Voyaging: Quiet Street Photography in Small Towns (in this case Cheboygan, MI)

My camera bag is loaded with rolls of 35mm film and my lodging for LeDuc's Creekside Motel in Cheboygan, MI is booked; let's do some street photography. Mackinaw City was my focus on this photo excursion and weekend of village voyaging, but to maximize my exploration, I decided to kick my boots off about a…

Why 35mm Film Photography (and whatever else you choose to use) Is Amazing and Perfect

Big Pro Tip: Use What You Have A photographic bowling ball of wisdom fell into my lap and I almost missed it. It was during my first internship as a photographer at a daily newspaper in Michigan. My photojournalism degree obtained, my college days behind me for the time being and a coveted photography internship…

How To: Street Photography of Houses

House photography can be extremely rewarding and fun. When I'm scrolling through the rabbit hole that is Instagram, I find myself stopping quite often at pictures that are the homes of others. Some are mid-century modern, others are of the extremely banal variety. Some have yards of trash and others are creepily neat. Over the…

Voyaging: Traveling on U.S. 131. Away from Home

The great American road trip. Epic excursions to places far-flung and unknown. Misty mountain peaks near spacious, swathes of majestic valleys. If money was no object, these would be spectacular places to travel and photograph. Money is most definitely an object though, and the places I find myself most often are close-flung. Here's the secret:…

On Assignment: Muskegon, Mich. for The Wall Street Journal

In the springtime, I'd photographed subjects, places and people relating to the coronavirus. Those photos were self assigned, as I wanted to visually document what I could during that time. The benefits of self assigning myself that work was that I had the convenience of photographing in the town I live, there were no deadlines…

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…

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…

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…

Voyaging: Manistee County Fair

Bump-n-Run When the Manistee County Fair Bump-n-Run came to my attention on an online calendar of events, I knew there were busted metal and brave drivers in my near future. When there are no paying photo assignments coming your way or if you simply want to keep your photography well-oiled—as one should since like anything,…