Staying Creative While Social Distancing: COVID Walk #1

First of all, here's to everyone staying as sane and grounded as possible, despite the shakeup of our daily lives. My hope is that for each of you, this shakeup has been as minimal as possible. We're all doing our best and however you're adjusting and maintaining, way to go! Creating anything—really, whether it's a…

On Assignment: Feature Hunting during COVID-19

    The Traverse City Record-Eagle newspaper recently contacted me to make images to be used without a story attached. These types of photos can be called 'features', 'spec photos' and 'wild art'. There have been so many photos focused on coronavirus that the challenge was to find something that wasn't the typical photos of…

“Street” Portraits and Winter Diving from Black Rocks

Before COVID-19 was an everyday topic, I made a trip to a picturesque town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula called Marquette, situated on the mighty Lake Superior. Occasionally, I need to travel outside of my all-too-familiar surroundings and immerse myself in another community. It could be close or far away but these trips have, thus far,…

Making a Way to Create: Photography During Coronavirus

Outside my window, as I'm typing this, is the same towering oak tree and beneath it are the same constantly-stopping-and-going squirrels continuing their daily routine of finding acorns and burying them. The normalcy of life is visually evident and that makes everything going on in the world, regarding the coronavirus, a stark contrast to our…

Make the Most of Your Photo Time

It had been about three days of photographing in Michigan's spectacular Upper Peninsula during a recent expedition and the extended weekend of visuals was extremely fulfilling. As dream-filled as this sounds, and it is amazing, long days , little sleep and cold weather does take a minor toll. When it's time to return home, one…

Blizzardfest 2020

  In previous posts, I've covered the importance of finding fun and beneficial events to photograph in your community, or at least, your greater surrounding community. Blizzardfest in Grayling, Michigan is exactly what I was referring to. My methods of finding local happenings is often the same: look at online event calendars, then scope out…

Self Assignments in January

    Toiling away at the daily grind from Monday through Friday can wreak havoc on the photo output. This is especially true in northern Michigan when, in January, the sun waves goodbye at around 5:00 p.m. I'll tell you what though, Michigan is an amazing state with unique events no matter the weather. Pro…

Winter Night Street Photography: Traverse City, MI

      The temperature is just under 20 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind isn't even stopping for a "hello" as it rudely attacks and moves on at 25-30 m.p.h. As if that's not enough to sway even the most shutter-happy photographer, it's winter in northern Michigan and when your day job is finished, the…

Mackinac Island, MI w/ Some Pro Tips

Island Street Photography in Winter Mackinac Island is well-known for many things: horses everywhere; numerous fudge shops and the Grand Hotel, just to name a few. In the summer, tourists by the many travel there by ferry to take in the sights and sites. Cars have been banned since around the early 1900's so once…