothing fancy. This was one of the first few food shoots of mine at the magazine. So what did I learn? Ya gotta work fast with ice cream. Really fast, especially in the middle of summer.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dougherty Ferry Car Fire


First and foremost no one was hurt. The fire took place at the intersection of Dougherty Ferry and Carmen Rd. in Ballwin during evening rush hour on Tuesday, September 14. Traffic was stopped in both directions until members of the West County Fire Department were able to control the flames. The driver, Jay (first name given only), said he smelt oil, heard a bang and then quickly pulled off the road as flames emerged from the front of the car.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Too bad the USB scratch and sniff device hasn't been invented, yet. This chair wasn't the subject of any assignment, it just happened to be there right by the subject. This serves as a self-reminder not to get caught up in the assignment to the point I miss making a (totally unrelated) photograph.

There is nothing significant about the chair. The lines of the plastic, the texture of the leather and the stitching combine with the light (and lack of light) for a simplistic image. Lack of light - I might explore this phrase further.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Food + Photography = Foodography

Food photography is a pretty big part of the job. The magazine keeps readers in the know about new, unique or just plain tasty dishes and drinks around town. Naturally, photos are needed to visualize what the writers so eloquently describe.

I photograph the food on location at the restaurants. Transporting the food back to the magazine's photo studio just wouldn't work. If we did transport, dishes just wouldn't look the same as they would when they are delivered to your table. So, I take the studio to the food.

Have you seen the Domino's advertising campaign about photographing their pizza's right out of the box? They bash on food styling techniques showing pizza's with screws going through them and whatnot. Food styling is an actual job in and of itself that takes some painstaking steps to make food look fantastic, but I digress. While the commercial annoys me on several levels, that "out of the box" style food photography is what I do.

The chefs serve me a fully edible plate just as they would serve it to you. Ok, maybe there's a little more attention to detail, but hey it's going in a magazine. You would clean up your house before guests come over, right? Same thing, just with food.

Before the food is in front of me though, I've got a general idea of what my first few shots might be and have my lighting set up. I write that casually, but the light is what makes the photograph and takes time and careful consideration for appropriate results. With the right light and some compositional creativity, you get a picture:

If you are curious, the above mountain of fried oyster goodness was reviewed on STL Mag's food blog, Relish. There is another photo there too. Until next time, eat well friends.

Friday, August 20, 2010


As most if not all of my family and friends know by now, I landed a full time job that started at the beginning of June. As some may have noticed a slowing in blog posts, that would be the reason why. The job/gig/adventure has the title of staff photographer at St. Louis Magazine. The joy/thrill/euphoria of landing the position still grabs ahold of me, shakes and then pushes me out of a chair, letting me know I'm not in an Inception-like, lucid dream.

So now, I bring you (more) photos. I don't plan on posting things that will be seen in print. That's what the print version is for (and I guess the mag's website). However, there are far more photos made than what's in print. I find many of those photos fun to look over, and so I will share them with you. My hopes are that maybe, just maybe it will be fun for you too. Cheers!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Bird watching

I've always been intrigued by hummingbirds. Their ability to hover in the air in addition to their incredible acceleration is, simply put, just cool. This was my first time time photographing birds, let alone hummingbirds. I think I'll try again, perhaps with some different techniques and see what happens.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

Sunken Treasure

And very tasty treasure at that.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

Walking through Pinnacles Youth Park

Which one of these is not like the other?

Think that frog is hard to see in the picture? Try finding it within all the brush along the banks of the creek.

Note: cowboy boots do not make for good hiking boots.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Baseball, Beisbol

Call me strange, but after some moderate to heavy usage I think a baseball develops its own sort of character. Maybe this is the baseball fan inside me speaking, but I love getting up close and personal to reveal the details, be it torn threads, scars, or dirt embedded deeply into the surface.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Mandatory springtime flower photos

Because what's a photo blog in the Spring without a few flower photos?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Nationalism orchestra rehearsal

I've been working for Maestro Alex Innecco (of Carpe Diem) this week. He and the 9th Street Philharmonic Orchestra will have a concert at the Missouri United Methodist Church this Saturday. For more info, check out the calendar page.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Fire at Maplewood Barn Community Theater

COLUMBIA, Mo - While the Monday night line up on TV was in full effect, including the final game of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Maplewood Barn Community Theatre at 2900 E. Nifong Blvd. went up in flames. The call to dispatch came in at 7:56 p.m. on Monday, April 5, 2010. A total of nine units arrived at the scene, including seven from Columbia and two from Boone County Fire Departments. Columbia's Station Eight, located about four miles to the east, reported visible fire from their location. It took 45 minutes for the raging flames to be subdued.

The barn, which has existed for over 100 years, is a historical building, according to the Maplewood Barn Community Theater Vice President, Lee Wilkins Black. Black also stated that the barn had been the site of vandalism as recently as three weeks ago. She speculated that probable causes are either vandalism or bad wiring. "On top of being sad, there is anger," Black said.

Had the fire not completely leveled the barn, the next performance there would have been "Arsenic and Old Lace," on May 14, 2010.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pool in Toronto

Did some sightseeing north of the border in Toronto, Canada. As it would seem, bars there are similar to those in the US. Go figure.

Different looks

I know there's been a lot of basketball, but hey it is still March and these aren't typical basketball photos.

First up is Missouri head coach Mike Anderson. He and his coaching staff were going over the game stats after losing to West Virginia in the tournament. This locker room shot didn't get published, but I think it is worth a blog post.

Secondly, we have the result of looking for that other type of shot. I wouldn't say it is entirely successful, but there is always next time. Also, I should point out this was during pregame warm-ups, so nothing spectacular was happening. They were practicing and so was I.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Missouri vs. West Virginia game photos

Number 10 seed Missouri took on the number 2 seed West Virginia in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. West Virginia took down the Tigers with a final score of 68-59. Here's how I saw it:

Missouri vs. Clemson game photos

The first round game of the 2010 NCAA Tournament for the University of Missouri and Clemson. Taking place at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York, the Missouri Tigers defeated the Clemson Tigers with a final score of 86-78.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Around the arena

A couple of round photos at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY.

More photos from Buffalo

Had (a lot) of time to kill after the Mizzou practice today and found myself out on the floor when the Florida State Seminoles took the court. I chose black and white because, well, because I can.

Hannah Dolan, 8, stands among a crowd at the HSCB Areana in hopes of receiving an autograph from players after practicing for their first round match ups in the NCAA tournament.

Solomon Alabi of Florida State pauses during practice on Thursday, March 18, 2010.

Mizzou and the NCAA Tournament In 2010

Well I am fortunate enough to be back covering the Missouri Tigers in the NCAA tournament again. They will take on the Clemson Tigers Friday, March 19, at 1:45pm. The game will take place in the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. Today there was a press conference and media practice, in which they ran through simple drills. Here are a few shots from the practice. Nothing special really, just some that I enjoy looking at.