On Assignment: Feature Hunting during COVID-19

Not the Typical Photos of Masks and Cleaning The Traverse City Record-Eagle newspaper recently contacted me to photograph photos 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…

Photography During Coronavirus

Making a Way to Create 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,…

Self Assignments in January

Making Photos YOUR Way   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…

Downtown Traverse City at Night

Winter Night Street Photography The temperature is just under 20 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind isn't even stopping for a "hello" as it's 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 you're only time to photograph is…

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,…

Tips for Street Photography in a Small Town

French photojournalist and street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson coined and mastered the 'decisive moment' in the storied districts of Paris and throughout the world. With a body of photographic work that includes images oozing with form, geometry and composion, it's a portfolio to behold, to say the least. In my green beginnings it was Cartier-Bresson's work…

5 Tips for Approaching People and Making Their Portrait

Starting out as a street photographer and fly-on-the-wall photojournalist, it took me some time before I realized the beauty and importance of portraiture. Once my eyes were opened to the power and fulfillment of portrait photography though, I couldn't imagine going back to a time when I didn't love it. Photographers like Dan Winters, Diane…